Here is the response of an Associate Professor to our friend's SoP.

In your estimation, what are the chances of this candidate for a PhD position in her department?

Good or Goooooood?
#gradschool #phdchat #AcademicTwitter
If you are still in the process of developing a captivating statement, here are the comprehensive resources this candidate used.

Paragraph 1- How to start your statement of purpose
Paragraph 2- How to explain your educational and research background

Paragraph 3- How to explain your work/volunteer experience and related skills
Paragraph 4- How to explain your interest in a university or program (spoiler: it's not just about ranking)

Paragraph 5- How to conclude and leave the best impression in the mind of the reader
Please note that the above resources were initially designed for competing at Top US institutions but several candidates who got non-US scholarships have reported their relevance
The examples described for each paragraph are from successful students in different fields. This reduces the temptation to plagiarise, however, the rationale for every statement was explained so you can easily write your own unique story.
If there are no specific instructions on how to structure your statement, this works anywhere. Even when there are specific pointers, you can still learn how to argue certain points from these resources, like how to explain your academic background, University interest, etc.
Good luck!
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I almost passed my GRE or English test. If other requirements are strong, can I still submit my graduate school application?

It depends.

Here's why!👇

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Your chances will depend on how the application review process works for your intended program. Unfortunately, it is mostly hard to tell from the outside looking in.
For some programs, they use the test scores as an initial metric to screen out applicants when they have many applications than they can handle.

In this case, you are at risk of early rejection if you don't meet their minimum scores
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