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The Components of a PhD Application in the USA

Let me start with this picture showing the various elements of the application package. In addition to all the components shown above some schools have specific requirements which will be mentioned in their websites. Now let’s look at each element in detail:   1. Application Form This is a document which is available on the […]

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A Guide to College Admissions Essays

The college application essay is known by many names like “personal statement” or “statement of purpose” which is the most popular one. International applicants use the acronym SOP for it and I shall use the same in this post. The SOP is one of the most important pillars of your application – it can make […]

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Deconstructing Application Components: The TOEFL

The TOEFL (an acronym for Test Of English as a Foreign Language) is an integral and often necessary component of the application package. In addition to previous academic scores (GPA/grades), universities ask for GRE, GRE subject test, SAT or ACT and TOEFL (or IELTS) scores. For non-native English speakers and for those who have resided […]

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Choosing the Right University: Part 2

The previous post on this topic helped shed some light on how to choose universities to apply to. Initial screening generally leads to a list that includes quite a large number of universities. It’s important to trim that list to about 10-15 schools. Applications can be quite expensive; most universities charge an application fee plus […]

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Choosing the Right US University: Part 1

The single most difficult question that haunts most prospective applicants is the choice of the university or school to apply to. It is a mammoth task considering the future of an applicant depends on the program chosen and the opportunities it has to offer. The United States has a vast choice of universities on offer […]

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I’m Omanjana, Magoosh’s New Student Blogger!

Hello everyone! I am Omanjana, the new student blogger for the TOEFL blog. I am a graduate student from India moving to the United States in the fall to pursue my doctoral studies in Environmental Science at Rutgers University. I presently work at a national laboratory in India which focuses on environmental research. I am […]

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