One of our readers, Sameera, asks on our Facebook page, “ Hello. I’m currently pursuing B.Tech II year (CSE).Will be entering III year in June. Want to pursue MS in US. When do you think I should apply for GRE?”
Looking at the question, I thought, wouldn’t it be nice to have a plan with preferred set of activities/ tasks for every year of your B.Tech( Bachelor of Technology) ? Currently, we do have some sample plans like Sample Plan MS – Spring , but it does not stitch up B.Tech/ B.E years/ semesters with MS/MBA in US admission preparation activities. All of the below activities apply to any bachelors degree and not just B.tech…it is just that most of the pool of candidates are from B.tech, hence divided by B.tech/ B.E semsesters.
Plan to Study MS/MBA in US – Activities split by B.Tech year
Every university is different, some have yearly system, some have semester system. Majority of Engineering colleges go by semester system…As there is no one size fits all, I have to pick one…the below plan is based on semester system.
Assumptions : Academic year starts from July 1st and ends by May 1st, including summer vacation of 2 months May and June.
|B.Tech/ B.E Year||Months||Admission Activity|
|First Year – Semester I||All months||English for GRE: Read American News Papers Online, American Authors Novels, etc. for GRE
English Listening Skills TOEFL : Watch American News Channels, Shows, Movies for TOEFL
|First Year – Semester II|
|First Year – Summer Holidays|
|Second Year – Semester I||All months||Assess your GRE Skills : Install ETS PowerPrep, Take sample test, benchmark results.
GRE Test Prep: Buy GRE Books & Material, Start preparation, Spend 1 hr every day.
|Second Year – Semester II|
|Second Year – Summer Holidays||May, June||GRE Test Prep: Spend 2 hrs. Every day
TOEFL Test Prep: Buy TOEFL books, Spend 1 hr. a day, focus on listening as well.
|Third Year – Semester I||July, August||Apply for Passport|
|All months||Research on US schools related to your program ( side activity to understand system)|
|All months||GRE: Take Sample tests, Check score. Work on weaknesses, Spend 1 hr. every day|
|Third Year – Semester II||January – February||Book GRE and TOEFL Dates ( after Passport) for June 15th, June 30th weeks|
|All months||GRE: Take practice tests online. Take previous GRE tests. Spend 1 hr. a day.|
|TOEFL: Take practice tests online. Take previous years TOEFL tests. Spend 30 min per day|
|Research on US schools related to your program (side activity to understand),
Network with Seniors, get advice.
|Communicate with Student Association in US schools|
|Third Year – Summer Holidays||May, until June 15th||Intensive GRE Preparation – Practice Tests|
|June 15th||Take GRE Test|
|June 15th – June 30th||Intensive TOEFL Preparation|
|June 30th||Take TOEFL Test|
|Fourth Year – Semester I||July, August||University Selection List|
|August, September||Scholarship Application Prep & Apply|
|September 15 – October 1st||Complete online applications for Schools|
|October, November||Transcripts& Recommendation Letters|
|November 1st – Nov 30th||SOP and Scholarship essays|
|Bank Statement Preparation|
|By November 15th||Draft of application set|
|Dec 1st – December 15th||Final Check, Ship/Post application material|
|Fourth Year – Semester II||December 15th – April 30th||Follow up with Graduate School|
|Follow up with Scholarship committee|
|Follow up with your School/ Academic Department|
|Receive I20 from Schools|
|Fourth Year – Summer Holidays||May 1st – May 15th||Find open slots, Book Visa Stamping Appointment|
|May 10th – June 15th||Visa Stamping Documents Preparation|
|Bank Statements for Visa stamping|
|Read Visa stamping experiences|
|Misc. tasks related to Visa stamping|
|June 15th – July 1st||Visa Stamping Appointment – US Consulate|
|July 1st – July 20th||Book Air Tickets|
|Communicate with Student Association|
|Communicate with Admissions|
|Communicate with Academic Advisor|
|Register for Courses, if you know|
|Medical checkup/ Dentist, etc.|
|Education Loan work|
|July 30th – August 10th||Fly to America for Fall Orientation|
What are your thoughts on plan? What was your plan for Studying MS in America, when you were in B.Tech ?
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