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University Of California Admissions No Longer Require Standardized Testing

Standardized testing will no longer be required for freshman admissions to the University of California. 

During yesterday's meeting of the university system's Board of Regents, members reportedly nixed proposals to find alternative standardized tests to replace the traditional SAT and ACT exams. Last year, officials with the statewide university system rejected the traditional college-admittance examinations, arguing that they are "biased against low-income students, disabled students, and (students of color)." “UC will continue to practice test-free admissions now and into the future,” Provost Michael Brown said during Thursday’s meeting.

Earlier this year, a university committee also rejected the possibility of UC developing its own standardized exam. The UC testing saga has unfolded over several years. It began in 2018, when former UC President Janet Napolitano asked the Academic Senate to review the university’s use of the tests and recommend any necessary changes.

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