PRESS CLIPPING FEATURING MATT LARRIVA, FOUNDER OF POWERFUL PREP
Matt Larriva
Jan 22, 2021

The Subject Tests—not to be confused with the SAT Test—are one-hour exams focused on a  Subject of the test-taker’s choosing. Topics ranged from advanced math to languages and were seen as a way for students to demonstrate their expertise in…

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student pondering if act or sat easier
Matt Larriva
Jan 20, 2021

"I've been studying but my practice test scores are not improving…can you advise?" First, I’m sorry that’s happened to you, and I can totally understand why you’re feeling disappointed. Rest assured, there are many ways to work through your plateau…

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Matt Larriva
Jan 20, 2021

Students are under constant pressure, especially during their SAT and ACT tests. While some stress is helpful for focus and concentration, too much can have unexpected consequences. Review these tips to help you translate all your hard work into high…

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student taking act sat test
Matt Larriva
Jan 20, 2021

In May of 2020, 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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uc berkeley test optional
Matt Larriva
Jan 20, 2021

Why did the University of California stop accepting and using the ACT/SAT scores for admittance? How’ll they gauge student abilities for acceptance and scholarships? How will the best universities connect with the best students? Yikes. There are a lot of…

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Matt Larriva
Jan 20, 2021

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 the option…

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Matt Larriva
Jan 19, 2021

While the school year seems like the most important part of the year, there's little you can do to stand out. You strive for a high GPA, but it's safe to assume that everyone else applying to your dream school…

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Matt Larriva
Jan 14, 2021

So, when do you take the ACT? If you're looking for the easiest test date, I have some bad news; there's technically not one test date that's easier than the others. However... There is a way to determine the most…

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act test prep to get students into college
Matt Larriva
Jan 12, 2021

Your 1550 SAT score is actually much better than your 35 ACT score. Especially when speaking in terms of an SAT Score Percentile. I calculated the actual percentiles because The College Board and The ACT both say these scores are…

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GRIT DAILY PRESS CLIPPING FEATURING MATT LARRIVA, FOUNDER OF POWERFUL PREP
Matt Larriva
Jan 08, 2021

From letters of recommendation and college entrance exams to showcasing extracurriculars and navigating the logistics of submitting applications, rising high school students are facing high stress as they prepare for the college admissions process. More than 1,600 colleges have gone testing-optional,…

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