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elz

Member Since 21 May 2005
Offline Last Active Jan 29 2010 10:34 AM
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In Topic: Paid Internships for Current Students in US

24 July 2009 - 11:31 AM

Rodic,

Thanks so much for this information - it is of great importance and lots of students are so exhausted after the admission process, that they do not realize there is more.

One thing I would like to add on this would be about STEM programs. STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. Undergraduate students that major in these areas are able to extend OPT up to 18 months.

In Topic: GRE Physics

09 June 2009 - 12:24 PM

Thanks Elz,

Yeah an application process is totally weird and you really cannot say with 100% where you'd be accepted. It's more weird than Quantum Mechanics :XmasROFL:. I saw o physicsgre forum that for example one Chinese student(and they are great in Subjects GRE and GRE) who had 970 points (5% or something) GPA 3.9,was rejected from many schools, and other guy with PGRE 680 accepted. It is real conundrum, and because of it is a bit stressful , because you cannot plan anything till date you receive a response.


The key is to successfully present yourself to graduate admissions committees. This is really what our advising services are all about. We help students understand the process and at the same time guide them through the self-reflection necessary to write a powerful and effective personal statement.

Keep an eye on our calendar in the coming days, we will start to set up the schedule for the next academic year and you will see some pretty interesting activities that could help you through the process.

In Topic: GRE Physics

07 June 2009 - 01:12 PM

I found statistics on www.gradshoolshopper.com for physics, so it's not bad score.Top 30 Universities mostly need PGRE over 650-680, and other over 600, or 50% .


Just keep in mind that test scores are only one aspect of the application. In admission offices at both undergraduate and graduate level, the general philosophy is that good scores will not get you in, but bad scores can certainly keep you out.

The school will look at your overall application. One guideline for interpreting your test scores and their relevance in your application packet is to look at your percentile. This compares your test performance with other test takers. Naturally, the consideration of your score at each institution is going to be impacted by the scores of the other applicants. What if 1000 students apply to the department and nearly 60% of them have higher scores than you, will that shut you out? Not necessarily, if the other elements of your application are strong and you are a good fit for that department.

Graduate school admission, particularly accompanied by funding, is a competitive process. It not an entirely quantitative process. Schools tend to focus a great deal of attention on personal statements and letters of recommendation.

The general rule of thumb concerning admissions is "the process is more art than science".