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EZ apply
What’s the point of a cv?
General Guidelines!
•Writing a CV is an art, not a science
•Put yourself in the shoes of your reader.
•Using action word (developed, planned and organized)
Common CV components:
•Honors and Awards
•Research Interests
•Congress/Workshops participation & presentations:
How to find professors
•Department website- Faculty and staff_ Professor (Full-Associate-Assistant)
•Department website- Research tab
•Google Scholar
•Research Gate
to start?!
The most important part of applying for grad School!
How to make up your mind!
Take-home message!?
Don't put all your eggs in one basket
send emails to all professors in a department at once!!
Phone Call
Interview Tips
•You are lucky if you get here!
•Read his/her most recent papers
•Get ready to talk about
1.your thesis/project/paper
2.Career goals
3.Why you need a PhD/M.Sc.
4.Why you chose that University
•Why should we accept you!?
Email Text
Email Text
•2nd Paragraph:
Talk about research
Email Text
3rd Paragraph:
Ask your question!

I wonder if I have a chance of joining your research group as a graduate student on fall 2018.

Blah Blah Department of Geophysics University of Isfahan Isfahan, Iran
Email Text tips
•No generic Emails!
•Make it Unique for each professor
•Keep it short
•Attach a CV
•Use an email tracker: bananatag, Hubspot, …
•1st paragraph:
introduce yourself! Brag about your GPA Mention your ranking if it is good (top 10%)

•My name is blah and I am a senior student in Mineral exploration engineering at University of Tehran, Iran. My GPA is 3.84 and I am ranked within the top 10% of my class.
•Your work on site response and basin effect is quite interesting to me. Actually, I used micro tremor to study site response in Tehran in my most recent paper which has been recently accepted for Seismological Research Letters journal.
Show that you have done your homework!
Phone Call Tips

•When do you need to call?
•Does not reply
•It is too late
•It might be hard at first!
•Call out of office time and leave a message
•Stand up and hold a glass of water in front of a mirror!
•Be confident!
•Be friendly but polite
•Do your research about the professor before calling!
•Academic Reading
•3 Passages – 40 Questions – 60 minutes (each section 17-20 min)
•Easy to difficult. All campus based and academic.
•Your answers must be written during the test, you won’t have extra time!
•Multiple choices, classification, True/False, Table,….
•30 minutes
•Four sections -40 Questions
•Section 1 and 2 are survival English skills. Section 3 and 4 are academic and campus based.
•Spelling and grammar is important.
•General and Academic Module have same questions
•Lectures, discussions, events, informal Enquiry (from easy to hard)
•Question book and answer sheet are separate and you have 30 seconds to enter your answers!
13-15 minutes
3 Tasks
Face to face
Academic = General
Section 1 : 4-5 min, introduction, connected to your life
Section 2: 3-4 min, short talk, given a card and a familiar topic. You have to adjust your time! You have 1 minute for preparation.
Section 3: 4-5 min, abstract questions, general discussion. Giving reasons and opinions and defending your idea is important.
•2 Tasks
•60 minutes ( 20 min + 40 min)
•Task 1: graph, table, chart, diagram,  comparing academically, answering directly, …. 20 min
•Task 2: arguments, opinions, evidence, communicative quality, vocabulary, structure is assessed. 40 min
•Short Format  3 Passages – 12/14 Q
•Long Format  4 Passages – 12/14 Q
•Each passage 20 minutes – You divide your time!
•Type of Questions: Vocabulary – Terms – Inference – Opinion – Insert – True/False – Paraphrase – Purpose- Exception – Classification – Detail – Cause – Summary
•Short Format : 6 recordings: 2,2,2
•Long format: 9 recordings: 3,3,3
•Lectures, Conversations, Discussions
•Each recording 5-6 Q
•Each recording 3-6 Minutes
•10 minutes Break
•20 minutes
•6 Tasks : 2 Independent , 4 Integrated
•Independent Tasks(2): personal experience, preference, choices, people,….
•You’ve got 15-20 Seconds to prepare and 45-60 Seconds to speak
•Integrated Tasks(4) : Listening- Reading (2) – Listening (2)
•Integrated Listening-Reading: Reading (45 Sec) + Listening + 30 Sec preparation = Speaking
•Integrated Listening: Summary, Problem solving
•2 tasks
•50 Minutes
•Integrated: Reading (3 min lecture) + Listening (3 min lecture)+Compare : Writing 20 min – 225 Words – Just Summary not your opinion
•Independent: Writing 30 minutes – 350 Words (your opinion, your ideas, your reasons)
•International English Language Test Service
•By Cambridge- idp Australia
•British English – Australian English
•Paper based
•2.5 hours
•2 Modules: Academic and General
•4 skills, 9 band scores. Band 7: Good user (operational command of the language, inappropriacies and misunderstandings)


Practice Vocabulary for Reading and Writing
Practice Listening Without Headphones
Reading must be practiced after Listening
Your Dictation is IMPORTANT!
Be able to argue your reasons. Be Convincing in your
own language first!
Use Mock Tests before you take the real test.
Be Familiar with Charts, Graphs and Academic Tables and Learn how to analyze them with a vast range of vocabulary.
Note taking skills!
This is a skill and you need to practice! DO NOT write every word you hear! Don’t even try. Focus on Big General ideas (topic, general idea= gist). You do not need to write all the details, No scientific words, No technical words! Even natives can’t do this. (Explanation, Big idea) Headings , Divisions, Reasons! Most important! Speaking section: dates, times! Plans are information you need. Excuses, Purposes, Accept, Reject. Writing section: take notes of the reading also + Listening: Support/ Attack? Major Reasons? Major Points. Writing section: Names are important. If examples are repeated it’s important to write them. Create your own codes! (W/O –b4- L8er- Up/down/raise/decrease- 4- 2- 5times)
Graduate Record Examination
•What it is
•Question types
What it is
•Predicts readiness for graduate-level studies
•Measures verbal, mathematical, critical reasoning and analytical
writing skills
•Paper-based in some countries
GRE test format
Analytical writing section
•Analysis of an issue (30 minutes)
- Explain and defend your point of view on a given issue
•Analysis of an argument (30 minutes)
- write a critique of that argument
What it is
•Quantitative and verbal section
-2 quantitative sections
-2 verbal sections
-20 question per section
-Section-level adaptive
. Good first section second section more challenging
. Not so good first section second section less challenging
-Quantitative and verbal scores based on difficulty level of question
answered correctly
- 1 unscored section( can be quantitative or verbal)
Scheduled breaks
•1-minute break between sections
•10 -minute break after the third section
Quantitative Reasoning Section
•20 question per section (35 minutes)
•5 questions formats:
- Quantitative comparison
- Multiple choice question( 5 options)
- Multiple choice (select 1 or more )
- Numeric entry
- Data interpretation
Verbal Reasoning Section
•20 questions per sections (30 minutes)
•3 question types:
Text Completion passage with 1 to 5 sentences
1-3 blanks
Sentence Equivalence 1 sentence with 1 blank
find two words that create meaningful sentence

Reading Comprehension based on passages of varying length
•Official GRE guide
•GRE powerprep software
• http://ezapply.ir/blog/detail/- همه-چیز-در-مورد-آزمون GRE
•Skip question
•Return to questions
•Change/edit questions
•Mark: tag question for reminder later
•Onscreen calculator
•Analytical writing (0-6)
•Verbal (130-170)
Features Of The Test Interface
How to be prepared for the GRE test
What it is
Scheduled Break
How to prepare for GMAT
•Official GMAT guide
•GMATprep software
•Analytical writing assessment : 0 to 6
•Integrated reasoning section : 1 to 8
•Verbal section : 0 to 60
•Quantitative section : 0 to 60
•10-minute optional break after the integrated reasoning section
•10-minute optional break after quantitative section
•Quantitative (37 questions, 75 minutes)
- Problem Solving
- Data sufficiency
•Verbal (41 questions ,75 minutes)
- Reading Comprehension
- Critical reasoning
- Sentence Correction
Total time: 210 minutes
•Analytical Writing Assessment( AWA)
- analysis of an argument( 30 minutes)
•Integrated reasoning (12 questions, 30 min)
- Multi Source Reasoning
- Table analysis
- Graphic interpretation
- Two-part analysis
•The GMAT test demonstrates your academic potential for success in
graduate level management studies.
•Measures analytical writing, verbal, quantitative and integrated
Graduate Management Admission Test
•What it is
•Question types
•Who you should ask for a recom
•Consider how many you will need
•Speak with several professors for back ups
•Follow up
•Online Vs hard copy
•Present the person truthfully but positively
•Tailor the recommendation to the position
•Begin the letter by describing how you know the individual you are recommending
•Present the individual's general qualities relevant to the position
•Dear Prof. Ernst,
• It is my pleasure to write this letter and recommend [omitted], one of my favorite students, for the admission to the Co-PhD Study Program at your laboratory. [omitted] is an enthusiastic and progressive young man with extremely high potentialities. He is not only quick at learning and good at solving complicated problems, but also with a logical and creative mind that enables him to raise some insightful views. I was also deeply impressed with his diligence and outstanding communication ability, compared with my other students. What's more, he is an optimistic man with pleasant personality, and gets along well with all the people around him. I hope he could further broaden his vision and accumulate research and programming experience to get him more fruitful. I believe in your laboratory, which possesses a wonderful research foundation for program analysis and software security, his excellent competence, coupled with your preeminent guidance, will assure him of academic achievements in his future academic pursuits. Thanks for your letter, if you have any other questions, please contact me freely. [Signature]
•application was rejected for this recom!!
A Bad Recom!
Statement of Purpose
•Follow Directions
•Consider your Audience
•Write a Draft
•Be Clear and Concise
•Have Someone Review It
Follow Directions
•Why Do you need a PhD/ M.Sc.?
•Why that University?
•How did you become interested?
•jobs/internships? Konkoor? How have they prepared you
for a graduate degree? Lessons?
•Difficulties? Obstacles you overcame?
•Research interests? Professors you have corresponded?
•Future career goals in 10 years?
Consider your Audience
•8 Professors and hundreds of applications!


•I used to work in a multinational software company in the development team, and I had to do the same job every day: code stuff. There was nothing new for me to learn at work, and there was nothing very exciting about going to the office. One day I decided that I had to get out of there, so I applied to college to study higher courses and get a better job.
•8 Professors and hundreds of applications!


•Late in the night one Monday, I had found myself in the middle of a deserted office, and fifteen thousand lines of code. Full of caffeine in my bloodstream, and an empty life beyond office, I realized that the computers started coding my brain, and controlling my life. No longer wanting to let the machines feed on me, I decided that college would be my salvation.
Avoid Excuses
•I had to work two jobs to support my family because my father was injured. My grades suffered.
•NOTE: Someone always has a more painful story.

•I maintained a B+ average while working in Dr. Heshmati’s Calculus class despite having to work forty hours a week to support my family.
Show what you are!
•I love science. I love to study it, to breath it, to be it. Science is the foundation for all that we are. I have worked long hours pursuing my goal to become a Ph.D.

•NOTE: Don’t tell me you are passionate and a hard worker, show me how you are and what you did.
•Use stories as examples!
•Talk about the future more than the past
•Talk about the lesson you took from each experience rather than just saying it
•2 pages, single spaced is ideal
•Proofread several times
•Have someone else edit it
•Some Universities also ask for a Personal Statement …
Avoid in informal writing: don’t, can’t, won’t •

•Colloquialisms & Email Speak
The kids in my family. Like, you know….LOL.

•Platitudes & Clichés
I want to cure cancer. Knowledge is power.

•Do not overuse “I”: They already know it is your SOP.
too boring!
Thank you
for your attention!
How to apply?
The United States
•According to most recent QS University Ranking:
Within the first 200 universities worldwide,
•90 are in the US!!
•Australia Awards Scholarships
•Endeavour Postgraduate Scholarship Awards
•International Postgraduate Research Scholarships (IPRS)
•University of Sydney International Research Scholarships
•Macquarie University International Scholarships
•Adelaide Scholarships International
•Monash University International Merit Scholarships
Posted Positions
M.Sc. In Europe
1.No application fee
2.No TOEFL/GRE Report
3.Everything online
4.Free education
M.Sc. In Europe

2. Find a Supervisor!!
3. Regular PhD admission
just like the US and then an scholarship
British Chevening Scholarships (UK)
DAAD Scholarships with Relevance to Developing Countries (Germany)
Netherlands Fellowship Program (Netherlands)
Swedish Institute Study Scholarships (Sweden)
Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships for Foreign Students (Switzerland)
Danish Government Scholarships for Non-EU/EEA Students
Italian Government Bursaries for Foreign Students (Italy)
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