UC campuses - required vs recommened

<p>Hi all. It has been a while since i have posted a question, or answered questions. My son is a sophomore at a University, and is currently doing fine, so i have been able to step back, and not post so often on CC.</p>

<p>Recently, I have had discussions with a friend/co-worker whose daughter is a high school junior. She is interested in attending a UC campus in California. Math is not her strongest subject. Her counselor has told them that the SAT 2 Math 2 test is required for accpetance to UC campuses. </p>

<p>**Does anyone have current information on applying to, and being accepted to the UC campus system, and if the SAT 2 Math 2 is requird?, not required?, strongly recommended?, etc. Maybe the bottomline is what is important.</p>

<p>If the SAT 2 Math 2 is is not officailly 'required', maybe the real question is: Does a student have a realistic chance of being admitted without taking it? If it is not possible, or highly unlikely, to gain acceptance to a UC without the SAT 2 Math 2, then it may as well be considered required, even if it is not officially required?)</p>

<p>Any thoughts or information that you might have, would be greatly appreciated.**</p>

<p>I would like to assist my friend, provide some information/advice, so that his daughter gets accurate information, and is able to apply to all the schools that she might be interested in. </p>

<p>Since it has been almost 3 years since my son went through the college application process, i have forgotten some of the details. I did look at the UC Application webpages. </p>

<p>Below is the actual information from the UC webpage: </p>


<p>Examination Requirement: All applicants must submit scores from the following tests:</p>

<p>The ACT Assessment plus Writing or the SAT Reasoning Test. The critical reading, writing and mathematics scores on the SAT must be from the same sitting. If you take the ACT, you will be asked to report your scores on each section of the test as well as your composite score.</p>

<p>Two SAT Subject Tests.
These must be in two different areas, chosen from the following: English, history and social studies, mathematics (Level 2 only), science or language other than English.</p>


<p>admitted to 3 UC schools (so far), didn't take Math lvl 2. You need to of the subject tests, but they can be any two from the list. Might be different if applying for Engineering, I can't say for that case.</p>

<p>Two SATIIs are required but they can be English and History or Foreign Lang and Science, or any combination of categories that don't overlap. Math is just one option.</p>

<p>For UCs, if you decide to take Math as a subject test than it has to be Math 2 not Math 1. But Math is not a required subject test.</p>

<p>Yeah, I got into every UC I applied to so far (UCI, UCSD, UCSB, UCSC, and UCD) without taking the Math II.</p>


<p>She'll need to take the Math test if she wants to go into engineering but given that math's not her strong suit, she's probably not interested in engineering anyway.</p>

<p>The UC system is considering dropping the SAT II requirements altogether, according to recent articles, e.g. <a href="http://www.latimes.com/news/education/la-me-subject16mar16,1,6546903.story%5DUC%5B/url"&gt;http://www.latimes.com/news/education/la-me-subject16mar16,1,6546903.story]UC[/url&lt;/a&gt;] panel seeks to drop extra SAT tests from admission requirements - Los Angeles Times.
(I don't know if I properly posted the link, so sorry if it doesn't work). As for the Math II, if a student chooses to take a Math SAT II, the UCs will only accept Math II, not Math I, as I understand it.</p>

<p>Math 2 is neither required nor recommended for admissions to Letters & Sciences. As u-dad noted above, Math 2 is (strongly) recommended for Engineering applicants.</p>

<p>Any change to Subject Test requirements would likely only affect today's current Frosh.</p>

<p>Thank you, Thank you, to all who have posted. You have been very helpful. I will pass on your comments to my friend. </p>

<p>again, thanks.</p>