What the new UC test-blind policy means for you

Recorded Thursday, May 27 at 01:00 AM

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About this livestream


The UCs have just rolled out a new test-blind policy for the 2023 admissions cycle. Even if you're familiar with test-optional policies, test-blind applications are something totally different — and it could really impact your chances of admissions.

You probably have a lot of questions, so join Hale this Wednesday as he goes over the change and what it means for you. We'll also discuss how you can then organize your admissions strategy in light of this new policy.

Stop by with some questions or stick around for some California vibes — you never know when our resident bruin Priya might show up.

Your host

Undergrad College: Yale University '21

Work Experience: I am a senior at Yale and excited to begin my fifth admissions cycle working with CollegeVine. After four years of working directly with students, I can't wait to engage with the people and the process in new and innovative ways online.

Audience questions

These are questions from the audience that we had time to answer during the live session. If you have any other questions, you can request an answer from Hale and other CollegeVine experts in an upcoming livestream or on the Q&A Forum anytime.
14:27@nat_banks67:If we decide to apply test optional, which factor will be given the most importance in our application? Our GPA, extracurriculars or recommendations? Thanks!
22:18@nat_banks67:Can admission officers at one UC campus see if you apply to other UCs?
29:08@RichQ:Have you heard if any public institutions in other states are deciding to go test-blind?
31:23@RichQ:Although UC schools won't use scores for ADMISSIONS, you said they might use them for PLACEMENT. Are there any other reasons why the UC schools would use scores? e.g., scholarships?
32:20@FairTestBob:The City University of New York (CUNY) system will be test-blind through at least spring 2023. So are private schools such as CalTech and Worcester Polytech
34:05@RichQ:Great Job Hale - very valuable information!
35:35@FairTestBob:Also test blind for fall 2022 on the west coast are University of San Diego, Reed, and the Washington State University System
37:38@RichQ:Can @FairTestBob provide a reference re: WSU going test blind? I live in Washington and this is the first I've heard that...
38:02@nat_banks67:In general, are applicants who apply test optional at a disadvantage compared to those who apply with a score? It's just a little confusing to think about how an applicant submitting a 1550 SAT score with good ECs and GPA will be considered the same as an applicant with no SAT score, same ECs and GPA?
40:28@RichQ:Quick read on the WSU article seems to cite WSU as test-optional, not test-blind
42:51@nat_banks67:How crazy do you think this admissions cycle will be? (class of '22) This year's cycle was a bloodbath lol.
44:58@FairTestBob:Washington State University clearly states that ACT/SAT scores "will not be used"in admissions decisions -- that's the definition of test-blind


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