SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — All California State University campuses have temporarily suspended the use of ACT/SAT exams as a factor in admissions for upcoming freshmen.

The university system made the announcement on Friday and comes amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic that has forced schools to cancel in-person classes and move to distance learning.

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“This temporary change will ensure equitable access to the university, and should provide some measure of relief to prospective students and their families,” said CSU Chancellor Timothy P. White in a statement.

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Instead of SAT or ACT scores, colleges will now be leaning on students’ grade point average in their “a-g” college prep classes.

Other factors for determining admission will also include the number of classes exceeding the minimum “a-g” requirements, household income and extracurricular activities.

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CSU officials note that the ACT/SAT requirement is only being suspended for the fall 2021, winter 2022 and spring 2022 admission cycles.