Exam requirement

UC will not consider SAT or ACT test scores when making admissions decisions or awarding scholarships. If you choose to submit test scores as part of your application, they may be used as an alternative method of fulfilling minimum requirements for eligibility or for course placement after you enroll.

International students

Some international student applicants will need to demonstrate English proficiency.

If you’ve completed all your secondary school/high school in a country where English was not the language of instruction, you're required to demonstrate English proficiency. However, even if you’ve had some secondary education in the U.S., you may still need to demonstrate English proficiency. 

Be sure to look at the international undergraduate admission section for more information about what you need to do and when.

Exam requirements FAQ 

No. UC will not consider ACT or SAT test scores for admissions decisions or the awarding of scholarships for any applicants. If you choose to submit test scores as part of your application, they may be used for course placement after you enroll.
No. UC will not consider ACT or SAT test scores for admissions decisions.
No. You complete a single application for all UC campuses. All information provided in the UC application is available to every campus you apply to.
UC no longer collects the essay/writing scores for the SAT/ACT tests. If you choose to report your test scores, you should report your highest total/composite score from a single sitting, but do not include the essay/writing score. If you are offered admission, you can submit your official essay/writing scores to your campus of choice. Certain scores may be high enough to meet UC’s Entry-Level Writing Requirement.