Coronavirus: UC suspends SAT requirements

Coronavirus: UC suspends SAT requirements

University of California (UC) has announced that it will be temporarily relaxing its admissions requirements for prospective undergraduate students by suspending the use of SAT during the Coronavirus pandemic.

A statement from the University of California (UC) said that it hoped the suspension of SAT requirements will alleviate some of the pressures that hopeful students are currently facing, in the midst of the stress caused by the Coronavirus outbreak.

UC believes it will also significantly limit the impact that these exceptional circumstances may have had on students’ future prospects.

These temporary adaptation measures include: suspending the standardized test requirement for applying students; ensuring that there will be no rescission of student admissions offers due to students or schools missing deadlines; and student’s retention of admission status until official documents are received by campuses.

UC Coronavirus SAT and other requirements suspension will be extended as applicable

John A. Pérez, Chair of the Board of Regents, the governing board for UC, explained in more detail the thought-process behind these measures: “We want to help alleviate the tremendous disruption and anxiety that is already overwhelming prospective students due to COVID-19.

“By removing artificial barriers and decreasing stressors – including suspending the use of the SAT – for this unprecedented moment in time, we hope there will be less worry for our future students.”

Measures will ‘ensure prospective students aiming for UC get a full and fair shot’

Janet Napolitano, President of UC, likewise endorsed the implementation of these exceptional measures:

“The COVID-19 outbreak is a disaster of historic proportions disrupting every aspect of our lives, including education for high school students, among others.

“The University’s flexibility at this crucial time will ensure prospective students aiming for UC get a full and fair shot — no matter their current challenges.”

Other measures approved include:

– Suspending the letter grade requirement for A-G courses completed in winter/spring/summer 2020 for all students, including UC’s most recently admitted freshmen

– Suspending the standardised test requirement for students applying for fall 2021 freshman admission

– Providing that there will be no rescission of student admissions offers that result from students or schools missing official final transcript deadlines, and student retention of admission status through the first day of class until official documents are received by campuses

– For transfer students, temporarily suspending the cap on the number of transferable units with “pass/no pass” grading applied toward the minimum 60 semester/90 quarter units required for junior standing

This alteration to admissions requirements is applicable to students who are intending to enrol at the university this Autumn (Fall), and will extend to future years as applicable.

Pic: UC Berkeley/Elena Zhukova

Josephine Walbank - Reporter, Global Education Times (GET News)

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