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February 12, 2017
Bowtye

Joined: Nov 13, 2014

Posts: 108

Kudos: 77

Verified score:
740 Q50 V40

Magoosh should be a GMAT staple

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I would like to start by saying that I feel as though I need to repay Magoosh back for the assistance they provided me during my 3 month study time and this is the best way I can show my appreciation. Yes, I truly believe their team and platform is that good.

What stands Magoosh apart from other companies? Dedication and less smoke and mirrors. What do I mean by the latter? There are two main things that really impressed me about Magoosh's approach. First, they actually recommend using material from other companies! Crazy, right? But Magoosh realized that Manhattan has done a pretty solid job writing in depth guides and instead of competing with Manhattan over guides, Magoosh embraces that fact and suggests that students include that in their curriculum. Second, Magoosh material is not overly difficult to scare students into buying more content. I have taken Veritas prep exams, don't get me started on the their verbal section, and Manhattan exams that are a lot more difficult than the actual test. While I can appreciate the concept of if I can do more difficult questions than I should be fine with easier questions on the actual test; however, I feel that this really affects the pacing of the test and timing strategies. Magoosh's question set is very similar to the actual test.

And finally the Magoosh team. I have nothing but the upmost respect for the team. I joined a free RC session with another company on the GMATclub forums and I am not sure if there was a cultural difference but I felt as those the presenter was extremely critical of the students. In my opinion there were moments of entrapment where the presenter would ask "why are you struggling with RC" and if you selected "can't concentrate on subject matter" the presenter would respond by saying "Do you not understand that this material is for 3 to 5 questions?" or "Is this not important to you?". That is not the type of motivation I needed in an area I am struggling in. I tried two free sessions from this company and realized it was not for me. This was mentioned because Mike McGarry at Magoosh expects the practice of excellence when posting, especially if it is regarding a verbal topic. The way that Mike handles the pursuit of excellence is vastly different from the other company because Mike takes the route of encouragement instead of belittlement. Please keep that in mind.

If you have any further questions regarding my experience with Magoosh feel free to send me a private message.

Bests of luck with your studying!

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May 14, 2018
Bowtye

Joined: Nov 13, 2014

Posts: 108

Kudos: 77

Verified score:
740 Q50 V40

Naive about the process, but Rachel saved the day

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Whether you think you need a consultant or not, everyone, and I mean everyone, should at least have a free consultation. There is no special formula to guarantee admission, but having someone with experience is invaluable. I truly believe that Rachel and I put together my best possible candidacy.

This isn't Rachel's first rodeo and mbaMission definitely takes notes on attributes, application approaches and experiences that has made past candidates successful - so when Rachel makes a suggestion, it comes with insight and knowledge that only someone with experience can provide. It's OK to disagree with Rachel and she is very open to your opinion, but at the same time trust her.

The application process is a marathon, not a sprint, and you two are a team. Rachel takes time to fully digest your life story - from childhood to the time of your candidacy - in order to highlight themes, interesting facts and other strong points. In order for you two to be successful at putting together your best application, the appropriate time is needed for the process to work. Rachel maintains constant communication throughout the process to help guide you as you construct your application(s).

Interview preparation in general is awkward. No matter how bad you want cancel the Skype interview prep with Rachel, fight through it. Nailing the actual interview with the school is so important and there is a fine line between sounding like a robot - and having automated responses - and being well-versed in the practice of interviews. Rachel provides great advice on how to structure responses (yes, even the order for sub-bullets of a response) to help the response flow smoothly or tease future responses, which may help guide the interview in your favor.

Highly recommend reaching out to Rachel if you're new to the MBA application process. Also, starting the application process in April or May will help. You will be surprised how fast spots fill and how detailed this process will be. Most likely you will be working full-time through it all, so allow time for Rachel to do her work and try not submit a first draft a week before the deadline. Rachel and I had 10+ drafts on everything. I think the results from my applications are objective proof of the time and care that the team, Rachel and I, put into everything.

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