Back in March, I wrote a post Admission by exam at UC, in which I listed how my son was meeting UC a–g requirements, which I had originally talked about a couple of years ago, when we started home schooling. This post updates that information:
- 1 year World History, 1 year US history (world history at home in 10th grade, US history at AFE in 11th)
- 4 years English (9th grade English didn’t happen, so we had to overload in 10th and 11th grade)
- 3 years Math (Art of Problem Solving Precalculus, Calculus, and Group Theory; Mathematical Problem Solving at UCSC, Applied Discrete Math at UCSC)
- 2–3 years science (Physiology in 9th, calculus-based physics in 10th and 11th, chemistry in 12th)
- 2 years foreign language (Spanish, through Spanish 3 at Cabrillo College, possibly through Spanish 4 next year)
- 1 year visual and performing arts (9th grade drama class, continuing theater classes at WEST performing arts)
- 1 year elective (various computer science and robotics projects, including the Art of Problem Solving Java course)
I managed to talk him into doing the SAT 2 tests in US and World History, which means that he can now validate all the UC a–g requirements by standard exams. He does not expect to do any more SAT tests, though he’ll probably do the AP Chem test at the end of his current AP chem class, just to validate that the level of the course was real.
The history requirements (requirement a) are validated by SAT 2 scores, English (requirement b) is validated by his SAT score on the reading section, math (requirement c) is validated by his SAT 2 and AP Calculus BC scores, the science (requirement d) is validated by his AP Physics C scores and the UC-approved physiology course (and probably by the AP chem as well), the foreign language (requirement e) by his community college Spanish courses, the arts (requirement f) by his high school drama course, and the elective (requirement g) by the AP Comp Sci exam, the math courses at UCSC, or his video editing course in 9th grade.
Of course, he could also qualify for Admission by exam, based on his SAT scores and 2 SAT 2 scores, even if we used his 2 lowest SAT 2 scores, rather than his 2 highest, so it doesn’t really matter whether he has completed the a–g requirements. But the a–g requirements to represent a fairly typical college-prep curriculum, so it is good that we can show that he’s covered all the standard courses—even the material that did not thrill him—for colleges other than UC, who may not have the admission-by-exam work-around.