Graduate – Tests (TOEFL or IELTS)
Completing your TOEFL or IELTS – Fall 2024
It’s time to hit the books and study for the Test of English as Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) so you can set the right path for your future. Now is the time to be organized in your approach and ensure you schedule and take your TOEFL or IELTS and submit your scores in a timely fashion.
Note: If your first language is English, you may request to waive the TOEFL or the IELTS. Check with each university you’re targeting about its requirements for a waiver.
Prepare and study, schedule, and take your test and don’t forget to submit your scores to your chosen universities!
Plan of Action
Start: April 01, 2023 | Complete: May 15, 2023
To set up your journey for success, follow the plan of action below. Do your best to follow the calendar dates indicated for maximum effectiveness.
April 1st to April 15th
Schedule your test.
Everyone has a different level of comfort when it comes to scheduling tests. It comes down to your readiness level and how well you’ve outlined your plan to study and prepare.
As you look at your calendar, your goal is to give yourself enough time to prepare for your test yet schedule a date to take your test as soon as you feel ready.
May 1st to May 15th
Take your exam.
You’ve prepared yourself well and studied to the best of your ability. Take a breath and relax – you’ve got this! Get a good night’s sleep and eat a good meal the day of the test.
Your goal is to reduce your anxiety and stress on this day and rely on your preparation and abilities to attain a good score.
May 1st to May 15th
Submit your scores.
Make sure you follow the directions for getting your scores electronically submitted.
Your goal is to ensure your scores are submitted in a timely way to the universities you’ve chosen.
You’ve worked hard to study and prepare, and your tests are done. But there is no rest for the weary. Now you will need to apply attention and focus to your college applications.
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Step 1: Choose MajorChoose MajorYour first important step on your journey is to choose a major. You will look at different available resources, and once you have a grasp of what you want, you can narrow it all down – no problem!
Step 2: Choose UniversitiesChoose UniversitiesYou need to figure out suitable matches when choosing universities. Most importantly, does a university have a good reputation for the master’s program you’ve chosen already?
Step 3: GRE/GMATIt’s time to hit the books and study for either the GRE or the GMAT. A good score will give you the advantage of setting the right path for your future.
Step 4: TOEFL/IELTSIt’s time to hit the books and study for either the TOEFL or the IELTS. A good score will give you the advantage of setting the right path for your future.
Step 5: University ApplicationsYou need to follow the recommended steps to prepare your university applications. Be thorough and detailed with your documentation. Get organized and ready to apply to your chosen universities!
Step 6: Statement of PurposeNow it’s time to create your statement of purpose. It’s always good to review this with an expert to get help. Create a draft, have it reviewed, make your revisions, then finalize and print it out!
Step 7: Letter of RecommendationYou need to think about your professors, mentors, and employers who will write you a sparkling letter of recommendation! Identify three candidates to write your recommendations.
Step 8: TranscriptsThe universities you apply to will need your transcripts. You need to request and send them to the universities. Request and follow-up to ensure the universities receive your transcripts.
Step 9: Submit Test ScoresIt’s time to submit your test scores to the universities you’ve selected! Identify schools and their school codes and requirements, then submit your scores.
Step 10: Show SolvencyIn this step, you need to prove solvency. You will demonstrate your assets and liquidity to justify you have the means to pay for your living costs.
Step 11: Submit University ApplicationsYou’re finally ready to pay the application fees and submit your university applications. You’ve put together documents needed to support your applications. It’s time to submit your applications.
Step 12: Immunization PlanYou will need to know the right immunizations you need. Having an immunization plan will help you get vaccinations in your home country and save you hundreds of dollars.
Step 13: Visa Application OverviewFour types of visas apply to students, but typically the F-1 Visa type of visa applies to students who want to study as a full-time student at an accredited college or University.
Step 14: Financial DocumentationIn this step, you will need to ensure that you have all your financial documentation ready to go. Gather mandatory and optional financial documentation.
Step 15: Schedule Visa AppointmentA lot of people get nervous about their upcoming Visa interview. That’s understandable. But the first step is to schedule your visa appointment.
Step 16: Prepare for Visa InterviewAs you prepare for your interview, use as many resources as you can to feel confident and be yourself in the actual interview.
Step 17: Visa InterviewGet a good night’s sleep. Many professional athletes approach a big championship game as if it were just another game. You should take the same approach for your visa interview.
Step 18: Air TicketLook at several options before finalizing your travel plans. Airfare pricing is constantly changing, so give yourself time and have a few dates in mind for travel.
Step 19: ShoppingNext up is one of our favorite steps – Shopping. After all, who doesn’t like shopping? When you move to a different part of the world, you’ll need a few things to make your new lifestyle comfortable.
Step 20: Health & ImmunizationEnsure that you are up to date with any changes to the immunizations required and that you have your records ready to go. You are going to need health insurance as well.
Step 21: International Student ResourcesThere are lots of international student resources available to international students. Know what they are and where to find them to help you with your journey. Research your questions!
Step 22: Housing ResearchAs part of your housing research, you will need to find out if you’re required to have on-campus housing or if you are allowed to live off-campus. Know the housing rules of your university!
Step 23: US DollarsIt’s time to exchange your local currency for US Dollars. Your goal is to have enough money in US Dollars to pay for travel, college fees, and other expenses.
Step 24: Departure PreparationGetting ready for your trip is fun and exciting. Take a minute to make sure you have everything you need! Pack essential items to bring on your trip before your departure.
Step 25: HousingFinalizing housing means it is time to sign your contract and get moved in! You will need to find time to get your utility set up and go shopping. Sign contract, move in, and set up!
Step 26: Campus VisitIt’s time to get yourself oriented to the campus. As part of your campus visit, visit the student union and buildings where your classes are located and research job opportunities on campus.
Step 27: Plan SemesterTime to get ready for an awesome semester! You need to complete enrollment for your classes and attend orientations. Research and enroll in classes and go to orientation!
April 1st to May 1st
Prepare and Study.
The results will be commensurate with the effort. Use your time wisely to prepare and study for your test. With all your activities it will be hard to find the time, but you can do it! Look for opportunities to study in quiet places like a library or places where you can “get in the zone” and really focus.
Your goal is to prepare yourself to the best of your ability for your test.