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Joan B. Weiss and Roberta Lachman
"My son applied to thirteen schools. EVERY letter he received referenced what a great essay he had. I know if he hadn't worked with College Fit 360, that would not be the case! "
     -Shari
     (Mother of William, Wash U, class of 2019)

Check out College Fit 360's

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College Admissions Essay Workshop

 
A three-session workshop:
Glendale - June 15, 16 & 19

1:00 - 3:00
or
SFV - July 13, 14 & 17
1:00 - 3:00

or
WLA - TBD

Additional dates/locations may be added upon request.

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College Selectivity Stats

4,000 + 
Number of U.S. colleges/universities
       
       4  
Percentage of U.S. colleges/universities that accept less than 25% of applicants

       .4   
Percentage of U.S. colleges/universities that accept less than 10% of applicants

    63.9  
Percentage of students accepted on average at U.S. colleges/universities
 
Why to Choose
an "Impractical" Major
 
Your daughter shares with you her intention to major in 17th Century French literature. You break into a sweat, imagining her living in your basement…at age 40.
 
Parents are understandably concerned about their children's futures and worry that kids who make "impractical" choices, are setting themselves up for a life of chronic destitution. 

But it's a mistake to connect college major to a career path and future success.  Particularly now, when it's predicted that half of the jobs in existence will soon be obsolete, future workers will need to be nimble enough to roll with an ever-changing job landscape.  As such, a college education should not be looked at in terms of learning "content," but rather, learning how to learn. 

Current research indicates that employers are seeking soft skill proficiency in their hires above technical knowledge.  These universal skills will serve students in their future positions, whatever they may be.  The top 10 skills employers want (drum roll, please) are:
  1. Verbal communication skills
  2. Strong work ethic
  3. Teamwork skills
  4. Analytical skills
  5. Initiative
  6. Problem-solving skills
  7. Written communication skills
  8. Interpersonal skills
  9. Computer skills
  10. Flexibility/adaptability
While internships and other training opportunities can help provide field-specific knowledge, the good news is that your child can acquire the most in-demand employment skills regardless of her major field of study.

So feel confident in supporting the anthropology or women's studies or history major in your life.  We think this article, "If Students are Smart, They'll Major in What They Love," in The Chronicle of Higher Education makes the point brilliantly.

Make your child's journey to college a thrilling and stress-reduced trek.


College Fit 360 offers
a choice of services:

 
one-on-one counseling
or
group counseling
via Coll-Edge Counseling Circles


Contact us to schedule a free consultation.

Mark Your Calendar

Colleges that Change Lives Fair
Sunday, July 26, 2015
11 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.
Universal City Hilton

Los Angeles Performing And Visual Arts Fair
Saturday, October 24, 2015
1:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m.
UCLA - Ackerman Union

National Hispanic College Fair
Wednesday, December 9, 2015
9:30-12:30
Los Angeles location TBD
 
TAKE NOTE: 
Beginning this admissions cycle, UC Berkeley will be accepting up to 2 letters of recommendation. Students planning to apply, should request their letters early.
We Wish That Standardized Tests Would Go Away, But Since They Haven't...
 
The Princeton Review is offering Free SAT and ACT practice tests--both in-person and online--during the summer months.  If you have a rising senior, take advantage of this opportunity to find out where he tests best. 
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Dear parents:
 
If you have a kid who will enter 11th grade next semester:  Your child needs to make decisions about standardized testing NOW!  Due to the introduction of a new SAT test this upcoming school year, juniors--who usually don't begin to take standardized tests until the spring--may need to prepare to test in the fall. Read article below for all the deets.
 
If you have a kid who will enter 12th grade next semester:  Strongly encourage (bribe, if necessary) your student  to begin the essay writing process early in the summer.  Good admissions essays take time and thought.  If you value your sanity, you will endeavor to have this aspect of the applications process well underway by late summer.  We can help.

Your college sherpas,
Joan and Roberta

The Class of 2017's
Standardized Testing Dilemma

 
Normally, college admissions season begins in the spring semester of 11th grade.  But next year’s juniors are in a unique situation, which requires planning and decision-making right now!
 
3 Test Options Instead of 2
Most colleges require students to take a standardized test as a condition of admission.  Since schools accept either the SAT or the ACT, students generally have a choice between the two.  But because a new SAT will be released during the next school year, next year’s juniors will have three testing choices:  the current SAT, the new SAT, or the ACT.  So which test should your child take?
 
Don’t Take the New SAT
Based on conversations with college admissions officers, test prep professionals, and others, we are advising our students to avoid taking the new SAT.  There are a few key reasons:
  • Because it is new, there will not be many practice tests or other prep materials available.  Those materials that are available will likely need revision after the first several rounds of the test are administered.  Tutors will also need a period of time to become familiar with the new instrument.
     
  • As opposed to the usual 3-week turnaround of test scores, the first round of the new SAT will take substantially longer.  As many students will want to take the test twice, they may not receive feedback on their first performance soon enough to help them prepare for their second.
     
  • It’s unclear how college admissions officers will interpret the results.  The new test will be scored differently than the current test.  The top test score will be 1,600 instead of 2,400 and multiple subscores will be reported.
     
  • The SAT has been changed to make it more like the ACT, so why not just take the ACT?
Do Take the Current SAT or the ACT
The upshot is that we believe that next year’s juniors should be looking at the same options as this year’s juniors—the current SAT or the ACT.
 
There Are Differences Between the Current SAT and the ACT
Frequently, a student will do better on one test or the other.  Here are some of the differences between the two tests:
 
Versus the ACT, the current SAT:
  • Is more of a reasoning/problem-solving test
  • Puts a stronger emphasis on vocabulary
  • Is broken up into more sections
Versus the current SAT, the ACT:
  • Is based more on high school curriculum
  • Has a science section
  • Tests more advanced math concepts (trigonometry)
  • Is more straightforward
Take Practice Tests To Zero-In
To get a better grasp of how they will do on the real thing, students should take practice tests and compare their relative performance. Armed with these results, they can focus their efforts on maximizing their score on the test that best plays to their strengths. PowerScore.com and McGraw-Hill Practice Plus are two options for taking full-length practice tests online. The Princeton Review, a test prep company, offers free, full-length, in-person SAT and ACT tests, as well as the PRA, a test designed to help students determine which test is better for them.
 
Take the Current SAT in Fall, the ACT in Spring
While students typically take their standardized tests in the spring of their junior year (at least the first round), this coming year’s juniors will have to choose between testing in the fall or the spring, based on which test they elect to take.

Since the current SAT will be making its final appearances on four test dates between October 2015 and January 2016, those students who want to take it should plan to do it at least once in the fall, with the opportunity to repeat it in January--the last time it will be offered.
 
Those students who choose the ACT can plan to take it, as is typical, during the spring semester.

 
Prep This Summer for the Current SAT
Usually students don’t begin their test prep in the summer before 11th grade.  However, because next year’s juniors will need to take it in the fall, those planning to take the current SAT should begin preparing for it this summer.  Further, make a point of signing up early.  As both juniors and seniors will be vying for seats, they may fill up fast.
 
Those students who will be taking the ACT can wait until the end of fall semester to begin prepping.

 
The Bottom Line
Figure out your test strategy early this summer, in order to keep the chances of a successful outcome high and your anxiety low.
 
2015-2016 Test Dates
The current SAT will be offered:
October 2015, November 2015, December 2015, January 2016
 
The new SAT will be offered:
March 2016, May 2016, June 2016 and from then on
 
The ACT will be offered:
September 2015, October 2015, December 2015, February 2016, April 2016, June 2016
 
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