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  2. Yeah, I think you have a shot, but seems like you are missing real analysis, or is that called something else in your course load?
  3. I am an aspiring academic with a dream of becoming an economics professor at a liberal arts college. My research interests are mainly political economy focused, although international development and growth theory are very interesting as well. I am also interested in learning more heterodox theories (especially post-Keynesian), as I found my neoclassical training a bit incomplete. I am looking at applying to UMass Amherst, the New School of Social Research and American this year, and some others next year (after I re-take my GRE). Below is my profile, and I would appreciate any recommendations on how to improve. Undergrad: Top 40 liberal arts college in CA Undergrad GPA in Econ: 3.55 (mix of A-'s and B+'s in coursework, but took every class this one professor who I like (he will write a LOR) a lot offered and got A-'s) Undergrad Math: Calc I: B-, Calc II: C+, Calc III: C+ (I know this is a disaster, and I retook or am retaking math classes at UC Extensions currently (see below)) Grad School: JHU SAIS MIEF Program Grad GPA: 3.4 (I know this is low, but it was a one year program and I got a C in an International Finance class that really brought my GPA down. I do have an upward trajectory with my GPA and econometrics classes, however) RA Work: Internships at economic policy think tanks, the Council of Economic Advisers and RA work for a political economy professor in undergrad. RA for professor in grad school for a few months. Since leaving grad school, I worked for the IMF as an RA for a year, a think tank for 6 months and the BLS for 6 months as well. Currently looking for work in something more qualitative and big-picture that involves strategic thinking. Published Work: None, although master's theses received an A GRE: 161 V, 163 Q, 5.5 A Current Coursework: Calc II through UCLA Extension (A) (Summer 2022), Calc III at UCSD Extension (ongoing), Linear Algebra (Winter 2022), Discrete Math (Spring 2022), more? I want to prove to admissions committees that I am serious about knowing the math well enough, so I am taking extension courses to fix my past mistakes. Another thing to note is that I was dealing with mental health issues in college, to the point where I was hospitalized for 3 days, and that negatively affected my performance to some extent. I'm not using it as an excuse, just saying that it was a factor. I don't know if I should mention this in my application (I probably won't). SOP: I have a deep interest in political economy, as my parents are immigrants from Eastern Europe, and learning about their experience under a planned economy inspired me to think about economic structures and their political and historical reasoning and implications. International development is also of interest, as the marginal impact of policy interventions is large and development was a big part of my research into Eastern Bloc economies and political economy. LOR: A LOR from an economics professor who I loved in undergrad and still talk with about economics on a regular basis. He's said that the previous LORs he's written for me have been "glowing". His work is in economic history, another research interest area of mine. LOR from a well-known economics professor in international development who was my thesis adviser n grad school (I also took a class with her an got an A-). LOR from IMF economist who I worked with when I was at the Fund. Do I have a chance at UMass, American or New School if I apply this year? Thanks!
  4. I would suggest that you submit your research topics via a CV or a writing sample. The SOP is more about showing that, from a personal level, you are well aware what getting a PhD entails, have realistic expectations about what you plan to do with your PhD, and have seriously thought about the prospect of being a researcher as a career path and come to the conclusion that you want this. There will be other places in your application for you to talk about your research and your findings. So there is no need to duplicate the information in your SOP. Good luck.
  5. Admission people evaluate a candidate along two key dimensions in hope to identify high-quality future researchers in the field: learning capability and research potential. The first dimension is easy, as past academic performance is typically a strong predictor of future learning success. After all, no program wants to accept candidates and later find out that the candidates just can't master the tool kit and pass the comp. The second dimension is less observable, hence the word choice "potential." And some programs ask for optional writing samples to help them evaluate this. In light of this, I would say rank your writing sample materials in the following order: 1. In the rare case that you already have publications in a respectful journal in the field, then this is a no brainer. But I admit that very few people have this choice pre-PhD. 2. If you have a thesis or a working paper that is ready to be submitted to a journal, even not to a top or top field, then still it is a good choice. As it shows that you at least have had exposure to the research process and can be productive. 3. A research proposal that describes a topic that might eventually evolve into a paper later into your PhD career, and maybe with luck a chapter in your dissertation. 4. If you don't have any of the above, and writing sample is optional, then I would consider not submitting one. Because at this point what you are left with is maybe a class essay, or a term paper, but none of these would be too revealing of your potential of a researcher. Best of luck.
  6. The best leaders are those who encourage feedback from the people whom they lead. Write a response in which you discuss the extent to which you agree or disagree with the statement and explain your reasoning for the position you take. In developing and supporting your position, you should consider ways in which the statement might or might not hold true and explain how these considerations shape your position. MY RESPONSE:- A leader is lauded based upon the decisions and the choices they make . A leader alone cannot be the reason for the success but if a leader makes a wrong decision , then he can be a reason for the downfall. It is evident that people who put forward their subordinates for their honest opnion and are open to feedback , prove to be the best leaders. This passage supports the prompt and provides enough evidences along with examples to hold the position. To begin , in this contemporary world, the best leaders out there are not the ones who only focus on their schemes and want to hear their praise . Instead , they put themselves in the shoes of people and think from their perspective. They also listen to the feedback and focus on improving to fill the gaps. For example, in eariier times , the monarchy was only responsible for the kingdom to flourish , the decisions made by the King and his Ministers demanded unquestionable obedience from the public, which many a times ,is evident from the history, proved to be the downfall of the kingdom as the authority was reticent towards honest opinion and used to be surrounded by sycophants. But ,nowadays , the countries are reformed into democratic nations , only being the reason to provide public an importance to choose their leaders through elections which provides the power to the citizens , continuous feedback from the citizens and making the leaders the better ones. Another example could be supposingly a team ,completing a project ,which comprises of a team lead and other members. A good team leader would ask his subordinates their perspective and open to speak , for the improvisations and improvements wherever necessary as sometimes a different perspective is needed to think out of the box for betterment. To summarize , the best leaders are the ones who encourage their people to provide them feedback which can be supported by the example in a country, leaders getting feedback at the time of introduction to various well-fare schemes amongst the people and the difficulties faced while implementing those schemes and are those tactics actually helping them or not, or choosing a government based upon their previous work would also indicate that the citizens are satisfied with the work of their leaders.
  7. The following is a memorandum from the office of Mayor Harrison Smith Jones. "In order to relieve Briggsville’s notorious traffic congestion, Mayor Harrison Smith Jones plans to build a multi-million dollar subway system. The subway will run through the major downtown areas, a part of the town where buses serve as the only form of public transportation. For years, residents have been complaining both about inconsistent buses, and the general lack of safety while riding the buses. Additionally, the subway will be running twenty-four hours a day. Since motorists will spend less time in traffic, Mayor Harrison Smith Jones expects to see an immediate increase in worker productivity, which will improve the economy of Briggsville." Write a response in which you examine the stated and/or unstated assumptions of the argument. Be sure to explain how the argument depends on these assumptions and what the implications are for the argument if the assumptions prove unwarranted. MY RESPONSE:- The prompt presents an argument which seems quite rational memorandum from the office of Mayor Harrison Smith Jones for a city named Briggsville. However, the argument is based upon various assumptions and is open to debate upon various notions. Firstly , the authority presenting the memorandum in the argument presumes that building an expensive subway system will prove to be a success and will relieve the audience from stucking into the traffic . It assumes that people will stop using their own bought vehicles and start using the subway . There is no such information provided that subway will cost less or will be free for the use. The argument also does not mentions the time that will be taken to build this subway which is an open invitation for debate. Secondly , the argument is based upon the notion that the subway will be able to built through major downtown areas , where only buses serve as the only form of public transport and this development will be not causing any harm to the geography to the suburb. It also assumes that it will be safer for the residents ,who travel in the bus ,without providing any safety measures or accidental prevention or insurance sceme that will be employed by the subway in the following memorandum . Thirdly, the memorandum claims that subway will be running 24 hours irrespective of the maintenance or the power failures in the city. They also claim that people driving motorcycles will be able to spend less time in traffic without considering the fact that it might be possible that some of them are driving for errands or near super market store and using the subway for these trivial things will only impede them down and may prove to be costlier. Finally, argument claims that this change will experience an increase in the worker productivity which will boost the economy of the Briggsville and forgets that in the beginning of the memorandum , it is mentioned that Mayor is planning to build a "multi-million dollar subway system" , which will use plethora of economic resources which will affect the economy and does not guarantees the time frame in which it will be ready to use. In conclusion, the prompt presents an argument which may seem beneficial but is open to debate as it is based upon a lot of assumptions and there isn't any evidence regarding it as the authority does not corroborate the timeframe , safety of citizens and economic resources on their goals for achieving this task.
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  9. That's quite the ordeal. Sounds like a horrible experience. ETS might allow you a retake, but I don't think they'll give you a partial refund. For what it's worth, your English in this post is quite advanced. Hopefully that will come through in your scores. Good luck!
  10. I think the big question regarding the Predoc vs Master decision is whether you rather want to do your PhD in the US or in Europe. But given that your bachelor is from a no-name university I think it would be anyway a good idea to do a master at a good university.
  11. I took the test on [21/Sep/2022] at the Shahid Beheshti University, Campus II - STN20304A center located at [Phase 3, Ekbatan complex, Amozesh Building, Ground floor, IBT room, Tehran, the Islamic Republic of Iran]. Unfortunately, despite the fact that it is expected to have good supervision on the accuracy of the information of the examination centers, the location AND the address (both) of the examination center, which is one of the most important issues, is unacceptably wrong!! Which is not expected and acceptable at all. My test experience was severely negatively impacted in this regard. I had an exam at 8 am, and as advised by ETS, I tried to be there half an hour earlier. When I arrived at the exact location mentioned on the website, there was no sign of the college and the exam center! At first, I thought that I had made a mistake and read the address several times and checked the location again carefully. This was unbelievable. I received an unimaginable shock and stress, and I had no idea where to go now! When I realized that the location was wrong, I tried to track it through the website or Google search, but unfortunately, due to the recent protests against the brutal killing of #MahsaAmini and the strictness of the regime, the internet speed was very low I couldn't find anything on the web. I was very worried that I would miss my exam because I had no idea where to find the exam center. There were a few people around, and I asked several people, but none of them knew anything about the correct location. Finally, I found someone who knew where the exam center was. I ran with all my might to reach the exam place before the scheduled time while I was very stressed and I wasn't even sure if I was going to the right place or not! Because ETS, which has the duty to ensure the accuracy of the information, did not care, and I have to pay the price! With all my efforts, I finally arrived at the exam center; I had breathing problems, and stress and anxiety had even taken away my ability to speak. And I had to take the test under these conditions, and I am sure that you know this pressure and stress had an undeniable effect on my performance and ability! I submitted my complaint, but they refused to accept responsibility considering that their mistake had clearly caused me trouble. Wrong location and address on the official ETS website: Shahid Beheshti University, Campus II (STN20304A) Phase 3, Ekbatan complex, Amozesh Building, Ground floor, IBT room Tehran, Iran, the Islamic Republic of http://maps.google.com/maps?daddr=Phase 3, Ekbatan complex, Tehran, , Iran, Islamic Republic of Actual address and location: Shahid Beheshti University Campus II, next to Sarem Hospital, Ekbatan complex, Tehran Province, Iran https://goo.gl/maps/ZsoGztsUUpngmZoa8
  12. Yeah at first pre-doc is what I was hoping to do, but as I've been going through the process it seems extremely competitive, with some friends who went to elite master's and have a lot of experience using pre-docs to wait out the chaos that has been the last two application cycles.
  13. Hi Guys, The marked answer is the correct answer by ETS, which doesn't seem correct to me. According to me correct answer should be 16/11 and 1*11/15 in mixed fraction. Can somebody verify this please? ThankS
  14. Given you now have data analyst experience, you should seriously consider doing a pre-doc rather than a master's. This will also let you take a couple of more math courses at the same time.
  15. Hoping to pursue a masters as a move towards admission to the best PhD program I can get into, preferable T50 at the lowest. Undergrad: Unranked Public US School, but sits as an R2. Currently taking math classes at a T10 institution. Major: Economics GPA: 3.9 Econ Courses: Micro/Int Micro: (A/B+) Macro/Int Macro (A/A) Econometric I&II (A/A-) and then about 15 credit hours in 400 level electives all As Math Courses: Calc I (A) Calc II (B) Linear Algebra (B) Calc III (A) Business Stats I&II (A-/A) Recommendations: Strong recommendation from my dept. chair and another professor whom I did many electives with. Exp: Unfortunately, I really never planned in undergrad to do Economics long-term. After some time pursuing policy work after graduation, I realized my heart wasn't in it and I really missed more analytical work. So I have no true research experience outside of my undergraduate thesis (which was completed during the pandemic). I was struggling to find RA positions when I decided to make the switch, as I didn't have strong math/coding backgrounds at the time, so I ended up becoming a data analyst and re-enrolling in school in the meantime. Programs I am hoping to apply to: Top/reach: Oxford, Duke, UT at Austin, UBC, LSE, UToronto, NYU, PSE Others on my list: Boston U, U of Wisconsin, U of Oregon, Ludwig Maximillian, Barcelona, Mannheim, Sciences Po I'm happy to take any advice for what other courses I could take come spring to boost my opportunities/any advice for other programs I should look into. (Hope this belongs here. Saw a post recommending to post masters profile evals in the PhD forum.) ***Beyond no RA experience, my other concern is my Calc II and Linear Algebra grades. I started attending school after a few years off and my job takes up a lot of time. It was pretty hard for me to keep up with memorizing Calc while working and my summer Linear Algebra course final tanked my A to a B. I found the material to be easy and more-so really struggled with time management at the end of it all. This felt especially true because of how easily I aced Calc III. Not sure if retaking is worth it, I am planning to continue taking higher courses in my master's that I think would help offset this.
  16. Usually we learn from our mistakes and our social out structure. Social structure made by people, norms, etiquette and culture. We learn from them, use them, and may be intentionally or unintentionally. From the view point let`s hope that do this practice really make us learn or they don`t? But if I tell that our views can be common but way to reach to this goal can be different from each other. There can be various method as well as tactics. It can be a bit grouchy or unconventional approach towards reaching your shared view. Whether we like it or not same tactics and techniques can be a bit monotonous. Perhaps our shared vision can make us connected for building our future together. But it also creates some err in achieving our goals. Example: If a general in a battle always forms his army in the same manner , enemy can predict his every move and take preventive measure to tackle them. In this wilderness you have to be unpredictable and different tactics to win your battle just like to achieve your dream . An disagreement among the different perspective can cause stress and inhibit learning but it can create other doors towards your views. Many different perspective and many more different all can create a holistic approach towards the one view point. Most probably you will learn to think on different dimension. Without same shared view, can make us slow however we will learn from different views. We can mold ourselves to the betterment of this world and in a path of more refined views and goals. Since the era of homo-sapiens there was always different types of perspective views, philosophical thoughts and views. Again I can support in this regard that those difference make us strong and willful towards our view and make us choose the right view for all of us. Basically as mentioned same perspective can make you quick learner and avoid the contradiction at the end. Unfortunately it also make us weaker because people can learn more from various types of views. A common goal can be achieved by a same shared view but different views towards the goal are stronger in the sense of fundamental basis which is structured by complicated thinking, paths and goals. So different perspective is also essential tools to achieve your goals with more precise or well garnished view. In sum, unless two opponents in a debate are each willing to play on the same field and by the same rules, I concede that disagreement can impede learning. Otherwise, reasoned discourse and debate between people with opposing viewpoints is the very foundation upon which human knowledge advances. Accordingly, on balance the speaker is fundamentally correct. Issue_Task_Practice.docx
  17. Hello there nice people, My problem is the my FPGEE score has expired on April 25th of 2022 I took this test three times and I am aware that I have a lifetime limit of five attempts to take it I really want to work harder, pursue and complete the FPGEC Certification process. Also, my FPGEC application has expired too but my biggest concern is the documents Will the NABP accept my previous submitted documents and reevaluate them? I am originally from Syria and the situation there is not helpful at all to get new papers. I contacted the NABP, sent emails and left messages but still got no reply it would be great if you can help me from your experience. Thank you in advance for any information you would provide. Regards Yasmin
  18. I'm not in that field, but the ranking we use the most for business PhDs is the UTD: https://jsom.utdallas.edu/the-utd-top-100-business-school-research-rankings/ You can select the journals that are related to your field and then get the rank for those journals. Maybe there is some other ranking more specific to your field, I don't know. But finding the right schools is usually hard work indeed. And many times it's not about finding the right program, but the right advisor. A good program can have some terrible advisors. And some top researchers can work for lesser known universities where they can have more power, influence, and freedom. It took me months to get my list of schools to apply.
  19. Please suggest some suitable universities for both MA in Economics and PhD in Economics. I’m an international student and I have applied to 6 universities this fall and got accepted to 5 of them in their MS/MA in Economics program. (UNC Charlotte, University of Maryland -Baltimore County, Georgia State University, Illinois State University, and Western Illinois University). However, I couldn’t secure any funding from any of them so I decided not to go. My GPA is not good, so please suggest some universities in accordance with my profile where I would have a chance to secure funding. Type of Undergrad: BA in Economics from an unreputed, unranked university in Bangladesh. Undergrad GPA: 3.04 (Last two years 3.13 and 3.20 respectively) GRE: GRE: 314 (Quant-160, Verbal-154, AWA- 4 ) IELTS: 8.5 (Listening 9, Reading 8.5, Writing 7.5, Speaking 8 ) Teaching Experience: Have a youtube channel where I teach Introductory Econometrics Research Experience: 1 publication that is work in progress (Almost finished) Work Experience: 9 months of field survey experience in a multinational market research company. Projects: Several data analysis projects in Python, SQL, Tableau, etc to showcase my skills. I've attached my courses and grades below. They are all over the place and I know I don't have a shot at any of the top schools. So if you could suggest some MA/PhD program in my league where I could have funding I would greatly appreiciate it.
  20. Hello! I am a senior student at the university of Michigan majoring in Econ and minoring in math. Here are my background. My GPA is 3.63. I did poorly in math classes though. Details: Intermed Micro A, Intermed Macro A-, Game theory A-, Econometrics 1 B+. I am taking econometrics 2 and another Econ elective this semester. For the math courses: Calc 3 A-, Linear algebra B, Probability Theory B, and the worst of all real analysis C+. I am taking differential equation and looking to bump up the grade a little. My quantitative GRE score is 167 right now. Besides I have very little research experience. Here are my school list: GWU, Colorado, Washington, Rutgers, Stony Brook, UC Riverside, UC Santa Cruz, SMU, CUNY grad center, Georgia Tech, Georgia State, Emory, Illinois Chicago, UGA, Houston, Tulane, LSU, Kentucky, Northeastern, Miami(FL), Delaware, Utah, Temple, FSU, Florida, Fordham, UT Dallas and Alabama. Could anyone help evaluate my application. And do I have a shot at at least one or two of the schools I listed? Thank you!
  21. First, congrats on the GRE. nicely done. If you can take the course and get an A, there is no doubt that will look good. It is true that econ programs are quite hierarchal. As a random example, Princeton's faculty is dominated by folks with degrees either from Princeton or from one of a couple of universities in Cambridge, Massachusetts. On the other hand, the need to go to a top program in order to get an academic appointment is sometimes exaggerated. My program, which is ranked 34 by USNews, sent half our graduates to academic appointments last year. Others went to the World Bank, Microsoft Research, and Apple.
  22. I had forgot to mention, I did recently take the GRE and get 170Q/167V and 5AW so thankfully that’s done with. I’ve talked to both a letter writer of mine and the professor of the class: the professor’s advice essentially boiled down to if you don’t get into a top 15-ish program then you shouldn’t pursue an academic career at all. My letter writer recommended I take it, get an A, and said that it would be icing on the cake for 2nd tier/non-top schools. On the other hand, I’ve talked to a couple past undergrads that have taken it and they have all said that it’s quite hard, the grading is relatively harsh, and it might be better to hedge against taking it.
  23. You don't need this class for a top program. You really don't need this class for a program for a just "very good" program. You don't need to go to graduate school in order to get into graduate school. Now this is somewhat generic advice. Go talk to one or more of your letter writers about advice specific to you. PS Do aim for more than a 165 on the quant GRE. You want a 167 or better.
  24. I understand that doing well in the class is kind of my only shot for a really top program, but it’s hard to know what my chances would look like for a rank 30-15 program without taking it.
  25. Hello, folks! I am targeting the upcoming Fall 2023 application cycle (deadlines will roll in soon 😅). I do not have a research-based background, so I am finding it tricky to identify schools that provide good training/ produce good research output in OT/ Institutional Theory/ macro OB. I can think of the usual names like Stanford, UAlberta, UofToronto, Schulich York, and Penn State. But, with your help, I would like to expand this list. Geography is not a constraint. Even Strategy programs with a strong OT/ Inst. Theory foci are OK. So, I'd appreciate your leads 🙂 Cheers!
  26. You have a 3.96 GPA. You don't seem to have had much of a problem from "variability" in the past! But look, you have a strong record--you don't need grad econometrics. If it's bugging you, just drop it and take another math class. Or maybe better, take something just for fun as it's your last chance!
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