CCPrep’s Guidance SAT/ACT Testing for the Class of 2024 and beyond
While we make every effort to post up to date information, requirements continue to change constantly and we recommend students verify all requirements and deadlines directly with each college they are applying to.
The emergence of COVID-19 has had profound impacts on the routine operations of almost every aspect of American life. The SAT & ACT Exams are no exception. In fact, we continue to receive regular updates from the College Board, ACT, & college admissions offices about changes to the SAT/ACT exam dates schedule & how those tests will factor into the admissions process for students in the Class of 2024
This FAQ is our effort to provide as much clarity & guidance to the students & families in the CCPrep community as possible, so that you can be empowered with the information that you need to make the right decision for your students.
FAQ: I heard that colleges are no longer requiring the SAT/ACT for students in the Class of 2024. Does that mean my student does not need to worry about their SAT/ACT score?
It’s important to know that colleges themselves decide what they will require for admission, and admissions requirements for students in the Class of 2024 will vary widely by college. Also, some colleges may use test scores for scholarships and/or placement. Here’s a summary of the CSUs, UCs, & private colleges are saying about the SAT/ACT for Class of 2024 students:
California State Universities (CSUs): The CSUs have announced that they will not be using the SAT/ACT at all in their admissions decisions for the Class of 2024. So if your student is applying only to CSUs, your student does not need an SAT/ACT score.
University of California System (UCs): The recent court decision will prevent the UC system from using SAT and ACT scores for the purpose of admissions. The classes of 2024 and beyond will not use SAT and ACT scores in admissions.
Private Colleges & Out-of-State Colleges: While the fact that some private & out of state colleges have made the SAT/ACT “optional” has made big headlines over the past year, not all of them have made that decision. This means students applying to private or out-of-state colleges should still ensure that they take the SAT and/or ACT exams.
Furthermore, recent new articles have provided analysis suggesting that acceptance rate to many colleges is actually higher for those who have submitted an SAT/ACT score as compared to those who applied as test-optional without an SAT/ACT score.
Summary: Unless you know your student is only applying to colleges that will not consider the SAT/ACT at all in 2024 (for example, only applying to CSUs or UCs), it’s best to have your student continue to prep for the SAT and/or ACT exams in order to help them craft their strongest possible applications. We harbor anxiety that students who choose to forgo the SAT/ACT because some colleges have gone “test optional” will find it tough to be awarded admittance to their top choice universities. For students in the Classes of 2024 and beyond, you should still plan on prepping and taking your SAT/ACT exams.