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Re: How To Achieve High Scores On The GRE by elevatedmind: 8:01am On Jan 04
TheZed:
Congratulations bro

Thank you Sir
Re: How To Achieve High Scores On The GRE by elevatedmind: 8:03am On Jan 04
Olalekank:

Congrats man. This is some cool stuff here. What year did you grad?
I'm sending in a Pm

Thank you Sir... 2017
Re: How To Achieve High Scores On The GRE by elevatedmind: 8:04am On Jan 04
calculator123:

Congrats man, your story was uplifting..

Thank you Sir

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Re: How To Achieve High Scores On The GRE by calculator123(m): 9:31am On Jan 04
elevatedmind:


Thank you Sir
You are welcome man
Re: How To Achieve High Scores On The GRE by bwiizy92(m): 1:12pm On Jan 04
Hello,
Please who knows if I can use Yocket to send my official transcripts from Nigeria to US.
And is it cheaper than the normal DHL rates without Yocket.
School in question Unilorin.
Re: How To Achieve High Scores On The GRE by Mikkyboy: 2:20pm On Jan 04
Congratulations bro
elevatedmind:
Visa Approved. Dec 21st

VO: What are you going to the US for?
Me: my Master's degree in Plant Pathology at the University of Georgia in Athens.

(I think he noticed my GRA)

VO: What's your research going to be on?
Me: Molecular diagnosis of plant pathogens and development of effective disease management strategies

VO: What is molecular diagnosis?
Me: DNA-based method. Advancement of morphological technique. E.g. PCR... this involves DNA isolation and PCR analysis and subsequently search on the NCBI (I said the meaning of NCBI here) database to determine the genus and specie. (I said this all a little haphazardly).

VO: Are you married
Me: No

VO: Do you have kids
Me: No

I will be approving your Visa now. Pick up in circled location in 3 business days.

************************************
The Spring admit+funding story above isn't as sugar-coated as it appears (it's been summarized, don't want to bore you guys), there were times of extreme exhaustion/close to giving up on it all (e.g. after getting 307 in the GRE despite the intense prep, after contacting 5 Profs who you thoroughly read their publications and got no reply, etc) but it's all history now... Seems like it never happened in the first place (that's how it will be after getting it, so guys, VIM ON... God's gonna crown your efforts).

Thanks to the originator of this trend (Danjaninja), and all those who shared their stories/contributes in one way or the other. And to ponpon (Boss registered me for both exams), thanks.

Special thanks to my mentors in the house (toakins and jumybecks/bassmana... God bless you both real good).

Wishing Fall 2019 the very best.

Cheers all.

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Re: How To Achieve High Scores On The GRE by Mikkyboy: 2:24pm On Jan 04
When people talk about this waiting period, I thought it was a joke o.The anxiety is killing especially for people who submitted their applications very early.But we are cool sha. cool cool

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Re: How To Achieve High Scores On The GRE by kfrosh: 5:02pm On Jan 04
I have sent you another email few mins ago.
Please respond.
kfrosh:
I sent you an email already, you are yet to reply.
Will send another one to you now.
Re: How To Achieve High Scores On The GRE by elevatedmind: 6:38pm On Jan 04
Mikkyboy:
Congratulations bro

Thank you Sir.
Re: How To Achieve High Scores On The GRE by MasterforceII: 6:52pm On Jan 04
elevatedmind:
Visa Approved. Dec 21st

VO: What are you going to the US for?
Me: my Master's degree in Plant Pathology at the University of Georgia in Athens.

(I think he noticed my GRA)

VO: What's your research going to be on?
Me: Molecular diagnosis of plant pathogens and development of effective disease management strategies

VO: What is molecular diagnosis?
Me: DNA-based method. Advancement of morphological technique. E.g. PCR... this involves DNA isolation and PCR analysis and subsequently search on the NCBI (I said the meaning of NCBI here) database to determine the genus and specie. (I said this all a little haphazardly).

VO: Are you married
Me: No

VO: Do you have kids
Me: No

I will be approving your Visa now. Pick up in circled location in 3 business days.

************************************
The Spring admit+funding story above isn't as sugar-coated as it appears (it's been summarized, don't want to bore you guys), there were times of extreme exhaustion/close to giving up on it all (e.g. after getting 307 in the GRE despite the intense prep, after contacting 5 Profs who you thoroughly read their publications and got no reply, etc) but it's all history now... Seems like it never happened in the first place (that's how it will be after getting it, so guys, VIM ON... God's gonna crown your efforts).

Thanks to the originator of this trend (Danjaninja), and all those who shared their stories/contributes in one way or the other. And to ponpon (Boss registered me for both exams), thanks.

Special thanks to my mentors in the house (toakins and jumybecks/bassmana... God bless you both real good).

Wishing Fall 2019 the very best.

Cheers all.

Super happy for you. Congratulations.

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Re: How To Achieve High Scores On The GRE by MasterforceII: 6:54pm On Jan 04
Mikkyboy:
When people talk about this waiting period, I thought it was a joke o.The anxiety is killing especially for people who submitted their applications very early.But we are cool sha. cool cool

Asin ehn. We dey on gradcafe everyday. Lol

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Re: How To Achieve High Scores On The GRE by elevatedmind: 9:19pm On Jan 04
MasterforceII:


Super happy for you. Congratulations.

Thank you Sir
Re: How To Achieve High Scores On The GRE by bwiizy92(m): 12:51am On Jan 05
Please guys someone should enlighten me about this WES evaluation. Trying to meet February 1 deadline.
Re: How To Achieve High Scores On The GRE by sunkanmi562(m): 8:49am On Jan 05
Pls does anyone know how much and a center to register for gre at ibadan bevause i initially thought it was 80,000 but i hear its 50,000 at some places
Re: How To Achieve High Scores On The GRE by BobMood: 11:23am On Jan 05
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Re: How To Achieve High Scores On The GRE by bwiizy92(m): 11:52am On Jan 05
@ponpon
I mailed you already, I want to change my TOEFL test date
Re: How To Achieve High Scores On The GRE by pstfrancis(m): 6:04pm On Jan 05
sunkanmi562:
Pls does anyone know how much and a center to register for gre at ibadan bevause i initially thought it was 80,000 but i hear its 50,000 at some places

Go to examplanet besides adron homes before you get to molete in Ibadan.

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Re: How To Achieve High Scores On The GRE by frostsc: 6:14pm On Jan 05
sunkanmi562:
Pls does anyone know how much and a center to register for gre at ibadan bevause i initially thought it was 80,000 but i hear its 50,000 at some places

Visit B.Y Mafit. www.gregmattoeflnigeria.com. You get free books, Lectures, Magoosh, Manhattan, etc.

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Re: How To Achieve High Scores On The GRE by Quoran: 6:19pm On Jan 05
Congratulations elevatedmind.

Hopefully, many more folks will testify this year.

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Re: How To Achieve High Scores On The GRE by elevatedmind: 6:58pm On Jan 05
Quoran:
Congratulations elevatedmind.

Hopefully, many more folks will testify this year.

Thank you Stanford man. Your posts were some motivation... some mad GRE score after the previous setback, tips for Skype interview et al... thumbs up Sir.

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Re: How To Achieve High Scores On The GRE by doziej84: 8:06am On Jan 07
Please, is there any good Samaritan who can come to my aid?

I have made an application to the University of Louisiana (PhD in Earth & Energy sciences, Fall 2019), but I can't afford to send my GRE & TOEFL scores.

I have exhausted my funds, Deadline is February 1, and this is the Last school on my bucket list.

Pls, I could either pay back by early February, when I collect my monthly pay or give a collateral as a sign of good faith.

Abeg ooo, na beg i dey beg.....even if you can help me send one....I'd appreciate.

God Bless
Re: How To Achieve High Scores On The GRE by ahmed1258: 12:36pm On Jan 07
Alfrediolu:
Been a very long time I posted here. This thread was instrumental in my basic understanding of GRE and the application process. Tho still learning...

I wrote my GRE today at JKK Lagos and it was quite an experience. I didn't consider my self well prepared as I registered in July while following the thread, but bank work didn't avail me much time to study, I'd say my preparation is roughly up to a month, I downloaded the materials and bought kaplan hard copy which I studied from Parle to Parle with occasional checking of e copies once or twice.

Cutting the long story short, thanks to God Almighty I tried my best. I'd love to know my chances. Here's my profile

BSc Biochemistry
3.92/5
3.36/4 wes unofficial evaluation
prospecting MSc/PhD
Field: Biotechnology
GRE Score
V: 156
Q: 149
Schools: Arizona state university, Illinois state university, West Virginia state university

I'd like to know your thoughts.

Thanks to all that makes the thread alive.
ccPonpon Quoran Scholastica

I really love Arizona State University. Hope you'll get into it. I can suggest you a free profile evaluation done by the Alumna Of Texas A&M University, USA. This is really good that you can profile evaluated by an expert. Hope this helps.
Re: How To Achieve High Scores On The GRE by daseento(m): 3:03pm On Jan 07
Please a link to sample SOP was shared on this thread sometime ago. I couldn't find it, please share some well written sample to me or someone should assist me with the link.

Jah bless.
Re: How To Achieve High Scores On The GRE by Aprokogist247: 3:29pm On Jan 07
Must watch!!! How to score 350 in jamb: secrets revealed by jamb officials

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MIu9ELp09DY
Re: How To Achieve High Scores On The GRE by Alfrediolu: 9:31pm On Jan 07
ahmed1258:


I really love Arizona State University. Hope you'll get into it. I can suggest you a free profile evaluation done by the Alumna Of Texas A&M University, USA. This is really good that you can profile evaluated by an expert. Hope this helps.

Thanks, I applied for a direct PhD program expecting result of application review.

I got admitted to IIT, though they declined my direct PhD and offered me MSc program. no information on funding yet, just hoping....
Re: How To Achieve High Scores On The GRE by user4321: 8:28am On Jan 08
ponpon:
Send an email
hi, ponpon, i've been trying to send you an email regrading GRE registration, but i keep getting a delivery error (as if the email was wrongly typed)
Re: How To Achieve High Scores On The GRE by Immanuel7: 1:24pm On Jan 08
bwiizy92:
Hello,
Please who knows if I can use Yocket to send my official transcripts from Nigeria to US.
And is it cheaper than the normal DHL rates without Yocket.
School in question Unilorin.

I suggest you use DHL,i don't know much about yocket.
Yocket seems like a platform for Indians.
I sent my transcript to Sweden from school last December.
DHL is fast and can be trusted.
Re: How To Achieve High Scores On The GRE by doziej84: 2:52pm On Jan 08
doziej84:


Please, is there any good Samaritan who can come to my aid?

I have made an application to the University of Louisiana (PhD in Earth & Energy sciences, Fall 2019), but I can't afford to send my GRE & TOEFL scores.

I have exhausted my funds, Deadline is February 1, and this is the Last school on my bucket list.

Pls, I could either pay back by early February, when I collect my monthly pay or give a collateral as a sign of good faith.

Abeg ooo, na beg i dey beg.....even if you can help me send one....I'd appreciate.

God Bless


UPDATE: A good samaritan ( shout out to her) has helped me send my TOEFL scores.

It's still remaining GRE ......

Pls a good samaritan should come to my aid..........Na beg, I dey beg ooo.
Re: How To Achieve High Scores On The GRE by Nobody: 3:10pm On Jan 08
sirRiddy:
I decided to start writing a memoir about my application for a Master’s degree in the United States today, the 1st of September, 2015. I saw a need to do this because I believe that having this would really help make the process easier for most people who want to do it without the use of agents. I have detailed the steps I took during the process of applying to MS programs in the US.

I applied to seven schools and sent all my application materials to the graduate schools.
They include:
1. Auburn University
2. Kansas State University (KSU)
3. University of Kansas
4. Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU)
5. East Tennessee State University (ETSU)
6. University of Arkansas, Little rock (UALR)
7. University of Central Arkansas, Conway.

I graduated from college in 2014 August with a 3.6/5 GPA, BS Computer Science. I started making enquiries about schools that would admit me to their MS program for fall 2016 and provide me with good funding. I came up with quite a number and had to scratch many off my list due to their high GPA and test score requirements. Some of these schools were Purdue University, Oregon State University, University of Maryland College Park. I got to know from most school requirements that I would require the GRE general test and TOEFL. These were standardized tests that schools used to appraise the strength of applicants. Some other programs like Psychology and Chemistry require that applicants write the subject tests.

School Search:
My interests were originally in IT/Software Project Management and I always thought I could pursue an advanced degree in the discipline, do good internships, and then acquire certifications to practice the profession. However, I was advised to apply to MS programs in Computer Science for the sake of viability and returns on Investment as well as the need to improve my chances of getting good funding. I used US news to search for Computer Science graduate programs. I then went through each of the department websites. I was impressed with Arizona State University (ASU) as I saw a Professor who was involved in research related to Software Project Management. I decided to make ASU my first choice school, even though it was ranked at #48 in the whole of the US, which seemed highly ranked for my profile. UMD has a good program too but their admission requirements were so intimidating. I started looking for decent programs that could guarantee my getting funded. But do these schools exist anywhere?

After getting to meet some altruistic folks on Nairaland, I got names like ETSU, MTSU and UALR. I had many schools on my radar like Wayne State University, Montana State University and Utah State University. My advice is to find as many schools as possible, then shortlist as things become clearer. Another advice is to make sure each school is contacted before one starts applying. Their email addresses and other contact information can always be found on their website. It is advisable to mail the graduate school and the department you would be applying to about admission requirements, whether you need your transcripts evaluated or not, funding and research opportunities. Be clear how things are done there before you apply. Also public/state schools have more funding than private schools. Some top private get external grants for research as well as substantial donations from large corporations and government that afford them to fund their students. Do extensive search on the schools you would be applying to. This will help you know the quality of their programs, the funding as well as the target on your GRE and TOEFL before you take these tests. For instance, ASU have it on their computer website that the medium Quant GRE score for their accepted applicants is 159. What this means is that anyone applying should be aiming for a 160 in the exam to meet their GRE requirements. Though, meeting GRE requirement does not automatically guarantee you admission to any program but this considerably improves your chances.

Contacting prospective schools:
I cannot overemphasize the importance of this. I mailed each graduate program director, expressing interest in their programs, asking specific questions about their curriculum and research, as well as their funding opportunities. This made it easier to shortlist schools to apply to. Florida International University, for example, said they fund only the top 10% of accepted candidates and I did not want to take such huge risk. East Tennessee State University said they fund 25 students among their 40 to 45 graduate students. Wayne State University do not fund in the first semester and Utah State University only waive out-of-state tuition.
Especially for spring applicants, mailing your prospective schools can save you a lot of stress and cash.

Standardized tests:
I needed to write two tests to apply to graduate programs in the United States. The Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) General test and the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) are the tests that cost 195 dollars and 180 dollars respectively. I started browsing about the GRE as I had often heard of how taxing it was. I used blogs like Magoosh and Prepcrunch to read about the modalities of the test, people's experiences as well as the preparation materials required. I went to CMS in Lagos, purchased Barrons and Gruber books to study for the test. I got those books and started using Isolo Library as a study center around the end of August. I was awaiting the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) and that would not be until November. After a month of study, I took the first Powerprep mock test and scored 153Q 151V. I was dejected as my target score was 160 in the Quant section. I went to Nairaland and got some good recommendations on better resources to use. These books were Manhattan, Nova, ETS books. Another issue was the erratic power supply in my area which was really hindering my prep. I moved to Ile Ife where I graduated from and spent over a month reading tirelessly and solving practice questions from different sources. I took my second Powerprep and my quant score improved to 156. I was still a bit scared but I decided that I would retake the test if I had less than 160. My test was scheduled for December 15. I took the test and got quite a good score: 162Q 154V 4.5AWA. These scores were good for most of the schools I was aiming for. I also prepared for my TOEFL and took it on May 2015. I got 107 but did not meet the 26 which was my target score for the Speaking section. I sent my GRE and TOEFL scores to all the schools and confirmed if they received them through telephone calls.
PS: There is a wonderful Facebook group, NEW GRE, for the GRE study that I found about a week to my test. I met great guys there and also got lots of materials and advice there. I also found a TOEFL group too and this was really helpful. Also, Notefull YouTube videos helped a lot.

Transcripts:
I got my transcripts evaluated by World Education Services (WES). What this means is that the body converts my GPA which is on a 5.0 Nigerian scale to a 4.0 US scale. This cost me 212 dollars. This was a requirement of some of the schools I was applying to. I sent the other transcripts directly to the graduate schools using regular NIPOST at a rate of 350 naira which took about three weeks. I confirmed that they all received them by calling them.
Most schools would not require WES evaluations, some would. Do not hesitate to ask your school about this and read their websites. Also, if you want to use the NIPOST service, do that only when your deadline is far as some friends have unpalatable stories about their services.

Personal Statement:
Most schools would require a student applying to a graduate school to write a Personal Statement/Statement of Purpose, detailing the career goals of the student, why he believes he is fit for that program as well as explaining how he would be a great addition to that program. I browsed different sites looking for good Personal Statements. Sites like msinus.com was a very good source for getting a lot of perspective before writing this statement. I wrote and edited a lot after inputs from a lot of good friends. I wrote a one and a half pages and tailored it to each school. Most schools would like you to include your research interests and how you would advance the discipline here.
There is a book that is quite good for learning how to write a good Statement of Purpose. It is written by Richard Stelzer: How to Write a Winning Personal Statement for Graduate Schools and Professional schools. You might want to get it.

Letters of Recommendation:
Usually, schools ask three faculty members of the undergraduate institution you graduated from to write a letter that explains to the admission committee what kind of student you were in school. It is supposed to detail your academic accomplishments, extracurricular activities and your personality. It is easier to get good recommendations when you have a rapport with your lecturers while in school. Also, ask your lecturers for letters as early as possible. Then, ask at least five as some might disappoint in the last minute.


Funding:
One of the dissuading reasons from applying to graduate schools is the thought of how to pay for it. The average tuition costs of graduate studies is 20000 dollars per year, some can be as low as 12000 dollars while those of private schools are way higher. There are other costs including living expenses (rent, food, and utilities), books, University fees, Room and Board. It is no longer news that most people cannot afford to pay given the high cost as well as the high exchange rate between dollar and naira.
Many graduate students get their school fees paid through Graduate Assistantships. They are usually three types: Graduate Research Assistantship, Graduate Teaching Assistantship and Graduate Administrative Assistantship. These positons are both academic and non-academic and require that students offer a service to the departments in the school for a number of hours in return for a partial or complete waiver of their tuition and some stipends to support their living expenses. This position can be renewed based on performance after a semester or a year. Some schools do not offer such until a student has spent at least a semester or year. This is why it is advised that applicants mail schools to know their policies before applying.
There are also Fellowships given to exceptional students who have demonstrated academic or scholarly leadership. Some schools offer scholarships but these usually cover a very small portion of the costs.
I have also come across scholarships like MasterCard Foundation Scholarship and I also know of a friend who is enjoying a Fullbright Scholarship. However, these scholarships are competitive and prestigious, and only the brave get them.
No matter your financial capability or academic standing, it would be wise to seek out for financial aid both from the schools you are applying to and any other sources that you know of.

Apply early
To increase your chances of getting admission and funding, apply early. Please do.

CONCLUSION
I got accepted into most of the programs I applied to (Almost all are not famous programs) but Kansas State University offered me an MS/PhD admission with a Graduate Teaching Assistantship (funded). This made my decision easy really as I have always wanted a PhD admission from the start. My low GPA discouraged me from applying to PhD programs. This means I would spend five years; getting an MS first after two years and proceeding to get a PhD three years later.
If you have a GPA of at least 4/5, I would advise that you try direct PhD programs (If you really are cut out for research).
Also, my program is not high ranked. It is 90 among Computer Science programs in the US. If you have a GPA of 4/5 and can make a 320 on the GRE, it would be good to try better programs (top 50 programs). Spread your risks though and I believe you will get into a very good program.
One more thing to do I forgot to mention is to go to each department website, look for professors who are doing research you like and read their journals actively. You can summarize it and send them a critique. You can never know who would reply you. Many who are hired as Research Assistants secure the positions using this means.

I believe this is detailed enough for application process for graduate admissions. Visa decisions are largely dependent on individual profile, level of preparation for the interview and luck as seemingly similar candidates have had different outcomes at the embassy from observation. Issuance of visas solely lies in the hands of the Consulate Officer and anyone can be denied if the official believes the applicant is not qualified. Denials in the Nigerian embassy are quite rampant due to the sheer volumes of applicants as well as the high occurrence of forged documents by applicants from the country. Adequate preparation for the interview, confidence and having ties to one’s home country are required for this process.


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Re: How To Achieve High Scores On The GRE by Olalekank(m): 3:23pm On Jan 08
Not many people seem to have applied for Fall 2019
Re: How To Achieve High Scores On The GRE by Quoran: 3:57pm On Jan 08
I think alot of people are applying. They are simply not saying/posting it here.
Olalekank:
Not many people seem to have applied for Fall 2019

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