Matt Larriva
May 16, 2021

In a neck-breaking back-and-forth, the UC system has changed its stance on the SAT and ACT for the fifth time in 13 months. The UC schools will now be test-blind effective immediately. What does this mean for you? If you’re…

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Matt Larriva
May 05, 2021

When do you take the SAT? The first step in understanding when to take the SAT test is identifying a test prep schedule that works best for you. In this article, I will explain why that's the case and share…

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Matt Larriva
Apr 13, 2021

The State of the Tests: 2021  This article comes from my presentation at the College Workshop Week (a big thanks to Penny Reeves for hosting!). Consider it your ultimate guide to ACT and SAT prep. Because there is so much…

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Matt Larriva
Apr 07, 2021

IRVINE, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES, April 7, 2021 || College Express Concierge Tutoring Firm Works with Test-Prep Student to Consistently Increase Score Powerful Prep, a leading concierge tutoring firm dedicated to transparency, massive point gains, and customized curriculum, announced today that…

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Matt Larriva
Mar 24, 2021

An average high school GPA matters less throughout high school. The longer you spend in high school, the less your average high school GPA can move. So, as you progress through the years, shift your focus to the part of…

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Matt Larriva
Mar 18, 2021

UNITED STATES, March 18, 2021 || College Express In this last installment, international students can learn about essays, application details, and final things to keep in mind for Ivy League admission.Admission to Ivy League colleges and universities is highly coveted…

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STUDENT REPORT CARD WITH WEIGHTED AND UNWEIGHTED GPA
Matt Larriva
Mar 17, 2021

Many students have questions about weighted GPAs vs unweighted GPAs. Once they learn colleges only look at unweighted GPA's, a common follow-up question it how big the difference between a 3.85 GPA and a 3.9 GPA actually is. While there’s…

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Matt Larriva
Mar 12, 2021

UNITED STATES, March 12, 2021, USA TODAY Prior to COVID-19, some universities, such as UCLA, were considering abolishing standardized testing as a basis for admission. But the pandemic's disruption of typical school patterns "is causing standardized tests like SAT and…

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Matt Larriva
Mar 11, 2021

UNITED STATES, March 11, 2020 || College Express In part two of the three-part series, we discuss how international students can plan early, be aware of test requirements, and invest in their extracurriculars.The US has most of the world’s highest-ranking…

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Matt Larriva
Mar 10, 2021

March 10, 2021 || Parentology If your child has their sights set on an Ivy League school, chances are the stress level is running high in your house. These colleges are among the most selective, with an acceptance rate of…

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