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Admission by examination at UCB

YZamyatinYZamyatin Registered User Posts: 627 Member
My OOS student is missing the VPA requirement. Can he rely on Admission by examination without it affecting his chances or is that only supposed to be relied upon by home schoolers or some other special cases?

The cutoff seems pretty low for UCB, which leads me believe that it isn't meant for everybody (else why even have the a-g requirements).


Replies to: Admission by examination at UCB

  • PentaprismPentaprism Registered User Posts: 479 Member
    A few years back, I asked a lady in UCB Admissions about admission by examination for my homeschooled daughter. She told us not to bother. She had been working for UCB Admissions for 7 years and had never seen a case.

    My D's UC score was around 480, well above the requirement 410 for CA residents. She was later admitted to UC through "normal" application process.

    This was our experience with UCB. I don't know about other campuses.
  • YZamyatinYZamyatin Registered User Posts: 627 Member
    edited September 2014
    But was your D missing one of the a-g requirements?

  • PentaprismPentaprism Registered User Posts: 479 Member
    She had only 1 semester of music. So in theory, she missed Visual and performing arts (“f”). In her case, I don't think UCB cared at all. But the point of my reply post is that from what I know, there is no such thing as "admission by examination" for UCB.
  • YZamyatinYZamyatin Registered User Posts: 627 Member
    Okay, thanks Pentaprism.
  • ucbalumnusucbalumnus Registered User Posts: 72,105 Senior Member
    "Admission by exam" merely provides an alternative way to meet minimum UC eligibility requirements; it does not ensure admission (merely being UC eligible does not ensure admission).
  • ethellouethellou Registered User Posts: 132 Junior Member
    Did anybody get in this year? My UC Score was 459 and I was shitcanned everywhere.
  • PentaprismPentaprism Registered User Posts: 479 Member
    See my reply in post #1 above, @ethellou. It's a year and a half old, but is still good.
  • ethellouethellou Registered User Posts: 132 Junior Member
    Too lazy, post it here.
  • ethellouethellou Registered User Posts: 132 Junior Member
    Fantastic scores. Perfection it would seem. Of course, Berkeley was always a reach, but nothing else? No UCR OR Merced? And if 425 is too low, for the love of Pete, raise it! Sheesh!
  • ethellouethellou Registered User Posts: 132 Junior Member
    All I know is that the website says one is eligible for consideration for out of state admission by exam only with a UC score of 425. My female 459 -35 one sitting ACT and 800 math level 2 and a decent literature score got flat out rejections at top 5 choices with no corresponding offers from Riverside or Merced. Ok, grades were meh, but don't advertise 425 if that's laughably low. If it's 475, say so and stop accepting fees from those you're tricking into thinking they might have a chance. And NO, this avenue is not only for the homeschooled.
  • Desiree2Desiree2 Registered User Posts: 317 Member

    Eligible for consideration doesn't mean she will get in. What is her GPA ?
  • GumbymomGumbymom Forum Champion UC Posts: 24,251 Forum Champion
    edited April 2016
    This is my understanding about the admission by examination:
    1. Rarely used unless there are extenuating circumstances allowed by UC admissions (would need to contact admissions directly and discuss these circumstances).

    2. Used mainly to fulfill one or more a-g course requirements but no guarantee it will cover all a-g requirements.

    3. Does not fulfill the required minimum UC GPA requirement to apply

    4. Is no guarantee that if you meet the UC score stated, that you will be accepted

    5. As @Desiree2 stated, it only makes the applicant eligible for consideration, so she was considered and then rejected.

    Why would she get a corresponding offer from UCR/UCM? Again, being ELC eligible means if a spot is available, it will be offered at UCM and rarely UCR but this is for in-state applicants only.
  • PentaprismPentaprism Registered User Posts: 479 Member
    edited April 2016
    I think there is some confusion here. The confusion may very well be mine.

    The link provided by @ethellou clearly shows, "If you don't meet UC's minimum requirements, you may be considered for admission to UC if you earn high scores on the ACT with Writing or SAT and two SAT Subject Tests."

    I take it to mean that the high test scores can be used instead of other "UC's minimum requirements," in particular the "subject requirement": "To be considered for admission, you must complete 15 year long high school courses with a grade of C or better — at least 11 of them prior to your senior year."

    "Admission by exam" doesn't mean "automatic admission." Being "considered" is not the same as being "admitted."

    This is not different from fulfilling the "subject requirement" doesn't guarantee admission. There are many applicants who meet "UC's minimum requirements" but are not admitted.

    Maybe instead of the phrase "admission by exam," UC should use "eligibility by exam"?

    Or am I missing something?
  • ethellouethellou Registered User Posts: 132 Junior Member
    Then do away with it for the love of all that is good. A ploy to bilk high scorers with meh grades.
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