Applicant Stories Articles

  • The MIT Sloan Essay That Got Me on the Waitlist

    The MIT Sloan Essay That Got Me on the Waitlist

    by on September 7th, 2014

    I noticed last year when I was writing my essays that I could find almost no examples of essays written by current applicants. Of course, there were the books published by HBS and some admissions consultants, but I … Read More

  • Hugo vs GMAT: 4th Practice Exam

    Hugo vs GMAT: 4th Practice Exam

    by on September 4th, 2014

    Just as the NFL preseason enters its fourth and final weekend, I have also come to the end of my particular GMAT preseason. Yet again I freed my scheduled for 3.5 hours in order to take the last practice exam before … Read More

  • What MBA Blogs Does an MBA Blogger Read?

    What MBA Blogs Does an MBA Blogger Read?

    by on August 29th, 2014

    What blogs do I read? Let’s examine some of my currently favorite MBA bloggers! MBA on My Mind: Road to Business School Still at the top of my list (although everyone has been stepping their blogging game up), MoMM … Read More

  • 5 Tips on Getting a 700+ on the GMAT

    5 Tips on Getting a 700+ on the GMAT

    by on August 28th, 2014

    So I have taken the GMAT twice and gotten a 710 twice. My splits were (Q49, V38) and (Q47, V41). This blog post is going to go over what I think are the FUNDAMENTAL elements for getting the ever elusive 700+ score. Use … Read More

  • Hugo vs GMAT: Third Practice Exam

    Hugo vs GMAT: Third Practice Exam

    by on August 27th, 2014

    I have just taken my third practice exam, a weekly ritual lately. I have taken one of the exams I already took last year. Of course I don’t take these results as seriously as the ones from “new” exams … Read More

  • How to Put Together a KILLER Recommendation Package!

    How to Put Together a KILLER Recommendation Package!

    by on August 25th, 2014

    Last week I detailed how I asked for my recommendations (and was thankfully successful). Being a bit of a “planner,” I wanted to make sure that I reduced the stress of having to create the recommendations while at … Read More

  • GMAT Student Post: ‘Keep Calm and Don’t Give Up!’

    GMAT Student Post: ‘Keep Calm and Don’t Give Up!’

    by on August 24th, 2014

    This week, lawyer Druva tells us about how he overcame his rustiness in math to do well on GMAT test day. And he echoes a sentiment many students share: Don’t give up, even though the GMAT can be demoralizing! Read on … Read More

  • How to Get a 6.0 on AWA

    How to Get a 6.0 on AWA

    by on August 22nd, 2014

    I used this guide last time, and only reviewed AWA once the night before my test. I ended up getting a 6.0. I hope this is useful to you as well. (Click on the image to enlarge it) *I just made a quick visual outline of … Read More

  • Manage Your MBA Expectation

    Manage Your MBA Expectation

    by on August 21st, 2014

    As military officers, we are often told that we are “the best of the best” and that top schools like HBS/Wharton/GSB will be “knocking on our doors” when we are ready to ETS. These ideas get planted in our heads … Read More

  • Hugo vs GMAT: Second Practice Test

    Hugo vs GMAT: Second Practice Test

    by on August 19th, 2014

    Today I took my second practice test. This time I chose to do one of the “new ones” to better assess my current level. Besides, to  make it the most similar to an actual exam experience, I also completed the AWA. … Read More

  • Student Post: How Practicing for the GMAT Is Like Shooting Hoops

    Student Post: How Practicing for the GMAT Is Like Shooting Hoops

    by on August 18th, 2014

    Hey everyone, say hello to Eric this week! Eric has a lot of great advice for fellow students, and even makes a basketball analogy to make it all more understandable for you.  About Me: I’m from Westchester County, … Read More

  • GMAT Student Post: Manage Your Time!

    GMAT Student Post: Manage Your Time!

    by on August 16th, 2014

    Today, we’re hearing from Rupesh. Thanks for the tips, Rupesh!   About me: My name is Rupesh Baker. I’m originally from India and I finished my engineering degree at National University of Singapore. I currently … Read More

  • How to Add 40 Points to Your GMAT

    How to Add 40 Points to Your GMAT

    by on August 15th, 2014

    *Disclaimer: None of the following information has been backed up by the GMAC. With little less than 2 weeks until my test, I recently was able to get a 730 on my most recent OG practice test. The most astonishing part, … Read More

  • Changing My Game Plan

    Changing My Game Plan

    by on August 14th, 2014

    It’s only been almost 1 week since my last post! So sorry, between my insane work schedule, my final GMAT studying, finalizing my Harvard app, and getting my recommendations set, I have been insanely busy. No fear, I … Read More