QA – Universities, GRE, TOEFL and CGPA

Umank Asks : Hello HSB and all fans, I am taking GRE this July, I just got into 4th year B.Tech (Computer Science). I have few queries

  1. When do I get the full scorecard and how to go about the admission process (including university selection).
  2. What subjects can I take up for my masters? I have a very keen interest in AI.
  3. Do I have to apply to universities right after taking the GRE test, then and there?
  4. When should I take TOEFL?
  5. My cgpa is not very good especially in the 1st 2 years because of my initial inclination towards sports and my accident right before my 4th sem exam, its around 6.5. Im trying my best to do as good as i can in the last 2 semesters. How bad is it going to affect my prospects of getting into a good university?


1. Admission and University Selection

There are several articles about University selection. You would have to spend sufficient time for university selection.

2. Subjects and Major

Majority of students try to select an area of interest based on job availability. Very few students decide beforehand about majors, coursework, thesis.  Your level of interest in AI determines, if you really want to purse major in AI (Artificial Intelligence). You have to find universities that offer courses in AI, Robotics and Automation. Then match them with your profile based on admission probability.

3. Submit GRE Scores

I think you wanted to ask, if you would have to request GRE scores after completing GRE Exam.  You have option to select upto 4 universities. You have to select 4 schools, if not you give up the opportunity. You cannot use them later point in time.

If you are prepared with universities before taking GRE test, then you can report GRE scores to those universities.

4. When to Take TOEFL

When applying for admission, you are required to have GRE (or GMAT) and exam to prove English proficiency ( TOEFL or IELTS). I recommend students to take TOEFL, after completing GRE exam.  You have basic understanding of English and with 1 or 2 months, you can expect to increase your English skills by certain level. So, plan accordingly based on your schedule to take TOEFL after GRE.

5. Low CGPA and Admission

High GRE score will compensate for low CGPA. Try your best to improve CGPA in last 2 semesters and work hard to get high score in GRE. I have posted many articles about Low GRE, High GPA; High GPA and Low GRE. Search under FAQ’s category to learn more.

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  1. Hi pls am an english education student who just graduated and is waiting for service pls ican I have my masters in international relations and would I be given admission with dis cgpa 2.95

  2. Hey, I am a student of BITS-Pilani. But my score is very less. I have a CGPA of 5.19 over 10. At most I can expect it to increase to 6.0 after my training semester. I wish to pursue a career in robotics and MEMS . My friends say that I will not be eligible for any good universities abroad. I have done a few projects such as , designing an MAV and a robotic leg. What are my future prospects? Will I get through any good universities abroad? I saw the cut offs for some universities, they demanded 8/10 CGPA minimum. I just wished to know, if there was any hope for me yet?

  3. I also want to ask the same question about cgpa n GRE score, but I want to apply for scholarship, so can u please guide me about scholarships in USA n how to apply for them.

    My cgpa is 3.02/4 n m trying my best for high GRe score, tell me what GRE score is acceptable to get scholarship?

  4. Hii….i m an IT graduate student….i wanna knw which course will be better to take in India before headin to USA that can fetch me part tym job while pursuin Masters and also full tym job aftr masters…

    i mean i wanna knw which is in demand in USA.

  5. hi HSb,
    i wrote ma GRE on 29th of sep and got a score of 1170(Q-710,V-460).I am interested in doing ms in electrical engineering.i havent written my toefl yt.When can i take maTOEfl?Also do i have to write GRE again to increase ma score or shall i cocentrate on TOEFL first?I request u to plz guide me regarding this.

  6. hi hsb,my name is yogesh.i am going to complete my in computer science and engineering this year.i secured 84% in s.s.c,91% in intermediate and 63% in realised that i am not good at coding and scared of.i wanna take gre this year and i want suggestions relating to the different streams other than computers or else in computers where coding is less,where i am eligible in ms???please suggest me as early as possible..i am in great dilemma..

  7. Hi HSB,

    im doing 4th year of my at 10th n inter % are 80 n 93 resp.i have a percentage of about 60 around and im planning to write gre after my 4.1.i want to pursue ms abroad n am in computer science now…..
    1.can u plz list me d courses available in ms for computer science????
    2.i love gaming,animation…are der any courses related to them in ms???? much score sud i get in order to get admission in a good university with aid???

    PLZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ do help me regardin this!!!!

  8. hey people…
    am sara..takin gre n th month of july..if anybody takin n june or mail me..lets work togethr..:-) gud luck to all

  9. Hi,? am student of physics this year last,and ? want to do master in America and department of biomedical engineering,but my GPA will be 2.46-2.5,,
    Can ? accepted to any university in America?
    ?f you know this question's answer pls send your answer to my e-mail address,
    best regards

  10. Hi,
    I want to take admission into universities in January 2011, upto what time should I take my GRE exam? Will September 2010 be too late for applying for Universities for January 2011 session.
    I will be greatly thankful to you, please guide me on this.

  11. hii… doing civil engg but am interested in doing masters in environmental side…is it possible ??

    1. Hi Ofcourse it is possible for you to do M.Sc in environmental but the fact u will find it difficult to continue as u are a B.E civil and then moving to M.Sc in environmental both the fields are different i would rather suggest you to take M.Sc in Civil cos being a B.E graduate of the trade CIVIL you would have almost come across all the topics covering your syllabus.Or else in the same flow you can finish M.Sc. But if u r determined to study or work hard as ur ardor for environmental is strong well u can persue ur career as an Master in Environmental


  12. Hi to all
    What is the criteria for scholarship in US Universities?
    How much scholarship (in terms of fees waiver) is given to an applicant having average GRE score?

  13. Hey HSB, please I will like to know if GRE is compulsory in applying for an F1 visa. I am a foreigner from an english speaking country and I have an admission from a US university into MSc Info Sys Mngt. I was not required to provide GRE nor TOEFL by the school. Will the embassy require the test scores in this case?

  14. hi HSB,

    am first year EIE course doesnt ve NBA accreditation..But my college is ranked 3rd in Tamil Nadu..the first batch is yet to to graduate in this course…i dont know whether it would be accredited by the time i finish the degree..even if it doesnt get accredited would it affect my chances of getting into a good US university??

  15. hi.. i have interest in WORK OF Industrial & Management Systems Engineering,
    Science Degree in Industrial and Management Systems Engineering
    Master of Science Degree in Manufacturing Systems Engineering
    Master of Engineering in Engineering Management. I have an excellent academic background in Electronics and communication Engineering. Some of my friends and relatives who stay there for 5 to 8 yrs have asked me not to jump in this field due to lacking of opportunities soon after MS.. I NEED YOUR HELP. I'LL BE VERY GRATEFUL TO YOU.

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