classroom for sat practice test
Matt Larriva
Feb 20, 2020

You want to know if you’re scoring a 1400 on college board sat practice tests, will you score a 1400, a 1300, or a 1500 on the real SAT test. Short answer: You’ll do worse on the real SAT than…

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Cornell Univesity
Matt Larriva
Feb 18, 2020

It very much depends on the school and how exemplary you are in those activities. I would say in 90% of cases, extra-curricular activities can be as much as 1/3 or as little as about 1/10th of your application’s weight.…

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Matt Larriva
Feb 17, 2020

What is the most important thing to do when writing an ACT and SAT essay? Is it development, mechanics, originality or something else? Matthew Larriva, Owner of Powerful Prep. Author of test prep books. Experienced tutor & counselor In this…

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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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Matt Larriva
Feb 11, 2020

The Ideal Test-Prep Schedule: When to take the SAT. Identifying the test prep schedule that works best for you when to take the SAT Mapping your optimal timeline of when to take the SAT One of the most common questions students have is…

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act test prep student and tutor
Matt Larriva
Feb 07, 2020

Powerful Prep warmly welcomes this guest-article written by Shirag Shemmassian, Ph.D, founder of Shemmassian Academic Consulting It’s no secret that most college counselors don’t provide the level of support and attention you expected for your high schooler. It’s not that college…

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student taking act sat test
Matt Larriva
Feb 05, 2020

The easiest section on the ACT is based on a student's individual strengths and weaknesses. However, there are some sections that are easier to prepare for. This is subjective, of course, but the English section is the most formulaic section.…

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quessing on the sat
Matt Larriva
Feb 04, 2020

Is there a benefit for guessing on questions you don't know on either test? Here is everything you need to know about guessing on the SAT or the ACT. We've included a detailed analysis which tests two hyptheses on "how…

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president barack obama
Matt Larriva
Jan 18, 2020

People have long been curious about the former and current U.S. presidents' IQ, ACT, and SAT scores. In fact, that's likely what brought to this page. Since their introduction over 70 years ago, SAT and ACT tests have become integral…

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Matt Larriva
Dec 05, 2019

Celebrity ACT scores are a sham. Well, at least of a lot of them that we see posted all over the internet. The truth is, Marilyn Monroe never took the ACT. Neither did William Faulkner or former United States President,…

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