Matt Larriva
Aug 26, 2020

By Lauren Thompson and Matt Larriva This month, millions of students will return to school, and for most of them, “school” will mean sitting in front of a computer for hours of Zoom meetings, little social interaction, and a lot…

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Matt Larriva
Aug 20, 2020

Definitely. This is something of a no-lose situation. If you try to take the test and it’s canceled, then you’re no worse off. If you take the test and do poorly, you needn’t submit your scores, because the tests were…

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Matt Larriva
Aug 19, 2020

Regardless of how you prep (with or without a tutor) do not take a test “to see how you score” This is among the worst mistake I see students make. I liken this to jumping out of a plane to see…

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Matt Larriva
Aug 18, 2020

I went to UPenn and graduated from The Wharton School. UPenn does not have the name recognition that the other schools you listed do. If you asked people to write down all the Ivy League schools, I’m fairly confident UPenn…

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face mask for sat test curve
Matt Larriva
Aug 12, 2020

Will the curve for August’s trail (SAT) will be generous? The idea of an “SAT” curve is a misconception. In our article comparing the ACT vs SAT, there are two sections that delve deeper into this somewhat complex topic. SAT…

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Kevin_O
Aug 10, 2020

How much is the SAT going to matter with elite universities (most of which are test optional now)? I heard from many that "test-optional" is just a PR move, and that good scores now will give you even more of…

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Matt Larriva
Aug 10, 2020

Will test-optional colleges take my ACT score into consideration if I don't have the ACT writing portion this year? The first part of your question asks: can I submit an ACT without the writing portion. This depends on the school.…

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Matt Larriva
Aug 05, 2020

It totally depends on: what you mean by “good school”what your background looks like My company and I wrote a deep dive article on this topic. “Testing-optional” does not mean optional for everyone. If you are from a relatively privileged background, then…

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freshman student standing in front of college
Matt Larriva
Jul 29, 2020

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 was a common refrain that said students needed to be ‘well rounded.’ This may…

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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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