There are a few times when receive an email that is highly emotional like this one.
I am a student taking B.E. electronics. I am in my 8th semester right now and want to write my GRE in September / October 2010.
I have a few questions regarding my B.E. percentage:
- I have 3 current back subjects in the 7th semester and 1 in my 6th semester. My aggregate may reach up to a maximum of 57%-58%. The low marks were due to some personal problems of mine. I am not a dull student, basically.
- I am doing a project on robotics under DRDO. It is a high cost and a noted project.
- I want to do an MS in VLSI or embedded systems. Many people are discouraging me to take up the GRE because of my low percentage.
My doubts are:
- Can I get a good college in the USA with my current performance assuming that I get a decent score in my GRE (around 1300-1400)? My first preference is for a PhD program.
- If I do an MTech in VLSI or embedded systems, and then take up GRE, can a good MTech performance mask my B.E. Performance?
- Do you have a separate premium membership to give information on general doubts like mine as it helps a lot for GRE takers?
Kindly reply and oblige.
Can I get into Good College in USA
Of course, you can get into good a college or university in the U.S. with your 58% academics in B.E. People who are discouraged from taking GRE Test have negative outlook towards life and have no clue about the U.S. education system.
Just ignore them and prove them otherwise by getting a high score in GRE and admission to PhD with scholarship.
If you look at top ranked students in Mumbai or Pune University, they will have academic percentages of around 60% or so.
Getting a high GRE score will overcome your low academic percentage and backlogs. Make sure you clear all your backlogs before applying for admission because that’s not a good move.
A project in DRDO will definitely have a significant positive impact on your resumé and PhD application. Highlight your projects and accomplishments when submitting applications.
Include abstracts and certificates along with your application materials. Talk to professors before you select universities for PhD.
GRE in Nov./Dec.
If you are going to take a GRE exam in November or December 2010, you can apply for the Fall 2011 semester.
If you are already in your 8th semester, why not clear all your papers first in your 8th semester. Once everything’s okay, then take the GRE by June or July 2010 and apply for Spring 2011 semester.
M.S. vs B.E.- Jobs
When you apply for jobs, your B.E. academic percentage hardly matters. In fact, students who graduated with a GPA of 3.0 (just an average grade) in their master’s are able to get high paying jobs.
To close, all the information you hear from friends are useless, so don’t pay any attention to them and reach for your dreams.