Examination options

There is no standardized test requirement for UC admission.

A few guidelines

UC will not consider SAT or ACT test scores when making admissions decisions or awarding scholarships.Test scores submitted as part of the application may be used as an alternate method of fulfilling minimum requirements for eligibility or for course placement after matriculation at UC.


  • If students choose to submit test scores when applying for admission, they should take their admissions tests no later than December of the senior year/last year prior to high school/secondary school graduation.
  • Students can self-report ACT and/or SAT scores on the admission application.
  • If a student self-reports a test score, they should provide the official score report when they receive an offer of admission from UC.

International students

  • 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). UC will also continue to accept scores on the Duolingo English Test (DET) for fall 2022 applicants.

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 A-level exam 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.