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  • We wrote many moons ago on how to write a conclusion. We know that none of the BSers reading the blahg today were around when we first wrote that so we’re mentioning it today so you can take advantage of it.

    This advice is in the category of Essay Writing 101 but apparently most people never took that class in school.

    Here’s the deal BSers: ... Read More

  • Applying to get your Masters Degree or your PhD is probably a trickier process than applying for any other type of graduate degree. Those who apply to law school know that – by far – the most important components of their application are their numbers: undergraduate GPA and LSAT scores, while those applying for an MBA are benefited most by a good ... Read More

  • On Nov. 24, 2014, Sony Pictures learned that sensitive corporate email accounts — at the very least — had been hacked. Suspicion leaned to North Korea, which months earlier had threatened the movie studio with action if it planned to release The Interview, a political satire that centers around a CIA plot to assassinate Kim Jong-un.

    As ... Read More

  • Admitted to Duke

    by under prescription on December 21, 2014

    On friday afternoon I received the call from Duke Admissions to tell me I was in. The person calling me was a member of the admisssions team I had already met when she came to Madrid to host an event, so it was a really nice chat and she congratualted me for my great job […] Read More

  • I am now at the midway mark of my second year and into the long awaited winter break. Unlike last year when I spent the break traveling South America, this year I will be devoting time and energy to my start-up.

    In retrospect, I would have to say that second year (EC) is radically distinct from first year (RC). As regular readers of this space are ... Read More

  • Weekend Availability

    by EssaySnark on December 20, 2014

    Hello you last-minute Brave Supplicants! EssaySnark is around a bit this weekend, however the admin team is not. Active clients can reach out through My SnarkCenter if needed; admin questions may need to wait till Monday (our FAQ may help you). We are still taking on new clients but you’re cutting it close!! Let’s get this thing started!! Read More

  • Welcome to the end-of-year edition of Stacy Blackman’s B-School Buzz, our periodic check-in with some of the MBA blogosphere’s applicant and student contributors. There was much to celebrate this week as multiple bloggers shared the great news of  getting in to one or more of their Round 1 schools. Congratulations to all, and for those who are ... Read More

  • Moved by the holiday spirit, Soojin Kwon, MBA admissions director at the University of Michigan Ross School of Business, tapped into her inner poet for her latest blog post announcing the Round 1 admitted student calls she and her team completed Thursday. All decisions are now posted online.

    The Michigan Ross MBA admissions officers plan to issue Round ... Read More

  • A few days ago I promised that we’d tackle the question, “When does it make sense to set aside GMAT prep and focus on other parts of your application?” I got a little carried away so I’m spreading the answer out over a few days. Today’s post will make much better sense if you read the posts in sequence:

    Part 1 Part 2

    These posts take ... Read More

  • In search of 7_0

    by Pro GMAT on December 19, 2014

    Finally, a score that I would like to see on the GMAT. 720!! Split 49, 40!! 9 wrong in quant and 8 in verbal. Though the score is good, the matter of concern is only RC. Out of 8 wrongs, 6 were from RC. Surprisingly, no wrong from SC. I was not feeling out of time in … Continue reading → Read More

  • One of the most frequently asked questions we get from our international applicants is around language proficiency tests. Here are some general guidelines to follow about our requirements and what you may need to submit as part of your supplementary documentation:

    1) If you have studied at a University in a country where English is not the primary ... Read More

  • As MBA programs begin sending out first-round decisions, many candidates will find themselves stuck in the nebulous world of the MBA admissions waitlist.  This can be a tricky place. On the one hand, it’s important to let a school know that, if admitted, you would accept in a heartbeat. On the other, it’s important to demonstrate good judgment ... Read More

  • This used to be a bigger issue when there were lots of essays for each school, but even in the modern era of slimmed-down apps, it can still happen. Sometimes you have this one theme that you want to convey and you end up repeating it in multiple places, either within one single essay, or…

    While much of the blahg is available completely for free, ... Read More

  • Each week, we sit down and get to know one of our MBA Consultants. Not to brag, but we have an amazing team of people, and there’s more to them than just their top school pedigree or their devilish good looks. When you’re choosing an MBA consultant, you don’t just want someone in your industry or who went to your dream school. You ... Read More

  • Learning GMAT skills isn’t just a means to an end. What you learn will benefit you in b-school

    One of the questions many GMAT students ask is “why do we have to take this [insert colorful word] test anyway?” There is despair and frustration evident in the question—I want to be a management consultant, for heaven’s sake, why am I studying ... Read More

  • Admitted to Tuck

    by under prescription on December 18, 2014

      Yesterday I received a call from Dawna Clarke, Director of Admissions at Tuck. She told me that I was admitted to Tuck School of Business and that I had been granted an scholarship!! It was a very exciting moment and I liked the personal touch of actually calling the applicant. Today, I will have […] Read More

  • Meet Philip Blackett, a proud member of the Harvard Business School Class of 2016, the founder of Magnetic Interviewing, and the host of the podcast Life in the MBA.

    Listen to the recording of our conversation with Philip. He has a fascinating story!

    00:02:35 – Fulfilling an 11 year promise to his mother and grandmother.

    00:06:20 – Why HBS?

    00:07:23 ... Read More

  • Here are four practice problems involving similar figures.

    1) In the figure, KLMN is a square, and ÐKJN = 45°.  Find the area of figure JKLMN.

    2) In the diagram, HJLM is a square, and GH = 10.  Find the area of trapezoid GHJK.

    3) In the diagram, BD = 5, CD = 10, and AE = 40.  What is the area of the shaded region?

    175 350 775 1150 1575

    4) ... Read More

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  • Triangle Sum Puzzle

    by on December 18, 2014

    This is probably a consequence of being a mathematician, but I have always enjoyed number puzzles. I think that there is a general simplicity and universality in numbers that are not present in things like word puzzles, where the ability to reach a solution can be limited to the vocabulary of the user.

    The fact that these are puzzles and not simply ... Read More

  • Around this time of year, amidst the Round 1 celebrations, we hear of some already-successful BSers breathlessly announcing their plans to submit more applications.

    We covered this phenomenon last year, in a post where we talked about people getting excited about their successes to date and deciding to throw their hats into the ring for an even higher-ranked ... Read More

  • Admitted to MIT Sloan

    by under prescription on December 17, 2014

    I was ready to F-bomb like Tom Brady after losing against the Packers in Lambeau Field. It was late in the evening and I had not yet received a call from MIT Sloan admissions. Living in Madrid, I did not really expect to know anything before 6 pm. I had spent a quite morning for […] Read More

  • GPA Trivial to Stanford Business School Acceptance Rate

    Stanford business school has the lowest acceptance rate of 6% out of all MBA programs in the US. I am sure everyone wants to know the secret to increase their Stanford business school acceptance rate. Shockingly Stanford GBS does not care about your GPA. I built a statistical model to predict ... Read More

  • In this post, I discuss the application essays for 2016 admission to IMD.  The essays have not changed from those used in Rounds 2-5 last year.

    As most applicants  to IMD should already know, there has just been a major turnover of senior staff at the MBA, but the application form is the same.  As was reported in Poets & Quants, "IMD has announced ... Read More

  • Business school deadlines are rapidly approaching.

    Competition is high and your essays have the ability to make or break your application.

    If you want a former admissions officer from a top-ranked business school to review, edit, and perfect your essays, we are here to help.

    For a limited time, we are offering a 20% DISCOUNT on our Gold Business ... Read More

  • This week my feed has been a blur of amazing news. Congratulations to my friends Naija MBA Gal, TopDogMBA, Vandana and Finance Furry for getting into some of the best schools in the world! We’re talking INSEAD, Kellogg, Booth, Sloan, Wharton… the list is pretty insane. You guys should be so proud! I couldn’t be happier for you ... Read More

  • Yes, Yes, YES!! Enough said!

    Congratulations to anyone else who got the call today. My call only came a short while ago so there is still hope for y’all!

    Off to take the real Top Dog for a long walk to calm myself down.

    Will be in touch! :) Read More

  • A couple of days ago I promised that we’d tackle the question, “When does it make sense to set aside GMAT prep and focus on other parts of your application?” I got a little carried away so I’m spreading the answer out over a few days. If you missed Part 1, go ahead and read that one first.

    These posts take us a little beyond our specific area ... Read More

  • Free Webinar 12/17 at 10:00am PST – Register Now! Chicago Booth School of Business

    Is a Chicago Booth MBA in your future? Concerned about the thousands of other qualified applicants also applying to Chicago Booth?

    If you’re seeking expert tips on how to get accepted to Chicago Booth or another top-ranked MBA program, then you’ll want to ... Read More

  • Today only!

    by EssaySnark on December 17, 2014

    Special Offer – Today Only! Get the Complete Essay Package and we’ll throw in ONE of the following as a bonus:

    a free Letters of Recommendation App Accelerator OR a free Transcripts and Grades App Accelerator OR 50% off the Reworking Your Resume App Accelerator

    This offer will be honored as long as this message appears here. (Available ... Read More

  • If you applied to MBA programs in Round 1, this is a really big week: several schools will be releasing their final decisions, and you’ll know the results of all of your hard work at last. We know “The Dreaded Wait” has been tough!

    If you receive good news – congratulations! What a wonderful way to close out 2014, huh? You’ll probably feel ... Read More

  • Our weekly roundup of MBA News: Waiting until Round 3 to apply to b-school used to be a long-shot, but not anymore. B-schools are embracing last-minute candidates, according to WSJ, and looking for unconventional of offbeat applicants.

    The number of veterans taking the GMAT has jumped 22% this year. Poets and Quants looks at the increase in veteran ... Read More

  • We mentioned “leading a team” the other day and since leadership is such a fundamental component of a strong application to a top MBA program, we thought we’d go into some more details on it. Specifically, how to write a leadership essay for an MBA application. Which means, how do you present the details. We…

    While much of the ... Read More

  • With MBA interview invitations continuing to arrive this time of year, we thought now would be an appropriate time to discuss some challenging interview situations. Most business school interviews are straightforward opportunities for an interviewer to learn more about a candidate’s personal and professional backgrounds, goals, reasons for selecting ... Read More

  • So you’ve submitted your application and someone from the school of your dreams called back to schedule an interview.  Frightened? Overwhelmed? Don’t be... we’ve broken down the three main areas that admissions officers evaluate when interviewing potential applicants. The majority … Continue reading → Read More

  • After a long and stressful wait today, I’ve been offered a place on the waitlist at Wharton. Not sure what to make of it, but obviously a lot still depends on MIT Sloan’s decision tomorrow.

    Trying to enjoy myself at Christmas parties this week – so much to think about and (thankfully) so many distractions – but the wait begins ... Read More