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MBA Prep School's Ding Diagnostic - Will I get dinged?

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Hi All,

MBA Prep School ( is a new member of the GMAT Club community. This post is an updated version of a post that some people have found helpful in the Admissions Consultants forum. To ensure it reached people who are early on in their application process, I decided to post an updated version here as well.

In my short tenure here at GMAT Club, I've noticed that profile evaluation questions are very popular. (i.e., What are my chances of getting into School X given my profile?) MBA Prep School created an exercise called the Ding Diagnostic which helps applicants do some self-assessment on their candidacy. The more checkmarks (or dings) your profile earns on the checklist below the more of a reach a highly selective program will be for you. The real power of this exercise is to help you to start thinking like an admissions officer (or an admission consultant) in order to identify the weak spots in your application and find ways to counterbalance those weaknesses. In that sense, the tool is prescriptive. Knowing what might stand in your way to being accepted to your dream school is an important first step. I hope you find the Ding Diagnostic helpful. If you have any questions once you've completed the exercise, please let me know.

MBA Prep School's Ding Diagnostic

Academic Profile

--Low cumulative GPA or GPA in major
--No classes or average performance in Quantitative or Business-Oriented Courses
--GMAT score below the median
--TOEFL score below the median
--A 3-Year Bachelor’s Degree
--Degree from a school with a questionable academic reputation

Career Progress

--Limited evidence of career progress
--No visible progress made in the direction of career goals
--Employer is a complete unknown or quality of candidate's work experience is questionable
--Weak references and/or limited evidence of recognition by superiors
--Too technical: limited evidence of managerial potential

Leadership Portfolio

--Limited evidence of leadership at work
--Limited evidence of leadership outside of work
--Lacks insight about leadership capabilities
--Lacks awareness of leadership development needs
--Leadership style appears authoritarian or self-serving

Career Goals

--Undefined career goals
--Career goals lack a sense of purpose: passion, meaning, significance
--Can't connect the dots between prior skills/experiences and post-MBA career goals
--Unconvincing motivations for pursuing an MBA
--Weak case for pursuing an MBA from our School
--Career goals lack a Global Perspective

Other Qualities

--Little evidence of self-awareness
--Little evidence of maturity/life-experience
--Lacks dimension (e.g. Too much of a “poet” or Too much of a “suit”)
--Limited international/cross-cultural experience
--Questionable fit with our school’s culture

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New post 03 Nov 2010, 21:23
Great post!

Taking a positive spin on it, I just turned each bullet point inside out and will use it as an application rubric to cover the bases.
Re: MBA Prep School's Ding Diagnostic - Will I get dinged?   [#permalink] 03 Nov 2010, 21:23
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