Matt Larriva
Sep 04, 2020

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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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
Apr 13, 2020

By Lauren Thompson & Matt Larriva With an average acceptance rate of just above 9%, the Ivy Leagues are among the most selective schools in the World.  With that in mind, it makes sense that there are only three types…

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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
Oct 13, 2020

Yes. You know there’s a difference; what you mean is, “how significant is a 0.05 grade point to Ivy League admissions?” The answer, unfortunately, is higher than you’d like. On one hand you might say, “3.85 rounds to 3.9—why would…

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Matt Larriva
Oct 13, 2020

That depends on what your starting score is and on what you consider “good.” There are too many factors to be able to answer this with any sense of certainty--what if you’re a straight-A student who just needs to review…

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Matt Larriva
Oct 13, 2020

This is a good question. The other people answering are misunderstanding your question to be, “am I allowed to change the order of the SAT” (the answer is no). But your question was, “can changing the order affect performance?” The…

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Matt Larriva
Sep 25, 2020

In early September, the UC system was barred from using SAT and ACT scores entirely. This is not to be confused with the UC’s earlier decision to intentionally phase out the use of SAT and ACT scores over a 4-year period; nor is…

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Matt Larriva
Sep 17, 2020

I can’t guarantee a 1500, but I can tell you how to make sure you have the highest likelihood of the largest improvement in the time you have. Map out the material you need to learn. If you’re taking the…

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Matt Larriva
Sep 16, 2020

This question is too subjective to be useful. The other will tell you that you’re in the XXth percentile, and “not bad at all.” And, if your goal was admission to a testing-optional school, or if your goal was to…

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Matt Larriva
Sep 13, 2020

By Lauren Thompson and Matt Larriva Is the University of Pennsylvania your dream school?  Do you stay up nights dreaming of what it will be like to stroll down Locust Walk as the cherry blossoms are coming into color around…

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Matt Larriva
Sep 08, 2020

If colleges no longer accept SAT scores, how do I ensure my child gets in? Yikes. There are a lot of very emotional and incorrect answers to this question, so I’ll try to provide some objectivity here. First, the premise…

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Kevin_O
Sep 01, 2020

The 2021 College Application Season is here and colleges across the country are beginning to release their supplemental essays.  Supplemental essays are used in addition to the longer Main Essay and provide applicants with opportunities to share additional information about…

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