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A quick guide for GRE aspirants.

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As Indians, all our lives, a single exam has been considered to be the make or break of our entire education. Over generations our mentality has been conditioned to thinking this way. However, this needs to change if you are looking to study abroad. The overall achievements of a student are looked at and given equal importance, and believe it or not, that includes your facebook account as well.

Although GRE is a very important exam, it is equally important to build up your resume. Doing that involves participating in activities and exploring your interests. When you do that, you develop your personality and confidence and that is looked at by admission authorities to see what kind of person you are.

For the time being, we need to see what all makes up our admission application. This list is not exhaustive; it only contains what you as a student can build up on before you apply to universities.

  1. Work experience: whether it was an internship, a part time job, or volunteering for an NGO
  2. Certificates: proof of participation in various events
  3. Achievements: any competitions that you might have won will be a great boost to your application
  4. Marksheets: don’t ignore your regular classroom studies at all.
  5. Projects: if you have created something interesting that catches their eye, it makes you stand out from among the others.

Statement of purpose: bring out the fancy in you and glam up an essay which answers the question “why do you want to study at this university?”

Letters of recommendation: this should be written by teachers who genuinely like you but they should have worked with you considerably otherwise they might think that it’s fake.

Now all this comes after you have a decent GRE and TOEFL score. So let’s see how to get that.

  • Always prepare for GRE keeping in mind that you have to give TOEFL as well. Also make sure you give these exams one after the other so that you don’t forget what you have prepared.

  • Most students give too much importance to their GRE preparation and lack in their college studies leading to less marks and even lesser attendance. Many a times this leads to lowering of the GPA. This should be strictly avoided.

  • GRE is all about vocabulary, and to build your vocabulary to that level requires practice. So don’t take a break from practicing otherwise you will quickly start forgetting the hard words. The only way to remember them is by using them in your daily life. You can practice GRE questions, where you will come across difficult words but having seen them being used in different ways, you will begin to understand their meaning.

  • The quant section is easy, but it too requires practice so devote equal time to both.

  • Practicing questions will improve your speed and accuracy so go for those full length tests; there are plenty of them all over the internet.

  • Keep track of your score to see what score you are getting consistently. That is, the average score you have got on the last 4-5 tests that you have taken.

  • Some days will be good, others will be better, so don’t get disheartened by a low score. Also, don’t get too overconfident if you get a very good score too.

Article credits: Nishka Uberoi

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