Why submit something that does not affect the decision in the first place? Folks, AO would of course love to see every info about you! But he is not your lawyer! Test optional means two things: 1. process goes on. 2. no interpretation. Baeically zero.
But the moment you submit, you are in the business. You chose not to fold your cards. You risked it either benefits you or harms you. Where there is an upside gain potential, there is a downside loss risk. You cannot simply take the best of all possible worlds in a zero sum game.
Officers would hate test-optional. But that doesnt mean you should too. The moment you fold, they are prohibited from making assumptions. The moment you call, they get to judge you.
If they really wanted to nullify the impact, they would have made it “test-prohibited” instead of optional. Theu didn’t. Use the mechanism wisely. AOs are not your lawyers; they’ve got an important job to do - rejecting 85%.