Pandemic related admission changes have made it even tougher to decide if and when you want to send ACT scores to colleges. While there are test-optional schools, the optional part makes it tricky. If you do not take the ACT and do not submit scores, you will be typically be evaluated for scholarships and admission based on your high school transcript and application essay questions. If you think you stand out and meet the admission requirements, you may not need to take the ACT. However, test-optional means some students will submit scores. Taking the ACT may increase your chances of admission, speed the admission process, and offer more opportunities for scholarships.