Showing Archived Posts

Willing to Do Almost Anything to Beat the GRE

by Hein - Posts (3). Posted Thursday, April 11th, 2013 at 2:35 pm

Studying for any standardized test can be stressful, especially when English is your second language. Sometimes that stress can drive you to try the most unusual strategies for acing the test, and it can even tempt you towards unethical approaches to beating the test. But trust me, there’s only one way to “beat” the test, […]

The US in Words #8: Dang It! (The Most Polite Way to Express My GRE Frustration)

by Paula - Posts (11). Posted Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013 at 10:53 am

The eighth in a series looking at U.S. life and culture through its idioms.  View previous entries. Dang it = Exclamation to express frustration or anger, a more polite version of “damn it” Applying to graduate school is a long and complex process that begins well before you actually send in an application. While some of […]

Top Posts of 2012 #2: Keeping Standardized Tests in Perspective

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Sunday, December 30th, 2012 at 11:08 am

In the few days before 2012 ends and 2013 begins, we’ll be looking back at some of our top posts from the past year, starting with number five and counting down to number one. If you missed these articles the first time around, now’s your time to see why we’ve found these particular pieces so […]

The Surprising Thing I Learned about the GRE

by Guest Post - Posts (68). Posted Wednesday, December 19th, 2012 at 9:42 pm

This guest post comes from Yun Ye, who is not only interning at VOA this semester, but also applying to graduate school. She recently attended an information session for her top choice school, and came back with a new perspective on the role of the GRE in admissions. More and more Chinese students are attending […]

Is My GPA Good Enough?

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011 at 10:43 am

A Serbian student applying to graduate school in the U.S. asked the following question regarding how the different quantitative components of an application would be evaluated: My current GPA is 7.5, and I am in the group of 50% better ones. So, my question is, does that automatically mean that I will be disqualified in […]

Tags: , Posted in Applying to Schools

A Bit of Information on the New GRE Format

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Wednesday, April 20th, 2011 at 3:51 pm

If you’re planning to apply to graduate school in the next year, you’re probably thinking about taking the GRE – the “Graduate Record Examination,” which is required for admission to many graduate programs.  You’ve probably also heard (possibly with some trepidation), that the GRE is making some changes to its test format and scoring, starting […]

Piece by Piece I Rise with the Times

by Doc Alex - Posts (8). Posted Thursday, February 10th, 2011 at 10:12 am

“If anything is certain, it is that change is certain.” -Philip Crosby The Unexpected Gets a Vote Three years ago I got a brief taste of what my life would become today. It all started with a new year’s resolution: to make all of my work count for something by seeing it through to the […]

China and the GREs – What Would You Do?

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Thursday, November 11th, 2010 at 2:16 am

By now you may have heard that tens of thousands of Chinese students have had their October GRE scores canceled by the Educational Testing Service (ETS).  The problem? An administrative error caused the ETS to administer an old exam by accident. Understandably, affected students are not too pleased, and some are reportedly considering a lawsuit […]

The Student Union is…

A place to hear stories about studying in the U.S. Our bloggers have come from all over the world to U.S. universities, and they'll be sharing their experiences, advice and more.

Learn more about this blog »

Share your own story!
Tell us about your experiences applying to the US, studying in America, or doing an exchange, and we may include it on the blog.

Explore

Glossary of Confusing Words

Find definitions of confusing words and terms about studying in the U.S. in our Glossary of Confusing Words.

All the words were submitted by YOU, so visit the glossary to see the words that have been defined already and to suggest your own.