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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.

Admitted to INSEAD
May 01 | 2012
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     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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Aringo is awesome!
May 01 | 2012
1 out of 1 people found the following review helpful
     By avivdc 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

I worked with Aringo for my applications for the class of 2014.

I heard good things about Aringo from some colleagues and friends of mine so I decided to give them a shot and contacted them via their website Aringo.com

After a few hours tops, this lovely lady contacted me and explained the entire process and the different products they were offering. I compared their services with two other companies and it was clear their value was the best. Yes, it wasn't cheap, but the other companies weren't cheap too, and I knew there was no point of saving a few dollars and risk getting in my dream school with a company that wasn't as good. After bargaining with them a bit (yes, you can, and it's worth it) they gave me a great price, and I was pretty sure I would pick them, but first I wanted to be sure the consultant they offered me was a good fit for me. Aringo was happy to set me a Skype conversation with Yigal. We spoke for about an hour and I had no more doubt, he was amazing! You could tell he is not another MBA consultant that just finished his MBA, but a true expert in MBA applications that was doing it for a profession for many years.

I was in a very tight schedule since we were already in July and I wanted to send five applications by round 1. Yigal helped me build a schedule for the entire application process and almost every time I sent him my essays, he replied within 24 hours, but in no circumstance more than 2 days. Eventually I was able to finish everything in time and it was in the highest standard.

Not only did I get into my dream school, I also got a scholarship worth more than 25,000 dollars, and my GMAT is below 700! Aringo is true to their word, they surely can get you into top schools with GMAT lower than 720, I am just one example for that.

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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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     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
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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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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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     By venice504 2 0
The reviewer was admit to the schools that they applied to:

Yes - school of my dreams

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I'd like to take the time now and say thanks to Aringo! The services you provide are indispensable, and I think, like I'm sure that many of your clients do, that I couldn't have been admitted to INSEAD without you.
Further, I would like to express my sincere appreciation and gratitude to Danielle Marom. She has put a lot of effort in my application to INSEAD, and my personal story was reflected in the essays in the best way I can imagine!
One point that is, to my mind, the most important one about Danielle is her commitment. Though she was heading to the US for a private vacation towards the application deadline, she's still polished my essays up until a few hours before her flight. As a customer, the time before the application deadline is the most sensitive one, a time when although the application is 99.9% done, you feel you can't really settle for less than a 100%.
I can't think of something more I'd expect from a consultant. I hope for you that all of Aringo's consultants have Danielle's commitment and attention to their applicants.

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Happy client here!
September 18 | 2014
     By jazz41 1 0
The reviewer was admit to the schools that they applied to:

Yes - got into all

This review is for: ARINGO Hourly Services

I turned to Aringo late in my MBA application process and was assigned to work with Danielle. I had already decided on the schools, did a lot of research and had a broad idea about my application strategy.
I was very impressed by several things:
- the insightful first talk with Danielle going through my options;
- I was happy about the flexibility that Aringo showed in adjusting to my needs: I wanted to do the heavy-lifting but needed some advice on strategy: topic choice for essays, planning, spins. I also had a limited budget and wanted to cover everything I mentioned with it.
- process wise: I found your example essays on your website very helpful in getting an idea about the direction in which I could go with my application (and you have so many, compared to other companies, congratulations for that!); I also liked the small rigorousness details in working with Danielle, like she confirmed receiving my emails and told me when she would come back with advice - it made the next steps predictable.
- I was very happy about the support that Danielle provided me. She’s obviously familiar with the MBA Admission’s perspective on recruitment and she put it to use when advising me; She was quick in seeing my strengths and weaknesses and worked with me to highlight the former and manage the later; She was very skilled in showing her commitment to my success: she reviewing my application essays from different perspectives, asking for opinions from her colleagues on some aspects about which we both had doubts; I also welcomed her pro-activeness: she reached out to me several times reminding me of the next steps. I really appreciated that she adapted
her approach to stick to my budget: toward the end of my application but with still some work ahead, she focused on the big picture and advised me on the key issues I would need to address in my essays and in the rest of the application. Last but not least, she was encouraging, supportive and very generous in her feedback in a manner which helped me tremendously to overcome the rough moments of discouragement.
Overall, a very happy client here!

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Great service!
August 12 | 2014
     By striker108 1 0
The reviewer was admit to the schools that they applied to:

Yes - got into all

This review is for: ARINGO Hourly Services
Consultant: Prasanth

My appreciation is for the entire Aringo staff and especially for my amazing consultant Prasanth. I wanted to thank you for helping me out with my MBA applications.
The feedback that I got from my Prasanth was extremely constructive and helpful. I could definitely see the level of my application increase post working with the Aringo Team. This has also helped me get interview calls from some great schools. In all, I am extremely satisfied with how my applications have been turned out to be, I'm happy I chose Aringo and would recommend them to any MBA candidate who is looking for admission consultants service.

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