Application advise – This is the time of the year, when most of you take the tests (GRE/GMAT and TOEFL/IELTS) and want to apply to universities. Two very important things have to be kept in mind while you are getting ready with taking tests and applying.
- You will be very close to deadlines of most universities which admit better-profile students. As a result, you will be under pressure to meet the application deadlines. This will put additional pressure on your test preparation, which might affect your scores. There is no need to emphasize the fact that lower scores will bring down admission chances in good universities. Therefore, if you are planning to take tests, schedule quality time for test preparation and leave the applying part to professionals like Manhattan Review.
- When thousands of students apply to universities around the same time, it puts a lot of pressure on the admission committees, graduate schools (which issues I-20s) and the departments (which consider your financial aid) In many cases, pressure gets to them too and some admissions may not be based on proper evaluation. Result, genuine and strong applicants might be affected badly. Where you had definitely expected admission, such universities may ‘reject’ with or without reason. The ultimate loser will be the applicant who falls in that ‘application zone’. What is the solution to this? Apply as early as the universities permit. Arrange for your application material to be submitted even later (but definitely, well before the deadlines). This will give ‘breathing time’ for universities to consider your applications but put them on hold. After all the materials are received, it takes much shorter time for universities to process your application and give a decision.
Remember, the following are myths which you SHOULD NOT CONSIDER.
- That even without test scores, universities will decide on application – No, unless all the materials and scores are in place, they will not decide.
- That without the final transcripts, one cannot apply – Again, wrong. Even with the 6th or 7th semester transcript also, one could apply and still get a favourable decision if everything is done properly, carefully and in time.
- That applying to more universities will increase admission chances – Well, that depends on which universities one is applying to. If one applies to just one university, he might get admission. Applying to ten may not necessarily mean that one might get more admits. Not necessarily! So, be judicious with your selection and number of universities you wish to apply to. This is where the expertise of Manhattan Review comes in.
One piece of advice – don’t fall into the trap of ‘know all’ masters (some of your friends or seniors) and/or the internet knowledge. While you get a lot of ‘free’ and ‘unwarranted’ advice, that might not be the RIGHT Advice for you. Be careful with the loads of information you obtain from many sources. Finally, make a prudent decision to seek the help of experts who charge you, but also recharge your career – academically – for a fabulous future. Don’t you want to have a great life after your education?
GRE – High score but no admit? – Many students have a very painful experience of having good/high score in GRE but denied admission in universities in which they ‘thought’ they could get in. The ‘Quant’ section score is high, the ‘Verbal’ section score is decent. Where could the applicant have done wrong? Why were they rejected when they were ‘sure’ of admission?
The devil lurks deep in a seemingly unimportant section – the AWA. While preparing for the tests or talking with seniors, it is not highlighted with enough emphasis that the Analytical Written Assessment section score is equally or more important not only for admission but also for an assistantship. As a result, students don’t prepare well for this section and the average for most Indian students is about 2.5 to 3.0 out of 6. Unfortunately, this score is insufficient for most US universities to consider for admission and assistantships. So, a ‘rejection’ will be sent to students after review. By the time a rejection is received, deadlines for other universities will be almost over and students will not have any option but to go for universities that are much less compatible with their profile. The result? Poor education, non- compatible degree and finally a bad start to the career. Is this required? Should they not know what is important and concentrate for a better score to improve admission and aid chances?
This is exactly what Manhattan Review strives to educate and concentrate upon (while preparing students for the tests). We encourage students to practice more, get trained better and score better. If they score 4 and above in the AWA section, the chances will be very BRIGHT! If the chances are bright, the future is brighter. This is why you are looking for education abroad. Right?
Colours and Crackers – We are in the midst of festive season. The colourful Dasara and the soundful and bright Diwali are here for our enjoyment. Perhaps, this will be one of the festive seasons you would spend in India for some years to come. Once abroad, the gaiety and celebrations galore will not be as ‘original’ as you could find them in our motherland. So, make the most of this season by celebrating Dasara and Diwali with your near and dear ones. Have an unforgettable time. Wish you and your family members a VERY (Belated) HAPPY VIJAYA DASAMI AND DIWALI.