Each coaching package is tailored to our clients’ specifications and is designed to enable you to become the most compelling, distinctive applicant you can be. Below, you’ll find the components of the MBA application process that we include in our packages, and details about how our coaches help you through every step.
1The GMAT or the GRE
If you haven’t taken the GMAT or GRE yet, don’t panic! The first thing we’ll do is pair you with one of our expert test preparation tutors, who will design a customized syllabus for your prep,which will guide you to your best possible score on test day. For more information on how we approach these tests, visit this site’s GMAT page and GRE page. If you’re wondering which test is a better fit for you, your tutor can help you make this decision.
Before we match you with a coach, we will find out where you are in the business school admissions process. If you are just starting the process and have yet to make a list of schools, your initial meeting will be dedicated to a review of your background and a discussion about which schools should end up on your shortlist. Since most schools have three application periods, but take the majority of students in rounds 1 and 2, your coach will also help you make a smart decision about which round to target. If you have already picked your target schools, and you’re in the process of drafting your essays, your coach will jump into the brainstorming and editorial process with you. Depending on where you are in the process, we will match you with an MBA expert, a professional writer, or both!
The application to business school centers around an essay, or a cluster of essays, that highlight the strengths of your personal, professional, and academic history. Next to your GMAT and GPA, this is the most essential component of your application, and it’s where your writing coach enters the picture. Once you’ve established a list of schools, you and your writing coach will get to work on your essays, using our structured process to help you develop compelling, effective narratives tailored to each school on your list.
4Letters of Recommendation
These are of enormous value to your application, and are much more complex than other kinds of recommendations. Business schools are not content to just ask for a generic recommendation; instead they ask targeted questions that can’t be answered by someone who doesn’t know you well. Your coach will help you determine whom to ask for letters and take steps to ensure that your letters are strong. Because questions are typically detailed, recommenders often appreciate it when you provide a summary of your interaction with them. Your summary can go a long way toward ensuring that the recommendation will be customized, detail-rich (rather than generic) and correspond effectively with your application.
Your resume is an essential part of the business school application, but it should complement your essays rather than duplicate them. We help you turn your resume into a crisp representation of your experiences that resonates with the broader strategy of your application.
While all schools have different policies on interviews (for example, Stern is by invitation only; Tuck can be upon request), many MBA applications involve an interview. This can be a terrific way to bolster your chances of admission - but it can also have a negative impact if mishandled. Your business school coach will know how these things are run, and will help you prepare for your interview, giving you the best possible chance of making a great impression on an admissions officer.
For clients who sign up for our Comprehensive Package, the overview is performed by a second coach. It can take place at any point in the process, but most clients prefer to use this service when their application is almost done. The overview covers the entirety of your application and provides an opportunity to perfect your message. For clients who have not worked with us previously, the overview represents a cost-effective way to get objective feedback on the big picture.
When the coach has finished performing the overview, you will receive a written assessment covering:
1. Your essay. We comment on the structure and substance of your business school essays, and suggest revisions for improving positioning and tone. In particular, we focus on your broad arguments for admission and how your essays contribute to or detracts from it.
2. Resume. We critique the content and presentation of the resume, but more importantly, we offer an assessment of how the resume reinforces and supplements the argument presented in your essays.
8 Wait List Letters
If you've been wait-listed, you have an opportunity to submit additional information, clarifying your continued interest and offering new information regarding your candidacy. Your writing coach can help you respond to bad news in a productive way.