ACT prep

Matt Larriva
Oct 30, 2020

Want to know how to get into Harvard? As you might have guessed, it's a fairly common question we hear from our students and their parents. Attending a prestigious Ivy League school is undoubtedly a dream for many. And, while…

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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 12, 2020

Does the curve for August’s trail (SAT) will be generous? The idea of an “SAT” curve is a misconception. Here’s a detailed article Powerful Prep wrote on the topic. As other answers have noted, the number of questions you can miss…

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Matt Larriva
Aug 11, 2020

I've been practicing for the SAT for almost 2 months now but still can't see a difference. Can I get a piece of advice (because it's so disappointing)? I’m sorry that’s happened to you, and I can totally understand why…

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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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Matt Larriva
Jul 06, 2020

By Lauren Thompson In early June, the College Board walked back plans to administer an online, at-home version of the SAT.  The decision came after the College Board administered a similar version of the AP tests – a version which…

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Matt Larriva
May 22, 2020

By Matthew Larriva Yesterday, 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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Matt Larriva
Apr 10, 2020

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
Apr 02, 2020

The only reasons to start before freshman year would be you were targeting one of the talent-search programs for 8th-graders, which use the SAT as a qualifier.you were dead set on achieving National Merit recognition In which case additional prep…

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Matt Larriva
Mar 27, 2020

This ranges, and it’s hard to know what you mean by ‘elite’ but let’s assume you mean: independent, highly qualified, highly experienced tutors with very strong track records. According to the BBC, ‘elite tutors’, are on ‘6-figure salaries,’ so you…

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