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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STUDENT REPORT CARD WITH WEIGHTED AND UNWEIGHTED GPA
Matt Larriva
Mar 17, 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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students carrying Cornell banner
Matt Larriva
Feb 22, 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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princeton students celebrate
Matt Larriva
Feb 09, 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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cornell ivy league university
Matt Larriva
Jan 27, 2021

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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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 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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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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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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college express PRESS CLIPPING FEATURING MATT LARRIVA, FOUNDER OF POWERFUL PREP
Matt Larriva
Mar 18, 2021

UNITED STATES, March 18, 2020 || College Express In this last installment, international students can learn about essays, application details, and final things to keep in mind for Ivy League admission.Admission to Ivy League colleges and universities is highly coveted…

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Matt Larriva
Mar 12, 2021

UNITED STATES, March 12, 2021, USA TODAY Prior to COVID-19, some universities, such as UCLA, were considering abolishing standardized testing as a basis for admission. But the pandemic's disruption of typical school patterns "is causing standardized tests like SAT and…

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college express PRESS CLIPPING FEATURING MATT LARRIVA, FOUNDER OF POWERFUL PREP
Matt Larriva
Mar 11, 2021

UNITED STATES, March 11, 2020 || College Express In part two of the three-part series, we discuss how international students can plan early, be aware of test requirements, and invest in their extracurriculars.The US has most of the world’s highest-ranking…

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Matt Larriva
Mar 10, 2021

March 10, 2021 || Parentology If your child has their sights set on an Ivy League school, chances are the stress level is running high in your house. These colleges are among the most selective, with an acceptance rate of…

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college express PRESS CLIPPING FEATURING MATT LARRIVA, FOUNDER OF POWERFUL PREP
Matt Larriva
Mar 04, 2021

UNITED STATES, March 4, 2020 || College Express In part one of this three-part series, we discuss international students' desire to attend Ivy League institutions and the chances they have of admission.Getting into the Ivy League as an international student…

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student solving sat pratice test 1 math no calculator
Matt Larriva
Mar 03, 2021

With the SAT test right around the corner, there's no better time to prep! In this video, Powerful Prep tutor, Lauren, walks us through the no calculator math section of the SAT Practice Test 1. Before you get started, here…

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THRIVE GLOBAL PRESS CLIPPING FEATURING MATT LARRIVA, FOUNDER OF POWERFUL PREP
Matt Larriva
Feb 26, 2021

How Deliberate Practice Leads to Success || Deliberate practice is a term that shows up in biographies of almost every elite performer, and for good reason. Deliberate practice is a method that can be used to improve performance at anything,…

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