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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Matt Larriva
Jul 27, 2013

Guessing is one of the most important SAT test-taking strategies. But are you doing it right? In a simpler world, you would be able to guess on every SAT question you couldn’t solve, or didn’t have time for. But the…

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Matt Larriva
Sep 04, 2012

Why Should You Retake the SAT If You've Scored Over 2000? Much of the current wisdom would tell us that SATs should be completed by Senior year. But I've been reading and researching and I have a different perspective on Senior…

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Matt Larriva
Apr 22, 2012

SAT Tips: Memorize Your Prepositional Verbs I was going through a lesson and reviewing some SAT tips the other day, when I realized the frequency with which the SAT tests prepositional errors, and the lack of attention ETS gives them.…

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Matt Larriva
Apr 02, 2012

Many students ask me for an SAT essay perfect score example. Below is a sample prompt and answer. At the end of the essay, I explain why this essay fulfills all the scoring requirements and how you can replicate a…

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