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February 04, 2016
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Joined: Jan 13, 2014

Posts: 50

Kudos: 20

Self-reported Score:
660 Q44 V37
740 Q49 V41

Couldn't have done it without you!

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Magoosh is great. Their concept videos are incredibly detailed and give you a great foundation for everything you'll need. Additionally, their practice problems have video solutions that walk you through every step so you're never lost and know exactly what you may have done wrong. I would definitely recommend Magoosh to anyone who is serious about getting a top score. Between their study plans and content, they are one of the best out there. Before Magoosh I didn't know the mechanics of sentence correction on the GMAT and would choose answers that "sounded" best. I wanted something that would help me learn how to actually solve SC questions and not just make educated guesses. The only thing I think they could do better would be their CATs.

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August 27, 2017
Bulldozer

Joined: Jan 13, 2014

Posts: 50

Kudos: 20

Self-reported Score:
660 Q44 V37
740 Q49 V41

Exceeded every expectation

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*Please note that I worked with Greg Guglielmo while he was a consultant with Critical Square*

I cannot recommend Critical Square enough.

I had known I wanted to pursue my MBA since the day I graduated college, but after taking the GMAT I was uncertain how I would put my best foot forward. I reached out to three consultancies with the hope that I might gain guidance on how to craft an application strategy and help me sort out my thoughts as I wrote my essays. After the free 30 minute consultation with Critical Square I knew I wasn't going to be sold a one-size-fits-all template.

I chose Critical Square's comprehensive package for all of my schools and believe the investment to be worth every penny. When I was provided with the initial questionnaire, I started to appreciate how thoroughly they wanted to understand who I was, what my goals are and what makes me tick. From that, Greg, Bhavik (the two consultants assigned to me) and I constructed a strong narrative that tied my previous experiences from my youth, undergraduate career and early professional career with my desired post-MBA industry, goals, and how an MBA was the missing link. The part of my applications I was most nervous about were essays. I am neither a skilled nor expressive writer and so I knew articulating the thoughts in my head onto paper would be challenging. Between all six of my applications I think we worked through close to 50 drafts. They were not afraid to rip into my essays, and that's exactly what I needed. Although they were tough, Greg and Bhavik were always professional and enthusiastic about bringing to life the best possible essay I could write. They were able to help me elicit thoughts and insights and help me structure them in a way that managed to not only answer the prompt well but also make a compelling case for my candidacy all within the word limit (it's a lot to do!).

Another great part of my experience was the level of correspondence I had with my consultants. Essay edits/comments were always sent back within 24 hours and I was not afraid send a text or have a quick call with Greg to bounce around ideas. Lastly, as part of the comprehensive package I was offered interview prep for my schools and cannot speak highly enough of my experience there. Working with someone who has both interviewed for a program himself as well as interviewed prospective students gave me a great foundation for how best to answer certain types of questions as well as additional practice to ease my nerves.

At the end of the day I was lucky enough to be admitted to three schools and am excited to be headed Tuck this fall with a substantial scholarship! I can honestly say that I would not have been nearly as successful as I was without Critical Square's help along the way.

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