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  • GRE vs GMATWith many full time MBA programs embracing the GRE and with the percentage of people accepted to top universities using only GRE scores climbing rapidly (though the absolute numbers are still relatively low), the GRE vs GMAT debate comes up ever more frequently. The big question: Which test will make it easier for you to get into your desired ... Read More

  • The road to business school is not an easy one.

    Along the way, there are many ups and downs, and major doses of discouragement mixed in with the fleeting highs and successes. So it can be tough to stay motivated and remember what all the hard work is for.

    But as someone wise once said, “If you fix your eyes on the goal, the journey there will ... Read More

  • The Harvard innovation lab will soon have a new managing director with the appointment of Jodi Goldstein, who officially assumes her duties in June following the departure of current Managing Director Gordon Jones, the school announced last week.

    The i-lab is a university-wide facility that fosters team-based and entrepreneurial activities, and provides ... Read More

  • Hello and Welcome to GMAT Tuesday!

    Today, we are going to talk about how to study for the Verbal Section of the GMAT.

    Some high-level highlights:

    1) Structure

    Know the format of the GMAT Verbal Section before test day. For example, you need to know:

    The number of questions (41) How long the section lasts (75 minutes) Whether it’s computer ... Read More

  • One of the main reasons I decided to do an MBA at Smurfit was career progression. After nine years of working in the turbulent banking industry, I was lucky enough to secure voluntary severance and a scholarship which enabled me to start the Executive MBA last September. Finding the right job – and ensuring that [...] Read More

  • When MBA candidates come to us with their test scores and numbers asking for a assessment of their MBA applicant profile, we say that numbers are only half the story. Top MBA programs are looking for people, not profiles. And our MBA admissions consulting approach is to dig deep into who you are (beyond your GPA and GMAT scores) and help you build the ... Read More

  • Quiz Leaderboard

    by EssaySnark on March 3, 2015

    Just a quick update to the leaderboard We may have one final quiz coming in the next few days so look out for it!

    High Scorer: 10 Points out of 15 Glass5 retains their #1 spot – but they’ve got some competition breathing down their neck!  

    Putting On the Heat: 9 Points altralazer  

    Still in the running: 8 Points levieillard sipemirave Gulliver BFT  

    Bringing ... Read More

  • Check us out for interviews with the Magoosh team, including this one with Magoosh CEO, Bhavin Parikh! You’ll learn more about Magoosh’s mission and the people behind your prep.

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  • Deadlines are sooner than you think. Are you prepared?

    It’s not even spring yet. So why am I nagging you to get moving on your MBA application prep?

    Not just because those Round 1 deadlines creep up with wicked stealth and speed. But also because there is so much you can still do between now and then to improve your candidacy (sometimes a lot, ... Read More

  • In a follow-up to her post last week on student health insurance, Student Union writer Jeonghyun Kim interviews one of her classmates on how she dealt with an injury during her time studying in the U.S.

    When international students are sick in the U.S., they have to struggle with not only illness, but living in an unfamiliar environment without family.

    Mengzi ... Read More

  • Hope you enjoyed your House of Cards binge this weekend. In our series on “discrimination” in university admissions (Part 1; Part 2) and how it might apply to you, given your own personal demographics, we’ll tackle the most common myth today: Do schools have quotas? No. We’ve never heard of any school to have strict…

    While ... Read More

  • Although most U.S. MBA deadlines have passed (though I am still taking clients for Round 3), there is still ample time to apply for an EMBA (or, Executive MBA) at some of the most prestigious and competitive schools.  With final deadlines not until late May or June for most programs, due a rolling admissions process that most EMBA programs operate ... Read More

  • Here’s the wrap-up post containing very practical advice offered by a successful Brave Supplicant – you can catch up with Part 1 on “Fundamentals” if you missed it.

    Fit Attending business school is a big decision that deserves a fair amount of primary research. Rankings and guides are a fine place to start, but to really get ... Read More

  • America’s health care system is unique among industrialized democracies: there is no universal, government-sponsored health care plan for all citizens. Most Americans pay for private health insurance.

    Without health insurance in the United States, a surgery or illness could cost thousands of dollars; according to The Commonwealth Fund, Americans ... Read More

  • Does your application highlight the qualities that top b-schools are looking for?

    There are four main qualities that top b-schools look for when reviewing MBA applications. If you’re aiming for the top 10, then you’ll want to make sure not only that you possess these qualities, but that you’ve highlighted them in your application.

    • Problem ... Read More

  • A lot of GMAT test-takers vaguely remember a rule from high school, that it’s possible to solve for two variables if and only if you’re given two equations, and generally that it’s possible to solve for n variables if and only if you’re given n equations. Unfortunately, that rule isn’t quite correct as written, and even the correct rule isn’t ... Read More

  • There’s no shortage of predictions about the bleak future of business education. Rising costs, disruptive technology, issues with staffing, and market competition rank high on the list of issues faced by business schools, large and small. However, if you ask MBA alumni about the value of their business degree, you will receive an overwhelmingly positive ... Read More

  • Back to our question that we first posed yesterday: Are Asians discriminated against in college and bschool admissions? We would not phrase it that way, but we certainly understand the perspective. We have no idea of the numbers, but if, say, 30% of your applicant pool (we’re just tossing that figure out there – again,…

    While much ... Read More

  • Boot up that laptop; it’s time to compile your MBA applications for R3.Photo Credit: whitefield_d via Compfight cc

    Still considering applying to business school programs for the fall of 2015? Have questions about your chances at top schools in the third round (R3) of MBA applications? Are you worried that all hope for business school admissions ... Read More

  • As an MBA applicant, you probably wonder what is the "correct" number of b-schools to target. Some individuals believe that there's only one program for them, while others feel uncomfortable applying to fewer than 6 or 7.  Understandably, you want to maximize your chances for admission yet minimize the time and effort required to apply.   To ... Read More

  • We’ve got a treat on the blog for you today! Allison Jamison, Director of Admissions at the full-time MBA program at Duke, is answering your frequently asked MBA application questions.   Q) What are the main components of a Duke MBA application?   A) The Duke MBA application requires the following materials:

    A completed online application ... Read More

  • “Discrimination” is a very big word and we have titled this post this way intentionally. From the perspective of an Asian candidate, we totally appreciate that this is how it may seem. That’s the gist of this article in the LA Times recently, about college admissions and how darned competitive it is from certain demographics…

    While ... Read More

  • Our clients often ask us if they should write thank-you notes to their interviewers. While handwritten messages of appreciation will always be a classy move—and we certainly encourage applicants to write such notes if they’re so inclined—an email message is just as acceptable in this day and age.

    The most important thing is to ensure you have ... Read More

  • MBA Acceptance Rate by Application Round

    Some business schools have roughly the same acceptance rate during all rounds while others see a significant drop off in later rounds. With applications for round 3 due in the next month or two, this analysis may help you decide which schools to focus on and which to avoid. Here is a list of the top 20 school’s ... Read More