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What is the process to apply for MS in USA? – GRE

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What is the process to apply for MS in USA? – GRE

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What is the process to apply for MS in USA? – GRE

What is the process to apply for MS in USA? – GRE

Applications for undergraduate and graduate programs in USA is much different than what we are used to in India. Let’s take a look at what the process is like.

Following are the components of the application process

  1. GRE, TOEFL
  2. Shortlisting schools for your aspirations
  3. Preparing required documents for the application
  4. Apply by the deadline

  1. GRE, TOEFL – In this post, we elaborate on GRE and TOEFL tests

Graduate Record Examination General Test is a standardized computer based test conducted by Educational Testing Service (ETS).

Taking a GRE General Test costs $185 and sending your scores can cost $25 for each school as of 21 Feb 2013. You need to create or have a My GRE Account to register online for the computer based GRE General Test.

GRE General Test consists of six sections. The first section is always the analytical writing section involving separately timed issue and argument tasks. The next five sections consist of two verbal reasoning sections, two quantitative reasoning sections, and either an experimental or research section. These five sections may occur in any order. The entire test lasts about 3 hours 45 minutes.

GRE scores remain valid for five years, so it makes sense to give it early and have enough time to focus on applications.

Latest GRE tests are being scored out of 340. Anything above 320 is considered a good score. Remember that just taking the GRE does not mean that your scores are available everywhere. When you actually apply to specific schools later, you will explicitly need to send your score report to that school. Bad news is that it costs $25 (INR 1400) to send your score to each school. Great news is that you can send upto 4 reports free on the day you take the GRE test.

TOEFL – The TOEFL iBT test measures your ability to use and understand English at the university level and is required for Indian students to apply to US or European schools. The test costs $165 in India. You can register online. The scores are out of 120 and anything above 105 is considered good. If you sincerely prepare for GRE verbal section and have been going to a English primary school, you should not need to worry too much about TOEFL. Again, its more of a formality and its score, unless too low, will never impact your application results.

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