Erasing SAT and ACT score requirements


Alessandra Verdugo

Notes taken for an honors chemistry class lecture on electronegativity.

Alessandra Verdugo, News Reporter

The University of California system is on the path to removing SAT and ACT scores as a requirement for college admissions and going for a test-optional system instead. Colleges and universities outside of California such as Hampshire College, Arizona State University, and George Washington University have gone test-optional, meaning while students can submit their test scores if they wish to, it will no longer be required to submit said test scores in college submissions.

A study was conducted in 2018 involving 28 four-year colleges and universities with over 900,000 applicants to test how making admissions test-optional is more effective in finding students with college potential. “The conclusion of the new report says the findings show that tests indeed fail to identify talented applicants who can succeed in higher education.” On the other hand, schools that went test-optional found that “First-year grades were slightly lower for nonsubmitters, but they ended up highly successful, graduating at equivalent rates or — at some institutions — slightly higher rates than did those who submitted test scores.” The report states that this is the “ultimate proof of success” for students than basing their success on SAT and ACT scores from their college or university submissions.

The UC system is already looking at alternative ways to test a student’s potential into consideration. According to a document by UCLA discussing the removal of SAT and ACT scores in the admission process, “This is an opportunity for the UCs to implement an equitable policy by removing additional barriers and reminding students that they are more than just numbers.” In addition, UC schools will be finding other ways to look for capable students, such as portfolios and examples of their work ethic in school.

The UC system is not expected to make an official change in the near future, but plans to do so are being taken and more effective ways to find proficient and competent pupils are being considered.