Should I take the SAT/ACT with writing?Answered
I am applying to many colleges, none of them have an obligation in which I have to take the SAT/ACT with writing but I am applying to very selective colleges so does it affect my chances if I do take the SAT/ACT with writing?
If none of your schools require or recommend the SAT/ACT writing section, I wouldn't take it. Your time would be better spent studying for the other sections. If it is recommended at one of your colleges, I would take it, especially since you are looking at selective schools. I don't think it will drastically affect your chances, but if you get a good score at a school where it is recommended, it could help.
I wouldn't take it unless it's mandatory. It's probably the LEAST weighted thing in your application.
Most colleges nowadays have phased out the ACT/SAT with writing. From my understanding, most colleges also don't have a preference of whether you take the ACT/SAT with writing. Ultimately, your decision should be based on what you think will be best for you to perform as well as possible.
If you think you can do better on a writing test, take the writing test. If you think it will lower your score, don't take it.
Best of luck to you on your application(s)!