Since most schools are test optional now, when should you choose to upload scores?Answered
Most schools are stating that they are "Test Optional", however, this raises the question of whether it is beneficial or hurtful to upload your scores.
Although most schools are saying that they’re “test optional”, I would think submitting scores would be beneficial. There’s probably so many other students your going to be competiting against who are going to not submit scores just because they don’t have to. Submitting test scores will give you an extra boost on your application!
good rule of thumb for all test optional admissions—if your scores are generally good, like above the halfway point for that school (you can usually find that online), it's usually a good idea to send them. if they're above the 75th percentile, you should always send them. if they're lower than the halfway point but the rest of your profile is in line with students that school usually accepts, don't send them.
I just watched the CollegeVine webinar tonight regarding this exact topic, and it seemed to me that the general rule of thumb was that submitting was usually a better choice than not submitting. Host Vinay Bhaskara recommended that if you are below the 25% margin of SAT/ACT scores for a particular school but your other stats are good, then you would benefit from not submitting your test scores. Other than that circumstance, you would be better off submitting your test scores because on average, students who do submit test scores are 2x (I think that's what he said) more likely to be accepted than those who do not submit them.
I agree with the other answer, but if you’re an all around great student and your scores are not good, do not submit them. If they do not show off your abilities, that’s fine, but if they are not good by any means, it does not benefit you at all to put them in.