Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Transfer Applicants

Originally published in Hindustan Times Education Supplement

At the age of 17, college students are young and inexperienced, which sometimes leads to uninformed or hasty decision about education after 12th standard. But not to worry – even if you have started college in a subject or at an institution that leaves you uninspired, you may still have options abroad as a transfer student.

Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Global MBA Programs Are Mixing It Up

Applicants to top MBA programs abroad are already scrambling to get their materials organized. This year the process starts earlier and involves a slightly different set of components than in years past. So, what’s changed?

Unique Programs Offered By Colleges

Originally Published in Hindustan Times Education Supplement

If you are planning to study in the US for a bachelor’s degree, putting together a list of colleges is not an easy task. The standard advice is to choose around 8-12 colleges with subsets of “Dream, Target, and Safety”. While this and other conventional wisdom, will lead students and their families to tried and tested colleges, I would like to share some more interesting options. 

The Use Of A Test

Originally Published in The Hindustan Times Education Supplement

In India there are so many different tests, that often we forget to ask about their varying uses by the institutions which evaluate them. Whether it is the CAT, JEE, NEET, CLAT or even ICSE and HSC board exams, these tests are primarily used for entrance or placement. That is, a particular score acts as a cut off – if your score is below a certain number, you cannot be admitted. For the most part, the tests in the US and UK are not used in this way – they are only one data point that is used in relation to several others to determine admissions. The names themselves indicate that the scores are assessing aptitude or achievement at the point when the student takes the test. They are not entrance exams; rather they are used as an indication of a student’s capacity for a particular level of academic work.