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# Thoughts on vocaz's chances indicator?

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Joined: 03 Jul 2010
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03 Jul 2010, 23:39
Hey all, long-time lurker, first-time poster. I'm a current PhD candidate in science looking to go for an MBA after I graduate. I noticed that Vocaz (an admissions consulting service for engineer/scientist types) posted a chances indicator for bschool admissions: vocaz.c0m/ClientInfo/ChancesIndication27985.htm (change the 0 in com to get the link; I can't post links yet because I'm new)

Of course, out of curiosity, I tallied up my points, and based on my intuition the results seemed realistic? Was wondering what other people thought.

~AJ

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Location: United States (CA)
Concentration: Entrepreneurship, Strategy
Schools: Michigan (Ross) - Class of 2013
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04 Jul 2010, 00:17
It's an interesting approach, but it seems a little far fetched to me. The application process is too individualistic to assign values to work experience generically. The point system values pedigree, but it fails to value impact, which is arguably the most important element of work experience.

You're better off emailing a brief summary of your background and accomplishments to a respected admissions consultant if you want a reasonable assessment of your candidacy at various schools. If a point system was truly a reliable measurement tool, schools wouldn't bother having you write essays or interview
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Re: Thoughts on vocaz's chances indicator? [#permalink]

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04 Jul 2010, 09:45
Fair points. I suppose there's no easy way to (directly) incorporate impact, although it's possible some of the vocaz variables might capture it implicitly. However, I'm still curious at to what extent you can take a very complicated qualitative process (bschool admissions) and map a surprisingly simple quantitative model onto it (as vocaz has done). Maybe it's because I do that for a living in other areas I guess we'll probably never know their predictive accuracy but I can't help but wonder... after all, doesn't Sloan have some kind of quantitative model they use to evaluate applicants?

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