The CalState Board of Trustees have decided to remove the standardized testing for undergraduate admissions. SAT & ACT test reporting will no longer be required or accepted for prospective applicants of America’s largest four-year university system.
The move is a bold step towards making university admissions easier and more inclusive for students from various socioeconomic backgrounds.
Talks of removing the standardized test reporting were making the rounds for almost a year before the decision was unanimously passed in a recent board meeting.
Commenting on the decision, Steve Relyea, the acting Chancellor said, “In essence, we are eliminating our reliance on a high-stress, high-stakes test that has shown negligible benefit and providing our applicants with greater opportunities to demonstrate their drive, talents and potential for college success.”
Many other prominent universities in the US have already made standardized tests optional or not acceptable in the post-pandemic era. The University of California is one such example.
CalState may not be the first big institute to eliminate standardized testing. However, the impact of this decision will be huge as the California State University System comprises 23 campuses and nearly 480,000 students.