Taking the GRE is only the first step in getting admitted to a top college for the program of your choice. Appearing for the exam can be quite stressful and it’s important to keep your calm before and after the exam as well.
You have to understand that college admissions committees don’t look at your GRE scores alone. They want to be able to decide that you are the best candidate for their college and the program they are offering. That’s why it’s crucial to have a post GRE plan in place.
Step by step guide to your post GRE plan
You have probably spent months preparing for the GRE and putting your best step forward. But your best efforts and high scores will only have you competing with other brilliant young minds vying for the same positions at the same colleges. Hence your application has to stand out from the rest and you can do that by focusing on the plan.
- First step to get admitted to the top colleges is of course your GRE score. But that’s probably the only tangible factor that gives you a head start in your application. It’s vital to have a holistic view of the complete application.
- That’s where intangible sections of the application come into play and give you the edge. From personal statements to letters of reference, resume and even the addendum can give admission officers a good idea of who you are.
- As a rule of thumb you should save the recommendation letters for the end albeit giving enough time for them to come in. Once you have completed the rest of the application you will have a better idea of what you want the recommenders to stress upon.
- It’s also the time you take into account the extracurricular activities you have been involved in and how you can use them to your advantage. Put them together in the application based on what suits the program you are applying for.
- Sadly a lot of resumes end up being all over the place. It’s something you can avoid by spending time tightening it. You can also make a list of colleges you want to apply to and try to narrow it down.
- Students often start looking at the financial aid application process in Jan or Feb. You need tax information to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which is taken into account when offering Federal loans.
If you still feel overwhelmed by the process you can seek professional help, which can help you create a strong application that opens doors of top colleges for you.
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