uc berkeley test optional
Matt Larriva
Jan 20, 2021

Why did the University of California stop accepting and using the ACT/SAT scores for admittance? How’ll they gauge student abilities for acceptance and scholarships? How will the best universities connect with the best students? Yikes. There are a lot of…

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should i take the act vs sat test
Matt Larriva
Jan 19, 2021

"Which is easier, the ACT vs SAT?" "Which test should I take?" "When is the easiest test date?" We get asked these questions a lot. That makes sense! Why wouldn't students want to make taking the SAT or ACT as…

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Matt Larriva
Jan 14, 2021

So, when do you take the ACT? If you're looking for the easiest test date, I have some bad news; there's technically not one test date that's easier than the others. However... There is a way to determine the most…

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sat essay score perfect scoring tips
Matt Larriva
Dec 21, 2020

Many students ask me about SAT essay scores and request an example of an SAT essay with a perfect score. I will share my response below and explain why this SAT essay example fulfills all the scoring requirements. There are…

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student sitting at desk prepping for sat test
Matt Larriva
Dec 05, 2020

I was recently asked about the different types of students who typically take the SAT test and/or the ACT test. In my experience prepping countless students for ACT and SAT testing, I think it's safe to say that you'll encounter…

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cornell ivy league university
Matt Larriva
Dec 02, 2020

Ivy League admissions statistics paint a very clear picture of how difficult it is to get accepted into a prestigious school. With an average acceptance rate of just above 9%, the Ivy Leagues are among the most selective schools in…

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how to get into harvard
Matt Larriva
Oct 30, 2020

Want to know how to get into Harvard? As you might have guessed, it's a fairly common question we hear from our students and their parents. Attending a prestigious Ivy League school is undoubtedly a dream for many. And, while…

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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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student taking act sat test
Matt Larriva
Feb 12, 2020

The easiest test date: is it a myth or reality? We know some tests are harder than others. Try as they might, the test makers cannot produce two identically challenging exams. Because of this, and because the pool of test…

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Matt Larriva
Jan 20, 2021

It’s been a few weeks since you took the PSAT, and by now you’ve probably even forgotten about it. But PSAT scores will be announced soon (December 7 & 8, 2020), so now it’s time to figure out exactly what…

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student pondering if act or sat easier
Matt Larriva
Jan 20, 2021

"I've been studying but my practice test scores are not improving…can you advise?" First, I’m sorry that’s happened to you, and I can totally understand why you’re feeling disappointed. Rest assured, there are many ways to work through your plateau…

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Matt Larriva
Jan 20, 2021

Students are under constant pressure, especially during their SAT and ACT tests. While some stress is helpful for focus and concentration, too much can have unexpected consequences. Review these tips to help you translate all your hard work into high…

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student taking act sat test
Matt Larriva
Jan 20, 2021

In May of 2020, the Regents of the University of California voted to phase out the SAT and ACT test over five years. The schools will endeavor to create their own admissions test, designed to eliminate the socioeconomic bias latent…

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student taking a sat act test
Matt Larriva
Jan 20, 2021

Here, to save the state of education and eradicate bias, comes the UC system with its plan to reject the SAT and ACT and create its own test—or eschew with testing altogether if it can't do that. What the CollegeBoard…

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Matt Larriva
Jan 20, 2021

Does "test optional" mean optional for me? We are all familiar with the difference between “optional” (it makes no difference whether you do or don’t) and “optional” (technically you can choose this, but you probably shouldn’t). You have the option…

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Matt Larriva
Jan 19, 2021

While the school year seems like the most important part of the year, there's little you can do to stand out. You strive for a high GPA, but it's safe to assume that everyone else applying to your dream school…

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