With the College Board making the SAT Essay optional for SAT test takers beginning in March 2016 and the ACT, which already had a writing optional status, changing its writing section format, many students are wondering if they need to take the writing section of either test.
In short, as with most college admissions related questions, the answer is: It depends. It depends upon which colleges/universities you are interested in. Some colleges and universities have decided on their policy with regard to writing and some have yet to decide. Since the list of where each school stands on the essay is continually being updated, it is best to check one or both of these links where the website owners, College Board, and Compass Prep are updating their information regularly. If in doubt about a certain school, it is best to take the writing section of the tests just in case.
Sandy Aprahamian, MEd. EDNavigators LLC