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All Ivy League Colleges Are Test Optional for Fall 2022

By Jill Yoshikawa, Ed M, Partner of Creative Marbles Consultancy / February 14, 2021 / 0 Comments
Since every Ivy League college—Yale, Princeton, Harvard, Brown, Columbia, Barnard*, Dartmouth, University of Pennsylvania, and Cornell—extended their test-optional policies to include Fall 2022 admissions, current high school Class of 2022 juniors will not be obligated to submit SAT or ACT…

Will the Entire Ivy League be Test Optional for Fall 2023 Admissions?

By Jill Yoshikawa, Ed M, Partner of Creative Marbles Consultancy / January 18, 2022 / 0 Comments
Updated: March 23, 2022 In September 2021, Cornell University, one of the eight Ivy League colleges, announced the continuation of their test-optional/test-free admissions policy for Fall 2023 and 2024 first year admissions, affecting current Class of 2023 high school Juniors….

AP Exam Scores Challenged

By Jill Yoshikawa, Ed M, Partner of Creative Marbles Consultancy / July 29, 2020 / 0 Comments
After students received their May 2020 Advanced Placement (AP) scores in mid-July 2020, many were distressed to earn scores less than expected, and now, with their parents’ support, are appealing their scores. Student’s disappointment about their scores simply compounds an…
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College Application Deadlines & Time Zones

By Jill Yoshikawa, Ed M, Partner of Creative Marbles Consultancy / December 14, 2020 / 0 Comments
Although college applications are technically due at 11:59 pm on the deadline day, “11:59 pm” might be hours earlier or later than the time zone where the applicant lives, depending on the admissions policies of the college. Thus, applicants should…

Common Application Prompts to Change for Fall 2022 Admissions

By Jill Yoshikawa, Ed M, Partner of Creative Marbles Consultancy / March 3, 2021 / 0 Comments
A new 650 word Common Application (bolded in the list below) essay prompt is being added for Fall 2022 admissions, as a replacement for one prompt being “retired”.  Regardless of any prompt chosen, I recommend to avoid approaching the college…
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Can I Change My 650 Word Common Application Essay After Submitting It?

By Jill Yoshikawa, Ed M, Partner of Creative Marbles Consultancy / November 8, 2020 / 0 Comments
Updated: November 2020 from the original posted in July 2018 The short answer is yes…with an *.  [See Below] But, like any life-impacting decision, the short answer doesn’t account for the complexities of choosing a college.  And, the last three…

All Ivy League Colleges Extend Test Optional Admissions for Fall 2023…and for a few, beyond 2023

By Jill Yoshikawa, Ed M, Partner of Creative Marbles Consultancy / February 17, 2022 / 0 Comments
For at least one more application cycle, all Ivy League applicants will once again consider if they can demonstrate their aptitude with a standardized test score. Yale and Princeton admissions officers recently announced maintaining test optional admissions policies through Fall…
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All California State Universities Are Test Blind for Fall 2022

By Jill Yoshikawa, Ed M, Partner of Creative Marbles Consultancy / March 1, 2021 / 0 Comments
The following is the emailed response from the California State University (CSU) Chancellor’s Office in relation to our Open Letter to California State University Chancellor Castro, asking for clarification about the CSU Fall 2022 testing policy. Of note: Dr. Grommo,…

The Enigma of the Local Context

By Jill Yoshikawa, Ed M, Partner of Creative Marbles Consultancy / September 6, 2020 / 0 Comments
For Fall 2021 first year applicants, earning the academic designation, Eligibility in the Local Context (ELC) for University of California (UC) admissions, may be more difficult than in past years. Given the Spring 2020 implementation of Pass/No Pass grading systems,…

“I Forgot My Calculator for the ACT!”

By Jill Yoshikawa, Ed M, Partner of Creative Marbles Consultancy / June 10, 2016 / 0 Comments
About the author: I’m Karli Ching and I graduated with C.K. McClatchy High School’s Class of 2015.  I attend University of California, Davis as a biological sciences major pre-med student. ____________________________________________________ When I was taking the ACT for the second time…

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