Admission by exam

If you don't meet UC's minimum requirements, you may be considered for admission to UC if you earn high scores on the ACT with Writing or SAT and two SAT Subject Tests.

In general, this method of consideration is designed for students who have been unable to meet the regular subject requirements and/or earn a high school diploma because of unique circumstances, such as non-traditional education or long-term illness. 

To be considered, you must take either the ACT with Writing or the SAT with Essay (or SAT Reasoning) as well as two SAT Subject Tests.

You must earn a minimum UC Score total — calculated according to the instructions below — of 410 (425 for nonresidents). In addition, you must achieve a minimum UC score of 63 on each component of the exams.

You may not use an SAT Subject Test to meet these requirements if they have completed a transferable college course with a grade of C or better in that subject.

How to convert your test scores to UC Scores:

If you took the SAT Reasoning Test (prior to March 2016) :

  • Convert the highest scores in critical reading, math and writing from a single sitting and the two highest SAT Subject Tests from different subject areas to equivalent UC Scores (see the SAT test score translation table).
  • Add all five UC Scores to produce your UC Score total. For example: critical reading + math + writing + Subject Test 1 + Subject Test 2 = UC Score total.

If you took the SAT with Essay exam (starting March 2016)

  • Using scores from a single sitting, convert the new reading, math, and writing & language scores to the old SAT scores using the tables listed below. Get the equivalent UC Scores for the three converted scores using the SAT test score translation table.
  • Convert the two highest SAT Subject Tests from different subject areas to equivalent UC Scores using the SAT test score translation table.
  • Add all five UC Scores to produce your UC Score total. 

SAT w/ Essay
Reading

Old SAT
Critical Reading

40

800

39

760

38

720

37

700

36

680

35

660

34

640

33

610

32

590

31

570

30

550

29

530

28

520

27

500

26

480

25

460

24

440

23

420

22

400

21

380

20

370

19

340

18

310

17

280

16

270

15

260

14

250

13

240

12

220

11

210

10

200

SAT w/ Essay
Math

Old SAT
Math

800

800

790

780

780

760

770

750

760

740

750

720

740

710

730

700

720

690

710

680

700

670

690

660

680

650

670

650

660

640

650

630

640

620

630

610

620

600

610

590

600

580

590

570

580

560

570

550

560

530

550

520

540

510

530

500

520

490

510

470

500

460

490

450

480

440

470

430

460

420

450

410

440

400

430

390

420

380

410

370

400

360

390

350

380

340

370

330

360

310

350

300

340

290

330

280

320

280

310

270

300

260

290

260

280

250

270

240

260

240

250

230

240

220

230

220

220

210

210

200

200

200

SAT w/ Essay
Writing & Language

Old SAT Writing 

40

800

39

760

38

740

37

710

36

680

35

650

34

630

33

600

32

570

31

550

30

530

29

510

28

490

27

470

26

450

25

430

24

420

23

400

22

380

21

370

20

350

19

340

18

320

17

300

16

280

15

270

14

260

13

240

12

230

11

220

10

200

SAT test score translation

SAT Score

UC Score

SAT Score

UC Score

800

100

490

48

790

98

480

47

780

97

470

45

770

95

460

43

760

93

450

42

750

92

440

40

740

90

430

38

730

88

420

37

720

87

410

35

710

85

400

33

700

83

390

32

690

82

380

30

680

80

370

28

670

78

360

27

660

77

350

25

650

75

340

23

640

73

330

22

630

72

320

20

620

70

310

18

610

68

300

17

600

67

290

15

590

65

280

13

580

63

270

12

570

62

260

10

560

60

250

8

550

58

240

7

540

57

230

5

530

55

220

3

520

53

210

2

510

52

200

0

500

50

If you took the ACT Plus Writing:

  • Convert the highest math, reading, science and combined English/writing or ELA score from a single sitting to equivalent UC Scores (see the translation table below).
  • Multiply the sum of the converted math, reading and science scores by two-thirds, then add the converted English/writing or ELA score.
  • Add this subtotal to your two highest SAT Subject Test scores from two different subject areas, which are also converted to equivalent UC Scores. For example: (math + reading + science) x 0.667 + English/writing + Subject Test 1 + Subject Test 2) = UC Score total.
ACT test score translation

ACT Score

UC Score

ACT Score

UC Score

36

100

20

47

35

97

19

43

34

93

18

40

33

90

17

37

32

87

16

33

31

83

15

30

30

80

14

27

29

77

13

23

28

73

12

20

27

70

11

17

26

67

10

13

25

63

9

10

24

60

8

7

23

57

7

3

22

53

1-6

0

21

50