Should I take the SAT/ACT (Class of 2021 and 2022)?
In response to COVID-19, a growing number of colleges that had previously required SAT or ACT scores are moving to a test-optional policy for the Class of 2021 and possibly beyond. It is important that you regularly check the websites of colleges to which you are considering applying so you can stay on top of their requirements in real-time.
What does "test-optional" mean?
- You choose whether or not to submit SAT/ACT scores with your application
- If you are unable or choose not to submit test scores, your application will still receive full consideration
Class of 2021:
- If you have taken the SAT/ACT or plan to take it this fall and are satisfied with your scores, we suggest that you submit them as part of your application
- If the college(s) that you are applying to are test-optional and you choose not to submit them, your application will still receive full consideration
- Please check with each individual college you are applying to in order to know the testing poilicies before you make a decision to submit or not submit your scores
Class of 2022:
- Many colleges have not yet made decisions regarding testing policies for the Class of 2022 but we will continue to update this page when new information becomes available
- The California State University (CSU) will continue to temporarily suspend the use of ACT/SAT examinations in determining admission eligibility for all CSU campuses for the 2022-2023 academic year. This temporary change of admission eligibility applies for the following terms: Fall 2021, Winter 2022, Spring 2022, Fall 2022, Winter 2023 and Spring 2023 admission cycles. Click here for more information.
- Currently, UC will not consider SAT or ACT test scores when making admissions decisions or awarding scholarships. We encourage you to continue to check each UC campus website for more information.
- If a college requires the SAT/ACT for admissions, we recommend that juniors take the SAT/ACT in the spring of their junior year and/or the fall of the senior year
- Testing sites are extremely limited due to COVID-19 so it is important that you register for tests early
- Please check with each individual college you are applying to in order to know the testing poilicies before you make a decision to take or not take a test
Please see Danielle Watson in the Counseling and Career Center to see if you are eligible to receive a test fee waiver.
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Please note that after June 2021, College Board will no longer be offering the SAT Subject Tests.