wish to pursue my masters, how and where do I start?
If you are determined to pursue
your masters, to start with, all you need to do is registering yourself for GRE
(www.gre.org) and TOEFL (www.toefl.org). You are supposed to give GMAT
(www.gmat.org) in case of an MBA.
do I register for GRE, TOEFL, SAT or GMAT tests?
Once you have decided to take the tests, you can log on to www.ets.org
where you can register for the required test online and also get the complete
information required. Or
Log on to www.gre.org for details about GRE.
Log on to www.toefl.org for details about TOEFL.
Log on to www.gmat.org for details about GMAT.
Log on to www.sat.org
for details about SAT (for undergraduate studies)
much do they charge for the above tests?
For the latest information about
fees that ETS charges for various tests, please check the links corresponding
to the tests
is the mode of the payment for these tests?
The amount can be paid from International credit cards like
done with registering for the tests, now how do I start preparing for them?
Once you are done with registering
for the tests, then you can sit down with the preparation.
Books listed below can help you
get good scores.
- Big book
- Word power made easy
- Princeton review
- Cambridge etc.
You can start with reading the high frequency words and then get deeper
- Power prep cds (free cd given
when u register for the tests)
should be the exact duration for the preparation?
Generally you should be going through the word lists right from the third
year of Engineering if you wish to get high scores!
It also depends on the individual on how he/she sets his/her time and
prepares for the tests, some of them prepare only for 10 days, or a month and
some of them prepare for 2 months and some may take even longer time.
The bottom line is, depending on
the interest of the individual, the preparation time varies.
is the right time to take the tests if I wish to apply for fall, (i.e., after
my final exams)?
You can give your tests in your second year or third
year or in the first semester of your final year depending upon your
availability of time. The most appropriate time would be somewhere in between
3-2 and 4-1.
are the cut-off scores in these tests for universities?
The cut-off score for TOEFL (CBT) is 213 for most of
the universities. For some universities it is 200 and for some of them it is
197. But 213+ on the board will be neat. Coming to the GRE, 1000+ on the board
will be neat.
are the expiry dates of these tests?
GRE is valid
TOEFL is valid up to 2years
GMAT is valid up to 5 years
many times can I give these tests?
You can take them as many times as u wish in a year,
but cannot take the tests twice in the same month.
scored less in the first attempt, what should I do?
If you have scored less in the first attempt, then you
can use the option to cancel your scores at the end of the exam without
reporting them to the respective universities. And then you can take the test
again and if you are successful you can report the scores (2nd attempt) to the
do I report my scores to the university?
You can use the
option given at the end of the test for reporting the scores which is free of
cost, given by the ETS (educational testing society) or else you can report
your scores through telephone (ISD) by calling the ETS (NEW JERSEY).
How much do they (ETS) charge if I report
They charge 15$ for reporting GRE and 17$ for
reporting TOEFL to each university if you apply through FAX, and if u wish to
do it through telephone, they charge an extra 12$ as service tax per call. (You
will have to call separately for GRE and TOEFL).
Where do I get the details like phone numbers
for reporting these scores?
You can get
them on www.ets.org Or www.gre.org or www.toefl.org or www.gmat.org or www.sat.org
What do I do when the university says that I
didn’t report my scores even though I have reported them?
You can call the help line and explain your problem;
they will immediately react to your problem. www.ets.org;
you can find the numbers in the mentioned site.
are the things I need to keep near me, when I call the ETS people to report my
The things you need to keep beside you are
- Score report (confirmation number and registration
- Credit card (which you are going to use)
codes of the respective universities (available in the site www.ets.org)
codes (e.g: 66 for electrical. refer www.ets.org)
what basis do I select universities for applying to masters?
You can consider the following
factors while applying to masters
- Ranking of the university
- Assistantships and Research
- Financial aid
- Profile (aggregate percentage,
test scores, etc.)
- Tuition fees
- Professors working in your area
- Job prospects
- Near to larger cities
- Presence of relatives or seniors
- Course structure
- Cost of living
The above factors may be put in any order depending on the student’s
are the documents that I need for applying to universities?
Once if you’re done with the selection process, then the list of
documents needed for applying are
- SSC / Inter Xerox copies
attested by the principal
- B.TECH / B.E transcripts
- Extracurricular certificates
(mini projects, paper presentations, national level papers published,
international level, internships ……etc.) (Xerox copies)
- Passport Xerox
- Affidavit of support from your
- Bank statements
- Recommendation letters (3), from
corresponding professors or important persons under whom you have worked.
- Statement of purpose (SOP)
- Some additional documents,
requested by the university (formats can be obtained from the university
do I send them to the university?
You can send these documents through courier, which will take 5 working
days to reach the destination.
much will it cost me?
It depends on the weight of your
application packet. It generally ranges from Rs 600/- to Rs 1000/-. It also
depends on the type of courier services.
there any websites, where we can practice the tests online?
The below sites can be helpful
would be the best time for applying to universities?
If you wish to go for fall semester, then you should be applying and
sending your application packets by NOV- DEC, if not, at least by JAN and students
going for spring should be applying by JUN- JUL –AUG as most of the
universities follow first come first serve policy. It is always beneficial, if
many intakes does a university have?
A typical American university has 3 intakes
FALL Semester – AUG/SEPT
SPRING Semester – JAN/FEB
SUMMER Semester – MAY
is the highest intake?
Intake will be more for FALL, as
many students are done with their under graduation and also many graduate
students in the university’s graduate in FALL; then comes SPRING, followed by
SUMMER. Similar to this hierarchy, the courses offered also will decrease in
true that the aid chances are very less in SPRING and SUMMER when compared to
Yeah, it’s partially true, as most of the students (75%) go for FALL, so
they are given to them, but students going for SPRING and SUMMER too have good
chances of securing aid.
is the difference between AID and FEE WAIVER?
FEE WAIVER is a provision where in you get your tuition fees waived,
either completely or partially. FINANACIAL AID provides salary/scholarship
along with fee waiver
definitely need a fee waiver or an aid; can u give me the list of universities?
You can look for
- Univ of Kentucky, Lexington
- Univ of Alabama, Huntsville
- State universities of New York
- Western Kentucky, bowling green
- Dakota schools
- Mc neese state university
- Lamar university
- Farleigh Dickenson University
- University of Missouri Kansas
- Texas A & M Commerce
These schools give a fee waiver
for 95% of the students. (Note: only for the first SEM)
do I contact a professor?
You can get the contacts of the
professors from the respective university websites (graduate department) and
you can mail them regarding your interests and your specializations.
is the procedure to contact a professor or request for an RA?
Firstly, introduce yourself and then talk about your scores and % (GPA),
talk about your field of interest, about your mini-projects or main projects
/papers etc., and then show your interest towards working for him/her. Then
thank him/her. Do not directly ask for funding.
GPA is Grade point average. It is calculated by the subjects taken and
the marks obtained. Normally it is rated on a 4 scale. 3 GPA is considered to
much GPA does a university expect?
This depends on university to university, some of them need 3.5; some
need 3; and some need 2.75(which may be 57-58%) and minimum being 2.5 (55%)
me about CGPA?
CGPA is cumulative grade point average. It varies from university to
university. Generally they take out some important subjects or credit hours and
calculate this CGPA. It is on a scale of 10.
can I get the list of American universities?
The below sites may be helpful
can I compare things about universities?
The below site may be helpful
can I get to know about the state?
You can take help from websites
www.50states.com and you can always search through the Google.
universities should I apply?
It solely depends on the student,
whether he wishes to apply for 1, 2, 4 or 8 universities. The best number would
be 5 or 6.
should the selection be?
If you are applying to 6 schools, then
Choose 2 ambitious schools
2 of moderate chances
2 safe schools
do I know my application status?
You can check your application status online after the university issues
your identification number after checking all your documents.
You can call the admission staff and ask them about your application
status. They will inform you about your status (numbers can be obtained from
the grad school website).
much time will it take before I receive my I-20?
It takes 50 – 90 days to receive your i20 from the university.
is an I-20?
I-20 is an „admission form‟,
stating that you are admitted into a particular university in a particular
much time will the I-20 take to reach me once it is dispatched from the
university? Normally, an I-20 is dispatched through normal post, which
could take 3-4 weeks to reach you.
get it in a week? (In case if you are out of time)
Yes, you can, if you request them to send the post by courier otherwise
known as express mail, you will be asked for your credit card details so as to
send the I-20 by express mail. You will get it in 5 days.
are the things I need to take to the GRE/TOEFL tests?
- Confirmation letter (sent to
your email as soon as you register for your exam)
- A secondary photo ID like a driver’s
license, Student ID, etc.
am I supposed to do if my name is printed wrong in the score reports?
You can contact ETS through phone or email and explain your problem. You
can find their contact numbers in the website www.ets.org. You can ask them to
send you a new score report.
if my name is misspelled in my I-20?
You can always ask them for a new one. You can mail them or contact
through telephone. They will definitely issue a new I-20.
many days will it take to receive my GRE / TOEFL score reports?
It takes 1 month to 2 months to
receive your score reports. On an average it takes 40 days to receive your
are RA, TA and GA?
RA – Research assistant
TA – Teaching assistant
GA – graduate assistant
different is a RA to a TA and a GA?
Teaching Assistantship basically deals with assisting professor in his
classes and helping him in clarifying students‟ doubts regarding the subject
and then conducting labs and evaluating paper. On the other hand Research
Assistantship deals in continuing the research work done by the professor and
preparing materials, documentation and other related works. Graduate assistant
is one who is given a full fee waiver and then he will be doing both TA‟s and
RA‟s work. There are many departments in which GA position is offered.
do I contact the seniors of the particular university?
There will be a web page for the Indians in every university website. In
that website, details about The Indian Student association (ISA) will be given
and also the list of all the association members along with their contacts will
be given in that site. You can also look for the University’s Indian Students
Association in yahoo groups where in you can contact all the Indians of the
long mails to the admission staff irritate them and affect the admission
process? Yeah, they definitely do affect the procedure. The admission staff
will be going through numerous mails every day and lengthy mails bore the
staff. So it’s better if you keep your mail small and precise (to the point).
This is always advised while writing official mails.
get an RA or a TA or a GA in the first semester?
It is tough to get any of them in the first semester. Depending on your
performance in the first semester, you can stand a chance for getting it.
However some of them with a good academic profile do manage to get it in the
first semester itself.
do I apply online?
It’s a very simple process, similar to filling any other application
form. It can be downloaded from the university website and all your particulars
are to be filled in. At the end you are supposed to give the application fee
via a credit card.
much fee do I pay during the applications?
It varies from university to
university. Some universities have 100$, 55$, 50$, 45$, 25$ as fee and for few,
it is free.
university doesn’t charge any application fees?
University of Dayton (70%
Academics is the minimum requirement)
is this evaluation fee (100$ fee)?
The WES evaluation converts educational credentials from any country in
the world into their U.S. equivalents. It describes each certificate, diploma
or degree that you have earned and states its academic equivalency in the
you give me reasons as to why I should choose US for higher education?
- Excellent academics
- Outstanding Research
- Flexibility in course curriculum
- Financial assistance
- Work programs
- Job opportunities
- Cultural exchange
are public universities?
These are state affiliated institutions and some include the words “state
university” in their title. They are relatively inexpensive when compared to
other universities nationwide, but getting admission into these universities
can be more difficult than a private institution. The enrolments tend to be
very large such as 20,000 or more students. Due to huge number of students
studying in public universities, international students can easily find
on-campus jobs and teaching assistantship jobs. Also, many government-funded
research projects are allocated to state universities, which provide RA
positions for highly qualified students. Most of the universities offer partial
or full tuition waivers to teaching and research assistant students.
me something about private universities?
Private institutions are supported
by student tuition, investment income, research contracts, and private
donations. Tuition fees tend to be higher at private universities than at state
universities, but they charge the same tuition to both state and out of state
residents. The quality of education is equal between public and private
universities. The main differences are funding and fees.
can I find some genuine ranking of universities?
You can get them at www.usnews.com
published by the US news.
me something about score reports?
All universities accept only the
original score report of the student. It should be sent directly from the
testing service (ETS). A photocopy or a student copy of the score sheet will
not be accepted. Any reporting should go through ETS. ETS reports GRE and TOEFL
scores to four universities of the student’s choice, the cost of which is added
in the examination fee.
if I plan to apply for more universities (apart from the four applied during
If you plan to apply to more than
one university, you must send additional scoring report through ETS. The cost
of extra reporting is $15 per university for the GRE and $17 per university for
TOEFL. TOEFL and GRE are valid for 2yrs and 5 yrs. respectively. Afterwards,
the score will not be available on the database and the reports will not be
sent to the universities.
will be the main admission criteria?
The main admission criteria will be the academic performance of the
students in their under-graduation (for MS aspirants). The test scores such as
GRE/TOEFL are also important next to the academics. Later they look into
published papers and projects. The admission is also done based on the marks
obtained in the core subjects, or the courses related to selected
specialization. This process is adopted when the profiles of students are
similar and sometimes also in normal admissions.
can I know my admission status?
Well, many universities have online status checking facility. The status
can be checked with the aid of the identification number given by the
university after your admission packets reach the admissions office. Some
universities don’t have the online status checking facility. In that case
students can call the admissions staff to know their admission status.
many days will it take when the I-20 is dispatched from the university?
Generally it takes 2-3 weeks for the I-20 to reach the destination. It
can also reach you in 5days, when you ask the university people to send it
through Express Mail (which will cost you extra, 40$ approximately) wherein you
are asked to disclose your credit card details.
if I don’t receive my I-20 in 2-4 weeks’ time or what if my name or some other
details are misprinted on my I-20?
You can always call up the admissions staff and ask them to send you
another copy of your i20 I-20. They will be more than willing to send you
me how to know the fee structure?
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Yeah! The fee in American universities is shown connecting to the credit hours.
A master’s student will have to take a minimum of 9 credit hours (i.e., 3
credits * 3 subjects) per semester. On an average a master’s student will have
to take 12 courses to complete his degree requirements. auto'> auto'>For example:
the fee per credit hour is given as 550$, then the semester fee can be
calculated as 550* 9 =4950$ per semester, which in Indian rupees would be
4950*45=2,22,750 Rupees. The whole course will cost him 4950*4=19,800$ which in
Indian rupees would be 8,91,000 rupees (9 lakhs approx.)