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Using Essay consulting services may have adverse effect? [#permalink] New post 17 May 2004, 06:50
Hi,
I have a strange and a long question... so excuse my ignorance.

I just gave my GMAT recently and I am in the process of writing essays. I consider essays to be the most important part of my application as my stats are average (GMAT:690, GPA:3.6, 6 years of experience in engineering management and moderate level of community service)

Being not outstanding at wiriting, I am seriously thinking of using an essay consultant, as I believe that essays are going to make it or breat it in my case.

I was recently advised by a close associate NOT to use essay consultants because the B-school admissions comitteees can and do, recognize essays written by professionals easily, as the same professional writes essays for the same B-school for multiple applicants. If admission council suspects the same, then applicant's chances are almost nil.

Apparently CBS 60- minutes aired a program recently about negative impact such essay writing services, have on admissions for LSAT candidates.

Question:

1. is there any truth to this story for MBA ?. Will it hamper my chances if I use a consultant? shall I wait to get my AWA score and see how I did before I use consultants?

Any suggesstions are welcome

thanking you,
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Re: Using Essay consulting services may have adverse effect? [#permalink] New post 17 May 2004, 07:40
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1. is there any truth to this story for MBA ?. Will it hamper my chances if I use a consultant? shall I wait to get my AWA score and see how I did before I use consultants?



I haven't heard of this, but it's not out of the question. I suppose that if there were an essay editor who helped A LOT of applicants, and this editor had a very unique/recognizable style, then this could happen. But there are enough essay editing services out there that I doubt that a b-school gets a bunch of essays edited by the same professional.

Of course, the real risk occurs when the essay starts to not sound like your own words. Whether or not there's a risk of getting "caught," this can be a problem with essay editors. As soon as the essay stops sounding like you, it's probably not helping your application. At best it will seem disconnected from the rest of your app, and at worst a b-school will recognize it as not being your own work.

The way you can avoid this, in my opinion, is by only using an editing service for editing, rather than for writing. For instance, if you're not a native English speaker, an English-speaking editor can help you fix up any grammatical mistakes. But once they start writing your essays and they no longer sound like you, then you're setting yourself up for trouble. (Plus, you're entering an ethical grey zone by letting someone else practically write your essay.)

The CBS story sounds overblown to me, but it's true that there is some risk in using a service that rewrites your essays and applies a "template" approach to them. Your best bet is to remember that YOU hold the final responsibility for the words and ideas in your essays, whether or not you get some grammatical or stylistic help from a professional.

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