All about the GRE Test

  1. What is the right time for me to start my preparation for studying abroad?

  2. Please click here for details.
  3. Should I write TOEFL iBT or IELTS?

  4. TOEFL and IELTS both are English Language Proficiency tests. TOEFL is conducted by US based organization and IELTS is conducted by UK/AUS based organization. Previously US universities are use to accepts only TOEFL scores, but now-a-days even most of the US universities are also accepting IELTS scores.
  5. Is writing the GRE® and TOEFL iBT mandatory for admissions?

  6. GRE and TOEFL are two different requirements by the universities. GRE scores are required by the department to take decision in admission and TOEFL scores are required by the admission office to issue I-20 to the student.
  7. What does the number corresponding to average TOEFL iBT score or average GRE® score on the admissions page mean?

  8. It means that students who got admission offers in the previous intake secured scores which hovered around that number – some higher than the average and some lower than the average.

    It should be noted that the average GRE® score or average TOEFL iBT score is not the same as a cut-off score. It does not mean that a student who has not secured that score cannot apply. It only means that a student who has a score close to the average has improved chances of being considered for admission.

  9. Should I take the GRE® test first or the TOEFL® iBT first?

  10. It depends on the student comfort level. But student need to understand that GRE scores are valid for 5 years and TOEFL scores are valid for 2 years.
  11. It depends on the student comfort level. But student need to understand that GRE scores are valid for 5 years and TOEFL scores are valid for 2 years.

  12. It depends on student interest, but we suggest the students to apply for at least 5 universities.
  13. If I choose to apply to two different programs in the same university, is it enough if I send one application?

  14. Usually universities accepts applications from common application system for admission, but in some universities department will asks to submit additional application to the department. When student is applying for the two different programs to two different departments at that time no need to submit separate application from common application system, but if that university have separate application for the department then student need to submit two different applications to the departments.
  15. How do I pay the university application fee?

  16. Usually universities asks to pay the application fee electronically by using credit card. If it is not possible to pay through electronically then universities accepts application fees through Demand Drafts (or) Account Payee cheque in the name of university.
  17. What should I do after submitting the online application?

  18. Ensure that you send the lot of application documents before the deadline. Get a confirmation from the respective admissions office that your application packet is complete. Wait for the decision.
  19. I have not taken my GRE® or TOEFL iBT tests. Should I wait till I finish writing the tests to send my application?

  20. No. Send whatever documents you are ready with by the deadline. Ensure that you intimate the respective admissions office of the GRE® or TOEFL iBT tests dates that you plan to write the tests on. Inform the admissions office that you would report your scores on that date.
  21. How much would the whole application process cost?

  22. GRE® Test Fee: $205

    TOEFL test Fee: $170

    Average University Application Fee: $70

    Courier Charges: Rs. 1200/- per university

  23. What additional costs should I be prepared with to incur?

  24. Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS Fee, mandatory): $200 (universities normally reimburse this fee)

    Visa fee : $160

    Flight ticket :-): Depends

  25. Who can study abroad for graduate programs?

  26. Anyone who has completed 16 years of accredited education in home country can apply to graduate schools. However, graduate programs at business schools do not mandate 16 years of accredited education. 15 years is the usual norm in such cases.
  27. What is the STEM program?

  28. STEM fields fall under the categories of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. As per this program, students graduating from a STEM-designated program are eligible on student visas for an additional 17 months extension on the Optional Practical

    Training (OPT) apart from the 12 months that all graduates receive.

    The complete list of STEM degree programs can be found at

  29. Do I need health insurance while abroad?

  30. Do I need health insurance while abroad?
  31. Does any university also provide accommodation?

  32. University housing is normally available on most university campuses. Some students opt for it, others stay off-campus. In any case, housing is NOT guaranteed by the admissions office of a university. The student has to make arrangements for the same by contacting the international office of the university.
  33. Do I choose a university if the tuition fee is relatively higher (lower) but living expenses are relatively lower (higher)?

  34. There is no definite answer. It depends on how good the university/program is, to what extent the program matches the student's goals, and the opportunities available after graduation.
  35. In which geographical regions of the U.S. are the living expenses relatively lower?

  36. Normally, the midwestern region (Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, Kansas, Iowa, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin) and some states in the southern region (Texas, Oklahoma, Kentucky, Louisiana, Alabama, Arkanasas) have relatively lower living costs.

    However, the student should not blindly go by cheaper living costs while selecting universities.

  37. What is the difference between public and private universities?

  38. Public universities are primarily funded by the state government. Private universities do not primarily receive funding from the state government. Private universities largely depend on tuition fees and other donations for funding.
    • Public universities are generally larger than private universities with larger class sizes, though this is not a norm.
    • Public universities are relatively cheaper to study in than private universities are, though this is not a norm.
  39. Which is better - public university or private university?

  40. There is no correct answer for this question. It depends on various factors as described in
  41. There is no correct answer for this question. It depends on various factors as described in

  42. The duration of the visa interview (for the U.S.) can be anywhere from approximately 3 minutes and above. Normally, students should be prepared for approximately 10 minutes of interview time, though this is not the norm.
  43. What is tested in a visa interview?

  44. Whether the student is a potential immigrant to the respective country. The student has to exhibit a definite purpose of visiting the foreign country (full-time study in a graduate program) with an intent to return to the home nation.