The US government issues more than 30 different types of visa. For example, tourists and business-men are issued B-1 or B-2 visas and those authorized to work in US are given an H-1B visa. Students going for vocational courses, such as, in flying schools or English language courses get an M-1 visa. However, most students require an F-1 visa stamp.

This is the most commonly issued type of visa for students going to an accredited university for a full-time academic program lasting for one or more years.

# University Applications

Everything relating to applications – the standardized tests required, the selection of universities, application timelines and procedures, financial aid etc.

## Tackle Options in GMAT DS Questions the Oak’s Academy Way

*~ by our Quantitative Reasoning Faculty*

**Step 2 of the Approach to DS Questions: Tackle the Options the Oak’s Way**

Step 1 of the approach dealt with carefully reading the question statement (see previous blog). Once that is done you have to deal with the options, which are standard in DS questions:

**(A)** Statement (1) alone is sufficient but statement (2) alone is not sufficient to answer the question asked

**(B)** Statement (2) alone is sufficient but statement (1) alone is not sufficient to answer the question asked

## University Application Deadlines For Spring 2014 Semester

The application season is on, June is just round the corner …and university deadlines are coming up soon. So, here is our much awaited blog for university application deadlines for **spring 2014 **covering **107** **universities** with application deadlines from June to December for the Spring 2014 semester. At the end is a section on universities with rolling deadlines (click **here **to find out what is meant by rolling deadlines).

Remember that American universities update deadlines on their websites at different times during the academic year so, we will update this blog to keep up with changes on their official websites.

## Solutions to GMAT DS Questions

**Solution to Question in ‘Tackle Options in GMAT DS Questions the Oak’s Academy Way’ Blog Post**

**Question:**

*Given that a, b, c, d, e are positive integers and that ‘b’ is an odd integer, is the product (a+b)(a+c)(a+d)(a+e) an odd integer?*

*(1) a is an odd integer*

*(2) c is an even integer*

## A Few Great Tips on How to Tackle the GMAT DS Questions

* by our Quantitative Reasoning Faculty*

In last time’s blog we looked at why DS is so important in GMAT. In this one we’ll take a look at the 3 key things that you need to do in order to tackle this unfamiliar question type. There are:

**1. Learn the Options**

The first step in learning DS is to get absolutely familiar with the options. Fortunately, in DS, this is easy because the five options are *always* as follows:

**(A)** Statement (1) alone is sufficient but statement (2) alone is not sufficient to answer the question asked

## Should I Apply for the Spring Semester (January)?

Many students are interested in joining American universities in January, that is, in the spring semester. But, there is a common misunderstanding that many universities do not accept students in the spring semester and that funding opportunities are also fewer. This, however, is not true. Almost 95% of American universities admit students for the spring semester.

Opportunities for financial assistance in spring are also as good as in fall. Of course, in some universities, a few courses are offered only in the fall semester, so students who join in spring cannot take them. However, with regard to financial aid, most universities offer Research and Teaching Assistantships, tuition waivers etc. only to students who have completed one semester, with a very good GPA (Grade Point Average). Hence, whether you join in the fall or spring semester does not really make a difference.

## What is the Best Time to Apply for the Spring Semester?

The best time to apply for the spring semester is around June or July of the previous year, which is fast approaching. Of course, many universities accept applications in August and even in September, but if you want admission to a good university, it is better to apply before July of the previous year. Submitting your application early will also help you to get your I-20 early and thus you will be able to apply for a visa by October or November, or at least in early December.

We strongly recommend that you write the GRE and TOEFL before the 15^{th} July so that it will be possible for you to submit all your online applications and courier the necessary documents before 25^{th} July.

## Quantitative Comparison Questions: Doubtful D!

Now, here’s a tip about the weird GRE question type called Quantitative Comparison or simply QC. As we know, in QC questions there are two columns, ‘A’ and ‘B’, containing some quantities. Our job is to evaluate the quantities and compare their magnitudes. In QC questions, the options are always as follows:

(A) Quantity under Column A is GREATER THAN quantity under Column B

(B) Quantity under Column A is LESS THAN quantity under Column B

(C) Quantity under Column A is EQUAL TO quantity under Column B

## The Importance of Data Sufficiency Questions in GMAT

*~ by our Maths Faculty*

My opening GMAT blog post will focus on Data Sufficiency, an important and unique Quantitative Reasoning question type in GMAT. Later on we’ll take up some sample questions to illustrate how to tackle this strange and interesting question type but first we will look at a fundamental point: why is DS important? Well, look at Figure 1 below

**Figure 1**

What this pie chart tells us is that, out of 37 questions in the GMAT Quantitative Reasoning section, you can expect around 22 to 23 will be of the Problem Solving (PS) type and 14 to 15 of the Data Sufficiency (DS) type.

## Did You Know these Facts about GRE Math?

*~ By our Quantitative Reasoning Faculty*

April is almost over and the countdown to the exam has already begun. You want a good overall score and if you’re an engineer, you are most probably thinking that getting 165 on Quant shouldn’t be too much of a problem (the typical engineer approaches maths questions with a raw “Just bring ‘em on” kind of arrogance and usually gets most questions right). But here’s the problem: sometimes even those with a strong background in maths may not cross the 160 mark – and when that happens, dreams of a score in the 325+ range come crashing down. To prevent that unhappy outcome, here are some basic insights about the way the math works on GRE.