No more SAT/ACT for the UCs

5 Areas to Focus on to Prepare for College

News reverberated everywhere when University of California Provost Michael Brown announced in November 2021 that “UC will continue to practice test-free admissions now and into the future.”

For many high school students, not having to take standardized tests as part of admissions is a welcome relief. But this may still beg the question: if the UCs won’t be looking at my test scores, what else can I do to be a strong applicant? Below are 5 areas that you can focus on throughout your high school career, whether or not you apply just to the University of California:

1. Improve your GPA