May 19, 2014

Posts: 8

Kudos: 13

Self-reported Score:
720 Q49 V39

I want to start off by saying I firmly believe that I would not have been accepted to four top 10 programs if I had not worked with Adam Hoff.

As I began this process (back in January 2013), I knew next to nothing about MBA admissions, and truly was lost as to where to even start. I was studying for the GMAT, had decided that I wanted to attend a "top 10" program (because that sounded like the right thing to do), and was pretty open to moving around, but that was where my knowledge stopped.

I am a big researcher, so I did what many people do -- I reached out to all the big admissions consulting companies. I spoke with ALL of the big players... Stacy Blackman, Admissionado, MBA Mission, Veritas Prep,, Clear Admit, MBA Exchange, you name it. This was a huge investment of time and energy, but this is not only a significant investment of money (no surprise that admissions consultants aren't cheap), but will have a lasting impact on the rest of my life. I will not speak to my experiences with each individual firm, but I will share that generally, I would speak to the founder / CEO who would provide general insights into MBA admissions, let me know my "chances" at some top programs, proceed to apply some broad stroke comparisons to my profile, let me know they would be passing me along to a consultant on their team (who I didn't get a chance to meet yet), and then would proceed to ask if I would like to sign the dotted line. This rubbed me the wrong way, and to be honest, I wasn't willing to take a leap of faith with this process so I kept looking. I will say, some of the people that I spoke with were great, but overall, I wasn't ready to commit.

This is where Amerasia came in -- I stumbled across the company in one of the message boards. They don't have as big of a presence (yet), but I was blown away from the first call. First of all, Adam didn't "pass me off", he spoke to me directly and had no intention of putting on a sales pitch just to have me work with someone else. We spent over an hour talking about his experiences, my background, and what I wanted out of this process -- quite simply, he got to know me, he asked about my biggest concerns, and I could tell he cared about my success. This was the last introductory call that I made and signed up for his complete school package the next day.

I was very, very early to the game and was pleasantly surprised that Adam was willing to help right from the beginning. We worked through my resume to get it sorted out before applications came out, he provided detailed (personalized) strategy guides for me and each of my schools, and when the time came, he set me up with members of his team to work on mock interviews (I liked that he had me meet with other people on his team for this component -- as they did not know me, it would be more representative of the "blind" interview that I would be going into). Also, I cannot stress how much I appreciated his 48 hour response commitment.

This entire process is stressful -- at least it was for me, and having someone like Adam in your corner is a tremendous asset. Admissions consultant aren't able to change your GMAT / GPA, change your job, or make you into someone you're not... they do NOT write your essays and they certainly don't have "a guy" who can get you in... BUT they are able to help put the best "you" on paper. Adam knew the right questions to ask me, to get the right stories, for the right essays, at the best schools.

His knowledge of the process, his understanding of the culture at each of the top 10-15 programs, and his insights from years of working in admissions helped make the difference for me. Thankfully, I was accepted to four premier programs and in the end, Adam was instrumental in helping me make the decision to attend Booth.

I would recommend him to anyone who is serious about getting into a top program, and is willing to put in the time and energy to get there. Pursuing an MBA is an expensive endeavor, but having a consultant ensures that you're putting your best foot forward. Adam was worth. every. penny.

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May 19, 2014

Posts: 8

Kudos: 13

Self-reported Score:
720 Q49 V39

Overall -- A Great Foundation, But Not a


I want to start off by saying that I recommend Veritas to just about everyone. I have referred four of my friends, I took the full course with my roommate (we both scored 700+), and I was very impressed with the overall company from the first time I interacted with them -- they were straightforward, responsive, and generally professional in their correspondence.

With that being said, Veritas, and it's competitors, are not a "sure thing." So many people start the GMAT prep process hoping to sit through a class a few hours a week, do some homework problems, and walk in to the test center and get a 760. It doesn't work like that -- you will have to work at it, and I don't feel that the company stresses that component enough. For the price, many people would HOPE to have everything sorted out by simply showing up, but I have found that it takes a lot of work outside of the classroom as well.

Another piece of advice / observation is that the class's impact depends on the quality of the teacher. I had a great teacher, but some of my friends have had teachers who were "too smart for their own good." The great thing about Veritas is that every instructor got a 760+, so they know how to "beat" the test... The bad thing about Veritas is that every instructor got a 760+, and that doesn't always translate into great teachers. Just something to keep in mind.

The four stars for quant is indicative of my belief that the course / materials alone will not get you to the Q49-51 range (which makes up the coveted 80th+ percentile). It would be advantageous to have harder problems to really prepare students for the test.

One final note -- I preferred Manhattan's practice tests (more representative of the real test and I truly valued the analytics around how you performed), but much preferred Veritas's approach / study materials. Do yourself a favor and just buy the Manhattan tests (something like $50).

If you are going to invest in a GMAT prep course -- choose Veritas, and make sure you sign up with a great instructor.

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November 25, 2016

Joined: Jan 21, 2013

Posts: 8

Kudos: 13

Self-reported Score:
720 Q49 V39

An Incredible Two Years


This review is for Booth

Program Full Time MBA

Class of 2016

Experience during the program

Booth is a pretty incredible place, but it is a unique environment that is best suited for those who are comfortable dealing with ambiguity and driven by intellectual curiosity.

The biggest factors that made me decide to attend Booth were:

(1) The flexible curriculum: I didn't appreciate this as much until I actually got into the program; it is incredible to choose what courses to take, what professors to have, and even what days of the week you want class.
(2) Student culture: If I had to sum it up, it would be the "pay-it-forward culture" -- 2Ys help 1Ys more than any program I have heard of. They help with everything from selecting classes to helping with interview prep. Since you take classes together (see #1), you build deeper relationships between classes.
(3) "Challenge everything": this is a motto of the school and it resonates within the classroom -- if you aren't challenging someone's ideas, then you're doing them a tremendous disservice.
(4) Chicago is an awesome city: the main campus is down in Hyde Park, but 80%+ students live in downtown Chicago (the 'Loop') closer to the Gleacher Center (Chicago Booth downtown campus). It would be better if the main campus was right down town, but by everyone coming together in HP, it creates a pretty cool student experience.
(5) Brand / rankings (if I am being honest).

Even with all these high expectations, the full-time experience exceeded them in almost every capacity. The support that you receive -- from the school, from second-years, and from your classmates is incredible. They never "get you a job" or "tell you what classes to take", but they're there to answer questions every step along the way.

If there was one thing I would recommend future applicants to do -- it'd be to figure out what makes Chicago Booth unique, and really ask yourself whether or not it's a good fit for you. A lot of people simply apply to the "top 5" schools, but the differences in culture, curriculum, and "focus" (whether it is social, academic, professional, etc.) can be stark. Do the "soul searching" before / while you apply to schools... not after you've made the decision.

About job placement process

Career placement is second to none -- every major company (consulting, IB, IM, and tech) recruits on campus. If anything, I think Booth's technology placement and entrepreneurship programs are underrated to its peers.

Overall BSchool experience (5.0)
Schools contribution (5.0)
Classmates rating (5.0)

Strengths of the program:

Curriculum, Classes, Professors
Career opportunities provided by school
Culture & Student Support

Best fit at this program:

Investment Banking

Can be improved:


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