Legendre wrote:1. No. Unless you received official grades or the university officially knowledge your participation for the course.
2. Programming is a plus only if you can prove you can do it. E.g. a certificate, a formal course or a research project.
abstruse wrote:I couldn't disagree more, I've audited several classes that I mentioned in my SOP--to my benefit I was told.
Legendre wrote:abstruse wrote:I couldn't disagree more, I've audited several classes that I mentioned in my SOP--to my benefit I was told.
The problem is that anyone can claim they audited a bunch of classes. There is no way to prove that the student wasn't lying or if the student actually paid attention to the classes.
IMHO while it would be nice to state on your SOP, it is unlikely to be of significant value since there is no way to verify these claims.
sabq wrote:Thanks to both of you for your input. Yes, I realize that it is not as valuable as taking a course the formal/traditional way, but, it is better than nothing.
By the way, are there online courses that one can enroll in and take over the summer (for free)? The thing for me is that I must have new 'stuff' in my application in order to enhance my chances for next year.
Anybody knows if auditing courses is taken seriously by graduate schools?
sabq wrote:Well, with whom do I do research? I have already graduated. Doing research on my own is probably like auditing courses, isn't it?
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