The College Board would not respond to a request for comment on the Yale announcement Dropping the SAT Essay Yale follows Harvard in ending requirement that students complete writing portion of SAT or ACT. University of San Diego makes similar move, leaving only 25 colleges with the requirement. More colleges go test optional. Yale University last week notified counselors who make use of high school students that the university will no more require applicants to accomplish the SAT essay or even the ACT writing test. A memo Yale sent to counselors said the university wished to make the application process easier on those that use the SAT or ACT during school hours. Those administrations frequently try not to give students time for the writing test, so students had to register for [...]