How will UC's evaluate an applicant due to the suspension of the SAT and ACT for class 2021? Answered
What are some other ways I can stand out for UC colleges, how will our GPA's be calculated if many schools are establishing the pas/fail thing instead of letter grades.
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It will be the same factors as before (grades, recommendations, essays, extracurriculars, yada yada yada). SAT/ACT scores are still considered, simply not required. So submit your score if it is good for that UC school [I think you want to be within the 25th and 75th percentiles for both sections. (https://www.thoughtco.com/sat-scores-for-university-of-california-campuses-788665) Hopefully someone can back me up on that.]
GPA calculation is likely up to your school district. My school, for example, is not counting 4th quarter grades; they will only include 1st, 2nd, 3rd (quarter is extended) and final exams/projects.
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All UC colleges have removed the SAT and ACT and essay requirements until 2024 which will coincide with them releasing their own proprietary UC standardized test. Therefore for the next few admissions cycles, there is ZERO standardized test requirement.
Freshman applicants will not be penalized whatsoever for not submitting an SAT or ACT test. However, since SAT and ACT tests are optional, they will be considered as part of your admissions criteria if you choose to submit either.
What this means specifically is that if you have a very good SAT or ACT score that will only help you. If you are not submitting an SAT or ACT score, you should submit great essays and recommendations. Since UC schools do not have interviews, try to communicate who you are as best as possible in your essays for example the UCLA personal insights questions where you have to pick 4 out of 8 questions and provide answers up to 350 words or less.
To stand out have outstanding grades, ECs and essays.
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