brown university campus
Matt Larriva
Dec 26, 2021

Ranked as #14 on the US News Best Colleges list, there's little wonder students are curious about how to get into Brown University. But, with an acceptance rate of under 6%, Brown University is just as difficult to get into…

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Matt Larriva
Nov 14, 2021

Students and parents alike are seeking comparisons of the PSAT vs SAT difficulty levels and whether or not the PSAT goes on their record. There seems to be a lot of confusion out there about the PSAT and we'll lay…

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high school student earning college credits
Matt Larriva
Oct 10, 2021

While you've likely heard of the AP and IB programs, you're probably less familiar with the CLEP, Dual Enrollment or intersession courses. These are just a few of the many avenues available for students looking to accumulate college credit, saving…

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student practicing sat essay
Matt Larriva
Oct 10, 2021

Guessing is one of the most important SAT test-taking strategies. But how is your SAT guessing strategy? And, moreover, should you guess on the SAT? Does the ACT or SAT penalize you additional points for getting an answer wrong? Here…

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high school students taking sat writing test
Matt Larriva
Oct 10, 2021

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 to leave it as-is. Over time, students have been conditioned…

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Matt Larriva
Oct 01, 2021

I started Powerful Prep ten years ago, with the goal of a customized program that created the industry's best point gains. Thanks to our excellent tutors and our stellar students, we have achieved this goal.  I'm happy today to announce that we…

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ScoreLock SAT test score guarantee powerful prep
Matt Larriva
Sep 14, 2021

The confusion of the testing-optional trend has somehow made college admissions even more intense and competitive. With strong schools looking for even stronger scores, we are proud to continue our commitment to our students' success by introducing an offering guaranteed to…

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Matt Larriva
Aug 08, 2021

Powerful Prep founder, Matt Larriva, was invited to give a presentation on the test-optional trend at the 2021 TPAPT Virtual Summit, hosted by The Association of Test Preparation, Admissions, and Private Tutoring (TPAPT). In his presentation, The Faults in the…

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Matt Larriva
Jun 09, 2021

UNITED STATES, June 8, 2021 || Higher Ed Dive [...] Matt Larriva, founder of tutoring business Powerful Prep, in an interview rattled off these criticisms. He said it's unfair that most critiques focus on the tests. The SAT and ACT don't…

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student studying to get into college
Matt Larriva
Jun 02, 2021

College enrollment is down another 5% this year after falling 10% in 2020, so you’d be forgiven for thinking that fewer people were wanting to attend college. But look at applications (all-time highs) and admissions rates (all-time lows), and you’ll be…

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