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Re: "Best" admission consulting companies? [#permalink] New post 12 Jul 2011, 08:28
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Hello. This post is from Tyler Cormney of MBA Prep School, and I wanted to join the thread to thank my clients for the positive reviews about me and the admissions consulting services we provide at MBA Prep School. Having read all the posts, I am so happy to see that many have benefitted from working with admissions consultants. There are many talented consultants in this field, and I encourage you to meet and talk with the ones that make it on your short list to determine who fits best with your needs and your personality.

As a consultant, I get to know my clients better than just about anyone else in their lives. It's so rewarding when they earn an acceptance letter from their dream school. That's why I love this job! I've been a consultant for six years now, and what I have learned is that the candidates who seriously engage with the process and are relentless in building a an outstanding application realize the best results. Make no mistake, this is a demanding process even with a coach to help you, perhaps more so.

At MBA Prep School, our mission is to make the applicants that engage with us more competitive. While there is certainly a marketing/strategy element to the admission consulting process, the intensive strengths discovery, career goals setting, and school research steps we guide our clients through make them stronger candidates than they were when they started the process and that shines through in the applications they create.

There have been a number of questions on this thread about more affordable admissions consulting options. MBA Prep School has created on-demand admissions consulting videos and published an eBook to put the principles and practices that admissions consultants use within reach for more applicants. In addition to our on-demand videos and web-based tools, we also offer editing services and hourly consultations for more targeted help for those on a budget. There is no way to perfectly emulate the experience of working one-on-one with an admissions consultant, but we have taken advantage of the latest online learning tools to create more affordable options.

I would be happy to answer any questions GMAT Club members have about how the admissions consulting process works and how MBA Prep School can help. You can PM me or reach me via our website: (http://mbaprepschool.com).
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Re: "Best" admission consulting companies? [#permalink] New post 13 Jul 2011, 06:19
Hi,
I wanted to contribute something to this discussion and share my experiences working on my MBA application with Aringo.com:

I had a great (and successful :) ) experience working with my Aringo.com consultant -- and I can honestly say I wouldn't have gotten in if it wasn't for the help I got with the package.

The key thing is making sure you have a chemistry with the consultant -- that's why I think Aringo is better than the freelancers out there; if you're unhappy (or if the consultant is sick / swamped / on holidays and you got a deadline...) you have the flexibility to change. I also like the fact they got the widest variety of MBA alums - so if you're applying to a few programs, you can have an alum of each school check your application package, and you get a chance to speak with alums of all the top programs.

My 2 cents...
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Re: "Best" admission consulting companies? [#permalink] New post 22 Jul 2011, 00:20
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Hi All,

I would like to share with you my personal experience with Ivy MBA consulting http://ivymbaconsulting.com/
Let's start from the results: accepted at both school I applied to, with this background: male, 33 y.o., 8 years experience in IT, GMAT 700.

Clearly I recognized the challenge of being one of the many techy guys that looked at the MBA to increase the opportunities for a career and industry switch.
But being one of the many, doesn't make you unique enough to get into the top MBA programs I was targeting.

I was very close to the application deadline and an MBA Alumnus who reviewed my essays recommended me to get some help to strengthen them and recommended me the Ivy team.
It is well known that MBA admission councils want to read real stories, and are very good at recognizing fakes, so the trick is not to invent but to find the unique points of your background. Sometimes though, they are quite well hidden in your memory, or not recognized as key points to mention.

Time was not playing in our favor, with less than 4 weeks to review the entire application. The Ivy group put together a very dedicated team, that worked day and night (literally) with me and helped me to discover those points that made my application successful.

Some tips for applicants:
- Don't make my mistake to contact the MBA consultants when it's late: although it is never too late to do it, but if you give them more time you will be able to sleep more at night ;). Moreover the strategy starts at the very beginning of your application process, I got tangled in my GMAT for months, and I'm sure they would have recommended better way to overcome this hurdle.
- Don't get scared if they are not located in your own country: I worked with this guy remotely for weeks and only met one of their consultant for the interview preparation process. Needless to say, I never felt left alone, and we were able to build up a very efficient way of working remotely.
- Good luck to all of you!
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Re: "Best" admission consulting companies? [#permalink] New post 24 Jul 2011, 14:44
Has anyone worked with Yaron from Precision Essay? Would be really helpful if you could share your experience. If u'r hesitant sharing it openly, feel free to PM me. TIA
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Re: "Best" admission consulting companies? [#permalink] New post 25 Jul 2011, 06:19
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Has anyone worked with Yaron from Precision Essay? Would be really helpful if you could share your experience. If u'r hesitant sharing it openly, feel free to PM me. TIA


Actually one more thing - any views on whether it is ok to ask for references for specific consultants I'm considering? I know some companies have testimonials up on their website, but it's hard to tell which specific consultant the testimonial is written for.
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Re: "Best" admission consulting companies? [#permalink] New post 26 Jul 2011, 09:00
First of all, thanks everyone for this wonderful thread. I found it quite useful in narrowing down my choices. Having said that, can anyone please offer any insight on the following consultants?

- MBA Exchange. I have gone through the initial email dialogue but I just can't find any *real* reviews. I found an old thread at Business Week (http://forums.businessweek.com/bw-bscho ... ?msg=86996) but all the positive reviews are by first-time posters. Can someone suggest how are their consultants, their responsiveness etc.

- Clear Admit: Deciding between Brett and Stacey. Any feedback?
- Bill at Stacy Blackman: Already saw the great review but is he focused more towards EMBAs?

Thanks a bunch guys!
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Re: "Best" admission consulting companies? [#permalink] New post 26 Jul 2011, 19:19
Any experience with Paul S. Bodine as admission consultant?
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Re: "Best" admission consulting companies? [#permalink] New post 27 Jul 2011, 19:59
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I thought I’d throw out another name that I haven’t seen mentioned on this thread as an alternative to the larger admissions consulting firms everyone is talking about: Tyler Cormney. Tyler used to work for a large brand name consulting firm specializing in top 5 schools but spun out on his own a couple years back. I was fortunate enough to embark on the admissions process with adequate scores, grades and work experience, but I had no idea how to navigate the application process itself. Tyler and I worked on my application together for about three months; he was always patient, insightful and responsive. We carefully selected essay topics to help distinguish me from the masses (I was otherwise a white male working in finance that went to a top tier undergraduate institution . . about as generic as you can get in b-school admissions speak). I was ultimately admitted to Wharton and Kellogg and waitpooled at Stanford GSB, which I thought was a phenomenal outcome. I had a number of friends apply to school at the same time as me that I perceived to be stronger applicants (750+ GMATs, Phi Beta Kappa, bulge bracket work experience) who were rejected from these same schools. I think this is a true testament of the value of Tyler’s services. I’ve already encouraged a number of friends to work with Tyler in the future and I would strongly recommend him to anyone considering working with a consultant. Feel free to message me with questions.


Hey 'CAMBA13' -

First off - congrats on making it to Kellogg and thanks for sharing your experience with Tyler. It is really helpful.

I'm actually strongly considering using Tyler's services and had a couple of questions about it. It would be really great if you could answer -

1. Did you use the Premium package or the hourly services? If you did premium, did you do all schools at once or did you start with 1 school and added more later?
2. Did you ever feel that you had to wait too long to get responses?
3. Typically how much time in a week did he spend with you on phone?
4. Anything that you did not like about his services?

As you can understand, it is a significant investment of time and money and I want to make sure I'm going with the right person.

Thanks again.
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Re: "Best" admission consulting companies? [#permalink] New post 04 Aug 2011, 07:01
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Just finished up my MBA at Ross, so this review may be a little dated, but I thought I'd chip in with an opinion on MBA Exchange since it seems there are few opinions on here.

I worked directly with Dan, the founder of MBAEx and applied to 4 schools. I have a very non-traditional background (owned a painting company, and worked for a small niche IT firm). Had a 3.4 GPA from a Big Ten school, and a 730 GMAT. To say that I wasn't exactly lighting the world on fire with my resume is probably a pretty accurate statement.

My experience with MBAEx was truly fantastic. I'm not saying I wouldn't have gotten in without their help, but I am positive they substantially increased my chances of acceptance. From helping me accurately gauge to what schools to apply, to helping me craft my personal story throughout my essays, Dan was extremely helpful. I applied to 4 Top 10-15 schools, and decided to attend Michigan. I was extremely happy with my experience and would give MBA Exchange, and Dan specifically the highest of recommendations. I still maintain close contact with Dan, and he always answers emails or phone calls within 24 hours, and often much sooner. He was always there for me during the process to answer questions and concerns, and I am confident he will continue to be a close contact for years to come.

Please PM me or email me if you have any specific questions.

PS - Ross was awesome, and I couldn't have been happier with my final school choice.
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Re: "Best" admission consulting companies? [#permalink] New post 04 Aug 2011, 09:56
Hi Everyone,

I know that this is for reviews but I've been surprised that I can't find anything at all on MBAadmit and Shelly Watts. If anyone has worked with her it would be great to hear about the experience. Thanks to everyone who's contributing!
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Re: "Best" admission consulting companies? [#permalink] New post 05 Aug 2011, 06:42
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Has anyone worked with Yaron from Precision Essay? Would be really helpful if you could share your experience. If u'r hesitant sharing it openly, feel free to PM me. TIA


Actually one more thing - any views on whether it is ok to ask for references for specific consultants I'm considering? I know some companies have testimonials up on their website, but it's hard to tell which specific consultant the testimonial is written for.
Thanks.


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Somehow missed this post earlier. Not sure if you are still deciding but here are my 2 cents.
I have worked on one school with Yahon and am cureently working on the second one. Although, I did not get positive results from the first school but I knew going in that my chances here were not that great. He is really great and easy to work with, knows the school and it shows that he has been doing this for a while.
We started working on the app with just 3 weeks to go (and boy it was one the longest app) and still managed to apply on time. Thoughout I never felt as if we compromised on quality. Even one day before my app submission, he did not give up and was still pushing me to include more details. His response time was amazing, mostly within a day and towards the end even within a few hours.

As I said, although I dont have the results to back my review but I would definitely recommend him to anyone.

Feel free to PM me if you have any more questions.....
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Re: "Best" admission consulting companies? [#permalink] New post 06 Aug 2011, 13:06
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Here goes my 0.0002 cents...

I worked with MBACrystalball.com for its mock application service - what it calls the MBA MAPs. It kicked off with a questionnaire (basically a short essay, a mock interview, general profile information and the resume), followed by an interview with Sameer. What transpired was a customized PDF, showing my chances, rated as Ambitious/Stretch/Practical and Safe, in about 100 odd top schools across the globe. It also had a brief SWOT analysis my profile.

This was then followed by a detailed interview in which I was briefed about the application process, strategies and an overall review of my profile.

The entire exercise was really helpful. I was lost in the big bad world of MBA and jargons otherwise... I'd been following Sameer's posts in GMATClub and other such forums too...and was drawn to the website due to the earnest manner in which he was helping people...

I'd mailed a few other reputed consultants for a quick review of my profile but their curt replies showed they were getting paid for each word uttered! I definitely didn't want to hurt my confidence by tagging along with such folks... Besides, the MAP service was pretty affordable so I thought its worth taking my chances... and in the end, it turned out to be a good decision...

I look forward to the app 2012 season with a lot more clarity and confidence. Good luck, MCB...and good luck, me too! :P
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Re: "Best" admission consulting companies? [#permalink] New post 08 Aug 2011, 23:16
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Hi,
I wanted to contribute something to this discussion and share my experiences working on my MBA application with Aringo.com:

I had a great (and successful :) ) experience working with my Aringo.com consultant -- and I can honestly say I wouldn't have gotten in if it wasn't for the help I got with the package.

The key thing is making sure you have a chemistry with the consultant -- that's why I think Aringo is better than the freelancers out there; if you're unhappy (or if the consultant is sick / swamped / on holidays and you got a deadline...) you have the flexibility to change. I also like the fact they got the widest variety of MBA alums - so if you're applying to a few programs, you can have an alum of each school check your application package, and you get a chance to speak with alums of all the top programs.

My 2 cents...



Hey InseadGrad,
Thanks for sharing. can you recommend a specific Aringo.com consultant? I see they have many. Also, did their specialty in countering low GMAT scores make the difference in your case? how can they help an applicant with low GMAT? (yes, I'm talking about myself :( )
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Re: "Best" admission consulting companies? [#permalink] New post 22 Aug 2011, 03:38
Hey,
sorry for the late reply...

I can't recommend a specific consultant, but as for the "low GMAT strategy" I recommend watching their video lecture:
http://www.aringo.com/low_gmat.htm

Good luck!
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Re: "Best" admission consulting companies? [#permalink] New post 22 Aug 2011, 12:58
This post is very helpful for my B-school application. Thanks for the great work!
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Re: "Best" admission consulting companies? [#permalink] New post 30 Aug 2011, 09:34
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Re: "Best" admission consulting companies? [#permalink] New post 03 Sep 2011, 01:56
Hi,

I found this thread and thought i'd share my insights:

First of all, about applying to b-school and my decision - An MBA at a top school is probably an unparalleled opportunity to catapult your career, and one of the most meaningful decisions one can make. INSEAD is one of the best schools in the world and is a unique in its combination of an intensive and challenging 1-year program; a general management, strategy and entrepreneurship focus; and an incredibly diverse student body where no one nationality has more than 10%.
An MBA from an elite school will not turn you into something you are not, but in today's job market it will put you in front of the right opportunities, which you can then capture using your own skills and strengths.

Regarding using admission consultants, as a former Aringo.com customer, what I liked best was (a) having someone with years of experience and a wide perspective do a sanity check on my positioning, strategy (b) the flexibility of choosing the right model to fit my needs, from just spending a few hours to review, to creating and executing a full plan, hand-in-hand. This is probably a more important life choice than buying a house, so I would advise applicants to realize that and to plan and budget accordingly.

Hope this helps, I'd be happy to answer questions if you have any.
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