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On many international student blogs or forums, I see the same questions over and over again. How should I register for the GRE? What are the test dates for TOEFL? How many questions are there on the GMAT? What is the cost? These are what I call, “Google me” questions! If you key in the word “TOEFL,” (as an example) the official website for TOEFL has all the information you need! Everything and more than what you need or more than what anyone can answer! More important, by accessing the original site or the official site, you will get accurate information. There is another reason why it is important for you to do your own research. U.S faculty expect you to have good research skills. If you ask questions to which answers are readily available, you will not impress your faculty or your fellow students!
Dr.Gupta is the CEO of PlanetGPA, an international student counseling and recruitment firm.
sir/madam, i am student of pharmacy studying in final(4th) year. I want to known how i will get admission in M.S.in pharma.at U.S. University.i still dosent face any test like GRE, TOFEL, ILTS, GMAT.please suggest me which exam. should i take in order to get admission in good university with offering good stipend and how much score requires.
The Doctorate of Pharmancy (there is no Master's in Pharmacy) is a highly competitive field. This is because of the abundance of jobs in pharmacy! However, at the current time, there is more demand than supply of Pharmacy universities in the US. This is changing as more pharmacy universities in US will open over the next few years. Your best bet is to do well on GRE and TOEFL. Getting financial aid is difficult. Work hard on improving your written and oral communication skills. University of California, San Francisco has a great pharmacy program. http://pharmacy.ucsf.edu/pharmd/ Best wishes to you!
Five tips to do well on the GRE:
1. Register Early.
2. Prepare for the test. Even if you are an 'A' student, doesn't mean you will do well on the GRE without preparing.
3. Work on what you are not good at, not what you are good at! Students who are good at math will spend their time studying for math! This doesn't help. Focus on what you are NOT good at!
4. You have to do well on both quantitative and verbal. A perfect quantitative score but a weak verbal score or vice versa will hurt your chances of admission.
5. Study in groups – it really helps!
Should I retake GRE or GMAT?
Many US universities use standardized test scores as part of
their application screening process. GRE (for engineering, science, technology,
and a few other programs) and GMAT (for business) are well known and widely
accepted standardized tests. TOEFL and IELTS are designed to test the English
skills of students.
Students want to know if they should take the test and
if their scores on these tests matter. The answer to both is Yes and Yes. Yes,
you should take the test, and yes, your scores matter.
But what happens if
you make a terrible score? Should
you retake the test? Unless you were not able to perform well on the day of
the test because you were ill or there was some other compelling circumstance,
retaking the test will usually not make a big difference in your score.
Standardized tests are designed in a way to test one's basic aptitude and one's
basis aptitude does not change from day to day! However, if you did not prepare
for the test, then it is wise to take the time to prepare and retake the exam.
Having said that, it does not mean that if you do not take
the test, you cannot study in the US. There are a few universities that do not
require these tests. But there are only a few of them. In other words, your
choices become limited if you do not take these tests.
Prepare and do well on standardized tests. But, if you don't have a good score,
it is not the end of the world. You can still gain admission to some good
universities. So don't be discouraged!
Some students prefer universities that do not require the GRE. There are several U.S universities that do not require GRE. Here are some things to consider:
- There are many more U.S. schools that require the GRE than those that do not.
- You will have a smaller list to select from if you do not take the GRE.
- It is not fair to conclude that universities that do not require the GRE are bad and those that require them are good. Not true.
- If you don't take the GRE, you will not get your visa – FALSE.
- It is true that if you lie to the visa officer or if you lack confidence during your interview or if your marks or grades are poor, visa officers may tend to scrutinize your application more closely.
- It is better to take the GRE and score less than not to take the GRE at all.
You may still decide not to take the GRE. Students who make this decision gain admission to good US institutions. Just know the facts before you jump in!
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