SAT and ACT

Matt Larriva
May 05, 2021

When do you take the SAT? The first step in understanding when to take the SAT test is identifying a test prep schedule that works best for you. In this article, I will explain why that's the case and share…

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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 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
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 23, 2021

In January 2021, Powerful Prep founder, Matthew Larriva was interviewed by Yahoo! Finance regarding SAT test biases. You can read the full article below, which was written by Reggie Wade and Alexis Christoforous and originally appeared on Yahoo! Finance on…

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Matt Larriva
Jan 20, 2021

"I've been studying but my practice test scores are not improving…can you advise?" First, I’m sorry that’s happened to you, and I can totally understand why you’re feeling disappointed. Rest assured, there are many ways to work through your plateau…

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Matt Larriva
Jan 20, 2021

Students are under constant pressure, especially during their SAT and ACT tests. While some stress is helpful for focus and concentration, too much can have unexpected consequences. Review these tips to help you translate all your hard work into high…

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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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