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Exam requirements for freshman admission

The University of California Board of Regents unanimously approved suspension of the standardized test requirement (ACT/SAT) for all California freshman applicants until fall 2024.

For fall 2021 applicants, UC Davis will be test-optional 

ACT and SAT tests will be optional. Test scores submitted by applicants will not be used in the comprehensive application review process. Applicants who do not submit ACT or SAT test scores will receive full consideration as applicants who choose to submit test scores.

UC Davis continues to assess campus policy for students applying for 2022 admission and beyond, and will update this page by September 2021.


ACT with Writing or SAT with Essay

The University of California will no longer collect test scores for the ACT with Writing and SAT with Essay, even if students choose to submit general test scores as part of their application for admission.

SAT Subject Tests – CEEB code: 004834

SAT Subject Tests are not required; UC Davis will consider SAT Subject Tests only if they benefit the applicant.

Admission Statistics

SAT: 1260-1470
Math: 640-780
Evidence-based Reading and Writing: 600-710

ACT: 28-34

*All ranges reflect the middle 50% of students admitted as of July 22, 2020. Learn more about admission statistics

Reporting Your Scores

You may report your official test scores to UC Davis at the time you take each test by requesting that your score report be automatically sent to UC Davis or any UC campus once it is available. If you've already received your scores, you can have additional score reports sent to UC Davis by contacting the testing agency for additional copies (ACT or College Board for the SAT with Essay and SAT Subject Tests). You only need to send your scores to one UC campus.