The University of California is conducting a feasibility study to determine the viability of a new UC standardized admissions test.

On May 21, 2020, the University of California Board of Regents voted unanimously to approve the suspension of the current standardized test (ACT/SAT) requirement for undergraduate admissions until 2024 to allow the University to modify or create a new test that better aligns with the content UC expects applicants to have learned and with UC’s values. If UC is unable to either modify or create a test that meets these criteria and can be available for applicants for fall 2025, UC will eliminate altogether the use of the ACT/SAT for California freshman applicants. 

The Regents’ action included provisions for a feasibility study, starting in summer 2020 and ending by January 2021, to assess the possibility of identifying or creating a new test that aligns with UC college preparation goals, with the aim of advancing equity in admissions and educational attainment and achievement. President Napolitano asked Provost and Executive Vice President Brown to lead the feasibility study and to deliver a recommendation to the UC President by January 2021.

Between September and December 2020, Provost Brown will convene a Feasibility Study Steering Committee (FSSC) charged with identifying the high-level purpose and goal of a UC freshman admissions test and developing a recommendation to the UC President to (1) pursue a new or modified standardized test for use in UC freshman admissions and selection or (2) eliminate standardized testing at UC beginning with fall 2025 admissions.

A Feasibility Study Work Group (FSWG) — comprised of UC faculty, a UC student, K-12 educators, test experts, the California State University and the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office — is charged with determining whether it is possible to develop a new or modified UC standardized admissions test to meet the regental criteria. The work group will submit a recommendation and supporting evidence to the FSSC to inform the Committee’s recommendation to the UC President.