Is it better to take the SAT with or without the essay?

#1: Do Any Schools I Want to Apply to Require the SAT Essay? If you’re applying to any school that requires the Essay, then you must take the SAT with Essay. If you take the SAT without Essay, your application will be incomplete and you won’t get admitted.

Does taking the essay on the SAT help your score?

The essay is optional and scored separately from the multiple choice portions of the test (your essay score doesn’t affect your Evidence-Based Reading and Writing score). Another difference in the scoring methodology is the elimination of point deductions for wrong answers.

How much SAT score is required for Harvard?

The 25th percentile New SAT score is 1460, and the 75th percentile SAT score is 1580. In other words, a 1460 places you below average, while a 1580 will move you up to above average. There’s no absolute SAT requirement at Harvard, but they really want to see at least a 1460 to have a chance at being considered.