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  1. Dear Dragan, Thank you for your questions. First of all, applying for a third masters that will be in "Music Business" makes sense because it is for all practical purposes a professional degree program. Of course part of admission is making a good case for yourself - is this a career transition for you from music to the business end of music? Or perhaps you have worked in business and now wish to specialize in this particular area. As far as age goes, you should not be worried. According to this linked Council of Graduate Schools Research Report something like 33% of graduate students in the US are over 35 years of age - and of those 22% are over 40 so you can even find a mentor ;-) One of the big pluses of the US higher education system is that it does allow a person to reinvent him or herself at different points in life.
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    Welcome note

    Dear Visitors, We are thrilled that our forum is back up and running after quite a battle. Everything is here from the archives so that we did not lose our institutional memory. However, I want to take this time to state there is one really big change. As many of you may know IAC stands for International Academic Center. Our team has built up very strong expertise in the area of U.S. Higher Education. At the same time, we are also active with international education in general - attending conferences and making presentations. So this forum is going to take a much more international focus for students no matter where they want to study - Serbia or abroad, full degree or certificate program, online, or other opportunities. In keeping with the culture of U.S. higher, we want to present students with an IAC forum that is based on being inclusive and all about education!
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    Film Scoring

    Our EducationUSA colleague, Jeanette Law, at the U.S.- Italy Fulbright Commission in Northern Italy - contributed this information about film scoring programs: Here are a few thoughts for two additional, highly touted, film-scoring programs: --USC's Thornton School of Music offers a graduate certificate in film scoring, which allows participation in their fantastic School of Cinematic Arts programs. http://www.usc.edu/schools/music/programs/smptv/ --UCLA also offers a film scoring certificate through their Extension program: https://www.uclaextension.edu/r/ProgramDetails.aspx?reg=CF513 It's a bit of a heady discussion, but prospective film scoring students may get some insight into the different programs by tuning in to this video discussion by 3 film scoring professionals held--of all places--at MIT (!!) through their Communications Forum. Speakers include the Chair of Visual Media and Professor of Music at UCLA and the Chair of the Film Scoring Department, Berklee School of Music. http://mitworld.mit.edu/video/663 Thanks Jeanette!
  4. Rodic, Thanks so much for this information - it is of great importance and lots of students are so exhausted after the admission process, that they do not realize there is more. One thing I would like to add on this would be about STEM programs. STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. Undergraduate students that major in these areas are able to extend OPT up to 18 months.
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    GRE Physics

    The key is to successfully present yourself to graduate admissions committees. This is really what our advising services are all about. We help students understand the process and at the same time guide them through the self-reflection necessary to write a powerful and effective personal statement. Keep an eye on our calendar in the coming days, we will start to set up the schedule for the next academic year and you will see some pretty interesting activities that could help you through the process.
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    GRE Physics

    Just keep in mind that test scores are only one aspect of the application. In admission offices at both undergraduate and graduate level, the general philosophy is that good scores will not get you in, but bad scores can certainly keep you out. The school will look at your overall application. One guideline for interpreting your test scores and their relevance in your application packet is to look at your percentile. This compares your test performance with other test takers. Naturally, the consideration of your score at each institution is going to be impacted by the scores of the other applicants. What if 1000 students apply to the department and nearly 60% of them have higher scores than you, will that shut you out? Not necessarily, if the other elements of your application are strong and you are a good fit for that department. Graduate school admission, particularly accompanied by funding, is a competitive process. It not an entirely quantitative process. Schools tend to focus a great deal of attention on personal statements and letters of recommendation. The general rule of thumb concerning admissions is "the process is more art than science".
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    Good News For Imgs

    2009 MATCH PERFORMANCE -- NUMBER OF INTERNATIONAL MEDICAL GRADUATES "IMGS" MATCHING INCREASES For the seventh consecutive year, the number of first-year residency positions offered through the Match increased. A total of 22,427 first-year positions were offered in the 2009 Match, held last month. This represents an increase of 187 positions compared to last year and an increase of 1,825 positions since 2002. The number of IMGs, including Fifth Pathway participants, who matched to first-year positions increased by 98 compared to 2008. Of the 10,980 IMGs who participated in the 2009 Match, 4,796 (43.7%) matched. In the 2008 Match, 4,698 (45.2%) IMGs were matched to first-year positions. There was an increase in the number of matches for U.S. citizen IMGs, IMGs who are citizens of other countries, and Fifth Pathway participants. Of the 7,484 IMG participants who were not U.S. citizens, 3,112 (41.6%) obtained first-year positions. The number of non-U.S. citizen IMGs who obtained positions in 2009 increased by 4 compared to last year. Of the 3,390 U.S. citizen IMG participants, 1,619 (47.8%) were matched to first-year positions, an increase of 78 over last year. This is the sixth consecutive year that there has been an increase in the number of U.S. citizen IMGs matching to first-year positions. Of the 106 Fifth Pathway participants in the Match, 65 (61.3%) were matched to first-year positions, an increase of 16 over last year. This is the third consecutive year that there has been an increase in the number of Fifth Pathway participants matching to first-year positions. It is important to note that the total number of IMGs, including Fifth Pathway participants, who will fill PGY-1 positions for the 2009-2010 academic year will be higher than the number obtaining positions through the 2009 Match. Although the majority of PGY-1 positions in the United States are filled through the Match, a significant number of IMG applicants obtain positions outside of the Match. For example, while 4,563 IMGs obtained PGY-1 positions through the 2007 Match, 7,225 IMGs entered PGY-1 for the 2007-2008 academic year. The 7,225 IMGs entering PGY-1 for the 2007-2008 academic year is an increase of 306 over the prior year and an increase of 1,152 since the 2002-2003 academic year.. ABOUT THE MATCH The annual NRMP Match is the system by which applicants are matched with available residency positions in U.S. programs of graduate medical education (GME). Participants submit to the NRMP a list of residency programs, in order of preference. Ranked lists of preferred residency candidates are likewise submitted by U.S. GME programs with available positions. The matching of applicants to available positions is performed by computer algorithm. The Match results announced in March of each year are typically for GME programs beginning the following July. Copyright © 2009 by the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG®).
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    Gmat VS Official Guide 11th Ed

    No there have been more than 2 IAC that have scored above 700. On the other hand, not all students that prepare for GMAT actually take the GMAT. There was a time period, early on, where several of the students had career advancements and decided to opt out of an MBA. However, the largest number of students tend to score between 660 and 680. I will say that most students are satisfied with their scores, not all of them needed 700s for their plans. When I speak of scores, I speak only of the students that we worked with and who shared their GMAT results with us. My role at IAC is that of executive director and yes, I also handle the GMAT test preparation and graduate advising activities. In terms of work experience, it varies with programs. It is important that prospective MBAs thoroughly research programs and fit several good fits. Of course everyone wants to be in one of the top 10 programs, but not everyone is going to be a good match for those programs. In the US, it is also very important to look at other programs, particularly to focus on schools that have close relationships with companies that work in areas that are attractive to you. Often there are agreements in place between the MBA program and the company. This can mean excellent internships, something that could make your CV sterling, and perhaps an offer of employment. As an international student, you also want a program that can bring in companies that will recruit internationals. The main issue that everyone is looking at right now concerns the loan system in place and the economy. Usually during an economic downturn, experts advise people to get more education. This will definitely change the face of the competition for admission. On the other hand, from what I have read in terms of economic news and analysis about the current economic situation, I believe that MBA programs are going to undergo some pretty far-reaching changes. The dynamics of recruiting may very well change a great deal. In terms of work experience, it is all about the program match. If the program is taking a direction where students have 5 years of work experience, those who enroll in the program will expect to be working in a team with highly experienced managers. On the other hand, my guess is that there were also lots of agreements in place with companies that actually paid for their promising prot?g?s to acquire an MBA - my guess is that many of these arrangements are going to be off the table and that schools will spread their nets in terms of recruiting. Last year US colleges and universities spent 47 million USD in research, which spells out a great many teaching and research assistantships. Thus far, it appears that if we see a decrease in research spending, it will be a decrease of less than 10%. My hope is that we will see a great deal of recruiting that is geared toward creativity and entrepreneurial talent. The SC should be the easiest for non-native speakers to master. It is also rather dull to learn and takes a great deal of patience and self discipline. Also GMAT students need to read academic material that is outside the field of business - daily. It is just training for basketball or some other sport, daily work and discipline.
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    Gmat VS Official Guide 11th Ed

    I see there is a good discussion going and the best part is that the information flying around here is pretty much correct. Getting realistic GMAT questions is indeed a struggle. The reason that some of the Kaplan questions seem to work is because they buy old and retired GMAT questions. However, obviously they do not buy enough of those or there are not enough for sale, because Kaplan simply does not make authentic questions, although it is impossible to get that through the heads of most GMAT students Another very important point that we try to work on very hard is the sentence correction. Once students get the key points down and know pretty much what to look for and how to recognize the testing points, the questions should be answered very quickly. This can free us some time to spend on the reading. After extensive experiments with teaching the points, I believe the absolute best way is to set up a large number of questions on the big screen with the various choices highlighted for students. Often looking at the answer choices to see exactly what you have to choose between can certainly speed you along. The math problem seems to be primarily one of fatigue. Generally if you are doing well, you are going to keep getting slammed with challenging problems and you are going to get tired. This discussion has given me an idea, which is to get our math talents that we work with together to sit down and create a very large pool of new GMAT problems that follow the same patterns as the most difficult ones. Currently we are putting as much of our test prep material as we can online for our students to practice. Facing as many questions on line and getting to use to working from the screen also gives a person the edge. As far as the PBT versus the Computer exam, I think there are a few factors involved. First, with the paper-based test, you can skip around and do the easy stuff first. Also the test was given in exact order. There was one section for sentence correction, another for reading, and so on. The way the questions are set up on the computer version requires a person to shift gears mentally to solve different types of problems. Soon we will actually have Princeton Review GMAT guides available for students. Based on many years of test preparation experience, I like the Princeton Review guides for one main reason - the strategy practice is quite good. On the downside, there is just not enough practice in the guides and as always, the OGs are absolutely the most realistic questions you can get. This discussion cheers me a great deal because so many test takers keep saying the test is not the same as the OGs. I have known for quite some time that this was not really correct, but you know how it goes...
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    Dear Duka, Coming from a BA program, these scores are not promising. One thing that can help you get a feel for the situation is to look at the percentile rating. This compares you to the other test takers. I know that the exam is really challenging, but from your background you really need to be very high on the verbal and the quantitative needs to be higher as well. Once again, and particularly with your background, you could greatly benefit from a prep class, please do not let dismal GRE scores crush you. This is an obstacle, but you must overcome it. Elz
  11. You need to submit the number of letters that each school requests in the application instructions. In general, the requests are 2 to 3 letters of recommendation. At the same time you might want to check on the format that each of the school requests. Most schools use the common application. It sounds to me as if you need to go to each of the school's websites and see what the requirements are of each school. Reading those application instructions for each school is critical. It is the first step to taking charge of the admissions process. I also assume that you will be attending the event we are hosting on Tuesday, October 14. The US admission process can be confusing and it is important that you be an active applicant rather than a passive applicant. Good Luck
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    Stefan, You need to write in English. You are in the US, you have an advantageous position. I am too busy to have to dig through this in Serbian and try to answer Serbian posts. Posting in English makes it quick and easy for me to answer you. Otherwise, you will have to wait a bit. One of the first things that you need to do, no matter what, is to go to the library at your high school and find books like we have here in the reference library to get information - that is something that you can do on your own. Have you taken your exams? Do you need to register for your exams? You need to go the the common application and open an account there and start filling it out. You need to see what sort of papers you are going need your family to track down. You need to select some schools. Visit the high school guidance counselor over there and see what help that person can offer. Since you are in the US, it should be much easier for you to manage than for the students who are working from over here. Look around you and see who else is preparing for college admission at your school. If you will post in English, please try to list exactly what steps in the process you need help with and we can explain how to get through those. Enjoy Mississippi and remember, make a plan. Those who succeed are usually the ones with the plan. Elz
  13. Nik, Can you scan everything and send it to me? I would like to see exactly what this all says. I still do not think that you will have any trouble, but I would also like to look at your evaluations and your English and Serbian versions of your credentials. Elz
  14. Hey this is not going to impact your admission to an LLM. Elz
  15. Dear Nik, Sasha is quite right in his response. The problem is that US Law School is a graduate program. Your law degree from the University of Belgrade is not equivalent to a J.D. It is a first university diploma and therefore is considered a Bachelors Degree. You were not admitted to law school with a bachelors degree as is the requirement for law school admission in the US. The other part of the problem is that the LLB, does not exist in the United States. Therefore, it would be impossible for them to provide that title for your credentials. Remember the credentials evaluation is a "fit" of your educational experience within the framework of a US education - the JD would indicate that you held one bachelors degree and the professional degree JD. This is not the case. Also keep in mind that the JD is rather unique to the United States. In other words, you did not study law in the same way as a law student in the United States. In fact, I would guess that you studied very little case law, which is one of the primary foundations for the US legal system. You might contact the evaluators for further information. What exactly do you want to do with the evaluation? Has this evaluation proved a setback to your goals in some way? Elz