Dear Mentor:

Where can I get admitted without the GRE?

I have a BE [Bachelor of Engineering] in Electronics & Communications. I also have work experience of 6 years in software development. I would like to know if there are any schools that offer admission without the GRE [Graduate Record Exam] and TOEFL [Test of English as a Foreign Language]. Curriculum in Networking or Telecoms is the area of interest.

Easy Way Out, Dallas, Texas, USA

Dear Easy Way Out:

You can pursue a Master's program either in computer engineering or electrical engineering. You would have to research prospective colleges and their respective MS (Master of Science) programs in engineering to determine if they offer specializations or sufficient number of courses of interest to you.

Yes, there are colleges in the US that do not require the candidates to take standardized exams like the GRE. If you are interested in searching for such colleges, you are welcome to do so on your own. However, that is not how we would approach the situation. Serious students would first determine what is the best course of action for them to pursue, identify what is required for such a plan, and then fulfill the requirement. If the best action requires taking the GRE, then a serious student would take the GRE and make every effort to his or her best.

The TOEFL is not just a requirement for the school, but for the US immigration officials also. Both want to ensure that have an adequate command of the English language to comprehend the classroom instruction and to complete academic requirements. You will be required, as an international student, to demonstrate your proficiency in the English language - if it is not the TOEFL, then some other way.

Cutting corners and finding the easiest way, yet dreaming of success, is not a very useful course of action. But the decision is obviously yours.

We have addressed this and many other relevant issues related to education in iMahal's Authoritative Guide for Studying in America and Canada.

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