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I am applying for the 2016 season to B-schools in the USA and Canada.
I would like to know if any of you have used the services of the following admissions consultants.

1. MBA Crystal Ball
2. Admissions Gateway
3. MBAdream.in
4. August Academy

Please let me know.
Thanks in advance.

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New post 19 Jul 2015, 01:28
aravinth545 wrote:
I am applying for the 2016 season to B-schools in the USA and Canada.
I would like to know if any of you have used the services of the following admissions consultants.

1. MBA Crystal Ball
2. Admissions Gateway
3. MBAdream.in
4. August Academy

Please let me know.
Thanks in advance.


Hi,
Here you can find reviews of August Academy - http://gmatclub.com/reviews/august-academy-345345655

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New post 01 Aug 2015, 08:32
aravinth545 wrote:
I am applying for the 2016 season to B-schools in the USA and Canada.
I would like to know if any of you have used the services of the following admissions consultants.

1. MBA Crystal Ball
2. Admissions Gateway
3. MBAdream.in
4. August Academy

Please let me know.
Thanks in advance.


Hi Aravinth,

Also add General Education to the list. I have heard they are pretty good too.
http://www.genedmba.com
I have talked to them and met them personally. Their website seems replete with some good recommendations.
I am considering registering for their services. But I have heard a lot about MBA Crystal Ball and they have an excellent track record too

Regards,
Sayan

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New post 19 Oct 2015, 09:25
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aravinth545 wrote:
I am applying for the 2016 season to B-schools in the USA and Canada.
I would like to know if any of you have used the services of the following admissions consultants.

1. MBA Crystal Ball
2. Admissions Gateway
3. MBAdream.in
4. August Academy

Please let me know.
Thanks in advance.


Hi Aravinth,

Also add General Education to the list. I have heard they are pretty good too.
http://www.genedmba.com
I have talked to them and met them personally. Their website seems replete with some good recommendations.
I am considering registering for their services. But I have heard a lot about MBA Crystal Ball and they have an excellent track record too

Regards,
Sayan


I just spoke to Shoaib from genedmba. Haven't yet decided, but seems like I will be picking them, as the fee of August Academy and Crystall Ball seem to be high.

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New post 21 Oct 2015, 21:16
I have used all the services of MBA Crystal Ball - MAP, essay review and mock interviews. They have an excellent small team of consultants - one of them even holds IIT/ISB/McKinsey credentials and you can't ask for better than that. Very intellectually honest and do not sugarcoat facts. Also force you to think on your own so that you come up with a personalised plan of action as opposed to receiving a cookie cutter input from someone else. So far, I have admits from 2 out of 3 schools that I have applied to based on their help, and received a sizeable scholarship from 1 of those 2. If they agree to take you on, their help will definitely add great value to your application.

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You might want to also check out this course on Udemy called Ace the MBA Application that has very detailed advice that can be a handy tool as you go through the process! Just $30 to have some awesome videos and examples handy, some of my friends found it really useful during their prep.

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Hello,

I can give some review about Admission Gateway because I have been through that process. Believe me guys they are worst consultant ever. Total waste of money. whatever they have mentioned in their website is useless.

Below is something they have mentioned on their website

omprehensive MBA Application Package

We advise a select few applicants every year. We cater to each application personally to help you craft a unique and compelling story. We don’t charge by the hour. There is no limit on discussions or iterations.

Profile Review:

Gain in-depth knowledge of your experiences
Assess strengths and weaknesses and make an action plan
Discuss career paths – Short-term and Long-term goals
Profile Building:

Advise on diversification of your work profile
Help bolster extra-curricular profile in areas of interest
Build resume to showcase your achievements and impact
Application Strategy

Help form your personal brand
Provide industry perspective to tune goals
Select schools that are a good fit
Build application timeline and discuss ED, EA and round options
Networking plan to reach out to students and alumni at target schools
Application Execution

Resume preparation – STAR format
Brainstorm on essays, enhance positioning ensuring fit with personal brand
Recommender selection and input
Mock interviews – STAR and Pyramid principle

I can tell you from all these nothing is done. This consultant has some students who has 770 GMAT score and he only concentrate on those students. If you are below 770, please dont waste your money. Rajdeep is rude and he will keep blaming you all the time. You will never feel confident throughout the process. I have wasted my 2 Lac Rs so I request you not to do the same.

He has some stupid people in his team who will keep talking and never listen to you. They all consider themselves something so big that you are nothing in front of them. Main problem is the attitude problem and unprofessionalism.

I am writing this because I have got so much from this forum and if I can save even one student then I would consider that my review is not wasted.

If anyone wants to know more about it they can PM me.

Regards

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New post 24 Feb 2017, 08:19
I have been on these forums for 6 years. I was working as an Assistant Manager at a top Analytics firm in India and my goal was to get into consulting after completing my MBA from a top US school.

After talking to friends and students I decided to work with Admissions Gateway. Admissions Gateway helped outline an exhaustive plan leading up to the deadlines spanning 6-7 months so that one could map everything out. I then worked with Rajdeep Chimni on building the resume. What stood out for me was that the resume was customized as per ones goals and thus a consulting resume was different from say product management. My resume took close to 22 iterations but I was happy with the final result as I learnt how to portray my experiences.

We then worked on outlining the goals. Usually you have an overall goal but we went into the specifics like which industry, how to align this with my profile, what skills I need etc. The most important part was the essays and interviews and this is Admissions Gateway’s biggest strength. I had multiple iterations on the essays for all the schools. Even my optional essays were tailored to the school I was applying to. Finally, I would like to highlight the interview preparation. Admissions Gateway helps you in how to address the questions and how to handle the interviewer.

I would also like to add that Admissions Gateway has high moral standards and they will not write your essays. Each essay is your product and they work with you to help you make it better. This helped me be true to myself and maintain my unique voice.

Thanks to Rajdeep and the team that I am attending Cornell, Johnson currently. I would definitely recommend Admissions Gateway for applying to the top programs.

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New post 30 Mar 2017, 05:27
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Hello,

I can give some review about Admission Gateway because I have been through that process. Believe me guys they are worst consultant ever. Total waste of money. whatever they have mentioned in their website is useless.

Below is something they have mentioned on their website

omprehensive MBA Application Package

We advise a select few applicants every year. We cater to each application personally to help you craft a unique and compelling story. We don’t charge by the hour. There is no limit on discussions or iterations.

Profile Review:

Gain in-depth knowledge of your experiences
Assess strengths and weaknesses and make an action plan
Discuss career paths – Short-term and Long-term goals
Profile Building:

Advise on diversification of your work profile
Help bolster extra-curricular profile in areas of interest
Build resume to showcase your achievements and impact
Application Strategy

Help form your personal brand
Provide industry perspective to tune goals
Select schools that are a good fit
Build application timeline and discuss ED, EA and round options
Networking plan to reach out to students and alumni at target schools
Application Execution

Resume preparation – STAR format
Brainstorm on essays, enhance positioning ensuring fit with personal brand
Recommender selection and input
Mock interviews – STAR and Pyramid principle

I can tell you from all these nothing is done. This consultant has some students who has 770 GMAT score and he only concentrate on those students. If you are below 770, please dont waste your money. Rajdeep is rude and he will keep blaming you all the time. You will never feel confident throughout the process. I have wasted my 2 Lac Rs so I request you not to do the same.

He has some stupid people in his team who will keep talking and never listen to you. They all consider themselves something so big that you are nothing in front of them. Main problem is the attitude problem and unprofessionalism.

I am writing this because I have got so much from this forum and if I can save even one student then I would consider that my review is not wasted.

If anyone wants to know more about it they can PM me.

Regards

I'm really sorry that you had that experience, that must have been very traumatizing.

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New post 04 Sep 2017, 09:48
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aravinth545 wrote:
I am applying for the 2016 season to B-schools in the USA and Canada.
I would like to know if any of you have used the services of the following admissions consultants.

1. MBA Crystal Ball
2. Admissions Gateway
3. MBAdream.in
4. August Academy

Please let me know.
Thanks in advance.


Hi Aravinth,

Also add General Education to the list. I have heard they are pretty good too.
http://www.genedmba.com
I have talked to them and met them personally. Their website seems replete with some good recommendations.
I am considering registering for their services. But I have heard a lot about MBA Crystal Ball and they have an excellent track record too

Regards,
Sayan


Did you take consulting services from them?

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