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Application essay suggestion [#permalink] New post 05 May 2005, 08:34
I am applying this fall for an MBA program and I am trying to get a head start by writing my essays using this years application essay topics. Do essay questions and topics change from year to year? Is is safe for me to write these essays ahead of time? Any comments or suggestions? Thanks
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 [#permalink] New post 05 May 2005, 14:33
It is a good idea to think about the essays in advance. There are some topics that appear every year in one guise or another e.g. Why an MBA? Why here? You can start devloping a broad outline for these questions well in advance. However, substantive writing cannot really begin until you see the exact prompt.

Some of the wackier/more estoteric topic change from year to year so there is little to prepare in advance. Nonetheless, studying previous topics can give you some sense of the types of questions you might be asked.
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 [#permalink] New post 07 May 2005, 13:18
Essay questions and topics can change from year to year, but in some cases it may be helpful to start writing early. I'll share my own personal strategy - this worked well for me, but may not work for everyone.

When I decided to apply to b-school, I took a look at the current year's essay questions from some of my target schools. I didn't apply that year but kept those questions in mind. I then started to write out possible answers to those questions in a notebook. I wrote in it as I was "inspired" to - it was kind of a b-school essay journal. When I remembered certain things that happened at work or in other areas of life where I had leadership experiences, I wrote in this notebook. Two years later when I was ready to actually apply, I utilized this notebook and reviewed it as I crafted my essays. I had absolutely no writer's block by the time I sat down to do my application. By the time I gave my essays to someone to edit, he did not have one word of advice for me. I had spent so much time thinking about my experiences and recording them, that I had no problems putting my thoughts to paper and picking the best experiences for the essays. It worked for me - I attended Harvard Business School.

It may not be "safe" in the sense that you are thinking to just write out answers to essay questions before the new questions come out (because the essay questions can change, although several are rather standard - just reworded sometimes). However, I think it's a good exercise to reflect and start writing early if you have the time. This exercise is good not just for applying to business school - but simply for personal growth reasons.

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 [#permalink] New post 08 May 2005, 11:48
I agree that it is good to have a place to jot down ideas for essays as you think about them over the coming months. This is especially true with the personal anecdote type of essay question. My one word of caution is to avoid getting too carried away with this exercise- a bit like generals who focus too much on winning the last war some candidates have a hard time letting go of essay concepts that they crafted based on the prompts from prior years.

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 [#permalink] New post 08 May 2005, 22:17
hi,
i wanted to ask that as you attended Harvard, does elite b-schools give more stress on the quant score of GMAT while evaluating an applicant's GMAT score, or is it the overall score?

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Essay questions and topics can change from year to year, but in some cases it may be helpful to start writing early. I'll share my own personal strategy - this worked well for me, but may not work for everyone.

When I decided to apply to b-school, I took a look at the current year's essay questions from some of my target schools. I didn't apply that year but kept those questions in mind. I then started to write out possible answers to those questions in a notebook. I wrote in it as I was "inspired" to - it was kind of a b-school essay journal. When I remembered certain things that happened at work or in other areas of life where I had leadership experiences, I wrote in this notebook. Two years later when I was ready to actually apply, I utilized this notebook and reviewed it as I crafted my essays. I had absolutely no writer's block by the time I sat down to do my application. By the time I gave my essays to someone to edit, he did not have one word of advice for me. I had spent so much time thinking about my experiences and recording them, that I had no problems putting my thoughts to paper and picking the best experiences for the essays. It worked for me - I attended Harvard Business School.

It may not be "safe" in the sense that you are thinking to just write out answers to essay questions before the new questions come out (because the essay questions can change, although several are rather standard - just reworded sometimes). However, I think it's a good exercise to reflect and start writing early if you have the time. This exercise is good not just for applying to business school - but simply for personal growth reasons.

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 [#permalink] New post 09 May 2005, 02:59
An applicant's entire package is viewed holistically by elite schools. The answer to your question varies on a case by case basis. Some applicants with low quant scores get admitted to elite schools, but are required to take coursework prior to enrollment. They might have to take courses outside of the school or attend a special "boot camp" at the school before orientation. That said, your overall score is very important as are the parts. It helps the admissions committee gauge how well you will likely do in the program. The bottom line - do as well on the GMAT as you can and retake it if necessary. But if you feel like you've done as well as you are going to do, it may be time to focus on other aspects of the application.

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 [#permalink] New post 09 May 2005, 03:17
thanks for the reply.i wanted to ask if the quant score is well above the averegeof students applying but verbal is low, leading to a lower GMAT score than the averege.does a high quant score helps to rectify a lower GMAT score?i heard that B-schools are more concerned with the quant score in the GMAT/

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An applicant's entire package is viewed holistically by elite schools. The answer to your question varies on a case by case basis. Some applicants with low quant scores get admitted to elite schools, but are required to take coursework prior to enrollment. They might have to take courses outside of the school or attend a special "boot camp" at the school before orientation. That said, your overall score is very important as are the parts. It helps the admissions committee gauge how well you will likely do in the program. The bottom line - do as well on the GMAT as you can and retake it if necessary. But if you feel like you've done as well as you are going to do, it may be time to focus on other aspects of the application.

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