College Counseling

Matt Larriva
Apr 13, 2021

The State of the Tests: 2021  This article is comes from my presentation at the College Workshop Week (a big thanks to Penny Reeves for hosting!). Consider it your ultimate guide to ACT and SAT prep. Because there is so…

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Matt Larriva
Mar 24, 2021

An average high school GPA matters less throughout high school. The longer you spend in high school, the less your average high school GPA can move. So, as you progress through the years, shift your focus to the part of…

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Matt Larriva
Mar 17, 2021

Many students have questions about weighted GPAs vs unweighted GPAs. Once they learn colleges only look at unweighted GPA's, a common follow-up question it how big the difference between a 3.85 GPA and a 3.9 GPA actually is. While there’s…

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Matt Larriva
Feb 22, 2021

Out of all the Ivy League schools, Cornell University's acceptance rate is the highest, thus earning the reputation that it is “easy” to get into. However, nothing could be farther from the truth. Cornell has proven to be an extremely…

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Matt Larriva
Feb 09, 2021

Move over, Harvard. Princeton is the best university in the country, according to US News and World. And with that kind of prestige, you can rightly assume it's nearly impossible to get accepted. If you want to know how to…

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Matt Larriva
Jan 27, 2021

Ivy League admissions statistics paint a very clear picture of how difficult it is to get accepted into a prestigious school. With an average acceptance rate of just above 9%, the Ivy Leagues are among the most selective schools in…

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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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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

"Which test should I take, the ACT vs SAT?" "Which test test is easier and when is the easiest test date?" We get asked these questions a lot. That makes sense! Why wouldn't students want to make taking the SAT…

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