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CSU Goes “Test-Blind” (For Now): What You Need to Know



In the wake of the COVID-19 crisis, universities across the country have been reconsidering their use of SAT/ACT test scores in making admissions decisions. Some university systems, like UC, have released extensive, multi-year plans for phasing out the test requirement, while others are more focused on the immediate future. The CSU system, for example, has committed to suspending its standardized test requirement – but only for the next year or so. Here’s what you need to know:

For students applying for admission to a CSU in Fall 2021, Winter 2022, or Spring 2022, SAT/ACT test scores will not be used in determining admission. That means that admissions decisions will be based on other factors, like GPA, extracurricular involvement, and other supplemental criteria - even for impacted campuses and programs.

You may be wondering what the situation will look like for students applying for the 2023-24 academic year. Unfortunately, no announcement beyond 2021-2022 has been made, but we’ll be staying tuned for more updates.

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