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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Matt Larriva
Jan 20, 2021

Does "test optional" mean optional for me? We are all familiar with the difference between “optional” (it makes no difference whether you do or don’t) and “optional” (technically you can choose this, but you probably shouldn’t). You have the option…

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Matt Larriva
Jan 19, 2021

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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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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act test prep to get students into college
Matt Larriva
Jan 12, 2021

Your 1550 SAT score is actually much better than your 35 ACT score. Especially when speaking in terms of an SAT Score Percentile. I calculated the actual percentiles because The College Board and The ACT both say these scores are…

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international student studying for ivy league acceptance
Matt Larriva
Jan 04, 2021

Getting into the Ivy Leagues as an international student is like trying to run a marathon while wearing a backpack filled with bricks. It’s hard enough to run 26 miles but doing it while weighted down must seem impossible. But…

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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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graduating class at Harvard ivy league
Matt Larriva
Dec 18, 2020

Harvard announced in early 2020, that students will not need to complete the essay portion of the SAT or ACT in order to fulfill Harvard's ACT and SAT requirements for applying to the school. The news was not entirely surprising…

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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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