Thursday December 5, 2013
Here's the latest GRE question and my answer:
I am currently a Final year Undergraduate student in Metallurgical and Materials Engineering at NITK Surathkal (Considered to be one among the top 10 institutions in India). I recently took my GRE and I managed to secure 163 in quant and 149 in verbal. My GPA is 9.34/10 and I stand 1st in my class. I have done 2 summer research internships (one at IITM and other at NUS, Singapore). A conference paper (international) will be coming out in December and I am the third author. I am taking my TOEFL this Sunday. I wish to pursue MS by research in Materials Science and Engineering. I have sent my GRE scores to 1)CMU, 2) UMich, Ann Arbor, 3) Georgia Tech, 4) PennState.
So what are my chances in these universities? DO you think I should go for higher ranked universities like UCB, Stanford?
Thanks for your help!
P.S: Thankfully, a letter of recommendation is not a problem. (Getting one from my HOD, one from IITM HOD, and one more from Singapore Prof.)
A good TOEFL score (one recommended by the colleges to which you're applying) could help balance out the 149 Verbal in your GRE, although it's not exceptionally low (40th percentile). Your Quantitative score is good - 88th percentile. I think you're shooting at schools within your range, although the Ivy Leagues may be a stretch. If you're interested in a Stanford or UCB, I'd recommend a retake. Good luck to you!
Tuesday December 3, 2013
It's the fifth and final week of Reading Help! Hopefully, you've learned something you didn't know before about reading. We've gone over reading textbooks effectively, finding the main idea, understanding vocabulary in context, and determining author's purpose. We'll round out this little series with one of the more difficult concepts for some people to master:
Making an Inference
Before you can make an inference, you have to know what one is. An inference is an assumption based on specific evidence. Someone might say to you, "Nice outfit," and you make the assumption or inference that the person is being a nasty jerk because you are wearing an old, stained sweatshirt with flowery pajama pants and the person is smirking, too. You infer the implied meaning - the meaning not said directly.
An inference is a guess, but it's an educated one. We base our assumption on evidence. When reading, the passage provides the evidence, and you must make an inference based on the information inside the passage.
Need more help? Here's some basic inferencing practice, and some more difficult practicing using political cartoons, too.
Reading Comprehension Practice:
New in Test Prep:
Sunday December 1, 2013
Week: December 1 - 7
Saturday, December 7
Wednesday November 27, 2013
Nope. It ain't the roasted turkey, basking in all its golden glory.
Check out this list of 10 things to be thankful for on Thanksgiving Day as it relates to test prep, of course!
- You have eight days until the LSAT exam. If you haven't studied before now, chances are good cramming isn't going to help you anyway. Relax. Eat your plateful of canned cranberry sauce.
- Ditto for the SAT test.
- GRE apps without any in-app purchases. They do, in fact, exist!
- Pandora stations that will actually help you study.
- The ability to get rid of the nagging negativity that haunted you sophomore year when you were trying to prep for the PSAT. That voice is not real and now you know it.
- Your bestest study partner in the whole world: your mom.
- Your study spot with its perfect mix of ambient noise and air conditioning.
- Three words: salted caramel mocha. (Every study bug needs a caffeine jolt now and again.)
- The fact that you've found 21 ways to improve your ACT score, and most of them aren't even all that difficult.
- And last, but certainly not least, your new-found comprehension of what a "weighted score" actually means.
Enjoy your day with friends and family!