Thank you very much guys for your nice comments.
dangxing wrote:Since you are an international, I don't that GPA should compare with American system because it's much more higher
I agree and I think admission committee would not convert my GPA to us scale...at least in the schools who are familiar with 0-20 scale they won't convert it!
JonMLTR wrote:Here is my input.
With 3 days of study you got %91 and that actually shows that your background is good and your grades do not define you. GPA is just a number which is meaningless unless you know more about the applicant, the university he was in, the classmates he had. Not only this variable is abused, cheated, infilated but also it is not up to date.
I have also taken the test and I didn't even take half the advanced courses which are being covered(I am not a math major or minor) , did not sleep the day before and still managed %85 and I am almost sure that I could have gotten close to 900 if I slept well. But you see I also have realized that this test do not classify the above average applicants well. But If you do badly it shows that your background has serious holes in or you have a time management issue.
I had several friends who aced it, they did it the first try (they were all math majors unlike me though) and unfortunately several of them got admissions only from second or third tier universities.
This test is nowhere as defining as IMO or other serious competetions which give you a serious advantage. So if I were you I wouldn't have wasted anymore of my time on it just to get and additional 40-50 points. At least that is what I am doing, I was thinking of retaking it to ace it but not only I really don't find it an achievement but also have seen that it really does not help.
Now what you should do is to make research and come up with results/publications that are significant enough to get the attention of the universities that you are targetting. If you know what you want to study best, then first see what the professors in your target universities are working on, and think about what you can do to contrubute those results or if you have a better idea begin working on it.
Talking to the professors you like in your current university should also help you a lot. Tell them your situation, be honest about what you want. They may point you the right direction in terms of research.
Maybe I ask my professors to talk about my GPA in their recommendation.
I think a combination of GRE scores, competition prizes, recoms and researches can have a very good effect and show that I am better than what my GPA says!
PNT wrote:I really don't think your stats really classify as "poor academic history". If you find schools that are good fits for you I don't think you will have much difficulty getting into a decent school at all. An application won't rest on any one thing, apart from possibly the most important being LOR's. Most applicants who aren't top 10 material have a weakness in their application somewhere.
As far as importance goes, GRE schools are going to be ranked fairly low compared to the other parts of your application. Certainly I do not recommend retaking with the scores you have, that would just be a waste of time. I'm not familiar with TOEFL but I think some recommend having at least 100? Even then I've seen applicants with acceptances with 90's but for you improving TOEFL would be more important than GRE I think but probably still not worth it.
Most important thing to consider when picking schools to apply to is not "what are my chances?" per say but "Am I a good fit for this school and is this school a good fit for me?". After all that is what the grad committee is looking for.
Yes, my stats are not really poor, but they are not really good and they are not satisfying for myself.
Some schools have 100 as minimum requirement.Some others have special requirement for TAs, for example speaking score should be more than 26.I guess TOEFL scores will be more important when I want to apply for low ranked schools, those who want students to be TA from their first year of study.
In addition improving English is really useful for many other reasons,the reasons that are really more important than effect of TOEFL scores on admission.So I do not consider improving TOEFL scores, but I definitely consider improving my English skills.
I think applying process and finding appropriate schools to apply is more complicated for international students, and unfortunately for those from third countries, "optimal applying" , in the sense of applying costs and admission chances is really important problem since costs of two apply could be equal to one month stipend!
I have applied to cmu, and I had an interview to evaluating my English proficiency,in order to understand at what point I can be a TA in math department.They said that this will not affect weather they give me an offer or not.What does it mean?Does it mean that I have good chances in cmu?or similar schools?|I want use this information to decide to which schools I should apply next year!