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MBA Prep School's Ding Diagnostic - Will I get dinged?

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Hi All,

MBA Prep School ( is fairly new to the GMAT Club community. I've spent some time analyzing the questions on the boards and discovered that profile evaluation questions seem to be very popular. (i.e., What are my chances of getting into School X given my profile?)

Having an admissions consultant evaluate your profile can be helpful, and we are happy to oblige your request for a profile evaluation. Please visit our Ask MBA Prep school Thread:

I also thought it would be helpful to share with you a tool we use at MBA Prep School called the Ding Diagnostic. You can use this Ding Diagnostic checklist posted below to identify potential weaknesses in your profile for yourself. The more checkmarks (or dings) your profile earns on the checklist below the more of a reach a highly selective program will be for you. That said the real power of this tool is to help you to start thinking like an admissions officer (or an admission consultant) in order to identify the weak spots in your application and find ways to counterbalance those weaknesses. In that sense, the tool is prescriptive. MBA Prep School wants you to be accepted to your dream school and knowing what might stand in your way is an important first step.

Academic Profile

--Low cumulative GPA or GPA in major
--No classes or average performance in Quantitative or Business-Oriented Courses
--GMAT score below the median
--TOEFL score below the median
--A 3-Year Bachelor’s Degree
--Degree from a school with a questionable academic reputation

Career Progress

--Limited evidence of career progress
--No visible progress made in the direction of career goals
--Employer is a complete unknown or quality of candidate's work experience is questionable
--Weak references and/or limited evidence of recognition by superiors
--Too technical: limited evidence of managerial potential

Leadership Portfolio

--Limited evidence of leadership at work
--Limited evidence of leadership outside of work
--Lacks insight about leadership capabilities
--Lacks awareness of leadership development needs
--Leadership style appears authoritarian or self-serving

Career Goals

--Undefined career goals
--Career goals lack a sense of purpose: passion, meaning, significance
--Can't connect the dots between prior skills/experiences and post-MBA career goals
--Unconvincing motivations for pursuing an MBA
--Weak case for pursuing an MBA from our School
--Career goals lack a Global Perspective

Other Qualities

--Little evidence of self-awareness
--Little evidence of maturity/life-experience
--Lacks dimension (e.g. Too much of a “poet” or Too much of a “suit”)
--Limited international/cross-cultural experience
--Questionable fit with our school’s culture

Please visit our website ( if you'd like to learn about our video courses on how to build an outstanding application.

Also, if you are interested in signing up as an MBA Prep School Core Curriculum Student and having access to our complete video series covering every element of building an impressive application, we are offering GMAT Club members a $100 discount. The offer expires on November 15th.

Go here for the discount:

Prepare to be accepted!

Tyler Cormney
MBA Prep School

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MBA Prep School's Ding Diagnostic - Will I get dinged?   [#permalink] 03 Nov 2010, 11:57
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