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  • Preparing your child for college can be challenging and foreign. As college admission is more competitive than ever, it’s important that you, as parents, do everything possible to give your child the tools he or she needs to succeed.

    Join our complimentary webinar on September 25th on the College Application Process for Parents. All you ... Read More

  • ($) “Show, don’t tell.”

    by EssaySnark on September 19, 2014

    This is probably the most important advice for ANY kind of writing – fiction and non-fiction alike. And bschool essays. (An aside: We fervently hope and pray that all of your essays are in the “non-fiction” category.) This is a slippery concept for new writers to figure out though. What in heck does that MEAN?…

    While much of ... Read More

  • In this video, my fellow medical school admissions experts and I will help you develop your medical school secondary essay strategies.  As your secondary essays are another opportunity to show the admissions office why you deserve to get in, it’s important that you strategize and use compelling techniques when answering these questions.

    For ... Read More

  • Located in the heart of Greenwich Village in downtown New York City, New York University’s Stern School of Business (Stern) is situated in between the Financial District and Midtown Manhattan. A short subway ride away to many major companies in NYC, Stern is proud of its downtown location and reputation for smart, down-to-earth students. Visitors ... Read More

  • Applying for an MBA is time consuming, as well as stressful.  How many schools should you apply to? Is it even worth it to go to a “lesser” school’s MBA program?  Will a mid-tier or even lower-tier school help you get to where you want to go?  How many applications are average?  What is the best possible strategy before you enter ... Read More

  • We were thrilled when we saw Kellogg’s essay questions this year, where they had dropped their “Think Bravely” concept from the prompts and weren’t forcing applicants to shoehorn their stories into some uncomfortable mold in an attempt to match the school’s branding. Last year we had seen many very good stories get perverted ... Read More

  • Applicants of all kinds – MBA, job, whatever – all types of BSers often have this annoying habit of trotting out million-dollar words when writing their resumes and cover letters. It’s worst with bschool essays.

    EssaySnark has compiled a list of words that nobody uses in everyday language, but which they pepper into their MBA apps ... Read More

  • Attending business school in New York City is a unique experience and those attracted to the fast pace of a global city should consider Columbia Business School (CBS). The symbiotic relationship between Columbia and the business world is a major program benefit, and the school notes that more business leaders visit Columbia’s campus than any other ... Read More

  • Amidst the flurry of Round 2 submissions last season we got this from some random BSer: Quick question -is it OK to include a hyperlink in an essay? Clarifying information: I started and ran a charity campaign that was swept up in a big, national media story and I’m planning on using it for my…

    While much of the blahg is available completely ... Read More

  • Welcome to our 3-part series!    What are the core attributes of a winning MBA candidacy? Here's I-N...   I is for IMPACT: Not just activities and duties -- tangible results.   J is for JARGON: Enough to show expertise, but never confusing.   K is for KINDNESS: Taking time to demonstrate humanity.   L is for LEADERSHIP: ... Read More

  • HBS published their class of 2016 profile and if you look closely, you’ll find something very strange…

    Someone was admitted with a 510 GMAT score!

    While this probably WON’T happen to you (we need to be realistic!), it sure is nice to know that anything is possible in the world of MBA admissions. You just gotta give it your all!

    Learn how to ... Read More

  • You’ve had the big name internships, you’ve worked for a few years at a Fortune 500 company, most likely in a large city and now have that under your belt, and you have very strong and solid ambition for your future with specific, actual short and long-term goals.  Add a GMAT score that breaks 710, and even better 720, and you are certainly ... Read More

  • Weekly contest winner!

    by EssaySnark on September 15, 2014

    This week’s Commenting Contest Winner is jeffjose – who tweeted us about an error in one of our strategy guides. Thanks for the heads-up! We’ve granted you a week’s access to the blahg. Read More

  • We know there are many busy beavers in Snarkville right now, toiling away on apps and essays.

    But what if you’ve recently come to the stark realization that now is not the right time?

    As in, you’re just not going to be ready?

    What if you only recently decided to go for this whole MBA project at all and you still have the GMAT ahead of ... Read More

  • According to this article in the Harvard Crimson Admissions Blog, technologically talented high school students are using calculators to cheat on the SAT. These students are reprogramming calculators to add mathematical functions, vocabulary words, and SAT software. In response, the College Board is removing the use of the calculator from one third ... Read More

  • Update on services

    by MBA Essay Guru on September 14, 2014

    Hi everyone,

    Thanks for your continued interest in MBA Essay Guru. It has been a pleasure working with you; it gives me genuine satisfaction to help you reach your b-school goals. MBA Essay Guru was founded based on my own experiences while applying to b-school… the frustration of not being able to find someone who would provide genuine essay ... Read More

  • You don’t want to feel rushed and you don’t want to miss your deadline.

    You don’t want to feel rushed (stress can lead to mistakes) and you don’t want to miss your deadline. So what can you do to stay on top of your game and submit your applications before the buzzer?

    1. Set yourself a schedule and work backwards from your deadlines. Allow ... Read More

  • This week we’re focusing on insider tips for another top-ranked European business school – London Business School (LBS). It’s hard to believe that until the mid 1980s, middle management from the Commonwealth had a free ride for their business education at LBS. It seems it was mostly French and U.S. students who bore the total cost. But just as ... Read More

  • What It’s Like to Interview at HBS My invitation to interview at HBS came on the first day that the admissions committee began emailing candidates. It was a relief, to be sure, but it also was undoubtedly a bit nerve racking. Three days later, I received a follow up email, this one with a link to an online portal where I would actually schedule ... Read More