Application Checklist

This is a general guideline of documents that are usually required, each program may be different, make sure to check the requirements. TOEFL or IELTS GRE (General and/or Subject) Statement of Purpose Resume (including past research experiences, publications, work experiences, etc.) Recommendation Letters Transcripts A holistic application: Most universities in the US and Canada have […]

Gap year(s)

Gap year(s) refers to the years that you spend outside of the educational system, this could be between undergraduate and graduate school or between Master’s and PhD. The less, the better.  What should I do during my Gap years?  If you’ll do military service, no worries, you’re fine. If you plan to work, make sure […]

PhD or Master’s

PhD: 4 – 6 years Harder to get accepted: Best to either have publications, or have participated in olympiads. Past research experience is a must!  Enter job market later. Almost always includes funding! Master’s: 1 – 2 years Easier to get accepted. Enter job market sooner, or get a PhD. Harder to secure funding: High […]

Cost of Applying

University Degree: You need to release your degree, its cost depends on where you are from and what year you entered the university. Military Service? Applies to you if you are a male who hasn’t completed his service. Application Fee This costs between $50 – $100 depending on where you apply per university. If this […]

Listening Practice 2 We are back with your second listening practice! This should help prepare you for both TOEFL and IELTS listening questions, since they are also usually around 2-3 minutes, after which you get to see the questions. Keep in mind you should probably take notes while listening, since usually a wide range of topics is […]

Eli’s TOEFL Experience

In this post, we will talk about Eli’s experience with TOEFL. She has her MBA from Harvard Business school. Her instagram page is In her highlights you will find her grammar and vocabulary files, which are very helpful. With her permission we have also provided links to these files below as well, for your […]

How I (Sepideh) studied for TOEFL

Hey everyone, below we have Sepideh’s TOEFL experience, the resources she used and her tips for doing well on this exam. Hope this is helpful :). My score: 111 total, breakdown below: Reading: 29 Listening: 28  Writing: 28 Speaking: 26 Starting level: Upper Intermediate Studied for around 6 months Vocabulary Resources: 504 textbook Ankidroid Application […]


Hello beautiful people! In this post we compare the IELTS and TOEFL exams. The main differences are whether 1) you are more used to academic texts (TOEFL) or are more comfortable with informal texts (IELTS), 2) you prefer to do the speaking section with a person (IELTS) or the computer (TOEFL), and 3) you prefer […]

Eligibility & Deadlines

Helloooooo! We are back with a post about how to find important information regarding each program you may be applying to. After choosing your university and program, look it up on Google, this will help you navigate to their program description page, their graduate student page, and their prospective student page. You, as a new […]


Hey everybody! Here we have provided you with a sample resume!!! You can also check out our website in the blog section to download this template. Of course feel free to use any other templates, as long as they look neat and organized. For examples on what to put on your resume read the next […]