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SAT Requirement for California Colleges?

Hey folks! I've been looking into colleges in California and I can't seem to get a straight answer - do California colleges still require the SAT for admissions, or have they moved away from that with the whole test-optional trend?

8 months ago

Hey there! The landscape for SAT requirements has indeed changed quite a bit in recent years, particularly in California. The University of California (UC) system, which is one of the largest and most sought-after public university systems in the state, has decided to not only go test-optional but to phase out the SAT and ACT altogether in their admissions process. Other colleges and university systems in California might have different policies. Some are test-optional, allowing students to choose whether or not to submit their scores, while others may still require them or are considering their longer-term policies. It's always a good idea to check each college's admissions page to get the most up-to-date information.

For example, California State University (CSU), another major public university system, has suspended the use of SAT and ACT scores for the upcoming admissions cycles. However, individual programs may have specific requirements, especially for out-of-state students, so double-checking those details is essential. Private colleges in California vary, with some being test-optional and others requiring standardized test scores.

In any case, make sure to visit the official websites of the colleges you're interested in for the most current information. Admissions criteria can change, and it's important to have your application reflect the most recent requirements. Best of luck with your college search!

8 months ago

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