Examination requirement

All prospective freshmen must submit scores from either the ACT with Writing or the SAT with Essay.

A few guidelines

  • Students applying for admission to the fall term must take their admissions tests no later than December of the senior year/last year prior to high school/secondary school graduation, preferably earlier. It is unlikely that scores from tests taken after December will arrive in our office in time for our review process.
  • Students should report ACT and/or SAT scores on the admission application, then request that an official copy of the scores should be sent to us from the testing agency. Official score report sent to one UC campus will be shared with all campuses a student applies to.
  • We require all scores and will use the highest scores from a single administration.
  • For the ACT with Writing test, we will focus on the highest combined score from the same test administration.
  • For the SAT, we will focus on the highest total score from a single test date.
  • We do not require results of tests taken for the purpose of talent programs in middle or junior high school (e.g., Johns Hopkins Center for Talent Youth, Duke University's Talent Identification Program, etc.). Those test scores do not have to be sent to us.
  • We do not accept test substitutions.

International students

  • Students currently residing or attending school in a country where the ACT or SAT is offered are required to take one of the tests, self-report their scores on the application and submit official test results to UC by the stated application deadlines.
  • We're sympathetic to the fact that students living in certain countries where these tests are not offered (e.g., the Islamic Republic of Iran) are challenged to fulfill this requirement. However, given the large number of applications we receive from students throughout the world, we very rarely make exceptions to the requirement.
  • Applicants who have completed all of their secondary/high school or college/university education in a country where English is not the language of instruction must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) examination (academic modules).

    TOEFL score reports can be sent to one UC campus, and all campuses to which the applicant applied will receive it. IELTS scores need to be reported to the undergraduate admissions office at each campus to which the student applied. These scores must be received no later than January for students applying for the fall term.

Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate and SAT Subject Tests

  • We recommend that students who complete Advanced Placement courses complete the related AP examination to demonstrate subject mastery. Similarly, International Baccalaureate scores and scores from SAT Subject Tests can be used to showcase academic mastery. In order to receive unit credit toward the baccalaureate degree, students must submit an official copy of their AP or IB scores directly from the testing agency. This must be done in the summer prior to enrolling at a specific UC campus.

What about the old SAT?

Students graduating from high school before 2020 have the option to submit scores from either the old SAT (SAT Reasoning Test, offered before March 2016) or new SAT with Essay exam. 

Please see our FAQs for more information.