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Judge Rules Against 'Test-Optional' Policy

USA Today: "University of California schools can no longer use SAT and ACT test results in deciding undergraduate admissions as the school system's 'test optional' policy at some of its campuses may unfairly benefit those who can access a test amid the COVID-19 pandemic, a judge ruled. Alameda County Superior Court Judge Brad Seligman said that 'test optional' policy at some UC campuses denies students who do not submit standardized test results a 'second look' during the admissions process that those who do submit the tests are afforded."

"The system allowed for a 'test optional' policy at some campuses, which permitted students who wanted to take the SAT and ACT to submit their scores in hopes of boosting their admission chances. Seligman said attorneys for the UC system showed that by submitting their scores, students at the 'test optional' campuses 'can only help, and never hurt an applicant ... Put another way, the tests are treated as a plus factor, and thus test-submitters are given a second opportunity for admission consideration'."

"In a statement provided by spokeswoman Claire Doan, the University of California system said it 'respectfully disagrees' with the ruling and would consider further legal action. 'An injunction may interfere with the University’s efforts to implement appropriate and comprehensive admissions policies and its ability to attract and enroll students of diverse backgrounds and experiences,' the statement said."

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