Test Optional

Matt Larriva
Aug 08, 2021

Powerful Prep founder, Matt Larriva, was invited to give a presentation on the test-optional trend at the 2021 TPAPT Virtual Summit, hosted by The Association of Test Preparation, Admissions, and Private Tutoring (TPAPT). In his presentation, The Faults in the…

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Matt Larriva
May 16, 2021

In a neck-breaking back-and-forth, the UC system has changed its stance on the SAT and ACT for the fifth time in 13 months. The UC schools will now be test-blind effective immediately. What does this mean for you? If you’re…

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Matt Larriva
Apr 13, 2021

This article 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. Ace the SAT: It only takes 10 minutes a day with…

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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

Is test optional really test optional? What's the catch? 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…

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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 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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Matt Larriva
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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