Applicant Stories Articles

  • 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

  • GMAT Student Post: Flashcard Away Your Math Issues

    GMAT Student Post: Flashcard Away Your Math Issues

    by on August 12th, 2014

    This week, John S. tells us about his experience with the GMAT. Read on to find out which resource he wish he’d found earlier in his prep! About me: I’m from San Diego, where I graduated from UCSD with a Political … Read More

  • The One with the MIT Application

    The One with the MIT Application

    by on August 11th, 2014

    I know, long time no see … but July has been a very busy month: studying for the GMAT, writing essays, and all dose days on-call at the hospital. Good news is I have almost finished my MIT application. Of course there … Read More

  • My Journey to 760: The Breakthrough

    My Journey to 760: The Breakthrough

    by on August 10th, 2014

    *This is part of a series on my journey to get a 760. Part 1 & Part 2 can be found here. With about 3 weeks left, I am starting my INSANE study schedule. I have been trying to follow my rigorous schedule, I have … Read More

  • Asking for Recommendation Letters

    Asking for Recommendation Letters

    by on August 9th, 2014

    For weeks I have debated how I am going to ask my current supervisor at work for a letter of recommendation. And not just one, but many letters over the next two months. It’s caused me so much anxiety. Will he be … Read More

  • Hugo vs. GMAT: First Practice Exam

    Hugo vs. GMAT: First Practice Exam

    by on August 8th, 2014

    As promised, I am here to share now how I am preparing to take the GMAT again. So far, I have focused mostly on quant, as I tend to make more mistakes and more often in this section than the verbal section, which … Read More