cornell ivy league university
Matt Larriva
Jan 16, 2022

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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Dartmouth college
Matt Larriva
Jan 13, 2022

Dartmouth is a prestigious college with a historic dedication to diversity and excellence, and with an average acceptance rate of only 6.2%, Dartmouth is extremely hard to get into. Dartmouth regularly ranks as one of the top universities in the…

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STUDENT REPORT CARD WITH WEIGHTED AND UNWEIGHTED GPA
Matt Larriva
Dec 30, 2021

Many students have questions about weighted GPAs vs unweighted GPAs. Once they learn colleges only look at unweighted GPA's, a common follow-up question it how big the difference between a 3.85 GPA and a 3.9 GPA actually is. While there’s…

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princton university nassau hall
Matt Larriva
Dec 26, 2021

Move over, Harvard. Princeton is the best university in the country, according to US News and World. And with that kind of prestige, you can rightly assume it's nearly impossible to get accepted. If you want to know how to…

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should i take the act vs sat test
Matt Larriva
Dec 26, 2021

"Which test should I take, the ACT vs SAT?" "Which test test is easier and 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…

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yale campus at night
Matt Larriva
Dec 26, 2021

Whether it is for the school’s Hogwarts-like residential college system, its Tony Award-winning Repertory Theatre in residence at the David Geffen School of Drama, its countless alumni who lead in politics, the arts, and business, or simply for the fact…

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how to get into harvard
Matt Larriva
Dec 26, 2021

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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A rendering of a DNA statue composited next to the MIT STATA building home to the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL).
Matt Larriva
Dec 23, 2021

If you dream of contributing to the world’s understanding of science and technology, then start your journey at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). This hyper-competitive institution has yielded more Nobel Laureates, astronauts, and influential inventors than most entire countries…

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ScoreLock SAT test score guarantee powerful prep
Matt Larriva
Sep 14, 2021

The confusion of the testing-optional trend has somehow made college admissions even more intense and competitive. With strong schools looking for even stronger scores, we are proud to continue our commitment to our students' success by introducing an offering guaranteed to…

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students carrying Cornell banner
Matt Larriva
Jul 30, 2021

Out of all the Ivy League schools, Cornell University's acceptance rate is the highest, thus earning the reputation that it is “easy” to get into. However, nothing could be farther from the truth. Cornell has proven to be an extremely…

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Matt Larriva
Jun 24, 2021

Columbia University was ranked the third best college in the United States by US News in 2021 and consistently ranks in the top 20 by others.  It is the oldest institution of higher learning in New York State and the…

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Matt Larriva
Jun 09, 2021

UNITED STATES, June 8, 2021 || Higher Ed Dive [...] Matt Larriva, founder of tutoring business Powerful Prep, in an interview rattled off these criticisms. He said it's unfair that most critiques focus on the tests. The SAT and ACT don't…

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student asking when do you take the sat
Matt Larriva
May 05, 2021

When do you take the SAT? The first step in understanding when to take the SAT test is identifying a test prep schedule that works best for you. In this article, I will explain why that's the case and share…

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act vs sat logos
Matt Larriva
Apr 13, 2021

The State of the Tests: 2021  This article comes from my presentation at the College Workshop Week (a big thanks to Penny Reeves for hosting!). Consider it your ultimate guide to ACT and SAT prep. Get recommendations on whether or…

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press clipping of powerful prep student earning perfect score on the act
Matt Larriva
Apr 07, 2021

IRVINE, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES, April 7, 2021 || College Express Concierge Tutoring Firm Works with Test-Prep Student to Consistently Increase Score Powerful Prep, a leading concierge tutoring firm dedicated to transparency, massive point gains, and customized curriculum, announced today that…

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Matt Larriva
Mar 24, 2021

An average high school GPA matters less throughout high school. The longer you spend in high school, the less your average high school GPA can move. So, as you progress through the years, shift your focus to the part of…

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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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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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LOVE statue on UPenn Campus
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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international student studying for ivy league acceptance
Matt Larriva
Jan 05, 2022

Update: as of May 2021 the SAT Subject tests are discontinued internationally and domestically. The College Board encourages students to demonstrate their subject proficiency through the AP Exams instead. For more information, please contact us or read The College Board's…

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Matt Larriva
Jan 03, 2022

The SAT/ACT testing landscape is in a state of flux. Changing but not Leaving The year 2016 ushered in the introduction of a new pre -ACT, the coming of the New SAT, a pointed argument between the CollegeBoard and the…

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super score
Matt Larriva
Jan 03, 2022

About a decade ago, The CollegeBoard introduced Score Choice, a system by which students could pick which SAT dates’ results they wanted to send to schools. If you took the test 5 (or 10) times, you could send only one…

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student studying for sat essay
Matt Larriva
Jan 02, 2022

Technically, SAT scores never expire.  You definitely shouldn't worry about the validity of your scores if you take the test your junior year and want to use those scores to apply to college. Certain institutions place restrictions on the length…

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college admissions office
Matt Larriva
Dec 29, 2021

The college admissions process is a daunting one. Luckily, those seeking to get into their dream school can relax a bit knowing that recent studies have indicated that students with lower test scores than the broader applicant pool can gain…

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