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Matt Larriva
Jul 29, 2020

What is meant by a well-rounded student when applying to any Ivy League school? You’re not understanding this cliche correctly. Ivy League universities don’t want well-rounded students they want well rounded student bodies. For a long period in the ‘80s and ‘90s there…

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Matt Larriva
Jul 07, 2020

The first part of your question asks: can I submit an ACT without the writing portion. This depends on the school. Many require the writing portion, but many do not. You will need to check with the specific schools to…

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Matt Larriva
Jul 06, 2020

By Lauren Thompson In early June, the College Board walked back plans to administer an online, at-home version of the SAT.  The decision came after the College Board administered a similar version of the AP tests – a version which…

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Matt Larriva
Jun 08, 2020

Part I: 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…

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Matt Larriva
Jun 01, 2020

Here, to save the state of education and eradicate bias, comes the UC system with its plan to reject  the SAT and ACT and create its own test—or eschew with testing all together if it can't do that. What the…

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Matt Larriva
May 22, 2020

By Matthew Larriva Yesterday, the Regents of the University of California voted to phase out the SAT and ACT test over five years. The schools will endeavor to create their own admissions test, designed to eliminate the socioeconomic bias latent…

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Matt Larriva
May 11, 2020

The Current Status The UC system has dropped the SAT and ACT requirement only for the 2021 applicants. Students applying  for later years (e.g. Fall 2022) still must take the tests as per the UC’s guidelines. The faculty support reinstating…

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Matt Larriva
May 05, 2020

Currently, The CollegeBoard has cancelled only through the June SAT, and has promised additional testing options once the COVID19 situation has resolved itself. This is subject to change based on the spread of the virus. And, they will be subject…

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Matt Larriva
Apr 29, 2020

Digital Testing: What You Need to Know By: Lauren Thompson & Matt Larriva What’s Happening? In an increasingly paperless world, the makers of the SAT and ACT are taking steps toward offering their tests exclusively online. In 2018, the entire…

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Matt Larriva
Apr 13, 2020

Ivy League admissions statistics paint a very clear picture of how difficult it is to get accepted into a prestigious school. With an average acceptance rate of just above 9%, the Ivy Leagues are among the most selective schools in…

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