The new SAT (2016)

Is the new SAT required for all students applying to UC?

Scores from the old SAT will be accepted for students who graduate from high school before 2020.  To clarify:

  • Current 10th through 12th graders have the option to submit scores from either the old SAT or new SAT with Essay exam (or ACT with Writing).  
  • Students currently in 9th grade or below must sit for the new SAT with Essay exam (or ACT with Writing).

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Do students taking the new SAT also need to complete the optional essay?

Yes. The essay portion of the new SAT exam is required by UC.

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Who must take the new SAT with Essay?

If a student graduates high school prior to 2020, he/she has the option of submitting scores from the old or new SAT with Essay (or ACT with Writing). Students graduating in 2020 and later must take the new SAT with Essay (or ACT with Writing).

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Is a student at a disadvantage if he/she decides not to take the new SAT?

There is no preference in the admission selection process for one test or another. As long as a student is graduating high school before 2020, scores from the old SAT, new SAT with Essay or ACT with Writing are acceptable.

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Will UC allow “super scoring” or combining individual scores across multiple test dates? Will UC take old and new SAT scores and combine them for the best results?

No. UC will not “super score” or combine test results. UC will continue to use the highest total score from a single test date, as before.

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How will UC equate the old SAT and new SAT test scores to determine the “highest” score?

UC will use The College Board’s conversion method to determine the highest score.

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Can students still take the old SAT exam?

No.  The old SAT exam was last offered in January 2016.  If a student graduating before 2020 did not take the old SAT, he/she must take the new SAT with Essay or ACT with Writing.

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What if a student graduates from high school before 2020 and takes a break (“gap year”) of one or more years before applying to the UC as a freshman?

If a student took the old SAT and graduates before 2020, UC will accept the old SAT scores even if he/she is applying for freshman admission for fall 2020 or later.

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