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ARINGO has helped hundreds of people with GMAT scores below 720 get accepted to the top MBA programs by bringing out the real person behind the application. Founded by a former Wharton Admissions Committee Member, we know what the top business schools are looking for, and we will help make sure that your strengths will emerge in your application.
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Admitted to INSEAD
February 26 | 2014
2 out of 3 people found the following review helpful
     By Anonymous 1 0
The reviewer was admit to the schools that they applied to:

Yes - school of my dreams

This review is for: ARINGO School Packages
Consultant: Lainie Cogan

Before I contacted Aringo I was already sure about my first choice school (INSEAD), so I looked into the number of successful applications they had for INSEAD and contacted them. They replied immediately, which was an important factor that made me choose Aringo. Especially because I was only two months from the round 2 deadline and I had just started the online application. My TOEFL was pending and I wanted to retake the GMAT. In addition, I was unsure about what documents I would need from my university and how I would get them since I was living far from my home country.

I was stressed and in a hurry and Lainie and the Aringo team managed to work on time with quality during the entire process.

Finnaly, I have been accepted into INSEAD and I am sure that without Lainie’s criticism and perfectionism it would’ve been really hard to achieve my dream, if not impossible.

Thank you Aringo!

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Admitted to INSEAD
May 01 | 2012
1 out of 1 people found the following review helpful
     By fonti 12 3
The reviewer was admit to the schools that they applied to:

Yes - school of my dreams

This review is for: ARINGO Hourly Services

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 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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Admitted to two top embas
April 05 | 2016
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     By fedwardhyde 0 0
This review is for: ARINGO Hourly Services
Consultant: Shimri

It had been more than a decade since I had been through the rigors of drafting school applications.
Nonetheless, based on career progression, I felt I was a strong applicant and thus only applied to one of the top 10 schools initially.

One observation is hardly basis for meaningful inference, but after receiving a negative response, I gathered the application likely had been too unfocused.

Pleasantly impressed by Aringo's website, I thus signed up for the hourly services for help in structuring the many essays required by the two others schools that most interested me -both also clustered around top 10s-.

From the inception, I was pleasantly impressed with the structure that Shimri, the consultant I worked with, helped convey to my applications.

After devoting lots of my limited free-time to the process, I was honored to receive a positive response from both programs, and look forward to start my studies.

For completeness, I have to say I am fortunate to count as close friends a handful of graduates from Booth and HBS, whose helpful advice I also could rely, though Aringo was the last go-to point. Highly recommended.

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Booth Weekend MBA
February 02 | 2016
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     By Anonymous 0 0
This review is for: ARINGO School Packages
Consultant: Tim Potter

Before I scored my un-anticipated 710 on the GMAT, I never thought a school like Chicago Booth (even the weekend program) was within reach for a student like me. I came out of the undergrad Industrial Engineering Bachelor of Science program with a 2.9 GPA - due to some adversarial personal issues I experienced early on in my academia. So let's sum this up - I was a guy with BIG professional aspirations, a poor undergraduate GPA - albeit a great story about how I overcame my adversity and grew into a better person in my later college years, a 710 GMAT (91st % - largely thanks to the verbal section) and about 6 years of relatively solid work experience with some extracurricular volunteer work and interests. I had no clue how to go about framing and writing my essays for school, all I knew was that if I could do it in the best way possible, I MIGHT stand a chance at making something great out of my career and completely moving past the challenges I had academically in undergraduate. I MIGHT stand a chance at getting into a top 5 school like Chicago Booth. Aringo was the answer to closing and effectively addressing this gap. I worked with a consultant as part of a comprehensive school package, who not only knew the right things to do, - but also had a lot of confidence in me as an applicant for Chicago Booth. I will readily admit that I did not realize all of the room for improvement I had in terms of writing essays. My consultant had all of the right suggestions in terms of wording and how to incorporate very beneficial strategies that tied my essays together with the rest of my application nicely. I have 0 regrets about my decision to enlist Aringo's consultancy and am so glad I did. I have recently learned that I have been accepted into Chicago Booth's Weekend MBA program and couldn't be more excited to start! Couldn't have done it without them - I would recommend this service to anyone else for getting into the school(s) of their choice.

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My Aringo Experience
January 26 | 2016
     By Anonymous 57 11
This review is for: ARINGO School Packages
Consultant: Yigal Walt

I believe the experience with a consulting company can be a very individual. However, even more important than the company itself, is your personal consultant.

Your consultant will have much more impact about the process than the company. Hence, we should really review consultants and not admission companies.

I worked with probably one of the best consultants Aringo had to offer at the time.

Yoga was super responsive, fast, accurate, and most important, was always there for me.

He replied to my emails within hours, made very useful edits to my essays and had tremendous tips that helped throughout this entire process.

I'd recommend him any day.

As for Aringo, I know that ownership and management changed not so long ago, so don't believe that I should post a review about the company as I'm not familiar with the new execs.

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1 Commented by Aringo on May 28, 2016
Hi Tal,
Thanks for posting a review! We are so glad you worked with us, and got into NYU!
Just a note however that ownership and management have not changed - we have added a few people, but we're all still here :)
Thanks again for the review!
-ARINGO
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     By arshad88 64 19
This review is for: ARINGO Hourly Services
Consultant: Joy Pincus

Overall, i was happy with the services i got. I got a reasonable discount the first time around which is what encouraged me to sign with Aringo. Most of the work done involved polishing existing stories so that they become business school ready.

I didn't take any school package, primarily because I couldn't afford them. I'm not a native English speaker, which is why I think I needed an admissions consulting service. I decided to go with Joy Pincus as my consultant and was satisfied with the decision in the end.

Pros:
Well organized.
Excellent time-keeping.
Value for Money.
Access to many additional resources like, documents, samples, essays, deadlines etc.
3rd person review of essays and online forms for free.

Cons:
Will be expensive if you don't know what you're doing.
Skype sessions are a big no, if on a budget.
Discount only applies once.
Hard to choose the right consultant due to many options.

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1 Commented by Aringo on May 28, 2016
Hi Syed,
Thanks for posting a review! Sounds like you had a great experience with Joy - congrats again on UCLA and Oxford!!
Please note that pricing is not determined by Joy - I hope you'll consider updating your review to reflect Joy's hard work!
Thanks again for working with ARINGO!
Michelle @ ARINGO
Admitted to Anderson
December 22 | 2015
0 out of 1 people found the following review helpful
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     By dnikoian 0 0
This review is for: ARINGO Hourly Services
Consultant: Hadas

I was a bit hesitant at first about signing up for a consulting service. I had a consultation with another competing firm and did not find their services to be very flexible or enticing. However, a coworker of mine suggested Aringo so I decided to at least do the free consultation. Michelle Miller, the CEO of the company called me, and was so very helpful and thorough in understanding my profile. The call was only supposed to be a 30 minute free consultation, but she went above and beyond in explaining different options to me from hourly services to school packages that it ended up being 45 minutes. At no point did I feel rushed or pressured into making a decision, and I was able to choose the right hourly package for me. I mentioned that Anderson was my dream MBA program, and Aringo actually matched me with an Aringo consultant, Hadas Sella, who is an Anderson grad and local to the area. It was so great being able to actually meet up in person with my consultant and go over my essay and resume face to face. A difficult in my application was that I started working with Aringo only 2 weeks before the deadline. I literally had nothing completed and felt overwhelmed as to how I would get everything done in time. Hadas from the get go was super flexible in meeting up and walking me through everything. I immediately felt at ease about completing my application not only in time but also in stellar quality. Hadas was a huge difference maker in application. She guided me as to what exactly an admissions officer looks for in a resume and an essay while not taking out the personal voice from my work. It was such an asset working with an Anderson alum, and I give Aringo credit for matching me with someone who not only attended Anderson but was so very actively involved during their time there that I felt like I had an upper hand in my essays and interview when discussing different aspects of Anderson that I looked to contribute to. At the end of the application, I was presenting the best possible version of myself to be reviewed. Through my hard work and Aringo's assistance, I was accepted into the MBA program of my dreams with a significant scholarship. I highly recommend working with Aringo to leverage yourself towards the best possible chance of success.

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     By Anonymous 7 6
This review is for: ARINGO School Packages
Consultant: Chaya

"After scouring the different sites and reviews, I finally decided to give Aringo a try for a free initial service to understand the admission-consulting process and how it can help me. I chose to try Aringo because they seem to have a good track record in the most competitive pool to which I belong to, "The Indian Male" and have highly qualified consultants in the team.
I got a call from Chaya, Aringo' CEO. The half hour call was truly enlightening.
We started with a small introduction of Aringo's services. Then she explained me about how the process of application is all about marketing yourself as a product that the B-school is willing to buy. She patiently heard about my intentions for the call, answering my queries and giving insightful suggestions. She took examples from my profile and explained how I can project a weakness as a strength in my application all the while acknowledging it as a drawback to the Adcom. She made practical points about how to be realistic in my application process. The half hour call had a cheerful air in it and made quite a positive impact on me, leaving me wanting more. She was willing to be flexible in Aringo's approach for me. I would certainly recommend Aringo's services going forward. I will update the complete services once I start working with them soon.
P.S: For Indian applicants, She does understand our capabilities well and that these rates are little high for us. Aringo was willing to offer discounts when necessary and tailor suit a plan for me as required."

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Strongly recommend Aringo
April 27 | 2015
     By Anonymous 0 0
The reviewer was admit to the schools that they applied to:

Yes - school of my dreams

This review is for: ARINGO Hourly Services
Consultant: Hadas

I teamed up with Hadas, my Aringo consultant in Oct, leaving less than three months for preparation of my CV, essays and recommendations. She is a very critical, collaborative and encouraging person to work with. After closely working with her for three months, not only my application package was greatly improved, I also learnt so much from her about networking, teamwork and also language.

Networking
Being a very experienced consultant, Hadas advised me to reach out more current students and alumni to chat about the school and the program from the beginning of my application process. She was also kind enough to connect me with several of her personal friends who graduated from my target schools so that I could have a more comfortable start of the process. I later found that taking initiatives in the networking was a very crucial step, because it allowed me to know a lot of smart and approachable people and also gain great insight of the program that no one could find out merely through researching the school’s webpage. Without Hadas’ effort to emphasize on the networking, I may be satisfied with going to the information sessions as most of my peer applicants did and may fail to show the AO my strong commitment and in-depth understanding of the program in my essays and later in my interviews.

Teamwork on the content
Working with an Aringo consultant does not mean you will have someone to write the essays for you, but better – you will have fresh and critical eye on YOUR story and you will get a chance to present YOURSELF in the best way you could imagine. When I started my first few drafts of the essays, Hadas reverted to me with kinds of comments on the content. She was really open to me if she found my content was not strong enough and she also contributed through what she called “fishing for ideas”, which means she asked questions like “Could you quantify the business impact of project success”, “Could you elaborate why this was difficult to achieve for your team” and etc. Our discussions helped me to think deeper about every example I gave in the essays so that I could presented my key strengths within the few hundred words limit and made my essay easier to understand by someone who is not in my industry.

Editing on the language
Hadas gave me a great hand in the essay editing. She was really efficient as she always reverted in 2 days for my drafts. She helped me to cut my draft within the word limit while preserved and enhanced the important examples, experience and learning point in my essays.

Preparing for the application package while still having a full time job could be tough and sometimes frustrated, especially when I spent a whole weekend drafting the essays but Hadas reverted with so many comments a few days later. However it didn’t take me long to really appreciate the partnership with Hadas, because she was so committed to increase my chance of admission and she had a lot of expertise to help me. Moreover, she always encouraged me when I felt frustrated for my progress and cheered for me when I completed a final draft that both of us satisfied and when I got an interview invitation or an offer in the later stage of the application. Looking back, I felt I was so lucky to have engaged Aringo and met Hadas in my application; I would probably not achieve a top-10 business school if I didn’t have the experts stand by me.

Last but not least, I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Chaya for introducing the Aringo services to me and matching me with my great consultant, also thank Gilad for making the whole billing and payment process so easy.

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Columbia 2015
December 09 | 2014
     By Anonymous 2 0
The reviewer was admit to the schools that they applied to:

Yes - school of my dreams

This review is for: ARINGO Hourly Services
Consultant: Lainie Cogan

Summing up the whole process, I feel it played out in the best possible way - quick, without deliberations, and with acceptance to the school that fits me most and that after cleaning the "noise" from ratings and outside influence, is also the school I truly most wanted. I am very very happy to be starting at Columbia in the summer.
I'll take the opportunity to thank you again. It really was a pleasure working with you on the application. I feel that instead of going through a grueling process, it was actually a pleasant experience through which I learned a lot, improved myself and focused on my future - and this is much in thanks to you. You really helped me to tell my story and focus my own aspirations in a way that brought me to the best possible place for me, and will have a positive influence on my life beyond the MBA.
When I began talking with my brother about preparing for the application process, he didn't hesitate for even a second when he recommended I work with you. I promise to give the same whole-hearted recommendation to anyone who asks me about the best way to prepare an MBA application.

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