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August Academy is a venture founded by an alumnus of IIT Madras and Stanford University in 2013. Over the past four years, we’ve helped students belonging to the most competitive MBA applicant pool (Indian Engineers) get into several top 20 schools from across the world. We’ve worked with people in every time zone from Australia to California - we are extremely responsive. Several of our students have received offers from top 20 schools in the US (including Kellogg, MIT Sloan, Yale, Duke, NYU Stern, UVa Darden, Ross, Cornell, Anderson, UNC Kenan-Flagler, McCombs, Tepper, Olin and Goizueta), top 10 schools in Europe (including London Business School, HEC Paris, IE, ESADE and Oxford), and top ranked schools in other regions (Rotman, Ivey, Schulich, the National University of Singapore and the Indian School of Business). Overall, our students have won over $2,100,000 in scholarships so far.

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     By Nainani 12 5

I availed Karthik's admission consultancy service during application cycle of 2016-2017. I applied to seven B-Schools in the US under the guidance of Karthik. Out of seven, I was interviewed in six colleges. Eventually, I got admit offers in four B-School with scholarships and was waitlisted in two Schools.

As I worked on my application with Karthik and as I got to know him better, I found Karthik brilliant and expert in the application process. He knows inside-outside of admission committee mindset, helping me to streamline my thoughts while I was writing essays and tweaking CV for B-School applications. He also trained me for interview preparations and navigated me through scholarship negotiation process with schools. I also found him very honest in his commitment and disciplined in essay review approach. He helped me to structure my story, making it very compelling to the schools. Among my four B-Schools admits, I am joining the Ross Michigan. The credit for landing up at one of the top US B-Schools, I completely give to Karthik because of his tremendous efforts he has put in my application process. The biggest factor with him was that he motivated me to apply those colleges in which I thought I have no chance of getting an admit, but eventually, I got an admit at Ross.

Overall I will say that if you want yourself to be saved from many ridiculously poor services offered by many admission consultancies available on the net and looking for real expert, Karthik is the only person for your quest. My suggestion for future applicants is that please do not go for unverified B-School admission consultancies. Also, do thorough research for the genuine person; I found Karthik after lots of pain. Many unscrupulous consultants are expert in marketing their services and are putting fake results on their websites with dubious feedbacks and reviews. If you fall for their marketing gimmick, you may ruin your application cycle

My experience says that you have to put as much as efforts in finding the right consultant as you have to put in the whole application process.

Best of Luck!

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September 19 | 2016
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     By prabhakar09 192 31

I started to understand the admission process early this year. I was overwhelmed and confused. Some guidance came in the form of GMATclub, but it was clear I would need a proper guide for navigating these difficult waters.I looked at the available consultants, made the free consultations.

August academy stood out as clear winner for various reasons:

1. they use the raw material from the candidate and just mold it in a way to project the image perfectly.
2. they don't change the language so the essays come out as your own,
3. Karthik, my guide, is very understanding and considerate person. Very comfortable to work with.

So, I took a three school package. We started out with the basic getting to know the candidate stage and preliminary write-ups. In one week with that done, and deadline just two weeks away we dived in with the school specific essays.

It would have been impossible otherwise, but we managed to submit an 8 essay application in just 2 weeks. and a relatively smaller application in next 10 days. I got interview call from the both.

Karthik prepared me up for the interviews, he gave me a set of all basic and specific questions. I prepared. We discussed. and when I was ready we did mock interviews. Which helped a lot. The last interview I had, was 6 years ago. So those practice sessions were like a godsend, which I really needed.

In the end, we made application for two schools, Successful at IE business school and Waiting list at INSEAD.

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     By Monisha2402 2 0

Soon after writing my GMAT, as part of my research about admissions consultants, I came across August Academy as well. A friend of mine suggested I choose August Academy due to his successful experience with them. He secured an admission in the MIT SDM programme with Karthik's help. (Founder of August Academy). My first experience with Karthik was about an hour long discussion where we spoke about my profile and what I was looking to achieve. I found Karthik to be a very straight forward person who lists out the pros n cons your profile in the very beginning. I had a vision in mind as to what kind of courses I wanted to apply to and Karthik made me understand what in my resume would work for and against my vision. He also suggested several great courses during our discussion stage,some of them that I dint know of and while doing so he never imposed any choice on me. He always helped me make my choices and provided the right guidance. After our initial discussion stage, Karthik gave me an admissions kit to work on that consisted of several documents that included personality tests., questionnaire s regarding my goals, interests, etc, to do lists and other admission related stuff. This exercise I believe was crucial in me securing a successful admission at SDM programme at MIT SLOAN. Many of the questions that I answered were what I encountered in one or many of the applications that I filled up. In addition to this, Karthik really helped changed the face of my resume and helped me in highlighting the most important points in an attractive way. Through this process not only did I end up with a great resume but also learnt a great deal about crafting effective resumes. With Karthik s help I applied to 3 schools and got calls from 2 of them. I applied to exactly the schools that I aimed at and come out satisfied from the admission s counseling experience. All in all, I think August Academy is definitely a great choice if you are looking to better to chances at getting into your dream school.

I also availed August Academy's services for interview prep. I have to say that I got through this interview only with Karthik's help. Due a personal tragedy I was going through a particularly difficult phase during the time around my interview. Karthik helped me with the list of questions that I should expect and helped and pushed me to craft attractive answers to them. I must say that due to the turmoil I was going through , I prepped exactly the questions he gave me and that was good enough for me to crack the interview. He also conducted several mock interviews with me and encourged me and gave me several tips to crack the interviews. This review would not be complete without me giving a huge shout out to Karthik's pep talks that he gave me during the mock interviews and before my actual interview. They really helped me step up and give my best during the interview. I would definitely recommend August Academy for their services.

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     By avinashhraju 0 5

August Academy has helped me in many ways while enduring the tedious b-school application process and interview preparation. Karthik is very well versed with the entire MBA admission process. In the first meeting, he analysed my profile thoroughly and suggested list of schools that I should be aiming for. Once I short listed on the schools, he and I had further meetings for each school and finalized on the strategy to approach each b-school application. These meetings have helped me put down points that represent me accurately. The mock interview sessions conducted by him have helped me realise my areas of strengths and weakness and fine-tune my interviewing skills.

In the entire application process journey, Karthik has been a strong motivator and a mentor. He has provided all the scenarios that I could land up in by taking up a certain path. This has been pivotal for me in making thorough decisions without any second thoughts. On the whole I am very satisfied with the services of August Academy and would definitely recommend this admission consultant firm to my friends.

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April 08 | 2018
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     By gsonali 0 0

I availed August Academy services for admission cycle 2017-2018. I am happy to say that I applied to 3 B-Schools, got an opportunity to interview at 2 Schools, and got admitted to my top priority school (result from one school is awaited).

Karthik has been a mentor and guide since day one of my application process. Even though the entire process is extremely consuming and time taking, Karthik has a highly methodological approach and navigates the work in a systematic manner. He gives personal attention to all aspects of the application : starting from defining career goals (suggested me to read the best known management books first), identifying strengths and weakness, shortlisting and setting target schools, refining the resume in detail (he put in commendable efforts in doing so) , brainstorming the essays, preparing for video essays etc. He defines deadlines and strictly abides by those timelines.

One of the key aspects of his working style is his guidance on the 'essay writing'. He identifies your story depending on your strengths, helps you mold it into a compelling story while ensuring that the essay comes directly in the applicant's own words. He would never write your essays, rather push you to write in your own words!

Above all, Karthik is an excellent person. He has guided me through my difficult decisions and continues to do so even after the application prep is over.

P.S.: Karthik manages every task detail through Asana (web application to track work progress). Another trait of his systematic way of working!

I owe a big part of my success to Karthik and would recommend him as the first choice for any applicant looking for a sincere, dedicated admissions consultant.

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April 04 | 2018
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     By shubhamsahai 9 0

I worked with Karthik for Fall '18 Full time MBA applications. I started with my essays quite late but thanks to Karthik's intensive involvement, I was able to complete my applications on time. His quick responses decreased the turnaround time for each essay and resume draft iteration. He helped me simplify the technical jargons in a way that it becomes easier for adcoms to get an idea about my work experience. The brainstorming sessions were particularly helpful to extract stories that could be used to demonstrate the strength and challenges out of my life events in the application. He continuously encouraged me to convey my thoughts in best possible way to the adcoms in mock interviews. I found his art of explaining complex logic using examples very useful. Karthik is so approachable that there were instances when I was running out of time because of looming application deadlines and he graciously accepted my request to provide the edits in a day..

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     By deep1234 3 6

The decision to pursue an international MBA is a big one. And anyone who has tread this path would concur. At that juncture, the right guidance and help from someone who is well versed with, the entire process is extremely valuable.
After talking to four or five admission consultants when I spoke to Karthik from AugustAcademy, I knew at that very moment that my search has ended. Karthik is extremely professional, very systematic, punctual and prompt. Furthermore, the calmness in his voice and tone actually gives you very positive feeling.

I signed up for a package of three schools with Karthik. Given my work exp, I was not too inclined to do a two-year MBA and so my focus was mainly on the European one-year MBA programs. In the first interaction, Karthik helped me understand the format in which we would work. The excel spreadsheet detailed out how we would go about it - the number of edits, hours spent on reviewing/editing, duration of the phone calls, etc. To be honest, I wondered if that would actually work. But trust me when I say, the process is just perfectly cut out. By the end of the process, you would not just have secured admissions into the schools of your choice, you would have actually learnt a great deal about yourself.

The best part of working with Karthik is that he would have you write your own essays/applications in your own style. He would guide you on to approach them, guide you with making them more coherent. And I think this is really important because that is what preserves the originality of your content and writing.

Of the three schools, I applied to with Karthik's help, I got admits from two. I also applied to three other lower-ranked B-schools, and got admits from all three with stupendous scholarships and Forte fellowships. Thanks to Karthik for all his help and guidance that helped me achieve my dream.

For B-school applicants who are looking for an admission consultant, I would highly recommend Karthik's AugustAcademy.

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A Fruitful Experience
April 01 | 2018
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     By aneess 1 0

After failing to secure interviews in the previous admissions season, I decided to work with an admissions consult to improve my chances. During the profile review with Karthik, he reviewed my profile from adcom's perspective and he immediately found that I lacked the focus in my short term plans. I chose to work with him for 3 school package. We first brainstormed and narrowed down my short term plans, which went a long way in my Essays and my admissions interviews. Karthik also helped me fine tune my CV for the MBA applications.

Karthik, is honest and realistic when selecting schools to apply to. We selected school based on my profile and post MBA plans.

We worked on each essay from scratch. When working on the essays, Karthik laid down a skeleton, based on the my strengths and experiences, for each essay. The essays were written by me and then Karthik reviewed them a couple of times, giving me pointers to make sure the essay is to the point and help me highlight my strengths for each university. I was invited to interview for all 3 of them. I got accepted into Carlson School of Management (my target school), with half tuition fees scholarship.

Even though Karthik's charges may seem high, he helped me present the best version of myself and which helped me get into my target school with scholarship. All in all, it was a very fruitful experience.

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April 01 | 2018
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     By km0606 0 0

I approached Karthik late in November, cutting it quite close to the R2 deadlines. After an initial discussion, Karthik helped me shortlist the schools that I could realistically apply to - broadly classifying them as dream, target and safety. I finally applied to 4 schools - 3 in the US and 1 in India. Before starting on the applications itself, Karthik made me fill out starter files, listing out goals, achievements, extracurriculars, weaknesses etc. Having these criteria mapped out beforehand was helpful as it gave me a point of reference for the essays.

For each school, we had an initial discussion over the phone regarding how best to approach each essay, after which I would write a first draft and send it to him. He would revert with feedback about whether a certain point was coming across as intended, if certain points should be elaborated upon or left out, and how to structure the content properly. Karthik on performed very minor edits on the essays; the content was completely written by me. There were times when I was still making edits very close to the deadlines, and Karthik reverted quickly in those instances.

I received 3 interview invitations out of the 4 applications I sent. For interview prep, I once again filled out an interview questionnaire which broadly covered the different types of questions one can be asked in an interview, after which I had 2-3 calls where he conducted a mock interview and answered other questions that I had. The interview prep helped me build confidence for my interviews (which were actually easier than anticipated).

I have received 2 admits from US schools and Karthik was very helpful in helping me achieve this. The application process can be overwhelming, and he helped me navigate the process. I would recommend Karthik to anyone looking for professional help on their applications.

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     By ajit_223 40 63

In August 2017, I contacted August Academy. :) Since then Karthik has been a great mentor and support. In round 2, I received 4 interview invites out of 5 top-15 schools we applied to. I have received admit from Kellogg, UCLA with 100K USD scholarship, and Tepper. While helping me right from conceptualisation to depiction to refinement, his biggest help was to not let me settle for mediocracy. He made me do multiple iterations of some essay by providing strategic feedback and pointing out even minutest logical fallacies. I distinctly remember that for Kellogg, mistakenly, I wanted to present a story of a project from my consulting life that was grand but was not showcasing my personality. However, Karthik counselled me to present a different story, which was unique but not grand from any angle, and I believe this approach of showcasing who I am both honestly and uniquely made the difference for me.

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