What will the impact be of the appellate court staying the ruling requiring UC to cease use of SAT and ACT in admissions?

Matt Larriva
Sep 25, 2020

In early September, the UC system was barred from using SAT and ACT scores entirely. This is not to be confused with the UC’s earlier decision to intentionally phase out the use of SAT and ACT scores over a 4-year period; nor is this to be confused with the UC’s temporary COVID-19-induced decision to make SAT and ACT scores optional due to the difficulty in testing during COVID-19.

To clarify, in early September, the UC system was sued because, while finding testing centers was difficult for all students, finding testing centers that could accomodate students with special needs was impossible. As a result of that lawsuit, the UC system was barred from using SAT and ACT scores entirely.

The UC system appealed the decision, and the ruling was just released saying that, for now, the UC schools are allowed to use SAT and ACT scores.

This decision will be reviewed further, but our guess, after speaking with outside counsel is that the decision will not hold up.

This would mean that the UC system will go back to its prior self-imposed rules and:

  1. Will not require SAT or ACT scores from students applying during 2020–2021; but they will still look at them if they’re submitted.
  2. Will not use SAT or ACT scores after 2024.

For a complete review of testing optional policies and for help understanding if you should take the test, please take a look at our article: Does Testing Optional Mean Optional for Me?

Source: What will the impact be of the appellate court staying the ruling requiring UC to cease use of SAT and ACT in admissions?Matthew Larriva·September 25, 2020Owner of Powerful Prep. Author of test prep books. Experienced tutor & counselor