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Writing a SOP

by Deepa Mittal

GRE score is not a sole criterion for getting you into a graduate school.

Besides good score, there are other factors like SOP, letter of recommendations, GPA that play an important part in deciding your admission into a graduate school.A carefully drafted SOP may help you in getting into your dream school even with an average GRE score.

SOP is a way for the admission committee members to get to know about you since they did not get a chance to take an interview. SOP is an essay that describes you, your accomplishments, your academic background, career plans and future goals.

A strong essay clearly depicting sincerity of student to join applied graduate school can help him, especially when his application is on the edge.

Writing an impressive SOP……

SOP should include following information:

  • Who you are?
  • Your academic background.
  • Your past accomplishments.
  • What motivated and sparkled your interest in your field, for e.g. if you are a computer engineer, there might be something, say, playing pacman in childhood that developed your interest in the field of computer science.
  • Start your essay with a quote, question, or engaging description that grabs the attention of the reader. Sample SOP for M.S in computer Science field may have an introduction like The dawn of the new age - The Computer Era - glows before us with the promise of new and improved ways of thinking, living and working. The only way to keep up with these increased amounts of data and information is to understand how computers work. Having seen many applications of computer science, be it while making a bank withdrawal, buy groceries at the supermarket my quest for knowledge has only intensified. I have always believed in myself and worked for what I wanted. I have already drawn a clear graph of my professional life. Certainly, the purpose of my life is to discover a greater understanding of the field of computer sciences. The interest and fascination has evolved into a determination to study the subject deeply and to do some valuable research in the field, prompting me to seek a Master's degree in the same field.
  • Details of the projects you have worked on, related to the intended area of study.
  • Cite examples where you donned the mantle of the leader to show others a new path.
  • What inspired you to pursue masters' in that particular field and why you chose that particular university?
  • Make sure that your research area matches with the research area of the department you are applying to. Do research on the university and your concerned department where you are planning to study and accordingly state how you can be a good fit.
  • Be precise and honest. The admission committee members who would be reviewing your application have a lot of experience reading thousands of statements. So don't try to fool them with fake information.
  • Enlist your contribution to social work, if any, and how that created an impact on the society.
  • Cite evidences/experiences as supporting details for the facts you want to demonstrate.
  • Address your weaknesses in such a way that they bring out the positive impact. for e.g. if you scored badly once, how that turned out to be an inspirational and turning point in your life.
  • Mention about your publications, if any.
  • A conclusion paragraph at the end that demonstrates what you learned from your life experiences, field of study and your future plans.
  • Demonstrate clear and concise thoughts.

Get your SOP proofread from two or three persons and ask them to check it for grammatical and other mistakes.

In short, SOP should bring out the unique talent of yours.

Don'ts

1) It should be around 500-600 words.
2) Don't give weak excuses for low GPA, GRE/TOEFL score.
3) Don't use flowery language.
4) The information should not be inconsistent.

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    avijain007
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    avijain007Tue, 25 Jun 2013 06:37:30 -0000

    HEllo Deepa,

    I have written my SOP, could you please review it and tell me the corrections.

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    charlesfernendes
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    charlesfernendesMon, 08 Jul 2013 12:38:53 -0000

    Hey,

    Please forward your SOP to charles.fernendes[at]gmail.com(charles.fernendes@gmail.com). We will look into your SOP and will provide you valuable corrections and suggestions.

    Charles

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    IBArena
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    IBArenaFri, 09 Nov 2012 19:43:43 -0000

    Anyone looking for a creative writer to get a SOP written. Contact me at ibarena.payments@gmail.com for more details. I have written 7 successful SOPs in the past.

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    charlesfernendesMon, 08 Jul 2013 12:42:28 -0000

    Hi,

    We can definitly help you in this regard. Please forward your past SOPs and your Latest Resume to charles.fernendes[at]gmail.com(charles.fernendes@gmail.com).

    Charles

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    pradeepkennedy88
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    pradeepkennedy88Wed, 10 Oct 2012 09:50:14 -0000

    Hi Deepa,

    I am pradeep kennedy from hyderabad I have completed my intermediate in 2012.I did regular vocational course in (C.S.E) and now i am planing for abroad studies in canada in diploma/bachelors in computers and networking so kindly send me some sample of SOP'.

    Thanks in advance
    pradeep kennedy
    9000809561

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    simranraj123
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    simranraj123Wed, 03 Oct 2012 08:45:52 -0000

    Hello, I have prepared my SOP, could you please review it ?

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    why so
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    why soThu, 30 Dec 2010 08:27:55 -0000

    u look good and wats ur qualification

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    ecetkWed, 08 Dec 2010 04:20:50 -0000

    Deepa, i had prepared my SOP, can u review it.

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    nataraj
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    krishna NatarajSat, 09 Jan 2010 11:53:37 -0000

    Deepa, I had wrote an SOP of my own. can i send it to you for any corrections?

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    Deepa MittalFri, 22 Jan 2010 12:49:00 -0000

    Yes, you can send it to me. I will review it.

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    rantidev shuklaTue, 24 Nov 2009 07:47:21 -0000

    my email id is rantibio@gmail.com

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    rantidev shuklaTue, 24 Nov 2009 07:44:27 -0000

    hi… i want to get admission in PhD biology ( stem cell research)….may u please send me sample SOP in relation to it????
    My email id is <rantibio@gmail.com>

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    Deepa MittalMon, 30 Nov 2009 05:04:43 -0000

    Click here
    to get answer to your query.

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    rantidev shuklaTue, 24 Nov 2009 07:40:18 -0000

    may you please send me sample SOP for admission to PhD in biology ( stem cell research)

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    Deepa MittalMon, 30 Nov 2009 05:02:59 -0000

    Learnhub does not provide sample SOP. Also, if universities find out that you have copied content of SOP from someone else, it may result in rejection of your application. So, it is recommended to try to draft SOP by your own by taking tips from the above lesson.

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    jaideepenatorThu, 17 Sep 2009 11:26:00 -0000

    should i print the sop i have written and send in application to the US university.. please tell me this on my email id- jaideepenator@gmail.com

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    Deepa MittalTue, 22 Sep 2009 07:53:04 -0000

    Yes, take a print out (with your name and university name as the header) and mail it along with other application documents to the graduate school.

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    kartheeka pMon, 20 Jul 2009 04:22:13 -0000

    this lesson is really good. i was confused about SOPs, but not anymore. thank u.

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    krupaThu, 25 Jun 2009 06:38:46 -0000

    plz send me few samples of sop at krupamody_08@yahoo.co.in

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    SureshSun, 17 May 2009 18:22:42 -0000

    Folks, right now Learnhub team does not offer any service where you can get sample SOPs from our team. Instead we guide our users to write their own SOPs. It is always recommended to write your own SOPs failing which you may get into some troubles. Try to write your own SOPs and get them reviewed by the experts.

    Please go through the following link for more information on how to write your SOPs.

    Tips to Write a Great SOP

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    Girish SharmaSat, 18 Apr 2009 10:04:56 -0000

    hi

    i m interested in pursuing phd. abrod.in physics
    can u send me a sample sop at s.girish999@gmail.com

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    Deepa MittalFri, 26 Jun 2009 11:00:42 -0000

    Click here to get more tips on writing SOP.

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    SUMAN KUMAR GAYENWed, 25 Mar 2009 03:51:32 -0000

    Hi this is Suman. can u send me a SOP for MEchanical Engg.My id is sumankumargayen@gmail.com

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    prabhdeep singh gillWed, 11 Mar 2009 07:44:35 -0000

    hey can i get sop for p.g. diploma of computer network in canada…
    if yes plz send me at gill_desiattitude@yahoo.co.in

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    Deepa MittalTue, 30 Jun 2009 06:25:29 -0000

    Learnhub does not provide any service where you can get sample SOPs. It is always good to write your own SOP. Click here to get tips on writing SOP.

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    bhartriSat, 17 Jan 2009 10:20:15 -0000

    hii..this is nishita…can u plz send me some samples of SOP's for electronics and communication engineering.my id is bhartri@gmail.com

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    Deepa MittalWed, 28 Jan 2009 04:19:06 -0000

    Click here to view sample SOP.

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    ams yousufThu, 15 Jan 2009 09:19:42 -0000

    Can u please send some samples of SOPs for Electronics and Communications .my id is hsnkhn2007@yahoo.com

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    Shrikant SinghThu, 08 Jan 2009 07:16:57 -0000

    Hi, Deepa,
    It's great to see your tips.
    Could you send me sample SOP for Electrical and Electronics engineering?
    My e-mail id is shrikant@ekundali.com

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    puppySun, 30 Nov 2008 18:03:15 -0000

    wat do u mean by sop sir….

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    SureshFri, 09 Jan 2009 06:42:34 -0000

    SOP is Statement Of Purpose which you have to write as a part of your US University admission procedure

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