Critical Reading

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
Dec 18, 2020

Harvard announced in early 2020, that students will not need to complete the essay portion of the SAT or ACT in order to fulfill Harvard's ACT and SAT requirements for applying to the school. The news was not entirely surprising…

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Matt Larriva
Jul 29, 2020

You’re not understanding this cliche correctly. Ivy League universities don’t want well-rounded students they want well rounded student bodies. For a long period in the ‘80s and ‘90s there was a common refrain that said students needed to be ‘well rounded.’ This may…

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Matt Larriva
Dec 07, 2013

How to Ace SAT Reading Questions Today I was with a student discussing the idea of Coding Responses—categorizing answers as potentially right, and probably wrong. It seems to me that the SAT is growing more ossified in its distribution of…

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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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