Taking GRE and TOEFL and Applying for a MS/PhD: A Self-Help Guide for Engineering and Physical Sciences Students


Pradeep Kumar Pasricha
Scientist F (Retired), National Physical Laboratory, New Delhi, India

Series: Education in a Competitive and Globalizing World
BISAC: EDU015000
DOI: 10.52305/KBOC6639

The book presents the sequence of tasks involved toward admission for the graduate study at the US universities, in general. The book is meant for the undergraduate students of the disciplines of engineering and physical sciences comprising physics, chemistry, mathematics, etc., who aim to undertake the MS and PhD graduate programs, hopefully with financial support from the universities. The book is equally appropriate for the students who have completed their under graduation.

The book presents the sequence of tasks involved toward admission for graduate study at US universities, in general. Some of the tasks are the following: selection of universities to apply to, taking the GRE General and TOEFL iBT Tests, preparation of official transcripts, preparation of summary of transcripts, credential evaluation, preparation of SOP (Statement of Purpose) and Resume, considerations toward letters of recommendation, requesting grant of RA (Research Assistantship) and TA (Teaching Assistantship), preparation of affidavit of financial statement, online application and mailing of hard copy application package if deemed necessary, requirement of immunizations and medical tests, acquiring health insurance plan, travel plans and living in the USA as an honorable and disciplined foreigner. A schedule for the performance of tasks in chronological order for the undergraduate engineering students, for illustration, is presented.

Various illustrations in the book have been cited from the engineering discipline; however, the plan and the subject matter are equally applicable to students of disciplines of physical sciences. The book includes samples of the following: SOP and Resume, recommendation forms, affidavit of financial statement, health- and medical-related forms of immunizations and medical tests, credential evaluation report and so forth. Lists of topical research fields and well-known universities to undertake the graduate studies are presented that may enable the prospective graduate students to seek admission with financial support from the universities.
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Table of Contents

Table of Contents




Chapter 1. Introduction

Chapter 2. The PERT Table

Chapter 3. Graduate Programs and Selecting Universities to Apply to

Chapter 4. Taking the TOEFL iBT Test

Chapter 5. Taking the GRE General Test

Chapter 6. Official Transcripts

Chapter 7. Preparation of Summary of Transcripts

Chapter 8. Credential Evaluation

Chapter 9. Preparation of Statement of Purpose (SOP)

Chapter 10. Preparation of Resume

Chapter 11. Considerations toward Providing Letters of Recommendation

Chapter 12. Considerations toward Granting of Research Assistantship (RA) and Teaching Assistantship (TA)

Chapter 13. Preparation of Affidavit of Financial Statement

Chapter 14. Summary of Educational Experience, Work or Professional Experience, Additional Essays, Extracurricular Activities, Additional Documents and Extenuating Circumstances Statement

Chapter 15. Submission of Online Applications to Graduate School and Department

Chapter 16. Submission of Hard Copy of Application Package

Chapter 17. Requesting Research Advisor for RA/TA

Chapter 18. Health Considerations

Chapter 19. Embassy Documents

Chapter 20. Travel Plans

Chapter 21. Potpourri

Chapter 22. The Immediate Tasks after Reaching University

Chapter 23. The Initial Phase of Living in the USA

Chapter 24. Conclusion

Chapter 25. Book at a Glance

Appendix A: Short List of Topical Research Fields to Undertake Graduate Study in

Appendix B: List of Well-known Universities to Apply to


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