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Information provided by Fair Test

According to The National Center for Fair and Open Testing more than 60% of 4-year colleges and universities in the U.S. will not require applicants to submit ACT or SAT scores for fall 2021 admission. The National Center for Fair & Open Testing (FairTest), which maintains a free, online master list, reports that 1,460 schools are now test-optional. The federal government recognizes 2,330 bachelor-degree institutions.

Colleges and Universities Temporarily Waiving ACT/SAT Scores for Fall 2020 Admission ONLY

August 17: The NCAA has waved the SAT/ACT testing requirement for incoming Division I and II athletes who plan to enroll full time in the 2021-21 academic year and play a sport.

University of California News (UC)UC will be "test-optional" for fall 2021 and fall 2022. Freshman applicants are not required to submit SAT/ACT test scores. 

UC Nov. 2020 update on the use of the SAT/ACT

UC will not consider SAT or ACT test scores when making admissions decisions or awarding Regents and Chancellor’s scholarships. If students choose to submit test scores as part of their application, they may be used to determine eligibility for the California statewide admissions guarantee, as an alternative method of fulfilling minimum requirements for eligibility or for course placement after they enroll.


For more information, visit our webpage on the examination requirement

California State University (CSU): The California State University (CSU) has temporarily suspended the use of ACT/SAT examinations in determining admission eligibility for all CSU campuses for the 2021-2022 academic year.