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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
Jul 04, 2015

While the school year seems like the most important part of the year, there's little you can do to stand out. You strive for a high GPA, but it's safe to assume that everyone else applying to your dream school…

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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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Matt Larriva
Nov 23, 2013

SAT Writing Section: Too Many Students Don't Choose "No Error" On the SAT writing section, we are presented with 43 multiple choice questions (there are 49 total, but 6 are paragraph improvement) which ask us to revise a sentence, or…

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Matt Larriva
Oct 09, 2013

This month, we received the annual SAT data dump. Whereas there is some good data here, and some new statistics worth noting, the more interesting information comes from the flurry of media activity that always kicks up in response to…

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Matt Larriva
Aug 12, 2013

It must be boring to be a SAT writer. They must test the same errors every time, in the same quantity, and in the same method. In fact they have almost no room for creativity or change from test-to-test. If…

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Matt Larriva
Jul 27, 2013

We have published a decent amount of articles on the merits of the SAT vs ACT, but a sharp distinction hit me today:  The ACT doesn't test vocabulary, while the SAT tests it to no end: Vocabulary shows up on…

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