A third year engineering student from Mumbai, India, secured the perfect GRE score in the test held on 10 January.
Arjun Shah (20), a BE (chemical engineering) student from Institute of Chemical Technology (ICT), Mumbai, and an alumnus of Cathedral and John Connon School, also in Mumbai, scored 340 out of 340 in his first attempt. The test is conducted throughout the year and the scores are used for graduate admissions in the US.
Shah is probably the third test taker to have achieved the feat in Mumbai since 2013. Mihir Joshi, who was pursuing computer engineering in the city, hit the perfect score in 2016.
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Shah, who loves to play chess and football in his leisure time, aims to get into one of the premier universities in the US, such as MIT or Stanford, for his Master’s in the same branch and also pursue a PhD later. His parents are into the stock market and he is the only child in the family.
The application process will start by the year-end. I will have a better idea by then.
When asked about the diminishing interest among students to pursue graduate studies from the US, he said he did not see it as a stumbling block.
It is important to pursue research in top colleges in the US.
Though Shah had calculated his marks post the test, getting the scorecard with the perfect score was a different experience.
I prepared only for 20 days prior to the exam as my BE semester exams ended in December. Most engineering students find the verbal reading section in GRE difficult, but the best way to crack it is to master words that are not familiar. There is no point in repeating things that we already know. Concentration is very important for candidates on the day of the exam. Students have to keep their calm for the four hours they are giving the exam.
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Shah’s short preparation time is unusual. Typically, GRE test takers invest up to eight months of preparation in the exam. This time is usually split between guided preparation (course or individual tutoring), self-study, and practice.
Source: Times of India