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Thread: Fall 2013 | MS| ECE [Embedded] | G.R.E 302| TOEFL 80|BTECH - VTU(KARNATAKA)

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    Fall 2013 | MS| ECE [Embedded] | G.R.E 302| TOEFL 80|BTECH - VTU(KARNATAKA)

    Hello there I am trying for MS in Embedded Systems

    Following are the academics and the university list I have compiled

    Please let me know the chances about getting into these Universities & please classify them as ambi/mod/safe.

    10th : 68%
    12th : 58%
    BTech(CS): 58% (VTU)
    TOEFL: 80
    GRE : 302(V - 144, Q - 158)
    AWA: not yet received
    Experience : 4yrs (Embedded systems)

    Do you suggest for a retake of GRE/TOEFL ??

    the list of universities:

    University of Texas-Dallas
    University of Texas-Arlington
    Case Western Reserve University
    Rutgers-The State University of New Jersey
    Drexel University
    New Jersey Institute of Tecnology
    University of Houston
    SUNY Binghamton
    San Jose State University
    NYU Polytechnic
    Syracuse University
    University Of Cincinnati
    CSU Fresno
    CSU Los Angeles
    University of Pittsburgh
    IIT Chicago
    Stevens Institute of Technology
    Rochester Institute of Technology
    SUNY Buffalo
    Last edited by linux; 11-04-2012 at 11:42 AM.

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    MS in US Senior
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    Well! Even I'm from VTU. Your academics are really low dont think I'm discouraging you. You can show that you are capable for graduate studies through your GRE , presentations or publications. you have decent GRE, beter retake TOEFL. If you want to make your profile looks very good then do some publications and I would advice you to retake GRE also and try to get around 315 or 320 that will really make you profile look lot richer than what it is now. Here is my honest assesment of univ's for your profile.

    UTD- Ambitious
    SUNY Buffalo- Ambitious
    IIT Chicago- Moderate
    NYU Poly- moderate
    Syracuse - Ambitious
    Texas Arlington - moderate
    San jose- safe
    univ of cincinatti - ambitious
    stevens - safe
    NJIT - moderate

    Good luck!!!

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    University of Texas-Dallas - mod/amb
    University of Texas-Arlington - mod/safe
    Case Western Reserve University - mod
    Rutgers-The State University of New Jersey amb
    TAMU - really?
    Drexel University - amb
    New Jersey Institute of Tecnology - amb/mod
    University of Houston - amb
    SUNY Binghamton - mod
    San Jose State University - needs min 312 in GRE
    NYU Polytechnic - amb
    Syracuse University - amb
    University Of Cincinnati - amb
    CSU Fresno - mod
    CSU Los Angeles - amb
    University of Pittsburgh - amb
    IIT Chicago amb/mod
    Stevens Institute of Technology - mod
    Rochester Institute of Technology - amb
    SUNY Buffalo - amb

    In your case the academic bg is too poor, right from 10th to your undergrads, so even if you score 10-15 more after retaking GRE, it will hardly matter. Do you know most of the colleges have rigid undergrad GPA requirement?
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    MS in US Fresher
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    Thanks arunvl for your feedback,I guess a big blow is my acads still want to try and sorry I forgot to mention the work ex,I don't know how much it would help on my profile

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    Hi pHacidic thanks for your reply,so you mean to say that even a retake of GRE won't help?,I am sorry I forgot to mention my work ex ,so please reevaluate my profile ...thanks

  6. #6
    MS in US Senior
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    Apr 2012
    Experience would really help specifically if you hv a related experience it would add value to your profile. share your work experience.

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    Well getting to your first question,

    lets take an example of a college that demands foll.

    1.GRE - compulsory - no min. score requirement
    2. GPA - min. 3.2/4.0
    3. TOEFL - min 80 in iBT

    Now, i am not sure what is your GPA, but your TOEFL is on the boundary line, which is safe.
    The funda here is that even if you score 340/340 in GRE, its useless if your GPA turns out to be 2.5

    There are colleges that specify in their website that there are no strict requirements, then you may apply assuming that other factors might compensate for your acads, but trust me most of the reputed colleges are a little bit stringent when it comes to min GPA requirements.

    No hard feelings i am just trying to explain you the scenario, so apply only to colleges where there is no such strict requirement.

    As far as your second question is concerned having a 10 year exp in Healthcare sector hardly supports a graduate application for Wireless communication. So i can't comment until i know your proper work experience.

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    MS in US Fresher
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    Feb 2012
    Hello Arunvl & pHacidic the work ex comprises of : Working with the design team for the hardware/software development,wrote drivers for various Microcontrollers(8,16,32 bit),Linux kernel programming,worked on a RTOS project,experience in I2C,SPI,RS232/422,Developed frontend in VC++ and VB.

    ..and the work ex that I have is about Embedded systems.I have 1yr non-IT workex but that I am not considering as part of my resume and hence I am taking into account that is applicable for MS.

    Also I would like to clarify the GPA part,this isn't followed in my University - VTU,but I am unsure about the conversion logic and hence how this would be taken since different schools have different ways of implementing the GPA.In my case if I take the most general formula for GPA then it would be (58*4)/100 = 2.32/4.00.Is this how the universities would calculate or any other method

    I referred Grade (education) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia and on a scale of 10 mine would be 6-5.1(C+)- good.If this is mapped to 4.0 scaled definitely it would be as per the above formula.

    So a GPA of 2.32/4.00 is of no good I do understand but any other means to overcome this ?? Are there any colleges in the list which are good and yet may not be that stringent on the matter of GPA?....Thanks for your feedback

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    MS in US Senior
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    Apr 2012
    You told some non-IT work experience you are not going to consider in resume. Whether it is related to the course you are applying or not, work exp ll always be helpful for your graduate studies in sm or the other way pls do mention it in resume or in SOP or in both.
    Lets cm to point about retaking GRE I would honsetly advice you to do that. Take your time and score well this will really help. This time there is an option in GRE that you can report any test score you would like so that univ's will nt cm 2 knw hw mny attempts you hv taken. There are many good univ's which considers GRE more than academics.
    My conclusion is forget about your GPA you cant do anything about ur GPA now, the oly thing you can do is making your profile look richer with your good GRE, resume, SOP (include wrk experience) etc..
    Good luck dude!!!

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    Hello Rahul Pedd I am sorry I can't rate the colleges you have listed as mod,ambi,safe ..I am just a newbie like you too,Please ask arunvl,pHacidic or any other experienced moderators.Infact you should start a new thread and post the same question in the thread.Please make a new post and ask the same question ..and yes you really have a good profile but somehow you missed on the GRE part its ok but don't be disheartened I am sure based on your acads and other things you will get a good college..good luck

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