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TOEFL for Electives

Get your TOEFL done in the first few weeks of Final Year(ideally within first 10 days as it takes a month for the result). Its fees is only 150 $ and with TOEFL, you can apply to many institutions like NIH where there is no fees for electives. Moreover where TOEFL is a requirement by most of the US universities including NIH, Northwestern etc all the others specifically prefer international students with TOEFL e.g Yales, Harvard, Vermont, Mount Sinai etc. Having a score of above 22 in reading, learning, writing and 26 in speaking (total=90) is considered a good one.

  • All the prep is done from Barron's Book for TOEFL with CD of practice tests. It takes hardly 2-3 days to study for it. Moreover you can visit the following link for details regarding data available online.
  • To apply for TOEFL click on the following link and for futher information click on the following link.
  • TOEFL is not a bad deal for 150 $. Hundreds of dollars are spent in application fees and thousands of dollars in tuition fees and if you spend mere 150 $ for TOEFL it increases your chances tremendously. Moreover it opens many new good new places for you that have no fees(see below).
    Following universities require or prefer toefl
  • NIH(requires TOEFL)
    Wisconsin(requires TOEFL)
    Northwestern(requires TOEFL)
    Uni of Massachusettes(requires TOEFL)
    Uni of Cincinnati(requires TOEFL)
    Vermont(requires TOEFL)
    TUFTS(requires TOEFL)
  • Yales(prefers TOEFL)
    Harvard(prefers TOEFL)

Moreover there are many more universities that prefers TOEFL. I strongly recommend giving TOEFL as soon as possible for everyone going for electives.

  • The more score you get in TOEFL, the better it is....they have no cut off value, usually anything above 90 is very good and above 100 is considered exceptional....but make sure you score evenly good in all 4 aspects...rather than being at the top in 3 and at the bottom in any 1....that is try to score in late 20s out of 30 in all the 4 sections of reading, writing, speaking and listening.

Bad news! NIH increased TOEFL

Bad news! NIH increased TOEFL score to 108 and requires 28 in Speaking and Listening :( :( :(

Hello! I scored a 109 in

Hello! I scored a 109 in toefl. R-26 L-27 S-27 W-29
I wish to apply for an elective at NIH in cardio/inf. diseases/ rheumat. I am very interested in Med Onco. But they said we aren't eligible. My scores in med school are average. Is it pure luck based to get into NIH? DO I have a chance of getting in? I am planning to apply for July 2014 or later. Kindly help!

got my toefl scores... 112

got my toefl scores... 112 total
with w:30, l:30, s:24, w:28

can i apply to nih by any chance??? yeah i know there req. of 26 on speaking... but are they really strict about it??
can i mail someone at nih and ask them for a waiver?

I got 89 on the TOEFL exam,

I got 89 on the TOEFL exam, R.20 L.25 S.22 W.22...I am too confused whether i should retake the exam or not..I got 20 on the reading subsection because other ppl were screaming to adjust their microphone while i was doing the reading section. that was too annoying for me. can anyone help me here?
I prefer not to retake it, because that will interfere with my step 1 preparation.. thanx in advance

toefl score

hi umar bhai,

i really need ur help.....!!!!!!

i've given my toefl recently and my scores are..R20  L18 S26  W25.. total...89

pls give me ur advice bhai....... whether i should retake the test or apply for univ as i'm even short of time to retake it..

ur advice would really help me a lot bhai.....pls do  reply me asap.........plssss

hi i scored a 95 in my

hi

i scored a 95 in my toefl
reading-25 listening-23  speaking-23  writing-24

is it a good enough score to get into yale or brown ?

reguarding applying for electives on the basis of toefl score o

hello umar  sir, i am an intern in a private medical college,i.e in patiala.I had given toefl ibt and secured following scores in respective sections,reading23,listening19,speaking22,and writing 24.sir,what are the chances of mine for getting electives in u.s based on this score of 88.?

should i retake the exam??i am left with less time now,sir please give your sugestion?

cool post

Nice post about Taking TOEFL it is helpful for students

Low TOEFL score please help...

Hello, umar bhai,

I secured 85 with R-23, L-18, S-22, W-22. Are these scores competitive enough for applying electives, moreover my step 1 score is 251.Please help its already getting late for me to apply.

TOEFL paper based test -NIH

Dear Umar

I got 573 in paper based test, does it consider a good score to apply for NIH?

Toefl scores.Please suggest

Hi umar bhai.I had a lot of trouble due to the disturbance in the ets toefl exam center.Whatever the reason may be, i got a very low score.Please advise me what to do now?My USMLE step 1 is scheduled in december.My would graduate in August 2012.I planned to apply for electives now using my toefl scores(for 4 weeks during jan to aug 2012)

I am ready to take the test again but,It may interfere with my USMLE step 1 preperation.I am afraid of that.Please suggest me whether i woulg get any electives with this score?what to do now?

Test Test Date Reading Listening Speaking Writing Total
TELXML Sun Jul 31 10:06:04 EDT 2011 23 20 20 28 91

you can either re-take the

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you can either re-take the exam or apply on the basis of step 1 without toefl...

I am very busy these days and won't be replying to anymore queries. Apologies for any inconvenience and thank you for your understanding. All the best.

NIH electives

Assalamoalaikum!

How are you all? Ok i am planning to apply in NIH electives for Surgical Oncology and Neurosurgery!

Can anyone please provide me information about how is surgical oncology and neurosurgery programs? Are they really competitve?

I am planning to go for electives from march - june 2012. Should I apply now?

also my toefl is 112 - r30,w29,s27,l26. That is good enough right?

Also all my four years, I have been getting above 75% marks

Also please gudie me about core clerkship. Ms Malick said I should send grade for core clerkships? those clerkships...should I send a letter from dean stating that I have completed all those clerkships. Our transcripts do contain our clinical experience and there they mention the clinical experience. so what should i do?

thanks for the read

Best,

Ahmed

Yes they are quite

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Yes they are quite competitive... good scores and research experience should help... send her the grades of all your core clerkships...

I am very busy these days and won't be replying to anymore queries. Apologies for any inconvenience and thank you for your understanding. All the best.

Hi Dr. Umar, Your site is a

Hi Dr. Umar,


Your site is a blessing for those who do not have a lot of guidance for electives. You and all those who have contributed to the site are doing a fabulous job of helping USMLE aspirants from Pakistan and India.


I always to become a Hematologist/Oncologist. I initially wanted to apply for Oncology but I came to know that NIH accepts only LCME students for Medical Oncology.


So I've applied to Hematology. I have a TOEFL score of 116 (R-30, L-29,S-30 and W-27), a good CV(with a short-term project in Hem/Onc) and good grades. But I am very apprehensive about Hemat being very competitive. What should I do? Should I go for it or apply some place less competitive. I am applying for March 2012(Hemat).


Regards,


Abhishek

Thanks for your kind words; I

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Thanks for your kind words; I did a electives at NIH in Hem-Onco... so NIH accepts international students... make sure you apply to as many places as you can... 

I am very busy these days and won't be replying to anymore queries. Apologies for any inconvenience and thank you for your understanding. All the best.

hi  my toefl score is 92, 26

hi 

my toefl score is 92, 26 in reading and listening,22 speaking and 18 in writing. should i write it again or should start applying as soon as possible.i have also given step 1 with 231 score

It's better to write it again

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It's better to write it again or apply to places on basis of your step 1 score only!

I am very busy these days and won't be replying to anymore queries. Apologies for any inconvenience and thank you for your understanding. All the best.

are there places that I may

are there places that I may not be able to apply for clerkships, based on my toefl score of 108

20 reading :( ! 29 - listening & speaking and 30 writing

Not that I know of... u have

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Not that I know of... u have to check each university...

I am very busy these days and won't be replying to anymore queries. Apologies for any inconvenience and thank you for your understanding. All the best.

help me out.. i gave my toefl

help me out..

i gave my toefl on 5th june i got my score as below

79 reading 20 writting 21 speaking 20 listening 18 

i know it s bit low , can ne1 guide me wat to do??..should i apply to any university?...which are the ubiversities who can accept me for electives..should i go for repeat??


hey! i think its better if

hey! i think its better if you prepare for 20 days and retake the test as this score wont be competitive enough to get you into electives as places that dont ask for USMLE STEP one give a lot of importance to TOFEL SCORE for selection.So unless you have a step one score RETAKING  is the best option and.try to get a score that is >95. good luck!

Hello Umar Bhai, your website

Hello Umar Bhai, your website is like gold for mle IMGs.Please keep up the good work.

My toefl score is 108 with 26 in speaking and above 25 in other sections..I want to do my electives around feb 2012..Can you please tell me when is the ideal time to apply as they say its better not to apply before 6 months..Are there any univs that need me to hurry right now??

Also is feb-march an ideal elective timing for an IMG?? 
Thank you in advance :)

Apply 6 months in advance....

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Apply 6 months in advance.... yes it is right time...

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yeah, apply 6 months in

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yeah, apply 6 months in advance... yes its the right time!

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NAME ON TOEFL SCORE CARD

I have recently given TOEFL from india and got a score of 104. But the three names on my TOEFL score card are in a different order than in my passport. Please advise if anything can be done.

I am not sure but it is

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I am not sure but it is always better to have the same name!

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toefl

Hello Mr. Umar,

My Toefl score is 108. 

Reading -30, Listening- 30, Speaking- 20 and Writing- 28. 

Is it good enough? Should I give it again?

Good for everything almost

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Good for everything almost except for NIH.

Toefl score

Hello Mr. Umar,

My Toefl score is 99. 

Reading -24, Listening- 24, Speaking- 24 and Writing- 28. 

Is it good enough? Should I give it again?

I guess its good but u cannot

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I guess its good but u cannot apply in NIH...

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hey! ur score is good enuf

hey! ur score is good enuf meeting most univ req...but nt NIH..so the choice is urz..mt sibai needs abt 22 ineach min..kumc abt 23 in each..but nih needs min of 26 in speakin

hey... Thanks a lot for so

hey... Thanks a lot for so much of enlightenment.

Can u plz tell me if i have an option of choosing those 4 universities, to which toefl guys would send my scores for free, after registering for the exam...???

Thanks

i dont think so...

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i dont think so...

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TOEFL

    MY TOEFL SCORE IS 91

R-19

L-22

S-26

W-24

 Wat should i do?? should i give it once again??

Depends, your TOEFL score is

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Depends, your TOEFL score is good enough to get you in NIH and Northwestern!

If you have time, you can give it again. Take your time for the preparation esp of reading & listening and try to get good total score.

I am very busy these days and won't be replying to anymore queries. Apologies for any inconvenience and thank you for your understanding. All the best.

Not good enough for NIH. It

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Not good enough for NIH. It needs a minimum score of around 94 or 96. Check with the latest criteria.

hi my toefl score is

hi my toefl score is 106..

how can we send score directly to north western univ from ets.org site???

You login with your ets

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You login with your ets account and order them to send a report to NW with their university code... there is also $30-50 fees for it!

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need some info and thx alot for all of u

hello everybody

its really a great website

i just wanna ask which elective in NIH that is more easily to get?like rise my chance to be accepted ??

and if my application is completed ..when should i expect to get the answer??

thx

Thanks for your kind words.

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Thanks for your kind words. There is no hard and fast rule for it. If your paperwork is complete and correct, then its purely chance; you just have to be lucky to apply for the available spot.

I am very busy these days and won't be replying to anymore queries. Apologies for any inconvenience and thank you for your understanding. All the best.

>>>

it seems that no one can answer my previous question..

Ok please i need to know if any1 of you knows any1 that has been accepted by Mount sainai with a TOFEL score on PBT less than 580???

I really need an answre

Hey guys.. I'm new to this web site and i was blown up with the content, i mean it's really amazing to have this kind of oreintation for those whoare aiming to continue their career in USA....anyway i have a question and i would appreciate any1 answering this, well i'm a fifth year student and i was planning to do an elective at mount sainai , i did the TOFEL paper-based test but on their site they've only mentioned the minimum IBT scores which they'll accept.. so I'm kinda confused whether to send my application paper or not cuz I've got 580 in paperbased test so i need your advice about this????? 

thx

Thanks for your kind words.

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Thanks for your kind words. Kindly contact their elective co-ordinator; only he/she would be the best person to answer this question!

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@salil

I e-mailed a scanned copy of my online report to Ms. Malick and she accepted it!

N sory dude, I have no idea of any of the specialties that u are trying to mention in the revised application!... I was a first timer lyk u wen i applied...i mentioned cards, hem-onc n endo in dat order...

by god's grace I got my 1st choice!

all d best..

dr_andy

NIH application

Hello Umar Bhai and friends,

First, I'd like to thank you and everyone here for their excellent inputs on the subject of electives!

I have a few questions:

1) I scored 116 on the TOEFL iBT (R-30, L-28, S-28, W-30). I intend to apply for a cardiology elective in February or March. Its already nearing the end of October, 2010. Do I have a chance to get it?

2) I have my TOEFL score sheet scanned and ready to be sent to NIH via email. But they haven't specified an email id to which I may send my scanned report copy. Can you please help me find it?!

3) Do I have to send my official transcript along with the application, or after I am accepted for the elective?

Please help!

Thanks for your kind

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Thanks for your kind words.

1. Give it a try asap!

2. Mail them a photocopy along with your transcripts otherwise you can email it to their elective co-ordinator.

3. You have to send it before acceptance.

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send it via e-mail and also a

send it via e-mail and also a copy of your toefl via your application by post

@sahil

plz apply asap dude... considering the popularity of NIH, ur chances are very slim especially in cards - say abt 1%... but not impossible.. and as umar bhai says...dun give up hope... its jus my opinion as for a cards in april 2011 i applied as early as feb 2010..

 i'll be happy if u get thru!

send a scanned copy of ur TOEFL report to Ms. Vicki Malick's id..

nd yes application as u know is online while transcript has 2 b sent by postal mail to NIH..

All d best!!

Thanks Andy! That would

Thanks Andy!

That would definitely help!

Er, I guess putting one of the three precious choices at stake for something you have only a whisker of a chance to get would not be right!

Also, can you please help me regarding the NIH critical care medicine, IM consult service and Pediatric consult service electives? I need to revise my application!

And, a friend of mine called up at NIH, and they say that I could fax my TOEFL score report... But can't I just email a scanned copy?!

And I can't really thank you guys enough! You are doing a brilliant job!

Regards.

i needed some advice too on

i needed some advice too on the NIH application....i applied during the last week of sept for July2011 in cardiology....nd i sent my transcript nd toefl score (got the two online LORs sent too) nd it was confiremd by Ms Malick on Octobr 8th that she recieved them but said she needed an extra letter from my dean regarding the completion of my core clerkships, nd i quickly sent that nd recieved a msg from the courier service that it was succesfully received at NIH on Oct 14...i emailed Ms Malick to tell her that ive sent that letter she requested...but she hhasnt replied since.... how can i knoe that my appication is complete now nd is being considred by the departments there?nd how long b4 i hear from them regarding their decision?...plz do help me nd advice me on wat i shud do...thanks

Try giving her a call... she

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Try giving her a call... she might be on leave! Hopefully she might have forwarded your request to all the related departments!

I am very busy these days and won't be replying to anymore queries. Apologies for any inconvenience and thank you for your understanding. All the best.

hi i got my toefl scores

hi i got my toefl scores its 

reading-27,speaking 23 listening 17 writing 21 total 88.

in which college can i apply??

I am not sure.. You cannot

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I am not sure.. You cannot apply in NIH though... you can check Northwestern if they dont have a minimum requirement of 20 in each section...

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please help me

Hi,

Hope you are doing good. Actually the first time I took TOEFL exam and my score got 64 ( reading 17, listening 15, speaking 18 and writing 14). 

Then I did my best to retake TOEFL exam and I studied hardly for  almost 1 month. I remember when I come back from test center I was satisfied with my exam and I was thinking my score will be more than 81. after 2 weeks I got my score and my result got 61 (reading 14, listening 12, speaking 19 and writing 14). What happen to my scores. I was thinking may be my score has replaced with someone else . Please help me what should I do? I? am so unhappy,,,,I would like to complain to ETS,,,what should I do

Thanks a lot

I dont think you can do

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I dont think you can do anything about it. It is better if you join any academy or take any course before re-appearing for TOEFL... if you plan to re-appear otherwise simply apply to those place that dont require TOEFL...

I am very busy these days and won't be replying to anymore queries. Apologies for any inconvenience and thank you for your understanding. All the best.

regarding toefl score

Test Test Date Reading Listening Speaking Writing Total
TELXML September 12, 2010 27 20 23 25 95

hi tis is my score.can u tel me is it good or bad.what should i do.pls help.i nd to apply for elective within a few days

it is ok but total is good

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it is ok but total is good enough for you to get admission anywhere... however u wont be able to apply to NIH because of 26 as minimum speaking score!

I am very busy these days and won't be replying to anymore queries. Apologies for any inconvenience and thank you for your understanding. All the best.

i got 82 in toefl.r

i got 82 in toefl.r 23,listening 20,s 18,w 21.wat should i do?? retest or apply with thiis score only...

Give the TOEFL again....

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Give the TOEFL again....

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hey...cn any1 tel wat documnt

hey...cn any1 tel wat documnt reqd 2 apply 4 tofel...m 4m mumbai...is it jus passport or a learng drivr lincens will work??...

Only Passport will do.

Only Passport will do.

only passport for TOEFL in India, Bangladesh n Pakistan

Dude ONLY PASSPORT is valid for TOEFL in d countries mentioned above.. the bulletin of TOEFL mentions other document at first but read further n u'll find this state ment

hope that helps!

cheers

dr_andy

@ansh

Ansh ... i dont think u dat score may be valid now... ETS is pretty strict about its score validity policy and NIH is a coded center under ETS.. However, u can confirm this by mailing  d co-ordinator at d university u r interested in applying...

in my opinion u shud giv it again..

score validity


hey, this is a great site - the amount of info present here is realllyyyyyy helpful...great work umar bhai nd co


i had some questions... i gave the TOEFL in 2004 and got 280 out of 300 (the computer based test) and NIH says that they need 220 or more in the computer based test...so is it valid? cuz the ETS says its only valid for 2 years....


this is an extract from the NIH application:


If you are currently enrolled in or attending a school that is not 1) an LCME-accredited medical school in the United States or Canada, or 2) an accredited school of osteopathic medicine in the United States, or 3) a CODA/ADA-accredited dental school in the United States, then you must provide evidence of proficiency in communication skills either in the form of a TOEFL score or a documented passing grade on the USMLE Step 2 Clinical Skills Exam. For the TOEFL examination, the minimally acceptable scores are as follows:
   a) minimum total score of 560 on the paper-based test
   b) minimum total score of 220 on the computer-based test
   c) minimum total score of 86 on the iBT with a minimal score of 26 on the speaking subsection.


 


Thanks in advance


Anas

Thanks for your kind words...

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Thanks for your kind words... as far as I know this score is no more valid..... you need to retake the test....

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hey i emailed Vicki at NIH


hey i emailed Vicki at NIH and she confirmed that they will accpet this score so i am eligible to apply :) ...has anyone applied to any of their surgery-related programs?neurosurgery or surgical onlcology?... i plan to try for a general residency match so if i were to get an elective position in general suregery at some other uni like yale, uni of rochester, how would this elective at NIH compare to that? i mean shud i rather opt for the general surgery elective....NIH is very well respected and has an advantage of not having any fees....plz do advise me on this...


regards

NIH is great, simply

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NIH is great, simply awesome... the best thing about NIH is that they have a lot of complicated research cases.... each case is someone who had not been treated by tertiary care hospitals in US... so in a way, NIH people are experts... the best in their profession...

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toefl score


hello umar bhai


I wanted to know that i have scored low  in toefl exam 60..should i give exam once more or leave it.


plz reply me bhai. 

As viraat mentioned it

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As viraat mentioned it depends upon ur time frame... anyhow I am a sincere believer of never giving up... so if u have time... study well and try again!

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Hi Annu It will be best for

Hi Annu

It will be best for you to prepare well and take the test again. Thats the advice if you have time in hand. However if you are at a loss of time and want to apply for electives as soon as possible, try looking for universities which dont require TOEFL, or if they do require TOEFL request  them to give you a waiver by giving you a telephonic interview. Many will oblige.

All the best

-Viraat

minus toefl , minus step 1

hi sir . i m in urgent need  of a small help ... we r going to the dean today  , me and my friends .... my friend has not written step 1 and toefl ..

1. please tell me the colleges which dont require both .. 

2. colleges which require toefl , but not step1 ..  thanks . 

Please visit the following

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Please visit the following link.

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U Mass Electives

Dear Umar Bhai Salaam...

Are we not eligible for electives at U Mass. I have seen on their site that only those colleges which have an exchange programme with U Mass can apply.

Please guide me regarding the same.

 Dua wa salaam...

Aarif

If they say the ONLY accept

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If they say the ONLY accept students from college that have an exchange program with them; then I dont think you can apply.. anyhow you can confirm from the electives co-ordinator.

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hey. i applied to med schools

hey. i applied to med schools prior to receiving my toefl scores. i mentioned that i m waiting for scores. i placed an order at ETS to send my scores to the respective universities. shud i myself mail them too?? n i hvnt got my score sheet yet.i just have the online thing'

I think you should... atleast

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I think you should... atleast email a scanned copy...

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urgent help for NIH elective!

i have filled the online application for NIH elective. I mentioned my toefl score of 114 in the same. dey are asking for a copy of my toefl score report to verify the same. is it the hard copy dat dey are askin for or can v take a printout of online report to mail them/send them a soft copy thru e-mail???? plz help guys!

heyy.. Did u get acceptance

heyy.. Did u get acceptance from NIH. whats the progress?

NIH elective

congrats.

send a soft copy/scanned version/TOEFL website result saved copy(i did this) to Vicki(NIH co-ordinator) as toefl score.

My personal advice if u r applying to NIH.

1. Dont give endo as choice. it is acrap rotation as there is negligible interaction with attendings and they dont give LORs on the basis of 1 month elective rotation.

2. Cards is good, good interaction with the incharge attending.

3. sickle cell is good, good interaction plus the attending/depratment works also as an internist managing any complications os sickle cell patients. Any prev regd sickle pts always come here, even if for gout, biliary colic etc.(as they have to rule out crises). So one gets to learn internal medicine too on this rotation. All the attendings are cool are happy to give LORs.

4. I have heard here that Infexs Dz is also good, but very competitive. elective spots are single each month for visiting fellows, residents, med students included. But their rounds are good.

5. As for hemat, Umar bhai had mentioned previously. I will add my tuppence later. Rest will follow.

Best Wishes & Pass it on!

hey, great info


hey, great info this....wanted to ask if u kno anyone who did an elective in cardiology  at NIH?. how was theire experience nd did u manage to get any LOR(s) nd how many?...im planning to apply soon for july,2011...i hope its not too competitive in that month....nd is there any chance of rescheduling the elective after being accepted?


Thanks in advance :)

Thanks medisid!

Hey dude...

Thnx a million for the reply n d valuable input u gave me regarding choosing the elective!! U n Umar bhai dunno hw much u guys hav helpd me..

A query again! NIH application says dat v hav 2 send a transcript copy, malprac, immunizatn records etc.... r v supposed to send them nw itself or after our online application is processed??

rite now i have sent 1) completed applicatn 2) 2 lors - 1 from dean n other from faculty 3) toefl report

is der anythin els i need to send rite nw???

 

I have been accepted there, I

I have been accepted there, I sent all the req docu health-mal insur-immuniztion-TOEFL-web print out, n others that you can think of dat can effect ur appli positively like i had step1. always try to restrict all ur docu to 1 place (mail OR e-mail-use dere combination if only as per dere inquiry some of ur docu are missing.) and avoid scattering ! even though they do not specifically ask for other than transcript to be mailed. send it unified if added docu is a req according to the website.

if u do so, ur materials r alright, u r in time, they vil respond to u within at most 25 days from reciept-and ~10 days frm ur appi processing has begun(wen u no longer wud be able to log online)- just to e-mail you an acceptance letter.

gud luck, ur TOEFL score is highly competitive, u have a good chance of acceptance!

 Hi medisid! im going for

 Hi medisid!

im going for hematology elective at NIH in april.Umar said its quite a good one!

I wanted to ask you about the LOR...when do v get it?imeediately after v r done or sometime later when v r applying for residensy.please let me know.

Thanks,
Praveena

 

u can send ur saved

u can send ur saved TOEFL profile webpage showing ur score to their e-mail, or mail its printout. dont wait for the official report, its unreliable n u'l get late. u can further suggest they they ccan verify it by calling TOEFL adminstration using your biographical information

Thanx fertile!

Thanx a lot fertile for answering my query!

Lookin forward to ur valuable help in the future 2! all d best!

TOEFL

received my toefl scores 2day.. 114 on 120.. reading - 30, listening - 26, speaking - 28, writing - 30

 Hey Andy.... congrats...

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 Hey Andy.... congrats... pretty good score...

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Thanx Bhai!

Bhai thnx for ur wishes!!... u hav been d only reason why i am aware of wat electives is!..

bhai regardin application to NIH, did u mail ur malprac copy, transcript, health record at the time of online application or after u got an acceptance???

hopin to hear from u soon... god bless u!

NIH elective

wnated to know what exactly are v supposed to fill out in section 5 (coursework and grades) of the NIH online application. is it our academic record till date that they are asking for??

As far as I remember, you

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As far as I remember, you have to fill your transcript there but u can confirm it from Vicki(NIH elective co-ordinator)

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@ andy

hi andy.

this q was addressed previously too.

What i did was copy pasted my transcript data in that box and then in the footnote added that pass=50%, honors/distinction is 75%(which is very rare)..........

Best Wishes.

@medisid

thnx mate!! u dun wid electives???

toefl 85

 hi..

i got 85 in toefl. please tell me whether i can apply for any unvs in south? r shall i take toefl once again??

R25 L17 S23 W20 please help me.. i feel worse about myself.. 

hi radha  m not sure...

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hi radha 

m not sure... probably Northwestern...probably u should try giving it again....

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nih electives

hi,

i'm thru my toefl and want to apply for the nih for elective now.

However i found we need sum referral from sum prof for tht...is tht a referral from a us prof...?? if yes, can any1 temme how we can get tht...

thnx a zillion... 

LOR system for NIH

Dear pritish!

U need to list 2 referees in the NIH form. they have to be from your home institution. u have to list their email address and contact phone #(though they never call to confirm!). One shud be your DEAN of home medical school.; Second you can give any faculty with whom u are confortable and who would be comfortable in sending your LOR through email. The NIH will send automated emails requesting LOR-4-U to the two listed email address and your referees will be each given a login id and password for NIH site to submit the LOR for you. They have to login at the URL and write LOR in *.txt in the provided text box at the site. So better have the LOR matter in notepad format(not scanned n signed) for your referees to use while submitting. Since this process is pretty unusua, make sure your dean n faculty understand what is to be done.

Best Wishes!

 thanks a lot medisid for

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 thanks a lot medisid for answering this query in detail and appropriately...

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 Hello Umar and friends, I

 Hello Umar and friends,

I got 106 (29 30 22 25) in toefl .. the problem is i got only 22 in speaking.. and i  want to apply in NIH.which has 26 in speaking in requirement.. should i give it a try by first contacting them by email, may be i can convince them abt my speaking capabilities by talking wid him on phone.. or should i take toefl again.. i m planning to go for electives in march april and may 2010.. 

U can try emailing your

U can try emailing your request! best of luck for it.

BUT my friend with a similar scenario (speaking 24) asked them whether they will entertain his application. the elective co-ordinator declined saying that minimum 26 in speaking is a must.

best wishes.

 Arjun, one of my friends

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 Arjun, one of my friends also had a similar experience... medisid thanks a lot for answering the query.... tc n best of luck!

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 thank u umarbhai and medisid

 thank u umarbhai and medisid for replying my query.. i think i will skip applying in nih.. thanks..

97 IN TOEFL

HI,,

I HAVE GOT 97 IN TOEFL

R 28 L18 W 28 S 23

I HAVE APPLIED IN YALE N WEILL.WHAT R MY CHANCES

KINDLY GUIDE

 good one! u r eligible for

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 good one! u r eligible for all universities except NIH... tc n best of luck!

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@ amit

dear amit,

   as far as i know yale dosent mention any cut off marks though i am not sure.. but if u have extra documents with u , i mean a extra set of documents to apply then i would say go for it.. u will loose nothing in trying..

all the best 

@anusha well northwestern

@anusha

well northwestern requires a min of 84 with 24 in speaking..so congrats u fit in their criteria n shud definitely apply!!all da best

@abhishek

even m waiting for my score card...got onlyn score on 11th sept..

i am applyin to yale w/o score card..will enter the score on the application form..with my ets id..i mailed the EC..he was lik ya u can do that..if they hv nay doubt htey can verify using the reg id na from ets ppl...

 

Toefl Scores card delivery sucks

i passed on 30th may, i waited for my score report for 6 weeks but i didnt reach me.

i emailed them and they said they had resent it, but gaian after 6 weeks it didnt reach me. same happened with a friend from my city who sat the exam with me.

Eventually i had to change my home address in ETS to my relative in USA and again ordered candidate score report at 17$ to that address. he then scanned n sent it to me. 'Thanks'

MY SUGGESTION:

if u have any reliable relative/friend then give their address in the ETS website as your own and let the score reach them. when they get it ask them to scan it properly n send it to you or ask them to speedpost it to u in Ind/Pak. It takes 2 weeks for domestic delivery in USA n 4-6 weeks for international delivery. Plus the ETS guys send it by normal mail, and u know the condition of them in India. no guarantee that u'll have them.

So if u receive it in USA u save 2-4 weeks in time and a guarantee of sure delivery.

 thank you for the tip medsid

thank you for the tip medsid

i wish u wud hv come up with it before my toefl exam..even i am waiting for my score card delivery since 3 weeks:(if i change my address to one in US, now it wl cost addl 17$ ryt?

 

the good thing is that the

the good thing is that the ETS can resend only one additional score report to you for 'FREE'.

so my advice my to you is to wait for one more week and then complain about not receiving it.

when they get your complain, they'll resend the additional free score report to you. but before complaining do try to change your address in the ETS to the US one, so that when they mail again, they'll use that address.

best wishes.

 nice contribution medisid!

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 nice contribution medisid! keep posting! I have added ur posts on the updated info... tc n best of luck! 

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anytime............

anytime............

@anusha

Anusha,

It all depends on which universities do you plan to apply. However, it is a low score for the best universities and even for the middle level. So, if you wish to enrol in a good one, I suggest that you re-take the test. Here is a good web site for TOEFL Practice Online.  

Success!!!

 well usually it takes around

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 well usually it takes around 14-21 days... as they post it via US Regular mail service.... tc and best of luck!

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i havent recieved my toefl

i havent recieved my toefl score sheet yet... got my result on around 17th aug..... i ordered two score sheets to NW and NIH on 27th aug.... hope they hv reached them atleast by now.... my all other applications are getting delayed because of this score sheet... TOEFL ppl r so freaking cheap... can't they send us scores by a better faster mail service... if they want, they could just add tht amount to test fee

 In case the university does

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 In case the university does not have a code, you send a photocopy to them e.g places like NIH, Yale etc... as u mentioned in Northwestern, TUFTS etc, u give the code to ETS and request them to send it for u...tc and best of luck!

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 Hello Umar, I scored 94, is

 Hello Umar,

I scored 94, is it ok? 22 reading, all others 24. The main problem is I got my score online on 18 th of AUG (view order-->view scores), but have not yet my reports. How we are supposed to send our scores to universities??? northwestern requires us to send report through ETS directly, but what about other universities like Yale??? Yale people told me send the original document. What should I do its delaying my application, already delayed by month (my TOEFL exam was postponed due to some server problems)

 depends upon where you plan

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 depends upon where you plan to apply....in places like NIH, Yale...this score won't help but in some places like Northwestern... it might... you can apply with this score at some places like Northwestern and later mail them your new improved score... and apply in places like NIH when you have a better score fulfiling their criteria....tc and best of luck!

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regarding toefl score

I secured 85 in TOEFL reading-22,listening-20,speaking-20,writing-20 would it be ok if I apply with this score or try once again for the better score?Its already getting late for me to apply. 

scored 112 in toefl ibt but

scored 112 in toefl ibt but have only 24 on speaking..

can i apply to nih?? i know about their policy of minimum 26 on speaking.. but are they really strict about it???

can i mail someone at their office and ask for a waiver??

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