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Short and Sweet: Tips for Writing “Mini” MBA Essays

By - Aug 5, 14:11 PM   Comments [0]

What is an admission committee’s message, intent, behind limiting an “essay” answer to 100, 200, or 300 characters? Just the facts, please. In fact, just the key facts. No adornment, no backstory, no extended rationale. Columbia Business School has had such a goals question for a few...

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Does Grade Inflation Create Winners?

By - Aug 5, 14:05 PM   Comments [0]

A recent Inside Higher Ed article, “Questionable Admissions,” reveals research that indicates that graduate schools prefer students with higher grades from an institution where everyone earns high grades over applicants with lower grades from an institution that’s cracked down on grade inflation and judges student...

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MBA Applicant Blogger Interview with Bschoolgirl

By - Aug 5, 13:57 PM   Comments [0]

We’d like to introduce you to Bschoolgirl, an anonymous blogger at Girl Meets B-School who will be starting her first year at USC Marshall this fall. A self-proclaimed non-traditional applicant, Bschoolgirl made it into one of her top picks, and shares lots of good advice...

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5 Application “Red Flags” to Avoid

By - Aug 5, 05:59 AM   Comments [0]

Today’s post comes from Manhattan Review Spain, a well-known provider of test prep and MBA Admissions Consulting in Barcelona, Madrid, Sevilla, and Valencia for Top Business Schools. If you’re applying to the country’s top business schools, you need to do your best to give reviewers no...

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Evaluate in Which Round to Submit Your B-School Application

By - Aug 5, 05:08 AM   Comments [0]

I field questions every admissions season from clients about when to submit business school applications. They ask if they have a better shot in round two rather than round one, or if it's even worth submitting in the final round. Schools regularly address this question on...

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GMAT Question of the Day (Aug 5): Combinations and Critical Reasoning

By - Aug 5, 02:00 AM   Comments [1]

Math (PS) Carly has 3 movies that she can watch during the weekend: 1 Action movie, 1 Comedy, and 1 Drama. However, she needs to watch the Drama 3 times. Assuming Carly has time for 5 movies and intends to watch all of them, in how...

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Tips for Video MBA Essay Questions

By - Aug 4, 12:58 PM   Comments [0]

Rotman led the charge least year with a video essay question. This year Yale and Kellogg (so far) have decided to try it out. I saw a rumor that INSEAD is also considering the format. Worried about being literally on stage? Here are my tips if...

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What Should I Write About? Making a Difference

By - Aug 4, 12:49 PM   Comments [0]

In my non-admissions life, I once went to a lecture given by a biographer whose work I admire. In the course of his talk he mentioned that while writing about genius has merit, writing about typical folks and their extraordinary achievements is more valuable. The...

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First Drafts of Personal Statements: Let Yourself Go

By - Aug 4, 12:39 PM   Comments [0]

First drafts. These are probably the hardest part of the whole process for would-be applicants. There’s a sense of overwhelmedness, of trying to capture so much of your experience onto a single page. I’ve read hundreds of first drafts over the years. To be honest, most...

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UCLA Anderson School of Management MBA Essay Tips

By - Aug 4, 05:08 AM   Comments [0]

UCLA Anderson always kept the application process streamlined, with only two required essays. This year the required essays were reduced to one, focusing only on your career goals. With such a limited amount of space to highlight everything you may want to communicate to UCLA...

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