Application Process

Meticulous planning is all it takes for a successful application process. The application package needs to contain important documents that need to be prepared in advance. Here is a list to help you out.

Graduate School Application (Online or Paper) - If submitting Application Online, send the confirmation page

  • Application Fee (if paying by check or draft)
  • Test Scores - Copy of GRE and TOEFL Score Report
  • Letters of Recommendation
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Resume
  • Bank Statement and Financial Affidavit
  • College / University Transcripts
  • First and the Last Page of your Passport
  • Extra-Curricular Certificates
  • Portfolio (if any)
  • Abstract of your research paper and projects
  • Index Page of Documents

    Standardized tests

    US universities require the scores of one or more US standardised tests. Once you choose the university applying to, then take the test required by them.

    The most common ones are the English Language Ability Tests. The universal language in the USA is English and hence an English language proficiency test is mandatory. The most common ones are

    Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): TOEFL measures the ability of non-native English speakers to communicate in an academic setting.

    TInternet-based TOEFL test and has four sections: reading, listening, speaking, and writing.

  • Paper-based TOEFL provides testing in areas where the TOEFL is not available and does not include a speaking section.
  • For more information about TOEFL, visit the TOEFL website.
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    International English Language Testing System (IELTS):

    IELTS is a paper-based test that measures the English language ability in reading, writing, listening and speaking. The reading and writing portions are available in two versions wherein the listening and the speaking modules are the same.

  • Academic - for students interested in pursuing higher education programs or a license in the healthcare profession.
  • General Training - for test-takers who need to use English daily for functional activities, secondary education, vocational training, work purposes, or immigration.

    For more information about IELTS, visit the IELTS Website

    Admission Tests:

    Testing requirements may be different according to the university and the course being sought.

    GRE: This is a standardized test of verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, and analytical writing that measures readiness for graduate-level study. Many graduate and business schools accept GRE scores which are valid for 5 years. Generally, these scores are a requirement for courses in Biochemistry, Cell/Molecular Biology, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Literature in English, Mathematics, Physics, Psychology among others.

    Skills measured on the GRE general test include:

  • Verbal Reasoning: measures reading comprehension skills and verbal and analytical reasoning skills, focusing on your ability to analyze and evaluate written material.
  • Quantitative Reasoning: measures problem-solving ability, focusing on basic concepts of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, and data analysis.
  • Analytical Writing: measures critical thinking and analytical writing skills, specifically the ability to articulate complex ideas clearly and effectively.

    GMAT: GMAT is a standardized test for MBA applicants that measures basic verbal, mathematical, and analytical writing skills. This test does not measure knowledge of business, job skills, or specific content or subjective qualities, such as motivation, creativity, and interpersonal skills. Preparation for the exam is absolutely essential because the test is intended to measure ability in verbal and quantitative reasoning and writing.

    Personal statement or statement of purpose (SOP):

    The personal statement is a picture of you, your goals, your strengths and weaknesses, and why you are a good match with their programme. It should be clear, concise, and persuasive.

    School Transcripts: this is a list of classes you completed in your undergraduate studies and the grades you received in each class.

    Recommendation letters: Ask professors, administrators, or employers who know you well to write your letters of recommendation about your work and be able to assess your potential to do well as a graduate student.