Matt Larriva
Aug 18, 2014

Since the trend began about two years ago, we have seen hundreds of schools convert to Testing-Optional. These schools will accept, but no longer require, a student to submit standardized test scores as part of his application. At present there…

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Matt Larriva
Mar 15, 2014

The revised SAT is a setback in the path to a more equal and progressive standardized testing system. After losing market share to the ACT for decades, the SAT will be revised in 2016 with the abstruse goal of testing…

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Matt Larriva
Dec 07, 2013

How to Ace SAT Reading Questions Today I was with a student discussing the idea of Coding Responses—categorizing answers as potentially right, and probably wrong. It seems to me that the SAT is growing more ossified in its distribution of…

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Matt Larriva
Nov 23, 2013

SAT Writing Section: Too Many Students Don't Choose "No Error" On the SAT writing section, we are presented with 43 multiple choice questions (there are 49 total, but 6 are paragraph improvement) which ask us to revise a sentence, or…

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Matt Larriva
Oct 09, 2013

This month, we received the annual SAT data dump. Whereas there is some good data here, and some new statistics worth noting, the more interesting information comes from the flurry of media activity that always kicks up in response to…

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Matt Larriva
Aug 12, 2013

It must be boring to be a SAT writer. They must test the same errors every time, in the same quantity, and in the same method. In fact they have almost no room for creativity or change from test-to-test. If…

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Matt Larriva
Jul 27, 2013

We have published a decent amount of articles on the merits of the SAT vs ACT, but a sharp distinction hit me today:  The ACT doesn't test vocabulary, while the SAT tests it to no end: Vocabulary shows up on…

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Matt Larriva
Jul 27, 2013

Which Test Should You Take: the SAT vs ACT We are not exempt from the struggle to figure out which is the better test for a student: the SAT vs ACT. There are timing considerations: one is much longer (3:45…

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Matt Larriva
Jul 27, 2013

Thoughts on the SAT vs ACT, Part 2 The more I consider the SAT vs ACT, the more I find the ACT to be the better test. Two things draw me to this conclusion: [list type="add_bw"] [list_item]Some top schools will…

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Matt Larriva
Jul 27, 2013

People often wonder which of the two main pre-college tests is better for them, SAT vs ACT. The easy answer is: take both and see which one gives you a higher percentage score. There are a couple concerns regarding the…

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