This past week, the University of California system announced a litany of changes to the admissions process in relation to standardized tests. I am not sure whether to jump for joy or let out a frustrated yelp.
On one hand, the new policy changes address the longstanding concern that the SAT and ACT discriminate against low-income and underrepresented minorities. On the other hand, the UC system is creating different rules for resident and non-resident applicants with its approach, and it hopes to implement a brand new standardized test in the future.
This essentially means students will have to take another type of standardized test just to apply to the UCs. I don't know about you, but I thought COVID-19 has forced all of us to reset our priorities and reduce the number of inhumane expectations placed on our kids.
So, here is what you need to know if you are interested in applying to the UCs.
First, if you are a member of the Class of 2021 or 2022, you have the choice of whether or not you want to submit your SAT or ACT scores with your application.
This translates into a traditional test-optional policy, but it's temporary for the UCs. (More on that temporary piece in a moment.) You won't be disadvantaged by applying without test scores. But if you want, you can submit them and they will be considered in the admissions process.
Second, the UCs have finally decided to drop the unnecessary requirement forcing students to take the SAT with Essay or the ACT with Writing.
Third, for the Classes of 2023 and 2024, the UCs will be test-blind for California residents.
Fourth, by the time the Class of 2025 becomes seniors, the UC hopes to have its own standardized test which students will be expected to take.
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I remember growing up and observing political and industry leaders with agendas. I was a quiet kid who wondered if my voice mattered to them. No matter what, they couldn't see anything but their own plan. Just like a politician getting sworn into office and taking an oath to represent their constituents, university leaders must do the same. Their loyalty should be to the students and making sure their voice is heard as well.
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