UCLA Undergraduate Admission wants to acknowledge that these are anything but normal times. We appreciate that some students or their families have been directly and significantly impacted by COVID-19, and encourage all students to focus first and foremost on their own mental and physical health and well-being, their family and community, and finally their continued learning in the face of unprecedented circumstances.

We will continue to update our website as the year evolves so please check back regularly for the latest information.

UCLA Application Advice related to COVID-19

Please see UCLA Application Advice related to COVID-19 for application advice and changes in regard to COVID-19.

Update to the standardized testing requirement for fall 2021 and 2022

UCLA will be "test-optional" for fall 2021 and fall 2022. Freshman applicants are not required to submit SAT/ACT test scores.

What does "test-optional" mean?

  • You choose whether or not to submit SAT/ACT scores with your application
  • If you choose not to submit test scores, your application will still receive full consideration. Students will not be penalized in the admission review process for not submitting SAT/ACT scores.
  • Students will no longer be required to submit the SAT Essay/ACT Writing Test.

Details regarding UC’s testing policy are provided on the UC admission website for future applications terms beyond 2022.

An important note for those considering sitting for an upcoming SAT/ACT for fall 2021 admission

UCLA recognizes that demand for SAT/ACT administrations this fall may be challenging due to COVID-related cancellations in recent months. In addition, we understand that there are real safety concerns about gathering to take a standardized test. If you have any of these concerns, we want to reiterate that submission of a test score is NOT required. As we stated above, no applicant will be disadvantaged in any way for not submitting an SAT or ACT score. Your safety is more important to us than a test score. All applications will be reviewed holistically, and testing has always been only one of many factors considered in our review process. We recognize that access, safety, and proper accommodations are huge factors in a student’s ability to take one of these exams. Optional means optional. We look forward to reading your application!