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essaysnark posted a reply to INCIDENCE 207810934 - No resolution yet(20 days) in the Ask the Test Maker forum
“Hey Akshay! What a stressful experience!!! I''m sure Jeremy will help you get a response to your appeal. Just a quick reminder though: Since you say you are OK with paying for your next test, and since it''s been 16 days since that original test, you should be able to go ahead and schedule another ...”
May 3, 2016
essaysnark posted a reply to Engineering to MBA: Virtual Field Trips in the Ask the Test Maker forum
“Wow - great idea Jeremy - GMAC is doing some interesting things to support MBA applicants! Glad that we saw your post, we''ll be letting people know.”
February 23, 2016
essaysnark posted a reply to My horrible GMAT test center experience! in the Ask the Test Maker forum
“That sounds very fair indeed Sruthi! Thanks for coming back to post how it got worked out. Good luck on this next attempt, and with your apps this year!!!!!! EssaySnark”
November 19, 2015
essaysnark posted a reply to My horrible GMAT test center experience! in the Ask the Test Maker forum
“This does sound like a difficult experience and hopefully you''ll be able to retake the test. Just wondering though, did you cancel your score? It seems like a situation where that would be warranted. Schools no longer see canceled scores on score history reports so it would not hurt you to do so. ...”
October 22, 2015
essaysnark posted a reply to GMAT Exam Registration Query in the Ask the Test Maker forum
“We agree that the schools will use your transcripts to evaluate your academics - but we strongly disagree with any advice to "not worry about it." EVERYTHING on your apps matters. You''re right to have questions about this. It would be nice if the GMAT didn''t ask for a conversion of ...”
September 5, 2015
essaysnark posted a reply to Score Report - MultipleScores - What does the AdCom see?? in the Ask the Test Maker forum
“Also this is not something that the adcoms put any weight on. Lots of people hate how they look in pictures! :-D Don''t worry about this, focus on the things you have control over. As long as the actual GMAT score that goes along with the picture is solid, you should be fine!!!!! ;-) EssaySnark”
July 6, 2015
essaysnark posted a reply to Full time MBA vs Part time MBA in the MBA Student Life forum
“Congrats on your admit and your scholarship! Very exciting! Please don''t take this the wrong way but honestly you need to be talking to THE SCHOOL about these important issues rather than soliciting advice from strangers on the internet. These are questions that they can help you work through. ...”
July 3, 2015
essaysnark posted a reply to Entrepreneur to MBA - is it possible? in the The Application Process forum
“This is a bizarre list. It''s crazy to be suggesting schools blindly without knowing anything about the person beyond that they might want to go to the US or Australia and they are interested in starting a company. That''s certainly not enough to be saying which schools to apply to.”
June 11, 2015
essaysnark posted a reply to Entrepreneur to MBA - is it possible? in the The Application Process forum
“The MBA is a very expensive route to starting a company, however there are some people for whom it makes sense. (Not all the ideas presented on this thread are wholly accurate BTW.) EssaySnark recently published an MBA Career Goals Research Guide on Entrepreneurship which discusses some of the pros ...”
June 11, 2015
essaysnark posted a reply to Query Regarding GPA in the Ask the Test Maker forum
“Just a quick semi-related comment to say that most top American schools do not want grades converted when you fill out their applications - and also, people often mis-calculate when converting to the American 4.0 system. It''s tough, because a 65.7% actually means something quite different at one ...”
May 27, 2015
essaysnark posted a reply to new format ? in the Ask the Test Maker forum
“Perhaps you were reading older posts? The last major change to the GMAT was when the Integrated Reasoning section was introduced; it went live on June 5, 2012.”
May 2, 2015
essaysnark posted a reply to Reporting Score in the Ask a GMAT representative forum
“This is actually a rather more complicated question than was acknowledged in the two answers above. First of all, the 2 minute timeframe at the end of the test is not to let you report your scores - it''s to let you cancel them. Meaning, if you realize you did much worse than you expected, you have ...”
April 10, 2015
essaysnark posted a reply to toefl 97 in the Ask the Test Maker forum
“Hey anksm22 - just piping in here because we saw your note (hope Rebecca doesn''t mind!. That TOEFL is pretty low - just as an example, HBS discourages people from applying if the score is below 109. The average TOEFL at most top business schools is around 110. If your GMAT verbal and AWA are very ...”
October 31, 2014
essaysnark posted a reply to Do not have passport currently in the Ask the Test Maker forum
“@Rebecca, the link you posted to the country-specific requirements is broken. Did you mean this one? http://www.mba.com/us/the-gmat-exam/prepare-for-the-gmat-exam/plan-for-test-day/view-country-specific-test-center-regulations.aspx @DevB, here is the page for the India test center ...”
July 27, 2014
essaysnark posted a reply to Profile Evaluation in the Ask an MBA Admissions Consultant forum
“Hey Prashant864p! We saw this post from you for profile review when we got the notice that you''re following us here on BTG, so thanks for the follow, and let''s see what we might have to say about this. :-) First of all: Academics are great, and slightly differentiated from the typical candidate ...”
July 8, 2014
essaysnark posted a reply to Exciting Announcement from GMAC: NEW Score Reporting Policy in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Rebecca, what will show on the official score report when someone cancels on the preview and then later reinstates?”
June 26, 2014
essaysnark posted a reply to GMAT didn't work - Application Deadlines Loom in the Ask the Test Maker forum
“Hey joeatl123 -- bummer that you encountered problems at the test center (it''s unusual but it does happen sometimes). It can definitely rattle the nerves on something so important. Hopefully it gets worked out right away so you can still test in time for your apps. The reason we''re writing is ...”
April 12, 2014
essaysnark posted a reply to Part Time MBA - dilemma on school selection in the MBA Student Life forum
“Wow kobelco - you remembered to come back and fill us in on your results - very cool! And very cool to see the admits you racked up. We''d be leaning towards Carlson too, but it is an individual and quite personal choice. Carlson is better-known as far as bschools go, as you''re probably aware. That ...”
February 25, 2014
essaysnark posted a reply to Best Admissions Consultant for INSEAD? in the The Application Process forum
“This thread is so spammy, a gazillion posts on an ancient thread touting the consultants, all from people who apparently just joined this site for the sole purpose of ooohing and ahhing about their great experience. Looks very suspicious (can you say "shill"?). Just sayin''. Might be time ...”
February 8, 2014
essaysnark posted a reply to Retake or not. Help in the Ask the Test Maker forum
“Really hate to be the contrarian in this thread but a 710 GMAT can be tough for an applicant coming from such an oversubscribed pool. EssaySnark would say it''s a GOOD score, and it certainly can be enough to get in to a good school - especially a top 20-30 ranked one - but it''s not that ...”
November 28, 2013
essaysnark posted a reply to Score Report - MultipleScores - What does the AdCom see?? in the Ask the Test Maker forum
“@fchris, taking the GMAT three times will not adversely affect your chances at any schools. More than that, and yeah, it can get a little iffy - but it always depends on the entirety of the profile and the actual score history. Three times is generally fine. Good luck with it! EssaySnark”
October 15, 2013
essaysnark posted a reply to Getting into a B School without experience in the GMAT Strategy forum
“@greatest, those are very vague job titles. MFin is typically geared for the quant types who go into finance roles. Your accounting background implies that you''ve got the skills for it but it''s a specific career path. MIT''s MFin is also designed for early career professionals; if you''ve been ...”
September 7, 2013
essaysnark posted a reply to GMAT 620 - Target Universities in US in the Ask an MBA Admissions Consultant forum
“Sorry but this is NOT TRUE. Different schools look at it differently but many schools begin to question things after a reasonable number of attempts. Too many GMAT tests can start to weigh a profile down and there is most definitely a law of diminishing returns in this area. EssaySnark”
August 19, 2013
essaysnark posted a reply to Getting into a B School without experience in the GMAT Strategy forum
“It''s a little tough to understand what you''re asking, greatest, based on the not-greatest grammar. :-) But we''ll try to answer. There''s no such thing as a 3-year full-time "internship"; that''s a regular full-time job and will be counted as post-college work experience by the ...”
August 19, 2013
essaysnark posted a reply to Is my testing center still open? in the Ask the Test Maker forum
“Wow pscher31 - as if preparing bschool applications wasn''t stressful enough! :-) Hope you stay safe in the upheaval. And if your GMAT score doesn''t turn out quite as you expected, well... can''t say we''ve ever heard of a better excuse for a difficult performance on the test! We can just see ...”
August 16, 2013
essaysnark posted a reply to GMAT 620 - Target Universities in US in the Ask an MBA Admissions Consultant forum
“You would totally have a shot at any of those schools with your 640 GMAT. They still want to see good career goals and reasons why you need an MBA, etc., but they are all in range for you. Turn your attention to those essays and don''t worry about the GMAT again for now. If you don''t make any ...”
August 14, 2013
essaysnark posted a reply to GMAT 620 - Target Universities in US in the Ask an MBA Admissions Consultant forum
“Hey thejokermaniac - congrats on bumping the score up! The 640 is getting you closer to what the better schools want to see, but you''re still definitely going to be challenged if you want to crack the Top 15-ish MBA programs. It really depends on what your definition of "decent school" is ...”
August 13, 2013
essaysnark posted a reply to I need suggestions on what schools to apply for in the The Application Process forum
“Hey Nick - sorry to be so blunt but we think you need to be doing more research, your strategy really has some issues. You shouldn''t get a recommendation from a professor, none of the bschools want that unless you just graduated and literally don''t have anyone else to ask. ...”
July 10, 2013
essaysnark posted a reply to Planning to Take GMAT by December in the Ask the Test Maker forum
“Barath, remember that you can also have scores sent to schools later on, after you take the test (there is a fee involved then so it''s often better to do it at test-time). You can do this through the mba.com website - here''s the page: ...”
July 10, 2013
essaysnark posted a reply to I need suggestions on what schools to apply for in the The Application Process forum
“Hi Nick - thanks for the additional information, it''s helpful to know more of the story. If you were working a lot during college then that''s something to inform the adcom about, but still, the GPA is lower than most schools are going to be comfortable with, particularly if you''re coming straight ...”
July 9, 2013
essaysnark posted a reply to A not so promising result ... Any help? in the I just Beat The GMAT! forum
“Darth1980, sorry to hear about your experience but don''t feel bad at all, this is a very hard test and what you''re dealing with is quite common. Most people do not do nearly as well on the actual exam as they do on their practice tests. The circumstances in the test center are different from home ...”
July 9, 2013
essaysnark posted a reply to Retake Action Plan - Advise needed in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Hey adams - sorry that we just now spotted your answer! First off, congrats on the 700! That is a good score though you''re right, the quant is quite low for the schools you''re targeting. But still, it''s tough to get a 700, so nice work so far! We''re not GMAT experts so we won''t be able ...”
July 9, 2013
essaysnark posted a reply to Advice Needed, test in one week in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Hi sknarla - obviously we spotted your query too late to be of help - how did your test go? A 50Q is pretty impressive! Did you end up scoring that high on your exam? We''re betting you nailed it - let us know how it went! EssaySnark”
July 9, 2013
essaysnark posted a reply to I want to prepare for GMAT in the Lounge forum
“Hi Silvester - welcome to BTG! You''ve come to the right place for GMAT prep. Dive in with the forums and do some practice tests. You can also check out the 60 Day Study Guide, that''s an excellent resource if you''re self-directed. http://www.beatthegmat.com/mba/gmat-guide Many people also ...”
July 9, 2013
essaysnark posted a reply to I need suggestions on what schools to apply for in the The Application Process forum
“Hi Nick - we''ve helped a bunch of people who were in your position and succeeded in being admitted to a great school so we can offer all sorts of reactions to what you''ve said. First off - congrats on graduating - that''s great! On to the next adventure. The issue with your GPA is real ...”
July 9, 2013
essaysnark posted a reply to I beat the TOEFL 120/120 in the English Language Tests forum
“zinc-750, congrats on this great result! Obviously an excellent outcome, this definitely proves your language abilities to the adcoms. This is really true - doing the GMAT first and all the verbal practice is great TOEFL prep, and then there''s just a matter of figuring out how the TOEFL ...”
July 9, 2013
essaysnark posted a reply to I face great difficulties every time i try to contact you in the Ask an MBA Admissions Consultant forum
“Hi marevik, who are you trying to contact? You posted this in an open forum. If you''re talking about the Beat the GMAT 60-Day Study Plan, you can sign up for that for free here http://www.beatthegmat.com/mba/gmat-guide”
July 9, 2013
essaysnark posted a reply to UCLA FEMBA this year or HAAS EWMBA next year? in the Research MBA Programs forum
“We are happy to hear you say this - agree completely!! Congrats on making a great decision. Yes these two schools are very similar in terms of the ability to open doors and a strong alumni network (particularly in CA) - and since you already did the heavy lifting of getting admitted to one, we''re ...”
July 9, 2013
essaysnark posted a reply to Choosing the Right University -- USA in the Research MBA Programs forum
“This is categorically untrue.”
July 5, 2013
essaysnark posted a reply to Expert Help Required - Gmat Retake? in the GMAT Verbal & Essays forum
“Hi swatigulati - you posted this a week ago but let''s see if we can still provide some answers to your questions - we''re not experts on the GMAT so probably can help across the board but we do have some input for you. First off - the 660 isn''t a bad score, it''s just too low for the best MBA ...”
July 4, 2013
essaysnark posted a reply to UCLA FEMBA this year or HAAS EWMBA next year? in the Research MBA Programs forum
“Hi K - Congrats on the admit to FEMBA! It''s definitely a good program and you could do great things with a UCLA MBA. We hate to be such a Debbie Downer but we''re not so confident about your chances for getting into EWMBA this year. Unless you have made some big improvement to your profile ...”
July 4, 2013
essaysnark posted a reply to Queens video essays in the The Application Process forum
“Hey katy_123 - good question! The Queen''s MBA isn''t one of the most common targets around here, and video interviews (which is essentially what this "essay" is) are less common, so that''s probably why nobody responded before. The best way to prepare for this is to practice with a ...”
July 4, 2013
essaysnark posted a reply to Choosing the Right University -- USA in the Research MBA Programs forum
“Hi sivagmat - hate to say it but it''s impossible to answer that question, nobody but the adcom can tell you if you''re gonna get in (obviously, right?) but even when we give feedback on profiles on these forums, we need a lot more information in order to even start to guess as to outcomes. To ...”
July 4, 2013
essaysnark posted a reply to that vs those in comparison in the Sentence Correction forum
“This is not a GMAT-study-specific answer (we are definitely not GMATSnark!) but here''s where we see it not working: If you take it apart, the second bit can be rephrased as "The reasons behind last week''s rally were..." You can''t substitute "they" in that sentence: ...”
July 4, 2013
essaysnark posted a reply to Nov 2011 Toefl, can I use it for 2014 fall applications? in the English Language Tests forum
“It depends on the school, and when you submit. This TOEFL won''t work for HBS since they say you need a test taken Jan. 1, 2012 or sooner. Columbia will accept this score however, provided you submit before the two-year expiration in November. Most schools have the latter policy; the TOEFL needs to ...”
July 4, 2013
essaysnark posted a reply to toefl score in the English Language Tests forum
“If your target school has a minimum score then unfortunately you will need to retake the TOEFL. A de facto minimum for many schools is 109; for example, if you score lower than that and you apply to Harvard, they don''t automatically reject you but it would be very difficult to get in. Some schools ...”
July 4, 2013
essaysnark posted a reply to Profile Evaluation - Young and Limited Work Experience in the Ask an MBA Admissions Consultant forum
“Hi devans - welcome to BTG! You have clearly been doing your research based on those great questions you''re asking. Let''s see if we can help. First off, you''re right, most good business schools require some full-time work experience before they''d accept you - in fact, a handful won''t even ...”
July 4, 2013
essaysnark posted a reply to GMAT help in the Admissions Success Stories forum
“Hey rocky.singh - sorry to hear about the difficulties you''ve had - it''s not an easy test! You''ll probably have better luck getting some answers to these questions in a different forum; maybe try posting in one of the GMAT Strategy forums instead: ...”
July 4, 2013
essaysnark posted a reply to 700 GMAT, 3.0 GPA - Will my GMAT score split hurt me?!? in the Ask an MBA Admissions Consultant forum
“Hey smp5000 - we understand the concerns and yes, there''s some weaknesses but we''re feeling remarkably bullish on your chances overall. The reason? Your career background is unusual in terms of what the schools often see, and when we dig into the details of your stats then the weaknesses don''t ...”
July 4, 2013
essaysnark posted a reply to MBA with a science background in the Admissions Success Stories forum
“Hi Akin - welcome to Beat the GMAT! You''ll be at an advantage in the MBA admissions process due to your background in veterinary medicine - there''s not too many of those applying to bschool! Coming from Africa is also an advantage to you. Your challenge will be in showing that you have ...”
June 17, 2013
essaysnark posted a reply to IR - scoring system in the Ask the Test Maker forum
“@MetallicaFan, that was a great question. Rebecca, thanks for the answer!”
June 4, 2013
essaysnark posted a reply to Rejected from all schools in the The Application Process forum
“Fair enough, BP - we get where you''re coming from. And that''s why we stated in our original reply up above: Emphasis added. We did not say categorically that it WAS the problem. And we implied with our statement that it can be overcome if it''s handled well. But stats are not on your side ...”
May 31, 2013
essaysnark posted a reply to Rejected from all schools in the The Application Process forum
“bpolley00, not sure how much response you''re going to get. Your tone is a little offputting. The people around here don''t make the rules; we''re not the ones deciding how it works. The fact is that admission to a top bschool is incredibly competitive. One metric that an adcom can evaluate is ...”
May 30, 2013
essaysnark posted a reply to MBA in Energy & power sector in the Research MBA Programs forum
“Hey Kunal - well you have some interesting elements but your profile is also very standard in many ways, and that 620 GMAT is, as you know, quite low. Glad to hear you''re planning on retesting. We strongly encourage you to move your test date up though. You don''t want to be writing essays and ...”
May 30, 2013
essaysnark posted a reply to A bit confused in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Hey Rudolph - that''s exactly what we do! ;-) You can check out our daily blahg for lots of free articles on applying to business school ( http://essaysnark.com ), and we have different services designed specifically to help you prepare a winning application. A good place to start is with the ...”
May 22, 2013
essaysnark posted a reply to Suggestions (Re-attempt) in the GMAT Strategy forum
“@rohanberi, we tend to agree with you re: good things come the harder way. :-) You''ve got a great attitude, glad to see you''re going for the test again! Good luck!! Keep us posted - we''re betting you''ll do really well the second time around. @bharara88, your experience is unfortunately really ...”
May 21, 2013
essaysnark posted a reply to Missing day 34,44 in the The 60-Day GMAT Study Guide forum
“Hey samweihao - check your inbox, we just PMed you with the two missing days. Good luck on the test! EssaySnark”
May 20, 2013
essaysnark posted a reply to query!! in the Admissions Success Stories forum
“Hi yesoda!! Not sure why it''s so urgent but we''ll try to answer your query!!!! A 750 GMAT is a ticket that opens the door at any good school. The schools look for more than just GMAT though. And nobody can say if it will be enough to get you in. But it''s a good start!!! EssaySnark :-D”
May 20, 2013
essaysnark posted a reply to Researching schools in the Research MBA Programs forum
“Hi Vincent! Those are excellent questions to be asking. Unfortunately it''s gonna be a little bit tough to get a good handle on the first one - there''s definitely no directory that maps out collaborative vs competitive (that we know of), and you''re not going to hear anyone associated with a school ...”
May 20, 2013
essaysnark posted a reply to Test Complaint - Mouse Malfunction lost 10 mins in the I just Beat The GMAT! forum
“Hy cryan - such a bummer that you had this problem! It must have added so much more stress to an already high-pressure situation. It might have been better to simply cancel the test at the time - it sounds like maybe it wasn''t managed as well as it could have been at the testing center. Filing a ...”
May 20, 2013
essaysnark posted a reply to Suggestions (Re-attempt) in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Hey Rohan - welcome to Beat the GMAT and congrats on a good score! The GMAT test is hard, and you''ve proven you can tackle these difficult subjects. We would **strongly** encourage you to take the GMAT again to boost your verbal. An increase on the verbal side can have a dramatic impact on the ...”
May 20, 2013
essaysnark posted a reply to no coma before a NON RESTRICTIVE CLAUSE in the Sentence Correction forum
“So, disclaimer here: We''re no GMAT experts. But this is what we think you''ve got going with that sentence: The main thought is, "Certain linguists theorize that the tongues all descended from a common root language." The "although" phrase is a subordinate clause; ...”
May 20, 2013
essaysnark posted a reply to Profile evaluation and Advice for College in the Research MBA Programs forum
“Hey Shekhar - Let''s see what we got. First up, you probably know that your GMAT is low. That quant score is impressive but you''re not hitting the 720 average for successful Indian candidates. So that''s a disadvantage, right off the bat. It''s certainly not impossible to get in with that score ...”
May 17, 2013
essaysnark posted a reply to Profile Review in the Research MBA Programs forum
“Hey Arpan - Despite the fact that you cross-posted this in multiple forums which is sort of a no-no, and despite the fact that you posted a seriously too-long resume that we had to wade through to get the important data we needed about you, we''re gonna answer your query because we think you got ...”
May 17, 2013
essaysnark posted a reply to From Flunkee to Top 10 Business School? in the Lounge forum
“Wow - such an open invitation to EssaySnark we''ve never seen before!! ;-) First-blush reaction was to wince... it''s purty darn tough for many top bschool adcoms to overlook a flunking-out part of the academics. BUT! Then we read the rest of your story, and we have a glimmer of hope. The ...”
May 17, 2013
essaysnark posted a reply to Which program, considering the situation I am in? in the Ask an MBA Admissions Consultant forum
“Hi claudyst - WOW - just on the brief description you offered, you sound like you have an impressive profile. Stanford Sloan might be a good fit for you. We did a post on the EssaySnark blahg about this program recently: ...”
May 17, 2013
essaysnark posted a reply to Part Time MBA - dilemma on school selection in the MBA Student Life forum
“Awesome - good luck and let us know how it goes!”
May 13, 2013
essaysnark posted a reply to Profile evaluation and any chances of a top 10 BS in the Research MBA Programs forum
“Hi PMT! Welcome to Beat the GMAT! Let''s see if we can offer some input into your questions. First off, your GMAT score is great, congrats on that achievement. That can open some doors for you, for sure. The GPA is a little low but we''re wondering where you came up with that number? Our ...”
May 13, 2013
essaysnark posted a reply to Part Time MBA - dilemma on school selection in the MBA Student Life forum
“Hi kobelco - Welcome to Beat the GMAT! These can be difficult questions for sure. The main reasons that a school''s ranking matters are that it attracts higher-caliber students, oftentimes there''s more funding available for scholarships, and it generally will get significantly more attention ...”
May 13, 2013
essaysnark posted a reply to Valid ID in the Lounge forum
“Hi Samvit - This is from the GMAT Bulletin: Acceptable Forms of ID * Passport book (mandatory in some countries and required if testing outside your country of citizenship) * Government-issued driver’s license * Government-issued national/state/ * province identity card (including ...”
May 13, 2013
essaysnark posted a reply to Laid off during the MBA application process in the The Application Process forum
“jg0064 - wow that sucks!!! And we have a bunch of different reactions for you. First of all, we''ve written about this situation on the EssaySnark blahg, albeit from the opposite perspective: many people are interested in HIDING this fact as they move through the application process, since ...”
May 13, 2013
essaysnark posted a reply to no coma before a NON RESTRICTIVE CLAUSE in the Sentence Correction forum
“Hi imskpwr - I''m not seeing a non-restrictive clause in your example sentence. The "that" in this sentence is explaining what the linguists theorize, not expanding on the type of linguists that they are. Wikipedia has examples of how a simple sentence would be re-written with a ...”
May 13, 2013
essaysnark posted a reply to PhD program in the Research MBA Programs forum
“What he said. ;-)”
May 10, 2013
essaysnark posted a reply to Rejected from all schools in the The Application Process forum
“onsamline, this is off-topic from the original post, but we wanted to let you know about our programs in support of Military MBA candidates; you can see details here: http://essaysnark.com/military-mba/ EssaySnark”
May 9, 2013
essaysnark posted a reply to GMAT 610 - Profile Evaluation and Retake consideration in the GMAT Strategy forum
“LOL to your "modest target" comment. :-D Sounds like you''re going about this the right way; having a mix of targets is always wise. If we can help just let us know! EssaySnark”
May 9, 2013
essaysnark posted a reply to PhD program in the Research MBA Programs forum
“In some industries you see a PhD, perhaps - the sciences in particular (pharma/biotech), but in general the MBA is the much more common degree for the executive suite. We haven''t done any surveys of our own but are hard pressed to name any CEOs with doctorates, just from memory. They''re out ...”
May 9, 2013
essaysnark posted a reply to Looking for MOOCs in the Research MBA Programs forum
“Hi Ruca - Congrats on getting accepted to school! We''re not aware of any free courses that will give you the credits you need. Most of the MOOCs do not even offer certificates of completion, though some are starting to do that. However you''ll need to ask your school if they would accept that as ...”
May 8, 2013
essaysnark posted a reply to GMAT 610 - Profile Evaluation and Retake consideration in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Hi cbc1505 - yes definitely, retaking the GMAT will help you chances significantly. The quant score isn''t bad but you''re right to be concerned about the verbal side. Many people have the same experience as you have reported: they test higher on the practice tests and then don''t do as well ...”
May 8, 2013
essaysnark posted a reply to Profile evaluation and Advice for College in the Research MBA Programs forum
“Hi Anshul1302 -- Have you taken the GMAT yet? The GMAT score is not the sole deciding factor in admissions decisions, but it is important to get that datapoint in helping to understand how competitive you might be at these different schools. ISB in particular is incredibly competition - well, all ...”
May 8, 2013
essaysnark posted a reply to Profile evaluation - from research field in the Research MBA Programs forum
“Hey Davide - because you''re situation is so unique then you might want to go for our Comprehensive Profile Review - we can answer all your questions in a detailed, personalized report that helps you understand the lay of the land, evaluate your strengths and weaknesses, and form your strategy. You ...”
May 8, 2013
essaysnark posted a reply to Profile evaluation - from research field in the Research MBA Programs forum
“That''s a fair question, and definitely a good one to be asking. We don''t really see insurmountable obstacles though. Yes, many employers would prefer to see some more traditional business-world experience, but others may find your academic background and research to be very valuable. You might ...”
May 7, 2013
essaysnark posted a reply to MFin Fall 2014 in the Research MBA Programs forum
“Hi mfindelhi - Just on a surface review, your profile could be a fit to a variety of schools, but the major red flag in what you wrote is the "left job to prepare for applications and GMAT". What''s that about? Many bschool adcoms will be skeptical about that; this could raise questions ...”
May 7, 2013
essaysnark posted a reply to Scored 700, should I retake? in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Hi sknarla - first off - congrats on the 700! That is indeed a good score, even if it''s lower than the average at many of the programs you''re interested in. The short answer to your question is yes, a higher GMAT score (particularly a higher quant) will help at all these programs, but it may ...”
May 7, 2013
essaysnark posted a reply to Help me in the Admissions Success Stories forum
“Hi darkPassenger - unfortunately it''s near impossible to gauge whether you''d have any chance of getting scholarship money without seeing a lot more on your profile. Generally speaking, the lower-ranked schools have less money available to hand out, and in most cases they''ll want to use it to ...”
May 7, 2013
essaysnark posted a reply to 3rd GMAT Attempt in the Suggestions and Feedback forum
“Hi bigperm10011 - congrats on your perseverance! The improvement from test 1 to 2 is indeed impressive. You''re right, a comparable jump in your third attempt is going to be more challenging, as you''ve already gotten the ''low hanging fruit'' based on figuring out how the test works. We''re not the ...”
May 7, 2013
essaysnark posted a reply to PhD program in the Research MBA Programs forum
“Hey Rohit -- We can offer some responses to your questions, but first we have to ask, why do you want to go for a PhD? Especially if you have not even identified an area of focus? Finance and ops and HR are all **very** different. You wouldn''t be studying all of them in a doctoral program, would ...”
May 7, 2013
essaysnark posted a reply to 40 Something Looking For Guidance in the Research MBA Programs forum
“Hey derekk999 - Most people posting on these forums are targeting the full-time MBA programs like Harvard and Stanford. Those programs have really competitive admissions policies and they''re designed primarily for people in their 20s and early 30s, and that''s sort of where this forum is ...”
May 7, 2013
essaysnark posted a reply to GMAT 620 - Target Universities in US in the Ask an MBA Admissions Consultant forum
“Hi thejokermaniac - Welcome to BTG! As you are undoubtedly aware, your profile is quite common; there''s lots of candidates coming from India with a very similar background, and the competition is therefore intense. Your undergrad marks are strong and you''re at the right age to be thinking about ...”
May 7, 2013
essaysnark posted a reply to Please evaluate my profile - urgent advice needed in the Ask an MBA Admissions Consultant forum
“Most schools don''t release their apps until June so you''re gonna be in a holding pattern for awhile no matter what. Of course, there''s plenty to be done in researching the individual programs so it''s good you''re getting started. Just keep in mind that it''s much more important to form your own ...”
May 2, 2013
essaysnark posted a reply to General Query On Exchange Programs in the Research MBA Programs forum
“So we''re obviously not familiar with your profile and actual goals, but one option to consider: The Columbia Global EMBA Asia program. This is a joint degree with Columbia, LBS and HKU. As the name indicates, it''s an executive MBA, and so you might not be the right candidate, but it''s a big ...”
May 2, 2013
essaysnark posted a reply to Which with animals in the Sentence Correction forum
“As Knewton says here: http://answers.knewton.com/entries/20068018-GMAT-Question-24-Sentence-Correction-Choose-the-sentence-that-is-NOT-correctly-written- They have a good example on that page linked to above.”
May 2, 2013
essaysnark posted a reply to General Query On Exchange Programs in the Research MBA Programs forum
“Hi prakhag - good question. Each school handles it differently, but typically you''d spend one semester in the foreign school (and usually, the home school receives one student from the foreign school in your place). Most schools only allow this during your second year of studies, and we frequently ...”
May 2, 2013
essaysnark posted a reply to Please evaluate my profile - urgent advice needed in the Ask an MBA Admissions Consultant forum
“The "urgent" nature of this request being...??? Your profile is quite common; there''s lots of candidates coming from India with a very similar background, and the competition is therefore intense. Obviously there''s more to you than just the GMAT and GPA and so the schools do in fact ...”
May 2, 2013
essaysnark posted a reply to Pepperdine vs. LMU? in the Research MBA Programs forum
“$25k is a lot of money; personally, we don''t see the Pepperdine brand being worth that much more. Of course, the ocean views might be!! ;-) If you''re not getting significant scholarship money from Pepperdine then we would have trouble seeing the ROI there. You could do some analysis on starting ...”
April 29, 2013
essaysnark posted a reply to 2nd tier MBA programs for IB in the Research MBA Programs forum
“specialxknc22, no offense or anything, but we kinda had to laugh at the characterization that these are "2nd tier programs". Haas in particular is incredibly selective; it''s usually harder to get in there than it is at Wharton or Columbia. Placements and relationships depend a LOT on ...”
April 29, 2013
essaysnark posted a reply to Best Admissions Consultant for INSEAD? in the The Application Process forum
“Rajab, we can''t speak to either of these two consultants as we have not worked with them, but we have helped lots of people with INSEAD too (here''s one such example: http://essaysnark.com/2013/03/success-story-its-complicated/ ) and we also have an INSEAD essay guide that you might find useful if ...”
April 29, 2013
essaysnark posted a reply to Profile Evaluation - GMAT Score 600 - PLEASE HELP in the Ask an MBA Admissions Consultant forum
“Hi ashmole2009 -- A 600 GMAT puts you in the running for some good schools, particularly since your GPA is decent (note though that a 3.2 is **very** different from 3.5; you may want to get a better handle on what your grades actually are equivalent to, in order to evaluate your chances more ...”
April 29, 2013
essaysnark posted a reply to How Good is GWU Global MBA for an International Student? in the Ask an MBA Admissions Consultant forum
“rohanjain16, GWU is a very good school, however recruiting can sometimes be tricky for international students at any U.S. school, due to visa issues (the same is true for international students at European schools). It''s important to have the mindset of self-sufficiency in the job-search process. ...”
April 29, 2013
essaysnark posted a reply to Anymore Vs Any more in the Sentence Correction forum
“We''re totally not a GMAT expert but we''ll give it a shot to explain this. Pretty sure it''s B, yes? (Answers C and E look identical, maybe there was a mistake in entering them.) With "any more" the meaning is, you got some, do you want an additional amount. You could almost test it ...”
April 29, 2013
essaysnark posted a reply to Disabled in B-schools in the Ask an MBA Admissions Consultant forum
“Hi Lakshmi -- All the schools examine the application holistically, so they will look at all factors, including your existing education and any limitations that you''ve faced in your life. You''ll definitely want to let them know about your situation, maybe through the optional essay, or possibly ...”
April 29, 2013
essaysnark posted a reply to Kindly Advice in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Hi rishjain -- Studying practices are very individual, but we can tell you that the Beat the GMAT 60 day study guide is useful because it breaks down all the material and offers a plan to keep you moving forward. We also think it''s valuable to work on your studies every day, so the structured ...”
April 29, 2013
essaysnark posted a reply to an article on 'The Economist' in the Sentence Correction forum
“Thanks for the updated link - that article has other craziness going on too! Check out this snippet: EssaySnark is totally no expert on this but "a people" sure does sound odd. Maybe it''s right, but it''s weird. Regardless, it should it be "who live" instead of ...”
April 23, 2013
essaysnark posted a reply to Seeking study partner/group in Burbank/Glendale/LA areas in the Let's Meet Up forum
“Sometimes meetup.com has such groups, or if not, it''s easy to start one up locally.”
April 23, 2013
essaysnark posted a reply to info on US Real Estate companies,recruiting from b-Schools in the Research MBA Programs forum
“We''re a bit skeptical you''re going to get much useful info from MBA admissions consultants re: those specific questions. You''ll probably have better luck seeking out real estate professionals in the field and doing informational interviews with them; or, try contacting the career services ...”
April 23, 2013
essaysnark posted a reply to Name spelling in the GMAT Score and in the new passport in the The Application Process forum
“Hi wondering_too -- You might want to ask the official GMAC representative here if they can change the name: http://www.beatthegmat.com/ask-the-test-maker-f71.html If you''re concerned whether the schools will accept your GMAT score based on these differences, then it may not be a problem. The ...”
April 23, 2013
essaysnark posted a reply to an article on 'The Economist' in the Sentence Correction forum
“Great catch - this type of thing trips us up all the time! Here''s a good explanation of what''s going on with that sentence: http://grammar.quickanddirtytips.com/collective-nouns.aspx We think that the gist of what the writer was saying was that "the members of the Tsarenaev family were ...”
April 23, 2013
essaysnark posted a reply to Working during a full time MBA -- recommendations? in the MBA Student Life forum
“th3509, working during your Stanford MBA is gonna be really hard. Besides the fact that you''re going to be one of very few people in your class who has a job, you''ll find that it''s wholly inconvenient. Everyone else will be dedicated full time to school - meaning, the study groups and club ...”
April 23, 2013
essaysnark posted a reply to A bit confused in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Hi Rudolph! This process is definitely confusing, so we can understand your question! Your background definitely looks like you''re well qualified for most MBA programs, so if that''s an interest then certainly you can pursue it. The MBA is very flexible, and many top bschools have joint programs ...”
April 23, 2013
essaysnark posted a reply to Down as hell right now. in the Lounge forum
“We totally understand - this test is so stressful!!! We don''t have any great solutions to offer except some basic ones - things like, maybe you can integrate exercise along with your studying. If you do a hard workout before you sit down to practice then maybe you will be more relaxed. Or deep ...”
April 23, 2013
essaysnark posted a reply to Alternate Short-Term Goal in Essays in the Ask an MBA Admissions Consultant forum
“msingh, unless the essay question specifically asks about an alternate set of goals, then we **strongly** recommend that you stick to just one path. The reasons are: a) you don''t have space in most goals essays to sufficiently cover multiple options (most people barely have enough room to cover ...”
April 23, 2013
essaysnark posted a reply to A couple of questions ... in the Ask the Test Maker forum
“Hi again! It sounds like you have notified them of your upcoming test date in May. Sometimes schools can informally put a candidate''s app "on hold" within their processing system while they await a component of the app to arrive. It''s harder at this time of year since they need to be ...”
April 23, 2013
essaysnark posted a reply to A couple of questions ... in the Ask the Test Maker forum
“@the nona, we''ll chime in here to say that the bschools look at the AWA in combination with other factors (for example, the actual essays themselves). In general, EssaySnark feels a candidate should be comfortable with any AWA score at 5.0 or above. A 4.5 score is a little lower than we''d like, ...”
April 23, 2013
essaysnark posted a reply to Profile evaluation - from research field in the Research MBA Programs forum
“abhi0syal, appreciate that you''re trying to help, but there is no school in the world that does not want candidates to reach out to them. Davide is an atypical candidate and it would likely be even more beneficial for him to talk directly to admissions people than most MBA applicants. Some ...”
April 22, 2013
essaysnark posted a reply to Am I just being idealistic? in the The Application Process forum
“blueirony, GREAT question. Our strongest advice: If you''re unhappy in internal audit, you need to make a change! Don''t base this decision on trying to anticipate what the adcom wants to see; do what you''ll be most motivated about on the job. If you''re into your work, then it''s MUCH more ...”
April 22, 2013
essaysnark posted a reply to IR - how to access OG13 questions in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Hey Varun - this thread hopefully will help: [url]http://www.beatthegmat.com/exam-s-coming-and-i-got-a-big-problem-t214645.html[/url]”
April 19, 2013
essaysnark posted a reply to IESE YTP PROGRAM...... in the Research MBA Programs forum
“Our understanding is that IESE helps with job placement but it''s up to the candidate to get the job (this is really a question you should be directing to the IESE adcom).”
April 19, 2013
essaysnark posted a reply to Profile Evaluations - M7+tuck in the Research MBA Programs forum
“Hi specialxknc22 - It''s always tough to be definitive with a brief sketch, but from the info you''ve provided, we are all systems go for you! You have a lot going for you in terms of GMAT and grades, and your background looks super interesting. We''re betting that you''ll have lots of material from ...”
April 19, 2013
essaysnark posted a reply to Am I just being idealistic? in the The Application Process forum
“Sounds great blueirony! We''ll look forward to hearing from you again! EssaySnark PS: Good luck on that CA exam! If you''re in test-prep mode already then it''ll be easy to roll over into studying for the GMAT after that! (After a good long break, of course!) ;-)”
April 19, 2013
essaysnark posted a reply to Profile evaluation - from research field in the Research MBA Programs forum
“Sounds like a great plan so far, Davide - talking to students/alumni can be a huge help in identifying school fit etc. You definitely can be queuing up recommenders too though it''s often helpful to wait until your app strategy is mapped out before having the ''real'' conversation with them about ...”
April 17, 2013
essaysnark posted a reply to MBA with tech focus in the Research MBA Programs forum
“OK, lots to work with now. There''s some argument to be made that if you already have a solid understanding of engineering or a specific area of technology, then you don''t need the ''tech'' part of an MBA program. Traditionally that''s just not what bschools are good at anyway, so why not focus ...”
April 16, 2013
essaysnark posted a reply to Help: Columbia minimal money vs Stern full ride in the Research MBA Programs forum
“It''s uncertain how NYU will fare in the coming years?!? That''s ridiculous. NYU is AT LEAST as good a school as Columbia is these days.”
April 15, 2013
essaysnark posted a reply to Appointment Canceled! in the Suggestions and Feedback forum
“Hey FH85 - you posted in a forum that''s mostly meant for sending suggestions to Beat The GMAT staff about the site, so it got a little lost. To respond to your question, we''ll actually take a shortcut and refer you to what we said to someone else in another post this morning: ...”
April 15, 2013
essaysnark posted a reply to MBA with tech focus in the Research MBA Programs forum
“Ha - we probably do qualify as "seasoned vets" so we''ll toss out some thoughts on this!! All good schools for sure, even Ross (one of our personal faves, they don''t always get the luv though). The way we''d approach your question is to push back a little: What do you mean by ...”
April 15, 2013
essaysnark posted a reply to Full time MBA vs Part time MBA in the MBA Student Life forum
“Hey Zuzi - great question! And it''s awesome that you''re so open-minded and flexible about things to be considering different options like this. First point: It''s **really hard** to do grad school + a full time job. It''s not the same as working during college. Of course, there''s big ...”
April 15, 2013
essaysnark posted a reply to Hass Part Time - 4 ROUND - Is it too late in the The Application Process forum
“Hi agautum - yes it''s confusing! There''s seemingly contradictory advice flying around out there. With the part-time programs, they often still have room even at this point in the admissions cycle. However, your profile needs to be stronger now than it might otherwise have to be, merely because ...”
April 15, 2013
essaysnark posted a reply to Help - service to writing essays in the Research MBA Programs forum
“We hope this is a joke post. Having someone else write your essays is unethical and cause for immediate rejection from any bschool. Plus, none of these services is going to produce anything that''s quality - you''re never gonna get into bschool using one. Sorry but this is just not a smart move.”
April 15, 2013
essaysnark posted a reply to Good GMAT and AWA, but bad IR - Thoughts? in the I just Beat The GMAT! forum
“Hey aditya988 - short answer: No, the IR of 4 won''t cause your app to be rejected. It''s great that you''re looking at everything this way, BTW - shows you''re aware of the competitiveness of this endeavor you''re embarking upon, and that you want to do what you need to do to earn success in it. ...”
April 15, 2013
essaysnark posted a reply to Getting into a B School without experience in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Hi greatest - not a ''juvenile'' question at all! A rather important one, actually. ISB has a mandatory 2 years minimum work experience requirement. Not sure what your ''internship'' thing is but if that doesn''t qualify as full-time post-college work experience, then that could be a sticking ...”
April 15, 2013
essaysnark posted a reply to Help: Columbia minimal money vs Stern full ride in the Research MBA Programs forum
“Hey worldstarhiphop - WOW!!! Stern is not often so generous with its fellowship money - you must''ve done something really big in your life to impress them so much! That''s pretty phenomenal. And yes, you''re in a bit of a pickle aren''t you? ;-) A good pickle, but a pickle nonetheless. We ...”
April 15, 2013
essaysnark posted a reply to USC MArshall vs San Francisco State University for MBA? in the Research MBA Programs forum
“This is a very personal question that unfortunately, nobody but you can answer. The ranking is not what matters; it''s what the ranking points to that you need to dive into (re: quality of education, resources, reputation, strength of alumni network, attractiveness to employers, opportunities coming ...”
April 15, 2013
essaysnark posted a reply to Am I just being idealistic? in the The Application Process forum
“Hey blueirony - LOL on your tldr. :-) We did in fact read (most of) your post and you are NOT being idealistic. In fact, we see people with similar backgrounds get into schools like LBS All. The. Time. First point: A 10-year time horizon is a little long. LBS prefers students with about 5 ...”
April 15, 2013
essaysnark posted a reply to Profile evaluation - from research field in the Research MBA Programs forum
“@Davide, LBS and INSEAD are both more competitive than the original schools you named, but your 690 GMAT is in range for them (higher is always better, of course). The same issues will apply for you re: work experience. We can''t really answer the "what are my chances" question in this ...”
April 15, 2013
essaysnark posted a reply to Profile evaluation - from research field in the Research MBA Programs forum
“Not understanding how the question fits in with the fact that you''re not applying till next year, but sure, if you''re interested in those schools, you should apply to them. It''s good to target a spectrum of different programs.”
April 12, 2013
essaysnark posted a reply to advice needed on my current plan and next steps in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Great to see that you''re accelerating your schedule! Love it. :-) You got some good advice there on the timing. You definitely don''t want to be writing essays at the same time as you''re doing GMAT prep. You also want to leave enough time to retake the GMAT if you need to. It''s up to you to ...”
April 9, 2013
essaysnark posted a reply to Profile evaluation - from research field in the Research MBA Programs forum
“You''re right in your understanding of the criteria for choosing a recommender - you want someone to talk about how you perform, and that can only come from working extensively with a person over time. The problem is the type of work that you do in academia isn''t exactly comparable to a business ...”
April 9, 2013
essaysnark posted a reply to advice needed on my current plan and next steps in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Don''t reconsider applying to HBS - it''s impossible for us (or anyone) to predict outcomes there, particularly with the scant info we have on you so far. You''re not "too old" for any school, and you''ll always regret it if you don''t apply, but different schools do prefer different ages. ...”
April 9, 2013
essaysnark posted a reply to advice needed on my current plan and next steps in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Hey basso25@ -- First of all, you''re not technically a "non-traditional applicant" - the ad agency thing is a little atypical but it''s totally not out of line for someone looking to go to bschool. In terms of the options you laid out, we''d have to say "neither." :-( ...”
April 8, 2013
essaysnark posted a reply to Try now or Apply later? in the The Application Process forum
“Thanks for the data, Wendy - we were going off the BW average GMAT for Rice of 675: [url]http://www.businessweek.com/bschools/rankings/full_time_mba_profiles/rice.html[/url] and you''re right, the GMAT average for the MBA for Professionals Class of 2012 is 615 ...”
April 8, 2013
essaysnark posted a reply to advice needed on my current plan and next steps in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Ooh, great question! There''s a lot that goes into the round/strategy thing which is not always fully understood. From a pure numbers perspective, the schools are wide open in their first round: they have the entire class to fill, and nobody in it yet. They also get fewer apps in Round 1, so ...”
April 8, 2013
essaysnark posted a reply to Best Online SPORTS Management Course in the Research MBA Programs forum
“Hey vicky_0007 - not sure what kind of online options they have, but there''s a Sports Administration / Sports Management master''s program at both Ohio University and at University of Oregon. Lots of business schools also have student-run clubs that focus on sports and entertainment too. Never ...”
April 8, 2013
essaysnark posted a reply to Hi in the Admissions Success Stories forum
“agautam, so sorry to hear about that outcome! It''s always disappointing to get rejected - however that Wharton program is quite competitive, and there could be a huge number of reasons for what went wrong. April is Reapplicant Month over on the EssaySnark blahg - you can check our site for posts ...”
April 8, 2013
essaysnark posted a reply to advice needed on my current plan and next steps in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Hi basso25@! You''ve certainly come to the right place for support and insights on all things GMAT - and from what we can tell, that''s a solid plan you''ve come up with. We''re not GMATSnark so we can''t offer too much else except for one study tip that''s served us well: Be sure to go back over ...”
April 8, 2013
essaysnark posted a reply to Profile evaluation - from research field in the Research MBA Programs forum
“Davide, wow! You do have very strong academic credentials. Your background isn''t completely dissimilar to other candidates - the bschools get LOTS of engineers applying, even lots of civil/environmental engineers - but certainly it''s more unusual for someone with a PhD to be applying to bschool. ...”
April 8, 2013
essaysnark posted a reply to Try now or Apply later? in the The Application Process forum
“Hey raalexan - bummer about not scoring as high as you wished - that test is hard!!! Your question is an important one too. We cover the "to apply or not to apply" question in detail on the EssaySnark blahg, you may want to start here with a few articles: Round 3 is typically not a good ...”
April 8, 2013
essaysnark posted a reply to can any body revert -HOW toaccess IR 50Q frm OG13? in the Critical Reasoning forum
“Check out this thread: [url]http://www.beatthegmat.com/exam-s-coming-and-i-got-a-big-problem-t214645.html[/url]”
April 8, 2013
essaysnark posted a reply to Work experience - Journalism. in the Research MBA Programs forum
“Hi Nikhil - congrats on the decision to go for the MBA! You''re right that INSEAD likes to see diversity in its applicants, but so does **every** other school. The challenge with a nontraditional applicant is in showing how they''re ready for the MBA and the future career path that they lay out in ...”
April 8, 2013
essaysnark posted a reply to New Kid In The Block in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Hi Shuvajoy -- As we already said: Sorry to hear that you didn''t make it through the civil service exams. Sounds like a brutal process! We always thought the GMAT was bad...! :-D Hopefully you''ll be able to somehow reflect that on the resume itself; you''ll also probably need to include ...”
April 5, 2013
essaysnark posted a reply to G-day 2 months from now. strategy & suggestions. in the GMAT Strategy forum
“hutch27, it''s great to see the excitement!! (Oftentimes we see people posting here with the opposite emotions going on - complete depression and dejection are common!) You''ve got some positive trends on your side, due to the fact that you''re taking the test while you''re still in school - many ...”
April 3, 2013
essaysnark posted a reply to New Kid In The Block in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Hi Shuvajoy -- Congrats on getting started so early!! Those who give themselves plenty of runway tend to do the best in this process. Most top bschools don''t actually want you to translate your academics to the 4.0 GPA system - but just in case you''re curious, we have a post on the EssaySnark ...”
April 3, 2013
essaysnark posted a reply to which school to choose-Please help in the Ask an MBA Admissions Consultant forum
“Hi Paul19 - congrats on the admit to U of Buffalo! It''s hard to say which of these schools is "better" - it really depends on who you ask. (Unfortunately none of the three you name are considered powerhouse schools for finance - they''re all decent universities but they''re not the heavy ...”
April 3, 2013
essaysnark posted a reply to US News Campus Compass subscription in the Research MBA Programs forum
“Just stumbled on this BusinessWeek tool that we had not seen before: The Bschool Comparator: http://tools.businessweek.com/BSchool_Comparator/ (weird word, that) Haven''t played with it much - you can see if it helps you. EssaySnark”
April 3, 2013
essaysnark posted a reply to GMAT IR in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Hi DBushkalov - not sure if they can help or not, but you might try posting this question in the Official GMAT Test-Maker forum so that the GMAC rep can see it -- here''s the link: http://www.beatthegmat.com/ask-the-test-maker-f71.html Good luck on the test!!! EssaySnark”
April 3, 2013
essaysnark posted a reply to Rejected from all schools in the The Application Process forum
“Hey MQ0451 - so sorry to hear about your results! Totally feel you re: how depressing this can be. Unfortunately we think you got some bum advice on the GPA; that can be a showstopper issue if it''s not handled well. If these were truly late-season applications then that definitely wouldn''t ...”
April 3, 2013
essaysnark posted a reply to Stanford Interview: Input Please! in the The Application Process forum
“CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!!!!! We were wondering how things turned out for you - this is awesome news!!! Great job and GOOD LUCK ON YOUR AMAZING STANFORD MBA ADVENTURE!!!! EssaySnark”
April 2, 2013
essaysnark posted a reply to US News Campus Compass subscription in the Research MBA Programs forum
“Hi Aztec -- The service you linked to appears to be geared towards undergraduate programs. We''ve never subscribed to any of the US News products but if you want one you should look at the one on this page instead since it covers MBA programs specifically: ...”
April 2, 2013
essaysnark posted a reply to August/September/ Early October in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Hi Rohit -- Not quite sure what you mean by "funding" in this question, but in terms of the MBA deadlines, you''ll want to go for a Round 1 application, and most of those first deadlines are in October. You don''t want to be doing GMAT prep and essays at the same time, and most people ...”
April 2, 2013
essaysnark posted a reply to Reapplication Keystrokes? in the Research MBA Programs forum
“Hey Sul - sorry to hear about those outcomes! You tried for the very best schools and it''s just a competitive landscape, so it''s not always a reflection of the profile. Round 1 has better chances so whether or not you decide to reapply to these schools, yes you should definitely expand your ...”
April 2, 2013
essaysnark posted a reply to Question regarding the time the daily e-mails are sent. in the The 60-Day GMAT Study Guide forum
“Hey Bob! Welcome to Beat the GMAT. We''re not an official rep of the company or anything, but we''re pretty sure that those emails are sent out automatically, and the time they''re sent is determined by the computer. So we''re doubtful that anyone would be able to change it for you. Maybe just skip ...”
April 2, 2013
essaysnark posted a reply to Lamar University MBA Program in the Research MBA Programs forum
“Hi djuicejewel -- congrats on the admit and the offer of financial assistance! Unfortunately we''d never heard of Lamar U or their MBA program until we saw your post. That doesn''t mean it''s not a good school, it just means that they''re not a major player as far as bschools go. Nobody else ...”
March 26, 2013
essaysnark posted a reply to 6 days left for GMAT need your advice. in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Hey arinb - we saw your post in the GMAC forum too and though EssaySnark is definitely no GMAT expert (!!) what occurred to us in reading it was that it seems like you''re trying to cram, and that might be the issue. Learning difficult subjects like the GMAT often takes time - not just literal hours ...”
March 26, 2013
essaysnark posted a reply to Applying to AACSB accredited B-School MBA with a felony in the Ask an MBA Admissions Consultant forum
“You can use any of the rankings systems - BusinessWeek, US News & World Report, Financial Times. If a school appears on one of those lists, then it''s gotta be good. An unranked school hasn''t met the basic standards of a competitive market to be noticed. That doesn''t mean an unranked school is ...”
March 26, 2013
essaysnark posted a reply to Applying to AACSB accredited B-School MBA with a felony in the Ask an MBA Admissions Consultant forum
“Unless you''re going into academia, we can''t imagine that an employer would ever care about which accreditation the school has. MBA recruiters from reputable companies with sought-after positions care about school ranking and reputation. Sure, the accreditation might be part of all that (the best ...”
March 25, 2013
essaysnark posted a reply to Applying to AACSB accredited B-School MBA with a felony in the Ask an MBA Admissions Consultant forum
“Most good schools will need to get an official transcript before they''ll admit you. You''ll need to contact each program to see what they say and whether they can accommodate your situation. Your plan about using your bschool loan to pay off your undergrad may not work since many loans get ...”
March 25, 2013
essaysnark posted a reply to Profile Request: Experts help needed in the Ask an MBA Admissions Consultant forum
“Hey Gmat0826 - congrats on the success story with your current GPA! Talk about a turnaround. You''ll probably need to offer an explanation of the rocky road that got you to this place when you''re ready to apply for bschool, but given how you redeemed yourself, both in terms of academics, and with ...”
March 25, 2013
essaysnark posted a reply to UW Foster or UCI Merage ? in the Research MBA Programs forum
“Cheese 12 - congratulations!! These are both great schools!! Unfortunately nobody can answer this question for you :-( -- it''s very personal based on so many different factors that only you can evaluate. If you just want to get the "unbiased" opinion on "which is better" then ...”
March 25, 2013
essaysnark posted a reply to Help on 1 year MBA programs to join in the Research MBA Programs forum
“Hi Gaurav -- You probably know that your profile is very common - lots of guys like you apply to bschool every year. With 7 years, you''ve got more than average work experience but you''re still in range for most programs, particularly many of the shorter ones. How the schools respond to your ...”
March 25, 2013
essaysnark posted a reply to Stanford Interview: Input Please! in the The Application Process forum
“Stanford doesn''t put full stake on the test scores - people have a real chance there even if their scores are low when the rest of the profile is compelling. Hopefully this turns out for you!! Please come back and update us when you get the answer from the adcom. Fingers are crossed!!! ...”
March 25, 2013
essaysnark posted a reply to Part Time MBA - Rank Vs Cost in the MBA Student Life forum
“Sounds like you''ve done your research and you''re an educated consumer going into it. Most schools let P/T students participate in clubs but obviously scheduling prohibits much of that, so you''re right, that''s another sacrifice for the part-timer (though EssaySnark is a tad skeptical on how ...”
March 22, 2013
essaysnark posted a reply to UT-Houston; Investment Banking Opportunity? in the The Application Process forum
“Hi gtg279v -- It''s definitely possible - McCombs reported that around 14 graduates went into investment banking last year. We can''t see how location (Houston vs Austin) would matter but that would be a question to pose directly to the school. Obviously i-banking is a competitive field and ...”
March 22, 2013
essaysnark posted a reply to chances of getting into top 10 b-school? in the Research MBA Programs forum
“Good questions! 1. There''s no consideration of GMAT test date in an application (unless of course the test has expired). You don''t need to worry about when you take the test in the context of when you will apply; your work experience doesn''t factor in on this part. Depending on how you''re ...”
March 22, 2013
essaysnark posted a reply to chances of getting into top 10 b-school? in the Research MBA Programs forum
“Hi hemant_rajput -- it''s great to see your active participation here at BTG! In answer to your question, it''s unfortunately really hard to say. :-( The good news is that you definitely have a chance - the schools admit lots and lots of people with backgrounds like yours. The difficult ...”
March 22, 2013
essaysnark posted a reply to Waiting for my first email!! in the The 60-Day GMAT Study Guide forum
“mrdisaster24, good call on doing the 6-Day plan - it''s awesome! Best of luck on your GMAT, great to see all the excitement!!! EssaySnark”
March 22, 2013
essaysnark posted a reply to I didnt reccieve day 12 qnd 13 . in the The 60-Day GMAT Study Guide forum
“We just sent them to you via private message. Good luck!!! EssaySnark”
March 22, 2013
essaysnark posted a reply to 2nd attempt and landed on the same score in the I just Beat The GMAT! forum
“Hey prat_agl! Congrats on trying again - and even though it may not feel like a win, congrats on getting the 650 again! This is a really hard test and that''s a decent score overall. We''ve seen people with a 650 get into good schools. We don''t have enough info to really say, but from what ...”
March 22, 2013
essaysnark posted a reply to The sea otter's : author's tone ???? in the Reading Comprehension forum
“We''d say "dispassionate" - the author is just reporting the facts. We can eliminate the others easily except for "concerned" which we held as a candidate answer at first, since the topic is about something bad happening in the ecosystem. But there doesn''t appear to be any sense ...”
March 22, 2013
essaysnark posted a reply to Stanford Interview: Input Please! in the The Application Process forum
“Hey there!! First up: WOW CONGRATS ON GETTING THE INVITE AT STANFORD!! Those come few and far between, so clearly you impressed them with your application. Next: HOW STRESSFUL! Everything about an interview is stressful but this sounds like it didn''t go as smoothly as it could have. And this ...”
March 22, 2013
essaysnark posted a reply to Part Time MBA - Rank Vs Cost in the MBA Student Life forum
“Hey readytolearn - love that handle BTW! A little confused about where you''re at in the process - did you already get accepted to these schools? Or are you at the beginning of the process and trying to decide where to apply? Regardless, we can offer some input on the question. First up: ...”
March 22, 2013
essaysnark posted a reply to Will an MBA get me what I want (for a career changer?) in the Lounge forum
“Hi semidevil! We''re a little jealous about your year of traveling - nice job in pulling that off! Your questions about what the MBA will do for you are good, and it''s awesome to see that you''re putting so much thought into this in advance. It''s sometimes more difficult to do a career ...”
March 22, 2013
essaysnark posted a reply to Applying to AACSB accredited B-School MBA with a felony in the Ask an MBA Admissions Consultant forum
“Hey bmarin! The headline on your post was a little scary - but then when we read what your crime was, it didn''t seem all that bad. Obviously attitudes in this country towards marijuana are changing. You''re right to be concerned about how the admissions people may react to a felony, but if you ...”
March 22, 2013
essaysnark posted a reply to Please help me review my qualification to apply MBA in the The Application Process forum
“Hi pupanmama - We''re a little doubtful that the adcom will be able to see past the low test score. Unfortunately that verbal score is very very low, and your total is well beneath the 80th percentiles of schools like Merage (600-720). The good news is that your quant is pretty good already, ...”
March 20, 2013
essaysnark posted a reply to Realistic MBA programs? in the Research MBA Programs forum
“Hi mbastudentclass2015! First off, that GMAT is good - and you''re obviously aware of your challenges with the GPA. The fact that you ended college so strong is definitely a positive and it helps your chances a lot, but the cumulative GPA is in the danger zone. :-( We''re happy to see that ...”
March 19, 2013
essaysnark posted a reply to Chances at NYU Stern Langone (Part-time)- Fall 2013? in the Ask an MBA Admissions Consultant forum
“Hi helpme1288! The basics of your profile look solid, and your double major is definitely distinctive. Your GMAT score is balanced and your GPA is great. Just looking at these elements, you''re certainly qualified for NYU or any top MBA program. The best part with Langone - besides its ...”
March 19, 2013
essaysnark posted a reply to Need Help with Content Review Strategy!! in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Hey mdecarbo - it sounds like you''ve got a great plan in action and you''re executing well! The one suggestion we can make would be to review the answers you get right - not just the ones you get wrong. We''ve heard about studies showing that this helps with learning retention. We wrote about GMAT ...”
March 19, 2013
essaysnark posted a reply to Chicago EMBA programs in the Research MBA Programs forum
“Hey Pat - well first thing is you''ve got some interesting experiences in your background! And you have a good reason for wanting to go for the MBA. There''s a lot of excellent choices in the Chicago area, as you have noted, and the EMBA adcoms will likely appreciate a lot of what they see in your ...”
March 18, 2013
essaysnark posted a reply to choosing between Cranfield and IE in the Research MBA Programs forum
“Hey emanuelebormida - We always tell people that this is a very personal decision and it comes down to so many factors - career goals and school specialization, culture and fit, recruiting opportunities... These are both good schools for sure. However, we **really** like IE based on our ...”
March 18, 2013
essaysnark posted a reply to System error during official GMAT in the I just Beat The GMAT! forum
“Good to hear Phoenix72 - let us know what happens with it!!”
March 18, 2013
essaysnark posted a reply to 520 to 700+ in 3 months?? in the Ask the Test Maker forum
“Eek - just realized that this was posted in the official GMAC forum - EssaySnark is not an official GMAT rep! Very sorry, we shouldn''t have answered anything here, not our place. saikatlahiri, this question should probably go in a different forum; see ...”
March 17, 2013
essaysnark posted a reply to System error during official GMAT in the I just Beat The GMAT! forum
“Hey Phoenix72 - what a bummer that the computer had problems! That must have added a lot of stress to an already-stressful experience, no fun. Notwithstanding the fact that the computer you were using malfunctioned, we actually have faith in the quality of the technology behind the GMAT and we ...”
March 17, 2013
essaysnark posted a reply to 520 to 700+ in 3 months?? in the Ask the Test Maker forum
“Hey saikatlahiri - anything is possible but you''re essentially asking if you can bump your score almost 200 points. That''s pretty ambitious and only you can say if it''s doable or not. We''ve seen it done but it''s not so common (keep in mind that many people do better on practice tests than the ...”
March 17, 2013
essaysnark posted a reply to Cornell Exec MBA - Suggestions about application or process in the The Application Process forum
“Hey msingh - The good news with the Cornell EMBA is how flexible they are in admissions (they don''t even require a GMAT!!) -- that, and the alternate-weekends format, which is ideal if you''re in the tri-state area and want to keep your job. The other good news is that they only have two ...”
March 14, 2013
essaysnark posted a reply to MIT Sloan MBA vs Stanford Sloan MS ? in the Lounge forum
“Wow jah - we''re impressed with you for landing both these admits!! The Sloan Fellows programs at each school are out-and-out amazing - you can''t go wrong with either decision. It''s unlikely anyone around here will be able to offer a whole lot of input into this process for you (those going for ...”
March 14, 2013
essaysnark posted a reply to HEC Montréal Admission Question in the Research MBA Programs forum
“Hey ex_an_21! Congrats on the HEC acceptance! For your question: What you can do is submit your deposit and acceptance to HEC, and then (fingers crossed!) if McGill comes through, you can inform HEC that you won''t be matriculating after all. The only issue would be that you''ll probably lose your ...”
March 14, 2013
essaysnark posted a reply to Test Approaching. Need Advice in the I just Beat The GMAT! forum
“Hey Rudy414! EssaySnark is definitely not GMATSnark and we can''t offer any specific advice on the mechanics of the test, but it didn''t seem like you were looking for that... In terms of how do you get over this hump, what we can suggest is maybe try using a new source of study material? It''s ...”
March 14, 2013
essaysnark posted a reply to 740 (Q: 50/90%ile and V:40/90%ile) - overall 97%ile in the I just Beat The GMAT! forum
“What a great write-up rp2012 - and congrats on the amazing score! You took a methodical approach and you won! Nice job on the test and thanks for sharing your process with the BTG community, some real words of wisdom in there. Now, onwards!! Good luck with your bschool aspirations!!! EssaySnark”
March 14, 2013
essaysnark posted a reply to MBA with a science background in the Admissions Success Stories forum
“Outreach to the schools is always a good thing! They won''t be able to answer the "what are my chances" type questions and they may not even be able to comment much on the issues we''ve raised here, but those conversations can often be useful in helping you understand what the process is ...”
March 14, 2013
essaysnark posted a reply to MBA with a science background in the Admissions Success Stories forum
“Hi Adria! Wow! It sounds like you have an impressive educational background. You''re right that adcoms look for diversity in their candidates and it sounds like you have some unique elements in your profile. Sometimes though, it can actually be a little complicated for people with an advanced ...”
March 13, 2013
essaysnark posted a reply to 6 Years of IT-Software experience - prospects of GMAT in the Research MBA Programs forum
“Hey Sridhar - not quite sure what you''re asking but we''ll give it a shot. Many people from an IT background do quite well on the GMAT, at least on the quant side, so from that perspective you may be set up for success on the test. However, there''s no experience level required in order to ...”
March 13, 2013
essaysnark posted a reply to Emory vs. Vanderbilt in the Research MBA Programs forum
“Hey JJShannon3 - First of all: CONGRATULATIONS! These are both really good schools, and getting some $$ means that you impressed them with your pitch. Great job. And now for the quandry, right? What to do from here? Our best advice is what you''ve hopefully already done: Visit the schools and ...”
March 12, 2013
essaysnark posted a reply to GMAT 710 (Q45,V41)- Chances for IESE-YTP? in the I just Beat The GMAT! forum
“Awesome to hear - best of luck on them!!!”
March 9, 2013
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March 8, 2013
essaysnark posted a reply to GMAT 710 (Q45,V41)- Chances for IESE-YTP? in the I just Beat The GMAT! forum
“First up, we''d caution about the idea of trying to be different in your goals. If it''s really truly your plan to do this travel channel thing - and if you''ve been putting the foundations in place already - then maybe it will fly. The schools don''t want to see something exotic in the goals, they ...”
March 8, 2013
essaysnark posted a reply to GMAT 710 (Q45,V41)- Chances for IESE-YTP? in the I just Beat The GMAT! forum
“Oh yeah - you may want to see our EssaySnark blahg post from yesterday about GMAT score and age: [url]http://essaysnark.com/2013/03/why-do-gmat-scores-go-down-in-older-populations/[/url] This is another reason why you should strongly consider retesting; many of your peers will be showing better ...”
March 7, 2013
essaysnark posted a reply to GMAT 710 (Q45,V41)- Chances for IESE-YTP? in the I just Beat The GMAT! forum
“Hey BlubberFishSwims -- You have some interesting work experience and that would have a decent shot at IESE YTP, but it''s really going to come down to your essays and why you want the MBA, and what your plans are to utilize the YTP opportunity. We don''t really know what you mean by a ...”
March 7, 2013
essaysnark posted a reply to 'Online' university undergrad. Am I in trouble? in the The Application Process forum
“See above. Really can''t offer any more than that. Schools respond to pitches not profiles. And nobody can tell you whether or not it''s worth the foregone salary/etc. EssaySnark”
December 19, 2012
essaysnark posted a reply to 'Online' university undergrad. Am I in trouble? in the The Application Process forum
“Hate to be so flippant but it''s "feasible" to get into a top 20 program with almost ANY profile. It''s all in how you pitch it. It seems that you have a lot to offer but it''s pretty difficult to say anything more specific than that. If you''re targeting "top 20" then that means ...”
December 18, 2012
essaysnark posted a reply to 'Online' university undergrad. Am I in trouble? in the The Application Process forum
“OK cool!! Now what was your question? ;-) EssaySnark”
December 18, 2012
essaysnark posted a reply to 720 - messed it up .. what do i do now? in the I just Beat The GMAT! forum
“Hey ruchitpuri-- A 5 AWA is a little low but it coincides with your verbal so not too surprising. We hardly recommend retesting to raise the AWA, it''s the least important part of the test (though not unimportant). The IR is very good (*very* good) but it doesn''t really count for anything anyway ...”
December 15, 2012
essaysnark posted a reply to Applying to Booth part-time after full-time ding in the Research MBA Programs forum
“Dude. If Booth is your to-die-for school (and you live a few blocks away!) then go for it! Try the F/T Round 2 app. If it doesn''t work out, you can give the P/T program a shot. It''s *always* easier to get in on the P/T tracks - there just aren''t as many local candidates like you to fill the class ...”
December 12, 2012
essaysnark posted a reply to SHOULD I WAIT FOR R3? (EUROPEAN schools) in the Ask an MBA Admissions Consultant forum
“The last round at any school is super competitive. Not recommended. 31 is not "too old" if your profile is impressive and you have a good reason for why now is the right time. Your list of schools is of course very ambitious. If you''re serious about bschool, you may want to look at ...”
December 3, 2012
essaysnark posted a reply to 720 - messed it up .. what do i do now? in the I just Beat The GMAT! forum
“Great questions - here''s some answers: Yes, quant is generally more important, only due to the nature of the bschool curriculum. How important quant vs verbal is depends to some degree on the entirety of the profile so there are no categorical answers to this looking at the score in ...”
November 29, 2012
essaysnark posted a reply to 720 - messed it up .. what do i do now? in the I just Beat The GMAT! forum
“Just one question on this bit - We''re probably just reading it wrong, but it sounds like you''re implying that the AWA factors into the verbal score, which it does not. It''s certainly a valid point on practicing the AWA too; the stamina thing plays a part. The 37V is just fine though and ...”
November 28, 2012
essaysnark posted a reply to 720 - messed it up .. what do i do now? in the I just Beat The GMAT! forum
“Too funny - BTG tweeted this post and we rambled over here to say "a 720 is fine!!!" and paste in some links from our blahg - and sure enough, Bschool2013 beat us to it! Thanks! It''s also a lesson in brevity - if it had been us answering, we woulda prolly gone on like 3 or 4 looooong ...”
November 28, 2012
essaysnark posted a reply to Selected for an Interview: What does it REALLY mean? in the The Application Process forum
“Hey ricecracker -- some quick answers for ya: None of the schools require you to come back to the States to interview, though in many cases it can in fact be advantageous; it sends strong signals to the school about how serious you are. However, many schools can accommodate local interviews (they ...”
October 26, 2012
essaysnark posted a reply to MBA Watch stats....are they accurate? in the Research MBA Programs forum
“You''re right; we should''ve been more precise when we posted that last year! Thanks for the clarification.”
October 23, 2012
essaysnark posted a reply to MBA Watch stats....are they accurate? in the Research MBA Programs forum
“Good to know Eric!”
October 22, 2012
essaysnark posted a reply to MBA Watch stats....are they accurate? in the Research MBA Programs forum
“jamesacorrea, the schools'' published average GMAT scores are of accepted students, not applicants. It doesn''t matter how large a sample size of applicants are here on BTG, they''re reporting different populations. There''s *always* a lot more variation in scores (i.e., more lower scores) in the ...”
October 22, 2012
essaysnark posted a reply to Missing Day 23! Please e-mail. in the The 60-Day GMAT Study Guide forum
“Just sent it!!!”
October 4, 2012
essaysnark posted a reply to Entrepreneur to MBA - is it possible? in the The Application Process forum
“Very good question westsidah408. We''ve talked about exactly this topic at various times on our blahg - here''s one recent post: http://essaysnark.com/2012/08/so-you-want-to-start-your-own-business-eh/ EssaySnark”
October 3, 2012
essaysnark posted a reply to Recommended specialization areas - Finance or? in the MBA Student Life forum
“Hey yumi2012 - this really isn''t anything that anyone else can answer for you. They''re asking you what you want to study! The whole point of getting an MBA is that it will prepare you for a specific future career. If you don''t know what you want to study, then it''s very likely you haven''t ...”
August 30, 2012
essaysnark posted a reply to 700 (49Q, 35V) satisfied and relieved! in the I just Beat The GMAT! forum
“No, everything''s eventual, that doesn''t sound right at all. The percentiles change from year to year but the same absolute numbers should not result in a different total score. Are you sure you didn''t have 49V, 35Q? EssaySnark”
August 24, 2012
essaysnark posted a reply to 4th Attempt GMAT 700(Q48 V38) in the I just Beat The GMAT! forum
“You visited IESE and you''re not falling all over yourself to go there?? Barcelona!!!!!!! :-D”
August 21, 2012
essaysnark posted a reply to Old question but New Way - 700 (Q48 V38) Should I retake? in the Ask an MBA Admissions Consultant forum
“ChilliBox - no idea it was you we were responding to! Maybe we were stalking you this time? ;-) Love it that you''ve used all your vacation in visiting schools - that''s the right way to roll! This getting-into-bschool thing can be all-encompassing for awhile. You''ve been at it for quite some ...”
August 21, 2012
essaysnark posted a reply to Study Plan - 5 Weeks in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Hey onmyway - not sure it is what you''re looking for but there''s a bunch of study plans available on this site, including the BTG 60-Day Plan: http://www.beatthegmat.com/mba/gmat-guide Good luck with your test!!! You''ve definitely come to the right place for help. Great resources around here. ...”
August 20, 2012
essaysnark posted a reply to Old question but New Way - 700 (Q48 V38) Should I retake? in the Ask an MBA Admissions Consultant forum
“Uh... hmm. After just gushing at you in an over-the-top ridiculous way, now we see that you''re wondering about taking this darn test again. If you''re asking us -- oh I guess you are! We would not. :-) Three times is plenty - four times is the charm in your case. You''ve proven what you ...”
August 20, 2012
essaysnark posted a reply to Strategy to apply to the same college? in the The Application Process forum
“Hi Kunal - getting apps rejected is always a blow, but you definitely were doing something right to make it that far - those are some very good schools with competitive admissions yet you made it all the way to the waitlist! And you got a lot of interview invites. This is really excellent as it ...”
August 20, 2012
essaysnark posted a reply to 4th Attempt GMAT 700(Q48 V38) in the I just Beat The GMAT! forum
“MALD2011 -- CONGRATULATIONS!!!! This is such an awesome story. The fact that you realized after test #2 that it wasn''t in the cards for you last year - that you decided to step back and regroup and go at it again the next season - this is huge. This means you have a real shot at things now. ...”
August 20, 2012
essaysnark posted a reply to GMAT 650 schools where i can apply in the Research MBA Programs forum
“Hi debrupishere - some quick answers: 1. Great job in starting so early! Not sure if you''re saying you''ll apply next year (2013) to start Fall 2014, or if you''re not even applying till two years out - regardless, you have plenty of time to put together a strong strategy. 2. All the schools on ...”
August 15, 2012
essaysnark posted a reply to GMAT 760 - Which B schools to apply? in the The Application Process forum
“gujralvikas that''s a lot of questions! :-D To your inquiry about extracurriculars: All the schools'' online apps include fields for you to specify what you did in college. Going back to HS is not generally recommended, it''s just too far in the past. There''s often this massive emphasis on ...”
August 13, 2012
essaysnark posted a reply to Applying to Booth part-time after full-time ding in the Research MBA Programs forum
“Good to know that Booth P/T does allow the deferrals! It''s worth the gamble of possibly losing the deposit to do that and try at those other schools. Would hate to live with the "what if...?" feeling if you didn''t give it a good shot - and it sounds like you''re putting your all in, and ...”
August 8, 2012
essaysnark posted a reply to Applying to Booth part-time after full-time ding in the Research MBA Programs forum
“Hmmm... new information often changes the picture. The fact that your GMAT score is so dated tells us these things: 1) you''re older, thus might naturally be seen as a better fit to EMBA or P/T programs (we already said that but now we have more to go on to believe it was a factor for you); and ...”
August 7, 2012
essaysnark posted a reply to Anderson FEMBA now Versus Haas EWMBA/WhartonWest next year in the Admissions Success Stories forum
“Sounds like you''ve made a decision ... which is always a relief! Just a follow-up question though - and maybe we misunderstood your point - but what makes you think that the UCLA MBA class makeup is any different from that at Berkeley? Our understanding is that class composition at both ...”
August 7, 2012
essaysnark posted a reply to GMAT 650 schools where i can apply in the Research MBA Programs forum
“Hi debrupishere - sorry about the score but it''s common for people to have a worse showing in the actual exam than they do on practice tests (even the difference that you saw of 720 -> 650 is not at all unusual). Frequently people test better the second time just because they know what to expect ...”
August 7, 2012
essaysnark posted a reply to What's a good score on AWA in the GMAT Essays (AWA) forum
“Hi thestartupguy! We recently wrote a post on the EssaySnark blahg that''s related to your question: [url]http://www.essaysnark.com/2012/07/the-awa-score-matters/[/url] We would not call a 5.0 a "VERY" good score - it''s an acceptable score. A 6.0 is a good score -- obviously, ...”
August 7, 2012
essaysnark posted a reply to GMAT 650, where to apply in the The Application Process forum
“Hey dbhughes - welcome to Beat the GMAT! You''ve come to the right place for support on the MBA application process. All the schools look for lots of things in a profile, not just GMAT and grades, but you probably know that you''re well below average for Harvard in general, and especially so for ...”
August 7, 2012
essaysnark posted a reply to Advice needed on best strategy to take for top b-school? in the Ask an MBA Admissions Consultant forum
“Hey abladeofgrass - welcome to BTG - you''ve come to the right place for awesome resources and support on your way to the MBA! You''re also starting exceptionally early - nice to see someone planning ahead! It''s tough to address all the questions you laid out there in this format (we''d be ...”
August 7, 2012
essaysnark posted a reply to Applying to Booth part-time after full-time ding in the Research MBA Programs forum
“ksc1940, that''s probably not going to be an issue -- provided, of course, that you properly explain your new decision to go for a P/T program instead. Yes, they''ll want to see your thought process for how you''ll be able to better meet your goals in this different format, with the added ...”
August 7, 2012
essaysnark posted a reply to 700 (49Q, 35V) satisfied and relieved! in the I just Beat The GMAT! forum
“mastak.kaur, CONGRATS! It''s not an easy test and a 700 is a solid score! Nicely done! Surely others will appreciate the report you provided with your strategies, too. Now you get to move on to the really fun stuff!! ;-) EssaySnark”
August 7, 2012
essaysnark posted a reply to Harvard Business Review Classes in the The Application Process forum
“Hi ETBX! Let''s see if we can help. You''d think that a "Harvard" class would be a good choice to boost your academic credentials for a bschool app... but in this case, we''re gonna suggest that maybe it''s not. We strongly recommend going with an accredited school (Harvard is of ...”
August 6, 2012
essaysnark posted a reply to 2+2 mba programs in the The Application Process forum
“Hi blackmamba_69! Congrats on the impressive GMAT score. You''ve now got a ticket to play the bschool admissions game! As you know, these are incredibly competitive programs, and it''s often tough for candidates with a profile like yours to stand out - but you''re ahead of the curve with that 770. ...”
August 6, 2012
essaysnark posted a reply to What should a SOP contain. in the The Application Process forum
“Hi mausam.deb-- It''s really hard to answer that question without knowing what program you''re applying to. Different schools want different things. However we can definitely say that it needs to be a written essay - the table format is not at all what the schools expect, so it''s good that ...”
August 6, 2012
essaysnark posted a reply to shortlisting b school in the Ask an MBA Admissions Consultant forum
“Hi sudhama22! At risk of repeating what we just said in another post: We need more information from you in order to help choose schools. Your GMAT score is good but it doesn''t help you stand out from your peers in this super-competitive space. The fact that you''re female, and have work ...”
August 6, 2012
essaysnark posted a reply to Need help!! Request for evaluation of profile in the Admissions Success Stories forum
“Hi amulyahwr! A few quick comments on your profile (just note that this probably isn''t the best forum for this type of question - this is more for people to come and tell us where they were accepted, rather than questions like yours - you might want to explore the other forums like Ask A Consultant ...”
August 6, 2012
essaysnark posted a reply to Cornell Hotel Masters in the Ask an MBA Admissions Consultant forum
“Takeaway message for all those reading this: There are VERY different approaches to admissions consulting. The "rule of thumb" offered is how one consultant tells their clients to do it. It is not a "rule of thumb" that any admissions committee we know of has ever stated. ...”
August 3, 2012
essaysnark posted a reply to Need Expert Advice for round strategy in the The Application Process forum
“Wow - talk about effective crowdsourcing! :-D It''s rare that we are in such solid agreement with the advice offered on the forums... but heyteach, you lucked out! You attracted excellent comments from a whole slew of peers here. We echo everything stated here already. (We probably didn''t ...”
August 3, 2012
essaysnark posted a reply to where to list alternative transcript? in the The Application Process forum
“Hey brightwinds - great question! There''s lots of ways you can handle this (and it partly depends on the school) but the most standard approach is to write the optional essay to offer it up as explanation around low GPA or whatever. You should also include the coursework in the online ...”
August 3, 2012
essaysnark posted a reply to Please help me decide! in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Hey MonicaK - you probably need to take it a third time. You said you thought you could "count on your experience" but that really won''t offset a GMAT score this low, in our experience. The main purpose of the test is to demonstrate to the adcom that you can handle the very challenging ...”
August 3, 2012
essaysnark posted a reply to Anderson FEMBA now Versus Haas EWMBA/WhartonWest next year in the Admissions Success Stories forum
“Hey MBACrazy - thanks for the additional info. You''re right about coming from oversubscribed class - and you''re esp. right about the $$$ - Wharton is expensive! (sticker shock right?!) We''ve seen UCLA be a little more flexible in admissions just lately - we think maybe they''re expanding ...”
August 3, 2012
essaysnark posted a reply to Entrepreneur to MBA - is it possible? in the The Application Process forum
“Agree with the general statement but absolutely do NOT agree with the parenthetical that we''ve offset in bold. If the schools think that an MBA is not necessary to be a successful entrepreneur, why in heck do all of them have entrepreneurship programs? Heck, Babson is an entire business ...”
August 3, 2012
essaysnark posted a reply to Cornell Hotel Masters in the Ask an MBA Admissions Consultant forum
“Sorry but we disagree - not seeing anything in the information provided in this thread that would warrant an optional essay. http://www.essaysnark.com/2011/05/should-i-give-a-reason-for-a-lower-gmat-score-in-an-essay/ EssaySnark”
August 3, 2012
essaysnark posted a reply to Alternative Transcript: UCLA Extension in the The Application Process forum
“@chris558 - a 660 is a good score but it certainly makes admissions decisions easier for the adcoms when a candidate comes in at/over 700. The class will not only help you with increased skills and hopefully boost your performance on the test, it will signal to the bschools that you''re serious ...”
August 3, 2012
essaysnark posted a reply to Can anyone please evaluate my profile in the Ask an MBA Admissions Consultant forum
“Hi slayera6! Wow - 3.89 in mech eng at U Mich?!? That''s pretty darn impressive. You''re likely to rack up a healthy GMAT score to go along with that. Nice job on the academics. The problem is that your profile is incredibly common - we see this really quite often: Indian guy goes to good college ...”
August 2, 2012
essaysnark posted a reply to MIT Sloan round 2: mission impossible? in the Research MBA Programs forum
“Wow - truly impressed with the specificity of those career goals - very unique and very targeted. You clearly know what you want to do with the MBA! Schools like Columbia will likely respond well to that. Bummer you were unsuccesful the first time through but it sounds like you''re doing ...”
August 2, 2012
essaysnark posted a reply to Need advice in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Hi Monica - sorry to hear about the disappointing results! The good news is that there''s a strong correlation between time spent studying and the score -- it''s absolutely possible to raise the score by 50 points! Whether you can do it in a month or not is up to you of course. :-) People often ...”
August 2, 2012
essaysnark posted a reply to MIT Sloan round 2: mission impossible? in the Research MBA Programs forum
“Hi ksc1940 -- quick correction (sorry to be always doing this to you!) Tuck actually interviews all candidates who come to Hanover (often adcom-conducted), and Duke has a by-request interview policy at least in the Fall, after which they switch to interview only. Getting a better GMAT score is ...”
August 2, 2012
essaysnark posted a reply to Top 10 schools that would help with a tech career? in the Research MBA Programs forum
“Hi MI -- it depends on what you mean by "tech company." Google is a big recruiter out of most all the top programs. But, you said you want the MBA to "enhance" your career - and you''re a mechanical engineer. The Kellogg MMM track - joint program with McCormick School - ...”
August 1, 2012
essaysnark posted a reply to Entrepreneur to MBA - is it possible? in the The Application Process forum
“dennisn, we''ve had lots of clients over the years who have a similar profile - based on just this brief info on your background, we''re betting that *ALL* the bschools will be interested in getting an app from you!!! Many many people apply to bschool saying that they want to be entrepreneurs... ...”
August 1, 2012
essaysnark posted a reply to what is considered as international experience? in the Suggestions and Feedback forum
“Hi ngupta27 - we''ll jump in and try to answer, though note that this is probably not the best forum for this question - you may want to browse The MBA Application Process or others instead for these types of queries. To address the international experience thing: It depends. Yes, even going to ...”
August 1, 2012
essaysnark posted a reply to Alternative Transcript: UCLA Extension in the The Application Process forum
“Hey Christina - we actually know of someone who recently finished that UCLA course - we''ve emailed them to see if they can pop in here and give you some comments. As to other classes: It depends on how "challenged" your transcript is. :-) Here''s some advice for the EssaySnark blahg on ...”
August 1, 2012
essaysnark posted a reply to Is 107 TOEFL okay for Columbia? in the Ask an MBA Admissions Consultant forum
“massi2884, none of the schools publish TOEFL scores so it''s unlikely you''ll get a definitive answer anywhere on the forums. A 107 might be a little low for a top school but it''s not impossible. Columbia will also be looking for evidence of English ability elsewhere in your app. Depending on where ...”
August 1, 2012
essaysnark posted a reply to 740 - V40 Q50 - A long and hard prep got me through! in the I just Beat The GMAT! forum
“Great tips you''re offering here anubhav1984 - way to give back to the BTG community - certainly others should find this totally useful! And obviously: CONGRATULATIONS ON THE SCORE! Nicely done - you did indeed Beat the GMAT!! You''ve got the field wide open to you with this score. Now the fun ...”
August 1, 2012
essaysnark posted a reply to Looking forGroup study in Bay area in the Problem Solving forum
“Hi Alok - Check out meetup.com - we''ve seen study groups there quite frequently! Maybe others around here will also be motivated to join up with you and help each other out. Great way to get motivated and learn this stuff!! EssaySnark”
August 1, 2012
essaysnark posted a reply to MIT Sloan round 2: mission impossible? in the Research MBA Programs forum
“Great questions - this shows you''ve done you''re homework on this program! We always like to see that. It''s still possible for a strong candidate to get into MIT in Round 2 but it''s not as easy, just based on the numbers. Your assessment is correct on that. It''s always an advantage at any ...”
August 1, 2012
essaysnark posted a reply to GMAT-740; GPA-3.5; Good Enough for 2+2 ?? in the Admissions Success Stories forum
“Hi again mmgmat! Our standard advice is, if you think you can score better, take the test again. :-) The way that 2+2 candidates are evaluated relies heavily on the stats of the profile - GMAT and GPA matter a lot (probably more than they do for a regular MBA). Your engineering background ...”
August 1, 2012
essaysnark posted a reply to Need advice (got 680 down from 690 1.5 years back) in the I just Beat The GMAT! forum
“Hi kg - first off - congrats on the 680!! Although it''s not the score you wanted, it''s still a good score in the larger scheme of things. This test is HARD and you''re in the range of high achievers. The good news is that your quant score is strong - and that you could probably boost your score ...”
August 1, 2012
essaysnark posted a reply to Kellogg essay 1 in the The Application Process forum
“PLEASE DO NOT EMAIL THE ADCOM!! Sorry for the all caps but we feel strongly about this - there is NO REASON to ever email the adcom like this. They have served up their instructions, and the essay prompt is pretty unambiguous, if you ask us. Emailing for clarification is going to send what kind ...”
July 31, 2012
essaysnark posted a reply to Missing Day 23! Please e-mail. in the The 60-Day GMAT Study Guide forum
“Heya - just sent it to you - good luck with it!!”
July 30, 2012
essaysnark posted a reply to AWA importance in the GMAT Essays (AWA) forum
“rajshas - great questions - people are often dismissive of the AWA but that''s a mistake! The fact that they ditched one of the two AWA essays in order to add the I/R portion does indicate that the AWA isn''t that important compared to other components of the GMAT, but that does not mean it''s ...”
July 30, 2012
essaysnark posted a reply to Difference between enrollment and class size? in the Research MBA Programs forum
“Hi Rahul! That''s actually a good question - and the answer is "neither"! Both those numbers reported by BusinessWeek are actual enrolled students. The difference is that some schools are two-year programs with undergrads and also PhD grad students on campus - that''s where the ...”
July 29, 2012
essaysnark posted a reply to Sweaters/Zippers allowed? in the Ask the Test Maker forum
“Hey kartikshah!! Yes you can wear a sweater or a hoodie or whatever with a zipper - that''s sort of what they''re suggesting with that sentence, that in case the room has an overzealous A/C system, that you might get chilled so you should dress in layers. It''s going to be specific to your ...”
July 29, 2012
essaysnark posted a reply to Anderson FEMBA now Versus Haas EWMBA/WhartonWest next year in the Admissions Success Stories forum
“Hey MBAcrazy - congrats on getting into the FEMBA program!! We don''t have a lot to go on with your question but we see this sometimes from other Brave Supplicants - they get into one program and then regret not applying to more. They wonder if they coulda "done better" - they don''t ...”
July 29, 2012
essaysnark posted a reply to Missing Day 1 in the The 60-Day GMAT Study Guide forum
“Just sent it to you Amir via PM - good luck!! EssaySnark”
July 29, 2012
essaysnark posted a reply to Please help me decide! in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Hi MonicaK! It depends on what you mean by "good schools" but overall, it''s going to be tough for anyone to crack an offer at a Top 20 school with a GMAT this low. We do see people improve significantly when they spend a lot of time studying - generally, scores go up proportionally ...”
July 29, 2012
essaysnark posted a reply to Kellogg essay 1 in the The Application Process forum
“Hi machichi -- Obviously we haven''t seen your draft (though you can submit to us to be considered for a free and anonymous review on the EssaySnark blahg - no guarantees it''ll happen but ...! http://www.essaysnark.com/about/contact/ ) and of course not seeing the essay doesn''t mean we don''t have ...”
July 28, 2012
essaysnark posted a reply to GMAT-740; GPA-3.5; Good Enough for 2+2 ?? in the Admissions Success Stories forum
“Hey mmgmat - congrats on that great total score! You probably know that 2+2 in particular has a very high bar in terms of averages on who they usually accept. Your stats would put you in the running for these programs, though as you probably expected we''d say, that quant is a little low ...”
July 28, 2012
essaysnark posted a reply to Using the word “to be” in the Sentence Correction forum
“Hey venjam -- We''re by no means GMAT experts - we usually stick with straight-up essay and app questions -- but we thought we''d jump in here to try and help you out. The way you can interpret this usage of "to be" is that it''s the same verb that you''d use like this: "He is 4 ...”
July 27, 2012
essaysnark posted a reply to Cornell Hotel Masters in the Ask an MBA Admissions Consultant forum
“Hey riddlemethis828 -- Unfortunately that quant score may be cause for concern for any good school, including the Cornell program (we assume you''re interestd in the Masters of Management in Hospitality). Because admissions to that track is not as competitive as other programs then you *might* ...”
July 27, 2012
essaysnark posted a reply to GMAT 760 - Which B schools to apply? in the The Application Process forum
“Hey gujralvikas! First off - CONGRATS ON THAT GMAT SCORE!! Very impressive - and the rest of your stats too - you''ve clearly been someone who takes school seriously. The adcoms will all appreciate your work ethic. What we would prefer to do is ask you: What schools are you interested in? (And ...”
July 27, 2012
essaysnark posted a reply to Please email day 22 in the The 60-Day GMAT Study Guide forum
“Just PMed you with it Matan - good luck with the studies!! EssaySnark”
July 27, 2012
essaysnark posted a reply to My goals have changed!! in the Research MBA Programs forum
“luiscarlos59 - CONGRATS ON THE PROMOTION!!! It''s a little ironic, right? That you now have the job that you were planning to work X more years towards? Very cool, you must be doing something right! (Reminds us of someone we worked with last year: ...”
July 26, 2012
essaysnark posted a reply to Attending a Graduate Information Reception, need help! in the Ask an MBA Admissions Consultant forum
“Hey Dellybelly -- Welcome to BTG! You''re right, great resources here, you''ve absolutely come to the right place to get help on the GMAT and bschool apps in general. Simon is a good MBA program, you''d get a strong education there, and it makes sense to be investigating them since they''re so ...”
July 26, 2012
essaysnark posted a reply to Using same anecdote in reapplying? in the Ask an MBA Admissions Consultant forum
“Lust4life, generally we would not advise so. The most important thing for a reapplicant is to show progress since the original applicant -- it''s not enough just to write better essays or explain yourself more eloquently in how you present your stories. (Shameless self-promotion: We have a ...”
July 26, 2012
essaysnark posted a reply to Covert % to GPA in the Research MBA Programs forum
“Hey gmat.nand - this is a common question that we hear from Indian candidates, and we put together a post on the EssaySnark blahg that should help you figure out how to tackle this: http://www.essaysnark.com/2011/09/gpa-conversion-stress/ Most schools don''t actually require that you convert your ...”
July 26, 2012
essaysnark posted a reply to GMAT 680 (Q42, V41) and GPA of 3.44. Shot at Stanford GSB? in the Ask an MBA Admissions Consultant forum
“Hey Manoj! Great to hear from you and congrats on your arrival in the States - and on the new blog! We''ll be sure to check it out and hopefully others around here will do the same. :-) We always enjoy watching BSers go through their bschool journey and we''ll be interested to see all the adventures ...”
July 17, 2012
essaysnark posted a reply to Can I get in to these schools? in the Research MBA Programs forum
“We know that an auditor''s lifestyle can make it difficult to visit campuses. And we recognize it is a big commitment of time and cash, but we believe that if you can make it work, it is worth it! We wrote a post a while ago about this very subject, called (conveniently) "how to choose a ...”
July 16, 2012
essaysnark posted a reply to Need honest feedback on admission chances! in the Research MBA Programs forum
“Hi Branham24, First things first, we wish to clarify that nobody but the adcom can tell you if you can "get in" and we don''t know enough about you/your profile to truly say one way or another, but we do have some experience with applicants like you so we''re just hoping to add some ...”
July 5, 2012
essaysnark posted a reply to Can I get in to these schools? in the Research MBA Programs forum
“Hi big4auditor, First things first, nobody can tell you if you can "get in" except the adcom and we don''t know enough about you/your profile to truly say one way or another BUT we can offer some insights. You''re starting on a strong note with your profile! Impressive grades at the ...”
July 5, 2012
essaysnark posted a reply to I joined a startup and was Laid off in Jan in the The Application Process forum
“Hey nitmba - sounds like you''ve had a rocky time of it so far this year! We''re jumping in with an answer for you because we''ve got a few posts lined up on the EssaySnark blahg about issues similar to this in the coming week, so your question is timely. While we didn''t 100% follow the details ...”
June 10, 2012
essaysnark posted a reply to GMAT 680 (Q42, V41) and GPA of 3.44. Shot at Stanford GSB? in the Ask an MBA Admissions Consultant forum
“Manoj, CONGRATULATIONS! Not just on the acceptances, but also on making the decision and moving ahead with your plans so swiftly. It sounds like you''ve got great reasons for choosing Duke and it''s also wonderful that the startup will let you wait a year before joining them. Talk about a win/win ...”
April 25, 2012
essaysnark posted a reply to GMAT - Now what? in the Research MBA Programs forum
“maxonline, that''s AWESOME news! Always love to hear about the successes! You''ve made it into an excellent school - congratulations on getting in!!! Best of luck on your MBA adventure! EssaySnark”
March 27, 2012
essaysnark posted a reply to 720 (Q 49, V 40)..Now what?? in the Admissions Success Stories forum
“Hi Suchit - so sorry for the delayed response! First off -- totally agree with MBACrystalBall - things might be tougher for candidates like you but be easy on yourself!! You should be proud of all the amazing things that you have done to get in the position of being able to target a top-tier ...”
March 10, 2012
essaysnark posted a reply to For everyone who thinks they can't in the I just Beat The GMAT! forum
“Always love the success stories -- and even more so when they don''t come easy! Not giving up is just as important as wanting to try in the first place -- agree with you wholeheartedly: "Keep your head up and yes you can!" cpanagio, congrats on your triumph and can''t wait to hear about ...”
February 20, 2012
essaysnark posted a reply to GMAT 680 (Q42, V41) and GPA of 3.44. Shot at Stanford GSB? in the Ask an MBA Admissions Consultant forum
“Hey Manoj-- Well one thing is clear: You''re examining all your options, and you seem to be approaching this with the right way of thinking!!! One quick comment though - not that we want to raise false hope or anything - but if you only applied to the GSB in Rd 2, then it''s really quite early ...”
February 10, 2012
essaysnark posted a reply to GMAT 680 (Q42, V41) and GPA of 3.44. Shot at Stanford GSB? in the Ask an MBA Admissions Consultant forum
“Hey manojram13 - thanks for the update and also, it''s so good to hear that all our blathering on the blahg and here has been of use to you! :-) You''ve clearly been doing something right to have made the progress that you''re reporting thus far. It''s not at all easy to get an offer from the Duke ...”
February 9, 2012
essaysnark posted a reply to HBS 2+2 how should I approach and profile evaluation. in the Ask an MBA Admissions Consultant forum
“Hey ankitagrawal079 -- great profile! Yes, you''re right that your verbal GMAT and GPA both look low compared to the standard class of 2+2 students... BUT your leadership resume looks pretty phenomenal!! All those different experiences with founding stuff and leading stuff can make a BIG difference ...”
February 2, 2012
essaysnark posted a reply to Columbia Executive MBA interview in the The Application Process forum
“Hey tata - we''re also curious to learn how it went for newtoogmat, glad you asked! Assuming you''re also interviewing with Columbia EMBA, then you should expect very similar questions as any other Columbia MBA candidate would get: tell us about your career goals, why do you want an MBA, and most ...”
January 30, 2012
essaysnark posted a reply to GMAT - Now what? in the Research MBA Programs forum
“maxonline, congrats on that awesome GMAT score!! Very impressive. Hopefully it helps Said say YES to you!!! Good luck and let us know how it goes! EssaySnark”
January 16, 2012
essaysnark posted a reply to Admitted to IE Business School with scholarship! in the Admissions Success Stories forum
“Wow, baume7 - you really racked ''em up!!! Nice going!!! ESADE is of course also a great school but just curious, what made you choose them over IE? Did you also get a scholarship award for Barcelona? Would love to hear about your decision process! EssaySnark”
January 15, 2012
essaysnark posted a reply to Where should I look, Brand Management Northeast in the Research MBA Programs forum
“Hi ketaki6 ! Cornell has an upcoming deadline in a few weeks that is completely viable - their Round 3 is like many other schools'' Round 2s, so you would still have a good chance. We actually just did a post on Cornell this week: ...”
January 5, 2012
essaysnark posted a reply to GMAT - Now what? in the Research MBA Programs forum
“Most schools have a pretty strict policy of no deferrals - mostly because of situations just like this! They want to avoid getting cherry-picked. The strategy of paying the deposit at your sure-thing school, and possibly forfeiting it if the much-preferred school comes back with an offer, is ...”
January 4, 2012
essaysnark posted a reply to GMAT 680 (Q42, V41) and GPA of 3.44. Shot at Stanford GSB? in the Ask an MBA Admissions Consultant forum
“Hey Manoj - good to see that you''ve rematerialized. Unfortunately it is pretty late now to get any essays reviewed on the EssaySnark blahg... most of the posts that go up in December are written in advance, since we get soooooo busy at this time. If you want to go through a paid review process then ...”
December 22, 2011
essaysnark posted a reply to Where should I look, Brand Management Northeast in the Research MBA Programs forum
“Ketaki6 - a big (and IMPORTANT) clarification for you and anyone else who might wander into this thread: The literal number of a school''s application round doesn''t matter; the DATE of the round is what matters. So: A. Round 3 for UNC is still a completely viable option, since it''s in ...”
December 16, 2011
essaysnark posted a reply to Where should I look, Brand Management Northeast in the Research MBA Programs forum
“ketaki6, an oversimplified answer for you is, you can use any top bschool to pursue (almost) any career. Any of these programs could help you transition into brand management. What you might want to do is look through the employment reports of these schools and identify ones that have are sending ...”
December 15, 2011
essaysnark posted a reply to Two real-life SC problems in the Sentence Correction forum
“GmatVerbal - thanks! The issue in this case isn''t so much that the pronoun refers to the object of the prepositional phrase - it''s the complicated sentence structure with the subordinate clause that is the complication. Those examples aren''t quite parallel to the sentence at hand. But thanks for ...”
December 14, 2011
essaysnark posted a reply to Where should I look, Brand Management Northeast in the Research MBA Programs forum
“This is the best description of a very personal thought process that considers so many factors in deciding on schools that we''ve ever seen. These are exactly the types of questions that EVERYONE should be weighing. People, it''s not just about ranking!! Thanks, highwyre237, for sharing your ...”
December 14, 2011
essaysnark posted a reply to Two real-life SC problems in the Sentence Correction forum
“Well... we think it does, based on context. The term "campaign train" indicates that the person riding the train is campaigning. Republican nominees campaign. Therefore, Tom Dewey == Republican nominee. But OK, we agree, meaning could be debatable. (If you came upon this sentence ...”
December 14, 2011
essaysnark posted a reply to Two real-life SC problems in the Sentence Correction forum
“Hey everyone! Thanks so much for your responses!!! First off, EssaySnark has to admit that after posting this, we got totally confused by the SC problem that we had created!! The Sentence 1, at least. Tied the brain in knots, it did. So, to repeat our disclaimers - this is NOT an official GMAT ...”
December 14, 2011
essaysnark posted a reply to Parallel Issue in the Sentence Correction forum
“Nope. The contrast is between seeking and facing (working in the ''burbs - oh the agony! - vs poor pay in the big city). Funny - this is actually a ridiculous sentence, since salaries are higher in the cities... but you get the point. :D EssaySnark”
December 14, 2011
essaysnark posted a reply to Profile Evaluation for Wharton, Columbia & Booth in the Ask an MBA Admissions Consultant forum
“Aha cvsmech -- did not realize that you are doing school + work simultaneously. This is impressive! Shows you''re a real go-getter. You''ll need to make sure that this is clear on all your app components (the main career essay, the resume). The adcom reader should be made aware of this proactively, ...”
December 14, 2011
essaysnark posted a reply to Profile Evaluation in the Ask an MBA Admissions Consultant forum
“This is not automatically evidence of "leadership" but instead of "management." Leadership means many things and *maybe* that example is evidence of leadership too, but on the face of it, it is not. It''s how you present the details of what you literally did that will help the ...”
December 14, 2011
essaysnark posted a reply to !!!!! Profile Evaluation !!!!! in the Ask an MBA Admissions Consultant forum
“Not just difficult, it''s impossible to say, it depends on goals and positioning and why you''re picking a particular school etc. Based on just acceptance rates, then it is "easier" to get into Chicago, but that''s just making statements in a vacuum. EssaySnark”
December 14, 2011
essaysnark posted a reply to !!!!! Profile Evaluation !!!!! in the Ask an MBA Admissions Consultant forum
“You''re not necessarily at any disadvantage based on your career to date - what''s most important is that you highlight a) stories of accomplishment and impact; and b) evidence of how you''re ready for this transition. There are no cookie-cutter candidates and so it''s up to you to emphasize what ...”
December 13, 2011
essaysnark posted a reply to !!!!! Profile Evaluation !!!!! in the Ask an MBA Admissions Consultant forum
“Hey pewpow -- you have a lot to work with here! First, on the GPA - the only school that we know of that asks their applicants to convert a non-US record to the US system is Columbia. Since they''re not on your list, then you don''t need to worry about it. All the adcoms get enough apps from all ...”
December 13, 2011
essaysnark posted a reply to MIT Cover Letter question. in the Ask an MBA Admissions Consultant forum
“Don''t see why not! If there''s anything unusual about your relationship with that organization then you might want to briefly explain it; or, you could tell the reader why you got involved with it, if you think they need more context. The adcoms do like to see ongoing involvement and long-term ...”
December 13, 2011
essaysnark posted a reply to need help with essay...please :) in the The Application Process forum
“Hi alexissy -- That advice about not writing about stuff that''s on your resume is misguided. Everything in the essays should also be on the resume; these two application elements need to complement each other. The trick, of course, is identifying the right stories to build out into full ...”
December 13, 2011
essaysnark posted a reply to MIT Cover Letter question. in the Ask an MBA Admissions Consultant forum
“This is not advised. It''s a much stronger strategy to bring in new material in every essay (including the cover letter). Yes, the material you go into detail on in the essays can be summarized in the CL as part of your "accomplishments" (but no cross-referencing please! ...”
December 13, 2011
essaysnark posted a reply to 640 (6.0 AWA) - U of Texas, 3.8, engineering in the Ask an MBA Admissions Consultant forum
“ALASKA!!! Wow! That''s pretty cool (*chortle* couldn''t help ourself!) -- you''re certainly adding some differentiation just based on your unique geography! The online route most definitely makes sense now! :wink: Plus, getting tuition reimbursement makes for a phenomenal ROI all the way around. ...”
December 13, 2011
essaysnark posted a reply to 690 on First Attempt in the I just Beat The GMAT! forum
“Woo-hoo, thunderdan!! It is not often that we hear people do BETTER on the actual test than they scored on the practice sessions - and most certainly we can''t recall anyone saying they were surprised (in a good way!) by how they performed. Very nicely done!!! It''s also so funny that you did well ...”
December 12, 2011
essaysnark posted a reply to Should I write the Optional Essay? in the The Application Process forum
“Hayek33, unfortunately in our opinion, an essay cannot offset a low GMAT score. Here''s a few posts offering a bunch of reasons why: should do better on the test! So no, those courses don''t offset a low quant. What we typically see when people try to write an optional essay around a poor GMAT ...”
December 12, 2011
essaysnark posted a reply to My GMAT story: 640 - not great, but enough in the I just Beat The GMAT! forum
“Wow, Jane, a 640 and a perfect relationship all at once?!? That''s a lot to celebrate!! :D It''s awesome that you reported your story here - and we agree, that 60 Day Study Guide is a tremendous resource. You are a success story! Anyone getting in the mid-600s is a winner in our book - that test ...”
December 12, 2011
essaysnark posted a reply to Full Time Work History in the The Application Process forum
“Hi Seattle2012 - the short (and not helpful! :D ) answer is: It depends. Every school expects/requests different things. For example, Columbia doesn''t want any college internshps listed in the online dataset; they tell you to inform them of those in an optional essay. This is the exception ...”
December 12, 2011
essaysnark posted a reply to Profile Evaluation in the Ask an MBA Admissions Consultant forum
“Hey oyeankur -- well as you know, your profile is somewhat standard to what ISB sees a lot, though you have more work experience than is typical. The five years in the US are good since ISB appreciates an international profile. Getting at least a 700 will help you on the GMAT. The stamp collecting ...”
December 12, 2011
essaysnark posted a reply to Magazines having GMAT-like articles in the Reading Comprehension forum
“That''s a really good point, edirik - in fact, sometimes we make GMAT-like practice problems out of them! See http://www.beatthegmat.com/post435068.html Another very helpful resource on grammar is actually the NYTimes own "After Deadline" column, where the editors present mistakes they ...”
December 12, 2011
essaysnark posted a reply to Where should I look, Brand Management Northeast in the Research MBA Programs forum
“Hey highwyre237 - bummer about the migraine!! That would certainly put a damper on things. The good news is that you still increased the score - getting into the 680 range is certainly helping you! But, as you said in your original post, you "have time" - why not give it a rest for awhile ...”
December 12, 2011
essaysnark posted a reply to 740 GMAT, poor GPA, i want to hear some opinions in the Ask an MBA Admissions Consultant forum
“Wow we hate to see such advice. GMAT score != academic capabilities. GPA == academic capabilities.”
December 10, 2011
essaysnark posted a new topic called Two real-life SC problems in the Sentence Correction forum
“We submit these problems to you today courtesy the Washington Post (Sentence 1: On Oct. 12, 1948, the campaign train of Tom Dewey, the Republican nominee against President Harry Truman, pulled into Beaucoup, Ill., where, from the rear platform, he would speak to about 1,000 people. A) the ...”
December 10, 2011
essaysnark posted a reply to 740 GMAT, poor GPA, i want to hear some opinions in the Ask an MBA Admissions Consultant forum
“Hey vagasoee - first off - CONGRATS ON THAT GMAT SCORE!! We agree, it might seem "greedy" to be complaining. :wink: You should be proud of this!! It will open some doors for you. You''re right that the academics are not that strong however it sounds like your coursework is very ...”
December 9, 2011
essaysnark posted a reply to Grockit: Corporate compensation in the Sentence Correction forum
“Why "has to be", chufus? Pls explain how you are so confident!! :-)”
December 9, 2011
essaysnark posted a reply to First take 12/8/11, 620 in the I just Beat The GMAT! forum
“Whaler78 -- this is unlikely to make you feel much better -- but in the grand scheme of things, a 620 is a good score!! Anyone who breaks 600 is a hero in our book. :D This is a really hard test and we know how stressful it is - and, now that you have this experience under your belt, you have so ...”
December 9, 2011
essaysnark posted a reply to Parallel Issue in the Sentence Correction forum
“Hey limestone -- In the ManGMAT example, the verb is the only aspect that needs to be parallel, so "seek" and "face" are correct. The word "to" is technically called an infinitive marker in this case and does not need to be repeated or reused (← do you see how we ...”
December 9, 2011
essaysnark posted a reply to Grockit: Corporate compensation in the Sentence Correction forum
“ooo edirik, this one is tricky. We say D for these reasons: A & B are wrong because "supervisor''s" is singular possessive, so those are instantly ruled out. E is wrong because the subordinate clause needs the word "that." So we''re left with C & D. And ...”
December 9, 2011
essaysnark posted a reply to When and Where Usage ! in the Sentence Correction forum
“Well... this is a rather funky example.... we''re guessing you mean "bourgeois"? :wink: Regardless, B is NOT correct - a "culture" cannot "consider" anything as a "culture" is an inanimate object. And again, we don''t want to speculate how this might ...”
December 9, 2011
essaysnark posted a reply to New GMAT Pattern June 2012 in the Sentence Correction forum
“shubhendu, no, this is not quite right. The new Integrated Reasoning section which is being introduced in June 2012 will definitely be scored. They will announce how the scoring will work in April. What may have confused you is that the IR section will NOT factor into the total GMAT score. ...”
December 8, 2011
essaysnark posted a reply to Need some encouragement - Show me that there is light in the GMAT Strategy forum
“trinity22, we''re not currently going through the GMAT test prep travails that you are (we did our GMAT long long ago) but we wanted to reach out and say YES! There is hope! And light! :-) It sounds like you''re doing all the right things. If you don''t feel ready yet, maybe you can postpone a ...”
December 8, 2011
essaysnark posted a reply to MBA admission chances decrease with age? in the I just Beat The GMAT! forum
“Hey kprabhala.mba-- We actually disagree with some points in that post you cited -- but we also would caution you against expecting an easy path to admission to a top F/T program at age 40. There are always exceptions, and pretty much every school has at least one or two outliers on the age ...”
December 8, 2011
essaysnark posted a reply to Modifier in the Sentence Correction forum
“Hey ranjeet75 -- E has two errors in it For parallelism, it would need to say "including the establishing of limits to the size of annual revenues, and the scaling DOWN OF" It also changes the meaning. The original talks about establishing "lower limits" whereas E just ...”
December 8, 2011
essaysnark posted a reply to Profile Evaluation in the Ask an MBA Admissions Consultant forum
“Hi anupamrajey -- it sounds like you have a lot of interesting elements to your profile! This seems to be a good time in your career for you to be applying to bschool, based on the quantity and quality of work experience. Why are you delaying the GMAT so long? Hopefully that does not indicate a plan ...”
December 8, 2011
essaysnark posted a reply to Profile Evaluation for Wharton, Columbia & Booth in the Ask an MBA Admissions Consultant forum
“Hey cvsmech - wow - amazing profile here! Even with the somewhat low GPA in college, you should be in very fine shape with this ... in a few years. Hate to say it but most bschools want to see some significant work experience before you tackle the MBA. The schools on your list are in this category. ...”
December 8, 2011
essaysnark posted a reply to When and Where Usage ! in the Sentence Correction forum
“Hey sohrabkalra -- If you''re talking use in everyday English, either is fine. If you''re talking specific to a GMAT problem... we''re no experts but we''d guess that "where" is nonstandard. The second one with "in which" would seem safer to us! We''re not goin'' off any ...”
December 8, 2011
essaysnark posted a reply to Profile Evaluation in the Ask an MBA Admissions Consultant forum
“Hey nbriody87 -- short answer -- YES!! You definitely seem to have what it takes to get into a top school like Stern or CBS. Now, before we get too far ahead of ourselves... there''s obviously a lot of competition for these programs, and the biggest issue you will face is that you''re just very ...”
December 7, 2011
essaysnark posted a reply to Profile Evaluation and target school advice in the Ask an MBA Admissions Consultant forum
“Hey rcampbell1161986 -- you seem to have been doing your research! Your general self-assessment as implied in your post is correct: You''re on the young side for most MBA programs, however it appears that you may have some significant stories to present to the adcom. The most important thing for ...”
December 7, 2011
essaysnark posted a reply to 640 (6.0 AWA) - U of Texas, 3.8, engineering in the Ask an MBA Admissions Consultant forum
“Hey zachdj - first of all - a 640 is a respectable score!! And, combined with the quant strength from your awesome undergrad record, you should be in fine shape to target many good MBA programs, including, probably, most of those on your list. All the distance-learning programs are more flexible in ...”
December 7, 2011
essaysnark posted a reply to How to calcualate GPA from Percentage in the The Application Process forum
“Hi crackball-- First: "CPGA" and "GPA" are the same thing. Second: It depends on the school, but typically, no. Almost every school but Columbia wants you to report your grades exactly as your school records them. Columbia has instructions on their site here: ...”
December 7, 2011
essaysnark posted a reply to When and Where Usage ! in the Sentence Correction forum
“sohrabkalra, "when" and "where" are not pronouns, they are either adverbs, or conjunctions (depending on usage). To answer what we understand your question to be, though: Yes. (We say "what we understand your question to be" because "chinese culture" and ...”
December 7, 2011
essaysnark posted a reply to Looking oddly for an additional tier 1 school. in the Research MBA Programs forum
“bblast, CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!! Of course we always love to hear of successes but when it''s such a hard-fought battle then it''s especially sweet!! Smeal is a good school, you should be very proud. :D Love the observation: Yes!! This is so key to the process - and yet it''s so often ...”
December 7, 2011
essaysnark posted a reply to Admitted to IE Business School with scholarship! in the Admissions Success Stories forum
“:oops: Thanks for the kind words baume7!! It''s hearing about big "wins" such as you''re reporting that gets us so excited by this work. Fingers crossed for you on those other decisions this week! EssaySnark”
December 5, 2011
essaysnark posted a reply to Can someone please help me! My test day is coming up! in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Some say the AWA doesn''t matter at all - but it does!! It''s just not nearly as critical as the other parts of the test (or the other parts of your app). You should definitely research how to approach it. There are great resources here on BTG, check them out before you go into it. It''s easy to ...”
December 5, 2011
essaysnark posted a reply to Chance for top 7 in the Ask an MBA Admissions Consultant forum
“Hi Young-- All of those schools would obviously be amazing and could definitely help you with your goals. Haas in particular (though it is nearly as selective as Stanford!!), and Yale too, are ones that jump out, beyond the standard H/S/W. Columbia maybe as well though they aren''t quite leading ...”
December 4, 2011
essaysnark posted a reply to Can someone please help me! My test day is coming up! in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Pepperdine!!! But how will you ever make it to class with the beautiful beach just steps away??!???? :-) Funnily enough, it was actually Pepperdine that we were referring to above when we said that some schools will waive the GMAT!! We had just spoken with a current student there who reported ...”
December 4, 2011
essaysnark posted a reply to Chance for top 7 in the Ask an MBA Admissions Consultant forum
“evan059, it looks like you have a lot of really interesting elements to your profile!! And, you are generally qualified (based on the basics of GMAT and GPA) to apply to any school (your TOEFL looks a little low but that''s the least important aspect of the profile). Your background looks like it ...”
December 3, 2011
essaysnark posted a reply to I beat the GMAT...a 110 point increase:):) in the I just Beat The GMAT! forum
“kriti87, CONGRATULATIONS!! both on the solid 710 score, and most especially on that amazing point increase. Nicely done!!! EssaySnark isn''t an expert on the schools you named and we don''t actually have insight into how much work experience they require/prefer, so hopefully someone else might ...”
December 3, 2011
essaysnark posted a reply to Admitted to IE Business School with scholarship! in the Admissions Success Stories forum
“baume7, WOW!! That indeed is an Admissions Success Story!!! CONGRATULATIONS!! We recommend that you contact the IE admissions office and inquire about the February intake thing. It sounds like maybe there was simply an error made - they cannot expect you to drop out of your final semester of ...”
December 3, 2011
essaysnark posted a reply to Can someone please help me! My test day is coming up! in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Hey cnayebyan - not quite sure what kind of advice you''re looking for - but yes we can commiserate!!! This test is stressful! Most people we''ve ever worked with end up doing worse on the GMAT than any of their practice tests. We''re no expert so cannot say if that''s true of Kaplan practice ...”
December 3, 2011
essaysnark posted a reply to MS vs MBA & Live Unranked vs Online Ranked in the Ask an MBA Admissions Consultant forum
“Hi beyonder-- There''s lots of moving parts here but we''re gonna take a stab at your questions. First off: All that matters with your college record is the cumulative GPA. And, while a 3.2 is a little low, it''s not too low. Yes, you may want to write a very short optional essay to explain to ...”
December 3, 2011
essaysnark posted a reply to Instead of in the Sentence Correction forum
“Two points, avik.ch: 1. Why do you say that "instead of" can be used only for nouns? Never heard this before, please explain. 2. Regardless, "buying" in this instance is a gerund, is it not? And thus, a noun. EssaySnark”
December 3, 2011
essaysnark posted a reply to Veteran Admitted to Columbia in the Admissions Success Stories forum
“OK, so we won''t hold it against you that we had to discover this news at random here...!!! CONGRATS, LUCAS! Regardless of how happenstance it may be that we''ve heard about your acceptance, we''ll still be hugely congratulatory and throw out a massive AWESOME JOB your way!! Glad to see ...”
December 3, 2011
essaysnark posted a reply to 650 GMAT (Is re-take Dec 20 too risky?) in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Hey nycgmat2011-- First of all - in the grand scheme of things - a 650 is a good score! The GMAT test is *hard* and anyone who gets to that level should be proud. The issue is -- particularly for Round 2 -- it''s not quite competitive enough to be considered a "safe" score at most of ...”
December 3, 2011
essaysnark posted a reply to hi all in the Ask an MBA Admissions Consultant forum
“Hi excelgmat, Welcome to BTG! Your score of 690 and your GPA would qualify you for most of the top schools, but the fact that you don''t have any work experience is a barrier for you. All schools prefer to see at least one or two years building your career before you apply. Some schools will ...”
December 3, 2011
essaysnark posted a reply to Instead of in the Sentence Correction forum
“Hi mankey-- It''s a little tough to do this without the underlining... At first we thought that the answer was E, as that seemed to be the only one that has the correct subject/verb agreement on the "which" clause. One way to solve this is to flip it around to a more linear ...”
December 3, 2011
essaysnark posted a reply to 'Although' vs 'but' vs 'and also' in the Sentence Correction forum
“satishchandra, you''re right - the meaning is different based on your example. In this case, "but" tells us what happened, or the result or outcome after studying. The second instance, with "though", actually is a bit awkward and probably wouldn''t be used. Instead, you ...”
December 3, 2011
essaysnark posted a reply to Too Late To Apply to A Top School? GMAT 660, 5 Yrs Work Exp in the Admissions Success Stories forum
“Absolutely - the part-time programs are all more flexible in terms of GMAT score, work experience, etc. The 660 could easily put you in the running for the Kellogg P/T track instead. Good luck with it and let us know how it goes!!”
December 1, 2011
essaysnark posted a reply to At a loss with a 640- please advice in the Research MBA Programs forum
“avaluxe, thanks for checking in - Tepper is a great program that''s often overlooked, and most definitely they can use more women there! Love hearing direct experiences from students, it''s awesome that you''re still coming back around BTG to offer support and encouragement. calcpa2012 - yeah ...”
November 30, 2011
essaysnark posted a reply to Prepare for GMAT in a week -- feasible or suicide? in the GMAT Strategy forum
“chetane, a 680 is a respectable score, given that you say you didn''t prepare as much as you would have liked!!! You''re even in the running at any good school with that score, though of course a higher GMAT will help. Getting your verbal up a notch will be good (many schools like to see 80th ...”
November 30, 2011
essaysnark posted a reply to How to focus essays to handle work experience in the The Application Process forum
“AbhiJ, thanks for your reply. Your remarks about how adcoms expect applicants to lie seemed directed at us, given the quote of our prior comments. As we''ve hopefully made clear by now :-) we do not agree with advice offered to make up one''s career goals in an effort to impress the school. HBS ...”
November 26, 2011
essaysnark posted a reply to Heating-oil prices in the Sentence Correction forum
“sk8legend408, yes we see what you''re saying, but we don''t see how that matches the answer options posed above. To us, all the answers generally mean the same thing: that prices this year will be higher than last year. We don''t see these options stating a comparison of how much they will rise. Can ...”
November 26, 2011
essaysnark posted a reply to GMAT 680 (Q42, V41) and GPA of 3.44. Shot at Stanford GSB? in the Ask an MBA Admissions Consultant forum
“OK Manoj, sounds like your plan is set - but just know that we''re a little nervous about a future MBA with this, *especially* if you''re be bringing *two* Master''s degrees to the table then!!! But, the most important part of an education is to PREPARE FOR A CAREER and so what you should be ...”
November 23, 2011
essaysnark posted a reply to Heating-oil prices in the Sentence Correction forum
“Hi sk8legend408 - please explain further - we''re not getting your point. The meaning of the original is that prices will be higher this year - which (in our opinion) is equivalent to saying that they will "rise higher" - because prices are fluid, they can''t "be" higher ...”
November 23, 2011
essaysnark posted a reply to Heating-oil prices in the Sentence Correction forum
“Hey metallicafan, let''s give it a shot. The meaning is: This year''s expected prices are higher than last year''s actual prices were. You almost had it here: The missing words are: Heating-oil prices are expected to be higher this year than they were last year because... The ...”
November 23, 2011
essaysnark posted a reply to How many retakes is consider bad? in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Hi pnw5851 -- good questions. Taking the test twice is never a problem. Taking the test three times is also fine (provided you don''t take it three times in quick succession -- it''s usually best to have some time between tests, as you already have -- taking it too quickly, one test on top of ...”
November 23, 2011
essaysnark posted a reply to Economic recession in the Sentence Correction forum
“Ooo tricky one, satishchandra. Here''s how we tackled it. For this sentence, "a lowering" is not the right phrase because employment rates drop - nobody does that to them. In other words, something causes employment rates to fall, they do not act on their own. So that''s how we ...”
November 23, 2011
essaysnark posted a reply to 690 (Q48, V35) Can I consider applying to ISB? in the The Application Process forum
“Hi Gmatter -- yes this profile does qualify you for the ISB, we''ve heard of others in Rd 1 with similar profiles get accepted in the last week or so. Your 690 is a good score, you should be proud of that! ISB, as all top schools, looks for quality of work experience over quantity, and they will of ...”
November 23, 2011
essaysnark posted a reply to Too Late To Apply to A Top School? GMAT 660, 5 Yrs Work Exp in the Admissions Success Stories forum
“Hey jtlaw83 -- it is absolutely not too late!! A strong Round 2 (January deadline) application still has a VERY good chance. In fact, most schools admit the bulk of their students in the January round. So you absolutely should go for it!! Now, you are probably already aware that the 660 score ...”
November 23, 2011
essaysnark posted a reply to Accepted: Now where to start with Aid. in the The Application Process forum
“Hey dgh44 - CONGRATS (again!)!! Best bet: Start with your school''s financial aid office. They will be able to steer you in the right direction. There''s not nearly so much "free" money available for MBA students as for other types of undergrad/grad studies, because there''s a proven ...”
November 23, 2011
essaysnark posted a reply to Interview Prep in the The Application Process forum
“Saw this post and then forgot to respond.... a huge CONGRATULATIONS to you, dgh44!! Very nicely executed! You clearly have been doing something right!! You must be very excited - it''s obviously a big deal - and it''s also exciting hearing about your success. Best of luck in your next ...”
November 23, 2011
essaysnark posted a reply to Just getting started – advice in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Hey alex.gellatly - you''ve certainly come to the right place!! Pretty sure that this BTG 60 Day Study Guide is just what you need :wink: [url]http://www.beatthegmat.com/mba/gmat-guide[/url] Best part: It''s free! It references the books you''ve already got and it breaks down your studying ...”
November 23, 2011
essaysnark posted a reply to Magazines having GMAT-like articles in the Reading Comprehension forum
“Hey Cricketsteve5 -- not sure if this is exactly what you''re looking for, however the daily newspapers like the Washington Post and the NY Times have excellent articles that can help improve general English skills. We see sentences in them all the time that would qualify for a sentence correction ...”
November 23, 2011
essaysnark posted a reply to Taking math before applying in the The Application Process forum
“Hey J. Dove -- either of those would help your profile significantly in the application process. We''ve heard some bschool adm ppl specify that they like to see a calc class. A few schools actually have a stats class as a pre-matriculation requirement (Haas EWMBA does) but this is somewhat unusual. ...”
November 23, 2011
essaysnark posted a reply to 'Although' vs 'but' vs 'and also' in the Sentence Correction forum
“Well, we''re not Mitch but we''ll jump in anyway. :-) "Although" canNOT be replaced with "But" -- however, "though" often can replace "but." "Although it was raining, she still wanted to walk, not take the car." The phrase "Even ...”
November 23, 2011
essaysnark posted a reply to Nouns in the Sentence Correction forum
“Hey ashblog02 -- "Hessian" is an adjective, it''s describing the type of soliders (from Hess, we guess?). HTH! EssaySnark”
November 23, 2011
essaysnark posted a reply to A difficult interview question in the The Application Process forum
“Hey razorback - we get it that you''re saying this is a "thought experiment" but not quite sure what the point is... It''s exceedingly unlikely that this would ever happen in an interview. Like, next to impossible. Bschool interviews are not like job interviews, you''re not going to be ...”
November 23, 2011
essaysnark posted a reply to GMAT 680 (Q42, V41) and GPA of 3.44. Shot at Stanford GSB? in the Ask an MBA Admissions Consultant forum
“Hi Manoj - let''s take a crack at your questions. For Stanford, no. For HBS 2+2, probably not. HBS is generally not as open to reapplicants as some other schools, but we believe this is different for their 2+2 candidates. And, you''d probably be reapplying after the standard "reapp ...”
November 20, 2011
essaysnark posted a reply to Profile Evaluation, help in short listing schools in the Research MBA Programs forum
“Hi again nams_vida-- Thanks for the additional details. Your profile is appropriate for most any top school and so now it will come down to the goals. It sounds like you''re still working through your goals, which is fine, but you''ll need to have them well mapped out in order to convince the ...”
November 20, 2011
essaysnark posted a reply to Admissions Interview in the The Application Process forum
“WOO-HOO!!! This is AWESOME news!!!!! So excited to hear this, Vik -- your concerns from the interview are so common yet clearly they were unfounded, in your case! You must''ve impressed that interviewer after all. :P Doing bschool and working at the same time is overwhelming and amazing ...”
November 20, 2011
essaysnark posted a reply to IDIOM in the Sentence Correction forum
“Hi Onell -- Yes, it is possible to have "not only" without "but also." The meaning of the sentence below fits the standard purpose of the not only/but also structure in that it offers one piece of info (the "not only") phrase, and then extends it even further with ...”
November 18, 2011
essaysnark posted a reply to Subject-Verb Agreement -"everyone" in the Sentence Correction forum
“Hi imskpwr -- "Everyone" is singular. You can remember this because it''s "everyONE". Especially in the sentence you used, with "his or her", it is definitely singular, since it''s referencing an individual (this individual or that individual). ...”
November 18, 2011
essaysnark posted a reply to Please evaluate my profile in the Ask an MBA Admissions Consultant forum
“Hey MBA.Aspirant -- While we didn''t dig deep into that long list of ECs :) we can see from a brief review of your info that you have a lot of interesting pieces to work with for an MBA app. A few questions first though: * Why are you taking the GRE instead of the GMAT? Many schools now ...”
November 18, 2011
essaysnark posted a reply to GMAT 680 (Q42, V41) and GPA of 3.44. Shot at Stanford GSB? in the Ask an MBA Admissions Consultant forum
“Hi Manoj -- all the details you''ve posted here are helpful. The thing with Stanford is, *everyone* has a shot. They really truly do consider any application, regardless of what the GMAT/GPA stats are. You seem to have a lot of interesting elements that would help you stand out, however as you ...”
November 18, 2011
essaysnark posted a reply to Prepare for GMAT in a week -- feasible or suicide? in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Hi Chetane-- Short answer: No. Long answer: The schools absolutely will notice everything about the GMAT history, including number of tests, as well as frequency (how soon after one did you retest). Testing up to three times is never an issue. Sometimes people go beyond that, and then it can ...”
November 18, 2011
essaysnark posted a reply to United States census data in the Sentence Correction forum
“Doh!! B is one of those cases where we read what we thought it should say rather than what it does say!! And then no matter how many more times we read it, never caught that MAJOR issue with the "children who" -- very glad smackmartine came along to point out the obvious on this!!! ...”
November 18, 2011
essaysnark posted a reply to In February 1983, brush fires in the Sentence Correction forum
“Hi parisi04-- Your example differs from the problem we''re discussing here. For the original problem, as explained above, "killing" and "leaving" are the outcomes of the base sentence "brush fires swept"; they are both statements of the results of the fires. They ...”
November 17, 2011
essaysnark posted a reply to United States census data in the Sentence Correction forum
“Hi Mankey-- On re-reading this today, we realize that what tuanquang269 was asking about originally is important, and that EssaySnark was wrong in what we said in our first response. "Those mothers" and "such mothers" are NOT referring to the same thing. In B, "those ...”
November 17, 2011
essaysnark posted a reply to Subject verb agreement in the Sentence Correction forum
“Thanks HSPA!!! Taking the liberty of copying in from that source here, since the OP seems to have been referencing the same (or a very similar!) source: (Emphasis added.) This is only part of the explanation, you may still want to go read that whole section (search for ...”
November 17, 2011
essaysnark posted a reply to Pls come an instructor, and help to clear this out, thank yo in the Sentence Correction forum
“tracyyahoo, are you sure that the answer is D??? This thread states otherwise: http://gmatclub.com/forum/nuclear-fusion-is-the-force-that-powers-the-sun-the-stars-30022-20.html EssaySnark is really struggling to believe that the answer could be anything but C here.”
November 16, 2011
essaysnark posted a reply to In February 1983, brush fires in the Sentence Correction forum
“Ah, the comma. Yes, it''s difficult, because commas are often optional in English!! We probably can''t come up with simple rules to look for in regards to commas, unfortunately. In this case, the parallelism required with "killing" and "leaving" takes higher priority over use ...”
November 16, 2011
essaysnark posted a reply to United States census data in the Sentence Correction forum
“Hi tuanquang269 -- Yes, in both cases you asked about, "those mothers" and "such mothers" are references to the prior phrase as "one-third of mothers ..." (the whole phrase, including the "children" and the "working" parts, since that''s what ...”
November 16, 2011
essaysnark posted a reply to Profile Evaluation-Stern and LBS (GMAT 660 and GPA 3.65/4.0) in the Ask an MBA Admissions Consultant forum
“Cool, glad to help - yes, NYU and some other schools are known to be applicant-friendly re: submitting updated scores. It''s not a guaranteed strategy but it might work!! Do keep us posted, we would love to hear updates as you go, and let us know if we can help! EssaySnark”
November 16, 2011
essaysnark posted a reply to 730 and my mistake of over confidence in verbal in the I just Beat The GMAT! forum
“Well HeyArnold - we can never say for sure without seeing the essays, since that''s where you have your chance to shine, but given the basics of this profile, you most definitely have a ticket to play!!! The most important thing that you mentioned in your sketch above is "promoted ahead of ...”
November 16, 2011
essaysnark posted a reply to time adverb location in the sentence in the Sentence Correction forum
“"Intellectual" is an adjective in this sentence. The noun is "ferment" in that bit.”
November 16, 2011
essaysnark posted a reply to time adverb location in the sentence in the Sentence Correction forum
“Hi mehrasa-- This sentence doesn''t seem to have a "time adverb." The core of the sentence is "The work... reflects..." We don''t see any adverb modifying "reflects." You probably know that adverbs often end in -ly which is the first clue; the other ...”
November 16, 2011
essaysnark posted a reply to Profile Evaluation-Stern and LBS (GMAT 660 and GPA 3.65/4.0) in the Ask an MBA Admissions Consultant forum
“Hey habbaix -- a bit of a tricky situation - let''s see what we can do. First of all, you said you want to go for the January "intakes" - you mean deadlines? Stern has a January start for its P/T program, is that what you''re targeting? Just want to make sure we get the right picture. ...”
November 16, 2011
essaysnark posted a reply to Kellogg EMBA and Rolling Admissions in the The Application Process forum
“Yup, you got it. Rolling admissions means they fill the class as they get applicants they like, and so the later in the cycle it is, the fewer seats are left. (By contrast, schools like HBS wait to get all their candidates and review everybody together, then select the ones they like the ...”
November 16, 2011
essaysnark posted a reply to Pls come an instructor, and help to clear this out, thank yo in the Sentence Correction forum
“OK we also are confused. We thought the answer was C until we read your question about D and E. The way we read this, the second clause is defining what nuclear fusion is, which is why we went with "merging..." since that explains how nuclear fusion works, in contrast to nuclear ...”
November 16, 2011
essaysnark posted a reply to NEw User in the Introductions forum
“LOL dnnnz - you''ve come to the right place! Lots of great resources here, obviously - and lots of high scorers who are willing to share what they know! (EssaySnark is not one of them, we''re just along for the ride.) Great to see you dive in already - looking forward to seeing you around! ...”
November 15, 2011
essaysnark posted a reply to Electrical Engineers have developed an energy-efficient in the Critical Reasoning forum
“Hi parisi04 -- In our opinion, E is better because it''s more precise. Without E as an option, then sure, B would qualify - but "resemble" seems to be superficial, dealing with appearance, rather than performance (amount of light produced). That''s our take on it! EssaySnark”
November 15, 2011
essaysnark posted a reply to Profile Eval Request in the Ask an MBA Admissions Consultant forum
“Hi dayatic -- Nice job on improving the GMAT score! A lot of people actually go DOWN on their second test, so congrats on that very healthy boost. A 680 score is within the range of most any top program, and your GPA is strong - plus, the CFA adds value too. So now it will come down to your goals ...”
November 15, 2011
essaysnark posted a reply to Profile Evaluation, help in short listing schools in the Research MBA Programs forum
“Hi nams_vida - nice job on the GMAT! The AWA score is a little low, hopefully your verbal on the GMAT turned out well. With that score and the amount of work experience you have, you are qualified to try for most any good school. The trick will be in presenting strong stories of leadership and ...”
November 15, 2011
essaysnark posted a reply to Did not beat it completely: 660 (Q: 49; V 31) in the I just Beat The GMAT! forum
“mustang_28, you''re right, that quant is awesome! But as you know, the overall is low for ISB. It''s tough to stand out in the super-competitive admissions. Taking the test again could boost your chances. Not what you want to hear, we''re sure, but it''s probably the way to go if your heart is ...”
November 15, 2011
essaysnark posted a reply to Columbia EMBA in the Ask an MBA Admissions Consultant forum
“Hi Kara! You''ll probably have a hard time getting into the Columbia EMBA program due to your age, more than the test score. The NYU P/T program would be a better fit, but even then, you''re on the young side - NYU prefers students to have at least five years of work experience and average age at ...”
November 15, 2011
essaysnark posted a reply to profile evaluation - from a less competitive undergrad in the Research MBA Programs forum
“Hey sbburnsi - wow - ambition, we love it! Some reactions to what you''ve written: - the bschools care less about a name-brand undergrad and more about what you did with the opportunity. Your grades are AWESOME. That''s going to be what they look at. Don''t worry about the college, you did ...”
November 15, 2011
essaysnark posted a reply to In February 1983, brush fires in the Sentence Correction forum
“Hi parisi04 -- E isn''t parallel - "killing" and "leaving" both refer to what the fires'' impact was; those two ideas are related. The main sentence states the action - "fires swept" - then the remainder of the sentence is presenting the effect of that action, thus ...”
November 15, 2011
essaysnark posted a reply to Top 25 reasonable? in the Research MBA Programs forum
“Hey mountaingoat -- Our tentative answer is "yes" - at least, depending on what you mean by top 25! (Everyone''s lists are different.) Top 50, undoubtedly. Your profile looks doable. If you are thinking of schools like Rice or Smith (U Maryland), then your current GMAT score ...”
November 15, 2011
essaysnark posted a reply to Newbie Interested in Business School in the The Application Process forum
“Hey MustBeDaMoney -- A strong GMAT can help you, yes. Of course, your grades in your final terms will also matter a lot too, so keep up all the work in your current classes! :-) Not sure about separate Silver Scholars statistics, don''t think that Yale publishes them apart from their standard ...”
November 15, 2011
essaysnark posted a reply to Subject verb agreement in the Sentence Correction forum
“Hi all -- Important consideration here: Collective nouns are almost always singular in American English. The use of the plural with a collective noun sounds completely foreign to this American ear! This was discussed some time ago over here and we''re pretty sure it still applies -- see the 4th ...”
November 15, 2011
essaysnark posted a reply to Prepare for GMAT in a week -- feasible or suicide? in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Ha! Love this!! :-) itheenigma, good luck on your visa! That process is sometimes as grueling as the GMAT! :wink: Chetane, keep us posted on your progress! Despite all the warnings, we''re all very interested in seeing you succeed!!! EssaySnark”
November 15, 2011
essaysnark posted a reply to SHOULD I WAIT FOR R3? (EUROPEAN schools) in the Ask an MBA Admissions Consultant forum
“Oh no n2739178!! Unfortunately this is a common story - many people do much worse on the actual day-of than on practice tests, and it can be VERY discouraging. It sounds like you did an appopriate post-mortem and there were many contributing factors. We''re very sorry to hear about this test ...”
November 15, 2011
essaysnark posted a reply to How to focus essays to handle work experience in the The Application Process forum
“Uh.... wow. Don''t even know where to start with this. This is a misunderstanding of reality, and also a misunderstanding of the best approach to writing essays. It seems that you''re responding to our statement about "packaging." Here''s the right way to present yourself in your ...”
November 14, 2011
essaysnark posted a reply to Problem with structure.... in the Reading Comprehension forum
“LOL ... it''s EssaySnark. B-)”
November 14, 2011
essaysnark posted a reply to Parallelism Issue in the Sentence Correction forum
“Sorry, no - ''lobbying'' is a gerund; ''lobbying'' is the subject of this sentence, and thus a noun. That middle bit of this problem could be rephrased to this basic sentence structure: Her lobbying ... The word "was" is implied based on the structure of the first bit about her ...”
November 14, 2011
essaysnark posted a reply to SHOULD I WAIT FOR R3? (EUROPEAN schools) in the Ask an MBA Admissions Consultant forum
“Yes, yes, and yes!! You basically just named the three things we recommend to anyone who''ll listen! :wink: Making an impact in a chariable organization can be a very nice way to differentiate your profile. That alone would never get someone admitted to a top program, however it can add a nice ...”
November 14, 2011
essaysnark posted a reply to Parallelism Issue in the Sentence Correction forum
“Hey sungoal - the same problem is being discussed here! http://www.beatthegmat.com/so-x-so-y-that-z-t95943.html To answer your specific questions: 1. In this case (an unusual one, to be sure) the "and" is not needed, it is implied; we tried to explain it in that other thread 2. In ...”
November 14, 2011
essaysnark posted a reply to SO X, SO Y, THAT Z in the Sentence Correction forum
“Hi Akhilesh-- Well, EssaySnark is no expert, but here''s what we can offer: This sentence would''ve still been correct if "and" were included. As we can see from the OA, it is not incorrect without it! Yes, confusing!! The only way that we were able to solve this one was through ...”
November 13, 2011
essaysnark posted a reply to Deferred Admission and Policy for Applying Elsewhere in the The Application Process forum
“Hi pulakdatta -- interesting question. It''s by no means illegal to be shopping around for other options, but it''s getting a little bit into murky territory re: ethics, depending on what you''ve said to the school already and why you asked for the deferral in the first place. If you have ...”
November 13, 2011
essaysnark posted a reply to SHOULD I WAIT FOR R3? (EUROPEAN schools) in the Ask an MBA Admissions Consultant forum
“A 700 GMAT score is totally fine for many candidates - the purpose of the GMAT is to prove you can handle the material at bschool, and a 700 generally does indicate that. However, a 44 quant is low for most top bschools. The distribution you cited is obviously weighted more towards verbal, which is ...”
November 13, 2011
essaysnark posted a reply to Which programs place more emphasis on GMAT score? in the The Application Process forum
“inittowinit, this is actually *opposite* what we''ve seen over the years. We rarely see Columbia being flexible on GPA. Wharton, a little more so, but not by much. (See this post and the comments after it for the "what is a low GPA?" question ...”
November 13, 2011
essaysnark posted a reply to SHOULD I WAIT FOR R3? (EUROPEAN schools) in the Ask an MBA Admissions Consultant forum
“Hey n2739178 -- At 29/30, you''re not too old - though you do have more work experience than average. You''re right, you don''t seem quite like you''re in EMBA territory yet, and definitely the F/T MBA is a different experience. Maybe just break down the strategy into one or two schools now ...”
November 13, 2011
essaysnark posted a reply to Profile Eval - MS Acct, chances/advice? in the Ask an MBA Admissions Consultant forum
“Oh shoot we forgot one very important thing! The fact that you''re the first in your family to go to college is important! Make sure you tell the adcom about this somehow - often it can be covered in the personal statement. And we look forward to hearing from you once those essays are ready! ...”
November 13, 2011
essaysnark posted a reply to Problem with structure.... in the Reading Comprehension forum
“Phew this passage is whack. This is a classic example that we see sometimes in ivory towered academia, where the author seems to be writing in a way to confuse, rather than clarify. This is so darned dense that it''s nearly impossible to figure out what the heck they''re saying. GmatVerbal, ...”
November 12, 2011
essaysnark posted a reply to Profile Eval - MS Acct, chances/advice? in the Ask an MBA Admissions Consultant forum
“Hi whitneyb-- Based on this info alone (and obviously not seeing any essays) we think you *DO* have a chance at McCombs. Yes, your GPA is below the average, but it''s certainly not awful. Your grades in those important pre-req courses were fine. If you have a ~700 GMAT score you should be in ...”
November 12, 2011
essaysnark posted a reply to Prepare for GMAT in a week -- feasible or suicide? in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Definitely interested in seeing what itheenigma might have to say on this, but we wanted to react to the "good enough" comment. We don''t know what schools you''re targeting, nor do we have the full picture of your profile, but a higher GMAT is obviously always an advantage. Since ...”
November 12, 2011
essaysnark posted a reply to Profile eval & school short listing in the Research MBA Programs forum
“Uh, didn''t we answer that? Admissions decisions are not based on GMAT score alone. If you have a 670, you would have A chance; it is up to the rest of your application to determine if you have A GOOD chance. EssaySnark”
November 12, 2011
essaysnark posted a reply to SHOULD I WAIT FOR R3? (EUROPEAN schools) in the Ask an MBA Admissions Consultant forum
“Oooh n2739178 -- we''re so glad you asked! You should EITHER: - apply in the January round (most US schools call this "round 2" but the round number matters less than the timing) OR - wait till next year Round 1 The schools on your list generally prefer older students, Tuck and ...”
November 12, 2011
essaysnark posted a reply to Profile eval & school short listing in the Research MBA Programs forum
“Hi bourneJ -- We have very little experience with any Asian schools (besides ISB) so we''ll leave those for someone else to comment on. For INSEAD and IMD, yes, a GMAT in the 670 range would put you in the running, in terms of basic qualifications. Both these schools look for leadership and ...”
November 12, 2011
essaysnark posted a reply to 720 (Q 49, V 40)..Now what?? in the Admissions Success Stories forum
“Hi anantsch -- sure thing! Let''s see what else we can say about this. For "regular" energy (oil & gas), UT-Austin McCombs is strong, as is Rice, both in Texas. These MBA programs with strength in this part of energy are now expanding to alternative energy too, so if you want to ...”
November 12, 2011
essaysnark posted a reply to Columbia Business School 2011 Applicants in the The Application Process forum
“No no no, yane619 - there is still plenty of time for ED candidates!! Here''s a post we wrote recently detailing the process at Columbia, since it''s so different from how it works at other schools: http://essaysnark.blogspot.com/2011/10/how-long-does-it-take-to-hear-back-from.html In past ...”
November 11, 2011
essaysnark posted a reply to 720 (Q 49, V 40)..Now what?? in the Admissions Success Stories forum
“anantsch, congrats on the strong score! A GMAT in this range qualifies you for trying for any of the top programs. The schools on your list all look suitable, particularly given the solar energy business. Many programs are also open to family business (we assume that you will return to the family ...”
November 11, 2011
essaysnark posted a reply to Which programs place more emphasis on GMAT score? in the The Application Process forum
“Hi inittowinit -- The GMAT score is pretty important at all schools. That''s because it is a reliable indicator of how someone will do in the rigorous curriculum at those top programs. Believe us when we say it, bschool is *hard*!! Success on the GMAT is strongly correlated with success in the ...”
November 11, 2011
essaysnark posted a reply to Admitted at Wash U Olin in the The Application Process forum
“Toddius, CONGRATULATIONS!! EssaySnark is not going to Olin :wink: but we still wanted to jump in and say AWESOME to you! We''ve got a few clients at GW right now, they love it there. (They''re not on BTG or we''d hook you up.) Great program, and certainly competitive admissions - you must''ve ...”
November 11, 2011
essaysnark posted a reply to Prepare for GMAT in a week -- feasible or suicide? in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Hey Chetane - hopefully someone who''s attempted such madness :-) will add to this thread, but we would caution you against this approach. It totally depends on your learning style and work ethic etc, but in our (admittedly limited) experience, the GMAT material needs time to work through the brain. ...”
November 11, 2011
essaysnark posted a reply to Referencing statistics in essays in the The Application Process forum
“Nope. The adcom will assume you''re telling the truth. (They likely would never click on a link in any application asset anyway - many adcoms review everything from hardcopy so at least at this stage in the evolution of the admissions processes at most schools, URLs within your essays are sorta ...”
November 11, 2011
essaysnark posted a reply to Columbia Executive MBA interview in the The Application Process forum
“Hi newtoogmat - congrats on the interview invitation at Columbia EMBA!!! Most EMBA interviews at Columbia are conducted by an admissions committee member on campus. Is that how yours is scheduled? You can expect the standard interview questions like "Why do you want an MBA" and ...”
November 11, 2011
essaysnark posted a reply to GMAT for the third time in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Hi GB - OK, we see your strategy now. The problem though - and maybe you already know this, but just for the benefit of others reading: Most schools won''t even start evaluating an application until all components are submitted. It''s very likely that if there''s no GMAT score yet, the schools ...”
November 11, 2011
essaysnark posted a reply to How to focus essays to handle work experience in the The Application Process forum
“Hey Luke.Doolittle -- first of all, congrats on that GMAT! Wow! And the GPA too! You''re running on all cylinders already. Next up: You''re not too old for F/T Kellogg, and definitely not too old for P/T. Up till very recently, average age at Kellogg F/T was 29; it''s slipped to 28 now (? could ...”
November 10, 2011
essaysnark posted a reply to Help Help Help please! in the Ask Clear Admit forum
“Hi xxjatlandxx -- Agreed w/ what Stacey said - the call from Wharton unfortunately doesn''t mean much. (The fact she was complimenting your GMAT score tells us it was a marketing call, right?) Admission to an EMBA is typically much less competitive than getting into a F/T program, at Wharton or ...”
November 10, 2011
essaysnark posted a reply to 730 and my mistake of over confidence in verbal in the I just Beat The GMAT! forum
“HeyArnold - awesome score - CONGRATULATIONS!! You nailed it the second time! Thanks also for all the tips - your post is likely to help many others. And we''re gonna check out that movie for sure! It sounds like something right up the ''Snark''s alley. Now that you nailed the test - what ...”
November 10, 2011
essaysnark posted a reply to SC - requiring explanation in the Sentence Correction forum
“Hi karthikpandian19 -- We say B. Here''s our reasoning: The underlined phrase modifies the noun "consumer confidence". You could rephrase the last part to be "what was much lower? B: we think this is correct C: Using "because" here actually links the phrase ...”
November 10, 2011
essaysnark posted a reply to Right method to begin to study the Gmat ? in the Let's Meet Up forum
“Hi mimichaou-- welcome to BTG! You''ve come to the right place, there are amazing resources and great people around here. If you haven''t found it yet, you might want to go for the 60 Day GMAT Study Plan here: http://www.beatthegmat.com/the-60-day-gmat-study-guide-f60.html (it''s free!). If you ...”
November 9, 2011
essaysnark posted a reply to Subordinate clauses using even though, although , while in the Sentence Correction forum
“Hi gmatrant -- The way we look at it is that those specific words are used to introduce a fact that is surprising, based on two ideas that you would think contradict each other. Here''s an example: "Although most people think of bats as flying rodents, they are actually more closely ...”
November 9, 2011
essaysnark posted a reply to CFA and its value to admission process in the The Application Process forum
“Hi scielle, The CFA can definitely add value. The adcoms do know how difficult it is and how low the pass rates are. It might be seen by some as almost duplicative to a few of the MBA courses but that''s not necessarily an issue in terms of your application. The CFA is one component of many that ...”
November 9, 2011
essaysnark posted a reply to GMAT for the third time in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Hey GB - first of all, congrats on the very impressive improvement from test #1 to #2! We don''t have much GMAT advice to offer except continue hanging out and participating here at BTG - there''s so much invaluable help to be had. You could even go for the 60 Day GMAT Study Plan here: ...”
November 9, 2011
essaysnark posted a reply to Newbie Interested in Business School in the The Application Process forum
“Hi MustBeDaMoney! Welcome to BTG - you''ve come to the right place! And, this is also the right time for you to be thinking about grad school. It''s a LOT easier to get ready for bschool -- at least, with some preliminary steps like the GMAT or GRE - while you''re still in college. We''re ...”
November 9, 2011
essaysnark posted a reply to Check this one!!! in the Critical Reasoning forum
“Hey nidhis.1408 - yeah we''d considered E before, too. But we don''t think that''s right because the prompt is asking about the author''s claim re IMPACT. We see two statements of "impact" in the passage: 1) "The decrease in such insourcing will hurt America’s competitiveness ...”
November 9, 2011
essaysnark posted a reply to Video Response Essay for Tuck in the The Application Process forum
“Hey cr1985 -- Bschool is a chance to pursue your lifelong dreams, so why not? When people mix practical + passion in their career goals pitch, it''s often quite compelling to the adcoms. Not entirely sure about NYU re: film school but we do know that some people have gone there for media/film ...”
November 9, 2011
essaysnark posted a reply to Possible options with a low GMAT 610 in the Admissions Success Stories forum
“Hi Anjanei1234-- Yes, U of Houston Bauer could be a good target for you, based on your GMAT score. In Canada, you might consider University of Alberta, or University of British Columbia Sauder. Both of these have GMAT score ranges that would be appropriate for you. Of course, a lot more ...”
November 8, 2011
essaysnark posted a reply to 4th attempt 670, retake ??? in the I just Beat The GMAT! forum
“Hi karthikyethu -- congrats on the 670!!! That''s actually a solid score, and it puts you in the running for a number of good schools. EssaySnark agrees with immaculatesahai: Stick with this 4th score and move ahead with your applications. You''ll want to choose schools where your profile will ...”
November 8, 2011
essaysnark posted a reply to At a loss with a 640- please advice in the Research MBA Programs forum
“Wow, sometimes we say silly things and also what we say is silly. :roll: EssaySnark”
November 8, 2011
essaysnark posted a reply to Worried N/T R2 applicant (entrepreneur & music producer) in the Ask an MBA Admissions Consultant forum
“Shucks. We knew we were gonna get this question. And it''s really tough to offer good advice here. Basically - if you can truly pull off all those things you listed out - PARTICULARLY GETTING A ''REAL'' JOB - then yes, we do think you have a much stronger chance next year. Starting another ...”
November 8, 2011
essaysnark posted a new topic called Penn State (real-life example) in the Sentence Correction forum
“OK this is by no means any "official" problem but EssaySnark saw a sentence in a newspaper article just now that totally qualifies as a SC problem -- so we decided to make one up for BTG! (Apologies for the distasteful content.) Two Penn State University officials appeared Monday in ...”
November 8, 2011
essaysnark posted a reply to What are my chances of getting into a Top 10 MBA program? in the Research MBA Programs forum
“Hey Mike-- Your profile is quite strong and it would qualify you to apply to a top MBA program... but the problem, as you''ve already identified, is that you''re well beyond the typical age for most US bschools. We''ve got a post here on some reasons why MBA programs are geared towards the ...”
November 7, 2011
essaysnark posted a reply to the wicked "which" in the Sentence Correction forum
“saketk, love what you say here: But please be careful of the examples you toss out -- this sentence is grammatically flawed! Two problems here: - A car does not "give" mileage. Common usage is that cars get good mileage. - "a mileage" would never be used A ...”
November 7, 2011
essaysnark posted a reply to Video Response Essay for Tuck in the The Application Process forum
“Film school only matters when applying to bschool if career goals are media-related. We''d assumed maybe you had such an interest - maybe we were overthinking things!!”
November 7, 2011
essaysnark posted a reply to At a loss with a 640- please advice in the Research MBA Programs forum
“Actually, ariz, CMU Tepper and Duke both do interviews by applicant request -- they like to meet everyone in advance of the apps being submitted. There''s still a chance with this profile at these schools and we also feel like calcpa2012 has a chance! So many variables play into it. :-) ...”
November 7, 2011
essaysnark posted a reply to At a loss with a 640- please advice in the Research MBA Programs forum
“On Columbia, you *might* be able to contact the admissions office and see if they can preserve your application till next year. Sometimes they can do that - there are always plenty of people who start apps and end up not submitting them the first year. If your recs are that strong then it might be ...”
November 7, 2011
essaysnark posted a reply to Possible options with a low GMAT 610 in the Admissions Success Stories forum
“Hi Anjanei1234-- Your choice of school depends on many factors, including a lot of personal ones like location/geography, class size, etc. And, first and foremost are your career goals - what do you want to do with an MBA? Having those defined in advance will help you both in selecting the ...”
November 6, 2011
essaysnark posted a reply to Worried N/T R2 applicant (entrepreneur & music producer) in the Ask an MBA Admissions Consultant forum
“Hey wayofjungle - glad you''re appreciative of our snarkiness :-) and glad to hear we''re adding value. And, glad you didn''t chop our heads off with the UCLA suggestion!! USC is a great college but the bschools aren''t quite comparable, unfortunately (though we all know that the Trojans kick ...”
November 6, 2011
essaysnark posted a reply to Admissions Interview in the The Application Process forum
“The interviews at many schools are a total crapshoot - you have no idea who you''ll get paired up with, and sometimes, it''s a bad experience, like what happened to you. Student interviewers, in our experience, are often the worst -- sometimes they have very little experience with interviewing ...”
November 6, 2011
essaysnark posted a reply to At a loss with a 640- please advice in the Research MBA Programs forum
“Hi calcpa2012 - we understand the emotions around the GMAT - it is such a hard test!! You have a challenging situation in terms of strategy but there''s hope for you, for sure - do not give up! :-) Our first bit of advice: Don''t worry about retesting the GMAT right now. Some schools frown on ...”
November 6, 2011
essaysnark posted a reply to Should I write gmat the 3rd time? in the I just Beat The GMAT! forum
“Hi hprashi - first of all - you should be proud of those scores - you''ve done well on the test! And you''re right, what you do from here depends on a huge number of factors, including the rest of your profile, and also your career goals and which schools we''re talking about. In general, that ...”
November 6, 2011
essaysnark posted a reply to Admissions Interview in the The Application Process forum
“Hey geevikram - sounds like this was a stressful interview!! Usually the interviewers are friendly because they know how tough it is to be n the other side of the table (if it''s a student or alum) -- was this interview with an adcom member? The weight that interviews hold is actually different ...”
November 6, 2011
essaysnark posted a reply to Short-Term Goal in the The Application Process forum
“Hi DCJ-- Since consulting is a common goal, you don''t need to "explain" it per se, but it''s super important to expand upon it, from a personal perspective as to why you are pursuing this path. Discussing your interest in consulting, showing the adcom how you have the right background ...”
November 6, 2011
essaysnark posted a reply to Harry Potter in the Sentence Correction forum
“Aw snap, rahulvsd -- we picked A at first! Such a basic trap (subject/verb agreement) and we fell right into it. :-) EssaySnark”
November 6, 2011
essaysnark posted a reply to Check this one!!! in the Critical Reasoning forum
“Hey gmatblood - tough one! This is what we came up with in 4:13: If "the author''s claim regarding the impact of decreased insourcing" is that (among other things) it will limit American students''"opportunity to learn about foreign cultures directly from members of those ...”
November 5, 2011
essaysnark posted a reply to Einstein in the Sentence Correction forum
“Hey gmatblood and mir.yahya -- we actually think it''s A. The parallel construction thing is correct but you''ve mixed up which two parts must be parallel! EssaySnark”
November 5, 2011
essaysnark posted a reply to Help, I need Motivation :( in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Mags112, that sucks! You had such good momentum and then you got sideswiped by the power outage. Our advice to you: Set a little goal for studying, something simple that you know you can succeed in, and just commit to doing that today. Maybe that''s all you do for the whole day! If you''re ...”
November 5, 2011
essaysnark posted a reply to Profile Eval: 700 Practice 3.1 top from 5 lib arts college in the Ask an MBA Admissions Consultant forum
“Yup - and please keep us posted, we like to see where people end up!!! EssaySnark”
November 5, 2011
essaysnark posted a reply to GMAT Second attempt 640 (Q 49 V 28 ) -Profile Evaluation in the Ask an MBA Admissions Consultant forum
“Hi msathyan-- It sounds like you''re going through the right process to select your target schools - you''re looking at them from the context of your career goals, and you''re evaluating whether your profile is strong enough, specifically with the 80% range of GMAT score. So yes, you would be ...”
November 5, 2011
essaysnark posted a reply to 680 in gmat...which colleges to apply... in the Research MBA Programs forum
“Hi aaku20-- There actually aren''t that many top MBA programs with formal specializations in HR (at least, not as far as we''ve seen - maybe someone else will chime in on that). There''s plenty of "organizational behavior" and that sort of thing in bschool which can be pretty ...”
November 5, 2011
essaysnark posted a reply to Video Response Essay for Tuck in the The Application Process forum
“LOL just trying to figure out what a "Gen X song" even is! Are we talking Prince here? Bon Jovi? Madonna?? :D Love the high bar you''re setting - a video essay like a Scorsese movie!! (Oh wait... on second thought...! Scorsese?!? :shock: LOL!) EssaySnark would love to see what ...”
November 5, 2011
essaysnark posted a reply to Need direction in the Ask an MBA Admissions Consultant forum
“Hi KItuz - great! So glad to see your commitment to this. A higher GMAT will certainly help you. And, the EMBA is probably the right choice for you. You can review some comments on our blog post from yesterday that talk about someone in exactly your position - this is a really unfortunate ...”
November 5, 2011
essaysnark posted a reply to SC: Barbara Effective legislator in the Sentence Correction forum
“Just wanted to call attention to something very important here: As discussed in detail above, the reason that A and D are incorrect is because the independent clauses are not complete sentences. In the case of C, the ONLY reason it is wrong is due to a grammar error at the end (the ...”
November 5, 2011
essaysnark posted a reply to Rain forests in the Reading Comprehension forum
“Sure thing massi2884: Analyzing the question gets us this basic premise: The proposal is about adopting new technologies. Which of these sentences talks about what would PREVENT those technologies from being adopted? Here goes: A: "Lack of legal property rights" doesn''t have ...”
November 5, 2011
essaysnark posted a reply to Profile Eval: 700 Practice 3.1 top from 5 lib arts college in the Ask an MBA Admissions Consultant forum
“Hey SurferNerd -- it sounds like you''ve actually already done a self-assessment!! You seem to be doing everything right here, from the GMAT retest to the plans to take a class. The GPA is a blemish but probably not a showstopper. EssaySnark gets worried when the GPA dips below 3.0; you''re not ...”
November 5, 2011
essaysnark posted a reply to MBA in Finance or General ? in the Ask an MBA Admissions Consultant forum
“Hi sunnyjohn-- EssaySnark doesn''t have much experience with NUS/NTU so we''re going to answer your questions generically, and hopefully someone else can contribute who knows more specifics about your target schools. It is always harder to switch to a new career through a P/T program. And, if ...”
November 5, 2011
essaysnark posted a reply to Worried N/T R2 applicant (entrepreneur & music producer) in the Ask an MBA Admissions Consultant forum
“Wow, wayofjungle, congrats on that GMAT score!!! You nailed it! And we have so much to say about your profile - really interesting stuff there. UNFORTUNATELY.... that GPA may be an issue for you. In fact, we just went over this for someone else in an earlier post - check this out (everything we ...”
November 5, 2011
essaysnark posted a reply to Coaching Recommenders in the The Application Process forum
“Hi DCJ-- Chicago Booth has a great list of 10 Tips for Recommendations: http://www.chicagobooth.edu/boothconnect/fulltime/GettingGreatLettersofRecommendation.aspx The best way to prep someone who''s not done this before is to a) emphasize the importance of it, so that they understand how much ...”
November 5, 2011
essaysnark posted a reply to Wharton visit in the The Application Process forum
“No, it doesn''t count against you at Wharton. All the schools like for candidates to visit in advance, but Wharton doesn''t penalize those who cannot. However, you *should* try to visit if you can -- you''ll learn so much that you can use in your application, and you''ll be able to know for sure if ...”
November 5, 2011
essaysnark posted a reply to Calling all ESADE 2012 applicants! in the The Application Process forum
“Great question, baume7! Different Msc Mgmt programs are somewhat different in terms of their focus and goals, however many of them are essentially the first-year "core" of a standard MBA curriculum. So in many cases, there is a lot of overlap in terms of the subject matter (finance, ...”
November 5, 2011
essaysnark posted a reply to Forward looking eval request in the Research MBA Programs forum
“Hey wannabeanmba -- sounds like you had a productive week!! It''s great that you''re making a connection at Riordan, we''ve heard good things about them. :-) At risk of us doing another super-long post which we''re becoming known for ''round these parts, let''s quickly hit on the questions you ...”
November 5, 2011
essaysnark posted a reply to In need of profile evaluation after dissappointing GMAT in the Ask an MBA Admissions Consultant forum
“Hi zmc2011 -- very sorry to hear about the disappointment with the GMAT - that test is hard!! We''re unfortunately not able to be encouraging with regards to your chances at either Columbia or NYU, not just due to the GMAT, but more importantly, with the GPA. Although you have a potentially ...”
November 4, 2011
essaysnark posted a reply to SC: Barbara Effective legislator in the Sentence Correction forum
“English is tricky; a sentence can be grammatically correct yet still, its meaning might not be clear. All we meant by that "it seems off to us" comment is that the sentence could work without the comma EssaySnark would not have put the comma after "figure" -- but that it''s ...”
November 4, 2011
essaysnark posted a reply to Rain forests in the Reading Comprehension forum
“Our money goes on D. EssaySnark”
November 4, 2011
essaysnark posted a reply to Calling all ESADE 2012 applicants! in the The Application Process forum
“baume7, sorry that we can''t answer your questions about the online app saying "pending" - hopefully someone else can respond to that. The reason we''re replying here is that it sounds like maybe you''re just graduating from college, in which case we were wondering if you''d considered ...”
November 4, 2011
essaysnark posted a reply to SC: Barbara Effective legislator in the Sentence Correction forum
“abcgmat, check out this post too for more on pronouns/antecedents (we just learned that that''s what they''re called!) - this seems to be what you''re trying to figure out. http://www.beatthegmat.com/mba/2011/11/04/gmat-sentence-correction-pronoun-suitability EssaySnark”
November 4, 2011
essaysnark posted a reply to SC: Barbara Effective legislator in the Sentence Correction forum
“Hi abcgmat-- First, your easy question: In our opinion, if C had "were" then yes, it would be grammatically correct, but it wouldn''t be ideal. The comma after "figure" seems off to us. The construction of C with "it was not until" is actually fine. You do ...”
November 4, 2011
essaysnark posted a reply to Where should I look, Brand Management Northeast in the Research MBA Programs forum
“highwyre237, why do you say you won''t get into Kellogg? Your profile is absolutely fine for Kellogg. They prefer slightly more work experience than you have now (as does Tuck) but if you''re not going to apply till next year, you should be in good shape. The other schools on your list are also ...”
November 4, 2011
essaysnark posted a reply to High GMAT and GPA with no full time working experience in the Ask an MBA Admissions Consultant forum
“Hi royce-- Most bschools do not want to get a rec from a peer; the one exception is Stanford, who specifically asks for one, but the other schools want someone who''s a superior to you to provide the primary recs. If the student was literally your supervisor, then maybe it is OK, but generally we ...”
November 4, 2011
essaysnark posted a reply to High GMAT and GPA with no full time working experience in the Ask an MBA Admissions Consultant forum
“Hi royce-- HBS 2+2 accepts a lot of international students, and they also work closely with a number of companies who hire 2+2 students, so we''re assuming they can help you with the visa issues. We haven''t seen that be a problem for students before. On the recommendations: For any business ...”
November 4, 2011
essaysnark posted a reply to Video Response Essay for Tuck in the The Application Process forum
“Aha! The Consortium! We did not know that Tuck was pushing the envelope over there! We already had a blog post queued up on The Consortium for tomorrow (to follow one we started today on diversity) - this will have to go in it. Thanks, cr1985, for the heads-up, this was one application factoid we''d ...”
November 4, 2011
essaysnark posted a reply to Video Response Essay for Tuck in the The Application Process forum
“Hi cr1985 -- we''re confused -- are you sure you mean Tuck? NYU does this; UCLA used to but we thought they discontinued it this year. Regardless, a video response can be a great way to introduce yourself to the adcom. Here''s a post about it from our blog last year, talking about those UCLA ...”
November 4, 2011
essaysnark posted a reply to High GMAT and GPA with no full time working experience in the Ask an MBA Admissions Consultant forum
“Hi royce - congrats on that awesome GMAT score!! And the high GPA too - your hard work in school will likely be paying off for you in the future! There are a variety of specialized MBA programs that are designed exactly for people in your position, including the HBS 2+2 program, the Yale Silver ...”
November 4, 2011
essaysnark posted a reply to SC: Barbara Effective legislator in the Sentence Correction forum
“Hi abcgmat-- First of all, we think the answer is B; is that correct? This one has a very simple grammar error in two of the choices -- simple, we say, but so easy to overlook!! Choices C and E say "which was televised nationwide" -- but that verb does not agree with the noun of ...”
November 4, 2011
essaysnark posted a reply to GMAT Second attempt 640 (Q 49 V 28 ) -Profile Evaluation in the Ask an MBA Admissions Consultant forum
“Hi msathyan -- congrats on the 640! You''re getting in range of qualifiying for some very good MBA programs with that score. Your quant score is obviously very good. Unfortunately your verbal score is still quite low and it may be an issue at many of the better bschools. If you''re interested in ...”
November 3, 2011