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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 […]

Why the Instructions are the Most Important Part of an SAT Subject Test

by Shree Raj Shrestha - Posts (5). Posted Thursday, February 28th, 2013 at 4:02 pm

Over the past few months Shree has been sharing his experience applying to colleges in the U.S. Several of the steps have caused him some stress, but perhaps none so much as when he took the SAT subject tests. A mistake on his answer sheet caused his scores to be delayed, and left him in […]

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 (71). 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 […]

An SAT Disappointment Story, in Emoticons

by Shree Raj Shrestha - Posts (5). Posted Tuesday, December 4th, 2012 at 10:39 am

After five months of trying different strategies to prepare for the SAT exam (read my previous post to find out how I prepared), I felt fairly confident that I knew what to expect on my November test date.  With just about two weeks between the exam and the deadline for my early decision application, I […]

My Many Misguided Approaches to Studying for the SAT

by Shree Raj Shrestha - Posts (5). Posted Monday, December 3rd, 2012 at 12:07 pm

It was only six months ago that I decided to apply to the U.S. for my undergraduate degree.  I was selected for the Opportunity Funding program, which would cover all the costs of the application process, and suddenly my distant thought of applying to the U.S. became reality and I was off and running from […]

Why a Weak SAT Score Didn’t Kill My College Dreams

by Phillip Dube - Posts (4). Posted Wednesday, November 7th, 2012 at 12:14 pm

“The test commences at 8:45am. I work through the essay assignment, frantically, reading quietly as I print out my ideas on paper because I want to avoid silly mistakes. ‘Stop writing, pencils down!’ instructs the invigilator. We start work on the next section. The vocabulary in this section is mostly new. I struggle with the […]

Why the TOEFL is More Important Than Just One Test, and How That Can Help You Succeed

by Shree Raj Shrestha - Posts (5). Posted Thursday, October 11th, 2012 at 7:00 am

Editor’s note: Shree is currently in the process of applying to study in the U.S. for the fall of 2013. He’s agreed to take us with him on that process, recapping each step as he accomplishes it, and filling us in on what he did right and wrong so we can learn from his mistakes. […]

Learning How to Take the SATs: Vladimir’s Story

by Guest Post - Posts (71). Posted Wednesday, April 11th, 2012 at 11:23 am

Vladimir applied to college in the U.S. from Bosnia this year.  While not his favorite part of the process, he says taking the SATs gave him a certain sense of satisfaction.  This is his story of preparing for and taking that often-dreaded exam. I remember exactly how I felt filling in the last bubble on […]

Advice for Prospective International Students, with Bonus Two SAT Horror Stories

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Thursday, December 15th, 2011 at 5:19 am

Yesterday we shared the first of two recent phone conversations we had to talk about studying and living in the U.S. If you didn’t have a chance to listen to that one, check it out. In this second conversation, we start out talking about American culture, but with prospective student Vladimir on the line, quickly […]

Watch it Again: Live Chat on Studying in the US

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Thursday, October 27th, 2011 at 3:16 pm

I had the great pleasure today to join VOA Learning English for a live video chat about studying in the U.S. A lot of you submitted questions in advance on Facebook, and we took some Skype calls during the chat as well. It was a great time and we covered a lot of topics, including […]

How I Made Myself a Good Candidate for US Admissions (and Other Advice from a Successful Applicant)

by Anna Malinovskaya - Posts (17). Posted Monday, October 10th, 2011 at 9:10 am

In the summer of 2007 I, a high school graduate in Russia, spent hours on the Internet in search of a cheap summer school in the United States. I had been studying English for a couple of years, but I never had a chance to practice it with native speakers. Summer school seemed like a […]

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 […]

Quotas, SATs and Other Misconceptions

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Thursday, March 24th, 2011 at 5:39 pm

China Daily “Big Talk” interviewed two representatives from EducationUSA, who gave some useful advice for prospective students.  In particular, they addressed misconceptions that many Chinese students have about studying in the US.  The video is on their website, but here are some highlights: Misconception: Chinese students can only apply to certain types of universities One […]

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