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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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August Academy Review
January 18 | 2017
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     By priyal1991 5 8

Initially when I decided to apply to B schools, I had no idea where to start from. I contacted a close friend of mine who had just secured admission in one of the top B schools. She recommended Karthik to me and I am glad I decided to go with him.


Because I applied to just 2 B schools and I got in both! Ivey with a $ 30,000 scholarship and Rotman with a $ 20,000 scholarship. Making the mistake of not giving my GMAT beforehand, I had limited time to study, draft essays, resumes, recommendations, video essays, prepare for interviews and deal with office work at the same time. But Karthik constantly pushed and motivated me to ensure I complete my application well before the timeline.

The best part about Karthik is that he didn’t spoonfeed me - he gave me space to come up with my own story. He acted as a catalyst, guided me in the right direction, helped me identify and highlight key points in my essay. This was really important because I needed to own my goals and essays and talk passionately about them to be able to convince my interviewer that I would achieve those goals in the future.

The advice and constructive criticism I received from Karthik while practicing my video essays and my mock interviews was extremely useful. I completely aced both my interviews - infact my Rotman interview was the best interview I had ever given in my life, even before it had ended I knew that the interviewer was really impressed and there was no way I wouldn't be selected. This was all possible because of the ample time Karthik had spent with my mock interviews - all the times he put me on the spot with really twisted behavioral questions gave a great boost to my confidence and my ability to tackle unexpected questions.

Karthik was also really organised with the to-do lists on Asana and the meeting booking on Calendly. I really liked Asana because it helped me keep a track of all the items pending on my plate and assign tasks to Karthik easily. The constant annoying reminders from Asana that cluttered my inbox kept me on my toes to finish all the tasks on time.

All in all, it was a wonderful experience working with him and I would definitely recommend him to others.

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Great Experience
December 13 | 2016
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     By avin9292 2 0

The initial consultation session that I had with Karthik from August Academy was enough to convince me that August Academy was the perfect choice. Karthik struck me as very direct, intuitive, responsive and is passionate about helping out candidates. And I absolutely loved working with him through the entire application process.

The process itself was very well-thought out. Even before getting to the essays, there was a very involved “deep dive”. The rubric that Karthik gave me was detailed and allowed me to dig deeper into my past experiences, understand what motivated me, what kind of a leader I was, and what excites me about my future goals. This introspection and discussion really set the base and provided me more clarity on what I wanted out of an MBA. It allowed me to recognize the strengths and quirks that truly differentiated me. And these were things that I was able to strongly leverage in my essays. For the essays, I felt that discussing the essays over calls was so much more effective than looking at offline comments. And unlike many other firms that have a limit on 2-3 iterations, Karthik was ready to take as many of these calls as needed to make the drafts perfect.

One very important thing to note before going in is that you are going to be dealing with an “admissions consultant” and not an “essay editor.” Karthik is not going to change your writing style or modify the vocabulary a lot. But he is going to give you great advice on how best to structure your essays, what the aspects of yourself you should highlight, what anecdotes and life experiences fit in well – all in all make sure that you put your best foot forward. And this is what makes an essay good!

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September 19 | 2016
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     By prabhakar09 191 30

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 riyazgilani 45 2

After my GMAT, as my score was not that great, I did not want to take any chances. So I started looking for an admission consultant. Most of them were ridiculously expensive and some were super cheap, making me suspicious. I spoke to quite a few consultants but was not able to feel the connect with anyone. That’s when I spoke to Karthik sir from August academy. After the initial intro talk itself, I had pretty much finalised to work with him.

The term “Thorough Professional” sums him up quite well. He is very straight forward, won’t beat around the bush. Forget about writing the essay for a student, he won’t even change the language of your essay. But he will keep pointing you in the right direction, motivating you to do better. The greatest thing about him is that he will keep prodding you to think hard and make your draft better if he feels it has even little scope for improvement. His style will make you do a lot of introspection thinking about what you have done in your career and what you want to do ahead. This is helpful throughout the admission process and even after getting admitted. With his help, I could get an admit with a decent scholarship. His guidance was very valuable throughout.

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     By nehas16 4 0

I worked with Karthik for 7 of my R3 applications and converted 5 schools with scholarships, including Olin.

I gave my GMAT in January and then was faced with a challenge of completing the applications within a short span of time since R3 deadlines for international candidates were approaching.

I approached two consultants before Karthik. One of them clearly told me that completing the applications on such a short notice is not possible. The other consultant showed me a rosy picture and assured me that by working with him I'll be able to get into the top 20 schools in R3. I chose to work with him since he reassured me of good results with a guarantee. He started the application writing process without knowing anything about me. He wrote the first draft of essay himself, which was very philosophical and didn't go with my profile at all. I was disappointed.

After going through the GMAT club reviews of August academy, I spoke to Karthik. The best thing that I liked about Karthik is that he is so straightforward and honest with you. He told me that R3 will be very difficult to crack and he can't promise top 20 schools but we will certainly try and not give up.

He took his time to know about me and wanted me to make my story unique. He really worked hard on me and pushed me to write quality essays on my own. He gave me the liberty of writing the first draft the way I wanted to and then we would polish it more through iterations.

Throughout my application journey, Karthik's suggestions were instrumental. He gave the right suggestions at the right time. He was also very quick in responding to my queries and also worked on weekends with me when the deadlines were very near. He is very professional and never edited the language of my essays. This indeed helped me as my essays sounded more natural. He is the most organized and systematic person to work with, which makes the application process so much simple. We were able to complete the applications of 7 schools in 25 days.

I sincerely thank Karthik for his guidance in making my dream come true.

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     By Sackut 0 0

When I started looking for a consultant I was very skeptical if he/she could help me with my unusual profile. After a suggestion from a friend and meeting Karthik I decided to give a go. Karthik gave me a very frank assessment of my profile, outlining my strength and weakness, constantly pushed me to make sure I am putting my best foot forward.

I want to thank you very much for your professionalism and dedication throughout the process, which was a stressful period for me. You have been very prompt and professional with your response, helped me strategize my approach for the application. Needless to say, your insights were very valuable and helpful. Thank you!


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Top 15 admit
May 05 | 2016
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     By aravinth545 174 46

When I first contacted Karthik, I had not yet given my GMAT. He evaluated my profile, helped me identify my strengths and weaknesses and motivated me to do well on the GMAT. He even suggested how to prepare for the GMAT.

When I was playing safe with the selection of universities, Karthik encouraged me to apply for the bigger ones. I applied to 10 universities – 5 in R1 and 5 in R2. After I received admits from 4 universities in R1, I was happy about it and content. He asked me to apply to bigger universities

I got interview invites from 8 universities and admits from 5.

I will be joining a Top 15 ranked university this Fall. Thanks to Karthik for motivating me to aim higher.

Before I started writing essays, he told me how to contact current students and alumni of the schools I was applying to and get vital information which will help me in my essays. After I had an idea of what to write in my essay, Karthik would help me structure my thoughts in a coherent way. And I was free to schedule an appointment to discuss about my essays until it was perfect. He did not limit me to the number of calls or hours as some consultants do.

I found the discussions with Karthik to be more productive when I did some research on the school and made a rough structure for the essays.

After attending 8 interviews, I can safely say I have become a pro at MBA Admission interviews. Karthik corrected my delivery style and taught me how to make proper eye contact with the interviewer.

Karthik does more than what is expected of him. He motivates you to aim higher when you are content with the status quo. I would strongly recommend Karthik – August Academy to future MBA aspirants.

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Ivy League Admit
May 02 | 2016
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     By Sri740 2 5

I have had a wonderful association with August Academy which eventually led to an Ivy League admit. (Yay!! ☺ ). The journey was as exciting as the result with many twists that came along the way. It was a real roller coaster ride with countless late night phone-calls, a few interview invites and some disappointments along the way.

I was very impressed right from the first call we had when I was evaluating various admissions consultants. When I first spoke to Karthik. I had finally met an admissions mentor who did not focus on the no. of hours per discussion per candidate. I could feel a genuine interest on his side to get to know my story and to help me figure out what worked best for me.

Though I had researched a fair bit, Karthik’s inputs on various B-school cultures, their strengths and weaknesses etc were helpful in narrowing down the list of schools that I should target. The first few discussions helped me discover my true motivations and realize my strengths and weaknesses. Karthik was extremely supportive, friendly and (I can’t stress this enough) patient through the entire process. Being the perfectionist that he is we worked on my story and each of the SoPs many times over.

When things wouldn’t go according to plan, Karthik knew the right things to say to get you back on track. The myriad stories he shares about others he has helped are quite motivating as one can very easily relate to them.

I believe that August Academy had a huge role to play in helping me achieve my goal and hope that they continue helping others the same way. All the best!!

SC Johnson Graduate School of Management
Cornell University

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     By gmat499 0 0

I came to know about Karthik from the gmatclub. Before rounding up on him I spoke to a couple of consultants. After my interactions with all of them, I felt Karthik took personal interest in the candidates and was willing to spend more time to present about them in the best way possible.

I am glad I selected him to help me with the applications. We had multiple rounds of discussions to pick the experiences that would make good stories for my essays. He sat with me to refine the essays and to prepare my resume. I really liked that he was detailed oriented and went an extra mile to make sure that the application was perfect. He was always frank and did not hesitate to correct me when he thought my essays were not up to the mark. He also helped me to understand what can be added or changed to make them better. Without his help I never would have been able to write essays the way I did.

He was always available when we wanted to speak with him. His guidance for the interview process helped me in preparing for it. In short, I had a very good experience working with him.

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     By aditir004 0 0

When I decided to take the plunge and apply to business schools, I was extremely nervous about the task that lay before me. As someone with limited corporate exposure (I’m an emergency doctor) I had no idea where to begin including which schools to select. I had already spoken to several MBA consultants but was unconvinced. August Academy( however, was a different story. When I spoke to Karthik, I sensed sincerity and a genuine interest in wanting to help me meet my objectives. Even before our conversation ended, I had decided to enlist his expertise.

I found Karthik to be very systematic and organised. He broke down the application process into smaller tasks making it a lot more doable. Additionally, he spent ample time towards helping me clarify my goals, which was of immense help moving forwards. Based on my interests and strengths, we narrowed down a list of schools I ought to apply to, and chalked out a rough timetable for the next few weeks. Apart from constructing a plan, Karthik inspired self-belief and guided me through each step, and thus made this daunting process seem almost easy!

Karthik was adept at assisting me craft professional essays that were unique and insightful. He mentored me in the art of essay writing, while simultaneously ensuring that the essay compositions be narrated in my own voice. Unlike other services, there was never any limitation on the number of discussions one could have. Moreover, Karthik was extremely prompt when it came to giving feedback regarding any drafts I’d sent. Even when floods in Chennai were making national headlines, Karthik somehow found a way to go online and critique my essays!

Apart from the written submissions, Karthik coached me on how to handle various interviews. Thanks to his inputs I aced every interview I encountered!

One of the issues applicants underestimate is the amount of emotional turbulence associated with the application process. The application process is time consuming and energy draining, as well as frustrating when a decision doesn’t go one’s way. In this regard, I was very grateful for Karthik’s support. Whenever I faced a setback, Karthik took out time from his schedule to call me and encourage me. Thanks to his efforts I was better able to cope with disappointments and kept moving forwards till I finally reached my goal!

I attribute my success to Karthik’s guidance and wholeheartedly recommend the services at August Academy.

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