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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Matt Larriva
Nov 21, 2015

Essays and Deadlines and Recs, Oh My--College Applications Season Is Here It’s that time of year again: not the holidays, but the college applications season. There is a lot to juggle, and plenty of reasons to stress, but remember: keep…

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Matt Larriva
Nov 08, 2015

PSAT Scores and National Merit Qualifying Scores: How to Make Sense of Them PSAT Scores Released It’s been a few weeks since you took the PSAT, and by now you’ve probably even forgotten about it. Soon, however, you will be…

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Matt Larriva
Oct 26, 2015

The College Landscape Is Changing As the blessing/curse goes, "may you live in interesting times." In terms of the admissions process, we certainly are. College changes are prolific: The SAT is switching formats, the ACT is revising its writing section,…

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Matt Larriva
Sep 14, 2015

High School GPA Matters Less Throughout High School The longer you spend in high school, the less your High School GPA can move, so as you progress through the years, shift your focus to the part of the admissions index…

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