ACT: Do I need to take the essay?

Standardized tests are hard enough to study for. Do you really need to take the optional essay portion, too? Unfortunately, if you’re taking the ACT, the answer 99% of the time is “yes.” Some colleges don’t require you to take the essay, but many do. If you are 100% certain that the schools you are applying to do not require or recommend the essay—which you…

SAT Essay: Should I take it?

Should I take the SAT Essay? Up until the big announcement in January, my answer was always affirmative; now, things are different. In January 2021, The College Board announced that the SAT Essay will be phased out in summer 2021; any students who are taking the SAT up until June can choose the optional Essay section, but it will no longer be offered nationally after…