Admission by exam

UC will not consider SAT or ACT test scores as a factor in admissions decisions for fall 2021-2024 applicants. In light of this change, and the College Board’s discontinuation of SAT Subject Tests, Admission by Examination has been suspended.   

Each UC campus may offer admission to students who do not meet all of the A-G course requirements or minimum GPA requirements under its Admission by Exception policy.

UC will still review applications from students who have been unable to meet the regular subject requirements and/or unable to earn a high school diploma because of unique circumstances, such as non-traditional education or long-term illness. Campuses may admit these students under the Admission by Exception policy, as they have in the past.

No. In May 2021, the Admission by Exam pathway was suspended beginning with admission for fall 2022.

UC’s elimination of SAT/ACT test scores in its admissions decisions and the College Board’s discontinuation of SAT Subject Tests this March have made this pathway obsolete.

No. In May 2021, the Admission by Exam admission pathway was suspended beginning with admission for fall 2022.

UC is currently studying the feasibility of a role for the Smarter Balanced Assessment in admissions. More information will be available in early 2022 but will not be an option for students applying for the fall 2022 through 2024 admission cycles.