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Choosing where to apply [#permalink]

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New post 06 Aug 2015, 13:01
FROM Ambitiousbusinessguy - Current Student: Choosing where to apply
There are two separate decisions you will need to make during your application process.  Where should you apply?  Where do you want to go?  You will struggle to differentiate between these two questions at some point.  Just trying to get into “somewhere” and confirmation bias could influence you.  Use this simple rule to separate these two questions:  where you want to go is agnostic of your chances of getting in, where you should apply is not.  If you are not sure you want to go to business school, are willing to wait a year if you do not get into your top choice(s), or are unwilling to go to a runner-up choice, your list of schools can be the same for both questions (“Flexible Applicant”).  If you are sure you want to business school next year, you definitely need to consider your chances of getting in when deciding where to apply (“Committed Applicant”).

Where do you want to go?  There are basically 2 schools of thought:  First, go to the best school you can get into. Second, go to the school that is the best “fit”.   Determining “fit” is tough, the best schools are a little easier.  Take rankings with a grain of salt; remember that if magazines published the exact same list every year, no one would care.  They are incentivized to change their rankings every year and publish ridiculous things, like “HBS is #8″ (that’s stupid) and “What is wrong with Wharton?” (absolutely nothing).  As far as rankings go, I believe the simpler the better.  I am partial to Forbes, which calculates a simple ROI and shares their criteria.  Viewing composite rankings (BusinessWeek and US News) only shows you what others think is important, not what you think is important.

Regardless of what the rankings say, you should do your own research.  Talk to mentors your respect.  Interview leaders in the area you hope to move into.  As a general rule:  For general management, Harvard and Stanford are your best bet. For finance, Booth and Wharton (throw in Columbia and NYU, if you want to end up in NYC). For marketing, Kellogg is the best choice. For technology, throw in Berkeley and MIT. (If you want to end up in a certain region after graduation, you may also want to add Tuck and Cornell for the Northeast; Ross and Kelley for the Midwest; Duke, UNC, Darden, and Texas for the South, or UCLA for Southern California.)

The second school of thought is about finding “fit”. For this I recommend making a “Fit List” of what is important to you and ranking schools on each item on your list.  The best way to experience fit is to do an official school visit (this also has the added benefit of making your application easier).  For me, I chose 4 categories (each with several criteria):  Lifestyle and Environment, Perception and Salary, Teaching and Curriculum, and Innovation Atmosphere.  I then took the added step weight each category and criteria based on its relative importance to me. This was minimally helpful. Essentially, the only value gained from this step was ranking each criterion by importance (not the actual quantitative result, which seemed too arbitrary to be useful).

My Fit List (including Difficulty to Get Into):

 

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Where you should apply?  For Flexible Applicants, I recommend narrowing your list to 2-3 schools.  This should be the best schools for what you want to do or the top schools on your Fit List.  For Committed Applicants (definitely going to B school next year), you should be thinking 4-6 schools.  This should be your top 2-3 schools, plus 2-3 “Bumper Schools”.  These schools will help ensure you knock down at least one pin.  They are still high on your list, but where you will be a very competitive applicant.  You should also get at least one application done during Round 1 to ensure that there is time to finish or adjust strategy in Round 2.  To find your Bumper Schools, consider creating a two-part metric that utilizes both your personal ranking and difficulty to get into, such as selectivity %.  Schools in the South and Midwest such as UNC, Ross, Duke, and Booth, have high selectivity % relative to their perception and brand.  Schools in California and the Northeast, such as Berkeley, MIT, and Yale, have low selectivity % relative to their brand.

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Ultimately, think of the application process as a “funnel”, where schools attrit at each step.  I hoped to get into two schools and allow the admit weekend to be the final deciding factor.  For this reason, I chose to submit 5 applications and ended up accepted at three (1 more than I had hoped).

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So when you are applying to business school, remember “where you want to go” and “where you should apply” are not the same thing.  Where you should apply depends on two criteria:  Are you a “Fit Lister” or a “Top Schooler”? And are you flexible in your application process?

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A recap of a year at HBS [#permalink]

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FROM Defying Gravity - Current Student: A recap of a year at HBS
Oops, sorry. I really meant to update this blog months ago. Somehow, life got in the way. I'm now preparing for my second year (known as EC year) at HBS. A few followers have recently contacted me asking about my b-school experience, so over the next few days/ weeks, I'll be posting various updates, musings, or learnings.

Random musing #1. The section experience is awesome. 
During your first year, all of your classes are taken with the same group of 90 peers. You sit in the same assigned seat everyday, and the professors rotate (yes, it's kind of like elementary school). One of my concerns in choosing HBS was its massive size. Would I feel lost in the crowd? How could I form meaningful relationships when there are 900 people per year? The section experience takes care of these issues, and the program begins to feel much smaller. Its a unique mix of the resources of a large program, combined with the intimacy of a smaller program.

#2 The case method works
Before HBS, I took Financial Accounting and Microecon courses at a local university. Not coming from a traditional business background, I wanted to have some insight into these basic principles. Within a few months of finishing those courses, I remembered very little (virtually none) of the details. At HBS, I took courses in a variety of fields. While I don't remember every nuance, I frequently find myself referencing cases. If I say "Apple and Einhorn," "cranberries," "Tesla," or "Martha Stewart," I bet that 90% of my peers would know what I'm talking about. Cases provide a real-life story to put key learnings in context.

#3 Second years are unicorns
Second year students are on completely different schedules than first years, meaning there is very limited interaction. And when I did see them, they always seemed significantly less stressed and with more free time. Especially at the beginning of my first year, they were like unicorns, a bit rare and mythical. I interacted with them a bit through clubs and social activities, but for the most part, first year students tend to stay within their sections. I'm curious to see what life will be like for me this coming year.

I'll post other thoughts in additional posts later. In the meantime, feel free to leave any comments below if you'd like me to discuss a particular area.
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Advice to the class of 2017 [#permalink]

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FROM Defying Gravity - Current Student: Advice to the class of 2017
It's your time. You've worked hard to get to this moment, and now classes are about to start. Congrats, and welcome to RC year!

I have a few friends who will be joining the HBS class of 2017, and they have recently approached me for advice. I realized that some of this content may be helpful to the larger community, so I'm also posting it here.

1. Make an effort to form more than surface level connections.
At the start of your first year, your section will have a million social events. You'll chat with your  sectionmates and peers from other sections, and then you'll move on and chat with even moroe people. While it's great to get to know a ton of people, try to have conversations that go beyond the typical questions of "Where are you from?" and "What did you do before HBS?" These are the conversations that you'll remember later.

2. Don't stress about commenting in class.
At HBS, 50% of your grade is based on class participation. This means it's critical that you comment regularly in class. Most people suggest trying to comment once in every 2 or 3 classes. Early on, many people try to have the perfect comment. Honestly, there's no such thing. Just say what you believe, and don't be afraid to say something wrong. Your peers are there to support you. Despite the fact that grading is based on a curve, most people aren't actually trying to compete against one another. After the first few weeks, you'll start to understand this better. Also, the quality of comments will progress throughout the year. You don't have to be perfect on day one.

3. It's okay to over schedule yourself, but also take time to relax.
Are you interested in 10 different clubs? No problem, join them all. Want to finally try yoga? Awesome, there's a beginners class every Thursday afternoon. You'll probably see me there. Are you considering 50 different career fields? Cool, there are events for all of them. In business school, there are so many opportunities that it can, at times, become overwhelming. But don't be afraid to explore. Joining a club doesn't mean that you have to attend every meeting. In fact, it basically just means that you want to be on their email distribution list. You can then decide how involved you want to be. If you're the type of person that likes to constantly be doing something, that's great. If you're more like me and enjoy some alone time, that's okay too. Take advantage of the unique resources that you'll have for the next 2 years, but also make sure to take some time for yourself.

4. Don't be afraid to ask for help.
Everyone at HBS is super smart. At times, however, that can make it challenging to ask for help. When everyone else seems to be understanding something, it's hard to be the person to say "I don't get it." But honestly, you're not the only one thinking it. HBS offers private tutoring (free) for all classes, and the more technical courses like finance and accounting offer weekly review sessions. In addition, your classmates are one of your best resources. If someone says a comment that you don't understand, invite them for coffee after class and chat about how they got their answer. This will help you understand the material, while also being a great way to form deeper relationships.

I also have given random advice about laptops, school supplies, dating, and other stuff, but these seem to be the topics most frequently asked.
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Why female entrepreneurs should get an MBA [#permalink]

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FROM Ambitiousbusinessguy - Current Student: Why female entrepreneurs should get an MBA
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Dropout billionaires have cast serious doubt on the value of an MBA. But I couldn’t have raised my first million without one.

Ten years into my professional career, I was promoted into a director role in a mid-sized company—and was beginning to think about launching my own firm. Still, in meetings people would often assumed I would take minutes, even though I’d been invited for my expertise and ideas. Being treated like a glorified administrator was just one of a handful of experiences that made me realize that, for whatever reason, I wasn’t being taken seriously by my peers.

But despite my frustration, I didn’t feel ready to start a company yet. If even my own colleagues didn’t take me seriously, how would investors? Would I be taking notes instead of elaborating on my business plan?

Looking to close my own confidence gap, I went back to business school—against…

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My Interview with Stanford by MBA Manual [#permalink]

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FROM Ambitiousbusinessguy - Current Student: My Interview with Stanford by MBA Manual
The Stanford interview is an alumni-run interview.  You give Stanford your current address and they reach out to alumni in your area to find one that can interview you.  Stanford introduces you to the alumnus/alumna that will interview you by means of an email, and the two of you coordinate a date/time to meet up […]

http://mbamanual.com/2015/07/28/my-interview-with-stanford/

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How to answer Kellogg’s essay questions — Part 1 [#permalink]

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FROM Ambitiousbusinessguy - Current Student: How to answer Kellogg’s essay questions — Part 1
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The 2015-16 Kellogg Full-Time MBA application features two distinct essay questions. In the first of a two-part series, Beth Tidmarsh, director of admissions for Kellogg’s Full-Time program, reveals how to write a stellar response.

Question 1: Leadership and teamwork are integral parts of the Kellogg experience. Describe a recent and meaningful time you were a leader. What challenges did you face, and what did you learn?

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How to answer Kellogg’s essay questions — Part 2 [#permalink]

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FROM Ambitiousbusinessguy - Current Student: How to answer Kellogg’s essay questions — Part 2
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The 2015-16 Kellogg Full-Time MBA application features two distinct essay questions. In the second of a two-part series, Beth Tidmarsh, director of admissions for Kellogg’s Full-Time program, reveals how to write a stellar response.

Question 2: Pursuing an MBA is a catalyst for personal and professional growth. How have you grown in the past? How do you intend to grow at Kellogg?

View Beth’s tips for Question 1

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My Interview with Cornell (Johnson) by MBA Manual [#permalink]

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FROM Ambitiousbusinessguy - Current Student: My Interview with Cornell (Johnson) by MBA Manual
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My last interview took place at the Johnson School of Management at Cornell University.  Since it was my final interview, I had my answers to the general interview questions (“Tell me about yourself” “Why an MBA?” “Why now?” etc.) down cold, and only had to focus on answering the more specific questions regarding Johnson.

The interview was on the Cornell campus, which is obviously very beautiful, but also a bit intimidating.  A nice feature of the Johnson interview process is that they offer you the chance to sit in on a live MBA class and/or take a walking tour of the campus while there.  I opted for the class, which was very informative in terms of showing me what a typical class session would be like at the school.  If you interview at Cornell, I highly recommend taking advantage of this opportunity.

Anyway, let’s take a step back to my interview…

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HBS Accept Admissions Consulting is Launching [#permalink]

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FROM Ambitiousbusinessguy - Current Student: HBS Accept Admissions Consulting is Launching
Stay tuned for HBS Accept’s Consulting Launch!  

Thursday we will be launching on IndieGoGo. Check HBSAccept.com or follow me on Twitter @HamiltonDave for launch details!

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The Cost of Living in Boston:  A List of Monthly Expenses [#permalink]

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FROM Ambitiousbusinessguy - Current Student: The Cost of Living in Boston:  A List of Monthly Expenses
Having come from Indianapolis, maybe the cheapest of the top 20 cities, moving to Boston has been an adjustment for my wallet.  Folks coming from New York or San Francisco are excited by Boston’s slightly less expensive cost of living. Here’s the monthly breakdown:

  • Rent $2634 for 900 sq. ft. 2 Bedroom 1 Bath
  • Air Conditioning $500 per summer
  • Parking $299 
  • Car Insurance $100
  • License and registration $30
  • Renter Insurance $20
  • Public Transportation about $4 per person per trip downtown
  • Uber averages around $18-20, depending on length of trip. Taxis and rides to the airport are more.
  • Tolls are $1.25 on I-90 every few miles. Tolls to the airport are more expensive.
  • Direct flight to Indianapolis is $180 per passenger (one way)
  • Restaurants about $35 for a family of 3 at a moderate restaurant and $60 for a nice dinner out.
  • Health Insurance Premium is $190 per month for me to keep my current plan, significantly more if I had switched to Harvard’s plan
  • Groceries $500 for my family of three
  • Laundry $3.50 per load or $40 per month
  • Internet, electricity, and trash pickup are included in rent
  • Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime are $20 per month
  • We do not have cable
  • Tuition, Books, and Fees are due up front and are $70,000 per year (luckily offset by sponsorship)
  • Ticket to HBS party $25 per person
  • Beer at the local pub $5-7
  • Having Harvard on your resume after graduation…Priceless (at least I am hoping)
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7 study tips for when you just can’t even [#permalink]

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FROM Ambitiousbusinessguy - Current Student: 7 study tips for when you just can’t even
The exam is tomorrow and you’ve been studying all week — or maybe just started today — but your brain is fried. Here are a few tips to help you cope.

http://college.usatoday.com/2015/08/17/7-study-tips/

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4 reputation-saving email templates for when your response is long ove [#permalink]

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FROM Ambitiousbusinessguy - Current Student: 4 reputation-saving email templates for when your response is long overdue
Is it awkward when you forget to respond to an email? Yes. Should you pretend that it got caught in spam? No.

http://college.usatoday.com/2015/08/17/reputation-saving-email-templates/

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FROM Ambitiousbusinessguy - Current Student: The Cost of Living in Boston:  A List of Monthly Expenses
Having come from Indianapolis, maybe the cheapest of the top 20 cities, moving to Boston has been an adjustment for my wallet.  Folks coming from New York or San Francisco are excited by Boston’s slightly less expensive cost of living. Here’s the monthly breakdown:

  • Rent $2634 for 900 sq. ft. 2 Bedroom 1 Bath
  • Air Conditioning $500 per summer
  • Parking $299 
  • Car Insurance $100
  • License and registration $30
  • Renter Insurance $20
  • Public Transportation about $4 per person per trip downtown
  • Uber averages around $18-20, depending on length of trip. Taxis and rides to the airport are more.
  • Tolls are $1.25 on I-90 every few miles. Tolls to the airport are more expensive.
  • Direct flight to Indianapolis is $180 per passenger (one way)
  • Restaurants about $35 for a family of 3 at a moderate restaurant and $60 for a nice dinner out.
  • Health Insurance Premium is $380 per month for me to keep my current plan, significantly more if I had switched to Harvard’s plan
  • Groceries $500 for my family of three
  • Laundry $3.50 per load or $50 per month
  • Internet, electricity, and trash pickup are included in rent
  • Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime are $20 per month
  • We do not have cable
  • Tuition, Books, and Fees are due up front and are $70,000 per year (luckily offset by sponsorship)
  • Ticket to HBS party $25 per person
  • Beer at the local pub $5-7
  • Having Harvard on your resume after graduation…Priceless (at least I am hoping)
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GPA: 3.7
WE: Corporate Finance (Pharmaceuticals and Biotech)
HBS Accept Admissions Consulting is Live! [#permalink]

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FROM Ambitiousbusinessguy - Current Student: HBS Accept Admissions Consulting is Live!
The wait is finally over! Help us get you into Harvard Business School or the school of your dreams.  Check it out on IndieGoGo. The first person to buy a perk will receive a special bonus, so don’t delay.

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4 tips to turn a summer internship into a job [#permalink]

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FROM Ambitiousbusinessguy - Current Student: 4 tips to turn a summer internship into a job
You still have time to increase your chances of getting hired now or down the road.

http://college.usatoday.com/2015/08/21/four-tips-to-turn-a-summer-internship-into-a-job/

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GPA: 3.7
WE: Corporate Finance (Pharmaceuticals and Biotech)
Is a graduate school assistantship the right choice for you? [#permalink]

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FROM Ambitiousbusinessguy - Current Student: Is a graduate school assistantship the right choice for you?
If you have been offered a graduate school assistantship, congratulations! Receiving such an offer is not only considered an honor – one that is often awarded to a small number of graduate students – it also means that a department, professor or researcher believes that you are an asset to the program and that you…

http://college.usatoday.com/2015/08/23/is-a-graduate-school-assistantship-the-right-choice-for-you/

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Kudos [?]: 42 [0], given: 1

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Kudos [?]: 42 [0], given: 1

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Concentration: General Management, Healthcare
Schools: Harvard Business School - Class of 2017
GMAT 1: 710 Q47 V40
GPA: 3.7
WE: Corporate Finance (Pharmaceuticals and Biotech)
Know Yourself, Know Columbia Business School [#permalink]

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New post 24 Aug 2015, 04:02
FROM Ambitiousbusinessguy - Current Student: Know Yourself, Know Columbia Business School
It has been only three months since I graduated from Columbia Business School (CBS), but already I am homesick for the beautiful Upper West Side campus, days filled with executive guest lecturers, and nightly club events. For those in the midst of the application process, or those just considering a future MBA, I envy your position only in that you still have two great years ahead of you. Knowing the application process is a stressful time, I urge you to seek out as much advice as possible. Below is guidance I have given to other CBS hopefuls in the past (all of whom were accepted), built on my own experience, tips from classmates, and insight from alumni I consulted when applying to Columbia.

Know Your Story

If you have ever spoken to an admissions consultant (like HBS Accept), they will stress the importance of having a strong story that clearly ties together your background and career goals, and explains how Columbia can make that connection for you. For some applicants, this may come easily, but I spent hours poring over job descriptions, LinkedIn profiles, and interviews with people who held positions I thought I wanted one day. Doing this helped me to understand what certain career paths looked like, and what it would take to attain that dream job. Though at first it seemed overly prescriptive, having a specific goal in mind for both a five year and ten year plan made it all the easier to explain how I was going to get there.

One main benefit from this exercise is the ease at which you will be able to write your essays for Columbia. The first two questions ask about career goals, and they have respective limits of 50 characters and 500 words. To both stand out and paint a clear picture in 50 characters requires a firm understanding of one’s own future. These questions will come up in conversation during school visits and interviews, and the more defined the answer, the better prepared and knowledgeable you will appear. Additionally, though business school is a place to find yourself professionally, those two years fly by quickly; hit the ground running with a clear idea of where you want to go and what you need to get out of school.

Know the School

While it may seem obvious, it cannot be stressed enough how important it is to understand Columbia to the point that you feel as if you are already a student walking through campus. When I was applying, there were spots in the application to list which admissions events you had attended, names of faculty or staff you had met with, and current students or alumni you knew, not to mention if you were related to a CBS alumni. Business school is about networking, and the admissions team wants to see that you as an applicant have made the effort to learn as much as possible about Columbia and met people who understand the CBS experience well. Doing this will also shed light on which specific clubs, classes, and initiatives you should get involved with to further your career goals, should you be accepted. Many clubs have a Vice President of Prospective Students or Membership, and they are there to help answer questions about what the club provides in professional resources, and the leadership positions offered in the organization.

The city of New York is an integral part of the Columbia experience, and should be a reason why you are applying. Having completed my undergraduate in a college town, and then worked for four years in Chicago, I don’t believe I fully understood the benefits of attending business school in New York until I was here. C-suite executives are in class on a weekly basis, as a visit simply requires hopping in a cab outside their downtown office. Most students interested in a career in retail, venture capital, private equity, or at startups, have a part time internship during the school year. The abundance of networking and career-building events in the city is never ending. Simply put, Columbia thinks being in New York is amazing and believes you should share that enthusiasm to both get the most out of your two years, and to be an integral member of the CBS community.

Applying for business school can be stressful, but the professional and personal experience is well worth it. When in doubt, ask for help and seek out resources like HBS Accept that can provide opinions from those who have already beat a successful path. Best of luck!

Kendall Miller

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Kendall Miller (CBS MBA 2017)

Columbia MBA working at the intersection of strategic, creative, and operational roles and solutions. She is an avid traveler, design world enthusiast, and devoted NYC transplant. As a consultant for Fortune 100 companies, startups, and NGOs, she worked in strategy development, performance improvement, and business model design. Her interests lie in understanding where customer experience design and digital innovations can help companies grow and adapt.  Kendall has recently returned to Deloitte Consulting where she is a Senior Strategy Consultant.

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Location: United States (IN)
Concentration: General Management, Healthcare
Schools: Harvard Business School - Class of 2017
GMAT 1: 710 Q47 V40
GPA: 3.7
WE: Corporate Finance (Pharmaceuticals and Biotech)
The Top 5 Free GMAT Prep Resources [#permalink]

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FROM Ambitiousbusinessguy - Current Student: The Top 5 Free GMAT Prep Resources
Most people find the GMAT very difficult. Whether you are out of the habit of studying or can’t seem to remember that you need to flip the fraction to find the reciprocal, most of us are going to need some help before we sit for the test. In a previous post, I outlined my approach to GMAT preparations. However, you maybe on a budget or just getting started and aren’t willing to shove out thousands of dollars for courses and materials to prepare for the test. Lucky for you, there are some great FREE resources available. Here are my top five:

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Kaplan GMAT Test Prep

5. Ken Tran from Kaplan pointed me to the GMAT community homepage, where testers can preview all of Kaplan’s free resources. My favorite is the free practice test. Unlike many free practice tests, Kaplan tries to simulate test-day conditions with an actual proctored exam. If you enroll in the paid course, you can even take your practice exam at the real test center, an awesome feature that is unique to Kaplan as far as I can tell.

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Economist GMAT Tutor

4. Economist’s adaptive GMAT preparation, best-in-class score guarantee, and included one-on-one tutoring make the paid version an incredible value.  They also offer a free trial version. The Economist will let you try their course for 7 days, take a practice exam, and schedule a one-on-one tutoring sessions all for free.

3. Veritas Prep’s Mobile App:  The first of two mobile apps on this list, Veritas Prep’s prep app is free on the app store. The app, actually designed to accompany the paid course, still allows you to stream all (yes I mean ALL) of Veritas’s course videos without parting with a single penny. Veritas’s video instructors keep it interesting with light candor while they radiate some of industry’s best instruction and most practical tips, making Veritas Prep the highest rated course on BeatTheGMAT.com.

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Prep4GMAT

2. Our second app was design to be free. So unlike Veritas Prep, there is no referring back to paid material you do not have access to. Prep4GMAT recently redesigned their app and what a difference it made. The new app is user friendly and allows for easy progress tracking and weakness identifying.

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GMAT prep now

1.  The holy grail of free GMAT offers 500 videos including 35 hours of expert GMAT instruction.  Unlike most GMAT prep courses, which use made-up questions,  use questions directly out of the Official Guide. This guarantees that you are not wasting time with questions you will not see on the test and also gives you confidence in the level of difficulty of the practice questions. Brent Hanneson from GMAT prep now did not say why they started offering the course for free when contacted for this post; however, their website says, “our biggest reason is that we’re proud of our course.”  Whatever that means…I don’t get it.  All I know is you now have access to hours of high-quality content for FREE!

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GMAT 1: 710 Q47 V40
GPA: 3.7
WE: Corporate Finance (Pharmaceuticals and Biotech)
How Does MIT Sloan Evaluate MBA Applicants? [#permalink]

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New post 09 Sep 2015, 17:01
FROM Ambitiousbusinessguy - Current Student: How Does MIT Sloan Evaluate MBA Applicants?
Candidates often ask us, “What does it take to get into MIT Sloan?” While there is no magic formula, it is helpful to understand how we evaluate applicants. Our team developed these slides to help applicants better understand the evaluation process. We are all excited to start reviewing the Round I applications in a few […]

http://mitsloanadmissions.com/2015/09/09/how-does-mit-sloan-evaluate-mba-applicants/

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HBSAccept.com

Kudos [?]: 42 [0], given: 1

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Joined: 09 Jun 2015
Posts: 65

Kudos [?]: 42 [0], given: 1

Location: United States (IN)
Concentration: General Management, Healthcare
Schools: Harvard Business School - Class of 2017
GMAT 1: 710 Q47 V40
GPA: 3.7
WE: Corporate Finance (Pharmaceuticals and Biotech)
Meeting a record-breaking group of classmates [#permalink]

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New post 30 Sep 2015, 13:01
FROM Ambitiousbusinessguy - Current Student: Meeting a record-breaking group of classmates
It’s a statistic that has floated around since orientation and pre-term, but I think it bears repeating: the Kellogg class of 2017 has a record percentage of female students, and at 43% of an incoming class of 492, those students are poised to make a big impact. I had a chance to feel this impact quite viscerally when I walked into the Allen Center a few weeks ago for the first annual Women’s Welcome Event hosted by the Women’s Business Association (WBA).

https://kelloggmbastudents.wordpress.com/2015/09/29/meeting-a-record-breaking-group-of-classmates/

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