Over the last two years, a variety of high-profile colleges have announced that the SAT/ACT essay will now be optional for applicants to their schools because they believe a single essay cannot reliably predict a student’s college writing capabilities.
“We will continue to value writing as particularly meaningful as we develop a sense of students as potential members of the Duke community.
And we will still pay careful attention to essay scores and what they represent for those students who submit them,” Guttentag said.
-If you take the essay and achieve a reasonable score, you won't have to worry about the essay requirement/recommendation as you finalize your college list.
-Taking the essay will require an additional 40-50 minutes of your time on test day, plus, if you prep with Frontier Tutoring, a couple hours of dedicated preparation time.
There is a reasonable possibility that you will apply to “reach” or “match” colleges that recommend the essay, OR you're already planning to do.
Our SAT/ACT Prep Class include essay prep at no additional charge (for SAT/ACT Individual Prep programs, you have the option to add one hour of essay instruction), and essay prep requires a minimal time investment.It's an easy way to give your admissions profile a boost (albeit a small one), especially if you’re already good at writing, or if you want to showcase your skills in writing to help compensate for lower grades in English classes.-Compared to the rest of the SAT/ACT, preparing for the essay often requires only a small time investment to achieve meaningful improvement (see what we wrote above).The change means the SAT essay and ACT writing tests will be optional but recommended, while also reducing barriers that students from low-income families and under-resourced schools may encounter when applying, said Christoph Guttentag, dean of undergraduate admissions.The move will begin with next year’s incoming undergraduate class.Registering for the official SAT/ACT essay also costs an extra - .-It's theoretically possible that you could perform very poorly on the essay on test day.Since the launch of the redesigned SAT test in March 2016 and the revamped ACT writing section in September 2015, many universities across the country have reevaluated their testing requirements in an effort to make the college application process easier and less costly for students.By making the submission of essay scores optional, Yale joins a number of peer institutions that have enacted similar policies in recent years, including Harvard, Dartmouth and Columbia.Additional Resources North to My Future (free college admissions strategy session) SAT/ACT Prep Programs College Admissions Consulting Programs The Ultimate Guide to Designing Your SAT/ACT Prep Strategy The Frontier 49 (GPA and SAT/ACT norms for admitted applicants at 49 popular colleges) Abilene Christian Austin College Chapman Colby College Concordia Duke Manhattan College Michigan State Moorhouse College Occidental College Oregon State Simmons College Stony Brook - SUNY Taylor U. Coast Guard Academy University at Buffalo - SUNY University of Massachusetts-Amherst University of Minnesota-Twin Cities -- These are the approximate national average scores for the SAT/ACT essay sections. We don't recommend investing significant time in calculating an exact target score for the essay itself; the more meaningful decision is whether or not to take it, and if you are taking it, then preparing sufficiently to achieve a respectable score.Duke University will no longer require applicants to submit SAT essay or ACT writing scores when applying for admission, school officials announced Friday.