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Kaplan Test Prep Survey: Business Schools’ Opinion of New GMAT Integrated Reasoning Section

Guest Blog Post by Kaplan Test Prep, originally published on October 24, 2012. MBA Podcaster listeners receive 10% off all Kaplan GMAT courses As a new crop of business school applicants prepares to submit the first set of applications with GMAT scores that include the newly launched GMAT Integrated Reasoning section, Kaplan Test Prep’s 2012 survey of business school admissions officers* suggests that the opinion of business schools of the

3 Team-Based Discussion Admission Tips


Wharton has introduced a new element to its admissions process – the team-based discussion. Other schools, like INSEAD, are also experimenting with this new evaluation method. These discussions, according to the Wharton invitation letter, allow applicants “the opportunity to interact with…fellow applicants through discourse, which will highlight how [applicants] approach and analyse specific situations.” Through discussion prompts (like what

The MBA Tour: 2012 Canadian Conference Schedule

Ready for your MBA? Join the MBA Tour at one of the 4 Canadian cities below to attend one of their annual MBA conferences in your region. Participate in panel discussions led by admission and application experts, listen to school presentations given by school representatives, and personally meet with school reps and alumni during the MBA fair. Get all your questions answered about program details, the application process, and everything

Essay Tips: IMD

THE TWO QUESTIONS BEFORE THE ESSAY QUESTIONS 1) Position sought after graduation Please give us your short term career goal post MBA (up to 5 years). Describe how the IMD MBA will help you achieve this goal and how you will approach your job search. (maximum 2000 characters) Forward-looking, connect-the-dots MBA goals question with a twist. To answer this question, you need to know what you want to do after you complete IMD’s short,

Essay Tips: Michigan Ross


Michigan Ross has released its 2013 application essays. Unlike most programs this year, it has not shortened its essays or reduced the number of required essays. It has removed options from its fourth essay and focused the question for Essay 2. ESSAYS Essay 1: Introduce yourself to your future Ross classmates in 100 words or less. What’s your elevator pitch? What do you want them to know first about you? That’s not what do you think they

Does Private Equity as a Career Goal Help or Hurt for MBA Admissions?

Among the clients I’ve had over the past three years, at a rough estimate I’d say about half came to me stating that (a career in) Private Equity was their Why-an-MBA goal. I could shake some from it, but not others. This year again I’ve already seen a number of ‘PE applications’ and am fielding the question that inevitably comes with it: “Is PE a strong-enough goal? Is it too common?” To answer this, and offer a perspective on career goal

Kaplan GMAT Prep Course Winner: Ines’s Review Part I


Dear fellow aspiring BSchoolers, I would like to share with you a piece of wisdom about the GMAT preparation that I learned the hard way – by taking the test 3 times and not scoring the result I believed I deserved. And this wisdom is as follows – taking hundreds of practice tests and reviewing your mistakes will not necessarily teach you to DOMINATE the test. And, unless you dominate the GMAT, you are unlikely to conquer it. To become a true

MBA Admissions: 3 Reasons It’s a Good Time to Apply

A recent Businessweek article, “As Applications Flag, U.S. B-Schools Hit the Road,” discusses the implications of the new five-year GMAT testtaking low (8% fewer tests taken in 2011 than in 2010). Not surprisingly, the number of U.S. applicants applying to U.S. b-schools is also on the decline with 10% fewer than last year. In response to these declines, U.S. b-schools are increasing their recruiting and advertising efforts. One reason why

Are you a Non-Traditional MBA Candidate? Then Read This.

Just about everyone, that is, other than McKinsey consultants and Goldman analysts, call themselves non-traditional candidates for business school. Why? Because they think that everyone who will populate the next MBA class comes from management consulting or finance. We all of know a few consultants, investment banking types, and more than a few engineers at business school. And indeed, if you look at the profiles of many business schools

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Essay Tips: Harvard Business School

  The 2013 Harvard MBA application questions are entirely new. A few of the more significant changes: Just two required 400-word essay An early round 1 deadline  (September 24) and decision notification date (Dec. 12) An entirely new component: A required “written reflection” on the interview for anyone invited to interview to be submitted within 24 hours of the interview. Poets and Quants says that this reflective piece also

FREE Webinar: Get the 2013 MBA Admissions Scoop!

You’ll create the best, most attractive, most convincing MBA application if you are well informed about the goings on in the MBA admissions world. For example, what are adcoms REALLY looking for in 2013 applicants? Who do they think will become the greatest business leaders of the future? What are the two most significant changes to applications this year and how should you respond to them? How do you cram all that info and data that’s in your

3 Must-Know MBA Resume Tips offers loads of MBA resume tips on how to format and design your application resume. In this post, however, we're going to focus on three must-know tips on how to compose your MBA resume's content. Before we do this, though, I'd like to explain what your MBA resume is and what role it plays in the MBA application process. What IS an MBA Resume Anyway? First and foremost, the MBA resume is a clear outline of your employment and

Why Attend an MBA Fair?

Why attend an MBA fair when business schools put all of their information online? We traveled to the MBA Tour's fair to speak one-on-one with 14 admissions directors from top MBA programs, who all claim that meeting with them directly can make a great impact...

5 Steps to Finding the Right B-School for You

Everybody loves school rankings. They’re fun, they’re competitive, and they make great headlines. But they’re also a bit like political opinion polls: The devil is in the details. Sure, rankings are a great place to start, and they give you some ideas about which MBA programs to explore, but they don’t quite tell you where you best belong. That part is up to you. So, even if you’re just starting to think about business school, it’s time to do

Clear Admit Publishes Free, Objective Overviews of 27 Leading MBA Programs for Business School Applicants

We are excited to announce the release of the Clear Admit “School Snapshots” series, a new publication line designed to give prospective applicants concise overviews of leading MBA programs – for free – as they begin the process of finding the right business school.  This new series of guides was created especially for early-stage applicants with limited knowledge of MBA programs at leading business schools. Each School Snapshot provides

Preparing for IMD’s Interview


Without a doubt, IMD conducts the most thorough MBA interview.  The interview day is divided into four evaluative sections.  When you arrive on campus, you will be introduced to the adcom and faculty evaluators as well as a group of applicants who will partake in the same experience as you.  Since the adcom will evaluate you on your team interactions and most of your peer-applicants will become your classmates, get to know them, have fun with

6 MBA Applicants Who Should Retake the GMAT


An acceptable score for one person isn't necessarily an acceptable score for someone else. When considering retaking the GMAT, you need to ask yourself not just "What was your score?" or "What is the average GMAT score for your target b-school?" but also "Who are you?" Who you are is almost as important as what you score. For example, a score for a reapplicant who has been advised to retake may be judged differently than that of a first-time

Hoop Dreams and the March Madness of Admissions

Waiting to get admitted is enough to drive a person mad. So mad, that it's a wonder that the admissions process didn't grab the name "March Madness" before college basketball did. The expression goes back to 1939, but it has only been used in relation to the NCAA basketball tournament since 1982. (North Carolina over Georgetown by a point). As an admissions professional, I see many similarities between the two--not just the anticipation,

Goldman Sachs, Greg Smith, and Leadership

The Greg Smith resignation letter from Goldman Sachs is a big deal. And yes, it has some repercussions about leadership and the way it is taught at MBA programs. Already I’ve seen comparisons to Jerry Maguire , which I get, and Don Draper regarding quitting his tobacco client, which is a bit of a stretch. Here's the letter in its entirety. A little coffee with your New York Times op-ed piece? The internet is abuzz with parodies  and

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