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  • Despite being a relatively new addition to the application process, admissions consultants are a fact of MBA applications at this point. Depending on which statistics you believe, something like one in four applicants uses a consultant, and by some estimates this figure may be even higher. Over at Which MBA, we even covered this subject recently. Read More

  • Question 3 in the reading comprehension section of the Official Guide to the GMAT is again, a detail question. They’ve loaded up the detail questions in this first group of questions. We’ll dive into how to approach detail questions, how to identify wrong answers, and of course, how to arrive at the right answer.

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  • Harvard Business School (HBS) Managing Director of Admissions and Financial Aid Chad Losee took to his Direct from the Director’s blog today to share details about upcoming interview invitations for aplicants who applied as part of Round 1. According to Losee, interview invitations will go out in three batches, on October 4th, October 6th and October ... Read More

  • With the release of the 2016-2017 Toronto / Rotman essay topics, we wanted to offer some guidance to applicants. This year, Toronto / Rotman asks for a nuanced version of a typical career goals essay, as well as what may be the shortest response across b-school admissions.

    Let’s take a closer look at the essay topics for Toronto / Rotman in the ... Read More

  • EXPARTUS MBA Admissions

    With many of the Round 1 deadlines behind us, you are probably gearing up for the MBA interviews. We have put together an infographic that focuses on key things to keep in mind when interviewing at Stanford, Wharton and Harvard. We hope you find this helpful. If you need help preparing for your ... Read More

  • The following Duke / Fuqua interview report was submitted to Clear Admit by a Round 1 applicant. Good luck to them!

    I decided to interview during the open interview period and I’m glad I did. Knowing that I don’t have to wait for an invitation definitely alleviated all of the stress.

    I showed up on campus at 9am and sat in the admissions ... Read More

  • How long has it been since you learned about odd and even numbers? What about the differences between positives and negatives? And when did you learn the definition of an integer or a prime number?

    Number properties on the GMAT Most of us learned all of these things before we were 10 years old. But as you may have noticed, the GMAT tests these concepts—collectively ... Read More

  • We probably shoulda done this a few weeks ago… We realize that the ‘Snarchives are vast and many of you don’t make it past last week in your reading here. (Pro Tip: There’s all sorts of ways to find the goodness in Snarkville! For starters you can check out our HELP FAQ – like this…

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  • When I embarked on my Smurfit MBA journey, I said I will start a blog. I didn’t expect the workload to be so high though.

    Three weeks later I am posting my first blog entry. I am still very excited to share my experience with you, and I hope you are still interested in reading it. I promise writing more often and on time in the future.

    Foundation ... Read More

  • How much does high school class rank really matter? The short answer is: a lot, sort of…

    More and more schools have started doing away with high school class rank all together. In many cases, school administrators feel that ranking systems make students feel bad, add unnecessary pressure to already stressed students, or don’t accurately depict ... Read More

  • With so many MBA programs to choose from, how do you pick the right one for you? In other words, which b-schools are the best “fit” for you? “Fit” is established by how well your needs and desires correspond to what a school has to offer. What elements are you looking for in an MBA program? Does School X offer these elements? You also need to ... Read More

  • Harvard Business School (HBS) has announced its 2016-17 Entrepreneurs-in-Residence (EiRs) at the Arthur Rock Center for Entrepreneurship. The program—which brings founders, investors and industry experts from across industries, many of them HBS alumni, to work directly with current students—is now entering its 12th year.

    Entrepreneurship has been ... Read More

  • Welcome to Student Union’s first debate watch party. #SUdebateparty Join us as our international panel discusses the debate and the issues impacting you!Facebook –  Twitter – Instagram Read More

  • Admissions Tip: Video Essays

    by Clear Admit on September 26, 2016

    It’s no secret that the use of video in the MBA application is becoming increasingly popular among top business schools. Schools that now use these so-called video essays include Northwestern / Kellogg, INSEAD and Yale SOM. Typically you will be provided with a question, then a short amount of time to think about the question (30 seconds for example) ... Read More

  • In this weekly series, we provide a brief rundown of what we know is happening in the week ahead, as far as admissions related MBA deadlines and decisions are concerned at the top business schools.

    This week we have three application deadlines, while a few schools are also interviewing.

    Tuesday, September 27, UPenn / Wharton has its Round 1 deadlines, ... Read More

  • BSers BS.

    Wait. That could mean many things. Let’s start again.

    “BSers BS” – meaning, Brave Supplicants bullshit – meaning, applicants to MBA programs blow smoke.

    Here we are using “bullshit” as a verb. As in, to say ridiculous things, often in an arrogant or posturing way.

    Sometimes “bullshit” ... Read More

  • Looking for the best possible admissions advice?

    How about admissions advice from the admission committee members themselves?

    Linda Abraham, founder of Accepted and host of the Admissions Straight Talk podcast has a collection of highly enlightening interviews with directors of admissions and adcom members of top business schools!

    Listen in as Linda ... Read More

  • Your Expert Guide to Self-Preparation


    By Jay Cutts

    Lead Author, Barron’s LSAT and MCAT Prep Materials


    Happy September! REMEMBER: The 3 Keys to Self-Prep Success:

    A well-planned study schedule High quality prep materials Peer support

    If you’re still not doing well enough, look for a qualified tutor!

    THIS ... Read More

  • Attention all applicants, the NYU Stern Round 1 Deadline of October 15, 2016 is just three weeks away!

    Need help with your application? Clear Admit has all the news, resources, and advice to make sure your application is as strong as possible!

    Start with the NYU Stern school profile page as this includes resources such as:

    1. Our detailed Essay ... Read More

  • Attention all applicants, the Emory Goizueta MBA Round 1 Deadline of October 14, 2016 is just three weeks away!

    Need help with your application? Clear Admit has all the Emory Goizueta MBA specific news, resources, and advice to make sure your application is as strong as possible!

    Start with the Emory Goizueta school profile page as this includes ... Read More

  • Harvard Business School (HBS) made waves in the graduate management admissions arena last fall with the announcement that Dee Leopold, who led admissions at one of the most selective business schools in the world for the past decade, would be leaving her post. Then, spring brought the announcement that she would be succeeded by an HBS grad just three ... Read More

  • Attention all applicants, the UNC Kenan-Flagler Round 1 Deadline of October 14, 2016 is just three weeks away!

    Need help with your application? Clear Admit has all the news, resources, and advice to make sure your application is as strong as possible!

    Start with the UNC Kenan-Flagler school profile page as this includes resources such as:

    1. Our ... Read More

  • Scandal rocks the administration at Syracuse’s MBA program.

    Meet the entering MBA class at the University of Virginia, learn what Fisher College of Business has to offer students, and find out why one business school dean was placed on leave by the administration. Catch all the trending stories for aspiring MBAs.

    Meet the newest class at UVA Darden There ... Read More

  • Oh boy. Talk about a feeling of doom. That’s what steals over you when you’re opening up that application and looking back over it again a few days after you’ve submitted it… and you see that you made a mistake. Uh oh. Or for most people, “NO EFFING WAY OMG WHAT THE F@CK WHAT IN…

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  • EXPARTUS MBA Admissions

    If you’re applying to Stanford’s MBA program straight out of school, you can request deferred enrollment in order to gain work experience.

    Like Harvard’s 2+2 program, Stanford’s deferred enrollment MBA program is a way of getting your foot in the door at a top B-school ... Read More

  • #93 Which Extracurriculars?

    by Touch MBA on September 23, 2016

    Darren offers 3 questions to consider when presenting your extracurricular activites and shares examples from successful applicants. The volunteering / activities / interests / achievements / additional part of your resume is anything but “additional.” Make it count!

    Show Notes

    #16 How to Demonstrate Leadership Potential

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  • If you’re wondering whether you should by the newest version of the Kaplan GMAT prep book, then you’ve come to the right place. Kaplan GMAT prep has come out with the GMAT Premier 2017 with 6 Practice Tests book, the newest in their arsenal of GMAT review books. I’ll offer my honest review so that you can decide whether to spend your ... Read More

  • What’s changed? Our essay question – this year we are asking you to reflect back 10 years after completing your MBA and share with us how you will measure your MBA experience at that point in time. We also increased the word limit from 250 to 500. Our hope in extending the word limit is that you will have even more freedom to express yourself ... Read More

  • An exciting development took place on the campus of the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School this week: the opening of a brand-new lactation suite for nursing business school students. The creation of the suite is the most recent development in a year-long advocacy campaign by Wharton student leaders from Mothers@Wharton, PennNonCis, ... Read More

  • In early January 2016, the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC), which owns and administers the GMAT, introduced the GMAT Enhanced Score Report (ESR), providing test-takers with deeper insight into their scores. Recently, GMAC unveiled a newer, enhanced version of the ESR, including three new features.

    The new elements build on the initial ... Read More

  • Jennifer Land shares style tips to hone your language skills.

    In an earlier post, I shared tips for planning and executing an excellent GMAT essay for the Analytical Writing Assessment. Here are a few style pointers to help you land that high score.

    The AWA is about confidence—avoid hesitation Your AWA essay should have a formal, confident tone. ... Read More

  • The Stanford GSB admissions team is fond of telling applicants that nobody but Stanford knows what Stanford wants. What they’re trying to caution you about is admissions consultants telling you what to say and how to say it – because the consultant claims that they know how to get into Stanford. How can someone who’s…

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  • The recent Wells Fargo scandal stirred up reflections on ethics among the business school community; in this edition of Top #MBA Tweets of the Week, we’re rounding up related posts.

    Pressure to meet outlandish sales goals trickled down from the top at Wells Fargo and resulted in unethical sales practices; more than 2 million fraudulent accounts were ... Read More

  • As you may be aware, GMAC, the folks who create the GMAT, recently released three volumes of The Official Guide for the GMAT 2017. I will review these new editions of the Official Guide for the GMAT in this book review.

    The Official Guide for the GMAT 2017 The three new volumes are as follows:

    1) The Official Guide for the GMAT 2017 (white cover)

    2) ... Read More