That guy actually got an 800 TWICE and is the only person to do so. Say what you want about him, it'll just come across as spite. Kudos to him for being smart enough to charge $10,000 for tutoring service and getting over 50 clients. His superior marketing knowledge obtained at Fuqua taught him well.
i am sorry if i cam off wrong. i am not spiteful or envious, as neither emotion 'looks good' on me. i said i am sure he is a cool person! just not the type of person i would want to date! lol.
and as i said, he puts forth a convincing argument vis a vis how your MBA can further your career and is an investment in your future. unfortunately, part of my background deals with consumer protection and the gullible - and i think he sells a little bit too much "hope". more sizzle, less steak. he is smart though, and differentiates himself as a luxury item, which people are willing to pay for. i just worry about those who can't afford him, but pony up the cash anyway hoping for a panacea.
50 clients is impressive, but his average client ends with a 680. Now, that is a very good score... don't get me wrong; it is better than 88% or so of test takers. His clients have an average 110 point improvement, again a nice statistic. But is that worth $10,000? especially when Kaplan
has something like a 70-80 point average improvement?
I had a roughly 170 point improvement. (it is hard to say for sure since my first CAT was a Princeton Review) All in all, because I didn't get sleep the night before and when I arrived at the test center I was stoned on perscription sleep meds and nyquil, i probably should have had a 190 point improvement.
It cost me maybe $200 for misc. books. I signed up for a Veritas
Course for $1500... so all in all it cost me $1700. My Veritas
instructor sucked, and I really think I could have done it all with just their online lectures... so I am trying to get my $$$ back from them. After all is said and done i would have prepped lightly for 4 weeks and hardcore for 8 weeks (3+ hours a day) and spent maybe $800 if i get my money back.
As far as his fuqa education teaching him well... some could argue against that point. NOTE This is not necessarily my point of view -merely a counter argument:
but he is a glorified GMAT tutor. Yeah he has made $500k in revenue doing it, but all he needed was his duo of 800 scores to do that. His pedigree from fuqua doesn't necessarily come into play.
Also, sending of your report to schools now, 2 years in advance of when you plan to apply, before you have even contacted the school to start the application process might just be a waste. I would imagine that they would just throw it out. could be wrong... but thats my gut feeling.
Wrong. The school will keep your score in your file. When you apply/reapply, you don't need to resend them your scores (assuming that your scores are still valid).[/quote]
i never claimed to have concrete knowledge of the admissions process, but i am glad that you do!
just seems weird that a school would keep a file on someone that has never even reached out to them before. maybe it is common for IT folks to send scores and then introduce themselves to schools and then apply later (?). I do it backwards... talk to school... start the application process online... fill out all the forms... take GMAT... send scores and then send essays.
And, by the by, most programs i am applying to make you resend scores if you reapply. not sure why - it could just be that they are sadists and want you to work harder. this could be different across programs. the important thing to note - which is why i qualified my first statement with "i could be wrong"- is that all programs are different. if esch3nam really was worried about accuracy, he'd call the program and not ask complete strangers on the internet (side note: esch3nam - you should give them a call and see what they say)