Monday, June 17, 2019

Problem Solving Tricks & Strategies to score high in the GRE Quant section




Are you planning to take the GRE, but afraid of Mathematics? 
Do formulae and equations make you nervous?

Every year thousands of students prepare for the GRE. Not just from Sciences or Engineering, but students of Social Sciences or Humanities background also appear for the exam.
The GRE Quantitative section has all the ingredients to make an average student of Mathematics feel nervous. If you have a weakness with mathematical problem solving, then extensive sessions of guidance by the highly experienced faculty can help you navigate the Quantitative section with new-found confidence.

Simple, not straightforward

At first glance, you may feel that the Quantitative section is extremely simple and that you wouldn't have to pay much attention to this section. Remember GRE math isn’t hard but it’s tricky. It focuses on testing the reasoning ability of the student. So most of the questions are based on a simple logic with a twist in it, making it a brain teaser. Understanding these subtle nuances is often the solution to most problems.

Getting started

The number of topics in the Quantitative section is huge, making it difficult to understand where to start. Start with the basic topics of Arithmetic and Algebra and then gradually work up to the more difficult ones.

Strategic Planning

Attempting to solve a problem with only concepts and procedure can be both confusing and time consuming. A far more efficient approach would be to eliminate obvious incorrect options and narrow down the choices. The highly experienced faculty members at Edxcare will guide you how to figure out a pattern in the trick questions and create a strategy to solve problems faster, thereby saving precious minutes.

Practice, practice and more practice

You can never have enough practice. Once you have identified your strengths and diagnosed your weaknesses, set yourself a routine and start practicing. You should pay more attention to the areas where you are still struggling.

Practice tests

Practice alone doesn’t help. It has to be time-oriented. That is where; we at Edxcare step in to help you. Here you are given numerous timed practice tests to help you time yourself and prepare for the exam efficiently.

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Wednesday, April 17, 2019

What are the 'HIDDEN COSTS' that international students should be prepared for?

                     

Are you planning for higher studies in USA? 

If yes, you should be aware of the additional 'hidden costs'- Expenses which are not mentioned in brochures.
Health insurance: Every campus has its own health insurance partner. One should be very careful in choosing the insurance plan. Many costs are not covered in basic plan such as ambulance charges, dental and eye care, which are pretty expensive.
Meal Plans: If you are staying in dorms you need to carefully select meal plans as you can't cook in your room. Meal plans are weekly. Any healthy human being would require three meals a day. So, one would need 21 meals for the whole week. If you select 10 meals per week to save money either you would stay hungry or end up spending more on junk food.
Summer Cost: The form I20 (issued by a school or university which has granted admission to you) provides the annual cost for nine months per academic year. All undergraduate students should carefully calculate the cost involved during the three months of summer if they plan to stay back in the US. You need to vacate you dorm during summer vacation through there are some dorms which stay open but they charge extra.
Software Licence: Students need to purchase original licences for various software programs. These costs are generally not mentioned in the I20 form.
Extra Credits: If you wish to do extra credits in your program you need to pay for that.
Exam or lab fees: Some universities do not mention the exam or lab fees in the estimated cost.
Use of facilities: Some universities charge extra for the use of recreational, educational, sports and music facilities. These costs are also not mentioned in brochure.
Parking: Some universities have substantial parking charges for cars and even bicycles. One should check the annual parking charges before buying a vehicle.
Subscription fees: There are subscription fees in most universities for all the meets organized by the university / student union.
Orientation fee: All international students must go through the orientation week. This helps them to understand the university and the new country better. Most universities charge an orientation fee, which is mostly not stated in the I20.
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Thursday, April 11, 2019

Understand the GRE Verbal Section: Tips and Strategies.



Are you having difficulties in learning the GRE vocabulary?Are you looking for the GRE Verbal tips and strategies?Do you want to score high in the GRE verbal section?Do you think it is a tough task for a non-native user of English language to master the GRE within a short span of time?


If yes, we have made a list of suggestions to answer all your queries related to the verbal section of the GRE.

GRE – Verbal reasoning tests your ability to analyze and comprehend the English compositions critically and coherently. Verbal questions come in several formats. These are Sentence Completion (SC), Sentence Equivalence (SE) & Reading Comprehension (RC).Some of these happen to be questions related to a reading passage and others require you to complete an existing sentence or a short paragraph. So, it is advisable to acquire a simple yet strategic approach while preparing for the GRE- Verbal Reasoning section.

Start Early:

Any preparation, for any examination cannot be a last minute affair. It is always suggested that you start preparing 9 months in advance and keep the last 2-3 months for rigorous practice. Chalk out a study routine for yourself where you dedicate at least 4 hours in a day to your preparation. Most importantly, ‘Make it a Habit’. Once you have familiarized yourself with the format and your study routine is set, start practicing each section of the test one at a time.

Employ Easy yet Strategic Approach:

Before you embark on trying to understand the approach that can be taken for the GRE Verbal section, you must discourse on the GRE syllabus that you are expected to prepare and be well versed in. The Verbal reasoning section expects the test-taker to be able to draw conclusions from a discussion, summarize a text, and decipher major or relevant points from minor points, understanding the meaning of texts and words in the context that it appears. 

Active Reading:

Active reading is required to master a competitive test like the GRE. Focus on the critical points of the passages like the opening paragraph and the concluding paragraph. This will help you to answer direct questions such as “What is the author’s main point? Why is the author writing this? What is the author’s writing style? What is the author’s attitude towards the topic? “

Skimming and Scanning:

Reading can be as simple as skimming through the questions and the options. Then, you may work on eliminating the obvious wrong choices and working out the possible correct answers.

Understand the 'Word in Context' meaning:

Learn the meanings and uses of words and phrases in the context of passages and sentences instead of learning individual words. Do not try to memorize words only by its literal meaning. You probably will forget it and might get confused with any other homo-phonic word.

Read magazines and newspapers:

Your vocabulary needs to improve and at times by leaps and bounds; so develop a habit for reading magazines and newspapers to stay updated and pick up words and phrases frequently used in the English Language speaking countries and some of which words we often do not include in our daily vocabulary.

Identify & analyse your mistakes:

You cannot master the strategies for Verbal Sections until you identify and analyze your mistakes. Reviewing the incorrect answer choices will help you to improve your performance over time.

Practice Test Papers:

Once you have familiarized yourself with the format and your study routine is set, do plenty of practice sets to develop a sense of pacing, you can move on to the GRE practice tests available online and offline, which will help you get a handle on any timing issues.

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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Why study Engineering in USA? Application, Admission and Scholarship information for studying engineering in USA

Engineering is expeditiously becoming one of the largest career options in the United States and overseas. The main reasons are job opportunities and compensation that comes along with it. International students who want to study engineering will find that there are many degree programs throughout the United States. Some of the common types of engineering offered include industrial, mechanical, electrical, chemical, and civil. As engineering grows in popularity, more specific areas of specialisation are being offered including nuclear engineering, architectural engineering, and audio engineering etc. This is an exacting yet rewarding subject that incorporates mathematics, sciences, and practical knowledge in order to design, build, and problem solve. 

Universities and colleges in USA offer both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees on Engineering. Bachelor’s degree engineering programs require SAT exam score and offer a four year long curriculum. First two year, undergrad students require studying core courses includes mathematics (single- and multi-variable calculus and elementary differential equations), general chemistry, English composition, general and modern physics, computer science (typically programming) and many more. By the end of the first year an engineering student should be looking to decide what specialisation they would like to study. Specialisations could include the following: civil (including structural), mechanical, electrical (often including computers) chemical, biological, industrial, aerospace, materials (including metallurgical), agricultural, and many other specialisations. Students applying to graduate engineering programmes should have a GRE score apart from having an undergraduate degree in engineering, mathematics or science. Foreign students also need to take the Test of English as Foreign Language Exam (TOEFL) along with SAT and GRE exam. Engineering fall under the STEM degree program which provides the opportunity of getting OPT (Optional Practical Training) extension on student visa. Under the OPT program, international students who graduate from colleges and universities in the United States are able to remain in the country and receive training through work experience for up to 12 months The international job markets for engineering is also promising, and emerging markets boast a high demand for engineers due to the major industrial and commercial expansion that they are undergoing. According to the Bureau of Labour Statistics for the United States Department of Labour, engineers are some of the highest paying in the United States. Although it is more challenging than many other degree programs, studying engineering in the US can open up the door to many lucrative and rewarding career opportunities. 

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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

What is OPT under F1 VISA? What work Privileges are available on OPT in USA?


‘STAPLE’ the acronym of the ‘Stopping Trained in America PhDs from Leaving the Economy’ was first introduced in 2009 by Jeff Flake, the U.S representative for Arizona’s 6th Congressional District. This act will grant Green Card to students who have received doctorate degree from American Universities allowing them to stay in the United States and contribute to the strength of American economy. This bill has been re-introduced by House of Representatives that will exempt non-immigrants with American PhD in STEM from the limits on the number of employment-based Green Cards and H1B visas awarded annually. Re-introduction of this act may benefit the Indian scholars aspiring to pursue doctoral studies in USA. US still attract more than half of Indian students going abroad and are still perceived to provide the most prestigious and valuable credentials of all study abroad destinations. According to Congressman Mr. Erik Paulsen, US should provide all the opportunities to the skilled students holding American PhD to contribute to the American economy. Paulsen also stated that as thousands of highly skilled jobs are going unfilled; this STAPLE act will make sure that American companies are getting the talent they are searching for. This act will grant Green Card and H1B visa to the professionals in STEM field and help them to stay in exploring new avenues which will boost up the US economy. Quigley, in his remarks, also maintained that to remain in the competitive global market USA should encourage bright students to study, work and invent new ideas that will advance technology and research areas in USA. It removes immigration barriers to international STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) students who earn advanced degrees here. STAPLE Act, if granted a nod, shall prove to be silver lining in the cloud for aspirants who want to pursue PhD in the field of STEM. Student with STEM degree are also eligible for applying a 24-months Optional Training Program (OPT), which enables temporary employment to the F-1 students. The United States has developed as a global leader, in large part, through the genius and hard work of its scientists, engineers, and innovators and provides an excellent platform for aspirants who intend to pursue their higher studies in USA. 

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Friday, May 12, 2017

What is the Graduate Record Examination (GRE)? Exam pattern, Fees & Test registration.

Image result for gre  Students who plan to study in US Universities for Masters' / PhD, need to take a standardized test - The Graduate Record Examination (GRE). The test is intended to measure the abilities of general academic nature, regardless of fields of specialization. The GRE General Test is offered as a computer-based exam and administered by Education Testing Services. The cost of taking the test is US$205 as of May 2017. This Test comprises of six sections. The first section is always the analytical writing section involving separately timed issue and argument tasks. The next five sections include two verbal reasoning sections, two quantitative reasoning sections, and either an experimental or research section. These five sections may occur in any order. The experimental section does not count towards the final score but is not distinguished from the scored sections. The verbal section is scored on a scale of 130-170 and assesses reading comprehension, critical reasoning, and vocabulary usage ability. The quantitative sections include basic high school level mathematical knowledge and reasoning skills. This section is scored on a range of 130–170. The analytical writing section consists of two different essays, an "issue task" and an "argument task". The writing section is graded on a scale of 0–6. GRE score is valid for 5 years. The entire testing procedure lasts about 3 hours 45 minutes. The GRE may be retaken as many times as one wishes to. However, one can only take the GRE once per calendar month, and up to 5 times per year. The use and weight of GRE scores vary considerably not only from school to school, but from department to department, and from program to program.

In addition to the General Test, there are also six GRE Subject Tests testing knowledge in the specific areas of Biology; Chemistry, Literature in English, Mathematics, Physics and Psychology. Subject Tests can help student to stand out from other applicants by emphasizing his knowledge and skill level in a specific area. The GRE Subject Test fee is US$150 worldwide. These tests are offered on any Saturdays of September, October and April. The length of each exam is 170 minutes. The Subject Tests are given at paper. Subject Test yields a total score on a 200–990 score scale, in 10-point increments. Test scores are accepted by thousands of graduate schools, including individual departments or divisions within these schools.

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Friday, April 28, 2017

What is STEM program in USA?


Science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) is a term that refers to the academic disciplines of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The term is typically used when addressing education policy and curriculum choices in schools to improve competitiveness in science and technology development. It has implications for workforce development, national security concerns and immigration policy.
STEM designated-degree programs that qualify eligible graduates on student visas for an optional practical training (OPT) extension. Under the OPT program, international students who graduate from colleges and universities in the United States are able to remain in the country and receive training through work experience for up to 12 months. Students who graduate from a designated STEM degree program can remain for an additional 24 months on an OPT STEM extension making it to a total of 36 months.
Eligible degrees OPT are physics, actuarial science, chemistry, biology, mathematics, applied mathematics, statistics, computer science, computational science, psychology, biochemistry, robotics, computer engineering, electrical engineering, electronics, mechanical engineering, industrial engineering, information science, information technology, civil engineering, aerospace engineering, chemical engineering, astrophysics, astronomy, optics, nanotechnology, nuclear physics, mathematical biology, operations research, neurobiology, biomechanics, bioinformatics, acoustical engineering, geographic information systems, atmospheric sciences, educational/instructional technology, software engineering, and educational research.
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