On May 21, the University of California announced it was conducting a feasibility study for creating a new standardized test for college applicants. The UC further announced that if such a new test was not ready in time for the Class of 2029, the system would permanently drop the standardized testing requirement. The study’s recommendation is due next month.
As of right now, we believe that, ultimately, the UC system will not create its own standardized test. If it won’t revert back to an established test that has successfully achieved economies of scale such as the SAT or ACT, it will remain test free. Given the political climate in California, we believe this will be the path the UC system ultimately chooses.