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# Did You Use An Admissions Consultant?

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09 Mar 2007, 06:51
Just curious how often these consultants are used.

And just to be specific, I'm not talking about casual postings w/ people like the guys on the accepted.com or mbaGameplan forum, I'm curious if people actually hired consultants.
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09 Mar 2007, 07:42
Also, if anyone is willing to share, did the consultants just help w/ essay edits, or did they help with overall positioning and give advice on things to include or not include in positioning essays.
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09 Mar 2007, 07:43
Well are you asking if people used a consultant or an editor?
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09 Mar 2007, 07:48
I thought the main function of consultants was to be essay editors. Is that not the case?
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09 Mar 2007, 07:51
Nope, but I probably would have if I could have afforded it. I mainly just conferred with my girlfriend on the overall themes of my essays.
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09 Mar 2007, 07:53
johnnyx9 wrote:
I thought the main function of consultants was to be essay editors. Is that not the case?

I am not sure - I always thought a consultant interviewed you, helped you craft your essays by pointing out your strengths and weaknesses, helped you focus on areas of your app that need improving (Ex. pointing out you need a higher GMAT score), mock interviews for a specific school, etc. Accepted.com has packages for specific programs that take you from starting point to finish line, holding your hand throughout. To me that is a consultant.

Someone who reads your essays and edits general grammar and some minor feedback would be an editor...
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09 Mar 2007, 07:53
As an international applicant, I used one to find out if I would be competitive applying to some schools in the US. I wanted to know if I had a shot or if I would be wasting my time and money.
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09 Mar 2007, 07:54
Well I guess I should rephrase the question to be: Did you pay anyone to help you with your application? (excluding of course GMAT prep)
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09 Mar 2007, 09:16
Phooey wrote:
As an international applicant, I used one to find out if I would be competitive applying to some schools in the US. I wanted to know if I had a shot or if I would be wasting my time and money.

Before I spear tackle you ...ala Tiquiri's tackle during Blediosecup....

Stay away from the Admin consultants...i lost few grand on those assholes who make you believe that you are a HBS admit provided you take their services
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09 Mar 2007, 10:06
Ozmba2006 wrote:
Phooey wrote:
As an international applicant, I used one to find out if I would be competitive applying to some schools in the US. I wanted to know if I had a shot or if I would be wasting my time and money.

Before I spear tackle you ...ala Tiquiri's tackle during Blediosecup....

Stay away from the Admin consultants...i lost few grand on those assholes who make you believe that you are a HBS admit provided you take their services

Tuqiri is a fluffybunny. The sooner he buggers off to league, the better.

I only used a consultant to gauge the strength of my candidacy. That was all.
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09 Mar 2007, 10:17
johnnyx9 wrote:
I thought the main function of consultants was to be essay editors. Is that not the case?

Oh. Well. I read this only after submitting my vote. So, anyone who was going to vote "No" please vote "Yes"
Yeah, I did use services of mbagameplan.com for essay editing.
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09 Mar 2007, 10:22
Phooey wrote:
Ozmba2006 wrote:
Phooey wrote:
As an international applicant, I used one to find out if I would be competitive applying to some schools in the US. I wanted to know if I had a shot or if I would be wasting my time and money.

Before I spear tackle you ...ala Tiquiri's tackle during Blediosecup....

Stay away from the Admin consultants...i lost few grand on those assholes who make you believe that you are a HBS admit provided you take their services

Tuqiri is a fluffybunny. The sooner he buggers off to league, the better.

I only used a consultant to gauge the strength of my candidacy. That was all.

Dont believe in what they say

Ask Rhyme or Hjort or other clubbers who can provide a frank assessment ....

I hope you didnt pay him a dime for the assessment....

are u a kiwi ? if so ..you can aspire for H/W/S
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09 Mar 2007, 20:13
I was contacted by a consultant who virtually "guaranteed" admissions (or 100% refund) at a few top 10 schools for $7500~$15,000. The guy is an HSB grad with lots of pull amongst several different adcoms.

In short, I denied his services because I don't think it is ethical to buy one's way into a top program. My school ranks in the top 30 and I'm perfectly content knowing that I got through on my own (with the support of some solid LORs, or course).
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09 Mar 2007, 22:59
GMATT73, good to hear from you, you been away visiting schools?
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10 Mar 2007, 00:15
johnnyx9 wrote:
GMATT73, good to hear from you, you been away visiting schools?

Yep, visited three schools (two backup) and stopped short of two more after receiving an admit from my target school.

Ended up shelling out an extra $125 for "economy plus" seats between Osaka-Seattle and they were much more comfortable than standard coach. Saving the FF miles for my wife's ticket at the end of the year. How are your apps coming along Johnny? Any new news? Manager Joined: 08 Feb 2007 Posts: 82 Followers: 1 Kudos [?]: 1 [0], given: 0 ### Show Tags 10 Mar 2007, 09:53 I used Paul Bodine... ..in his book. Best$11.95 I ever spent
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10 Mar 2007, 11:58
GMATT73 - Still playing the waiting game here, no news yet!

Well sounds like the seat upgrade wasn't too expensive, and sounds like you avoided getting one of those deadly blood clot things in your legs, so I would say that was money well spen!
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10 Mar 2007, 15:11
All I needed was the free advice from people on this site.
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10 Mar 2007, 21:05
johnnyx9 wrote:
GMATT73 - Still playing the waiting game here, no news yet!

Well sounds like the seat upgrade wasn't too expensive, and sounds like you avoided getting one of those deadly blood clot things in your legs, so I would say that was money well spen!

Keep us posted on your progress buddy.

After picking a United ground staff's brain for 30 minutes, she gave me some good advice on how to increase our chances of getting bumped into biz class.

10 Mar 2007, 21:05
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