SAT and ACT

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
Oct 13, 2020

Yes. You know there’s a difference; what you mean is, “how significant is a 0.05 grade point to Ivy League admissions?” The answer, unfortunately, is higher than you’d like. On one hand you might say, “3.85 rounds to 3.9—why would…

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Matt Larriva
Oct 13, 2020

That depends on what your starting score is and on what you consider “good.” There are too many factors to be able to answer this with any sense of certainty--what if you’re a straight-A student who just needs to review…

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Matt Larriva
Sep 25, 2020

In early September, the UC system was barred from using SAT and ACT scores entirely. This is not to be confused with the UC’s earlier decision to intentionally phase out the use of SAT and ACT scores over a 4-year period; nor is…

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Matt Larriva
Sep 13, 2020

Is getting into UPenn a dream of yours?  Do you stay up nights dreaming of what it will be like to stroll down Locust Walk as the cherry blossoms are coming into color around May? Do you have a Benjamin…

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Matt Larriva
Sep 08, 2020

If colleges no longer accept SAT scores, how do I ensure my child gets in? Yikes. There are a lot of very emotional and incorrect answers to this question, so I’ll try to provide some objectivity here. First, the premise…

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Matt Larriva
Aug 20, 2020

Definitely. This is something of a no-lose situation. If you try to take the test and it’s canceled, then you’re no worse off. If you take the test and do poorly, you needn’t submit your scores, because the tests were…

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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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