> Following post was shared by pavan pasumarthi.
We have heard about consulates asking students questions about Fake TOEFL Scores. Read the following F1 Interview experiences to get an idea.
- F1 Stamping at Chennai – Fake TOEFL Score Check
- F1 Visa Issued at Chennai – (Fake TOEFL Score Check)
- F1 Visa Banned – Fake TOEFL Scores
Following F1 Visa interview experience from Pavan is the first experience shared in Happy Schools Blog where he was asked to write an essay to verify the Test (TOEFL) Scores.
Over to Pavan.
F1 Visa Interview Chennai 2012
Well my VISA experience is a bit strange and shaky.
VO is a middle aged Filipino lady. Counter no:15.
Me: Good Morning Mam!
Pass on your documents please!
So, Why Clemson? and What specialization in Mechanical engineering?
Me: I came to know about Clemson back in my third year engg. I was working on a project in CFD and faced problems because of the computational limitations of my University (VIT,Vellore). Ultimately, I had to drop my project. I then went on to search for Universities with exceptional computational labs and found Clemson (has a supercomuter cluster ranked 62nd in the world).
VO: Oh! good. Any other admits?
Me: 3 admits Mam.
VO: good! What do you want do after your MS?
Me: Well, I want to start a training center in India and help train the rural graduates at a nominal fees, those who cannot afford US education.
VO: What do you want to train them in? And how do you expect to survive if you don’t get enough money?
Me: Advanced simulation software packages like Abaqus,Ansys,OpenFoam. etc. We will also act as a consulting company and earn the required funds.
VO: Very Good then, give me your score cards?
Me: ….(Gave my Toefl Card and was about to give my GRE score sheet…..)
VO: Tell me what reading passage you got in your TOEFL?
Me:( Wha? Are you kidding me????)….(.gave a big smile) Mam! I wrote it back in September 2011 Mam.
VO : I can see that. Now tell me?( matching my smile) you know I have been interviewing people for the last 16 years.
Me: Okay, I got a passage from archaeology about an island where fossils of a new species were discovered and something about filling the gap between Homo erectus and…..(She asked me to stop)
VO: Why don’t you go and wait, will call you.
Waited for almost an hour, they asked me to go to counter number 28
A young Indian Lady is there with my passport and toefl score card.
IL: Hi, Can I see your Gre score card please.
(Gave my GRE* score card) [*my gre 730V+770Q+4AWA]
IL: where have you given your GRE? and why is that you gave your Tofel in Mysore when Chennai is nearer.
Me: Gave my gre at hyderabad. Then registered for my Toefl at Chennai on 24th september,2011. Due to a medical emergency I postponed my Toefl to 28th and because of the hustle I did what I did.
IL: please go and wait sir.
After one hour
They asked me find counter 26
IL: Do you have a pen?
Me: Of course! Yes.
IL: Take this sheet of paper and write an essay on any general topic.
Me: How about “Youth in Politics”
IL: Great! I will collect it in 15 mins
I wrote an essay for about 10 mins.(Nailed it, because I’ve recently submitted an article about “Hereditary Politics” to a local english weekly editor.)
She collected it and asked me to wait.
After 1 hour.
Counter no: 18:
A middle aged man in a suit : Sir, We believe that your scores are genuine and you seem to have excellent academic record.
Me: thank you! (Smiling)
VO: So, keep it that way even in the US. Congratulations! Your VISA will be couriered.
This is the part-1 of my visa experience . Will post part-2, with my observations and valuable tips (I have seen over 50 Interviews in the 3 hours).