The Ivy Coach Daily

April 1, 2020

UC Schools Drop SAT / ACT Requirement for Class of 2025

Ivy Coach’s famously accurate crystal ball hereby forecasts that the UC schools will remain test-optional beyond this next admissions cycle.

At Ivy Coach, we’ve got a crystal ball. Our crystal ball regularly makes forecasts in highly selective college admissions and, as our loyal readers know all too well, it’s highly accurate. Heck, our crystal ball has even been cited on the pages of America’s oldest college newspaper, The Dartmouth. Yes, they cited our crystal ball. Hey, our students are weird — it’s a big reason why they so often earn admission to their dream schools — and so are we! We’ll own it. In any case, our crystal ball recently predicted that the novel coronavirus pandemic would lead to a spike in highly selective colleges going test-optional. After our forecasts, MIT dropped SAT Subject Tests and Tufts University went test-optional on a trial basis for the next three years. And now, in major college admissions news, the University of California system has waived certain admissions requirements for students applying this coming fall — including the SAT / ACT.

University of California Schools Eliminate SAT / ACT Requirement for Class of 2025

As Teresa Watanabe reports for The Los Angeles Times in a piece entitled “UC to ease admission requirements: No SAT, no letter grades due to coronavirus,” “The University of California announced Wednesday that it will greatly ease some admission requirements for fall 2020 and beyond by eliminating SAT scores and letter grades for required courses, saying that ’grave disruption’ to schools during the coronavirus crisis calls for maximum flexibility in evaluating students. The move, authorized by UC Board of Regents leaders, will relax the admissions process for the more than 200,000 prospective freshmen and transfer students who apply each year to the UC system’s nine undergraduate campuses but are now studying under dramatically different — and, for many, highly stressful — circumstances.”

Our Crystal Ball Forecasts the UC Board Of Regents’ Move Will Be Permanent

While the UC Board of Regents was quick to point out that suspending the SAT / ACT requirement for the Class of 2025 is not intended to be a permanent move but rather a temporary one to accommodate students who missed opportunities to take these tests because of cancelations due to the novel coronavirus pandemic, we suspect the move will be permanent. That’s right. Ivy Coach’s famously accurate crystal ball hereby makes another forecast — that the University of California schools, a system currently facing litigation for requiring the SAT or ACT, will segue to being test-optional for the Class of 2026 and beyond. We believe that the UC schools’ decision to go test-optional for the Class of 2025 will essentially serve as a trial basis and we believe they’ll never turn back. So, yes, we believe that the novel coronavirus pandemic will deal a blow to College Board and ACT, the organizations behind the SAT and ACT, respectively. After all, the University of California system is their biggest customer.

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