Matt Larriva
Feb 19, 2017

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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Matt Larriva
Dec 18, 2016

Let's Conquer Test Stress Students are under constant pressure, especially during their SAT and ACT tests. While some stress is helpful for focus and concentration, too much can have unexpected consequences. Review these tips to help you translate all your…

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Matt Larriva
Nov 16, 2016

Hack The Admissions Process Recent studies have indicated that students with lower test scores than the broader applicant pool can gain admission to schools by taking advantage of certain anomalies in the process. While we’ve long recognized that colleges held…

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Matt Larriva
Oct 06, 2016

Super Scores and Score Choice: Can We Game The System?   The History and Definition About a decade ago, The CollegeBoard introduced Score Choice, a system by which students could pick which SAT dates’ results they wanted to send to…

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Matt Larriva
Jul 31, 2016

The SAT/ACT-testing landscape is in a state of flux. Changing but not Leaving This year has seen the introduction of a new pre -ACT, the coming of the New SAT, apointed argument between the CollegeBoard and the ACT on score…

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Matt Larriva
May 31, 2016

New SAT scores are out; here’s what you need to know: More than two months after the March test-takers sat for the New SAT, the CollegeBoard finally delivered the New SAT score reports. The results were odd and left counselors, admissions…

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Matt Larriva
Feb 21, 2016

Powerful Prep is excited to be featuring guest-blogger content. This article was written by Kristin Fracchia Kristin creates awesomely fun ACT lessons and practice materials for Magoosh ACT students. With a PhD from UC Irvine and degrees in Education and…

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Matt Larriva
Jan 11, 2016

disSATisfied with the New SAT [caption id="" align="alignleft" width="465"] Issues with the New SAT[/caption] This New SAT is a mess, and we recommend you steer clear. Much has been written dissecting the specifics of the new SAT, so we'll be…

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Matt Larriva
Dec 20, 2015

Should I take the SAT or ACT? How about both! We hear terrible advice like this all the time. In our long and storied history, we see the same 5 misconceptions surface over and over. Sometimes they're innocuous enough, but…

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Matt Larriva
Nov 28, 2015

Irvine SAT Scores for Colleges, and Job Applications Irvine SAT scores are important not just in college admissions, but throughout life. Jeff Bezos, the billionaire founder and CEO of Amazon, is one of the most famous advocates of using Irvine…

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