I am a final year (Electronics Engg.) student wanting to apply for Fall 14 (I am taking a year's drop as my Univ. exams are scheduled in oct-nov. So apparently i'll miss many univ deadlines if i take GRE in Dec-Jan and apply for fall 13) .So I've planned to take GRE, TOEFL in July 13 (after final year) and submit applications by Aug 13.
What should I do in this duration (Aug 13 to the date of departure)- a research job or a short term course. How advantageous will this 8-9 months of work exp. be?
What questions can be posed by Visa Officer?
Also I am concerned over the fact that I'll not be able to show this work exp. to applied universities as i'll have to apply for admissions before joining a Job or Course.
Above all is it advisable to take a year's drop before going to US for MS.