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Get Ready for the GMAT’s New Select Section Order

by Dominate the GMAT on June 26, 2017

Which Section Order Should You Choose on the GMAT? Effective July 11, 2017, the GMAT will start offering a new feature called “Select Section Order” designed to make the GMAT test-taking experience more enjoyable for candidates by providing them with an element of control over the testing process.

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US Supreme Court Rules States Can Fund Some Religious School Programs

by Student Union on June 26, 2017

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday that states cannot bar churches and other religious organizations from receiving taxpayer-funded grants for programs that have non-religious intent. In the 7-2... Continue reading Read More


4 Reasons Why Keeping a Journal Can Help You With College Applications

by InGenius Prep Blog on June 26, 2017

4 Reasons Why Keeping a Journal Can Help You With College Applications Keeping a journal or diary might seem to you like a pointless pastime, but writing regularly throughout high school will help tremendously when you sit down to complete your college applications. If you’ve kept track of your activities, as well as reflected on them, you’ll be ... Read More


GMAT Integrated Reasoning | Two-Part Analysis

Integrated Reasoning Two-Part Analysis questions are presented in the form of two questions that relate to the same information. The questions are followed by five or six answer choices, and the answers to each of the two questions may be the same or different. Read More


What Harvard Business School is Looking For: Engaged Community Citizenship

This is not about “community service” — it’s not about doing halo-worthy things in your free time. (Though neither HBS nor I will discourage that, and “engaged community citizenship” and “community service” certainly can overlap.)

Community service is an activity that you do; engaged community citizenship is a quality that you embody. ... Read More


MBAnalysis Blog: Loving Private Equity? Hack an MBA (Part 3)

by Stratus on June 26, 2017

In the past blog, I noted a couple of different flavors of private equity. Now, I want to discuss the most complicated category of PE investing which is the point in the life of the company when the investment is made. This would include anywhere from seed stage investments, all the way to investing in... View Article

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Six is the magic number this year.

by EssaySnark on June 26, 2017

Six-word story. (Berkeley Haas)

Pick Six. (NYU Stern)

Six Moments to choose from. (Chicago Booth)

Oddly we even came across a student story on the Wharton site titled “6 Words That Changed This MBA Student’s Assumptions About Wharton”

What’s up with this magic number of six this year?

Is this the current marketing trend? “Use ... Read More


NYU Stern 2017-2018 Application Deadlines

by EXPARTUS on June 26, 2017

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NYU Stern School of Business has announced their application deadlines for students entering in 2018. The school admits students to its standard daytime MBA program in three rounds. MBA candidates will receive one of three notifications by the Initial Notification date: a denial of admission, a ... Read More


Harvard Business School Announces New Joint MS/MBA Program

Harvard Business School and the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) announced a new joint MS/MBA program beginning in August 2018. The program will award both a Master of Science in Engineering Sciences (MS) and a Master of Business Administration (MBA). The program is designed to train future leaders of technology ... Read More


2018 GMAT Official Guide Bundle – Detailed Analysis

by GMAT Genius on June 24, 2017

GMAT Genius has thoroughly analyzed the 2018 GMAT Official Guide Bundle and we want to share our insights with you. Feel free to read our detailed analysis of the 2018 GMAT Official Guide Bundle or skip down to our conclusions. Wishing you tremendous success with the GMAT!

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The Importance of a GMAT Score

by GMAT & MBA Admissions Blog on June 24, 2017

If you are applying to an MBA program, you probably already know that the business school admissions committees will look at a number of elements in your application, but also that not all components are made equal in this process. One of the most important factors when applying to business school is your score for the Graduate Management Admissions ... Read More


How is GMAT Integrated Reasoning Scored?

by Magoosh GMAT Blog on June 23, 2017

Many students have questions about the GMATs Integrated Reasoning (IR) section. “Is integrated reasoning part of the GMAT score?” Well…yes and no. Your IR score will be submitted to schools along with your verbal and quantitative score. However, the IR score is totally separate from the “total score,” which consists solely of the Q & V ... Read More


2018 GMAT Verbal Official Guide – Detailed Analysis / Question Categorization

by GMAT Genius on June 23, 2017

GMAT Genius has thoroughly analyzed the 2018 GMAT Verbal Official Guide and we want to share our insights with you. Feel free to read our detailed analysis of the 2018 GMAT Verbal Official Guide or skip down to our conclusions. Wishing you tremendous success with the GMAT!

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The Number of International Students in US Rises 2 Percent: Report

by Student Union on June 23, 2017

The number of international students pursuing higher education in the United States has risen to 1.18 million, up 2 percent from March of last year. That’s according to... Continue reading Read More


Poll: Few Texas Voters Think Education Spending Too High

by Student Union on June 23, 2017

A new poll indicates that almost half of Texas voters support spending more money on public and higher education. The poll, conducted by the University of Texas and... Continue reading Read More


How to Create the Best Possible Resume for Your MBA Application

by Stratus on June 23, 2017

An excellent resume is an important part of the MBA application because it gives Admissions Committees (AdComs) a snapshot of your work experience, education, skills and accomplishments. However, it is more than an updated version of the resume you used to land your current job. Put in the time to make your resume exceptional. Several... View Article

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7-min. Spotlight: Early MBA Planning 2-3 Years Out & What to Do Now

by Fortuna Admissions on June 23, 2017

If you are a few years out from applying for your MBA (or even just one), there are things you can be doing right now to increase your chances of acceptance and build a profile that admissions officers can’t overlook. Fortuna Expert Coach Cassandra Pittman, Columbia Business School alumna, former INSEAD assistant director and LBS admissions officer, ... Read More


A Veteran’s Transition to Tuck

This interview is the latest in an Accepted blog series featuring interviews with business students, offering readers a behind-the-scenes look at top programs. And now, introducing Keal Harter…

Accepted: We’d like to get to know you! Where are you from? Where and what did you study as an undergrad?

Keal: I’m originally from West ... Read More


Global Network Week 2017 – A Visitor’s Perspective

by Smurfit MBA Blog on June 23, 2017

As a Yale EMBA student graduating in 2018, I had the opportunity to attend “The Future of Food” module at University College Dublin as part of the June 2017 Global Network Week (#GNW2017).

This fascinating exchange programme provides students with insights into the inner workings of key industry players in the food and beverage space and attracts ... Read More


MBAnalysis Blog: Loving Private Equity? Hack an MBA (Part 2)

by Stratus on June 23, 2017

As noted in my previous blog, a credible MBA applicant doesn’t just say they want to go into “private equity” but knows exactly what type of private equity. To answer this question, you first need to understand private equities’ different flavors. Some types of private equity are easier to understand than others. GEOGRAPHY Some private... View ... Read More


($) How to break out of the pack

by EssaySnark on June 23, 2017

We get the lament all the time: “There’s too many guys like me applying.” Here was our first reaction to this stated quite some awhile ago (worth reading still). We’ll offer some more today. The best advice we can give you is, don’t worry about it. What we mean by that is, don’t worry about…

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INSEAD 2017-2018 Application Deadlines

by EXPARTUS on June 23, 2017

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INSEAD has announced their application deadlines for students entering in 2018. The school admits students twice per year, in both January and September. Each intake period has four application rounds. The application window for January 2018 intake is nearly closed, with the Round four deadline ... Read More


2018 GMAT Quant Official Guide – Detailed Analysis / Question Categorization

by GMAT Genius on June 22, 2017

GMAT Genius has thoroughly analyzed the 2018 GMAT Quant Official Guide and we want to share our insights with you. Feel free to read our detailed analysis of the 2018 GMAT Quant Official Guide or skip down to our conclusions. Wishing you tremendous success with the GMAT!

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6 Must-Do Things in July to Move Your MBA Applications Forward

by Stratus on June 22, 2017

Early July is about two months before the first regular-decision MBA application deadlines, including HBS’s. You’re likely pretty overwhelmed by all there is to do, but it helps to lay out the tasks in steps to keep all the moving parts together. Here are some things you should do in July: 1. Revise Essay Outlines... View Article

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Central Chinese Government Not Charmed by Chinglish

by Student Union on June 22, 2017

In China, turkey becomes “fire chicken.” Santa Claus becomes “Christmas old man.” And disabled becomes “deformed.” Welcome to Chinglish. Foreign tourists in China are often confused by signs... Continue reading Read More


5 Things You Should Know Before Applying to an MBA Program

by Stratus on June 22, 2017

The AIGAC Annual Conference that I attended this week explores the latest trends in the graduate application process. Whether you are considering an MBA, law or other advanced degree, considerable planning and resources are required to apply and then attend. Relationships between career demands, school curricula, and the admissions process were discussed ... Read More


What Harvard Business School is Looking For: Analytical Aptitude and Appetite

This is the second post in our series, What HBS is Looking For.

So, HBS wants “analytical aptitude and appetite.” Hardly a surprise. You might be tempted to just skim that section of the website message.

Maybe it’s not as obvious as it sounds. Let’s break it down.

Analytical: This word encompasses a range of things – quantitative methods, ... Read More


Showing You Can Do the Work [Fitting In & Standing Out]

Two key goals of every application reflect a tension if not an actual conflict: you must show the admissions committee that you fit in – that you’re a perfect fit with their program and the exact type of candidate they’re looking for – while simultaneously showing that you stand out in the pool of qualified applicants. Over the next few posts, ... Read More


What’s Life Like After Graduation?

by Student Union on June 22, 2017

Tons of job offers? Instant wisdom? A totally clear path of what you want to do? LOLOL … Read More


Free Speech on Campus Being Compromised, Students Say

by Student Union on June 22, 2017

United States college students warned Congress on Tuesday that free speech is being threatened across the country. The testimony is in response to campus violence against controversial speakers,... Continue reading Read More


You’re sure to get SOMEWHERE….

by EssaySnark on June 22, 2017

“Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?” “That depends a good deal on where you want to get to,” said the Cat. “I don’t much care where–” said Alice. “Then it doesn’t matter which way you go,” said the Cat. “–so long as I get SOMEWHERE,” Alice added as an explanation. “Oh, you’re sure to do that,” ... Read More


Am I Ready to Apply to Business School?: 7 Questions to Answer First

by EXPARTUS on June 22, 2017

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With summer fully upon us, business schools throughout the country are starting to unveil their 2017 MBA essay prompts. It’s a natural time to start thinking about applying for an MBA. But before you get into the often-arduous application process, it’s a good idea to ask yourself some ... Read More


HBS 2017-2018 Application Deadlines

by EXPARTUS on June 22, 2017

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Harvard Business School has announced their application deadlines for students entering in 2018. HBS considers applicants for their regular MBA program in three rounds, with a separate deadline for applicants to the 2+2 program:

Round one: Application deadline – Sept. 6, 2017

Decision posted ... Read More


Act Like a Resume, Think Like an Admissions Officer

by Magoosh GMAT Blog on June 21, 2017

This post was contributed by our friends at Admit.Me.

To write a great resume, you need to be empathetic and get into the mind of the reviewer.

Imagine that you are the person reviewing your resume. You’re trying to assess whether you’re qualified, unique and have potential to grow as a professional on paper. With so many candidates and so much ... Read More


What’s the Trick to an HBS Acceptance?

If you’re planning to apply to Harvard Business School, you’re no doubt busy – balancing your professional responsibilities with family and community commitments, while researching b-schools and prepping for your applications. You’re a multitasker and a leader. But how can you be sure you’re doing all you can to ensure your HBS application ... Read More


How to Study for the ACT

by InGenius Prep Blog on June 21, 2017

How to Study for the ACT This post originally appeared on the Magoosh high school blog.

Maybe it’s seventh grade, and you are already scoping out Harvard guidebooks and sharpening your pencils for the preACT. Maybe it’s the week before the test, and you suddenly remember you can’t go to a Saturday movie with your boyfriend or girlfriend because ... Read More


UC Berkeley Haas MBA Essay Tips & Deadlines

My comments are in blue throughout. The black font represents quotes from Haas, which provides excellent resources and advice on its web site. In a nutshell, Haas kept the basic structure of its app similar to last year’s, but really changed the essay questions, #1 in a dramatic way. Essay 1 is entirely new and distinctive among MBA essay questions. ... Read More


MBAnalysis Blog: Loving Private Equity? Hack an MBA (Part 1)

by Stratus on June 21, 2017

“I want to go into private equity’” … ding, ding, ding…drink! Remember that old drinking game from college when you were say, watching Survivor, and Jeff Probst would say, “Here we go” and then everyone would take a shot? That’s how I sometimes feel when applicants tell me about their desire to get a job... View Article

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Columbia GSB 2017-2018 Application Deadlines

by EXPARTUS on June 21, 2017

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Columbia Business School has announced their application deadlines for students entering in 2018.

Due to their rolling admissions and unique “J-Term” scheduling, Columbia does not do the typical multi-round deadlines. Instead, the school has one deadline for January-entry students (who skip ... Read More


($) There’s always exceptions. When is it OK to go further back in your past for your apps?

by EssaySnark on June 21, 2017

Yesterday we offered a rule of thumb for recency in your MBA applications. We explained why keeping your content and the stories that you tell in your essays within a range of, say, something like the past two or three years is ideal. Of course, there are always exceptions. The big one is when you’re…

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Haas 2017-2018 Application Deadlines

by EXPARTUS on June 21, 2017

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Berkeley Haas School of Business Releases 2017-2018 MBA Admissions Deadlines  Haas School of Business has announced their application deadlines for students entering in 2018. Haas considers applicants in three rounds: 

Round one:  Application deadline – Sept. 21, 2017

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HBS Launches Joint MS/MBA

by EXPARTUS on June 21, 2017

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Harvard Business School has announced a new Master of Science in Engineering and Master of Business Administration (MS/MBA) joint degree that will debut in August of 2018. 

A collaboration between HBS and the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS), the new program ... Read More


How to Turn Your Typical MBA Profile into a Stand-out Application

by Fortuna Admissions on June 20, 2017

Remarkable Consultant? Financial Wiz? Cutting edge techie? If you’re seeking an MBA, you’re not alone.

BY: MATT SYMONDS

You distinguished yourself as a professional wunderkind, rising to the senior ranks at your company in your early 20s. Clocked long hours at work to keep the boss happy and meet client deadlines. Pulled all-nighters in college ... Read More


2018 GMAT Official Guide – Detailed Analysis / Question Categorization

by GMAT Genius on June 20, 2017

GMAT Genius has thoroughly analyzed the 2018 GMAT Official Guide and we want to share our insights with you. Feel free to read our detailed analysis of the 2018 GMAT Official Guide or skip down to our conclusions. Wishing you tremendous success with the GMAT!

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Students Will Make $500K More In a Lifetime Doing This

by Student Union on June 20, 2017

A researcher has found the key to student success: Graduate in four years. Getting a part-time job is helpful to finance a college education. But too much time... Continue reading Read More


Family, Not Study Abroad, Aids Asian Job Seekers More

by Student Union on June 20, 2017

Most Asian students who study abroad come from higher-income families and are more likely to find work after graduation, thanks to those family and social connections, a new... Continue reading Read More


New! GMAT Official Guide 2018 Textbook Now Available

by Dominate the GMAT on June 20, 2017

When you’re preparing for the GMAT, working dozens (if not hundreds!) of practice problems of each question type on the GMAT is a must.

The best source of real former GMAT questions comes straight from the makers of the GMAT (the GMAC) in the form of the GMAT Official Guide 2018. The brand new version of this textbook was just released this ... Read More


GMAT Exam Updated to Offer Greater Control and Flexibility

The Graduate Management Admissions Council (GMAC) announced the inauguration of Select Section Order, a new feature that will allow candidates to customize their GMAT experience by selecting the order in which they feel most comfortable taking the exam. Select Section Order will be offered to test takers worldwide beginning July 11, 2017.

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What Harvard Business School is Looking For: The Habit Of Leadership

This is the first post in our series, What HBS is Looking For.

Thank you, Harvard Business School. IMHO, that’s what applicants should think when they visit the program’s website and find “habit of leadership” on its “Who are we looking for?” admissions page.

It’s common knowledge that HBS values leadership, but with this phrase, the ... Read More


($) How far back do you go?

by EssaySnark on June 20, 2017

Does your resume still have high school information on it? Is your most recent volunteer experience that you’re reporting to the adcoms from when you were in college? Are you writing your MBA essays about how you were the youngest in your company to get promoted to your current role — which happened five years…

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