Test Optional

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
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

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 04, 2021

Update: as of May 2021 the SAT Subject tests are discontinued internationally and domestically. The College Board encourages students to demonstrate their subject proficiency through the AP Exams instead. For more information, please contact us or read The College Board's…

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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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Kevin_O
Sep 01, 2020

The 2021 College Application Season is here and colleges across the country are beginning to release their supplemental essays.  Supplemental essays are used in addition to the longer Main Essay and provide applicants with opportunities to share additional information about…

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Kevin_O
Aug 10, 2020

How much is the SAT going to matter with elite universities (most of which are test optional now)? I heard from many that "test-optional" is just a PR move, and that good scores now will give you even more of…

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Matt Larriva
Aug 10, 2020

Will test-optional colleges take my ACT score into consideration if I don't have the ACT writing portion this year? The first part of your question asks: can I submit an ACT without the writing portion. This depends on the school.…

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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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