Latest Articles from Beat The GMAT’s Blog Network

  • We were tangentially involved in the process of getting in for one BSer last season and thought we’d share the note we received after we sent them our congratulations on their successes:

    Hi squirrels,

    I did see your comment on my success at [Great School] from last week — I’ve been enjoying something of a respite from, well, anything remotely ... Read More

  • The GMAT test makers are constantly trying to slow down your progress through the test. I always think that if I’m taking the test the way they want me to, then I must be adopting a poor strategy. Instead, I should be taking the test the way I want to. The test makers are aware of the strategies most people use, and they adapt their questions accordingly. ... Read More

  • It never ceases to amaze me how few people use the official GMAT resources that are available. This is perhaps a credit to how good the major test prep companies have gotten at convincing people that their resources are an accurate representation of what is on the test. While third party resources can be very valuable for learning the content that ... Read More

  • Will your starting salary be worth the business school investment?

    From ranking which alumni boast the best median starting salary, to MBA programs enrolling more women, to an inside look at the HBS interview—it’s been another interesting week of business education news. Keep reading to find out what’s on the landscape.

    Best business schools ... Read More

  • We recently posted a blog about common mistakes to avoid in your MBA applications as you’re starting to work on your 2015-2016 b-school applications. To read the first four mistakes and tips for these, check out MBA Application Mistakes to Avoid – Part 1. We will start out this blog where we left off with the last blog, with four additional mistakes ... Read More

  • Fail early.

    by EssaySnark on July 30, 2015

    There’s this odd fetish in Silicon Valley these days with failure. It’s, like, celebrated and stuff. We don’t get it.

    No of course we get it – in the context of startups, we understand that any successful venture is unlikely to be successful the very first time out of the gate. The adage is to iterate fast and go through lots ... Read More

  • I’m here. I’m alive. I’m still on the waitlist at UCLA Anderson.

    I don’t expect to get off it this late in the game, but I’m moving on!

    I started a new job. I am now a Product Manager at one of the fastest growing travel startups in the country. I can’t tell you how intense it has been. I’m loving my job ... Read More

  • I’ve been tutoring the GMAT for over five years now, and I thought it was time that I retook the test. Previously, I took the GMAT once in 2006 and I had very little memory of the test center, so when students asked me about the test day experience, I wasn’t able to give an authoritative answer. My score in 2006 was a 710, which I used when ... Read More

  • The suffocation seemed overwhelming.

    It was making me shrink into my seat. Just to breathe, I began to hyperventilate.

    This wasn’t the first time that I took a practical exam, and it certainly wasn’t the last.

    The first was when I was probably 11 years old and was given an ACT exam as part of a program for “gifted youth.” Yeah, one of those—don’t ... Read More

  • If we had a dollar for every person who asked us what schools they can get into based on their GMAT score, well, we’d be answering that question from our 200-foot yacht while the staff brought us cocktails and fanned us with palms. Same goes for:

    Can I get into a Top 10? Am I good enough for Top 20? Is HBS possible??

    The truth is, no one can answer ... Read More

  • Honestly, if you’re applying to Stanford, you need to pick up our Stanford essay guide. We keep getting confirmation after confirmation that our advice is sound (besides the obvious fact that our clients get in all the time! ). First it happened in the biggest way possible this year: Harvard (sort of) changed their…

    While much of the blahg ... Read More

  • Want to make your resume stand out from all the rest?  Follow these simple tips, and you’ll already be ahead of the game in this year’s MBA admissions process:

    1.  MBA TIP #1 – DO SOME RESEARCH:  Take the time to google a few sample resumes in your field, so you know what a professional resume actually looks like. Linked In is ... Read More

  • There is so much hype and noise around this latest South Indian Telugu Flick - Baahubali that I started taking note of it. I am not a big fan of Telugu movies for the simple fact that I don't understand the language. Since Baahubali had a IMBD rating of over 9.5, I decided to take a plunge and watch the movie as I was promised that there are English ... Read More

  • This year Rotman launched its new major in Sustainability (which brings the number of majors we offer at Rotman to 14). To coincide with this, we thought it would be a great opportunity to speak to all of the incredible things our students can get involved in on campus and beyond when it comes to sustainability.

    The Sustainability Major

    If you are ... Read More

  • Do you take the red pill or the blue pill—report or cancel your GMAT score?

    You’ve almost survived Test Day—but not before the GMAT asks you what may be the toughest question of all…

    Report or cancel your GMAT score?

    Good news for those facing the dreaded GMAT reporting decision. As of June 27, 2015, the GMAT allows you to actually see your ... Read More

  • This morning, I received my results for the CFA Level II exam. I’m very happy to say that I passed. This was my third time taking the exam.

    I’ve been blogging about my attempts to pass Level II for two years now. The first year, I wrote a detailed description of my study plan and my test day experience. The second year, I only wrote a few ... Read More

  • No that’s not the reason you should not lie on your MBA applications.

    You should not lie because you are a good person, with ethics and morals. Good people do not lie.

    “But EssaySnark! I know somebody who lied and got in!”

    Yeah, so? That does not mean that you should do it, does it?

    Who are you going to live with for the rest of ... Read More

  • Round 1!

    by EssaySnark on July 27, 2015

    Have we not mentioned recently that Round 1 is important? A few reminders, then (including for reapplicants). Read More

  • MBA Application Mistakes to Avoid – Part 1

    With the new 2015-2016 MBA application season underway, many of you are just getting started with your business school applications. But before you get too far along, we’d like to make you aware of some of the common mistakes that we saw on a regular basis when we worked as admissions directors at top ... Read More

  • Dreaming of a top 30 b-school down south? Then Emory U’s Goizueta Business School in Atlanta, GA just might be the one for you!


    Q) What are the main components of a Goizueta Business School application? A) Completed applications contain the following:

    Online Application $150 Application Fee Résumé Essays GMAT or GRE ... Read More

  • First, the (kinda) bad news: it’s unlikely you’ll be able to use the current version of your resume for your business school applications. In fact, you’re probably going to want to spend a significant amount of time on a complete resume overhaul. But the good news is that your resume is a very important part of your materials, and the extra work ... Read More

  • Remember when Katie Holmes hooked up with Tom Cruise? Back in 2005? They totally fell for each other – there was that incident at the time of Tom Cruise on Oprah’s couch. Remember? And Katie was in all the gossip magazines gushing about how she knew when she was a little girl that someday she…

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

  •   There’s general consensus today about the characteristics of successful business school applicants. Candidly, most mortals find it difficult if not impossible to demonstrate all of those strengths. However, in many cases, it’s what you avoid in your applications that will help maximize your chances for admission.   Here are 5 ... Read More