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Cheating MBA Rankings

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Just how important are all those MBA rankings?    Business school applicants are constantly bombarded with the latest MBA rankings from Business Week, USA News & World Report, Financial Times, Forbes, and more. Our "Rankings Rule" for business school applicants has always been this: rankings are a great place to start your research, but a terrible place to base your final decision. After all, how do we know that business

Upcoming Business School Webinars and Online Q&A Sessions

Mark your calendars! A few business schools are hosting online info sessions about their MBA programs:   JULY 30: Harvard Business School Q&A Topics: http://www.hbs.edu/mba/admissions/Pages/webinars.aspx https://hbsadmissions.adobeconnect.com/_a1117064246/qandasession/   AUGUST 7: UC Irvine Paul Merage School of Business MBA & EMBA Info

MBA Hiring 2013 Looking Up – Specialized Master’s on Fire!

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According to a GMAC press release, employers are expressing early optimism for 2013 MBA hiring. Here are some of the key findings of the GMAC’s 2012 Year-End Poll of Employers, which includes responses from over 200 employers who hire students from graduate business programs: 76% of employers expect to hire 2013 MBA grads. Last year, only 69% hired 2012 grads. 43% of employers plan on hiring Master in Management grads (up 10% from last

Use Your MBA Goals MAP to Reach Your Destination

“X” marks the spot – your dream school. You see it right in front of you in clear sight. But, your X school asks for a goals essay. How can you approach it? What should go into it? We like to look at your post-MBA goal as the star that will guide you to achieve your immediate goal – admission to your top b-school. If the rest of your application is top-notch, but then your goals essay appears confused and aimless, so will you.  And that

The Seven Habits of Highly Effective MBA Applicants

Motivational guru Stephen Covey died recently from complications following a bicycle accident in April. Covey is best known for ‘The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People’ which sold over 20 million copies in 40 languages. The book (and tapes, CDs, video razzmatazz etc.) has many critics. But seeing as the soundbite “seven habits” has become pretty much synonymous with success-lingo, I long ago thought of writing down my Seven Habits of Highly

Essay Tips: NYU Stern

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Your essays will need to highlight your qualities as a successful, leadership-driven, creative thinker and businessperson. For NYU Stern, you’ll want to exhibit how you are a perfect fit with the program, the Stern community, downtown New York City, and the global business world at large. All but NYU’s signature third question (Personal expression) have changed at least slightly this year. However, even with the new questions, Stern is

The Myth of the Flawless Applicant

Once upon a time there was a beautiful b-school applicant who had a perfect GMAT score, a 4.0 GPA, a dazzling resume, and glowing recommendations. She devoted all her spare time to serving her community, that is, when she wasn't dabbling in her hobby of bassoon-tuning or spinning wool into gold to hand out to needy orphans. To top it all off, she had the glossiest, longest hair, to-die-for eyelashes, and the straightest, whitest teeth – and she

Top 10 Tech-Centric MBA Programs

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Do you plan on tacking on an IS concentration to your MBA degree? According to a recent article in CIO Magazine, these tech-centric MBA programs give students the option to combine business administration with information systems studies-- essential for any Senior IT leadership position. The following rank as the U.S. News top 10 business schools for information systems: 1. Sloan School of Management, Massachusetts Institute of

The #1 Thing Harvard Business School, Stanford, and Wharton Look For

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By Tyler Cormney and Christopher Aitken of MBA Prep School In 2010, the Harvard Business School, the Stanford Graduate School of Business, and Wharton received close to 23,000 applications; about 1 in 10 were accepted. So what distinguishes the one candidate who was accepted by Harvard, Stanford, and/or Wharton from the nine who were not. What are the Harvard Business School, the Stanford Graduate School of Business, and Wharton really looking

Is the MBA Obsolete?

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Today we're sharing an excellent article from IMD business school about the role of the MBA degree in the global marketplace and its relevance in teaching students what they need to be successful on the job. Is the MBA Obsolete? Maybe, unless it changes By IMD Professor Martha Maznevski - February 2011 The world is more complex today than ever. Is the MBA still a good way to prepare business leaders in this new world? Much has been said

2011 MBA Applicants: Get a Jump Start on Your Applications!

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Thinking of applying to business school this year? Now is the time to get started! Kick off your application process with Kaplan's upcoming "Business School Blueprint" Seminars. Business School Blueprint 2011 – featuring First Annual MBA Night January 23-27, 2011 Join Kaplan GMAT for four 90-minute intensive, live online sessions and one in-person meet-and-greet with alumni. Get advice and strategies from our GMAT and b-school

Business School Blueprint 2011 – featuring First Annual MBA Night

Thinking of applying to business school this year? Now is the time to get started! Kick off your application process with Kaplan's upcoming "Business School Blueprint" Seminars. Business School Blueprint 2011 – featuring First Annual MBA Night January 23-27, 2011 Join Kaplan GMAT for four 90-minute intensive, live online sessions and one in-person meet-and-greet with alumni. Get advice and strategies from our GMAT and b-school admissions

With Tough Job Market, Grad Schools Expect Another Surge in Applicants

Interesting facts from a Nov. 9 press release from Kaplan...Kaplan Test Prep Survey: With Tough Job Market, Grad SchoolsExpect Another Surge in Applicants Also in Survey: Majority of Programs Haven’t Yet Planned forGRE Change in August 2011 New York, NY (November 9, 2010) - According to a new Kaplan Test Prep survey of graduate school admissions officers at 108 top programs across the United States*, the admissions process will likely become

A Wild Ride Indeed

It seems like it was just yesterday that I was in my living room, jumping up and down with excitement for being awarded this Kaplan GMAT course. (If you're new to this blog and don't know how I won or why I even want an MBA, click here to read the essay I submitted.)Now, it is mid-October and my dream of getting an MBA is several steps closer. It has been a wild ride indeed. But before I get all mushy, let me share a few post-class-perks that

Getting Behind

This Thursday will be our final class session. I can't believe it is almost here! We have had an intense 9 weeks as a class, and I'm really looking forward to seeing the overall impact it will have on my score.But, before I get too far ahead of myself, I need to let you know that there is a lot of homework with these courses, so be prepared. If you have a full time job with students, are in the middle of moving to a new place, starting a

A Good Online Instructor

I can't believe it. I have yet to introduce you to my Kaplan GMAT Instructor. So, let me give you a brief introduction of the man behind the class, Gene Suhir. He has a been an absolute joy to work with. Why? I think I've narrowed it down to five reasons:1.) Humor: Gene interjects some much needed comic relief in the middle of a 2 1/2 hour class session. His witty comments, funny responses to students, and ability to make fun of the GMAT's

European MBA programs: A Short Overview

The European MBA market is becoming an increasingly popular option for today's business school applicants. As the U.S. business school markets continue to shrink due to higher costs and fewer visa and loan programs for international applicants, Europe is gaining new applicants. Some business schools such as INSEAD (Fontainebleau, France), IE (Navarra, Spain) or IMD (Lausanne, Switzerland) have already achieved a reputation similar to the most

Half Way

Thursday night reminded me of running the second half of the mile in fourth grade as the chubbiest kid in class. There is a certain amount of pride in completing the first half without needing to be rolled off the track, but an awful realization that what was just accomplished needs to be repeated! Thursday we finished session five: Reading Comp & Sentence Correction. This pushes us past the half way mark for the class and so far, I am

Higher Scores and Missed Classes

So, many of you might be asking, "does the Kaplan class really help your score?" Obviously, I am unable to fully answer this question since I'm only four weeks into the course. However, I took my second CAT last week, and after only three short weeks, my score increased by 50 points! Now, you've probably guessed that my score was quite low to begin with; however, from my research, 50 points is no easy feat in only three weeks. Especially when

MBA Timeline: Take the GMAT Early

A top notch business school application takes time and proper planning.  There’s a lot of tasks that need to be done, researching schools, talking to current and former students, when to make your list of schools, school visits and when should you actually fill out the application.    I've been working on an upcoming MBA Podcaster show titled "MBA Timeline: What To Do and When Should You Do It" that will be extra useful.

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