I plan on applying to a variety of competitive schools, and from what I have heard, although the essay may be optional, it should be taken to prove that you are a competitive student. My school has said they won't be offering the SAT with Essay due to time constraints.
Should I opt out of the school-wide SAT (march) and take the April one on my own accord? This is going to be my first SAT, and I plan on taking two more during the summer so I can study. Odds are I will beat my score after the summer tests, so is this March test even important? Additionally, my last concern is that because this is the first new SAT, I may score higher on this one as the test is not fully adjusted yet.