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Stanford MSx vs MIT Sloan Fellows: My application experience with EA score

For experienced executives in the United States looking for a full-time MBA experience (as opposed to the Executive MBA), there are two elite programs that stand out. Traditionally called the Sloan Fellows, with two based in the US and one in the UK, they offer an immersive and rigorous experience that matches what you’d get … Read more


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What’s a good GMAT score for ISB? What if my score is below the class average?

Even before you’ve started preparing for the GMAT, you may want to know: What’s a good GMAT score for ISB? Depending on whether your score is from the old (classic) edition or the new focus edition, you’ll get a few numbers on different sites. Some might say 710 – 720 is a safe score, others … Read more


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MBA Couple Application: We got into ISB and rejected the admit because…

We have helped many couples apply to MBA programs – husband-wife, girlfriend-boyfriend, just-friends-for-now and other variations. Some have got into different business schools, while others got into the same class. When applying independently is so difficult to begin with, one can imagine how much more complicated it gets while applying to MBA programs as a … Read more


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Volunteering with ISB admissions committee helped me understand what ISB looks for: INSEAD grad

What does ISB look for in candidates? What does it take to create a successful ISB application? Many have tried to find out the answer, and most of what you find online tends to be mostly guesswork. The only folks who know how the ISB admissions office reviews applications, is [wait for the drum-roll] people … Read more


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Here’s what this Apple engineer did to get into Berkeley Haas and INSEAD with a GMAT score of 720

Business schools get applications from engineers, chartered accountants, doctors, lawyers, entrepreneurs and professionals from several other fields. Given the mind-boggling variety of applicants, there’s a tendency to create demographic buckets. This makes it very difficult for MBA applicants to stand out from the crowd – especially for those competing in over-represented pools. Engineers, as you … Read more


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Why I chose a top part-time Flex MBA program without GMAT over a full-time MBA

“What’s a Flex MBA program?” would be a good question ask. We already had online MBA, full-time MBA, part-time MBA, executive MBA and other variations of the management degree – each catering to a different set of professionals. A flexible MBA program (or flex MBA) is a hybrid degree offered by some universities hoping to … Read more


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MBA after IIT isn’t easy! Story of IITian who got merit scholarship after multiple rejections

In 2018, an IITian with a strong profile and a high (750+) GMAT score applied to 3 elite business schools in USA. He worked with a reputed MBA admissions consulting firm based on the excellent reviews on their blog. He got rejections from all MBA programs. Usually we don’t reveal the name of MBA admission … Read more


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College admissions consultant review: How I got over $200,000 in scholarships from top undergrad universities in USA

When it comes to undergrad admissions, many high schools would have in-house counselors to guide you on variety of topics ranging from what stream to choose and which exam score to submit to what subjects and more. Where does a professional college admissions consultant come in then? How college admissions consultants can help Here are … Read more


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Mid-career MBA after 20 years of experience: Worth it or not?

Is an MBA worth it after 20 years of experience? Many senior executives ask us this question. Instead of telling them it is, or isn’t – we share the following perspectives highlighting the pros and cons of an MBA at such a late stage of their career, and tell them to take a call.   … Read more


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MIT Supply Chain Management (SCM) Master’s Program Review: How I got in with scholarship

Apart from MBA admissions, we have been helping masters applicants get into elite universities for many years. Among the strongest names in that list is MIT. Considering its formidable strength in the area of supply chain management, it’s a hot favourite for SCM enthusiasts. MIT offers the highly respected and selective MIT Supply Chain Management … Read more


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High GMAT score doesn’t guarantee admission & scholarship says 760 scorer: MBA Crystal Ball Review

We’ll start off with the obvious. A high GMAT score offers many advantages. Here are a few. Benefits of a high GMAT score 1. Differentiation: This is more pronounced when you’re from a highly represented applicant pool – like engineer, or male, or Indian – or all 3 if you’re lucky! 2. Demonstrating intellectual capability: … Read more


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Online GMAT vs Offline test centers in person: My traumatic experiences with both

Should I take the GMAT online or in person at a test center? It’s a common dilemma many MBA applicants struggle with, as each option has its advantages and disadvantages. Mradul Raj Jain has experienced both formats, multiple times. And on most occasions, he has been disappointed with his experience. He has faced it all … Read more