Matt Larriva
Aug 26, 2020

By Lauren Thompson and Matt Larriva This month, millions of students will return to school, and for most of them, “school” will mean sitting in front of a computer for hours of Zoom meetings, little social interaction, and a lot…

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Matt Larriva
Aug 20, 2020

Definitely. This is something of a no-lose situation. If you try to take the test and it’s canceled, then you’re no worse off. If you take the test and do poorly, you needn’t submit your scores, because the tests were…

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Matt Larriva
Aug 19, 2020

Regardless of how you prep (with or without a tutor) do not take a test “to see how you score” This is among the worst mistake I see students make. I liken this to jumping out of a plane to see…

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Matt Larriva
Aug 18, 2020

I went to UPenn and graduated from The Wharton School. UPenn does not have the name recognition that the other schools you listed do. If you asked people to write down all the Ivy League schools, I’m fairly confident UPenn…

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Matt Larriva
Aug 12, 2020

Does the curve for August’s trail (SAT) will be generous? The idea of an “SAT” curve is a misconception. Here’s a detailed article Powerful Prep wrote on the topic. As other answers have noted, the number of questions you can miss…

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Matt Larriva
Aug 11, 2020

I've been practicing for the SAT for almost 2 months now but still can't see a difference. Can I get a piece of advice (because it's so disappointing)? I’m sorry that’s happened to you, and I can totally understand why…

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Kevin_O
Aug 10, 2020

How much is the SAT going to matter with elite universities (most of which are test optional now)? I heard from many that "test-optional" is just a PR move, and that good scores now will give you even more of…

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Matt Larriva
Aug 10, 2020

Will test-optional colleges take my ACT score into consideration if I don't have the ACT writing portion this year? The first part of your question asks: can I submit an ACT without the writing portion. This depends on the school.…

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Matt Larriva
Aug 05, 2020

It totally depends on: what you mean by “good school”what your background looks like My company and I wrote a deep dive article on this topic. “Testing-optional” does not mean optional for everyone. If you are from a relatively privileged background, then…

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