Matt Larriva
Oct 26, 2015

The College Landscape Is Changing As the blessing/curse goes, "may you live in interesting times." In terms of the admissions process, we certainly are. College changes are prolific: The SAT is switching formats, the ACT is revising its writing section,…

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Matt Larriva
Sep 14, 2015

High School GPA Matters Less Throughout High School The longer you spend in high school, the less your High School GPA can move, so as you progress through the years, shift your focus to the part of the admissions index…

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Matt Larriva
Sep 10, 2015

ACT Scholarships are out there for the taking. Here's a great article from our friends at The College Transitions Team regarding how to go about getting one: [caption id="" align="alignleft" width="408"] ACT Scholarships and SAT Scholarships can ease the cost of college[/caption]…

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Matt Larriva
Sep 03, 2015

As we ramp up for the busiest test season of the year, let's remember to prep intelligently by using quality prep books. The best test prep book for you is going to have a couple of key characteristics: a few…

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Matt Larriva
Jul 22, 2015

Every year we get inundated with calls asking for help prepping for the PSAT. Our first response is always the same: why are you taking the PSAT? After a brief pause the conversations go one of four ways: I just want…

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Matt Larriva
Jul 04, 2015

The Answer to Our Most Frequently Asked Question Although we could write volumes on the difference between these two tests, (and we have! click here to read) let us make it easy on you: It's simple. All schools accept both,…

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Matt Larriva
Sep 21, 2014

A recent US News and World article came out with the findings that 79% of college admission officers surveyed agreed with the changes in the New SAT. Read the full article here. My contention is this: the College Board introduced…

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Matt Larriva
Aug 18, 2014

Since the trend began about two years ago, we have seen hundreds of schools convert to Testing-Optional. These schools will accept, but no longer require, a student to submit standardized test scores as part of his application. At present there…

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Matt Larriva
Mar 15, 2014

The revised SAT is a setback in the path to a more equal and progressive standardized testing system. After losing market share to the ACT for decades, the SAT will be revised in 2016 with the abstruse goal of testing…

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Matt Larriva
Dec 07, 2013

How to Ace SAT Reading Questions Today I was with a student discussing the idea of Coding Responses—categorizing answers as potentially right, and probably wrong. It seems to me that the SAT is growing more ossified in its distribution of…

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