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Exam Requirements

To satisfy the UC admission exam requirement, you are required to take the ACT Assessment plus Writing OR the SAT with Essay. You must complete the exams no later than December of your senior year of high school; official scores must be received by the end of January.

  • ACT Assessment plus Writing : Only the composite ACT score is used. If you take both the SAT with Essay and the ACT Assessment, we will convert your ACT score and SAT with Essay score to equivalent UC scores and use the test that gives you the higher score. You can convert your scores using the online UC admissions calculator.
  • SAT with Essay: If you take the SAT with Essay more than once, we use only your highest overall score (combined reading, math and writing scores) from the same test sitting. 
  • SAT Subject Tests: SAT Subject Tests are not required, and UC Davis will consider SAT Subject Tests only if they benefit the applicant.
  • Examination Credit: Include scores for any Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) exams on your UC application, as well as any exams you plan to take during your senior year. We do not consider AP or IB exams in our Comprehensive Review of your application. However, if you score a 3, 4 or 5 on certain AP tests and are admitted, you may receive credit toward your undergraduate degree. If you earn the IB diploma with a score of 30 or higher, you will receive 30 quarter (20 semester) units of credit toward an undergraduate degree. See the AP chart in the UC Davis General Catalog for information on earning Advanced Placement credit.
  • 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 University of California campus once it's available. If you've already received your scores, you can have additional score reports sent to UC Davis by contacting the testing agency (ACT or College Board for the SAT with Essay and SAT Subject Tests) and to order an additional score report.You only need to send your scores to one University of California campus—the UC Office of the President will ensure that your test scores reach each campus you apply to. We ask you to self-report your scores on your application, but we must receive official copies of your score reports by the end of January to complete processing of your application.

View the minimum subject and scholarship requirements for admission to the University of California.