As of March 23, 2022, all public universities in California are now test free, meaning no SAT or ACT scores are required, nor will be considered in admissions. The California State Universities (CSU) Trustees permanently eliminated SAT and ACT scores from consideration, joining with the University of California (UC) Regents who declared permanent test free policies last fall.
Of note, all West Coast public universities in Oregon, Washington, and California are no longer requiring SAT or ACT scores for admissions. However, Oregon and Washington public universities are test-optional, meaning students can submit SAT or ACT scores for consideration and if the admissions officer believes the scores are helpful will consider the scores.
However, private universities both in California and around the US, like MIT and Georgetown, as well as some public universities in states, like Georgia and Florida, have reinstated the requirement for submitting SAT and ACT scores. Thus, students and parents would be prudent to check testing requirements at each college before deciding on colleges for which to submit an application for admission.
For more information about how Creative Marbles experts can help students and parents navigate the complex college admissions and essay writing process, more complicated as test-optional admissions policies change how students share their qualifications for admissions, contact us at Creative Marbles Consultancy