Monthly Archives: September 2017

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Application processing times

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In the past few days, many of our students were asking us about the availability of time to apply for a particular semester in any of the countries that we work with. To give you clarity so you could plan your application process, we give below general guidelines for application timelines, country-wise.

USA – Deadlines for most universities are over for Spring 2018 intake. If you wish to apply for Fall 2018 that starts in August/Sept., please apply before end November if you want to be considered for Financial aid. However, if you are not keen on aid, do apply at the earliest, but no later than end February for proper consideration of your applications.

Canada – You can apply only for Fall 2018 intake now since the deadlines for Spring are over long back. Apply before end December, since the processing time is longer for Canadian universities and the visa process takes quite some time!

Remember that while GRE is not mandatory for most Canadian universities, good and top-tier universities always prefer applicants who have good GRE score. And, for some typical programs, GRE score may be required by most universities. Please check with us before you plan to apply for Canada. We have wonderful packages to help you with the total Canadian process.

Australia and New Zealand – In Australian universities, you could apply for February 2018 now, as applications are closed for November intake.  Visa processing time is slightly longer nowadays. Please apply as soon as possible, without delaying further.

Germany – The whole process takes longer and the admission requirements are quite cumbersome. You would need an A1/A2 (min.) German language certification, completion of degree by the time of applying and a few other requirements. Importantly, getting a visa slot and the actual visa will take about 3 months minimum time.  So, if you wish to apply for next Winter intake, starting in September/October 2018, this is the right time. Don’t delay any further. We will be glad to assist you with shortlisting of right German universities, editing of documents, application processing and visa guidance – in other words, every step of the way.

For more details about our services and attractive packages for the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Germany, please visit one of our branches nearest to you. Our team members will be glad to assist you with your plans of studying abroad.

Wish you all a very Happy and joyful Vijaya Dasami (Dasara)

With best wishes,

Team Manhattan

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Why pursue higher education in NewZealand: top 10 reasons?

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Why pursue higher education in NewZealand: top 10 reasons?

In recent years New Zealand has grown enormously as a big destination for higher education. There are vast opportunities for studying and research. The entry requirements for a student is easy and simple. The learning experience is quality education. The cost is affordable.There are plenty of Indians settled in New Zealand.

Top universities in New Zealand

S. No. Name of the University 2017 – World Rank
1. The University of Auckland 81
2. University of Otago 169
3. University of Canterbury 214
4. Victoria University of Wellington 228
5. University of Waikato 324
6. Massy University 340
7. Lincoln University 343
8. Auckland University of Technology 441 – 450

 

The college campus and universities are brimming with life.The higher education degrees that you obtain in New Zealand are acceptable all over the world. The support and the services offered in the schools and colleges are among the best in the world.

Top 10 reasons:

  1. Friendly People

The people of New Zealand are friendly and peace loving by nature. They are welcome to student’s coming from other nations for higher education. They feel the sense of pride in their education system. This allows education to thrive in a tourist’s paradise.

  1. Stable Economy

New Zealand, is a small country with a stable economy. The cost of living here is affordable. This makes it most preferred destination for higher education. The government is stable, so the education policies don’t keep changing.

  1. Climate

In NewZealand, the weather is mild. The mercury hovers around 25 degrees C during summer. In winter it is 10 degrees C. The pollution level is absolutely zero.

  1. Low Tuition Fee

The cost of studying is reasonably low priced. Graduation costs in New Zealand dollars – NZ$ 18,000 to NZ$ 25,000. Post Graduation fees are NZ$ 25,000 to NZ$ 30,000 in a year. For the student’s who choose to study in New Zealand, higher education in MBA or Engineering is much less than in US, UK, Canada and Australia.

  1. Popular Graduation Courses

The most sought after courses are Master’s in Business Administration (MBA), Engineering, Agriculture Science, Tourism, Accounting and more.  Admission to MBA program tops the entry into the schools and colleges.

  1. VISA Rules

The entry rules for the students is very less documentation. An average score in GRE, GMAT, SAT and IELTS will get admission in the schools and colleges.

  1. Adventure Sports

There are several extra-curricular activities to pursue, including bungy jumping, skydiving, sea surfing, trekking, deep sea diving and more. It is an awesome country with scenic beaches.

Ecological Surroundings

The ecological balance and countryside are beautiful. Being small in size like Japan, Great Britain it is easy to reach or cycle down to your neighborhood. It is the most peaceful country in the world after Denmark.

  1. Working while Studying

You can work up to 20 hours a week. In vacation time 40 hours. The study office for international student’s in the universities helps in finding a job. You have issued a special work permit for 1 year after completion of your graduation. In this way, you can support your educational expenses.

  1. Permanent Residency (PR)

PR is granted to those student’s who work in jobs that are related to their graduation certificates. This is the most beneficial part of the student’s program or higher education in New Zealand.

 

 

 

 


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TOP 10 TIPS TO CRACK THE GMAT Reading Comprehension

TOP 10 TIPS TO CRACK THE GMAT Reading Comprehension

  1. Passage Reading

At first, read the passage minutely. Keep your focus on every word and every sentence. Break it into small paragraphs. Summarize it with quick thinking. Try to put in some examples. Make comparisons with critical reasoning. Apply the strategies such as, how to put it back together. Don’t s spend more than two minutes to read the passage.

  1. Form a Single Idea

Let a single idea come into your mind as to what the passage is really about. This will make the process quick in choosing the right answer for each question. Get mind tuned by reading a large number of English passages. This will help to get used to picking out the correct answer quickly. Don’t read the passage several times. It will confuse your thinking.

  1. Follow the Tone of the Passage

Get a feel of the passage by understanding the tone of the writer. This is possible by having a strong vocabulary. Build a base on which the story stands. Look for common meanings that connect with the next sentence. Make out a plan on how to pick the right answer. Crack the verbal code (written communication). It is simple as picking the subject and object of reference in the sentences.

  1. GMAT Structured Passages

Structure passage is contained in GMAT Reading Comprehension. The layout and tone of the sentences is a broad collection of brilliant ideas put together in a single passage. You need to view the text and tone with a broad mindset. Understand what you are reading. It is only then you can start answering the questions correctly. Strong vocabulary skills help a lot.

  1. Vocabulary Collection

Garner a lot of vocabulary in your memory. Around three thousand words is a big collection. Memorize them thoroughly. A sound thinking mind will complete the job. All you need to do is make the word collection a serious business. Get to know their correct meanings. Apply them in the sentence and from the meaning of the passage.

  1. Interesting Words

Look for words that create interest so as to add meaning to the sentence in the passage. This could include a phrase or a sentence as well. Poor vocabulary skills end up in wrong answers. When you don’t know what you are reading, how can you answer the question?

  1. Avoid Common Traps

Avoid too much time in answering a question. It creates no confidence rhythm. Not more than one or two minutes should be spent on each question. If not come back later or in the end to find the answer.

  1. Trigger Words

But, however, moreover, still, regardless, although, nevertheless are trigger words that take forward sentence meaning. They give the boost to the sentence meaning. They maintain the flow of the passage.Thereafter, it very easy to improve upon Reading Comprehension in GMAT.

  1. Examples

Examples play a big role in the passage. They make the meaning of the passage appear better. Question yourself why the author placed an example here. Next, you will understand how easy it is choosing the right answer. By this, you will know where the passage is heading to.

  1. First Sentence and Last Sentence

In GMAT Comprehension Reading the answer’s in the questions lie in the first and last sentence. There is no need to read the complete passage.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Want to study in Australia? – Here is some important information!

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Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP), Australia has issued a strong warning and guidelines to students and agents who are promoting overseas education in Australia. DIBP is concerned mainly with the increase of fraudulent loan letters and other financial documents when students apply for the visa.

It has become the responsibility of agents sending students to Australia, to provide a genuine summary of student’s access to funds – amount of funds available, the bank/source where are funds are available and the source of funds. Now, this has become a mandatory requirement of Australian High Commission (AHC) when they process student visas.

Where evidence of funds is required, the applicant has to provide one of the following:

1) Evidence of funds for 12 months – evidence of funds to cover travel to Australia, 12 months’ living costs for themselves and accompanying family members, tuition fees and schooling costs for school aged children.

The following types of funds are acceptable evidence of financial capacity:

  1. a) money deposit with a financial institution;
  2. b) loan with a financial institution;
  3. c) government loans;
  4. d) scholarship or financial support.

2) Evidence of annual income – the student can provide evidence of personal income of their parents or spouse / de facto partner of at least AUD$60,000. The parents or spouse / de facto partner cannot be traveling with the student to Australia. The evidence must be in the form of official government documentation, such as a tax assessment.

3) Evidence of genuine access to funds. This will be determined by the source, type of funds and the financial institution providing such evidence.

It is very important to note that the financial institution is an approved one by Reserve Bank of India.

In case if the AHC suspects that a particular document was issued fraudulently, this information will be reported to RBI. Unless the matter is investigated and cleared, a visa will not be issued.

At Manhattan Review, we advise all our students to submit only genuine documents so the admission and visa process is completed successfully.

And, we make sure that you reach Australia without any complications!

Wish you all the best,

Team Manhattan

If you have any questions or comments, please submit them in the comment section.

 


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IELTS General vs IELTS Academics

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The purpose behind taking the IELTS TEST is migration or higher education to US, UK, CANADA, AUSTRALIA and other international countries. IELTS provides the test taker, options for studying, employment or immigration purposes. The examination best suited for your immediate need is discussed below.

Before we discuss IELTS, it is better to know WHAT IELTS Test is all about? Who takes International English Language Test System (IELTS) examination. IELTS test is taken by student’s wanting to go to do MS in the US. The popularity is of IELTS examination is so high; it has been taken by more than 2.9 million people last year. Furthermore, it is taken by the individuals who are seeking employment abroad.

Therefore, IELTS is divided into two categories: IELTS General and IELTS Academics. IELTS General is for PR (those who are planning to migrate to Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the UK ). IELTS Academic is for the student’s or individuals who are wanting to fly to study in higher education ( graduate or post graduate level ) in overseas colleges or universities. Both IELTS General and Academics test the English language skills in listening, writing, speaking and reading as well. The grades awarded for both are the same.

In IELTS General and IELTS Academics test, both listening and speaking are same, whereas writing and reading are different from each other.

IELTS General IELTS Academics
Speaking: face to face interview with United discussion on a familiar topic. Duration: 11-14 minutes. Speaking: face to face interview with United discussion on a familiar topic. Duration: 11-14 minutes.
Listening: 4 sections, each with 10 questions. Question 1&2 are on daily social topics. Question 3&4 are on topics related to training and education. Duration: 30 minutes. Listening: 4 sections, each with 10 questions. Question 1&2 are on daily social topics. Question 3&4 are on topics related to training and education. Duration: 30 minutes.
Reading: 5-6 texts that are chosen from advertisements, notices, company handbooks, books and newspapers, official documents. Duration: 60 minutes. Reading: 3 long texts that are taken from newspapers and magazines, journals, books, which are selected for a non-specialist audience. Duration: 60 minutes.
Writing: Write a short essay in (250 words) and (150 words) letter. Semi-formal style. Duration: 60 minutes. Writing: Write a short essay (250 words), in (150 words) give a description of a chart, table or a diagram. Duration: 60 minutes.

In Listening section the recordings are different. The General test has scripts for example from TV shows, which are fast to catch up. In Academics test Reading the paragraphs is difficult. However, it all depends from student to student. For some listening could be easy and reading difficult or vice-versa. The main focus is the skill of communication an individual can interpret s per the standard required by the IELTS General and IELTS Academics examination administrative body.

IELTS General Test is much easier than IELTS Academics Test. However, you take the IELTS test according to your requirements. You only need to keep in mind a big score to go overseas for higher education, employment or immigration (permanent residency).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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10 Strategies to follow to get a big score: 320 Plus in GRE

 

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  1. Study Time

Allocate proper (regular) “study time”. Night, Day or Noon is your choice. It should be between 3 – 6 hours, which depends on your broad planning. This is generally based on how long you can take each study session. Eat healthy food, sleep well and enjoy your study time.

  1. Short Breaks

Take short breaks to make your GRE test preparation in a best possible way. However, it is a matter of choice. But, it is useful and gives the brain time to rewind. This is turn helps to absorb more intelligent data (or answers).

  1. Learn Words

Spend a good amount of time in learning words. Make sure that you make a word list of more than 2000. A vocabulary knowledge of 1000 frequently used words is a must. Flash cards are a good way of remembering a good number of words. They remain fresh in your memory.

  1. Prioritize

A diagnostic test in the beginning of your preparation for GRE examination will help you to assess your weaknesses. Check where you went wrong. If you score 304, it means you need to put in an extra hour of study for scoring 320 plus.

  1. Identify Your Flaws And Strengths

Make a quick find of your flaws and strengths. If you are comfortable with passages then shift your focus on sentence completion. This ability to switch gears will give the confidence to score 320 plus. Don’t spend time at all on second answering option.

  1. Plan Solutions

Solutions in Quant and Verbal sections must be done within the time frame given in each section of the GRE test. Pick out the wrong options as soon as possible. The correct answer choice with the application of critical reasoning will increase your score level.

  1. GRE Pattern

To get familiar with GRE test pattern make good use of Practice Drills and Mock Tests. They give the right direction to score 320 plus in an easy and relaxed manner. When you look for new solutions you end up on the wrong side.

  1. Difficult Questions

Don’t waste time on difficult questions thinking over the content of the sentence and the tone of the test-maker (ETS). Keep them for answers at the end of each section after providing solutions for easy questions first. Move forward to the next easy question.

  1. Elimination Process

Make good use of elimination process. It is the best strategy to follow in getting the answering right. Narrow your choice to two answers and pick out the correct one. But, plan your time so as to manage time accordingly. When you are well prepared for the GRE test, the first answer choice is correct.

  1. Manage Stress

Stress management is the key to a big GRE score of 320 plus. In Reading Comprehension look for the answer in the paragraphs. Don’t look at the questions. Outline what you want to write first before you start writing.