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GMAT, GRE, or Even EA—Which Test Should I Take?

For the last few years, MBA applicants have debated the merits of taking the GMAT versus the GRE. One big lesson we all learned in 2020 is that things are more complicated than they may seem. COVID-19’s impact has stretched into this testing debate; we saw even more options introduced last year including the Executive…

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What Does a “Best Effort” MBA Application Look Like?

We at Stratus Admissions Counseling are frequently asked what it takes to get into one of the top-ranked MBA programs. Of course, you need a strong GPA, GMAT, or GRE score, along with work experience, essays, etc. But gaining acceptance also requires your best effort—meaning that you have done all that you can to create…

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The Top Seven Things to Do While on an MBA Waitlist

The Top Seven Things to Do While on an MBA Waitlist

Round 1 decisions are out, and you are not in. Although this is disappointing, the good news is that you were not denied! Here are seven tips for what you can do while you are on an MBA waiting list. 1. Breathe. Relax. Seriously, you are still in play. Celebrate! There is something—actually, probably a…

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October Tips to Get You Ready for Round 2

October Tips to Get You Ready for Round 2

As many aspiring MBA students are wrapping up Round 1 applications or anxiously awaiting a coveted interview invite, perhaps you are wondering where to begin! Do not worry. If you use your time wisely, you can have several applications complete and ready to submit before January deadlines. Here is what you need to be doing in October to ensure you get there. 

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How to Overcome a Low GMAT Score

If the GMAT is just not your thing — as in your score is 30 or more points below the average GMAT for your desired MBA program — is there ANY hope of being accepted with a low GMAT score? It makes you an expensive admit because if you have a 600 GMAT and the…

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A Month-by-Month PhD Application Timeline

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Toying with the idea of applying to a PhD program? Planning to apply, but not sure how to mount your attack? There are a lot of moving parts to a PhD application, and keeping everything in motion requires thoughtful planning. In this post, we lay out a 10-month timeline that will get you from square…

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LSAT or GRE? 4 Considerations for Law School Applicants

This was originally published as an expert guest post on the Manhattan Prep Blog GPAs, GREs, LSATs, oh my! There is now a new factor adding to the complexity of all the moving parts of law school applications—the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE), traditionally used by many graduate programs outside of law school. In March, Harvard Law School announced…

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MBAnalysis Blog: GMAT or GRE, Which Should I Take?

(Today’s MBAnalysis blog post is guest-written by Donna Bauman) Ahh… the great debate- GMAT vs GRE. Which test do you take if you are applying to MBA programs? This is a fairly recent dilemma as it has just been in the past five or so years when most MBA programs started to accept GRE scores…

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6 Things to Do in May While You Wait for MBA Essay Prompts

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] As the weather gets nicer and you continue to adjust to working from home and social distancing it may be harder to focus on your applications. There’s so much you can be doing in May to make it easier on yourself in the coming months. Here are some things you can be focused on…

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MBA Preparation Spring Clean Up – Seven Tips for April

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] Now that spring is here, time to do some cleaning up! Take a moment in-between dusting and vacuuming to organize your MBA applications as well. 1. Articulate Why MBA? And Why Now? Earning an MBA should be a transformational experience. For two years, you grow your skills, knowledge and relationships to take your career…

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Five Tips to Build your Quantitative Profile

Business schools want to admit candidates that they believe can withstand the quantitative rigor of an MBA program. Whether you are a non-traditional applicant with limited exposure to quant-focused work or someone who did not perform well in those courses as an undergrad, there is no need to beat yourself up over things that cannot…

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Six Things to do in March to Prepare for MBA Applications

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] Six months may seem like a long lead time to prepare for applying to business school, but there is a LOT more than just writing essays that needs to be done between now and September submission deadlines. If you weren’t following along last month, check out our February tips. Think back to when you…

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