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Taking SAT Subject Tests: Greater Flexibility or More Murkiness

Elizabeth LaScala Ph.D. guides college, transfer and graduate school applicants through the complex world of admission. Elizabeth helps students identify majors...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Apr. 27, 2015
Last comment by Charles Kipkorir, on Jul 28, 2015 at 3:04 pm | 2 comments | 10386 Views

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The Ethics of Writing College Application Essays

Understanding some fundamentals about the essays colleges ask students to submit with their applications can help you make more informed decisions about getting...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Jul. 6, 2015
Last comment by Conservator, on Jul 13, 2015 at 9:36 am | 1 comment | 10248 Views

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Can You Get a Job with That?

In his presentation "Can You Get a Job with That?" Stuart Nachbar, noted education writer and college counselor states "A good school does good by...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Jan. 31, 2015
Last comment by GothBeer, on Apr 22, 2015 at 5:58 am | 3 comments | 10712 Views

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Getting the Most Out of Your Summer Experiences

Elizabeth LaScala Ph.D. guides families through the complex world of college admission. She helps students identify college majors and career paths, develops good...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Apr. 20, 2015
Last comment by MsJulle, on Apr 22, 2015 at 5:52 am | 1 comment | 7751 Views

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Understanding Early Decision in College Admissions

Early Decision is an application program offered by many colleges and universities that provides an early admission decision in exchange for the student's commitment...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Aug. 28, 2014
Last comment by Johnny English, on Mar 4, 2015 at 6:38 am | 2 comments | 14386 Views

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Three Time Tested Test Prep Recommendations

By now most families have heard that a new SAT exam will be administered for the first time in spring 2016. As test preparation providers respond to these changes...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Oct. 4, 2014
Last comment by John English, on Mar 4, 2015 at 6:34 am | 1 comment | 9293 Views

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Should Your Sophomore Take The October PSAT? And More on Standardized Testing...

In March, The College Board, the organization that administers the SAT (once known as the Scholastic Aptitude Test but now simply known as the SAT), announced plans...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Oct. 12, 2014
Last comment by Tim, on Mar 4, 2015 at 6:31 am | 3 comments | 16443 Views

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Thanksgiving Transfer Fever!

Thanksgiving is a time filled with family, turkey, football, and in many houses newly returned freshmen. After they've cleared the cupboards, lounged on the couches...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Nov. 25, 2014
Last comment by John, on Mar 4, 2015 at 6:27 am | 1 comment | 11352 Views

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The Truth About The College Essay

In August the 2012-13 edition of the Common Application was released. At the same time or soon after, many schools released updated supplements, several of which...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Sep. 27, 2012
Last comment by BrentTaylor, on Mar 4, 2015 at 3:45 am | 1 comment | 9484 Views

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Budget Basics for New College Graduates

Here's a question I'm often asked by new or soon to be college graduates: "I am looking for a job. Can you help me figure out how much income I will need to pay...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Jun. 8, 2014
Last comment by Ashley, on Nov 4, 2014 at 6:01 am | 1 comment | 21131 Views

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When Adult Children Go Off to College: Keeping Your Eye on The Law

Did you know that once children turn 18, parents lose the legal authority to make decisions for them? An individual who has reached the age of 18 is considered...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Jul. 30, 2014
There are no comments yet. 13220 Views

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Congratulations on Getting In! Now How Long to Get Out?

This time of year many high school seniors have made or are about to make the final selection of where to go to college. I am reminded of a statement made by F....

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Apr. 27, 2014
There are no comments yet. 13098 Views

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Take Full Advantage of Free Standardized Testing Opportunities

May and June are important months for constructing college success at earlier grade levels. Most students think about standardized testing in the junior year, but...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Apr. 21, 2014
There are no comments yet. 41670 Views

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Your Most Powerful Tool for Getting Into College--Use It Now!

As a college admission advisor I give college related advice all year round. One of the most common conversations I have with families is about high school coursework—what...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Mar. 1, 2014
There are no comments yet. 14949 Views

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What Extracurricular Activities Will Get Me into College?

As a college admission advisor, I hear this question often from parents and students alike. Sometimes students try to amass an array of activities to adorn their...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Jan. 2, 2014
Last comment by Cholo, on Jan 11, 2014 at 7:06 pm | 14 comments | 16756 Views

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Quick! Show Me the Money--the CSS Profile

Timing is critical. For high school seniors who plan to request financial aid, now is the time to determine the forms required at each college on your list. You...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Sep. 30, 2013
Last comment by Alec, on Oct 12, 2013 at 2:15 am | 1 comment | 9768 Views

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Some Unexpected College Costs

The cost of a college education these days is soaring and out of pocket expenses for families range from costly to obscenely expensive. After accounting for tuition...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Jul. 29, 2013
There are no comments yet. 8301 Views

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Jump Start The College Application

The Common Application is used by 488 member colleges to streamline the college application process. These colleges represent 46 US states...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Jul. 15, 2013
There are no comments yet. 8341 Views

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When Parents and Students Disagree About College

Waiting until college results are in to deal with differences of opinion between students and their parents about what college to attend is not wise. When the college...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Jul. 1, 2013
There are no comments yet. 10405 Views

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Is It Too Early to Prepare for College?

A San Ramon Reader asks Dr. LaScala: Are there advantages to starting college advising before beginning high school? My son is quite focused and driven; we aren't...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Jun. 17, 2013
There are no comments yet. 8159 Views
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