Varadhan SKM | 1 Oct 02:13 2008
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Re: (GRE Success! ) Help me in Shortlisting

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--- On Mon, 9/29/08, subhrajit das <subhrajit1986 <at> yahoo.co.in> wrote:
From: subhrajit das <subhrajit1986 <at> yahoo.co.in>
Subject: (GRE Success! ) Help me in Shortlisting
To: yamanoor <at> yahoo.com, "GRE-SUCCESS" <gre-success <at> yahoogroups.com>
Date: Monday, September 29, 2008, 11:10 PM

Sir,As regards UFL,its UFL,Gainsville that I have applied to.         
And as regards other schools,how would you rate my chances to the following schools that I wish to apply to
1.Rutgers University in New Jersey>>> More than 50% chance.
          2.Arizona State University,Fulton.>>> Almost sure chance.
3.Virginia Tech>>>50-50 chance
     &nb sp;    4.University of Minnesota,Minneapol is>>>Less than 50% chance.
5.SUNY,Stony Brook>>> More than 50% chance.
          6.North Carolina State University>>> 50-50
7.Drexel>>> 50-50
          8.Vanderbilt university>>>No idea.
Could you please advise me as to my chances of getting into schools with my profile.I mean,if you could suggest which would be the so-called 'DREAM','SAFE' and 'GETTABLE' schools.I find the selection and shortlisting process a daunting task.

Sir,could you please give me some tips to write a strong SOP?I have got resources on the net advising me how to write SOPs,but still any guidelines from you or any member of this group would be really helpful.

>>> Please see our files section.

Regards,
Subhrajit

3a.

Please evaluate my profile

Posted by: "subhrajit das" subhrajit1986 <at> yahoo.co. in   subhrajit1986

Fri Sep 26, 2008 10:06 am (PDT)

Sir,
My GRE score is 1310(Q 760/V 550)and I am yet to get my AWA
score.I will be appearing for TOEFL this Sunday.I have finished my B.Tech in Electronics and Communication
engineering from WBUT(West Bengal University of Technology) in 2008 and
my DGPA(Degree Grade Point Average) is 8.93.I am interested in pursuing
an integrated Phd in Electrical Engineering( with focus on systems and
communication) .I have got an overall good academic record(92% in ICSE
and 91% in ISC),and also have one project apart from my degree
requirements. I am currently working on another project with my college
on a pro-bono basis.Kindly suggest me schools that I can apply to based
on my GRE score and DGPA and other factors,and kindly evaluate my
realistic chances of getting into each,as well as chances of adequate
scholarship in the form of TA,RA and others.

Here are the schools i applied to at the time of GRE
1.TAMU
2.University of Florida
3.University of Maryland,College park
4.Ohio State University
What are the chances of getting into the above mentioned schools with my score?

Regards
Subhrajit Das.

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Re: Please evaluate my profile

Posted by: "Yamanoor Srihari" yamanoor <at> yahoo. com   yamanoor

Fri Sep 26, 2008 1:04 pm (PDT)

Hello Subhrajit,
 
Yours is a very good profile. All the schools you have chosen are of very good cadre, and you meet their standards. Remember though, that these schools tend to be competitive in their admits (by the way, UFL, I assume, Gainsville is the location we are talking about) and so, I would say your admission chances are High. I would expand your schools choice to may be one or two more schools.
 
Be sure to prepare a well constructed SOP and a resume highlighting your skills, experience and research interests.
 
Good Luck,
 
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--- On Fri, 9/26/08, subhrajit das <subhrajit1986 <at> yahoo.co. in> wrote:

From: subhrajit das <subhrajit1986 <at> yahoo.co. in>
Subject: (GRE Success! ) Please evaluate my profile
To: "GRE-SUCCESS" <gre-success <at> yahoogroups. com>
Date: Friday, September 26, 2008, 9:46 AM

Sir,
My GRE score is 1310(Q 760/V 550)and I am yet to get my AWA
score.I will be appearing for TOEFL this Sunday.I have finished my B.Tech in Electronics and Communication
engineering from WBUT(West Bengal University of Technology) in 2008 and
my DGPA(Degree Grade Point Average) is 8.93.I am interested in pursuing
an integrated Phd in Electrical Engineering( with focus on systems and
communication) .I have got an overall good academic record(92% in ICSE
and 91% in ISC),and also have one project apart from my degree
requirements. I am currently working on another project with my college
on a pro-bono basis.Kindly suggest me schools that I can apply to based
on my GRE score and DGPA and other factors,and kindly evaluate my
realistic chances of getting into each,as well as chances of adequate
scholarship in the form of TA,RA and others.

Here are the schools i applied to at the time of GRE
1.TAMU
2.University of Florida
3.University of Maryland,College park
4.Ohio State University
What are the chances of getting into the above mentioned schools with my score?

Regards
Subhrajit Das.

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Raghu Vittal Rao | 1 Oct 01:50 2008
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Re: (GRE Success! ) Best time for applying!

On Tue, Sep 30, 2008 at 2:25 PM, Brandee <imurfriend30 <at> yahoo.com> wrote:
> Hello everyone,
>
> I have several questions to ask:
>
> 1. Do I need to apply before I get my official GRE score or I should do it
> after?
>

You can go ahead and apply. The university application forms only
require you to enter your scores and test date, which you already
know. You'll be ordering official score reports to be sent to them
anyway. The official score report is only for your records.

>
> 2. Is this true that Universities open the application form according the
> date they have been submitted?
>

It seems logical to assume something like this. However, I'm not sure.
Others may be able to answer this.

>
> 3. Then would it be wise to apply earlier for say one/two months before
> deadline?
>

One would end up doing this for many schools - schools that have
deadlines in June etc. My sincere advice would be that you plan in
such a way that your application _reaches_ the universities at least
15 _working_ days before the deadlines. These few days will cut you
some slack, should you need to sort out any application-related issues
with the universities.

Good luck.

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Varadhan SKM | 1 Oct 02:16 2008
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Re: (GRE Success! ) Best time for applying!

Hi Brandee
Its better to apply early for other reasons. Suppose some of your documents are missing, you can submit them in time so that you can still be considered. The application should be submitted relative to application deadline of respective univs and not realtive to GRE date. I am not sure about this thing "rolling" application. In general its a good idea to apply early. But not many months in advance. Hope this helps.

V

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Subject: (GRE Success! ) Best time for applying!
To: "gre" <gre-success <at> yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tuesday, September 30, 2008, 2:25 PM

Hello everyone,

I have several questions to ask:

1. Do I need to apply before I get my official GRE score or I should do it after?

2. Is this true that Universities open the application form according the date they have been submitted?

3. Then would it be wise to apply earlier for say one/two months before deadline?

Thanks in advance!
Brandee!


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Yamanoor Srihari | 1 Oct 08:55 2008
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Please read our rules and guidelines and the tons of files we send you when you join.

If you find your emails being deleted without ever reaching da grup itsh bcause of dis.

See how irritating it is?

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Hello,

This is to remind you that you are still a member of GRESUCCESS, a group that aspires to help people, and dispel rumors regarding GRE, TOEFL, TSE, and other standardized tests, as well as, the entire application process in general. The group is also attempting to broaden its arms with quaint research on general aspects and observations of studying abroad. Please feel free to mail your concerns to the group by emailing to gre-success <at> yahoogroups.com

1. If you have any private queries, or if you are shy of asking a question in front of hundreds of people, let me re - assure you that you are entering a group of cultured people who will not laugh, disapprove or hold you in disdain. If still, you are apprehensive, please mail your queries to me at yamanoor <at> yahoo.com

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4. Please try to visit my home page http://www.yamanoor.com/gre/ to take advantage of the resources linked, that shall help you in your entire application process.

5. Also kindly note, I strongly discourage any personal messages or communications across the group. I will be moderating without exception, any messages that are either low in utility, or are sensitive, racial, or disapprovable in any manner.

6. It is my earnest request that you tell more friends about the group so that we can help serve a larger group of interested people. Also, if you have web pages, kindly consider using the promotion tools to make the process of subscribing easier for your visitors.

7. Do mail in more suggestions as and when you wish and think it is necessary. Every word is listened to.

8. A final note, as you see, the group's objective is to not only help and provide suggestions, it is also to dispel all sorts of rumors about the process that keep cropping up now and then. So, it is upto you to ask as many questions as you can.

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Yamanoor Srihari | 1 Oct 17:55 2008
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(GRE Success! ) A mix about applications and judging schools

Hello Raghu, Brandee and SKM,
 
My answers are mostly going to repeat what you guys have discussed, but here goes:
 
Application packets are typically "opened" as they come. Which means employees responsible for graduate admissions will open applications, look for scores, SOPs, resumes, organize your stuff in various packets and make sure everything is in order.
 
Don't be very gratuitous in your appreciation - you pay hefty fees for this, so they MUST do this.
 
That said, no, admissions are not provided simply because you applied - not in the good schools.
 
You might think I am overtly critical, but the better schools know that students may face planning delays, some students are very highly qualified but klutzy, or just downright arrogant (but still are needed!) and so on.
 
So, if you see a "rolling basis", please beware. Regardless of what US News thinks, that school is more or less like a sourcing warehouse for accepting students.
 
After all, we get so many questions on how to judge schools. This is how you judge them on one scale - the "we take care of ours" scale. If they are not showing mutual respect, 1, they won't give it to you after you are a student, 2, you would be hard pressed not to care enough about the second part of the bargain.
 
And trust me, a lot of good schools take care of their own, even if they are <quote></unqote> public schools.
 
You don't need to wait for your GRE scores to be officially delivered on paper.
 
And, yes, it makes a lot of sense to organize your applications well, write a well directed SOP, prepare a rounded resume, assemble reference letters and transcripts, apply in advance and confirm receipt of every document on time.
 
Good Luck,
 
Srihari

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--- On Tue, 9/30/08, Raghu Vittal Rao <raghu.v.rao <at> gmail.com> wrote:
From: Raghu Vittal Rao <raghu.v.rao <at> gmail.com>
Subject: Re: (GRE Success! ) Best time for applying!
To: gre-success <at> yahoogroups.com
Date: Tuesday, September 30, 2008, 4:50 PM

On Tue, Sep 30, 2008 at 2:25 PM, Brandee <imurfriend30 <at> yahoo.com> wrote:
> Hello everyone,
>
> I have several questions to ask:
>
> 1. Do I need to apply before I get my official GRE score or I should do it
> after?
>

You can go ahead and apply. The university application forms only
require you to enter your scores and test date, which you already
know. You'll be ordering official score reports to be sent to them
anyway. The official score report is only for your records.

>
> 2. Is this true that Universities open the application form according the
> date they have been submitted?
>

It seems logical to assume s omething like this. However, I'm not sure.
Others may be able to answer this.

>
> 3. Then would it be wise to apply earlier for say one/two months before
> deadline?
>

One would end up doing this for many schools - schools that have
deadlines in June etc. My sincere advice would be that you plan in
such a way that your application _reaches_ the universities at least
15 _working_ days before the deadlines. These few days will cut you
some slack, should you need to sort out any application- related issues
with the universities.

Good luck.

Raghu
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Yamanoor Srihari | 1 Oct 17:56 2008
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(GRE Success! ) Re: A mix about applications and judging schools

To add, nice schools like MIT will let  you know almost immediately if you haven't made the cut :)
 
Good Luck,
 
Srihari

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--- On Wed, 10/1/08, Yamanoor Srihari <yamanoor <at> yahoo.com> wrote:
From: Yamanoor Srihari <yamanoor <at> yahoo.com>
Subject: A mix about applications and judging schools
To: gre-success <at> yahoogroups.com
Date: Wednesday, October 1, 2008, 8:55 AM

Hello Raghu, Brandee and SKM,
 
My answers are mostly going to repeat what you guys have discussed, but here goes:
 
Application packets are typically "opened" as they come. Which means employees responsible for graduate admissions will open applications, look for scores, SOPs, resumes, organize your stuff in various packets and make sure everything is in order.
 
Don't be very gratuitous in your appreciation - you pay hefty fees for this, so they MUST do this.
 
That said, no, admissions are not provided simply because you applied - not in the good schools.
 
You might think I am overtly critical, but the better schools know that students may face planning delays, some students are very highly qualified but klutzy, or just downright arrogant (but still are needed!) and so on.
 
So, if you see a "rolling basis", please beware. Regardless of what US News thinks, that school is more or less like a sourcing warehouse for accepting students.
 
After all, we get so many questions on how to judge schools. This is how you judge them on one scale - the "we take care of ours" scale. If they are not showing mutual respect, 1, they won't give it to you after you are a student, 2, you would be hard pressed not to care enough about the second part of the bargain.
 
And trust me, a lot of good schools take care of their own, even if they are <quote></unqote> public schools.
 
You don't need to wait for your GRE scores to be officially delivered on paper.
 
And, yes, it makes a lot of sense to organize your applications well, write a well directed SOP, prepare a rounded resume, assemble reference letters and transcripts, apply in advance and confirm receipt of every document on time.
 
Good Luck,
 
Srihari

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--- On Tue, 9/30/08, Raghu Vittal Rao <raghu.v.rao <at> gmail.com> wrote:
From: Raghu Vittal Rao <raghu.v.rao <at> gmail.com>
Subject: Re: (GRE Success! ) Best time for applying!
To: gre-success <at> yahoogroups.com
Date: Tuesday, September 30, 2008, 4:50 PM

On Tue, Sep 30, 2008 at 2:25 PM, Brandee <imurfriend30 <at> yahoo.com> wrote:
> Hello everyone,
>
> I have several questions to ask:
>
> 1. Do I need to apply before I get my official GRE score or I should do it
> after?
>

You can go ahead and apply. The university application forms only
require you to enter your scores and test date, which you already
know. You'll be ordering official score reports to be sent to them
anyway. The official score report is only for your records.

>
> 2. Is this true that Universities open the application form according the
> date they have been submitted?
>

It seems logical to assume s omething like this. However, I'm not sure.
Others may be able to answer this.

>
> 3. Then would it be wise to apply earlier for say one/two months before
> deadline?
>

One would end up doing this for many schools - schools that have
deadlines in June etc. My sincere advice would be that you plan in
such a way that your application _reaches_ the universities at least
15 _working_ days before the deadlines. These few days will cut you
some slack, should you need to sort out any application- related issues
with the universities.

Good luck.

Raghu
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r_sonu | 1 Oct 18:38 2008
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(GRE Success! ) Looking for a GRE buddy for accountability

Hey folks,

I was hoping to see if there is anyone here who would be willing to be
my accountability buddy for studying for the GRE. I am planning to
give it in 2-3 months from now. I would be more than happy to do the
same for the other person.

I think there is only one condition that the buddy and I should adhere
to and that is providing positive/neutral/factual feedback.

If you think you are interested, please respond to this email or if
you know anyone, please feel free to pass this on to them.

Finally, if anyone can direct me to any other social network or any
other forum where I can look up people studying the GRE, I would
really appreciate it!

Best,

Lalit

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Mervin | 1 Oct 18:46 2008
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(GRE Success! ) Re: A mix about applications and judging schools

Great writeup Srihari,It was very informative

I was wondering if anyone has an idea how much time these companies
like DHL take to deliver the application packets to the
universities.The customer care claims 4 working days but postal delays
are always possible.I just want to try and figure out what would be a
suitable time before the early deadline to actually send the
application materials.

Would you say 15 days (before the deadline ) is fine or its pushing it
too late ?

Thanks

Mervin

--- In gre-success <at> yahoogroups.com, Yamanoor Srihari <yamanoor <at> ...> wrote:
>
> To add, nice schools like MIT will let  you know almost immediately
if you haven't made the cut :)
>  
> Good Luck,
>  
> Srihari
>
>
>
>
> New!!! - Sign up for my Photography Newsletter at
http://yamanoor.net/news/su.html
>  
> http://www.yamanoor.com/ 
> http://www.yamanoor.net/
>
>
>
> http://chaaraka.blogspot.com
> http://ysrihari.blogspot.com/
>
> --- On Wed, 10/1/08, Yamanoor Srihari <yamanoor <at> ...> wrote:
>
> From: Yamanoor Srihari <yamanoor <at> ...>
> Subject: A mix about applications and judging schools
> To: gre-success <at> yahoogroups.com
> Date: Wednesday, October 1, 2008, 8:55 AM
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
> Hello Raghu, Brandee and SKM,
>  
> My answers are mostly going to repeat what you guys have discussed,
but here goes:
>  
> Application packets are typically "opened" as they come. Which means
employees responsible for graduate admissions will open applications,
look for scores, SOPs, resumes, organize your stuff in various packets
and make sure everything is in order.
>  
> Don't be very gratuitous in your appreciation - you pay hefty fees
for this, so they MUST do this.
>  
> That said, no, admissions are not provided simply because you
applied - not in the good schools.
>  
> You might think I am overtly critical, but the better schools know
that students may face planning delays, some students are very highly
qualified but klutzy, or just downright arrogant (but still are
needed!) and so on.
>  
> So, if you see a "rolling basis", please beware. Regardless of what
US News thinks, that school is more or less like a sourcing warehouse
for accepting students.
>  
> After all, we get so many questions on how to judge schools. This is
how you judge them on one scale - the "we take care of ours" scale. If
they are not showing mutual respect, 1, they won't give it to you
after you are a student, 2, you would be hard pressed not to care
enough about the second part of the bargain.
>  
> And trust me, a lot of good schools take care of their own, even if
they are <quote></unqote> public schools.
>  
> You don't need to wait for your GRE scores to be officially
delivered on paper.
>  
> And, yes, it makes a lot of sense to organize your applications
well, write a well directed SOP, prepare a rounded resume, assemble
reference letters and transcripts, apply in advance and confirm
receipt of every document on time.
>  
> Good Luck,
>  
> Srihari
>
>
>
>
> New!!! - Sign up for my Photography Newsletter at
http://yamanoor.net/news/su.html
>  
> http://www.yamanoor.com/ 
> http://www.yamanoor.net/
>
>
>
> http://chaaraka.blogspot.com
> http://ysrihari.blogspot.com/
>
> --- On Tue, 9/30/08, Raghu Vittal Rao <raghu.v.rao <at> ...> wrote:
>
> From: Raghu Vittal Rao <raghu.v.rao <at> ...>
> Subject: Re: (GRE Success! ) Best time for applying!
> To: gre-success <at> yahoogroups.com
> Date: Tuesday, September 30, 2008, 4:50 PM
>
>
>
>
>
>
> On Tue, Sep 30, 2008 at 2:25 PM, Brandee <imurfriend30 <at> yahoo.com>
wrote:
> > Hello everyone,
> >
> > I have several questions to ask:
> >
> > 1. Do I need to apply before I get my official GRE score or I
should do it
> > after?
> >
>
> You can go ahead and apply. The university application forms only
> require you to enter your scores and test date, which you already
> know. You'll be ordering official score reports to be sent to them
> anyway. The official score report is only for your records.
>
> >
> > 2. Is this true that Universities open the application form
according the
> > date they have been submitted?
> >
>
> It seems logical to assume something like this. However, I'm not sure.
> Others may be able to answer this.
>
> >
> > 3. Then would it be wise to apply earlier for say one/two months
before
> > deadline?
> >
>
> One would end up doing this for many schools - schools that have
> deadlines in June etc. My sincere advice would be that you plan in
> such a way that your application _reaches_ the universities at least
> 15 _working_ days before the deadlines. These few days will cut you
> some slack, should you need to sort out any application- related issues
> with the universities.
>
> Good luck.
>
> Raghu
>

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