Writing

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 21, 2020

Many students ask me about SAT essay scores and request an example of an SAT essay with a perfect score. I will share my response below and explain why this SAT essay example fulfills all the scoring requirements. There are…

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Matt Larriva
Aug 26, 2020

By Lauren Thompson and Matt Larriva This month, millions of students will return to school, and for most of them, “school” will mean sitting in front of a computer for hours of Zoom meetings, little social interaction, and a lot…

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Matt Larriva
Aug 18, 2020

I went to UPenn and graduated from The Wharton School. UPenn does not have the name recognition that the other schools you listed do. If you asked people to write down all the Ivy League schools, I’m fairly confident UPenn…

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Kevin_O
Feb 18, 2020

It very much depends on the school and how exemplary you are in those activities. I would say in 90% of cases, extra-curricular activities can be as much as 1/3 or as little as about 1/10th of your application’s weight.…

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Matt Larriva
May 20, 2018

Applying to college: the phrase alone can instill terror in the hearts of high school seniors, and even in those of us who have lived through the experience. Every year, the college application process seems to get more complex, and…

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Matt Larriva
Nov 23, 2013

SAT Writing Section: Too Many Students Don't Choose "No Error" On the SAT writing section, we are presented with 43 multiple choice questions (there are 49 total, but 6 are paragraph improvement) which ask us to revise a sentence, or…

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Matt Larriva
Aug 12, 2013

It must be boring to be a SAT writer. They must test the same errors every time, in the same quantity, and in the same method. In fact they have almost no room for creativity or change from test-to-test. If…

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