Put Down Your #2 Pencils: The University Of California Will Eliminate SAT/ACT Scores By 2025, Part 11

University of California (UC) applicants are evaluated according to 14 different Comprehensive Review points, for which no one criteria is weighted more heavily than another. Thus, students’ talents and strengths can be more fairly identified when evaluating their admissions to the UC. 

Ten of the fourteen Comprehensive Review points concern academic performance, validating the importance of demonstrating intellectual ability. Yet, UC admissions officers also recognize that not every student matures on the same schedule or regard during their high school years, thus Comprehensive Review point #10:

Recent, marked improvement in academic performance, as demonstrated by academic GPA and the quality of coursework completed or in progress.

In other words, if students showed improvement in their academic grades each school year from freshman through junior year or stayed consistent in their performance, then UC admissions officers are more reasonably assured that students have the ability and commitment to successfully matriculate through a UC curriculum. 

Additionally, as “coursework” will also be assessed, if students take more advanced classes each year in high school, they can demonstrate both their willingness to be challenged academically, as well as their motivation to continue studying a particular subject. Then, in conjunction with understanding a student’s “Outstanding performance in one or more academic subject areas”, applicants can demonstrate their interest and aptitude in a particular subject. 

For more information about how Creative Marbles experts can help students and parents navigate the complexities of the college admissions process, additionally complicated by test-optional policy changes for Fall 2021, contact us at Creative Marbles Consultancy

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About Jill Yoshikawa, Ed M, Partner of Creative Marbles Consultancy

Jill Yoshikawa, EdM, Harvard ’99, a seasoned, 25 year educator and consultant, is meticulous in helping clients navigate all aspects of the educational experience, no matter the level of complexity. She combines educational theory with experience to advise families, schools and educators. A UCSD and Harvard graduate, as well as a former high school teacher, Jill works tirelessly to help her clients succeed.
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