Updated: Nov 5, 2020
By Nick Anderson and Valerie Strauss April 1, 2020 at 10:17 a.m. PDT The University of California will suspend its admission testing requirements and certain other academic rules for students seeking to enter as freshmen in fall 2021, a groundbreaking development in response to the coronavirus pandemic that has shuttered schools around the country and thrown the nation’s education systems into disarray. The UC announcement on Wednesday followed a growing number of prominent colleges that have temporarily or permanently stopped requiring prospective students to submit SAT or ACT scores.
With its renowned undergraduate campuses in Berkeley, Los Angeles and seven other locations, UC is a major force in public higher education around the world. Its policies are often influential outside the Golden State. The onslaught of the novel coronavirus led to major cancellations of SAT testing this spring and the postponement of an ACT national session in April, disrupting the plans of high school juniors seeking to line up credentials for college applications in the fall. With shutdowns and stay-at-home orders proliferating, there is mounting uncertainty whether ACT and SAT testing sessions scheduled for June can occur.