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Why GMAT Prep Is Like Training for a Marathon

Our friends at Manhattan Prep often tell students to think of the GMAT as a long-distance race. Successful runners conquer race day through specific goals, consistent training, and mental toughness. The same holds true for successful GMAT test takers. Setting a Goal Pace The best runners do not just aim for completion; they set a goal pace. How do they arrive at a specific, measurable goal? Marathon runners test their abilities on...

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Why Personalized Recommendations Matter but Some Details May Not

If your supervisor is writing your business school recommendation and you are having trouble ensuring that they are putting the proper thought and effort into it, you are not alone. Because of this asymmetry of power, junior employees can only do so much to compel their supervisor to commit the necessary time and write thoughtfully. So, before you designate your supervisor as a recommender, you must first determine how committed this...

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MBA Admissions Myths Destroyed: I Must Have Botched the Interview

Maybe you are one of the unlucky applicants on the outside looking in this year, shaking your head and struggling to understand why you were not accepted to your target MBA program. As you look back and assess where things might have gone wrong, you could end up focusing unduly on your interviews. After all, you were invited to interview but were rejected thereafter, so there must be a cause-and-effect relationship, right? Your...

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Career Switchers: Set Yourself Up for Success 

Want to make a career pivot but not sure how to approach it? Looking at your MBA to transition into a new career? Career switching is possible—but your success will depend on your ability to convince your target audience that you will be able to add value to their organization. To do that, we recommend conducting significant research, developing a positive and future-focused mindset, and presenting a well-crafted career...

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What to Do When You Have Little Time to Prepare for the GMAT

With regard to the GMAT, raw intellectual horsepower helps, but it is not everything. Manhattan Prep’s Stacey Koprince teaches you how to perform at your best on test day by using some common sense. Some time ago, I flew over to London to give an all-day workshop at London Business School. The audience comprised about 35 students who had already been admitted to a weekend master’s program, but that admission was contingent upon...

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Convey a Confident Tone and Avoid Fawning in Your MBA Application Essays

In your MBA application essays, you must ensure that the tone you use allows the admissions committee to readily recognize your certainty and self-confidence. Being clear and direct about who you are and how you envision your future is vital. Consider these example statements: Weak: “I now have adequate work experience and hope to pursue an MBA.” Strong: “Through my work experience, I have gained both breadth and depth,...

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MBA Admissions Myths Destroyed: I Have to Write the Optional Essay

In the past, we have discussed how challenging competing against a faceless mass of fellow applicants can be and how disadvantaged people can feel if they do not seize every opportunity to do so. Although we want you to make the most of every possible chance to set yourself apart, you also need to be judicious in choosing those opportunities. Some can actually work against you and thereby turn into negatives. Allow us to...

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The Economist Releases the First Full-Time MBA Ranking of the COVID-19 Era

The past year has been turbulent and unusual in many ways, and the MBA application season is no exception. In April 2020, the Graduate Management Admission Council and two accreditation agencies sent a joint letter to ranking institutions asking them to halt or postpone their work until further notice because of the unpredictability of the global situation. Consequently, Bloomberg Businessweek chose not to release a ranking at its...

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Entrepreneurship at Northwestern Kellogg and Chicago Booth

How about a quick game of word association? We will start. “Kellogg.” Okay, go ahead. “Entrepreneurship,” right? No? Aspiring MBAs may be surprised to learn that Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management offers a number of courses in this discipline and that its Entrepreneurship and Innovation major is among its most popular areas of study—defying the stereotype that Kellogg produces only marketing MBAs. As...

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