Event: Meetup for MS – MIS Applicants @ Pune, Sunday April 1st

There is a meetup happening for Pune MIS Meet for Fall 2012 Applicants. Here is the facebook event page for more details:

https://www.facebook.com/events/300243333379525/

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We support such initiatives, so if you are arranging future meetups, let us know if we can help.
Disclaimer : Dilip Oak’s Academy is not organizing or arranging this event. However we support student initiatives.

University Application Deadlines for the 2013 Spring Semester

We have assembled US university application deadlines for spring 2013 semester. Here are 99 universities with application deadlines from June to December for the Spring 2013 semester.

Deadlines for the Spring Semester

Universities with Deadlines in June

  1. University of Maryland, Baltimore County – 1-Jun
  2. University of South Florida, Tampa – 1-Jun
  3. Texas Tech University – 15-Jun
Related: US University Application Deadlines – Fall 2013 Semester

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Why 6 and 8 are Important Numbers for the New GRE Analytical Writing Section

Analytical Writing in the Revised GRE testThose numbers are important because they are part of the changes that make Analytical Writing (earlier called the Analytical Writing Measure) trickier and more demanding on the Revised General GRE,which was released in August last year.

So, what are the changes? Firstly as noted above, the essay section is now called just Analytical Writing (or AW for short). The ETS has been making changes in various aspects of the GRE test to make it more like the GMAT. This is one of them. The second is that the Issue Essay is now just for 30 minutes rather than 45 as earlier. This again, makes the GRE more like the GMAT.

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News Update: No Major Changes to US Visa Policy for Indian Students

Some good news from US policy holders: it’s now relatively easier to get US visas! Bad news: most of you obtaining US student visa for the very first time will not be benefited from the change. This policy change will most help those in the visa ‘renewals’ category. But unfortunately a large section of F1 Visa seekers are typically applying for the very first time.

US Student Visa

We are still reviewing the visa policy, however from the first look, it seems that not much has changed for students.

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The Challenges in the Verbal Section of the Revised GRE Test (Hint: It has Gotten Tougher)

Verbal ReasoningWhen the Revised General GRE test was launched (way back on 1 August 2011), a whole host of changes was introduced. One consequence was a revamped Verbal Reasoning part in which there are now:

  • two Verbal sections in the test with a total of 40 questions, instead of one section with a total of 30 questions
  • no Antonyms and Analogy questions – these have been replaced by more Reading Comprehension passages.
  • Text Completion questions (which require you to fill up to 3 blanks in a passage which can contain up to five sentences) and
  • Sentence Equivalence questions (which require you to select two correct synonyms to fill in the blank in the sentence out of the 6 options given)
  • Sentence Completion questions with single- and double-blanks
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To sum up, Reading Comprehension is now more important, the Sentence Completion type questions got a little harder to get right and Vocabulary is more or less just as important as it was earlier – so, you still have to learn that GRE word list!). As a result of those two changes, students also find the Verbal section harder to complete on time. So, how do you handle that difficulty?

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