About the GRE and TOEFL
When I was getting ready to start my graduate studies here in the US I knew I had to do very well in the GRE and the TOEFL exams. GRE stands for Graduate Record Examination, and TOEFL stands for Test of English as a Foreign Language. Here you can lear a little bit more about each of them * GRE * TOEFL *...Wikipedia is awesome by the way!
I started to prepare the GRE exam a few months before I had to take it! GET PREPARED! That is my advice to all of you students that are still having second thoughts; especially coming from another country you have to feel comfortable enough to read, understand, and know how to answer in English. And not only that...you have to do it fast! The GRE is long and sometimes time will not be on your side, you have to think fast. There are many textbooks, websites, local institutes that will get you ready for the exam. Please take advantage of it. It will prepare you so that day when you are in front of the computer you can feel prepared and you will not be as nervous as if you didn't do anything to help you remember and practice for it.
Also make a reservation as soon as possible, as we get closer to important deadlines such as submitting your application to the School you applied for UofM!! it gets harder to find a spot. So don't wait until last minute. It might happen that after you get the results you may need to take the exam again because you didn't scored high enough or because you know that you can do better. Take into account that you are paying a considerable amount of money every time you take it, so also keep an eye on your budget ;)
These same advices apply for the TOEFL exam. But also for this exam I think you can get help from other medias such as the TV, movies, music, technical magazines!, books that are sell in CD format,...explore your options! And speak! Speak! Speak!
Practice it and be very conscious about how comfortable you feel speaking in English. Keep a list of new words and incorporate new words as frequently as possible; make sure that you know how to use it as well.
It is also very important to practice your analytical skills and writing skills. They will ask you to use them. Practice how to write short essays, and to highlight your ideas in it. They will try to get into your brain! to see how you think, how you process the information given, what can you say about it, how can you make it better, what is wrong about it, etc. They might give you a topic and ask you to write about it. Read technical papers that might help you to understand what I am really saying here, as they will point you out the right way to get through it successfully.
I wish somebody had said to me all these tips! Use them wisely.
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