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Autos / Re: Not available. by iCool(m): 8:52am On Oct 26, 2016
Very nice. Sending my details across.

Gazzuzz, can you also verify if incomplete duty payment was done? That is what I am afraid of.
Education / Re: How To Achieve High Scores On The GRE by iCool(m): 10:38am On Oct 24, 2016
Orton10:
I doubt. I am at Ibadan.

Miracles happen.. smiley Isn't UI in session?

Anyone at Ibadan that can share the videos with Orton10?
Education / Re: How To Achieve High Scores On The GRE by iCool(m): 8:39am On Oct 24, 2016
Orton10:
Hey iCool,
The dropbox link to the Magoosh vids you posted is having issues with the traffic. Sent a request to your mail for permission to access it via Google drive. Thanks.

I do not own the link so I won't be the one granting permission.

What's your location? There might be someone close by that you can get the videos from.
Education / Re: How To Achieve High Scores On The GRE by iCool(m): 9:43pm On Oct 22, 2016
Bolisticbond026:
You can go to page 133 for the link........
wink Good job.
Travel / Re: General U.s.a (student) Visa Enquiries-part 10 by iCool(m): 9:41am On Oct 21, 2016
Approved:

Just wear somefin comfortable. The way you dress does not affect the outcome of the interview in any way.
I am telling you.

I went for a visa interview last year with four other colleagues for a training, all dressed up in long sleeves and corporate trousers + lace up shoes cheesy except for one of us - white Jean trouser, timberland boots and a T-shirt his hair was curly too.

Embassy fall our hand o sad Mr Timberland got the visa, the whole office said he rigged it! grin

He met a jovial interviewer and answered his questions right so he got it. No wayo.

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Education / Re: How To Achieve High Scores On The GRE by iCool(m): 8:44am On Oct 21, 2016
Approved:

UGrad- Electrical Engineering
Unofficial WES CGPA 3.5/4
Prospective grad area- Msc/PhD in Electrical Engineering

Prospective Schools- Texas A&M, UConn, Kansas state, Tennessee Tech.

Please your input is anticipated

From the much I have read here over the last couple of months, also plan to write TOEFL.

Score mightily on the GRE and TOEFL (the higher the better), most people would avoid stating a good score but I would say above Q160 for engineering will be fine. Since we have limited research experience in naija, mighty scores might offset that deficiency to an extent and get one admitted.

Hustle for assistantship (naira don cast), you willl have it easier at the embassy for visa (GRE and TOEFL scores help shows you truly wish to attend school and not dissappear in the US), less stress sourcing for funds and more time to focus on your studies.




Everyone has a unique profile and different aspirations; view this profile -https://www.nairaland.com/cezeozue/posts/3 - from his earliest post on GRE to the last Or read the thread itself from page 21 to like 40 - https://www.nairaland.com/943/preparing-gre/21 Your eyes go open. shocked

Nice profile he had, aspirations were high (Ivy leagues), applied to about 10 AND..... Go and read it by yourself tongue , then come back and summarize for us to read. cheesy


Nothing is guaranteed in this pursuit. Pray hard and Work hard. cool
Good luck because luck also follow for the matter (right profile, wrong school, what happens?) How then do you tell what school isn't right for your profile??

Right profile, right school but limited funds available to the department for research. Your assistantship waka go be OYO.

Modified:
*Pardon my typos and my many assumptions* I have read too much from too many sources so confusion is allowed* tongue cheesy grin

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Education / Re: How To Achieve High Scores On The GRE by iCool(m): 6:19am On Oct 21, 2016
Those practicing for the test this period can start reading from Page91 (too many people claim they cannot read from page1), for insights and recommendations by the 'most recent test takers' -July to October.


For engineering schools, I had great help starting my search from here - http://www.findengineeringschools.org/Search/Majors/ - It helped me with the largest pool of schools offering my intended course.




Lastly before I forget again, I use an App on my p.c called Wordweb (had it over 2years before writing the GRE). WordWeb quickly provides you with definitions, synonyms and related words as well as readable and audible pronunciations.

I downloaded it because I didn't want to leave my p.c looking for a dictionary or going online when I encounter unfamiliar words while reading. Here's the link - http://filehippo.com/download_wordweb/

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Education / Re: How To Achieve High Scores On The GRE by iCool(m): 5:54am On Oct 21, 2016
Bolisticbond026:
Please i need Manhattan material for my preparation and Magoosh videos to prepare for AWA tanks in advance.

Magoosh videos - https://www.dropbox.com/s/gb59spt3p8ze590/MG%20Prm%20Vidz.rar?dl=0

Another link for the videos - https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BzH3jPJPYLjlRGl6STRmRExLMWs/view



Manhattan 4th edition - https://docs.google.com/uc?id=0B6FBl1JdVum6Um4yRTdNN1gxa2c&export=download



Gruber, Nover, Baron, ETS Quant & Verbal Practice booklets - https://www.dropbox.com/sh/zmshe3dzsdkzwfe/AADzNPplTrgqrYdS4IfNZ7zZa?dl=0


All links tested and are working. Use either of the first two for the videos (~1gig in size) and 230mb for the Manhattan books.
Good luck to you.

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Education / Re: How To Achieve High Scores On The GRE by iCool(m): 8:55pm On Oct 20, 2016
drhopeful:
For my studies, I used ETS everything, Magoosh everything, Manhattan everything, Barron's everything, Kaplan everything and Gruber. I just was that desperate. I covered all at least twice.

shocked

You went gangster on the GRE! cheesy


drhopeful:
Did I read right? You wanna retake? After those wonderful scores you got?

Maybe Amofum is aiming for top twenty schools + full assistantship. cheesy Leave him o.

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Education / Re: How To Achieve High Scores On The GRE by iCool(m): 8:15pm On Oct 20, 2016
drhopeful:
if I don't score at least 4, it will be confirmed that I am a confirmed mumu writer grin.

When I got my second verbal and saw shorter (but still incomprehensible) passages, I said to myself ... 'It's over. DrHopeful you are a confirmed GRE mumu. You just wasted all your time, effort and money for nothing.'

grin grin
You no go kimme with laff! cheesy


DrHopeful, you did very well. Your efforts paid off! cool


You are NOT a GRE mumu. tongue cheesy


Tell those yet to write the strategies that worked for you. Thanks.
Education / Re: How To Achieve High Scores On The GRE by iCool(m): 8:17pm On Oct 18, 2016
Hirschfelder. That was a blast!

Congratulations and Success in the other parts of your application.
Education / Re: How To Achieve High Scores On The GRE by iCool(m): 7:08pm On Oct 18, 2016


My submission came from a discussion I had with a faculty on Monday morning.
He admitted that the Quant section of the test is the most useful factor when assessing STEM applicants from third world countries apart fom research experience. They already know your grasp of writing and speaking skills is sub par given that you are not a native speaker even though you had a 29 on TOEFL, they also expect a horrible paper from you filled with poor grammar. Of what use is a 158 V score for a STEM application if you cannot make at worst a 160 in quant?

Insider gist! I love this! cheesy

It helps with giving us a clearer understanding of what we need to do to succeed in this pursuit. Thanks a million. smiley


@drhopeful. I see you, Eku ise. Hope I got that spelling right. cheesy

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Education / Re: How To Achieve High Scores On The GRE by iCool(m): 2:04pm On Oct 18, 2016
drhopeful:

Lastly, we rarely talk of AW. It is a torn in most people's flesh, including mine. Apart from learning the structure of a good essay and practising at least one of both types, it needs serious prayers. If you get an unfamiliar essay topic on test day and you draw blank, or you misread as I did, that is it - all doom! All guess what? Most schools require at least a 4 to be competitive!

I prayed against unfamiliar topics! cheesy That's the worst that can happen to a test taker - you submit blanks and you are thrown into a bad mood for the remaining test duration.

Yet to see my score, so can't say how effective my method was .

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Education / Re: How To Achieve High Scores On The GRE by iCool(m): 6:48am On Oct 18, 2016
Please if you are applying to STEM and prepping on the GRE,
focus on the GRE Quant section. Most engineering grad schools
know we are terrible at verbal. Do not waste your time!

I always felt people wouldn't approve this technique. smiley
Education / Re: How To Achieve High Scores On The GRE by iCool(m): 3:58pm On Oct 14, 2016

Please guys that wrote theirs 2days back. Did u practice with d 2 powerprep tests before ur exam? And please can u share how ur scores in those 2 powerprep tests compare to ur real test score??

Powerprep gives an idea of what will be tested on exam day.

Exam is simply an application of 'light' reasoning. Normal maths you have been practising all along but you need to reason out how to go about finding a solution. Reason out what method to use.

If you don't reason out fast enough a technique to employ to solve a question, you waste valuable time. Doing the calculation (which most times doesn't require a calculator) is fast.

Can't say more for confidentiality sake.
Education / Re: How To Achieve High Scores On The GRE by iCool(m): 8:05pm On Oct 13, 2016
drhopeful:
Congrats iCool. Did you mention what your V score was? I don't think the Q is bad. Just target the right schools.

Meanwhile, what the hell My centre is in ph. I cannot handle noise at all when I am trying to concentrate, let alone when trying to decipher those hellish RCs. When I wrote the first time in August, they were on holidays. So everywhere was quiet. I am super nervous!

Thanks. I have already pruned my choice of schools, a 159 might hurt my profile for my current selection.

The 'Light' noise comes every 30mins I guess, after they are done with each class. It is not something to worry about, just have it in mind that it will happen and it lasts for a few minutes.
Education / Re: How To Achieve High Scores On The GRE by iCool(m): 7:53am On Oct 13, 2016
^Why do we keep seeing 'beautiful scores' as flops? cheesy I just hope we are not being greedy by wanting more

The GRE isn't the greatest admission requirement. A 'bad' score would hurt a good profile tho. cry

What is a bad score?
Education / Re: How To Achieve High Scores On The GRE by iCool(m): 3:22am On Oct 13, 2016
Though many may dissaprove but my prep and focus has been Quant based.

Scored 159Q. Very likely I will rewrite since I am not going to grad school just to 'escape' naija.
Average Quant score for acceptance into my choice schools are between 162 - 164.
Safe schools have 159 average, I cannot come and go and be standing on the edge.

Issue and Argument task were straight forward, wrote and had ample time to go through them. No score yet, No bragging right.

First Quant was filled with traps, had kidnappers and assassins all the way to the end. Needed more time to solve all.

Saw the second Quant and knew I had flunked the first, looked just like the normal powerprep questions. Had excess time to review almost all the questions after I had reached the end. Why wasn't the first like this one?? undecided

My score isn't poor but 'I need something better'.

Manhattan and Magoosh videos basically has everything needed to pass the math test. I prayed for favourable questions but didn't get that in my first Quant.

Overall, the Quant questions are similar to what you have on the ETS official booklet and the Verbal is similar to the Medium70%-Hard30% questions on the ETS practice booklet for Verbal.

Will edit my summary if I remember anything else.

Prepare your mind for noise if writing on a week day (Monday to Friday) in p.h, those school children sabi make noise.
Dress light too, no air-conditioning. Na fan dey there o.


Very key point - after all your practice, conclude with Manhattan and return back to the ETS practice questions for Q and V to get your mind in the ETS model. It is very close to the actual test but requires a lot of reasoning.

How do people score 170 on these tests!??
Car Talk / Re: Toyota Camry Stolen At Ijegun, Ikotun Lagos by iCool(m): 12:36pm On Oct 09, 2016
@Olatpic. Add a model year and put up pictures of the car if you have it.

Hope the car gets found.
Education / Re: How To Achieve High Scores On The GRE by iCool(m): 7:30am On Oct 08, 2016
happyday:

Oh I see. I think the questions are from simple, to medium, to difficult. The difficult end closely mirrors what you see on the real test.
Okay, thanks.
Education / Re: How To Achieve High Scores On The GRE by iCool(m): 5:29am On Oct 08, 2016
@Hisvoice.

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/zmshe3dzsdkzwfe/AADzNPplTrgqrYdS4IfNZ7zZa?dl=0

Official GRE Quant. and Verbal practice booklets. 10mb and 12.5mb for each.
Education / Re: How To Achieve High Scores On The GRE by iCool(m): 10:55pm On Oct 07, 2016
^I meant the Practice Questions booklet by ETS.

Education / Re: How To Achieve High Scores On The GRE by iCool(m): 10:39pm On Oct 07, 2016
@Happyday, Topiipii. Please compare and contrast...

PowerPrep to Actual Gre Quantitative.

ETS practice booklet to Actual Gre.
Education / Re: How To Achieve High Scores On The GRE by iCool(m): 10:37pm On Oct 07, 2016
Topiipii:

After reading amofum's testimony? I'm sure you'll do just fine.
Hahahahaha grin grin grin

Damn! grin grin
Education / Re: How To Achieve High Scores On The GRE by iCool(m): 9:37pm On Oct 07, 2016
^True to that.

Each time I remember how much these exams cost before the election last year, I feel like not paying for it. Price has shot up!

@Topiipii. The master-blaster, How's it going?
My blood pressure is probably very high now (Gre related).
Education / Re: How To Achieve High Scores On The GRE by iCool(m): 8:13pm On Oct 07, 2016
Thanks @Cuspy.

@Cephas0009. The difference between ATM-by-PayPal payment and Agency payment is like 30k.

I paid someone in the US 66k for Toefl registration, 5days and it couldn't be done. Had not choice than to use an agency I felt was fine and I paid less (50k).

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Education / Re: How To Achieve High Scores On The GRE by iCool(m): 9:43am On Oct 06, 2016
OGreene:
Thanks, i hv problem using Dropbox. Dunno if der is anything am not doing right.

Ensure you have good internet connection and download via pc by simply clicking on the links.
Education / Re: How To Achieve High Scores On The GRE by iCool(m): 7:21pm On Oct 04, 2016
Education / Re: How To Achieve High Scores On The GRE by iCool(m): 7:14pm On Oct 04, 2016
What are people chopping these days and blasting GRE? Please extend to my end oh! Congrats bro! @iCool, you are next. Go kill it too and open the way for me wink
cheesy
Education / Re: How To Achieve High Scores On The GRE by iCool(m): 6:23pm On Oct 02, 2016
^ grin

Truly, 45k is much money. You did well, move ahead with the other parts of your application.

Well done bro. wink
Education / Re: How To Achieve High Scores On The GRE by iCool(m): 5:10pm On Oct 02, 2016
Topiipii:

Not exactly as I'd like: V - 161, Q - 165, but I'm hoping the AW score would be better than the previous one.

TOEFL was sweet and terrible! I had 20 on the speaking section, writing 29, Reading 29 and Listening 30, I wish I can have your speaking score right now. I'm trying to complete my SOPs now, that's the last part of my application.

Those GRE scores are way beyond 'so sweet' (Drhopeful, 2016). If and when I get my 320+ score, I will take a one week break to Obudu cattle ranch cheesy.


That speaking score fall your hand!!! angry cry That GRE and TOEFL would have been 1st tier universities standard. Kai! This one is hard... re-write that exam.
Education / Re: How To Achieve High Scores On The GRE by iCool(m): 5:24pm On Oct 01, 2016
kenkool:

Thanks. Please do you have something for SAT also?
I do not have any.




Hi Topiipii, how did your GRE and TOEFL go?

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