Critical Square Admissions Consulting Reviews
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Critical Square is a firm founded on one simple principle: each candidate is unique. In an increasingly competitive environment, the way we go about helping clients hasn’t changed one bit and that’s because our process delivers results. We’re more than just admissions consultants. We’re mentors and friends as well and that’s at the heart of everything we do. Your goals and passions are what make you unique and we work with you to put together the perfect application that conveys that. We don’t write your essays for you or give you materials to leverage, because that isn’t fair and that isn’t you. But we stand by you every step of the way to make sure you’re prepared to navigate a complex and important process.

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Can't recommend Critical Square enough!!
March 18 | 2014

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       By Anonymous joined: March 18, 2014 | 0 | 0 |
The reviewer was admit to the schools that they applied to:  Yes - school of my dreams
This review is for:  Critical Square Package  
I was referred to Critical Square by a friend of mine at another bank. I’d been thinking about hiring an MBA consultant for a while but after speaking to a few different firms, I didn’t feel confident that they could help me. I wanted the help and expertise but I wanted to feel comfortable with the company I chose and feel like they really got me. Well, after speaking with Bhavik during the free consultation, I was impressed! He not only understood where I was coming from, but also where I wanted to go and he could articulate it better than I could! He got me. He took the time to ask the right questions and his insights were spot on.

After we spoke, he put me in touch with the consultant that would be the best fit for me. John and I hit it off right from the start. He was honest – brutally so at times – but he was my partner through the process and I knew he had my back.

I worked with John on four schools: Kellogg, Booth, Columbia, and Stern. I got interviews at three and acceptances from two! I’m glad my friend recommended CS to me – I honestly wouldn’t have been able to do this on my own. The best part wasn’t just that I got into my top choices. It was that the entire process was FUN! I enjoyed talking to John and working with him through the applications. He was always right there when I needed him! I’ve stayed in touch with him and he’s been awesome with giving me little tips and tricks about business school too.

I'm heading off to Kellogg this fall and I’ve recommended Critical Square to a lot of my friends. That’s the strongest testimonial I can give!

Thanks you guys!!
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Insightful and Honest Application Help from Critical Square
March 19 | 2014

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       By darkknight4686 joined: October 14, 2013 | 9 | 0 |
The reviewer was admit to the schools that they applied to:  Some, but not all
This review is for:  Critical Square Hourly Services  
I had the absolute pleasure of working with Bhavik from Critical Square when applying to several top-10 MBA programs. From the beginning, he took time to critically analyze and understand my unique candidacy in a holistic way. Bhavik had tremendous knowledge and insights into the admissions process and knew the unique strengths and attributes of the top MBA programs. He helped to refine my goals and develop a coherent story for my application and then worked diligently to provide clarity and feedback to take my applications to the next level.

The best part of working with Critical Square was that, unlike other consulting firms, he continued having phone conversations after the initial assessment call, which helped answer my questions without ambiguity throughout the process. Overall, I was accepted by a top-10 MBA school of my dreams and I have to thank Bhavik and the team at Critical Square for helping elevate my application to the next level!
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They got it done!
March 24 | 2014

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       By Anonymous joined: March 24, 2014 | 0 | 0 |
The reviewer was admit to the schools that they applied to:  Yes - school of my dreams
This review is for:  Critical Square Package  
Critical Square delivered. I came to them two weeks before most R2 deadlines with the holidays right around the corner. I hadn’t done anything except take my GMATs and skim a couple of forums late at night. I realized I had no idea what I was doing. I was assigned to Eddie and he laid out an aggressive plan. Even though we were racing against the clock it never showed once. I sent Eddie more emails than I probably should have but he responded to each one quickly and thoroughly regardless of the fact it was Christmas. Two weeks and four applications was really hard but, with Eddie’s help, we knocked it out. He made it so easy – he really helped me think through things. I’m starting at Booth this fall and, looking back at my applications, I know I wouldn’t be here without Eddie and Critical Square. You guys rock!
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Awesome experience!
April 08 | 2014

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       By Anonymous joined: April 18, 2013 | 670 | 101 |
The reviewer was admit to the schools that they applied to:  Yes - got into all
This review is for:  Critical Square Package  
Hire these guys. Seriously – do it. You won’t regret it. I came to Critical Square because my friends at the firm I worked for had used them and were heading off to some amazing programs. I signed up for a free consultation and Bhavik took it from there. Given my background, he assigned me to John and made sure he and I spoke before I signed up for anything. It was really transparent and I can’t say the other firms I spoke to were that forthcoming. I could see why Bhavik had partnered me with John – he understood my background and work experience better than I did. He also wasn’t afraid to call BS when he saw it. The entire process was professional and thorough and even my recommenders noticed. I’m excited to be starting at Wharton this fall and I wanted to thank John and his team for helping me get there!
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Critical Square - Direct, Helpful and Practical advice
April 23 | 2014

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       By Anonymous joined: March 28, 2014 | 0 | 0 |
The reviewer was admit to the schools that they applied to:  Yes - got into all
This review is for:  Critical Square Package  
I found the support I received from Critical Square to be invaluable in my MBA applications. When I first spoke to Bhavik and the team I was feeling daunted, if not overwhelmed, by the process. I knew that I wanted to study an MBA and had the right credentials but didn't really know how to go about deciding where to apply much less what it would actually involve. The plethora of sites giving advice online only made my confusion and anxiety worse.

It was a great relief to speak to someone who had been through the process many times before and was able to give direct and candid advice as well as reassurance when I needed it. We discussed my options and the criteria that are important when considering which business schools to apply to and came up with a list that would help me with my post-MBA goals. We chose a mix of programs and I didn’t feel like I was being advised to apply to safer programs. Bhavik made sure we included stretch programs – as he put it, “You only do this once. If you don’t apply, you’ll never know!” This pattern of helpful and practical support continued throughout the application process from how to choose the right recommenders to knowing what to expect from my interviews and stood me in good stead throughout.

Things have worked out even better than I had hoped! I was accepted into all the schools to which I applied and I am currently deciding whether to attend Berkeley Haas (my top choice) or Michigan Ross where I have been offered a full scholarship. To say I am delighted by this outcome is an understatement!
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My experience with Critical Square
May 11 | 2014

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       By Anonymous joined: March 17, 2014 | 0 | 0 |
The reviewer was admit to the schools that they applied to:  N/A
This review is for:  Critical Square Discovery Package   Consultant:  Bhavik Trivedi
Given my plans to apply to MBA programs in 2016 / 17 I used Critical Square for their Discovery Package to assess my profile and develop a game plan for the next couple of years. I found the service to be of exceptional quality. The initial phone consultation gave me a chance to introduce myself and ask whatever questions I had pertaining to admissions, the GMAT exam, and the MBA process in general. I instantly developed a good relationship with the consultant as he covered more than areas for discussion than what other consultants of equal firms offered. The consultant was able to provide me with a balance of detail and advice for questions or concerns I had to help me move forward.
The second phone consultation was an even more in-depth conservation which we had a little while later. This allowed me to provide enough background about myself with regards to work experience, leadership roles, academics, etc. The consultant asked specific questions regarding my goals and why I wanted to do an MBA. More than the consultant, this was of a very helpful service as it allowed me to measure my existing profile from various angles, determine where I stood relative to other applicants, and how I faired with regards to admissions at potential schools of my interest. The report prepared by the consultant after the phone call was given me within a couple of days and it provided a very detailed analysis of my profile as well as how to carve a path ahead so I can better position myself when the time for applications is near.
Overall, I had a great experience with Critical Square. The consultants are readily available to answer any questions and also the quality of service provided so far has been up-to mark and superior. No matter the stage one is at with regards to MBA pre-planning process, I definitely recommend working with Critical Square!
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July 01 | 2014

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       By Anonymous joined: July 19, 2009 | 311 | 23 |
The reviewer was admit to the schools that they applied to:  Yes - school of my dreams
This review is for:  Critical Square Package   Consultant:  John Huang
I discovered Critical Square on GMAT Club when Bhavik responded (in detail) to a question I posted. I started on the process early in the summer so I was working through essays. The feedback on the forum was incredibly helpful but after a few back and forths with Bhavik, I decided to sign up for a free consultation. A thorough (like, 2.5 hours thorough!) consultation call later, I decided I wanted to work with these guys. The conversation was super useful and we talked about everything from my experiences to my goals to my personal preferences and styles to schools. I was assigned to John but Bhavik stayed in the picture at beginning given how much we had already chatted. Together, we decided on a set of 4 schools that were better aligned to my goals and profile. In fact, I was only paying for 2 of them, but they still gave me a detailed report of all 4, and the pros and cons of each.

I worked with John on Tepper and Goizueta. He did a great job of helping me candidly address my weaknesses and accentuating my strengths. He would constantly push me to dig deeper and think of examples. The support didn't end when I hit submit and he also did a great job of preparing me for a business school style interview. After the first couple of sessions, John knew I need a little extra practice so they set up a couple of extra sessions with Eddie. They never made me feel like there was a limit - they said Comprehensive and they definitely meant it. In the end, I ended up getting into my #1 choice and that's all I could ask for. Not to mention, they're just all really nice people that are always available for questions!
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