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Author: Matthew Larriva

Matthew Larriva is an Ivy League graduate and an expert of test prep, test taking, and the pre-college process. In addition to publishing two books on test prep, Matthew is the founder of Powerful Prep, a leading concierge tutoring firm, dedicated to transparency, massive point gains, and customized curriculum. The program has been featured multiple times on CBS as the premier test prep program in the LA area. He has passed two of Degree Library's 10 Hardest Exams in the World including the Mensa admissions exam, and the CFA exam--the test The Wall Street Journal called the world's hardest test. He enjoys skydiving, and has played oboe at Carnegie Hall twice. Feel free to reach out with any questions about test prep or the pre college process. Matthew loves to see students succeed regardless of whom they prep with.

Matthew Larriva

The “A” in SAT stands for American

The New SAT’s focus on US History and US Literature provides an opportunity for SAT point gains.

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Matthew Larriva

When to Take the SAT: The First-Mover Advantage

Although much has been written comparing and contrasting the New and Old SAT, the New SAT and the ACT, and every other conceivable combination, there’s been relatively little discussion of the behind-the-scenes repercussions of having a brand new test.

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