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Does that any boost give you or edge over others? No?
Here are some unusual ways that work like a charm
Yet only a handful of students know about.

Captivate audience through a blog

The Internet is the most powerful tool in this era. You can earn a great deal of recognition and respect through it and one of the tools for this is starting your blog. You can use the power of blogging to make a huge impact on your audience, and eventually on the chances of getting into your desired university.

Starting a blog in a genre of your choice allows you to share your thoughts and perspective with the world. This can be handy, as the admission tutors will probably look it up while assessing your application. This is a free source so you don’t even have to worry about the benefits, though you’ll be learning a lot while blogging about your domain. You will be able to reach out to the masses while making your concepts clearer with every other blog you publish. You can share your research and keep others updated through your blogs about the recent advancements and developments in the field.

Set Up Twitter and try to make an Impact

Another tool to help you make your voice heard and make an impact is Twitter. Twitter has become a primary choice for professors of top universities to share their views, learnings, and subject matter expertise with their audience. Some of the best examples are Mark Esposito of Harvard University, who tweets about leadership and motivation. Richard Florida of Rotman School of Management is currently tweeting about innovation in various fields and inspiring many young minds to muster the courage and take a step towards the milestone they aim to reach. These are just a few examples amongst many and it is ever so beneficial for individuals who are captivated towards the lure of social media. This can be particularly useful during your personal interviews or group discussions as you can learn a lot about your mentors from their profiles and favorably use your learnings to get an edge over others in your interviews. You can also join their ranks and make a positive impact if you have a Twitter account.

Make your Facebook Profile private

We can clearly make out from the previous point that a lot of professors and universities have succumbed to the lure of social media and while this can be useful to learn more about them and the universities, the coin can flip against you if they decide to check your online presence. Facebook is a platform where we often post about our likes, dislikes, hobbies, opinions, and the activities that we pursue just for fun. would never want universities to learn about us. Universities choose to avoid students with a controvertial background and unethical behaviour, even if it may not necessarily be so. Hence, you must ensure that Facebook profiles on private, as the first impressions are indeed the last.

Online Tutoring

This might seem a bit odd, but online tutoring is an effective way to look responsible on record. While this will help you grow, you can also score brownie points in the eyes of the admission tutors assessing your application. It proves that you actively volunteer to contribute to the community by teaching, and can reach out to the people and convey your thoughts, and this will reflect your communication skills as well as your clarity on the subject, which are the qualities that are essential for a bright and strong future. 

These are some of the tried and tested ways that can get you a step ahead of other applicants while applying to universities, Remember to add a touch of creativity and empathy to everything you attempt to portray the absolute best version of yourselves.

LANGUAGE

Most universities insist on obtaining evidence of your grasp over the English language. These tests not only help prove that you shall be able to survive in an English speaking country but will also help improve your profile and CV ten-fold! One can also avail scholarships based on their qualifying test scores. The two most renowned tests of English are IELTS and TOEFL.

IELTS – INTERNATIONAL ENGLISH LANGUAGE TESTING SYSTEM

Overview – IELTS is an English language proficiency test, which is recognized in thousands of Universities, organizations, and governments in over 140 countries, with a few examples being Australia, New Zealand, Canada, United Kingdom, USA, etc. To ace this test, you need to read a lot and work on your writing skills. You need to have fluency in the language and your listening skills need to be on top too.

Exam Fee and Validity – The cost of a basic IELTS exam is Rs. 14000 and your score is valid for 2 years.

TOEFL – TEST OF ENGLISH AS A FOREIGN LANGUAGE

Overview – Like IELTS, TOEFL consists of 4 sections – Reading, Listening, Writing, and Speaking. TOEFL scores are accepted in over 10000 universities worldwide, including those in the US, the UK, Canada, New Zealand, and across Europe and Asia. It is the most preferred test of English owing to its acceptance rate worldwide.

Exam Fee and Validity – The cost of TOEFL in India is approximately Rs. 12,750 for both online and pen-paper based exams. The duration of the internet-based exam is 4 hours whereas the duration of the paper-based exam is 3 hours.

TOEFL is valid for 2 years from the date of your test.

BACHELORS

SAT – SCHOLASTIC APTITUDE TEST

Overview – The SAT is a standardized test for students seeking admission in undergraduate courses in the US and Canada. This test gauges the aptitude of the students in subjects like English – Written and verbal Communication, Mathematics, and can also be taken for elective subjects like Literature, Humanities, History, etc. An essay writing test under SAT is optional, yet it could help you gain an advantage over other prospects while applying to your dream schools.

Exam Fee and Validity – The cost of SAT is approximately Rs 8000 and the test scores are valid for 5 years.

MASTERS – SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING, MATHEMATICS (STEM)

GRE – GRADUATE RECORD EXAMINATION

Overview – GRE is one of the world’s largest and most prominent assessments for admissions to post-graduate programs and also doctoral programs. The GRE helps one avail merit-based scholarships to their dream universities in the US. There are two variations of the exam – the GRE Subject Test, which focuses on the aptitude of a student in a particular subject of their choice, and the GRE General Test, common to all applicants. The test evaluates a student’s analytical thinking, writing, reasoning, quantitative ability, and verbal reasoning.

Exam Fee and Validity – GRE costs you around Rs. 13,500 and the exam is about 3 hours and 45 min long. Your score is valid for 5 years from the month of your exam.

MASTERS – BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT

GMAT – GRADUATE MANAGEMENT ADMISSION TEST

Overview – This computer-based exam assesses student’s analytical writing, quantitative ability, and verbal reasoning to avail admission to graduate management programs like Masters in Finance or MBA and is accepted worldwide.

Exam Fee and Validity – The cost of a GMAT examination is approximately Rs.18,000. This is a 3 hour and 30 min long test and your score is also valid for 5 years.

CONCLUSIONKeeping in mind the above-mentioned points, we hope your doubts on which exams must be taken to apply to your dream schools overseas have been cleared. Good luck!

5 reasons why you should consider
taking a flight to a different country
to study and hone up your experience and skills:

GET A TASTE OF BEING INDEPENDENT

Being born in an Indian family, we are taken care of by our parents till the time we get a job and start earning and that’s generally very late. We don’t get to practice independence and that makes life difficult post-graduation.

Studying abroad means we get to live on our own and get an amazing chance to practice independence. From earning our own money to learning to spend it responsibly, we get to learn a lot about how the world works. We cook our food, do our laundry, connect with friends, and prepare for a personal and professional life that’s waiting for us. 

DON’T JUST LEARN, LIVE THE LANGUAGE

The thought of adjusting and communicating in a country with a different national language overwhelms many, but you’ll be surprised at how quickly you get accustomed to it. It becomes like your second nature and without even realizing it, you’ll be conversing fluently in a language that you were never confident of. This is a big advantage as this allows you to interact more confidently with people from different countries and you’ll be able to understand the context in which the people from a particular culture talk in.

KNOCK OFF YOUR COMFORT ZONE AND DEVELOP CONFIDENCE

We all have heard that “MAGIC HAPPENS OUTSIDE OF YOUR COMFORT ZONE”. Throughout history, there have been many examples to prove this and you don’t always have to follow preset paths to grow. You can always carve your own. 

Moving to a new country can be a challenge that might help you grow and develop confidence through disparate ways. From growing independent to gaining confidence in other languages to various other things, you evolve in ways you never imagined of. Your people skills mature and you start seeing yourself in a new light and inadvertently, you are a better version of yourself with a well-informed mindset and wider perspective towards other cultures and people.

DISCOVER THE WORLD 

Studying abroad is much more than your university life. It is about discovering. You’ll discover new food, new destinations, new cultures and, new lifestyle. 

But wait! Isn’t that exactly what tourists and travelers do? Yes and no. 

Your experiences will be pretty different and richer from a traveler who visits only the famous places and eats the picture-perfect Pinterest food. You’ll come across the deepest and oldest, off the street places and unfold various secrets. Your tongue will get the taste of the best and most delicious dishes that only the locals know of. And the best part is, you will get to make friends from all over the world. 

After the completion of your studies, you will see the world in a different light.

SUIT UP YOUR C.V.

From the above points, we can conclude that studying abroad is an experience that makes you independent and shows that you have flexibility, courage and, awareness to step out of your comfort zone. This makes you more desirable for employers as all this experience helps you evolve as well as puts you way ahead of the pack. 

So, if you want to land a good job or settle in the kind of workspace that you desire, then studying abroad is a gate that opens various paths for you. Broaden your prospects, nurture the adventure, and enhance your personality with an international degree. 

PREPARATION

Knowing the type of questions that you will be getting in GRE is an important tactic to save yourself from a lot of trouble. This helps you to focus only on the particular type of questions, rather than scratching through all the random pile of books. The topics that one needs to prepare for GRE broadly are:

  1. Arithmetic – integers, roots, numbers, etc.
  2. Algebra – linear, quadratic equations, functions, factorization, etc.
  3. Data Analysis – mean, median, mode, etc.
  4. Geometry – lines, area, volume, shapes, theorems, etc.

What are the steps to tackle these problems with ease?

  • Work on the Basics: The ironclad method to excel in mathematics is to start with the basics. You might have been a Mathematics Wizard in your high school, but with time, you forget things and your ability to use even the basics becomes dull. There are certain topics like Applied Mathematics and Data Interpretation, which can get your mind numb if you don’t have the essential conceptual knowledge. 
  • Learn the Shortcuts: Whether you have opted for the computer-delivered or paper-delivered test, you have to solve several questions in a limited time. Moreover, when you take your own sweet time in solving questions, it becomes difficult to solve all the given questions even if you know the answers to each one of them. Learning the shortcuts is the best way to reduce your problem-solving time without reducing the efficiency with which you solve the questions. 

NOTE: Using shortcuts and skipping steps are two very different things. One can optimize your skills and efficiency and the other can degrade it even if you know how to solve the question.


Practice, Practice, Practice: One of the most common sayings about practice is that “practice makes a man perfect”. Even though everyone knows this, but they often tend to neglect it. This is the harsh truth but there is no alternative to practice. The more you practice, the better you become and polish your weaknesses. Your mind becomes sharper and you solve questions even before realizing it.

DURING THE EXAM

These tips will help you in optimizing your time when you are attempting the GRE.

  • Don’t get stuck up in one question: There are times when you know how to solve a particular question but it takes too long to solve it. At this time, it is best to mark that question and move onto the next question. You can attempt it later in case of spare time on your hand.
  • Visualize the Figures: It can be a difficult process to solve the questions related to multi-dimensional shapes and figures. Visualizing the figures can change how you solve the questions and make it significantly easier.
  • Use the Process of Elimination: This isn’t always reliable but if you know the trick, then this technique can help you with a ton of questions and save a lot of time. You can even solve questions that you don’t know the formula to.

These are some of the tips and tricks that you can follow to score 160+ in GRE Quant and achieve your dream of getting admission in your favorite University. Remember, nothing beats hard work. So focus on your goals and stay committed!  

INITIAL PREPARATIONS
APPLY FOR VISA AND PASSPORT

Having a passport is an obligatory requirement for traveling and studying abroad. So, you need to get a passport and if you already have one, then it’s always better to check if it’s time for renewal. Getting or renewing a passport may take you anywhere from 15 days to 3 months, so it’s always better to apply in advance.

You will also need a visa and you need to analyze what type of visa you must apply for. You can get all the visa requirements for the country you are going to through the country’s embassy website.


2. LEARN YOUR DESTINATION’S CULTURE AND LANGUAGE

One of the most exciting aspects of going abroad to study is that you’ll get to experience a new culture and new people. While you might be excited, this can turn out to be a difficult experience if you have no idea about the culture of the country.

Researching about it and getting to know some common phrases in their local language will help you interact with people and make communication easy, helping you to fit in and make life easier.

   3.GET READY FOR THE NEW LIFESTYLE

Let’s accept it, it is really difficult to change one’s lifestyle and adapt to even the smallest of changes in a new country. From your schedule to your eating habits, you’ll have to adapt to the new changes and a lot of people face problems in doing so.

You can get ready in advance, organize essential clothes suiting the environment and weather of the country, and learn to make your own food. Also, ask your parents to teach you the life transforming subject – Money Saving 101

AFTER YOUR ARRIVAL

 1. APPLY FOR MEDICAL INSURANCE

We all tend to neglect things like health insurance, assuming that we won’t need it in for such a small duration and that we can go on our little adventure without facing any problems.

Sorry to burst your bubble, this might prove to be more important than you can imagine. Medical emergencies don’t come pre-informed, so it is always safer to have an insurance plan prepared for yourselves.

   2.OPEN A BANK ACCOUNT

We cannot survive in a faraway land without any money, and you need a bank account for a proper cash flow. If your bank allows transactions in foreign countries then you will need to notify them beforehand to prevent yourself from being blocked.

If you can’t use it abroad, then you need to apply for an account as soon as your flight lands. It is always good to ask your advisor about the process of opening a bank account.

 3.BUY A LOCAL SIM

You need to keep in contact with your loved ones and for that, you’ll need a SIM and a phone that supports it. Using international calling plans on your old SIM can cost you a fortune. The best course of action will be to get a new SIM and purchase the appropriate plans to save your pockets from getting empty.

  4.PREPARE YOURSELF MENTALLY

Moving abroad sure is exhilarating, but it’s an experience you will cherish for life. You need to hope for the absolute best, but still be smart enough to prepare for the worst. Brace yourself for many surprises and unexpected twists, yet don’t forget to have loads of fun doing so. Bon voyage!