With more business schools accepting the GRE, should applicants jump on this bandwagon and register for the GRE instead of the GMAT?

No. I continue to recommend taking the GMAT over the GRE, especially if you are from the more traditional backgrounds, such as private equity, banking, or consulting.

My first reason for taking this stand is that there is a lack of…

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Today, top business programs are seeing the highest GMAT scores ever.

Because of this, competition is greater for today’s applicants and applicants must make the GMAT a priority if they intend to give themselves a real shot at admission to a selective business school.

Assess Your Preparation Needs

As a first step you should determine your base score by taking a practice…

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The Harvard Business School admission questions for the class of 2014 are now out. Here are the questions:

HBS Essay (MBA applicants only):

All application questions below are required.

– Tell us about three of your accomplishments. (600 words)

– Tell us three setbacks you have faced. (600 words)

– Why do you want an MBA? (400 words)

– Answer a question you wish we’d asked. (400 words)


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hbs 2+2 essaysHBS has changed its essay questions for the 2+2 program. This year’s applicants won’t have the flexibility of having some optional essays. This time, all four essay questions are required.

– Tell us about three of your accomplishments. (600 words)

– Tell us three setbacks you have faced. (600 words)

– Why do you…

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GSB and HBS have announced their MBA application deadlines. You can find their deadlines below.

Regarding which round applicants should target, the answer is “when you think you will have the strongest application”.

Ideally, you should target round one. It…

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interview (1)In the past, getting invited for an interview was not necessary for admission to business school.

Today, however, more and more top business schools make it a point to interview every candidate to whom they expect to extend an acceptance letter.

So if you’ve received an admissions interview invitation, pat…

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We can dissect the data of who gets admitted into top MBA programs and we will see that the majority have strong academic backgrounds and work experiences.

But what’s often interesting is to look at many of those, the more than 80% of the successful MBA applicants, who are unsuccessful in their bid to land an admission offer at a top business…

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