See it as Test Opportunity rather than Test Optional!
It’s true that many colleges and universities have adopted a test-optional policy in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, but it’s important to remember that these tests can still be an opportunity for students who choose to take them. Standardized tests can help demonstrate a student’s academic abilities and potential, particularly if their grades or other application materials may not fully reflect their abilities.
Additionally, performing well on the SAT or ACT can potentially open doors to more selective colleges and universities or scholarship opportunities, which could have a significant impact on a student’s future prospects.
Of course, standardized tests are not the only measure of a student’s potential or worth, and universities do consider a range of factors when evaluating applicants, including extracurricular activities, essays, and letters of recommendation, as well as academic achievements. However, last year at Ivy League institutions, where about 50% of students submitted test scores and 50% did not, 70% of those admitted were those who had submitted test scores. So, if you can do well enough on your testing to want to submit scores, doing so can tip the scales in your favor. Afterall, there are very few universities that are completely test blind. The majority are test optional for the time being and some have already reverted back to requiring test results.
In summary, while standardized tests like the SAT or ACT may not be required by all colleges and universities, they should be seen as an opportunity for students who choose to take them.