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
Aug 02, 2022

If you dream of contributing to the world’s understanding of science and technology, then you've probably already considered how to get into MIT. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology is a hyper-competitive institution that's yielded more Nobel Laureates, astronauts, and influential…

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student taking the act reading test
Matt Larriva
Jul 28, 2022

Anyone planning on attending college needs to pass two tests before starting applications — one of which is the American College Testing (ACT) exam. However, you may feel nervous about your upcoming ACT because the reading section may not be…

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princton university nassau hall
Matt Larriva
Jul 28, 2022

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 into Princeton. If you are feeling discouraged,…

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students carrying Cornell banner
Matt Larriva
Jul 28, 2022

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. The Cornell University admission requirements have proven…

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how to get into harvard
Matt Larriva
Jul 28, 2022

As an elite test prep company whose students have been accepted to Harvard, its not uncommon for us to be asked how to get into Harvard University. After all, attending a prestigious Ivy League school is undoubtedly a dream for…

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Dartmouth college
Matt Larriva
Jul 28, 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. But that shouldn't deter the students from inquiring about how to…

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STUDENT REPORT CARD WITH WEIGHTED AND UNWEIGHTED GPA
Matt Larriva
Jul 22, 2022

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

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student looking at psat score
Matt Larriva
Jul 22, 2022

It’s been a few weeks since you took the PSAT, and by now you’ve probably even forgotten about it. But PSAT and NMSQT scores have been announced, so now it’s time to figure out exactly what it all means. Confused?…

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should i take the act vs sat test
Matt Larriva
Jun 30, 2022

There's more that goes into deciding between the ACT vs SAT than figuring out which of the tests is easier. Fear not! In this article, we'll show you how to decide between the two standardized tests based on you and…

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cornell ivy league university
Matt Larriva
Jun 23, 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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Matt Larriva
Jun 20, 2022

You want—no, you need—to take the SAT, to get into your dream college, to get that scholarship, but you don’t know how to go about getting the score that you need, much less develop the perfect SAT study plan.  Tutoring…

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student studying for sat
Matt Larriva
May 29, 2022

You may be asking yourself how long you should study for the SAT because you have an SAT test date or ACT test date in mind and want to know how far in advance you should start preparing. Or, maybe…

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uc admissions requirements and campus
Matt Larriva
Apr 28, 2022

Interested in attending a UC school? In this article, we'll discuss the UC admissions requirements for freshman students. Depending on whether you are a California resident, an out-of-state student, or an international student, the UC admissions requirements will vary slightly.…

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mit campus
Matt Larriva
Apr 04, 2022

MIT announced on Monday, March 28th, that they would be reinstating their SAT/ACT requirement for applications. The change takes affect for the upcoming admissions cycle for prospective students of the Class of 2027.  This is in stark contrast to other…

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Matt Larriva
Mar 22, 2022

A guide to the most important and common questions about the ACT test including whether you should take the ACT, when the 2022 ACT test dates are, when the 2022 ACT scores will be released, and how to understand your…

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SAT Test Dates and SAT Scores animation
Matt Larriva
Mar 13, 2022

A guide to the most important and common questions about the SAT test including whether you should take the SAT, when the 2022 SAT test dates are, when the 2022 SAT scores will be released, and how to understand your…

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student prepping for sat or act
Matt Larriva
Mar 02, 2022

Of all the havoc that the pandemic wrought, it has brought some well-meaning changes too. In an upswell of social justice, colleges and universities chose to try to expand access to education by making the SAT and ACT optional for…

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Matt Larriva
Mar 01, 2022

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 fifth…

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yale campus at night
Matt Larriva
Mar 01, 2022

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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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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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

Many students struggle to determine when to start preparing for SAT and when to take the SAT in the first place. Luckily, it's not to difficult to figure out. In fact, the first step in understanding when to take the…

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act vs sat logos
Matt Larriva
Apr 13, 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. Ace the SAT: It only takes 10 minutes a day with…

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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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high school student taking the act test
Matt Larriva
Jan 14, 2021

So, when do you take the ACT and when do you start ACT prep? If you're looking for the easiest test date, I have some bad news; there's technically no one test date that's easier than the others. However... There…

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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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