In recent years, the California State University (CSU) & University of California systems have removed the requirement of taking an SAT/ACT in order to be accepted for admission. Students looking to apply to colleges in these systems do not need to take one of these tests in order to be accepted. The admission departments have also stated that they will not look at scores even if a student submits them with their applications.
While these California school systems have made this decision, private universities (including those in California) and colleges and universities outside of California have varying requirements. We encourage students and families to check the admission requirements for each school to see what the requirement for the SAT/ACT is.