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  • A Boutique Admissions Consultancy
  • Work One on One with a Harvard MBA
  • Industry Veteran/Harvard Lecturer
  • 10 Years of Results and References
  • No Junior Consultants or Contractors

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     By Anonymous 1 0
Consultant: Alex Leventhal

After being admitted to Stanford Business School with Alex Leventhal's help, my friend urged me to work with Alex as well, and I'm so happy I did. I'm not one to buy into added services to help a process that is expected to be completed alone, but I can say without a doubt that Alex was an essential resource in earning my admission to INSEAD-my top school of choice.

I never once felt like the clock was ticking with Alex - he continuously made himself available for my questions (some of them silly ones) and to talk me through my experiences to help me craft essays that would stand out but would also be completely true to who I am. My favorite part about working with him is that he really kept me honest - he didn't encourage me to add things that I didn't truly believe. And if there were things I didn't want to highlight in my essays, he helped me either see the value in discussing them or helped me understand why wasn't necessary to include them. Things about that I would have never guessed would be interesting to a school turned out to be things he encouraged me to write about that really added color to my essays and helped my personality shine through. He taught me how to tie together my experiences and skills through stories to present my best possible self to the admissions committee.

Alex Leventhal (Prep MBA) was great - he's practical, clear, honest and obviously an expert in his field, which helped move the process along quickly and thoroughly. He's also friendly and approachable, and I always looked forward to talking to him. I had applied to business school years before with no luck, and after working with him and learning his techniques - techniques I would have never come up with myself - I can see that I really couldn't have done it without his help!

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Highly recommend Alex Leventhal
February 10 | 2015
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     By Anonymous 0 0
The reviewer was admit to the schools that they applied to:

Yes - school of my dreams

Consultant: Alex Leventhal

I knew even before taking my GMAT that I was going to put my all into my MBA application process. I signed up for an 8-week GMAT course, put dozens and dozens of hours into studying, visited most of the schools I was planning on applying to (Wharton was a last-minute addition!), and hired an admissions consultant. I spoke to a few different companies before choosing Alex Leventhal. The differentiating factor was that for the larger companies I spoke to, I wasn’t sure whom I would be working with and simply didn’t want to take a risk on a consultant who simply wanted to review my essays on a part-time basis for extra cash on the side… I decided to go with a 3-school package with Alex knowing that I was going to apply to 5 programs and used his help with the first 3 schools that were due.

I didn’t realize how much help I would get/receive from Alex. I thought he would simply help me polish my resume a bit as well as review essays. What I received instead was a significant improvement in my resume (you cannot tell between my first draft and the final product), a complete 180 in terms of my essays (Alex can come up with a very unique and positive way to spin any story to make any candidate stand out), and remarkable confidence through interview prep as well as video essay analyses. If you are simply looking for someone to make grammatical edits for your essays and make your resume aesthetically pleasing – Alex is not the consultant for you. If instead you want to position yourself amongst other candidates in a strategic manner as well as gain in-depth essay analysis – Alex is the consultant for you. The comprehensive package is very detailed and Alex spends a lot of time making sure to get to know you as an individual – I even brought in accolades from high school that I had completely forgotten about!

I received interviews from all 5 of my schools that I applied to so as far as I’m concerned Alex was able to successfully help me market myself to all of my schools. In R1 I was accepted into Wharton with $ (VERY surprising), Yale, and Fuqua with $$$. I am still waiting to hear back from one of my R2 schools so although the journey isn’t over for me I think Alex’s work is complete.

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     By talbot 0 0
Consultant: Alex Leventhal

I'm afraid of two things in life: Standardized tests and applying for things. After two attempts, thousands of problems, and a lot of sweat and tears I got my GMAT score near where I needed it to be and began to focus on my second anathema.

As I looked at what I would need to do for the applications I became completely overwhelmed. Figuring out who would write my letters of recommendation let alone asking them to write my recommendations in a way that would best support my candidacy was daunting, and just a tiny piece of a much larger narrative I would need to craft. At this point I spoke with many admissions consultants, and at a few of the larger shops got admittance percentages I was comfortable with at my top choices. Then I talked to Alex. He wasn't negative, he was just honest with where I would stack up vs. other candidates, and even suggested a few programs I hadn't considered that based off my background and interest in healthcare may be a good fit as well.

While the conversation was sobering on one hand, I appreciated the candid feedback, and was struck by how personal he made our interaction. Alex shot it to me straight, which was frustrating at times, but needed.

My biggest challenge in the application was the "career purpose". Like most of you, I'm used to creating things at work that get accolades from peers and superiors. Alex telling me my career purpose was "too broad" and "not meaningful" was a little hard to swallow at first, especially since this was the story that had impressed folks at my company enough for them to encourage me toward an MBA. There was clearly a disconnect between what I thought schools wanted to hear and what they actually do. Alex helped me bridge that in developing my career purpose and throughout our time in an iterative, albeit sometimes painful process.

While beneficial for applications and interviews, I have found the secondary and tertiary effects of our working with Alex to be significant as well. I was amazed at how many folks at accepted students weekend enter b-school with only vague notions, if any at all, of what they want to do. I feel like the mind wrangling I went through with Alex has given me a huge leg up and I feel like our conversations have given me a road map to make the most of my MBA experience. And beyond me, I now find myself using similar tactics to help friends and family members think through their careers as well.

I worked with Alex in a 5 school package, and got into two of my target schools: Tuck and Wharton. On top of that I got into my dream program: health care management at Wharton. I applied with 2 years of experience, and Alex's expertise and one-on-one focus really helped me navigate through the process. I'm really excited about going to Wharton this fall, and there's just no way that would have happened without Alex being there to provide guidance I could trust.

I would absolutely recommend Alex and have already sent colleagues interested in MBAs his direction. He does not have a team of junior consultants that he delegates work out to. He knows your story front to back, and you get the sense that he is personally vested in your success. A very worthwhile investment in my opinion.

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Alex gets you in
May 16 | 2016
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     By arthurkoestler 0 0
Consultant: Alex Leventhal

I called about a dozen consultants, but none of them stood out except for Alex. On our intro call he didn’t try to sell me his service. Instead he spent time trying to understand me as a person – what I was interested in, what made me tick, and what I wanted to do with my life. He then gave me a realistic rundown of where my strengths and weaknesses were and how they would play a role in the admissions process. This was super helpful as it set my expectations for what Alex could offer – and he did! I used Alex for my top choice – Wharton – and got in.

Working with Alex proved to be challenging, but in a good way. He pushed me to write better, think of stronger stories, and helped craft my positioning. He has a creative flare that helps round off the logical and structured approach he takes to essay writing. But more importantly, he takes great care in never accepting a subpar submission. He will work with you until it’s just right. The kind of right that gets you an interview.

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April 02 | 2016
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     By jmptvq 0 0
Consultant: Alex Leventhal

For the benefit of other b-school applicants I’d like to write a short review for Alex Leventhal at PrepMBA who I worked with on my successful application to Wharton (and would highly recommend!).

When I started the application process I called a number of admissions consulting firms, but immediately felt I connected with Alex on a personal level. He spent 45 minutes on the call with me during our initial consultation (even though it was a 20 minute timeslot) and I could tell he was passionate about his service and helping me think through the critical issues. I liked the fact that he was articulate, had been through the application process himself (he’s a Harvard MBA after all!) and most importantly, that he told me straight up what my chances were at top programs. Coming from an over-represented background with some interesting (but diverse) experiences on my CV, he highlighted the importance of carefully crafting a narrative that adcoms can relate to.

Working with Alex was just as amazing. His service was very personal (no junior consultants or intermediaries) and he was flexible with my schedule (which during peaks times at work was very much appreciated!). I did a 2-school package and then did hourly work on another school. I wound up getting 2 offers, including my first choice, Wharton. I feel the time we spent thinking about my career goals and how they relate back to my previous experience was a huge reason why I got in. I also feel that Alex’s no BS approach was another factor. Many times I felt my essays were “ready” to submit, but Alex kept pushing me to refine them and go deeper – and looking back on my early drafts I’m so glad he did.

I would recommend Alex in a heartbeat (and already have to a number of work colleagues). He’s a logical guy with creative flare, and his ability to “see” the right angle and connect the dots is why he gets so many candidates into business school. If you’re thinking about admissions consulting you need to give Alex a call.

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January 28 | 2016
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     By Anonymous 0 0
Consultant: Alex Leventhal

Applying to business school is very stressful for most applicants – for me, Alex has been a huge help in every step of the way. The first time I called Alex to get his eyes on my resume and start working together, he actually told me to wait one more year before applying. During our first introductory call, instead of giving me a sales pitch, he listed his concerns and assured me that having one more year of work experience under my belt would strengthen my applications. I was impressed by his honesty and transparency from the very beginning.
Indeed, a year later, I went back to Alex to work on my applications together. Alex is thorough in his approach – he is never satisfied with ‘good’ and has always pushed me to reach ‘great.’ He takes a holistic approach to the application process starting from childhood stories to future career goals, which proved to be invaluable as we were shaping my story. Alex often made me feel like I was his only client as he was always available for my last-minute questions. He hopped on the phone with me at a moment’s notice even when he was away for a few days on family vacation. His dedication to his clients and their success is hard to come by. He is also extremely patient – he was there every step of the way, even when I was editing the same sentence for what it must be a hundred times.
I worked with Alex on my top two schools and got into both – Stanford GSB and HBS. Without Alex’s exceptional support, this would not have been possible. His work ethic, years of experience, and friendly attitude transformed the application process for me from a dreaded experience to a joyful period of self-reflection. Thank you Alex!

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Prep MBA - Awesome Experience
November 01 | 2015
     By Patrik59 0 0
This review is for: Prep MBA Hourly Consulting
Consultant: Alex Leventhal

This year, I re-applied to three programs and applied to one program for the first time. Last year, I worked with another admission consulting group that helped me apply to Booth, Kellogg and Wharton. Unfortunately, I was waitlisted and eventually denied with all three.

This year, I was referred to Alex through a friend that had used him previously. Alex's strengths were many, but in particular, he was a quick read on the strengths and weaknesses of my application. This was helpful was we completed 4 first round applications despite starting in late August. This was possible because of his quick and decision plans with my application strategy.

Alex's offered amazingly thoughtful advice, but perhaps most valuable, is that he expertly helped me craft an application that hit on all the key parts of my personal and professional profile so that I felt I put the best foot forward. Last but not least, he was incredibly easy to work with and provided an excellent advisor relationship. I would strongly recommend him as you consider your options for MBA admission consulting.

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5 Starts for Prep MBA
September 13 | 2015
     By bwilliams 0 0
Consultant: Alex Leventhal

I read some stellar online reviews for Alex’s Prep MBA and I felt we had a strong connection after the initial call. I signed up for a 5 school package, and I can’t believe the difference in my resume, essays and even letters of recommendation vs what I had done on my own. Alex is tireless, a perfectionist, and really fun to work with. He was so helpful even down to the application forms. He was very knowledgeable both about the US schools and European MBA programs, and changed my thinking about which schools I was going to target. I am going to INSEAD, my dream school.

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Highly Recommend
July 16 | 2015
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     By Anonymous 0 0
Consultant: Alex Leventhal

Alex provided me with realistic advice from start-to-finish. He made it clear that my GMAT score and undergraduate GPA, while competitive, were going to be hurdles I would have to overcome. As such, he focused our time and efforts on framing my candidacy such that identifiable themes would become apparent throughout my application. What impressed me the most during this process was Alex’s ability to recall, tease out, and articulate my key professional and personal experiences that would make up these themes. As a result of Alex’s input, there was substantial improvement in my essays compared to what I had written on a standalone basis the prior year.

Alex’s interview preparation also made me feel much more confident upon reaching this stage of the application process. Specifically, the mock group interview he organized and conducted in conjunction with another MBA consultant in advance of my Wharton interview proved invaluable. The dynamics of this interview are unlike any other school; experiencing them beforehand, in the very realistic setting that Alex provided, helped me mentally prepare and informed how I would interact with the other candidates during the actual interview.

I was ultimately accepted into a top five program, and believe that this would not have been the case without Alex’s help. I would refer him to anyone seeking help during the business school application process.

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Thank You Pre MBA!!
May 18 | 2015
     By Anonymous 0 0
The reviewer was admit to the schools that they applied to:

Yes - school of my dreams

Consultant: Alex Leventhal

I worked with Alex Leventhal on a 5 school package and got into 3 schools, including MIT, my dream program. The primary reason I chose him was that he was doing the work directly and not putting me in touch with another consultant with less experience getting a portion of the fee. Even though Alex’s prices were the highest of anybody I spoke with, I just felt I was getting a veteran, and he let me speak with a past client who had also gotten into MIT.

Alex is very direct, passionate and results focused. I can also say that the brainstorming and editing sessions were often fun, and that made the process less tedious.

He was a partner all the way through to the interviews, and that was perhaps the best part of the package. His analysis of my interviewing was great, and I was completely unaware of some key mistakes I was making.

I can’t suggest Alex enough for anybody looking to apply to MBA programs!

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