Are US grad schools making it even harder for international students?

In Uncategorized on September 17, 2008 at 2:56 am
Photo by hokkey (thank you!)

Photo by hokkey (thank you!)

Some graduate schools in the US may be making it even tougher for international students to be accepted into graduate programs. Take a look at an article with the details here:


Basically, at least one US graduate school says that, even when international students do well on the TOEFL and other English-speaking tests that focus on grammar and conversation, there’s no guarantee that international students are ready for graduate-level writing in English.

It’s cruel, isn’t it? As international students, you work so hard on grammar and conversation. You study long hours, and now you hear that it’s not enough? Please don’t let your blood pressure rise just yet! It’s not quite as bad as it sounds.

This Alabama school isn’t talking about making your grammar even more perfect–or studying an extra three years or getting perfect grades. They’re talking about critical thinking in writing — something I tend to go on and on about. Critical thinking isn’t about grammar or structure or five-paragraph essays, but about sharing fully developed, nuanced thoughts — something I find both exciting and fun.

There are steps you can take to add more critical thinking to your writing (if you’ve used some, add them in the comments). I promise to talk about it more in future posts.


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