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# From Aringo: *Awesome* Application Self-Assessment Tool

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24 Sep 2012, 08:25
Yes, it's cool, I took it in retrospective as well and it was right in 3 out of 4 schools I applied to.
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02 Oct 2012, 07:55
When you say right, what do you mean? The tool told me that I'm competitive and it means nothing to me - I can either get admitted or not. Does it mean I'm in the grey area with thousands of other candidates?
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10 Oct 2012, 23:19
I meant that I was between competitive and strong in schools where I ended up getting admitted. I think that competitive means that you are good enough to get interview invitation, and from there your future is in your hands.
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12 Oct 2012, 13:35
I found it pretty useful.

Really though, you have to remember it is a tool to help get you to purchase their service. I'm competitive or better at the schools I applied to, if I have strong essays and recs. Obviously I can't assess that objectively. The key is that medium ranked essays, recs, application will likely drop you to a stretch at your target schools.

So naturally you then want to purchase their help as that guarantees you a "strong" rating in these areas.

I didn't use a consultant, but in hindsight I kind of regret not investing at most 5% of the cost of school into getting in.
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18 Oct 2012, 10:27
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seems like bullshit to me. yes you can get a better idea of how competitive you are in terms of objectiveness, but the overall application process is marred by a myriad of grey areas. you can be competitive on this point system and still get dinged.

i wouldn't really use this as a metric for admission by any means.
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27 Oct 2012, 00:10
zaffro13 wrote:
I found it pretty useful.

Really though, you have to remember it is a tool to help get you to purchase their service. I'm competitive or better at the schools I applied to, if I have strong essays and recs. Obviously I can't assess that objectively. The key is that medium ranked essays, recs, application will likely drop you to a stretch at your target schools.

So naturally you then want to purchase their help as that guarantees you a "strong" rating in these areas.

I didn't use a consultant, but in hindsight I kind of regret not investing at most 5% of the cost of school into getting in.

As for assessing your essays strength, I see they also have another evaluation tool on their website to help you analyze your essays and evaluate your application based on what they call "admission drivers".
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seems like bullshit to me. yes you can get a better idea of how competitive you are in terms of objectiveness, but the overall application process is marred by a myriad of grey areas. you can be competitive on this point system and still get dinged.

i wouldn't really use this as a metric for admission by any means.

The Devil's hands are idle playthings.

I would agree the metric is virtually meaningless, because there are so many human factors involved in the process. You can run into people that love your background or people that hate it at virtually any school.

That said it's fun, and somewhat valid. Funny story, I had a 39 and saw that the scale only went down to 61 and was discouraged/confused. Saw I skipped the the entire section 3! Once I filled that in I was a 69.5 or if everything is strong or a 61 if everything is moderate. I feel that's pretty spot on as my non-traditional background puts me in the into the stretch/competitive realm for top tier schools and competitive for that second tier. Pretty much how my gut feels.

Also, absolutely random fact (solely because my fiancée taught me this just today) "myriad of" is incorrect English. You should have said "marred by a myriad grey areas". It sounds terrible when spoken, but for some reason is correct English. (cue NBC The More Your Know) Absolutely blew my mind.
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28 Oct 2012, 22:09
This seems pretty spot-on! Granted, it's hard to say how your application is, but this can help you figure out where you stand depending on execution.

Hopefully it eases any fears about being delusional. Or helps others make wise decisions on what schools to focus on.
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05 Nov 2012, 08:30
That's a very good point, it can help you aim for the right programs for you and set realistic goals.
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21 Nov 2012, 22:55
Whatever, just don't rely on it too much and don't give up on a school just because this tool is telling you that you have no chance.
You should do your research and select the programs which best fit you and your goals, don't worry too much about admission chances.
Then, build strong application and apply!
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29 Nov 2012, 02:13
Does anyone understand why you need to drop 0.5 point if you are applying to NYU in first round? Is it easier to get admitted to NYU in 2nd round??
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08 Dec 2012, 00:05
If I had to guess it's because their infamous waitlist, which probably makes it harder for first round applicants.
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08 Dec 2012, 23:48
This thing is a joke. Especially considering where it put me relative to the invites I have received from schools!
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16 Dec 2012, 02:44
Where did you apply and what was the point gap?
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16 Dec 2012, 10:53
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Where did you apply and what was the point gap?

My score was right around 60, yet I was interviewed and waitlisted at Stanford, interviewed by Haas and Anderson, and dinged by HBS. In my eyes, that is fairly decent when the calculator shows me 10+ points off of those schools on average.
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24 Dec 2012, 23:10
Wow, that's a big gap... any idea what made the difference? any elements in your profile that were not calculated by this tool but worked in your favor?
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01 Jan 2013, 08:25
Don't try so hard to figure out the numbers, the admission process is not exact science and should not be put in mathematical models.
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09 Jan 2013, 01:08
And speaking of exact science, they have another tool when you analyze your application and give points according to admission drivers:
Check it out, it's interesting...
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17 Jan 2013, 00:10
I get the general idea but it's way too complicated... there are better ways for MBA applicants to waste their time. Did you really dive into it?
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25 Jan 2013, 00:28
I took a quick look at this system, didn't understand how am i supposed to score my own essays?
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