College Exams

Due to COVID-19, Fall 2021 applicants to CSU and UC campuses will not be required to take the SAT or ACT Exams. These exams have been suspended and are now optional admission criteria for the Fall 2021 application cycle only*. Students applying for Fall 2021 at a private university or out-of-state university will need to check the individual campuses for testing requirements.

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*Future CSU applicants for the Fall 2022 and Fall 2023 cycles will be required to take the SAT or ACT Exam for admission eligibility. The UC system has suspended the use of SAT/ACT exams for all applicants during the Fall 2021, 2022, and 2023 admission cycle.

ON-CAMPUS Test Dates for 2020-2021 school year

RHS plans to host the following SAT / ACT examinations on-campus.

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  • August 29, 2020 (SAT) - CANCELLED

  • October 3, 2020 (SAT)

  • October 24, 2020 (ACT)

  • March 13, 2021 (SAT) - Limited Space

  • April 17, 2021 (ACT) - Limited Space

  • Spring 2021- Date To Be Determined (ASVAB)

  • May 2021 (AP)

SAT & ACT Exam updates

  • Test-optional for fall 2021 and fall 2022: Campuses will have the option to use ACT/SAT test scores in selection consideration if applicants choose to submit them, and will develop appropriate policies and procedures to implement the Board’s decision.

  • Test-blind for fall 2023 and fall 2024: Campuses will not consider test scores for California public and independent high school applicants in admissions selection, a practice known as “test-blind” admissions. Test scores could still be considered for other purposes such as course placement, certain scholarships and eligibility for the statewide admissions guarantee.

  • New standardized test: Starting in summer 2020 and ending by January 2021, UC will undertake a process to identify or create a new test that aligns with the content UC expects students to have mastered to demonstrate college readiness for California freshmen.

  • Elimination of the ACT/SAT test requirement: By 2025, any use of the ACT/SAT would be eliminated for California students and a new UC-endorsed test to measure UC-readiness would be required. However, if by 2025 the new test is either unfeasible or not ready, consideration of the ACT/SAT for freshman admissions would still be eliminated for California students.

  • Elimination of writing test: The University will eliminate altogether the SAT Essay/ACT Writing Test as a requirement for UC undergraduate admissions, and these scores will not be used at all effective for fall 2021 admissions.



UPDATE FOR Class of 2021 Seniors:

  • CSU (California State Universities) are TEST BLIND for Fall 2021 admissions. TEST BLIND means that the CSUs will not require students to report scores and will not look at reported SAT/ACT scores.

  • UC (University of California campuses) are TEST OPTIONAL for Fall 2021 admissions. TEST OPTIONAL means that the UCs will allow student to report the scores, but it is not a requirement for admission eligibility.

  • Private Universities or Out-of State Colleges. Some colleges are TEST OPTIONAL while others are TEST REQUIRED. To check, visit the college's website or view the updated list at: