Wishing Good Luck to all SAT aspirants

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The entire team at Eduken wishes Good Luck to all the aspirants who are taking their SAT test today. Come out with great scores and proceed with your applications.

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IELTS Fee set for another revision from July 2013

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IELTS Test Fee is revising once again. From 1st July, 2013 onwards the new test fee will be INR 9,300. Those who are planning to take IELTS test after July 01st have to spend INR 400 more. Currently, there are two existing fee structures:

1- INR 8,900 for all test dates till 30th June, 2013

2- INR 9,300 for all test dates from 1st July, 2013 onwards

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Indian students to benefit from new US ‘green card’ policy

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Indian students are most likely to benefit from the newly proposed Immigration reforms. On Monday, a group of US senators unveiled a plan under which the United States promises to grant a green card to those students who complete their postgraduate degree in science, math or engineering from an American university.

A bill based on these proposals shall be introduced to the Senate by March, and if approved then President will put a stamp by the end of the year. It could be highly beneficial for Indian students as US is the most sought after destination for them, and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics are the most popular fields among Indian students.

This idea has already got the support of Silicon Valley and Corporate America as they feel a huge shortage of skilled science and engineering graduates.

If the bill gets approved, it promises to:

1- Award a green card to immigrants who have received a PhD or Master’s degree in science, technology, engineering, or math from an American university.

2- Reduce backlogs in the family and employment visa categories so that future immigrants view the future legal immigration system as the exclusive means for entry into the United States.

The US Senate framework says  “It makes no sense to educate the world’s future innovators and entrepreneurs only to ultimately force them to leave our country at the moment they are most able to contribute to our economy” and acknowledges that “The United States must do a better job of attracting and keeping the world’s best and brightest.”

In my opinion, it is great news for Indian students as US is the most desired destination for Indian Science and Technology students, and US universities quality – in terms of teaching and research is definitely top-notch.

I whole heartedly support the move and look forward to this bill by the end of this year.

I hope that this post will help you in planning your studies better. For more information please feel free to ask me.

To your success,

Vipul Tandon
@VipultheHope

If you are planning to study in USA and need any guidance, please contact our consultants for further advice. At eduken, we always try to keep you updated on education & career related information in simplest terms.

 

Disclaimer: While every caution has been taken to give my readers with most accurate information and honest analysis, please use your discretion before taking any decisions based on the information in this blog. Author will not compensate you in any way whatsoever if you ever happen to suffer a loss/inconvenience/damage because of/while making use of information in this blog.

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Seasons Greetings for a Great 2013

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Today is the end of another exciting year as we are about to say Good-Bye to 2012 in few hours. We are feeling very festive and would like to wish you a Happy New Year! It has been an amazing 2012 and we thank you for being part of our global community. We are sure that you have made a lot of progress in your career with our help and next year we promise to bring even more to you. For more updates follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Wishing you peace, joy and prosperity this New Year.

All the best,

The Eduken Team
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One more week to go for IELTS in Lucknow

Dear Students,

As we are in the midst of the festival season, enjoyed Durga Puja, Dussehra, Eid and eagerly waiting for Diwali celebrations, I would like to remind you that only ONE week is left in your IELTS exam at Lucknow. British Council is conducting this test on November 08th in Lucknow and the venue is Hotel Piccadily. Students will take their Listening, Reading and Writing test on 8th and the Speaking will be held a day earlier or later.

I take this initiative to give you some last-minute tips to boost your test preparation and score a higher band in your test. Here are some quick and most important tips:

  1. When you practice take note of the allotted time. Don’t go even a minute over than the time given.
  2. Don’t leave any question unanswered as there is no negative marking (sometimes an intelligent guess works)
  3. Adopt a question specific approach for Listening and Reading section
  4. In Reading section set timeline – about 20 Questions within first 30 minutes
  5. For Essay Writing – think clearly and plan before you begin writing
  6. Practice Speaking with your Test Buddy or your trainer
  7. Take at least three full length test before November 08th
  8. Take out your Original Passport and don’t forget to carry it with you on the test day. Else, you are not allowed to appear for the test.

If you want to know more about the test tips, I strongly recommend you to read the post English – the IELTS Way by us.

Make sure to use these last-minute tips to your test preparation.

I hope that this information will help you to improve your test scores. If you like this post and want to give feedback, please join us on our Facebook Page. A simple like on this page will encourage us to write more for you.

All my best,

Vipul Tandon

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Planning to study in Canada? Check the new rules.

Beginning this month the Canadian High Commission has introduced a “Guaranteed Investment Certificate (GIC)” concept towards proof of funds towards accommodation in case of students applying for student visa for the Community Colleges under SPP and the Universities.

According to the new changes, the student can now show the funds in two ways:

  1. Guaranteed Investment Certificate (GIC) – Student will have to show evidence of purchase of a special Guaranteed Investment Certificate (GIC) from a participating Canadian financial institution, in the amount of $ 10000 CAD to cover the living expenses for student’s first year in Canada and evidence of payment for first year’s tuition fee.

    2- The alternate Option for proof of funds – A copy of an Education loan sanction letter from Indian Chartered Bank for the amount equal to $ 10000 CAD and a copy of  the payment receipt of the first year’s tuition fee.

What this means?

  • The living cost has been increased to $ 10000 CAD.
  • The students will now have to make payment of complete first year Tuition Fee.
  • Option of showing education loan sanction letter is also available.

Is this something new?
This is new to Canada but a similar process is prevalent for New Zealand which is known as Fund Transfer Scheme (FTS). Under this scheme the student deposits his accommodation and living related expenses with the bank and once applicant obtains the Visa and reaches the country the money gets paid monthly. This is beneficial for those applicants who have genuine funds available to cover their expenses. Applicants who make this deposit will improve their chances of receiving a Study Visa.

How it will work in Canada?
Applicants are now able to deposit $10,000 into a GIC at Scotia Bank for living expenses. The amount will be disbursed as follows:

a.$2,000 upon arrival
b.$2,000 every two months afterwards

The Canadian High Commission will be getting back to all SPP colleges about the mechanisms applicants can use to make a GIC deposit in the coming weeks. This deposit MUST be made in India and not by a relative outside of India including Canada.

At present, Scotiabank is the only participating Canadian financial institution for GIC. In India, they have affiliation with Kotak Mahindra Bank.

I hope that this post will help you in planning your finances better. For more information please feel free to ask me.

To your success,

Vipul Tandon
@VipultheHope

If you are planning for your studies in Canada and need any guidance, please contact our consultants for further advice. At eduken, we always try to keep you updated on education & career related information in simplest terms.

Disclaimer: While every caution has been taken to give my readers with most accurate information and honest analysis, please use your discretion before taking any decisions based on the information in this blog. Author will not compensate you in any way whatsoever if you ever happen to suffer a loss/inconvenience/damage because of/while making use of information in this blog.

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Is GMAT Integrated Reasoning giving you sleepless nights?

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If you are preparing for the New GMAT, then probably Integrated Reasoning section is giving you sleepless nights. Integrated Reasoning is a new section which is recently introduced into the New GMAT. During my last several sessions with prospective GMAT students, I have noticed that they are too much worried about this section (believe me, this is not an exaggeration). The main reason for their worry is due to non-availability of enough practice material on IR section.

In last three months, I interacted with admission directors and recruiters of several top B-schools and asked how they are going to use the IR section scores to evaluate a candidate. The good news is that majority of them are not taking the IR section scores too seriously in evaluating the profile of a candidate. This is something new for them as well, and it will take time for them, to make good use of IR section scores. Therefore, IR section scores are not so important for 2013 applications. B-schools will see your IR scores if you have taken the New GMAT, but will focus on Quantitative, Verbal, AWA and total scores. My suggestion to all prospective GMAT takers is to focus more on other sections of the test and stop worrying about IR section, for now. If you want to know more about New GMAT, read ‘This is the time for New GMAT.”

I hope that this post will help you in releasing some tension out of your GMAT preparation and will give you a reason to cheer.

To your success,

Vipul Tandon
@VipultheHope

If you are planning for your studies abroad and need any guidance, please contact our consultants for further advice. At eduken, we always try to keep you updated on education & career related information in simplest terms.

 

 

Disclaimer: While every caution has been taken to give my readers with most accurate information and honest analysis, please use your discretion before taking any decisions based on the information in this blog. Author will not compensate you in any way whatsoever if you ever happen to suffer a loss/inconvenience/damage because of/while making use of information in this blog.

 

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