University of California Will Stop Using SAT, ACT

University of California Will Stop Using SAT, ACT

The College of California board of regents voted Thursday to halt the spend of the SAT and ACT school admissions checks, reshaping school admissions in even handed one in all many largest and most prestigious school programs within the nation and dealing a basic blow to the multibillion-greenback school admission testing business.

The unanimous 23-to-Zero vote ratified a proposal set ahead ultimate month by UC President Janet Napolitano to portion out the checks over the subsequent 5 years until the sprawling UC system can type its possess examine.


  1. I know some people protest measures that are considered more "objective" over measures that are more "holistic", whether this is in school admittance, performance evaluation, promotion consideration, interviewing, determining welfare benefits, choosing who makes the rules and governs.

    However it has been my experience that whenever an explicit test or hierarchy is removed another shadow one builds up that is more subjective, more biased, and more subject to abuse.

    Sure the SAT/ACT does favor students whose parents had enough money to afford private tutors, but it also meant that if I didn't have a private tutor if I could get a perfect score my chances increase. Now it changes to the whims of the interviewer, the committee that ranks my "holistic" experience, etc.

  2. That sound you hear is panicked elites, rushing to the "side door" of the UC system in an attempt to figure out how best to influence their kid's probability of admission since paying a few grand for prep sessions (for piece of mind, mostly) on what's a pretty darn good measure of academic aptitude is a waste of everyone's time, now that the test is rendered meaningless … until California develops their own. I'm sure whatever they come up with will be quite the improvement.

    If there was a checklist that you'd go down to help the University system implode "remove testing for academic aptitude" is probably right before "all objective measures of performance are banned". At that point who the hell can justify paying $150k+ for a "degree"?

    Edit: pasting this from my below comment.

    I think people are misinterpreting my comment as suggesting elite parents would've been against this – far from it. They absolutely wanted this because now it's easier to hide middling academic aptitude from admissions boards at elite schools.

    To be clear: Removing this test helps elite parents, and hurts those who can't afford spending money on "summer experiences" abroad or poverty tourism or whatever.

  3. This is very unfortunate. Yes, you can improve your SAT score by studying somewhat, but not massively. The College board has made a free online prep course with Kahn academy that achieves similar results to professional coaching if the student puts in the time. The fact that a student is willing to put in that time should be an indicator that they're likely to be successful in college.

    Where more of the abuse is is in parents getting disability diagnoses to get extra time on the test. This same technique can be used to game grades though too.

  4. This is a great victory for privileged kids that can now rely more than ever on coaching to have the most awesome extra-curriculars and most convincing essays. Truly a brave step to ensure that poor kids can't sneak through the admissions system using their smarts. I expect this will lead to higher donations to the UC system in the future. </s>

    Seriously, considering stopping donations this year – I'm a UC alumnus and this makes me sad.

  5. Will the University of California create their own non-profit firm to handle the design and revision of these tests?

    Also, does anyone know if other top universities are thinking of creating their own exams?


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