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# From Aringo: *Awesome* Application Self-Assessment Tool

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15 May 2013, 00:57
This test took me a long time to do but it was worth it. If you score high then you can probably get in to any school of your choice but otherwise, fair to good, it gives you some idea of what you need to work on. I took it as a serious starting point because it's been devised by people who know the process, and it made me rethink some aspects of my application. Definitely worth checking out, in my opinion.
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22 May 2013, 23:28
I checked it out. Encouraging for me mostly due to a good GMAT and yes, I was made aware of the importance of essay valuation in the process. I can work on those for sure.
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03 Jun 2013, 01:53
I took the Vocaz test as well because of my engineering background and the results were very similar. I'm not sure what it all means in terms of acceptance but it gave me an idea of where I stand with the top schools and that's what I needed. I'm relieved to say I was not discouraged. I don't know that I can change anything on my application so I will go ahead and apply to the five schools of my choice. If I'm lucky enough to get interviews, I'll prepare for them. All in all - valid use of time.
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09 Jun 2013, 03:07
What's the story regarding when you apply - is there an advantage to applying early in the 'season' or Round, or does it not make a difference? I know a lot of people who kept working on their apps until almost the last minute and am wondering if that affected their acceptance (or non-acceptance). I've never heard anyone say that the earlier you apply the better your chances are.
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16 Jun 2013, 07:43
I don't know if there are any actual statistics on early application but I wouldn't be surprised if it helps. Providing your application in general is very good, it would indicate a desire for that particular school as well as having your act together with regard to applying.
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23 Jun 2013, 05:04
garbutus wrote:
What's the story regarding when you apply - is there an advantage to applying early in the 'season' or Round, or does it not make a difference? I know a lot of people who kept working on their apps until almost the last minute and am wondering if that affected their acceptance (or non-acceptance). I've never heard anyone say that the earlier you apply the better your chances are.

Your question is a bit confusing. Do you mean applying early in Round 1 or applying in Round 1 as opposed to Round 2 or 3? I don't know about applying early in Round 1 - it may make a diffference but I wouldn't think so. I imagine they go through all the application at the same time as opposed to having a start-finish date. But the issue of which Round to apply in is a whole different thing and I'd like to know more about it from an expert. I've known people who have been accepted in all three Rounds, so there's no stigma attached to applying later. But why wait, if your application is ready to go? What do the Rounds really signify to the schools?
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29 Jun 2013, 06:06
I'm not an expert but I think its better to apply in Round One if you are really satisfied with your application and aren't thinking of making any changes. The pool of applicants is a little different with each Round but the quality of your application is what counts. Knowing there's another Round coming up can give you that extra time you need to polish everything to a bright shine. That's definitely the most important thing.
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04 Jul 2013, 22:01
I've been looking around to try to get a better idea about when to apply. IF you have a great application with high GMAT, great GPA and all the rest in place, then a Round Two application sounds like the best chance to me. A little less competition and since your app meets all the basic qualifications, from a strictly numbers point of view, I think Round Two is best.
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11 Jul 2013, 11:41
I don't want to wait for Round 2. My application is ready and I'm ready. I did the Aringo test a month ago and was glad for the chance to get an idea of where I stand. I did make changes to my app but I feel like I've been working on it forever and the time has come to move forward and apply!
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12 Jul 2013, 04:07
yeah very nice tool .I recommend that everyone should try it..
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17 Jul 2013, 05:04
I' hoped to find a response to my question about when is the best time to apply - Round 1 or Round 2? I see there are others who would like some professional input on this. Basically, I'm wondering what the acceptance stats are for the first two rounds. I'm wondering why they have three rounds to begin with? Better for them or better for us?
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25 Jul 2013, 05:58
I don't hear people talking about which Round and I don't think it makes much difference, in terms of acceptance. Obviously it makes a difference to an applicant as to when he is ready to apply i.e. his application is as good as its going to get. Don't sweat it - just apply when you're good and ready.
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14 Aug 2013, 17:42
I've decided to apply in Round Two. The difference in essay requirements this year has given me, and all of us, more work to do. Single essays, multiple essays....
I have to say that the change to a single essay is very welcome, though. You might be able to get more information across with three or four essays, but I think the adcoms can pick up on the essential 'you' with only one. Wish me luck.
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21 Aug 2013, 16:17
Good luck, Garbutus. I finished with my essays a month ago and must be satisfied with them because I haven't found myself going back to them with changes. There's nothing else to change. I'm sending to my top five schools in Round 1 and holding till Round 2 with two others. At this point I'd just really like to get rewarded for all the craziness of the last few months. I wish all applicants the best of luck!
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27 Aug 2013, 09:05
Hey Garbutus. I was all for Round Two and still am but what I decided to do is apply in Round 1 for the two schools at the bottom of my short list and wait for Round 2 with my top preferences. I'm ready with everything and can't see letting Round 1 go by with no action. Could be ass backwards but I don't think so.
If you're confident with your stats and aren't waiting for an epiphany to change your essays I'd say we're both in good shape.
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03 Sep 2013, 20:31
I'm happy for everyone who knows what they're doing. I should hope so by now. It's a little late to be looking for advice or confirmation in these forums at this time. The deadlines are around the corner and if you are applying to HBS or Stanford, or Booth or Wharton you should be ready - to apply and accept the results. I wish us all good luck because, ultimately, we don't know who we're up against. But if you're good, so are your chances. Think positive!
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10 Sep 2013, 09:10
I dunno Scitto. The ongoing forums are informative and let you know you're not alone with all your questions. Round 2 deadlines are still 5 months away and that's enough time to learn something that may help. I'm applying in Round 2 and I still have some hesitations here and there but I'm taking a break for now.
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16 Sep 2013, 14:33
Go ahead and take a break, Berberwerk. I'm sure you deserve it. BTW, did you do this self-assessment/chances test?
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18 Sep 2013, 07:21
Is this tool still working?
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22 Sep 2013, 15:10
Yes, I did it around a month ago and scored 71. I made a couple of small changes in my essays afterwards but not to improve my score on the test, just something that occurred to me to add.
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