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  1. What is the difference between applying for an MS and applying for a PhD? A PhD and and an MS are two very different things. Even though the eligibility criteria (usually specified in terms of minimum GRE & TOEFL scores and minimum GPA) are the same for the both, that
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    Should I retake the GRE Exam?

    Should I retake the GRE Exam? This is a tricky question. Assuming you can afford to retake the test and the dates are available, there are a couple of other criteria that you should keep in mind when making this decision: (a) Do you have enough time ? If the first time you took your GRE was already kind of cutting it close (late October or so), you will have little time to do any more substantial preparation. ( Will it help ? If the reason your first test did not go so well was because of poor time management or factors other than lack of preparation, retaking the test might make more sense. However, you should take steps to ensure that the same factors do not appear the second time you take the test. So, if the cause was, say, lack of time management then you should do more practice with actual timed tests to make sure that you figure out how to best manage those precious minutes. If it was silly mathematical mistakes, practicing will help there as well.
  3. How to prepare the financial support statement ? The financial support statement is a declaration of your financial assets to prove to the admissions committee of a university that you will be able to support yourself during your graduate study program. However, it is not the case that you will necessarily have to declare enough assets to cover the entire cost of the first year. It is actually up to you what you want to do here. There is usually a question on the application asking something along the lines of
  4. What documents required for application, besides standardized test scores ? Every university has detailed and specific guidelines in their application brochure about the documents that they will need you to submit with the application. However, it is good to have a general idea of the sort of documents that are usually needed for an application to be deemed complete. Here is a list:
  5. Difference between applying for the Fall semester and the Spring semester ? There is absolutely a difference between those two semesters. The academic year in all United States universities begins with the Fall semester. Therefore, most assistantship and fellowship positions also begin at around the same time. In fact, some universities (line mine, for example) do not even entertain Spring applications unless you can demonstrate mitigating circumstances or you are an existing student. In short, if you are applying for the Spring semester you have the following disadvantages:
  6. Right time to apply for US Universities Most universities in the U.S. accept applications only two times in a calendar year. Before we discuss that, let me give you a brief breakdown of the academic year as. The academic year is usually divided into 4 semesters - Fall, Winter, Spring and Summer. The semesters are usually 13 weeks long but this is not a hard and fast constraint. The Fall semester starts somewhere between August and September and ends in late December or early January. The Spring semester starts in January and ends inMay. The Summer semester starts in lateMay or early June and ends just before the Fall semester begins. Not all universities have a winter semester but if they do, it is a very short semester squeezed between the Fall and the Spring semesters. The semesters correspond very roughly with the eponymous seasons. Now on to the actual answer of this question. Most universities will accept admission applications for the Fall and the Spring semesters of the academic year. Please beware, the some universities only entertain applications for the Fall semester.
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    Which university to apply?

    How do I decide which universities to apply to ? This is one of the most frequently asked questions and the answer is not as straightforward as you would like it to be. This is one of the highly subjective questions that you will be encountering as your proceed through the application process. Some Facts
  8. Some information regarding US For MS in USA Institutes you need good score in Engineering, Good GRE Score & Good TOEFL Score (better if you score around 250 or more), Letter of Recommendation in sealed envelope with stamp of the signatory authority (professor or institute) from renowned professors (around 2 to 3 professors are required) & a very good Statement of Purpose. Class 10 & Class 12 standard results are also important. Here are the following Institues in USA where to apply according to GRE Score (specially for those who opt for Computer Science, Electrical, Information Technology etc). All these institutes more or less rank in this order in overall performance for almost all subjects. Still you refer to the websites of these Institutes for detailed information - GRE Score: Above 1400 1. University of California , Berkeley 2. University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign) 3. Purdue University Score: 1300-1400 1. University of Florida , Gainesville 2. University of Minnesota 3. University of Michigan 4. University of California , Santa Barbara 5. Boston University (Private--high Scholarships) 6. University of Texas , Austin Score: Above 1250 1. University of California , Irvine 2. University of California , Riverside 3. Iowa State University 4. Virginia Tech. Score: 1200-1250 1. New Jersey Institute of Tech. 2. Arizona State University 3. University of Arizona 4. Pennsylvania State University 5. Ohio State University 6. Oregon State University 7. Texas A & M University 8. University of Alabama 9. University of Connecticut 10. Cincinnati State University Score: 1150-1200 1. NJIT 2. SUNY, Buffalo 3. University of Pittsburgh 4. Colorado State University 5. Mississippi State University 6. North Carolina State University 7. Indiana University , Bloomington Score: 1100-1150 1. NJIT(chances less) 2. Indiana University , Bloomington 3. SUNY, Buffalo 4. New Mexico State University 5. California State University , Chico 6. Washington State University Score: Below 1100 1. University of North Dakota
  9. Application Package Checklist When applying to a University, you need to include certain items as part of your application package. Each college has its own set of requirements, but the sample list given below should satisfy the needs of most colleges. Bank Draft : Prepare a bank draft in favor of the University that you are applying to, for the required application fee (e.g. $50). Admission Forms : Include the right number of copies of your admission form (e.g. 3). Make sure you've included all the forms required by looking up the college's application checklist. Official Transcripts of Undergraduate Coursework (2 copies) : Prepare transcripts of all undergraduate coursework completed at the time of applying to the US, and have all copies sealed and stamped by your undergraduate university to make them 'official'. Three Letters of Recommendation : Get recommendation letters from Professors who are familiar with your undergraduate academic work. Many Univs also ask you to include a Student Evaluation Form along with your recommendation letters. Personal Statement : Your mark-sheets & score reports speak for themselves, therefore a 'Personal Statement' is the only means you have to communicate to the admissions officer why you deserve to be admitted to their University. Financial Certificate : the time of applying, you need to indicate sufficient funds to support your education. Request your bank to issue a certificate as proof of the same. Letter of Support : If a relative or friend is sponsoring your education, then you have to include a signed letter of support from them, indicating their willigness to fund your study in the US. Copy of GRE & TOEFL score reports : You can include a copy of your GRE & TOEFL score reports, but you should also make sure that you pay ETS to send your scores directly to the Universities you are applying to. Additional Certificates : Most colleges don't value certificates for extra curricular activities unless they are directly related to your chosen field of study. But, if you have work experience or have completed projects in your intended field of study, you should definitely include a letter/certificate from your employer or supervisor.
  10. How to prepare for Verbal section of the GRE ? Another very common question for Indian students and also another very subjective question. Each and every one of us has a different way of learning new things and so there can
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    GRE Verbal

    In GRE Verbal section, you will come across the following types of questions : GRE Sentence Completions GRE Antonyms GRE Analogies GRE Reading Comprehensions
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    GRE Math

    In the GRE Math section, questions can be classified into the following categories : Arithmetic Questions involve Arithmetic operations Powers Operations on radical expressions Estimation Percent Absolute value Properties of numbers (e.g. divisibility, prime numbers, odd and even integers) Factoring Algebra Questions involve Rules of exponents Factoring and simplifying algebraic expressions Understanding concepts of relations and functions Solving first and second degree equations and inequalities Solving simultaneous equations Setting up equations to solve word problems Applying basic algebra skills to solve problems Geometry Questions involve properties of Parallel lines Circles and their inscribed central angles Triangles Rectangles Other polygons Area Perimeter Volume Pythagoras theorem Angle measure in degrees Simple coordinate geometry (including slopes, intercepts, and inequalities) Data Analysis Questions involve Elementary probability Basic descriptive statistics Mean Median Mode Range Standard deviation Percentiles Interpretation of data in graphs and tables Line graphs Bar graphs Circle graphs Frequency distributions
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    Test Development Process

    Test Development Process The General Test is composed of questions formulated by specialists in various fields. Each question is reviewed by several independent critics and revised if necessary. New questions are pretested in actual tests under standard testing conditions. Questions appearing in a test for the first time are analyzed for usefulness and potential weaknesses; they are not used in computing scores. Questions that perform satisfactorily become part of a pool from which new editions of the General Test are assembled at a future date. After questions for a new edition of a General Test have been assembled, they are reviewed by other subject matter experts and test specialists from inside and outside ETS. Individual test questions and the test as a whole are reviewed to eliminate material considered to be potentially offensive, inappropriate for major subgroups of the test-taking population, or serving to perpetuate any negative attitude concerning these subgroups. The extensive procedure described above has been developed to ensure that every question in the General Test is appropriate and useful and that the combination of questions is satisfactory. Even so, the appraisal continues until after the new edition has been administered and subjected to a rigorous statistical analysis, before scores are reported, to see whether each question yields the expected statistical results. This analysis could provide information that suggests that a particular question is ambiguous, requires knowledge beyond the scope of the test, or is inappropriate for the total group or for a particular subgroup of test takers. Answers to questions found to have such flaws are not used in computing scores. Scoring Process Scores will be based on one section each of verbal and quantitative, and two analytical writing tasks. Analytical Writing Section A single score is reported for the analytical writing section. Each essay receives a score from 2 trained readers using 6-point holistic scale. In holistic scoring, readers are trained to assign scores on the basis of the overall quality of a response to the assigned task. If the 2 assigned scores differ by more than 1 point on the scale, the discrepancy is adjudicated by a third, very experienced, reader. Otherwise, the scores from the 2 readings of an essay are averaged. The final scores on the 2 essays are then averaged and rounded up to the nearest half-point interval (e.g., 3.0, 3.5). If no essay response is given for either of the 2 tasks in this section, an NS (No Score) is reported for the section. If any essay response is provided for only one of the 2 writing tasks, the task for which no essay response is provided will receive a score of zero. The primary emphasis in scoring the analytical writing section is on your critical thinking and analytical writing skills rather than on grammar and mechanics. Additional scoring information is provided in the POWERPREP software and in the interpretive leaflet enclosed with your score report. During the scoring process, your essay responses on the analytical writing section will be reviewed by ETS essay-similarity-detection software and by experienced essay readers. See Independent Intellectual Activity. Verbal and Quantitative Sections You will receive a test score on every section (except unidentified pretest sections and/or research sections), regardless of the number of questions answered, even if time expires before you answer all the questions. However, if you answer no questions at all in a section, that section will be reported as a No Score (NS). Your score on each section of the test will depend on the number of questions answered in the time allotted, as well as on your performance on the questions given. Because both of these sections are computer adaptive, the questions given are selected to reflect both your performance on preceding questions and the requirements of the test design. Test design factors that influence which questions are presented include: the statistical characteristics (including the difficulty level) of those questions already answered the required variety of question types the appropriate coverage of content Scores Reported on the General Test Three scores are reported: a verbal score reported on a 200-800 score scale, in 10-point increments, a quantitative score reported on a 200-800 score scale, in 10-point increments, and an analytical writing score reported on 0-6 score scale, in half-point increments. If you answer no questions at all in a section (analytical writing, verbal, or quantitative), that section will be reported as a No Score (NS). Descriptions of the analytical writing abilities characteristic of particular score levels are available in the interpretive leaflet enclosed with your score report, and in the Guide to the Use of GRE Scores. Canceling Your Scores At the end of the test, before you view your scores, you will have the option to cancel your scores. This is the only time your scores can be canceled. Canceled scores cannot be reinstated, and no refund will be issued. Institutions will not receive any information about your canceled scores or about any previous scores you may have on file. Reporting Your Scores You can view unofficial verbal and quantitative scores at the test center; however, because of the essay scoring process, you will not receive your analytical writing score at that time. Official verbal, quantitative, and analytical writing scores will be sent to you and score recipients within 10 to 15 days after you take the test. Printed score reports are not available at the test center. At the end of the test, if you choose to report your scores, you may request that they be sent to as many as 4 graduate institutions or fellowship sponsors at no additional charge. If an institution is not listed, ask the test center administrator for the appropriate form to indicate unlisted institutions. Complete the form and turn it in before you leave the test center. The form will not be accepted after you leave the test center. If you do not select institutions on the test day, you will be required to pay US$15 per recipient to have the scores sent at a later date. Test centers cannot provide printed copies of score reports. Retaking the Test You may take the General Test (computer-based and/or paper-based) only once per calendar month and no more than 5 times in any 12-month period. This applies even if you canceled your scores on a test taken previously.
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    Test-Taking Strategies

    Test-Taking Strategies We strongly urge you to carefully review the following information as you prepare for your test and before you arrive at the test center. It could help improve your performance on the test. Become familiar with the test before test day. It is always best to know as much as possible about what to expect before you arrive at the test center. Thoroughly read this section of our Web site to learn about the purpose of the test, the content of the questions, test day procedures, and test preparation strategies and materials. Once you know what to expect on your test, it's time to practice. Review the free POWERPREP software sent to you upon registration. For additional practice, try answering the free, interactive sample questions or download the Math Review (in PDF format) or the full-length paper-based GRE Practice General Test (in PDF format). For the analytical writing section, the software will give you advice about how to write effective essays for the Issue and Argument tasks. It will also let you practice writing essay responses under simulated testing conditions. For the verbal and quantitative sections, you should try to answer some sample questions to become familiar with the question format. Analytical Writing Section Writing tasks will be delivered on the computer, and you must word process your responses. Issue Task The Issue task gives you considerable latitude in the way you respond to the claim made about a given issue. To prepare for this task, try asking yourself the following questions as you review the published list of Issue topics. Practice writing responses on several of the topics, keeping to the 45-minute limit. What does the statement mean? What does it imply? What, precisely, is the central issue? Do I agree with all or with any part of the statement? Why or why not? Is the statement valid only in certain circumstances. Do I need to explain how I interpret certain terms or concepts used in the statement? If I take a certain position on the issue, what reasons support my position? What examples
  15. Test Center Procedures and Regulations The following procedures and regulations apply during the entire test session, which begins at sign-in, ends at sign-out, and includes breaks. If you requested and received an authorization voucher from ETS, you must take it with you to the test center. You will be required to write (not print) and sign a confidentiality statement at the test center. If you do not complete and sign the statement, you cannot test and your fees will NOT be refunded. You will be required to sign the test center log before and after the test session and any time you leave or enter the testing room. The administrator will provide you with scratch paper that may be replaced after you have used all pages of the scratch paper initially given to you. You may not take your own scratch paper to the test, nor may you remove scratch paper from the testing room at any time. Scratch paper is provided to assist test takers in working out problems and for appropriate note taking during timed sections of the test. Scratch paper should NOT be used during untimed sections or during breaks. If you need to leave your seat at any time other than the break, raise your hand; timing of the section will not stop. If at any time during the test you have a problem with your computer, or for any reason need the administrator, raise your hand. Testing premises are subject to videotaping. The GRE General Test includes an optional 10-minute break after the analytical writing section. This break time cannot be exceeded. The maximum time allotted for the tutorial and/or other untimed sections prior to the test is 30 minutes. The purpose of the tutorial and/or other untimed sections prior to the test is to become familiar with the computer functions and other important information that will make your computer-based test experience as convenient as possible. The time you spend on the tutorial and/or other untimed sections should not be used for any other purpose. You may not use scratch paper during this time. Infractions will be reported to ETS, and the test administrator is authorized to dismiss you from the test administration if you fail to follow the test administrator