Accepted Admissions Consulting Blog » Grad School Admissions http://blog.accepted.com Admissions consulting and application advice Fri, 18 Apr 2014 14:50:52 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9 Admissions consulting and application advice Accepted Admissions Consulting Blog no Admissions consulting and application advice Accepted Admissions Consulting Blog » Grad School Admissions http://blog.accepted.com/wp-content/plugins/powerpress/rss_default.jpg http://blog.accepted.com/category/grad-school-admissions/ Emlyon Launches New MSc in Luxury Management & Marketing http://blog.accepted.com/2014/04/18/emlyon-launches-new-msc-in-luxury-management-marketing/ http://blog.accepted.com/2014/04/18/emlyon-launches-new-msc-in-luxury-management-marketing/#respond Fri, 18 Apr 2014 14:35:31 +0000 http://blog.accepted.com/?p=22123 ]]> Emlyon Business School (formerly École de management de Lyon) just announced the launch of its new pre-experience Masters in Luxury Management and Marketing, a program designed to prepare students for an international management career in the luxury industry.

The 16-month program, which will be run in collaboration with the London College of Fashion, will offer maximum exposure to the world of luxury goods and manufacturing. Classes are held on three continents; students will participate in an internship anywhere in the world.

This looks like a great way to acquire marketable skills while having a blast in Lyon, London, and Shanghai! See more info here.

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Can I Use Humor In My Application Essays? http://blog.accepted.com/2014/04/08/can-i-use-humor-in-my-application-essays/ http://blog.accepted.com/2014/04/08/can-i-use-humor-in-my-application-essays/#respond Tue, 08 Apr 2014 14:15:32 +0000 http://blog.accepted.com/?p=22027 ]]> Want to let your funny side show in your application essays? Here is what Linda Abraham has to say about humor in admissions:

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Get a GRIP on Team Questions http://blog.accepted.com/2014/04/06/get-a-grip-on-team-questions/ http://blog.accepted.com/2014/04/06/get-a-grip-on-team-questions/#respond Sun, 06 Apr 2014 14:39:52 +0000 http://blog.accepted.com/?p=21917 ]]> Learn 4 tips for displaying teamwork in your application essays.

Remember that a tight GRIP = a tight team

I took away a lot of wonderful concepts, frameworks and strategies from my MBA education that led to a successful admission career. In fact, one of the most powerful lessons I learned at Michigan (now Ross) was how to lead and work effectively on teams.

Professor Noel Tichy, one of the gurus of Organizational Behavior and Leadership offered us a simple acronym that has stuck with me to this day: GRIP.  His theory was as follows:  if everyone on the team works toward a common goal that each individual fully understands and to which he/she commits; and everyone on the team understands and has the skills to carry out his/her roles and responsibilities; and everyone on the team shares information in a way that is productive; and the team has agreed to a process by which they will accomplish the goal, then the team will be effective.  In fact, our teams would periodically do a GRIP check to make certain that our GOALS, ROLES, INFORMATION and PROCESS would align to keep the projects moving forward.  When a team has only one GRIP element out of place, the team will be dysfunctional.

I use this framework with my clients when they need to describe their own teams’ successes or failures.  It helps them pinpoint what really happened to the team and not point fingers at an individual that may not have carried or had the skills to carry his/her weight because the “R” was out of alignment.  It helps them understand that by not having a process “P” in place, misunderstandings may occur.  It helps them understand the importance of working towards a common goal.  And it helps them understand the importance of transparent and effective communication “I”.

So when you are asked about teamwork, remember that a tight GRIP = a tight team and I will remember to thank Dr. Tichy for his wisdom and insight and for telling me to get a GRIP on my team.  Thank you Dr. Tichy.

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Obtaining Graduate Assistantships http://blog.accepted.com/2014/04/04/graduate-assistantships/ http://blog.accepted.com/2014/04/04/graduate-assistantships/#respond Fri, 04 Apr 2014 14:50:25 +0000 http://blog.accepted.com/?p=21974 ]]> @TNicole84 asks us for advice on obtaining graduate assistantships. Here’s information and a few application tips:

Check out our PhD Admissions 101 Page!

Need help funding your graduate education?

Assistantships are a way of funding your graduate education. They are more often awarded to PhD students than to master’s students (though a department may sometimes have funding available for exceptional master’s students). You may be awarded a Teaching Assistantship (meaning you help teach a class, teach a section of a larger class, teach a lab, or the like—responsibilities vary by institution); or a Research Assistantship (meaning you work with faculty to support their research—your responsibilities will depend on your field).

Most PhD programs will evaluate your application for funding (including assistantships, fellowships, etc) when they admit you, based on the same materials you submitted with your application for admission. Most universities also require that you file a financial aid application (including the FAFSA, if you are eligible for federal aid), so that they can also determine your financial need. Check the requirements for each university you’re applying to.

Some universities offer “named” fellowships/assistantships through campus research centers or interdisciplinary teaching centers—these programs are likely to have independent application processes. Research your options carefully and make sure you get all your application materials in on time.

If you’ve been admitted for a PhD and your department has not offered you funding (in the form of assistantships/fellowships), contact the department to ask whether students are able to apply for assistantships in other (allied) departments. For instance, the university might offer graduate teaching assistantships for interdisciplinary general education courses, and positions might become available late in the year. If you’re in English, perhaps the Composition department needs additional TAs. Find out what materials you need to submit (normally your CV, LORs, occasionally the application you submitted for admission).

If you’re applying for a TAship independently of your admission application, use your CV to highlight any previous teaching experience. In your cover letter, explain why pedagogy is important to you and why you see teaching as an important part of your academic training (and career). If you’re applying outside of your home department, make sure you can demonstrate you have the skills to do the job (for instance, if you’re an Applied Math student, can you also TA Physics? If you’re a Comparative Literature student, can you TA German?).

In addition, you can often supplement your primary funding with work as a grader or reader during exam periods.

Helpful resources on campus will include your home department, the office of graduate studies, and the financial aid office.

Good luck!

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Rebecca Blustein By , Accepted.com editor and former Student Affairs Officer at UCLA’s Scholarship Resource Center, and author of Financing Your Future: Winning Fellowships, Scholarships and Awards for Grad School. Rebecca will be happy to assist you with your grad school applications.

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GMAT, GRE, SAT, and All Things Test Prep http://blog.accepted.com/2014/04/03/gmat-gre-sat-and-all-things-test-prep/ http://blog.accepted.com/2014/04/03/gmat-gre-sat-and-all-things-test-prep/#respond Thu, 03 Apr 2014 14:39:11 +0000 http://blog.accepted.com/?p=21977 ]]> Bhavin-1-closeup-500x500GMAT, GRE, SAT… If one of these tests graces your future, tune in to our interview with Bhavin Parikh, CEO and founder of Magoosh, the leading online test prep company.

Listen to the recording of our conversation with Bhavin for great test prep advice and the lowdown on Magoosh.

00:02:17 – The story behind Magoosh and a word about it’s future.

00:04:10 – Why Bhavin is on a “mission to change the way people learn.”

00:06:09 – More effective than traditional test-prep: How do you know?

00:07:44 – What makes Magoosh different.

00:11:39 – The risks of self-study (Magoosh is like a gym membership).

00:14:24 – Best GMAT (and GRE) prep tips.

00:18:29 – The million dollar question: GMAT or GRE?

00:22:15 – SAT changes ahead.

00:25:43 – The Hansoo Lee Fellowship for Haas entrepreneurs.

00:27:58 – Bhavin’s stand on the debate about the value of the MBA to entrepreneurs.

00:30:18 – Last pieces of advice for applicants.

Listen to the full conversation to learn more!

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Relevant Links:

•  Magoosh
•  Should You Retake the GMAT?
•  How to Put Your Best Foot Forward on Test Day 
•  The Hansoo Lee Fellowship
•  7 Steps to a Successful MBA Application

Related Shows:

•  Interview with Chris Ryan of Manhattan GMAT
•  Linda Abraham on Overcoming Weaknesses
•  MBA Admissions According to an Expert
•  CommonBond’s Story: A Revolution in Student Loans

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Choosing Among Multiple Offers http://blog.accepted.com/2014/04/01/choosing-among-multiple-offers/ http://blog.accepted.com/2014/04/01/choosing-among-multiple-offers/#respond Tue, 01 Apr 2014 14:48:33 +0000 http://blog.accepted.com/?p=21922 ]]> Preparing to apply for a PhD? Check out our PhD Admissions 101 Page.

Which program most closely matches your interests?

Whether you’re applying for a Master’s or a PhD, entering April with multiple offers in hand is a terrific position to be in. Now you need to evaluate which program is the very best one for your needs. Here are some important things to think about as you make your choice:

Location: Can you see yourself living in the city/region where the university is located—either for 1-2 years for a master’s, or up to 6 (or more) for a PhD? Do you have family or friends in the area where the school is located? Do you have a spouse who will need to find work in the area? Consider the practical and emotional aspects of choosing a place to live.

Reputation: Is one of the departments a better match in terms of its reputation in your field of interest? (Note: this doesn’t necessarily correspond with rankings!)

Fit: Go back to the notes you made when you were selecting schools to apply to. (If you didn’t make careful notes then, now’s the time.) Which program has the best opportunities for you, in terms of curriculum, research opportunities, etc? Which program most closely matches your interests?

Research: This applies mainly to PhD students. Who will be your research supervisor? Have you had the chance to meet or correspond with potential supervisors at the programs you’re choosing from (or their current students)? Your undergraduate adviser is also a helpful resource, if s/he knows the field well. You want to do your best to choose a program where you will have great mentoring and research supervision.

Funding: This is of more significance for PhD students, since PhD programs are often fully funded, while fewer MA/MS programs offer funding. Which program offered you the best/most attractive funding package? How do the packages compare in terms of their composition (fellowships vs assistantships)? How many years is funding guaranteed for, and is summer funding available?

Cost of living: Related to both funding and location is the cost of living. In some parts of the country, a graduate stipend might be plenty to live on, while in very expensive markets, you may need to consider loans (or additional employment) to cover living expenses.

Evaluating multiple attractive offers is an enviable position to be in! We wish you the best as you make your choice.

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Rebecca Blustein By , Accepted.com editor and former Student Affairs Officer at UCLA’s Scholarship Resource Center, and author of Financing Your Future: Winning Fellowships, Scholarships and Awards for Grad School. Rebecca will be happy to assist you with your grad school applications.

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CommonBond Offers New Refinancing Program for Grads http://blog.accepted.com/2014/03/30/commonbond-offers-new-refinancing-program-for-grads/ http://blog.accepted.com/2014/03/30/commonbond-offers-new-refinancing-program-for-grads/#respond Sun, 30 Mar 2014 21:20:23 +0000 http://blog.accepted.com/?p=21746 ]]> CommonBond just released its new Grad Refinance Loan™, available to law school, med school, engineering, and b-school graduates.

With the new refinancing program, borrowers will receive:

•  Low fixed rates for 10- and 15-year loans.

•  A single monthly bill after the consolidation of multiple loans.

•  Personalized service from the CommonBond team.

Do you want to learn more about CommonBond and how they can help you pay for grad school? Check out our recent podcast, CommonBond’s Story: A Revolution in Student Loans, in which Wharton grads and co-founders of this student loan financing startup share excellent advice on how you can finance your education.

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GRE vs GMAT [Infographic!] http://blog.accepted.com/2014/03/30/gre-vs-gmat-infographic/ http://blog.accepted.com/2014/03/30/gre-vs-gmat-infographic/#respond Sun, 30 Mar 2014 14:12:39 +0000 http://blog.accepted.com/?p=21784 ]]> Magoosh just released an excellent new GRE vs. GMAT Infographic that presents a side-by-side comparison of the GRE and the GMAT. Check it out, share it, and decide which test is right for your b-school applications!

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PhD Waitlist — Is There Anything You Can Do? http://blog.accepted.com/2014/03/28/phd-waitlist-is-there-anything-you-can-do/ http://blog.accepted.com/2014/03/28/phd-waitlist-is-there-anything-you-can-do/#respond Fri, 28 Mar 2014 19:38:31 +0000 http://blog.accepted.com/?p=21854 ]]> 6 tips for waitlisted applicants

A frustrating place to be!

@JoifulJoi posted the question on Twitter that inspired this post. Thanks for the great question and congrats on the interview invitation.

Anyone who’s been on one can tell you that the waitlist can be a frustrating place to be! On the other hand, the fact that the committee has waitlisted you shows that you’re very close to the top of their rankings. If you’ve been waitlisted by a PhD program, what should you know, and what can you do?

The short answer is: not very much, other than be patient. But there are some important things to consider and be aware of.

Do you want to stay on a PhD waitlist?

First, consider whether you want to stay on the waitlist. Do you have other offers? Is this your top choice school? Is it the only school you were waitlisted at (with rejections everywhere else)? If you definitely want to stay on the waitlist, look carefully at the correspondence you received from the program and see whether there’s anything you need to do or to let them know: do you need to confirm you want to remain on the waitlist? If so, you can take that as an opportunity to briefly affirm your interest in their program. Most PhD programs aren’t interested in having a lot of contact from you, and you don’t want to turn them off—so don’t send them unsolicited materials. (Conversely, if they ask for updates, by all means supply them!)

The PhD Notification Timeline

Second, understand the timeline you’re dealing with. For most US PhD programs, April 15 is their notification/enrollment date. Schools require a commitment from admitted students by the April 15 deadline, in order to fill their classes by that date. If there’s movement off the waitlist, you can expect to hear something as April 15 approaches (and even slightly afterward).

If you’ve received notification that you’re on a waitlist, you’re dealing with a program that is at least being transparent about its waitlisting procedures. You could be on a waitlist and not even know it. Most programs start letting admitted (and rejected) students know their status in late February or early March—but as I said, the process lasts until mid-April. Many schools will rank candidates below their “admit” list, but not send a notification unless a space opens up—in other words, you might not hear anything at all from the school until they determine, in April, whether they have space for you. (Talk about frustrating!) Schools that do this will send their final rejection notifications in April, too.

If you’re on the waitlist and you haven’t heard anything as April 15 approaches, you can consider contacting the admissions chair to ask what your rank is on the waitlist—that will give you a clearer picture of whether you have a realistic chance.

Financial Implications of the PhD waitlist

Third, consider whether there would be any financial aid/funding implications to being admitted to a program late (if you do decide to remain on the waitlist and are admitted). Some programs may have distributed all of their fellowship funds early, to students at the top of their list.

Unfortunately, the waitlist does involve some patience—but the fact that you’re waitlisted at a very competitive program does mean that your application is strong. Good luck!

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Rebecca Blustein By , Accepted.com editor and former Student Affairs Officer at UCLA’s Scholarship Resource Center, and author of Financing Your Future: Winning Fellowships, Scholarships and Awards for Grad School. Rebecca will be happy to assist you with your grad school applications.

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5 Million to Share: The 43North Competition http://blog.accepted.com/2014/03/20/5-million-to-share-the-43north-competition/ http://blog.accepted.com/2014/03/20/5-million-to-share-the-43north-competition/#respond Thu, 20 Mar 2014 17:48:23 +0000 http://blog.accepted.com/?p=21705 ]]> Want to know more? Listen to the full episode!Do you have a great business idea but need 1 million dollars to get yourself started? Meet Peter Burakowski, Senior Marketing Manager at 43North.

Listen to the recording of our fascinating conversation with Peter to find out why 43North is going to give away $5 million dollars to eleven promising entrepreneurs and what you need to do if you want to be one of the winners.

00:01:43 – About 43North (and why you really want to win).

00:10:06 – Who can apply.

00:11:21 – Why retail and hospitality are excluded.

00:12:25 – The 43North application process.

00:14:30 – What are the judges looking for?

00:16:33 – Setting up shop in Buffalo.

00: 21:49 – How many applicants are vying for the gold?

00:23:37 – About the judges. (Will you be one of them?)

00:27:32 – Mentorship and community.

00:31:03 – A lot more than a t-shirt: what happens to the semi-finalists.

Listen to the full conversation to learn more!

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Relevant Links:

•  43North
•  Which Universities Contribute the Most to VC-Backed Entrepreneurship?
•  MBA Admissions Special Reports
•  Grad School Admissions Special Reports
•  Med School Admissions Special Reports
•  Law School Admissions Special Reports

Related Shows:

•  MBAs Across America: The Coolest HBS Internship
•  Which Schools are Good for PE/VC and VC-Backed Entrepreneurship
•  Business, Law and Beyond: An Interview with John Engelman
•  Dr. Douglas Stayman Shares the Scoop on Cornell Tech NYC
•  Jeff Reid on Entrepreneurship
•  CommonBond’s Story: A Revolution in Student Loans

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Can You Get Accepted After Doing Something Stupid? http://blog.accepted.com/2014/03/16/can-you-get-accepted-after-doing-something-stupid/ http://blog.accepted.com/2014/03/16/can-you-get-accepted-after-doing-something-stupid/#comments Sun, 16 Mar 2014 14:50:02 +0000 http://blog.accepted.com/?p=21603 ]]> Check out our MBA Admissions 101 Pages!

Don’t try to hide a conviction.

The point of this article is not to tell you that you shouldn’t engage in disorderly conduct, petty theft, or other minor (or major) infractions (though you really shouldn’t…); what we want to discuss here is how you should overcome the obstacle of a criminal record when approached with the application question: “Have you ever been convicted of a crime? If yes, please explain.”

If you did something stupid, something deserving of a conviction or suspension, how do you prove to an admissions committee that you are worthy of their acceptance?

First, don’t try to hide a conviction. Clients often ask me if they really need to bring up their troubled past, and I tell them they do. Admissions committees (and the firms they hire) conduct background checks on applicants, and an unexplained discrepancy gives them an easy reason to reject your application or withdraw an offer of admission, so, when asked, own up to your behavior on your application.

Don’t make excuses. The biggest struggle I face when helping troubled clients is getting them to move past their tendency to justify their behavior: their writing tends to get overlong with explanations. Even very subtle self-serving statements can be read by an admissions committee as failure to take responsibility for your behavior, so leave out the excuses and directly address what you did.

Don’t go overboard addressing the infraction. The second biggest struggle I face is keeping clients from turning their applications into overblown mea culpas. A client once came to me having written two required essays and an optional essay all addressing a mistake from the past—too much! Often, a well-written response to an application’s “failure” essay question is enough.

Do show that you learned your lesson and that your past behavior won’t happen again. This step tends to be less of a struggle for clients, because usually they can show remorse, they can show the actions they took to atone for their behavior, and they can show how they matured from their experiences. Often such clients become heavily involved with their community, counseling others who tend toward their same behavior and managing to turn their failure into a success benefitting others.

Perfect execution of these suggestions certainly will increase your chances of admission, but they may not be enough to gain you acceptance to a top school. So avoid having to deal with this situation altogether: think twice and three times before you do something that you could regret for a very long time.

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Pew Study Shows Grad Degrees Pay Off! http://blog.accepted.com/2014/03/12/pew-study-shows-grad-degrees-pay-off/ http://blog.accepted.com/2014/03/12/pew-study-shows-grad-degrees-pay-off/#respond Wed, 12 Mar 2014 17:59:16 +0000 http://blog.accepted.com/?p=21534 ]]> Learn how to evaluate your profile, skills, and experiences to determine if, when, and where you should apply to graduate school.

A graduate education can be a fantastic investment, or burdensome expense.

According to a Pew study, earnings of college grads with no further education have increased 13% since 1984, while earnings of those with advanced degrees have risen 23% in that same time period. For those with professional and doctorate degrees, the numbers jump even higher, to 34%.

This data, however, doesn’t take into account the following two things: 1) These increases don’t reflect the unemployment rate – that is, they only show a pay increase for those graduates who have found work; 2) They don’t take household income into consideration – the higher the socioeconomic status, the greater the chance is that marriage and childbearing has been delayed (i.e. fewer dependents) and the greater the chance for greater gains.

Let’s take a look at monthly household income for a moment: The median adjusted monthly household income of college graduates has gone up $1,300 since 1984. For households headed by someone with an advanced degree, that inflation-adjusted amount is $1,500, and for those with professional or doctorate degrees, it’s skyrocketed to $3,400. For those who have not completed a bachelor’s degree, monthly household income has decreased since 1984.

Here are two additional points:

•   The study doesn’t show that higher education has caused financial gain, just the association between the two.

•   Since 1984, the percentage of college grads who’ve gone on to complete an advanced degree has only gone up 1% (from 26% in 1984 to 27% in 2009). This amount is statistically insignificant and goes against the belief that a weak economy pushes people into higher education.

My Thoughts

While I’m always glad to see evidence that a graduate education pays off, I’m concerned about two omissions in this report.

1. This research doesn’t reflect the increased cost of graduate education since 1984.

2. By talking in terms of averages and aggregates, this research doesn’t reflect the uneven benefits of graduate and professional education. The STEM fields in general are booming. The job market for humanities and law grads has basically crashed.

Before plunking down those tuition dollars or even starting the application process, it behooves you to pursue your dreams with an eye on the top and bottom line and a few of the lines in between. What is your education going to cost you? What are the likely financial benefits?

A graduate education can be a fantastic investment, or burdensome expense. Do the homework and research necessary before spending your hard earned cash or assuming thousands of dollars in debt. You want to arrive on campus with confidence that the return on your tuition dollar and time will be more fantastic than the cost.

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Waitlisted! What Now? http://blog.accepted.com/2014/02/27/waitlisted-what-now/ http://blog.accepted.com/2014/02/27/waitlisted-what-now/#respond Thu, 27 Feb 2014 19:08:02 +0000 http://blog.accepted.com/?p=21411 ]]> Listen to the full recording of 'Waitlisted! Now What?'So, you’ve been waitlisted and you’re not sure whether to laugh or cry. You can choose to do either, neither or both, but then it is time to figure out what to do next.

Listen to the recording of our latest podcast episode to hear Linda Abraham’s six tips for waitlisted applicants. Make sure you know what to do (and what not to do!) to ensure that you are the candidate on the very top of that waitlist.

00:01:28 – Devastated about your waitlisted status? Don’t give up!

00:02:16 – Don’t be an independent thinker please.

00:03:43 – Self-evaluate and take action.

00:04:24 – Spread the good word (even if it doesn’t relate to your weaknesses).

00:05:44 – Schools like applicants who are interested in attending their program!

00:06:13 – Don’t spam the adcom.

00:06:48 – How a waitlist letter should begin and what it should include.

00:07:33 – Addressing your weaknesses without sounding weak.

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Relevant Links:

•  MBA Waitlist Advice 101
•  Med School Waitlist Advice 101
•  Grad School Waitlist Advice 101
•  College Waitlist Advice 101 
•  The Nine Mistakes You Don’t Want to Make on an MBA Waitlistan ebook
•  The Nine Mistakes You Don’t Want to Make on a Med School Waitlistan ebook
•  The Nine Mistakes You Don’t Want to Make on a Law School Waitlist, an ebook

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How to Put Your Best Foot Forward on Test Day http://blog.accepted.com/2014/02/27/how-to-put-your-best-foot-forward-test-day/ http://blog.accepted.com/2014/02/27/how-to-put-your-best-foot-forward-test-day/#respond Thu, 27 Feb 2014 15:39:46 +0000 http://blog.accepted.com/?p=21392 ]]>
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The key to GRE success?

Many of us have gotten through school with decent grades by relying on one method: cramming. We’ll likely order a jumbo-sized coffee, deposit ourselves in the far corner of a café, and condense three-months of material into a six-hour, red-eyed, caffeine-fueled study session.

If you pull those shenanigans test day, you’ll definitely end up with those red eyes—which you’ll want to close as soon as you see your score.

The GRE is a massive test that, for many, requires months of intense preparation: vocabulary lists, math fundamentals, mock tests, and dense reading passages are just the tip of the GRE iceberg. To do your best, you will simply need a lot of time.

But of course things are a little more complicated than that. You can’t just hole yourself away in some attic, and live and breathe GRE prep. Sure, you’ll probably improve a little, but really maxing out your potential comes down to the following:

What you study

The GRE universe contains books and resources vital to your success; it also contains materials that are out-of-date or not really representative of what you’ll see on the test.

How you study

Many labor under the delusion that all they need to do to improve is one problem after another.  First off, you have to make sure that you are using the proper strategies. That’s why learning the strategies from the best resources is really important. If your approach is off, you are only reinforcing it by doing problem after problem.

You’ll also want to understand why you are missing certain questions. That is, don’t just understand why the right answer was right, but why the wrong one you chose was wrong.

You’ll also want to take practice tests to chart your progress. It helps to have a goal in mind so make sure you know the average GRE scores of the programs you’re looking to get into.

When you study

If possible, don’t rely on once a week study binges, hoping that 6 hours in one day will make up for six days you didn’t crack open a single book. Spread out your study sessions throughout the week. Even 20 minutes here and there will make a big difference and keep the material fresher than were you do GRE prep just once a week.

What about those last 24 hours?

Believe it or not, if you’ve been studying properly for about six weeks leading up to the test, those last 24 hours should be relatively stress-free.

Of course that doesn’t mean I’m not going to share some last minute GRE tips. First off, don’t cram. You should review words you already know, but don’t undertake new words or anything demanding—don’t try to knock out a set of three essays, washing them down with back-to-back verbal sections. The key is keeping your stress low and your confidence up. There is no need to upset your equilibrium for the sake of one problem set.

At the same time, keep the engine oiled those last 24 hours by doing some review. Make sure to get a good night’s rest; don’t go into the test center starving (nor gorge yourself on some decadent meal an hour before your appointment); and don’t down 20-oz of coffee the night before.

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MagooshThis post was written by Chris Lele, resident GRE expert at Magoosh. For more advice on taking the GRE, check out Magoosh’s GRE blog.

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Two Ways to Reveal Leadership in Your Applications http://blog.accepted.com/2014/02/25/two-ways-to-reveal-leadership-in-your-applications/ http://blog.accepted.com/2014/02/25/two-ways-to-reveal-leadership-in-your-applications/#respond Tue, 25 Feb 2014 16:12:26 +0000 http://blog.accepted.com/?p=21367 ]]> Leadership is one of the of the most valued attributes in admissions. In this short video, Linda Abraham discusses two main ways you can show the adcom that you are a leader.

For more tips on revealing leadership in your applications, check out:

•  Leadership in Admissions, a free special report.

•  4 Ways to Show How You’ll Contribute in the Future

•  What Should I Write About? Making a Difference

•  MBA Admissions A-Z: L is for Leadership

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Review of BenchPrep’s Online Test Prep Site http://blog.accepted.com/2014/02/20/review-of-benchpreps-online-test-prep-site/ http://blog.accepted.com/2014/02/20/review-of-benchpreps-online-test-prep-site/#respond Thu, 20 Feb 2014 19:34:41 +0000 http://blog.accepted.com/?p=21045 ]]> Check out BenchPrep!I just logged into the BenchPrep test prep website and am welcomed with their greeting of “Gain an unfair advantage on test day”; I like this – a test prep site with an edge! Let’s continue exploring…

After you sign in and choose your test (see list below), you’ll then choose your target test date. The program then generates a study plan of week-by-week tasks that you’ll need to complete to achieve your optimal preparedness for your chosen exam. Each task has a timeframe next to it, indicating the expected amount of time the exercise should take – a nice touch.

As you move through the little icons on the left side of the screen, you’ll encounter some nice features – games (mainly flashcard games – pretty simple and straightforward), practice tests, discussion boards, study groups, and others. Another organizational feature is the table of contents icon which, when you click on it, gives you a very clear outline of your study plan with links to other parts of the site.

There is also a BenchPrep mobile app (Android and iPhone), making this program excellent for test-preppers on-the-go!

One thing I’d like to see more of on this site are videos. There is certainly no shortage of written prep resources here – there are loads of practice tests and explanations and tips, which of course are extremely important. For some people, this may be exactly what they’re looking for, but others – those auditory/visual types – the absence of video will be noticed.

Tests (a sampling):

ACT • GMAT • PMP Exam
• AP Exam • GRE • Police Officer Exam
• CFA Level I Exam                       . • LSAT • Postal Exam
• CLEP • MCAT • Praxis Test
• EMT • Nursing School Entrance Exams        . • SAT
• FRM • PCAT
• Firefighter Exam • PE Exam

Features:

• Ask-a-tutor, and receive an answer within 24 hours
•  Bookmarking and highlighting features
•  Ratings/tracking of your confidence level (so you can go back to review those weak areas)
•  Games
•  Practice tests
•  Discussion boards
•  Study groups

Head to BenchPrep now to check out these features on your own!

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Personal Statement Fatal Flaw #1: Lack of Substance http://blog.accepted.com/2014/02/19/personal-statement-fatal-flaw-1-lack-of-substance-2/ http://blog.accepted.com/2014/02/19/personal-statement-fatal-flaw-1-lack-of-substance-2/#respond Wed, 19 Feb 2014 16:12:53 +0000 http://blog.accepted.com/?p=21236 ]]> Click here to learn how to avoid the other 4 personal statement fatal flaws.Writing about nothing tends to bore, like a trite sitcom or movie with no plot. They lack substance and so will your essay if it isn’t based on:

• Substantive self-reflection.

• Use of specifics, examples, and anecdotes.

• Willingness to reveal your thought processes and feelings.

So start your writing process with self-knowledge. You don’t have to search the internet or a large library. Start with your experiences and your dreams. Search your head and your heart. That is where the substance of a good personal statement is stored.

Then use anecdotes, specifics, and examples to reveal what’s in your heart and show that your dreams are grounded in experience. Good examples can bring your essays to life and engage the reader.

At the same time, recognize that essays with only examples and anecdotes don’t reveal your thought processes and consequently are also superficial. Make sure you balance your stories with insight and analysis.

Avoid Fatal Flaw #1: Bring your essays to life with self-reflection and astute use of examples balanced by analysis.

This tip is an excerpt from Five Fatal Flaws: Eliminate the 5 Most Common Flaws in your Application Essays and Personal Statements. To view the entire free special report, please click here.

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Goal Setting as an Entrepreneur http://blog.accepted.com/2014/02/17/goal-setting-as-an-entrepreneur/ http://blog.accepted.com/2014/02/17/goal-setting-as-an-entrepreneur/#respond Mon, 17 Feb 2014 18:24:55 +0000 http://blog.accepted.com/?p=21033 ]]> Check out our Entrepreneurship 101 Page!I always ask my clients to state their long and short-term goals for me on our first meeting.  Eighty percent of the time I hear the response, “I want to be an entrepreneur.”  So I begin to peel away at the onion.

• What problem is your business going to solve?

•  Why is it different than a solution that exists today?

• Is there a market for the goods or services you plan to sell?

•  How big is that market?

•  Who is your competition?

•  Can you patent your solution?

•  What will your margins be?

•  How will you finance this business?

•  What is your expected return on investment?

•  What is the exit strategy?

You can’t just say, “I want to be an entrepreneur” and leave it at that.  You also can’t just have an idea or concept.  You need to have the skeleton of an actual business plan if you want to credibly declare yourself an entrepreneur in your MBA application.

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Natalie Grinblatt Epstein By , an accomplished Accepted.com consultant/editor (since 2008) and entrepreneur. Natalie is a former MBA Admissions Dean and Director at Ross, Johnson, and Carey.

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Professional Science Masters Programs Gain Popularity http://blog.accepted.com/2014/02/03/professional-science-masters-program-gain-popularity/ http://blog.accepted.com/2014/02/03/professional-science-masters-program-gain-popularity/#respond Mon, 03 Feb 2014 16:26:59 +0000 http://blog.accepted.com/?p=20903 ]]> Check out our Grad School Admissions 101 pages for great advice.

First-time enrollment in PSM programs is up 19%

The Council of Graduate Schools (CGS) released its annual report on enrollment in professional science masters (PSM) programs. According to the CGS article on the subject, the PSM is a graduate degree “designed to allow students to pursue advanced training in science or mathematics while simultaneously developing workplace skills highly valued by employers.”

Highlights from the report, as well as from a 2013 CGS survey, include:

• First-time enrollment in PSM programs is up 19% (to 1900 students) from 2010 to 2013. (Compare this to the 1.9% increase in first-time enrollment of domestic students at U.S. grad schools in general between 2007 and 2012.)
• Total enrollment increased 23% (to 5800 students) between 2010 and 2013.
• First time application volume increased 59% over that same period.
• 91% of surveyed PSM graduates were employed in a job in their field of study; 68% of those employed full-time reported an annual salary above $50,000.
• 46% of 7000 applicants were accepted to PSM programs in the fall of 2013.
• 53% of PSM students were men in 2013; 47% were women. (In terms of degrees awarded, 54% were awarded to men and 46% to women.)
•  Four fields of study dominated among PSM students: computer/information sciences (21%), environmental sciences/natural resources (15%), math and statistics (15%), and biotechnology (14%).
• 18% of grads at U.S. PSM programs were international students.
• 23% of U.S. citizens and permanent residents who graduated from PSM programs in 2012-2013 were minorities.

See more details at the CGS article, “Upward Trends Continue in Professional Science Master’s Enrollment and Degrees.”

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Linda Abraham By , president and founder of Accepted.com and co-author of the new, definitive book on MBA admissions, MBA Admission for Smarties: The No-Nonsense Guide to Acceptance at Top Business Schools.

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What Does the GRE Have to Do with Actual Grad School? http://blog.accepted.com/2014/02/02/what-does-the-gre-have-to-do-with-actual-grad-school/ http://blog.accepted.com/2014/02/02/what-does-the-gre-have-to-do-with-actual-grad-school/#respond Sun, 02 Feb 2014 16:18:07 +0000 http://blog.accepted.com/?p=20710 ]]> Check out our Grad School Admissions 101 pages!

You don’t want to throw the GRE baby out with the bath water.

Learning all those words, from lachrymose to perfunctory, and memorizing all those formulas, from work rate to compound interest, you’ve probably asked yourself countless times: What the “beep” does this have to do with grad school?

Any such frustration is pretty justified, because much of what you learn on the GRE has little to do with the skills you’ll actually use in grad school. At the same time, you don’t want to throw the GRE baby out with the bath water. There are actually some grad-school relevant skills that you are honing, as you prep those long hours.

At a very general level, you will improve your focus, especially on dense, academic passages. And many words that you never thought you’d see again after GRE prep, will find away of popping up in much of the reading you do.

Of course there is the math, which those of you in the non-math fields think you’ll never see again. While there probably won’t be any circles floating about in your research, statistics, which pops up on the GRE, does factor into many graduate fields.

Finally, there is the writing section. By improving your writing skills—which I assume you’ve been doing if you’ve been studying for the GRE—you have a skill that will help you throughout grad school, and beyond. Especially if you are using the GRE for business school, you will need to have excellent writing skills, both in terms of grammar and the way that you build a convincing case.

To reap such rewards you might be asking your how long I should I study for the GRE?  To notice any improvements you can’t just study for a week or two. Sedulous care must be taken across all the areas of the GRE, if you want to see any long-lasting results. So if you don’t study that much for the GRE and don’t end up getting a good GRE score, then you won’t really be able to apply what you learnt (since you didn’t learn much).

Takeaway

So if you have been studying for months—canceling social engagements and missing your favorite T.V. shows—don’t think your score is just for one big day. The skills that you apply, from developing a strong “number sense” to be able to sit through and digest complex reading passages, will help you not only on test day, but also in grad school. Who knows, maybe you’ll even encounter the word perfunctory.

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How to Write Waitlist Update Letters http://blog.accepted.com/2014/01/31/how-to-write-waitlist-update-letters-2/ http://blog.accepted.com/2014/01/31/how-to-write-waitlist-update-letters-2/#comments Fri, 31 Jan 2014 16:23:38 +0000 http://blog.accepted.com/?p=20363 ]]>
You are so close to acceptance, but still not quite there! Get the guidance you need to get that offer of admission.

Continue fighting for that acceptance!

The application process is not over for waitlisted applicants. You’ve still got a chance of getting into your dream school, so now’s not the time to slack off, and it’s certainly not the time to give up. Continue fighting for that acceptance!

Your waitlist updates (you write those) and letters of support (other people write these) should focus on three areas:

1) Your growing list of qualifications. You want to prove to the adcoms that while you were a responsible, accomplished, impressive candidate before, now you are even more so. Discuss recent initiatives you’ve taken—in the workplace and in your community—and developments or advances you’ve made in your career or academics.

2) Steps you’ve taken to ameliorate shortcomings. Figure out what weaknesses were revealed in your application and/or interview and work to improve them. Be able to discuss specific changes you’ve made in your life—education and career—that make you a stronger candidate.

3) How you fit with the school. You were born to attend this school and this school was created just for you. Your fit is as perfect as a cozy glove on a cold hand.

Waitlist Update Writing Step-By-Step:

1) Begin your letter by briefly thanking the school for considering your application. Don’t talk about your disappointment; instead focus on how the school’s philosophy and approach fit your educational goals.

2) Discuss your recent accomplishments. Choose achievements that you did not address in your application and try and tie them back to key themes in your essays. These could include a recent promotion, freshly minted A’s, a new leadership role in a project or organization, a recent volunteer experience, initiatives you’ve taken in your department, business, or club, additional work responsibilities, etc.

3) Talk about the measures you’ve taken to ameliorate your weaknesses, if necessary. Focus on the action you’ve taken rather than on the actual shortcoming. For example, if you have/had weak communication skills, discuss how you enrolled in Toastmasters and how the experience has influenced and inspired you.

4) If you are sure that upon acceptance you would attend, inform the school of your commitment.

Above all, stay positive as your letter will reflect your attitude. Adcoms do not want to read a bitter and angry letter, nor will they want that writer in their classrooms.

A couple of caveats:

• Don’t waste your reader’s time by repeating material already in your application.

• Don’t write if the school states explicitly that it doesn’t want to hear from you.

Help! I'm on the waitlist!

For more information on how to transform your waitlist status into an acceptance, check out one of Accepted’s popular waitlist ebooks:

• The Nine Mistakes You Don’t Want to Make on an MBA Waitlist

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The Stanford MSx Program for Experienced Leaders http://blog.accepted.com/2014/01/30/the-stanford-msx-program-for-experienced-leaders/ http://blog.accepted.com/2014/01/30/the-stanford-msx-program-for-experienced-leaders/#respond Thu, 30 Jan 2014 19:15:14 +0000 http://blog.accepted.com/?p=20862 ]]> Listen to the full interview!Do you need an advanced business education, but a full time MBA isn’t a good option for you? There is a fabulous option that you just may not have heard about yet.

Want to know more?

Listen to the recording of our recent interview with Mike Hochleutner – Director of the Stanford MSx Program, Stanford’s ‘one-year, full-time Masters of Science degree program for experienced leaders.’

00:02:31 – Stanford’s MSx program: What it is, whom it’s for, and how it came about.

00:05:58 – The evolution of the program & the influence of entrepreneurship.

00:10:23 – What the name change signified.

00:12:42 – Recent improvements to the program.

00:14:16 – Places to go and people to meet: the MSx trips.

00:20:28 – What the Stanford MSx Fellows have in common.

00:24:14 – The difference between the Stanford MBA and the MSx program.

00:27:54 – Career changing and career services.

00:34:19 – Sponsored students and career resources.

00:36:04 – 3 tips for developing leadership qualities in yourself.

00:41:58 – Want to apply to the MSx program? Here is what they are looking for.

00:47:27 – Goals! Why you need to know why you are doing what you are doing.

Admissions Straight Talk Subscribe to Admissions Straight Talk in iTunes so you don’t miss any segments! Stay in the admissions know.

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Relevant Links:

•  Ace the EMBAa free special report.
•  Executive MBA Application Essay Tips for Top Programs
•  Stanford Graduate School School of Business
•  
Stanford MSx for Experienced Leaders

Related Shows:

•  Dr. Douglas Stayman Shares the Scoop on Cornell Tech NYC
•  Global Business Leadership at Wharton’s Lauder Institute
•  Jeff Reid on Entrepreneurship
•  Interview with Anne Perigo, UM Master in Entrepreneurship
•  
Interview with Duke’s Sheryle Dirks

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10 PhD Interview Tips http://blog.accepted.com/2014/01/24/10-phd-interview-tips/ http://blog.accepted.com/2014/01/24/10-phd-interview-tips/#respond Fri, 24 Jan 2014 15:42:26 +0000 http://blog.accepted.com/?p=20726 ]]> @JoifulJoi posted the question on Twitter that inspired this post. Thanks for the great question and congrats on the interview invitation.

Prepare questions for your interview!

Be prepared to discuss goals.

While not all PhD programs require interviews, some do (including many overseas). If you’re invited to interview, take full advantage of the opportunity you’ve been given by preparing effectively—review your research on the department, prepare to talk about your PhD research goals, etc.  (a mock interview can be helpful!).

Here’s some advice to help you prepare:

1. Be prepared to discuss why you want to pursue your PhD, what your long term goals are, etc.

2. Why did you choose this program? Review your notes on the department, the research agendas of the faculty you’re interested in working with, etc. What unique opportunities would you have as a student in this department?

3. Be prepared to discuss your research interests—both your broad field and your specific research plans. What are your goals for your PhD? Whom do you want to work with? How will your work make a contribution to your field? What questions are most exciting to you?

4. Be prepared to talk intelligently about the important issues/questions in your field. (If the interviewer mentions a book or article you’re not familiar with, don’t pretend to have read it—acknowledge you haven’t gotten to that article yet, but show that you’re interested in seeing how it relates to your work. If you can, refer to related articles or books that you have read.)

5. Review your CV and SOP. Be prepared to discuss the experiences that have prepared you for doctoral study (especially research work—your master’s thesis, undergrad thesis, any assistantships or significant fieldwork/labwork). If your CV has gaps—especially with regard to the specialized skills that are important in your field—be ready to explain how you have gained those skills (or will gain them prior to starting your degree).

6. If you’re interviewing for a position on a grant-funded  project (this is especially pertinent overseas, where you may have applied for a PhD spot as part of a specific project), explain how your research goals relate to the goals of the project.

7. If the program expects PhD students to serve as teaching assistants, be prepared to talk about the teaching/mentoring experiences you’ve had and why you want to be a teacher/scholar).

8. By interviewing you, the department is also trying to get a sense of who you are as a person (and a potential colleague). They might ask general questions about your experiences, your taste in books, your undergrad experience, etc—just to start a conversation. Be yourself.

9. Remember that the interview is a conversation— be ready to ask intelligent questions about the department. Don’t ask about things that you should already know from researching the program, such as basic requirements.

10. If your interview is on campus, visiting is also a great opportunity to meet current students and get a feel for the campus and department community. You’ll be able to get a sense of how happy students seem, how stressed they are, how respected they seem to feel—factors you can’t learn without being there. You can also learn something about day-to-day life for a student in the program: where do people live? What are their schedules like? Does the department seem like an environment you could flourish in for the next several years?

An interview is a great opportunity for the PhD program to learn more about you—and for you to learn more about them. Take advantage of it!

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Rebecca Blustein By , Accepted.com editor and former Student Affairs Officer at UCLA’s Scholarship Resource Center, and author of Financing Your Future: Winning Fellowships, Scholarships and Awards for Grad School. Rebecca will be happy to assist you with your PhD applications.

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5 GRE Commandments to Remember http://blog.accepted.com/2014/01/23/5-gre-commandments-to-remember/ http://blog.accepted.com/2014/01/23/5-gre-commandments-to-remember/#respond Thu, 23 Jan 2014 16:17:09 +0000 http://blog.accepted.com/?p=20732 ]]> Discover the 5 Fatal Flaws to Avoid in Your Statement of Purpose

Don’t get caught up on few tough questions during the test.

Test day: it’s here. It’s all too easy to lose your composure and get caught up on few tough questions during the test. The test-makers throw in all sorts of convoluted wording and unnecessary information to make you get confused, take up time, and throw you off.

Don’t get caught in this trap! Heed the following GRE Commandments to stay focused during the exam.

Commandment #1: Thou shalt remember that every question is equal.

All questions are weighted equally. So you know that really tough question you’ve been staring at blankly for three minutes? Worth the same as the “2x=6” question. So, get your points on the easy stuff, and remember that every question is weighted the same. This above all else is your most important piece of instruction!

Commandment #2: Thou shalt use process of elimination.

Pssst! Guess what? You don’t really have to know the correct answer on the GRE; all you have to do is select the right answer. Process of elimination is your friend; use it!

Usually only two attractive answer-choices are offered, out of five total. One correct; the other either intentionally misleading or only partially correct. The other three answer-choices are usually fluff. This makes educated guessing on the GRE very effective. If you can dismiss the three fluff choices, your probability of answering the question successfully will increase from 20% to 50%.

Commandment #3: Always trust thy instinct, and guess on the first pass.

When you’re going through the test and find a particular question difficult, mark down the first answer that caught you, flag the question, and come back to it if you have time. You can change your answer later, duh!

Commandment #4: Honor thy clock.

Remember that you only have about 1.5 minutes on each question on the Verbal section, and 1 minute and 45 seconds on the Quantitative Section. So, if you’re halfway through the Verbal (15 out of 30 questions completed) and you only have 13 minutes to complete the section, you’re a little behind.

Practicing with online resources like Benchprep allows you to get acquainted with the feeling of having a ticking clock always on your screen …

Commandment #5: Know thy test!

The more you educate yourself about the GRE, the more review of the math, and vocab words studied, and timed tests taken, the more comfortable you’ll feel come test day. You and the GRE should feel like old friends by test day, and hopefully you can never see that friend again afterwards

Okay, there you have it! The canonical (great GRE word!) list of GRE Commandments. Obey, and thou shall score well!

Good news! You can download BenchPrep’s 2014 GRE Playbook and The 20 Most-Difficult GRE Questions ebooks for free.

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MBA Project Search: Matchmaking for MBAs and Businesses http://blog.accepted.com/2014/01/23/mba-project-search-matchmaking-for-mbas-and-business/ http://blog.accepted.com/2014/01/23/mba-project-search-matchmaking-for-mbas-and-business/#respond Thu, 23 Jan 2014 15:51:27 +0000 http://blog.accepted.com/?p=20729 ]]> Get the scoop on MBA Project Search!You got into b-school, graduated, and now you’ve got to pay back those loans. Enter Dan Mullaney, a McDonough grad and founder of MBA Project Search.

Listen to the full recording of the show to learn about MBA Project Search, its origins, how it functions today, and how it can help soon-to-be students and professionals live the lives they want to lead.

00:02:09 – The birth of MBA Project Search.

00:03:33 – All over the map: What makes MBA Project Search unique.

00:05:44 – MBAs only?

00:08:54 – What first year MBA students and top-level CEO candidates have in common.

00:11:02 – Free to post, free to peruse. When do I pay?

00:11:53 – Nice. Nearly 10,000 consultants in the database.

00:13:17 – Active matchmaking: The MBA Project Search process.

00:17:09 – What the future holds.

00:17:48 – Why a philosophy major went to Georgetown McDonough.

00:19:07 – Business School: Irrelevant or Indispensable?

00:20:15 – Dan’s tip for non-traditional MBA applicants (and all applicants).

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Relevant Links:

•  MBA Project Search
•  MBA in Sight: Focus on Management Consulting
•  MBA in Sight: Focus on Finance

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•  CommonBond’s Story: A Revolution in Student Loans
•  Interview with SoFi Co-Founder, Daniel Macklin
•  Jeff Reid on Entrepreneurship
•  Business, Law and Beyond: An Interview with John Engelman
•  Which Schools are Good for PE/VC and VC-Backed Entrepreneurship

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http://blog.accepted.com/2014/01/23/mba-project-search-matchmaking-for-mbas-and-business/feed/ 0 Georgetown McDonough,hiring,podcast You got into b-school, graduated, and now you’ve got to pay back those loans. Enter Dan Mullaney, a McDonough grad and founder of MBA Project Search. - Listen to the full recording of the show to learn about MBA Project Search, its origins, You got into b-school, graduated, and now you’ve got to pay back those loans. Enter Dan Mullaney, a McDonough grad and founder of MBA Project Search. Listen to the full recording of the show to learn about MBA Project Search, its origins, how it functions today, and how it can help soon-to-be students and professionals live the lives they want to lead. 00:02:09 – The birth of MBA Project Search. 00:03:33 – All over the map: What makes MBA Project Search unique. 00:05:44 – MBAs only? 00:08:54 – What first year MBA students and top-level CEO candidates have in common. 00:11:02 – Free to post, free to peruse. When do I pay? 00:11:53 – Nice. Nearly 10,000 consultants in the database. 00:13:17 – Active matchmaking: The MBA Project Search process. 00:17:09 – What the future holds. 00:17:48 – Why a philosophy major went to Georgetown McDonough. 00:19:07 – Business School: Irrelevant or Indispensable? 00:20:15 – Dan’s tip for non-traditional MBA applicants (and all applicants).  Subscribe to Admissions Straight Talk in iTunes so you don’t miss any segments! Stay in the admissions know. *Theme music is courtesy of podcastthemes.com. Relevant Links: •  MBA Project Search •  MBA in Sight: Focus on Management Consulting •  MBA in Sight: Focus on Finance Related Shows: •  CommonBond’s Story: A Revolution in Student Loans •  Interview with SoFi Co-Founder, Daniel Macklin •  Jeff Reid on Entrepreneurship •  Business, Law and Beyond: An Interview with John Engelman •  Which Schools are Good for PE/VC and VC-Backed Entrepreneurship Subscribe to Admissions Straight Talk:       Accepted Admissions Consulting Blog no 22:58
CommonBond’s Story: A Revolution in Student Loans http://blog.accepted.com/2014/01/16/commonbonds-story-a-revolution-in-student-loans/ http://blog.accepted.com/2014/01/16/commonbonds-story-a-revolution-in-student-loans/#respond Thu, 16 Jan 2014 16:13:43 +0000 http://blog.accepted.com/?p=20648 ]]> Listen to the full recording of our conversation with Michael and David.

The CommonBond co-founders (L to R: Michael Taormina, CFO; Jessup Shean, Advisor; David Klein, CEO)

Welcome to the glorious world of applications, admissions, and…well, student loans.

CommonBond to the rescue! Meet David Klein and Michael Taormina, Wharton grads and co-founders of this very exciting student loan financing startup.

Listen to the full recording of the show to learn about CommonBond, student loans in general and some excellent advice on financing your education.

00:02:45 – Inspiration at Wharton (or ‘Wow, tuition is high!’).

00:05:04 – The three S’s that make CommonBond unique.

00:09:10 – Beyond funding: community, mentorship, and support at CommonBond.

00:13:00 – Is there a 100 million dollar upgrade coming up?

00:14:02 – Flat rates for all. (Even lawyers!?)

00:17:28 – A guided tour of the loan application process.

00:22:52 – Refinance candidates vs. in-school candidates.

00:24:06 – CommonBond’s goals for 2014.

00:25:40 – What about international students?

00:28:42 – Financial advice for applicants and future applicants.

00:37:18 – A personal question: What motivated 2 guys with successful careers go to b-school?

00:43:17 – Some very concrete tips for getting into business school.

Admissions Straight Talk Subscribe to Admissions Straight Talk in iTunes so you don’t miss any segments! Stay in the admissions know.

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Relevant Links:

•  CommonBond
•  MBA Budget Calculator
•  MBA Special Reports
•  Law School Special Reports
•  Pre-Med Special Reports
•  Grad School Special Reports

Related Shows:

•  Interview with SoFi Co-Founder, Daniel Macklin
•  Global Business Leadership at Wharton’s Lauder Institute
•  Which Schools are Good for PE/VC and VC-Backed Entrepreneurship
•  Business, Law and Beyond: An Interview with John Engelman
•  Healthcare Management at Wharton and at Large

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http://blog.accepted.com/2014/01/16/commonbonds-story-a-revolution-in-student-loans/feed/ 0 entrepreneurship,podcast,Wharton Welcome to the glorious world of applications, admissions, and…well, student loans. - CommonBond to the rescue! Meet David Klein and Michael Taormina, Wharton grads and co-founders of this very exciting student loan financing startup. - Welcome to the glorious world of applications, admissions, and…well, student loans. CommonBond to the rescue! Meet David Klein and Michael Taormina, Wharton grads and co-founders of this very exciting student loan financing startup. Listen to the full recording of the show to learn about CommonBond, student loans in general and some excellent advice on financing your education. 00:02:45 – Inspiration at Wharton (or ‘Wow, tuition is high!’). 00:05:04 – The three S’s that make CommonBond unique. 00:09:10 – Beyond funding: community, mentorship, and support at CommonBond. 00:13:00 – Is there a 100 million dollar upgrade coming up? 00:14:02 – Flat rates for all. (Even lawyers!?) 00:17:28 – A guided tour of the loan application process. 00:22:52 – Refinance candidates vs. in-school candidates. 00:24:06 – CommonBond’s goals for 2014. 00:25:40 – What about international students? 00:28:42 – Financial advice for applicants and future applicants. 00:37:18 – A personal question: What motivated 2 guys with successful careers go to b-school? 00:43:17 – Some very concrete tips for getting into business school.  Subscribe to Admissions Straight Talk in iTunes so you don’t miss any segments! Stay in the admissions know. *Theme music is courtesy of podcastthemes.com. Relevant Links: •  CommonBond •  MBA Budget Calculator •  MBA Special Reports •  Law School Special Reports •  Pre-Med Special Reports •  Grad School Special Reports Related Shows: •  Interview with SoFi Co-Founder, Daniel Macklin •  Global Business Leadership at Wharton’s Lauder Institute •  Which Schools are Good for PE/VC and VC-Backed Entrepreneurship •  Business, Law and Beyond: An Interview with John Engelman •  Healthcare Management at Wharton and at Large Subscribe to Admissions Straight Talk:       Accepted Admissions Consulting Blog no
4 Tips for Writing about Last Minute Extracurricular Activities http://blog.accepted.com/2014/01/14/4-tips-for-writing-about-last-minute-extracurricular-activities/ http://blog.accepted.com/2014/01/14/4-tips-for-writing-about-last-minute-extracurricular-activities/#respond Tue, 14 Jan 2014 19:31:46 +0000 http://blog.accepted.com/?p=20636 ]]> Learn how to demonstrate leadership in your admissions essays!

It’s possible that you’ve been involved in extracurricular activities without even realizing it.

You want to write about all your fantastic non-school and non-work endeavors so that you really stand out from your competition, but when you start to think about it…you draw a blank. There must be SOMETHING you can show for how you use your free time, but what?

Have you found yourself in a last minute lurch looking for extracurricular activities? Note the following:

1. Better Late than Never.

If you don’t have any extracurricular activities to speak of, then I suggest you find something interesting to do and start NOW. You may ask: “Isn’t it better to try and bypass the subject of extracurriculars entirely rather than highlight the fact that I’ve only gotten involved in an activity for the sake of my application? Won’t that seem phony?” While involvement in an extracurricular activity for just a few months is less impressive than long-term participation, it’s still better than presenting no participation at all. You can keep kicking yourself, over and over again, wishing that you had thought of this earlier and gotten involved in some activity years ago, but now’s not the time to harp on regrets; now is the time to act. Get out there and do something.

2. Even Short-Term Involvement Can Transform You.

Participation in a non-school and non-work activities, even if just for a limited period of time, will elevate your flat, one-dimensional admissions profile into something more vibrant, colorful, and interesting. Now’s your chance to transform yourself from a pile of grades and scores into a real, live human being – one who pursues his or her interests and passions outside of the work and school arenas.

3. Your Application Efforts May be Delayed or Extended.

Another reason why you should jump right into an extracurricular activity, even though you may feel like it’s too last minute, is because you don’t know for certain the outcome of your application effort. You may, for one reason or another, decide to push off applying until the next year; you may get waitlisted; you may get dinged from all your top choice schools and decide to reapply next year – whatever the case may be, this could be the beginning of what turns out to be an entire year of extracurricular involvement.

4. Hobbies are Good for YOU!

Forget for a minute that you’re applying to school (if that’s possible) and think about what’s actually good for you. It’s not healthy to site at work for 18+ hours a day only to go home and crash on the couch because you’re too tired to make it to bed. Forget the application process – you should find something to do non-work (and non-school and non-other-obligations) related because it will enrich your life and make you a happier person.

Also, it’s possible that you’ve been involved in extracurricular activities without even realizing it. Mine your experiences to uncover unique experiences that could be considered “extracurricular.” You don’t need clear-cut activities like “Acted as president of the chess club” or “Volunteered in local soup kitchen”; consider non-traditional or non-altruistic activities, like singing in a choir, participating in a weekly fiction writing circle with friends, helping your hyperactive triplet cousin do homework catch-up once a week since forever ago.

These are all completely valid ways of breaking from work, and it won’t be hard to illustrate your passions and interests in these activities, not to mention the leadership skills your developed and the other ways in which you grew and learned from them.

Take home message: It’s NEVER too late to get involved in some meaningful, interesting, and fun extracurricular activity!

Learn everything you need to know about how to tackle the tricky leadership questions that the adcoms love to throw into applications and interviews.

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Interview Tip: Prepare Questions http://blog.accepted.com/2014/01/09/interview-tip-prepare-questions-2/ http://blog.accepted.com/2014/01/09/interview-tip-prepare-questions-2/#respond Thu, 09 Jan 2014 15:48:19 +0000 http://blog.accepted.com/?p=20343 ]]> Learn how to use sample essays to create exemplary essays of your own!

An interview is a two-way street.

Usually when applicants prepare for their admissions interviews, they spend their time trying to figure out what questions will be asked and how they can best answer them. This is important and a good idea. But it’s not the only step to prepping for an admissions interview.

An interview is a two-way street.

Your interviewer will ask you questions and listen your answers, and then will turn the asking over to you. When your interviewer says, “Do you have any questions?” you don’t want to shut the interview down by saying, “Nope, I’m set” but want to keep the flow of the conversation going by taking the reins of the interview into your hands and asking some questions of your own.

There are two things you can do before your interview to help you come up with intelligent questions:

1) Familiarize yourself with the program’s website and other literature. Never ask a question that can be answered easily online.

2) Review your application. Your questions should be specific to your unique situation – your skills, interests, and goals. Questions about the faculty or clubs, for example, should relate to your own education, career, and goals.

Since your goal should be to come up with questions that are specific to your situation, I can’t give you a list of must-ask questions without knowing who YOU are. But here are a few sample questions that you can review and tweak so that the questions are more appropriate for YOU:

• How difficult is it to enroll in a popular class like XYZ? (Insert a class that appeals to you. Not a required course.)

• Do recruiters from XYZ (a company or a particular field that interests you) visit the school? How do students get interviews with recruiters?

• Are business plan competitions (or something else that’s relevant to you) open to all students, or are there certain requirements to qualify?

If you are interviewing with school alum or a second-year student, then you should ask questions about their experiences, for example:

• Who were some of your favorite professors? Favorite classes?

• What is/was a typical day like for you?

• Are there clubs or activities that you would recommend for someone interested in XYZ? What clubs are you involved in? How important do you think it is to be involved in extracurricular activities?

• If you could change anything about your experience at this program, what would it be?

You get the idea. You want to come up with questions that personalize you and that show you have an interest in your interviewer’s experience (if relevant). Be specific, show that you’ve done your research, and most importantly, relax!

Good luck and let us know how we can further help you prepare for your interviews!

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The Best of 2013 at Accepted.com! http://blog.accepted.com/2014/01/01/the-best-of-2013-at-accepted-com/ http://blog.accepted.com/2014/01/01/the-best-of-2013-at-accepted-com/#respond Wed, 01 Jan 2014 18:01:12 +0000 http://blog.accepted.com/?p=20480 ]]> Best wishes for a happy, healthy new year!
5 Things Y’all Wanted to Learn More About in 2013:

1. Addressing MBA Application Weaknesses. Let’s face it. Nobody is perfect.

2. The Accepted.com Team! And who can blame you. To know them is to love them we say (and our clients agree).

3. Writing about Goals in a Grad School Statement of Purpose. The opportunity to prove that you know what graduate school is all about.

4. All Things Related to MBA Interviews. Making a good impression on paper is only half the battle.

5. How to Obtain Winning Med School Letters of Recommendation.

Everyone Loves a Sample Essay. :) Here Are the Favorites:

MBA: The Goals Essay  It is critical in the goals essay found in almost every MBA application to show that you have clear direction and purpose based on experience and planning. Business school is not another opportunity to “find yourself.”

Med: The Story  This essay is one of our favorites. The applicant tells a story and weaves a lot of information about his background and interests into it. Note how the lead grabs attention and the conclusion ties everything together. 

Grad: Public Health Essay  “My days in the physical therapy department often made me think about the prevention of injuries as well as the injuries themselves.”

Law: Returning to School  Note how this applicant successfully explains his career change and highlights his professional achievements.

College: While the World Sleeps  “When I wake up to the ear-splitting sound of my alarm clock, and blindly search for the snooze button, a sudden thought dawns: “What am I doing?””

8 Blog Posts Our Readers Loved Last Year:

•  Harvard Business School 2014 MBA Application Tips

•  Tips for Completing Your Princeton Supplement to the Common Application

•  What to Include in Your Admissions Resume

•  6 Tips for Video MBA Essay Questions

•  7 Fatal Resume Flaws to Avoid

•  Boost your GPA for Med School Acceptance

•  Common Application Essay Tips

•  University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine Secondary Application Essay Tips

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Do’s and Don’ts for Writing Your Resume – Part 2: The 10 Don’ts http://blog.accepted.com/2013/12/31/dos-and-donts-for-writing-your-resume-part-2-the-10-donts/ http://blog.accepted.com/2013/12/31/dos-and-donts-for-writing-your-resume-part-2-the-10-donts/#respond Tue, 31 Dec 2013 21:38:50 +0000 http://blog.accepted.com/?p=20354 ]]> Recently we offered 9 Do’s for Writing Your Resume. Let’s get right to business now talking about the 10 ‘Don’ts.’

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Don’t make things up!

1) First and foremost, don’t make things up. This includes inflating your accomplishments, your level of responsibility, or your skills. Besides the fact that it’s dishonest, your resume reviewer may find out (like if he or she follows up on one of your references or does a background check) and then you’ll be busted…not to mention jobless.

2) Don’t turn your resume into an autobiography. Your resume will include biographical information, but its primary purpose is to focus on aspects of your life and career that make you an ideal b-school candidate and that address a potential employer’s needs. Don’t include information from high school or earlier.

3) Don’t provide personal data. This includes marital status, age, height/weight, race, religion, or any other non-work-related information. Besides the fact that it’s irrelevant, it may also be used illegally to discriminate against you.

4) Don’t include a separate “objective” line at the beginning of your resume.

5) Don’t use articles (“the,” “a”) or pronouns (“I,” “you”). They waste precious space, detract from resume impact, and reduce professionalism.

6) Don’t overuse a few action words. There are more words you can use besides “led” or “developed.” Consider similar terms like “accelerated,” “delivered,” “established,” “implemented,” “initiated,” or “reengineered.”

7) Don’t forget your dates. Even functional resumes should include dates of employment, even if they’re only included at the end.

8) Don’t use long paragraphs to describe your accomplishments. If you have a lot of information to convey, use bulleted points instead of dense, wordy paragraphs. Each bullet should be limited to two lines of text, and there should really be no more than five bullets per position.

9) Don’t use clichés like “dynamic” or “self-starter.” Rather, use the details of your resume to show that you personify these qualities.

10) Don’t turn your resume into a list of job duties. Instead, list your accomplishments within each position.

For individualized help with your MBA admissions resume or cover letter, visit Accepted’s catalog of resume services or speak with one of our experienced admissions consultants today!

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Linda Abraham By , president and founder of Accepted.com and co-author of the new, definitive book on MBA admissions, MBA Admission for Smarties: The No-Nonsense Guide to Acceptance at Top Business Schools.

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What Our Listeners Loved in 2013! http://blog.accepted.com/2013/12/26/what-our-listeners-loved-in-2013/ http://blog.accepted.com/2013/12/26/what-our-listeners-loved-in-2013/#respond Thu, 26 Dec 2013 16:41:01 +0000 http://blog.accepted.com/?p=20381 ]]> 2013 has been an incredible year for the Admissions Straight Talk podcast. Thank you to all of our fascinating, insightful guest and of course our wonderful listeners!

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Check out the 10 episodes that were most listened to in 2013 and subscribe in iTunes, Stitcher, or Zune to ensure that you don’t miss the best of 2014. :)

1.   MBA Video Essays: A Conversation with Rotman’s Niki da Silva

2.   Case Interview Secrets and More with Victor Cheng

3.   Dr. Douglas Stayman Shares the Scoop on Cornell Tech NYC

4.   Global Business Leadership at Wharton’s Lauder Institute: IV with Dr. Marcy Bevan

5.   Interview with SoFi Co-Founder, Daniel Macklin

6.   Interview with Duke Fuqua’s Sheryle Dirks

7.   Med School Application Process: AMCAS, Secondaries, Interviews, Decisions & More!

8.   Kisses of Death for your Grad School Application

9.   Health Care Management at Wharton and at Large: IV with June Kinney

10. Are Online MBAs the Real Thing? A Conversation with MBA@UNC’s Beth Flye 

If you have any comments, ideas, or feedback, we’d love to hear it! Just leave a comment on this blog post or in iTunes or just shoot us an email at onlinesupport@accepted.com.

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Do’s and Don’ts for Writing Your Resume – Part 1: The 9 Do’s http://blog.accepted.com/2013/12/24/dos-and-donts-for-writing-your-resume-part-1-the-9-dos/ http://blog.accepted.com/2013/12/24/dos-and-donts-for-writing-your-resume-part-1-the-9-dos/#respond Tue, 24 Dec 2013 15:48:43 +0000 http://blog.accepted.com/?p=20264 ]]> Use these resources to help you construct a winning business school resume. While some potential employers or b-school adcoms may spend a few minutes looking at your resume, the vast majority will spend less than that. You may conclude from that that your resume is not so important since it will only receive a cursory glance, but it actually works the other way around: Since they’ll only be spending about 20 to 30 seconds looking at your resume, you need to make sure that your resume is written in a way that only a moment’s glance will provide its readers with an understanding of your key skills and experiences.

This is not an easy feat.

The following “Do’s and Don’ts” will help you create a powerful, dynamic resume that will enable you to sail through the employer’s initial 15-second screening process and earn your outstanding qualifications the closer look they deserve. If your resume will be used in your b-school application, these tips will help you compose a resume that complements the other components in your application to help show that you are the well-rounded, capable, and compelling applicant that the adcoms are seeking.

The Do’s:

1) Place your strongest material at the top of your resume. Create a two-inch space 2 5/8 inches from the top of the page and use this as your “primetime” space—this is where you’ll showcase your most impactful, impressive qualifications and achievements. If your resume reader only gets this far, at least he or she will have received a compelling image of who you are and what you can do. You should write this professional profile/qualifications section after you’ve completed the rest of your resume, when you have a better idea of what your strongest assets are.

2) Give your most recent professional experience the most attention. This position should receive the most space on your resume and should include more bulleted accomplishments than previous positions.

3) Rank accomplishments in order of decreasing relevance.

4) Use details to quantify your impact on the organizations you’ve worked for. Include how much or by what percentage you reduced expenses. Say how many people were on the team that you supervised. Demonstrate your impact by using specific numbers.

5) Place your educational information after your work experience if you’ve been working for more than five years.

6) Resume design should be as important as resume content. Use a 10- to 12-point conservative typeface (nothing in script or with squiggles that you think looks fancy or pretty), use lines to separate resume sections, and try and stay within 1″ margins (slightly smaller on the top and bottom of the page).

7) Include resume “extras” like honors, publications, presentations, patents, professional licenses or certifications, and relevant volunteer experiences. These points of interest could be what convince the employer or adcom to invite you in for an interview.

8) Proofread and edit mercilessly. Reduce fluff and make every word count. Spell check, grammar check, and style check. Have a friend or a professional editor look over your resume for errors you may have missed.

9) For your MBA application, stick to a one-page resume.

Stay tuned for Do’s and Don’ts for Writing Your Resume – Part 2: The 10 Don’ts.

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How to Edit Your Application Essays http://blog.accepted.com/2013/12/19/how-to-edit-your-application-essays/ http://blog.accepted.com/2013/12/19/how-to-edit-your-application-essays/#respond Thu, 19 Dec 2013 16:18:40 +0000 http://blog.accepted.com/?p=20295 ]]> Linda AbrahamIn an exclusive interview with… well, herself, Linda Abraham shares some advice that she’s learned over the course of almost two decades of application essay editing.

Listen to the full recording of this excellent episode to learn concrete steps you can take right now to ensure that your essays are working for –and not against –you.

00:01:22 – The three goals of an application essay and how to make sure your essays realize them.

00:02:55 – Is your resume hiding you? (The mistake of friends’ children & children’s friends.)

00:05:24 – How to evaluate each of your essays individually: Know if you need to rewrite before you submit, not after you are rejected.

00:07:57 – You may not like this, but proofing is vital. Here are the three critical steps to proofing when you think you can’t proof anymore.

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http://blog.accepted.com/2013/12/19/how-to-edit-your-application-essays/feed/ 0 application essay,personal statement,podcast,writing techniques In an exclusive interview with… well, herself, Linda Abraham shares some advice that she’s learned over the course of almost two decades of application essay editing. - Listen to the full recording of this excellent episode to learn concrete steps... In an exclusive interview with… well, herself, Linda Abraham shares some advice that she’s learned over the course of almost two decades of application essay editing. Listen to the full recording of this excellent episode to learn concrete steps you can take right now to ensure that your essays are working for –and not against –you. 00:01:22 – The three goals of an application essay and how to make sure your essays realize them. 00:02:55 – Is your resume hiding you? (The mistake of friends’ children & children’s friends.) 00:05:24 – How to evaluate each of your essays individually: Know if you need to rewrite before you submit, not after you are rejected. 00:07:57 – You may not like this, but proofing is vital. Here are the three critical steps to proofing when you think you can’t proof anymore.  Subscribe to Admissions Straight Talk in iTunes so you don’t miss any segments! Stay in the admissions know. *Theme music is courtesy of podcastthemes.com. Relevant Links: •  Accepted Services Section •  MBA Admissions 101 •  Med School Admissions 101 •  Grad School Admissions 101 •  Law School Admissions 101 •  College Admissions 101 Most Popular Shows: •   MBA Video Essays: A Conversation with Rotman’s Niki da Silva •   Case Interview Secrets and More with Victor Cheng •   Dr. Douglas Stayman Shares the Scoop on Cornell Tech NYC •   Interview with SoFi Co-Founder, Daniel Macklin •   Interview with Duke Fuqua’s Sheryle Dirks Subscribe:       Accepted Admissions Consulting Blog no 15:16
Rote Memorization and Your Verbal Score http://blog.accepted.com/2013/12/19/rote-memorization-and-your-verbal-score/ http://blog.accepted.com/2013/12/19/rote-memorization-and-your-verbal-score/#comments Thu, 19 Dec 2013 15:50:41 +0000 http://blog.accepted.com/?p=20315 ]]> Download our free report: GET YOUR GAME ON: Preparing for Your Grad School Application

WiIl memorizing definitions alone help you ace the GRE verbal section?

Many of us have grown up taking vocabulary quizzes. We’ve learned to excel by memorizing a definition of a word, coughing up those definitions for the quiz and moving on. It’s not surprising then that many studying for the GRE think that learning a definition to a word—even if they are not entirely sure what that word is saying—is enough to help them ace the GRE verbal section. This assumption couldn’t be further from the truth.

Part of the reason the GRE changed is it wanted to better reflect what students were doing in grad school. Coughing up definitions to words like punctilious, animadversion and turpitude clearly wasn’t one of them. Understanding how academic level words functioned in context was. So the GRE made sure to include more verbal question types that required you to understand the context of words, rather than the definition of the word itself.

Now an essential part of studying vocabulary is not just to study endless GRE word lists but to read articles with challenging content—articles that use some of the very words you will see test day. You of course will always want to look up words you encounter in context, to make sure you know the literal definition. You will want to look up other instances of how these words are used in context (wordnik.com or dictionary.com both provide example sentences with their definitions). You will also want to look up example sentences for words considered top GRE words. That way when you are working with word lists you can see how the literal definition functions in context.  Magoosh’s GRE flash cards do a good job of that. (Full disclosure: they were written by yours truly)

The takeaway is to not divorce a word from its context. The GRE will constantly test your comprehension of words. This is even true in the Reading Comprehension section. Indeed, not only will the passage themselves use GRE-level vocabulary but the answer choices will also use GRE vocabulary (one notable example in the GRE Official Guide is the word “perfunctoriness,” which pops up in an answer choice). If you don’t know that word, now is great time to practice looking up the definition of that word.

Ultimately, this dynamic back and forth—between definition and context—will help you best understand how a word function. And that knowledge will definitely reflect itself in your GRE score percentiles test day.

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Approaching the Diversity Essay Question http://blog.accepted.com/2013/12/17/approaching-the-diversity-essay-question-2/ http://blog.accepted.com/2013/12/17/approaching-the-diversity-essay-question-2/#respond Tue, 17 Dec 2013 16:39:29 +0000 http://blog.accepted.com/?p=20075 ]]> For more application essay writing tips, check out our free special report 'From Example to Exemplary'!

Show how your background will add to the mix of perspectives at the college you are applying to.

Many applications now have a question, sometimes optional, geared to encouraging people with minority backgrounds or unusual educational or family histories to write about their background.  If you are an immigrant to the US, the child of immigrants or someone whose ethnicity is a minority in the US, you might find this question an interesting one to show how your background will add to the mix of perspectives at the college you are applying to. If you are applying after having an unusual experience for applicants like joining the military, becoming part of a dance troupe, or caring for an elderly relative, you can use your experience to evoke the way in which you will bring diversity to campus.

Your family’s culture, situation and traditions, and the way they have helped you develop particular character and personality traits are of interest, as well unusual experiences that have shaped you. Perhaps you have grown up with a strong insistence on respecting elders, attending family events or learning your parents’ native language and culture. Perhaps you are close to grandparents and extended family who have taught you how teamwork can help everyone survive. Perhaps you have had to face and deal with difficulties that stem from your parents’ values being in conflict with those of your peers. Perhaps teachers have not always understood the elements of your culture or outside-of-school situation and how they pertain to your school performance. Perhaps you have suffered discrimination and formed your values and personality traits around your success in spite of the discrimination. Perhaps you have learned skills from a lifestyle that is outside the norm–living in foreign countries as the child of diplomats or contractors, performing professionally in theater, dance, music or sports, or communicating with a deaf sibling.

Understanding and explaining how your experience built your empathy for others, a strong will, and character is a good focus for the diversity question.

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Topic-By-Topic Tips for PhD Applicants! http://blog.accepted.com/2013/11/29/topic-by-topic-tips-for-phd-applicants-2/ http://blog.accepted.com/2013/11/29/topic-by-topic-tips-for-phd-applicants-2/#respond Fri, 29 Nov 2013 16:02:41 +0000 http://blog.accepted.com/?p=19705 ]]> If you’re applying to a competitive PhD program (and really, which PhD programs aren’t competitive??), then you’ll want to read Plotting Your Way to a PhD: 6 Topics in PhD Admissions, our new special report geared specifically towards PhD applicants looking to map their way to their top choice PhD program.

Plotting your way to Phd

The report is divided into six sections, each one covering a different topic in PhD admissions. The following excerpt is from the final chapter in the report, Minimizing Technical Jargon in SOPs:

Frequently, applicants in STEM fields are working on projects that are quite technical in nature. Field-specific jargon might show that you know the language of your field—which is important—but using too much of it can also make your SOP very hard to read. Aim for the middle road: you want to demonstrate your knowledge, but you also want to make your project accessible to readers outside your immediate area of specialization, and you need to be able to explain IN PLAIN ENGLISH why your work is important.

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Happy Thanksgiving! http://blog.accepted.com/2013/11/28/happy-thanksgiving-5/ http://blog.accepted.com/2013/11/28/happy-thanksgiving-5/#respond Thu, 28 Nov 2013 15:27:47 +0000 http://blog.accepted.com/?p=19936 ]]> Today is a national holiday here in the United States, when we pause — at least for a brief moment — to count our blessings. Wherever you are, that is a good exercise.

My family has expanded this year with the birth of two grandchildren. We’ve had a couple of children move to California with their families, and love having our children and grandchildren near by. I certainly have what to be grateful for. We are  truly blessed.

As I have done annually for the last few years on Thanksgiving, I want to highlight one of my favorite posts: Admissions Tip: Thanksgiving Appreciation.

And with that, let me wish anyone reading this blog today a Happy Thanksgiving!

Linda Abraham By , president and founder of Accepted.com and co-author of the new, definitive book on MBA admissions, MBA Admission for Smarties: The No-Nonsense Guide to Acceptance at Top Business Schools.

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Your $100 Savings Expires TODAY! http://blog.accepted.com/2013/11/27/your-100-savings-expires-today/ http://blog.accepted.com/2013/11/27/your-100-savings-expires-today/#respond Wed, 27 Nov 2013 15:51:54 +0000 http://blog.accepted.com/?p=19849 ]]> Seeking one-on-one assistance on your college/grad/med/law/business school application? Get the help you need AND put $100 back in your pocket when you take advantage of our November Special.



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Save $100. Smile. Get Accepted. http://blog.accepted.com/2013/11/25/save-100-smile-get-accepted/ http://blog.accepted.com/2013/11/25/save-100-smile-get-accepted/#respond Mon, 25 Nov 2013 16:22:37 +0000 http://blog.accepted.com/?p=19845 ]]> Want to move closer to acceptance at your top choice school and put $100 back in your pocket?

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Studying For GRE Verbal and the TOEFL at the Same Time http://blog.accepted.com/2013/11/24/studying-for-gre-verbal-and-the-toefl-at-the-same-time/ http://blog.accepted.com/2013/11/24/studying-for-gre-verbal-and-the-toefl-at-the-same-time/#respond Sun, 24 Nov 2013 15:56:36 +0000 http://blog.accepted.com/?p=19642 ]]> For more grad school admissions advice, check out our Graduate School Admissions 101 pages

How do you study for two tests at the same time?

It seems unfair, doesn’t it? A native English speaker applying for a graduate program in the U.S. might spend months studying for the GRE, just the GRE, but if you aren’t a native speaker, you might have to devote some energy to the TOEFL, too. How do you study for two tests at the same time?

Ideally, you’ll just have a long time to study. That way, you can focus on one test first, then the other. But that’s not always realistic. And unfortunately, there’s no magic trick here, but there’s definitely some advice to give.

What the TOEFL and the GRE Have in Common

There is unfortunately little overlap between the two tests, but there is a bit, and something is better than nothing! The TOEFL reading section is similar to long reading comprehension passages on the GRE. It’s not exactly the same, but many of the questions look similar. For example, a question like this one could appear on either test:

“Which of the following can be inferred from the first paragraph?”

The biggest difference between GRE reading comprehension and TOEFL reading is that the GRE asks for more logical thinking. The TOEFL mostly only tests understanding. You don’t have to do much reasoning; knowing the meanings of the words and structures is enough for most of the questions. Of course, if you want to answer GRE questions correctly, you have to understand the vocabulary and structures in that test, too.

So if you’re studying for the GRE, the reading comprehension skills you build will help you on the TOEFL as well. In contrast, studying for the TOEFL reading section will only help you slightly on the GRE. Most GRE verbal questions are unrelated to the TOEFL (text completion questions, for example), are much more difficult, or require more analytical thinking.

Other than the reading comprehension, the writing sections also have something in common. The “issue task” on the GRE is very similar to the “independent task” on the TOEFL. In fact, the themes of many questions are common between the two tests. For example, you might see an essay question about education systems, government systems, role models, morality, arts, or technology on either test. And your goal is very similar: you need to choose a side and create an argument for your position. The GRE essay graders have higher expectations, but the basic writing methods are the same.

What Study Material to Use For the TOEFL

If you’re taking both the GRE and the TOEFL, it’s a good idea to have material to study for both tests. Your GRE preparation material can definitely help you a bit in studying for the TOEFL, but you’ll also want to learn about the TOEFL’s speaking section (especially) and listening tasks, which are completely different from anything on the GRE.

If you’re already expecting to score okay on the GRE verbal section and have a lot of experience speaking, listening, and writing in English, then you probably only need The Official Guide to the TOEFL or ETS’s book of five practice tests. That will give you a basic understanding of what to expect on the test. It won’t really help you to improve your English skills, though. It only helps with knowledge of the test format. If you need more than that, then I’d recommend the Cambridge Preparation for the TOEFL Test and as much English listening and speaking practice as possible. But going through both the Cambridge book and GRE materials will take time! Know which one is more important for you. Which will require more work? Find your weaknesses and focus on them!







GMAT Advice from MagooshThis post was written by Lucas Verney-Fink, resident TOEFL and GRE expert at Magoosh, a leader in GRE prep. For more advice on taking the GRE, check out Magoosh’s GRE blog.

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Non-Academic Careers for PhDs: A Talk with Dr. Paula Chambers http://blog.accepted.com/2013/11/21/iv-with-paula-chambers-of-the-versatile-phd/ http://blog.accepted.com/2013/11/21/iv-with-paula-chambers-of-the-versatile-phd/#respond Thu, 21 Nov 2013 16:48:04 +0000 http://blog.accepted.com/?p=19743 ]]> Dr. Paula ChambersAttention PhD applicants and students: You have devoted yourself to the subject that has captured your heart and mind… but is there a career awaiting you at the end of the road?

For the answer to this question and more, listen to the recording of our interview with our passionate guest, Dr. Paula Chambers, founder of The Versatile PhD.

00:02:50 – WRK4US: a shame-free, safe space for non-academic PhDs in the late ‘90s and the precursor of Versatile PhD.

00:06:32 – I am not a loser! How a PhD with a non-academic career can prove it (to themselves and others).

00:08:48 – The career services offices attitude. A breath of fresh air.

00:10:13 – 3 ways the Versatile PhD can help grad students and PhD holders.

00:13:21 – Advice for a PhD student who doesn’t have a goal or whose goal has changed.

00:16:31 – Obvious and less obvious non-academic career options for PhDs.

00:19:47 – Advice for current and future students.

00:21:56 – How can grad applicants and students position themselves for non-academic careers? (Outstanding advice alert.)

00:25:56 – The big question: Are you happy that you have a PhD?

00:28:46 – The kaleidoscopic mood climate at the Versatile PhD.

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Choose the Best Ph.D. Program for YOU http://blog.accepted.com/2013/11/14/choose-the-best-ph-d-program-for-you/ http://blog.accepted.com/2013/11/14/choose-the-best-ph-d-program-for-you/#respond Thu, 14 Nov 2013 16:15:13 +0000 http://blog.accepted.com/?p=19631 ]]> PhD applicants – we have a present for you!

It’s a new special report that will help you launch your application effort by guiding you through the process of choosing the best PhD program for you.

The free report, Choosing a PhD Program: 3 Tips will teach you how to evaluate your goals and interests, honestly assess your profile, and then choose a program that fits a wide range of other important criteria (which we discuss in the report).

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5 Keys to Concreteness http://blog.accepted.com/2013/11/11/five-keys-to-concreteness/ http://blog.accepted.com/2013/11/11/five-keys-to-concreteness/#respond Mon, 11 Nov 2013 16:40:34 +0000 http://blog.accepted.com/?p=19359 ]]> Make sure your application essays don't contain any of the 5 fatal flaws!

Chris Adcom: Smart, hardworking, and short on time.

I like to apply the principles established in Chip Heath and Dan Heath’s Made to Stick to personal statements and application essays. In this post I focus on concreteness.

The third of Made to Stick‘s six key principles, concreteness, doesn’t seem to apply to intangibles like leadership, achievement, teamwork, or character – the topics you typically need to cover in your essays. Yet, even when discussing abstractions, if your essays are concrete they will communicate more effectively and more memorably.

Here are five tips to make your personal statements and application essays concrete:

1. Use sensory language when appropriate. Write in terms of sights, sounds, smells, touch, and taste.

2. Break down large ideas into smaller sub-topics and concepts. (For more on this idea, please see “Fatal Flaw #4: Superficiality.” ) The grand summary or platitude won’t cut it.

3. Quantify when possible. Did you increase membership a lot when president or did you increase membership by 50%? Did you lead a team or did you lead a 10-person team?

4. Without using clichés, relate events, entities, and concepts to ideas that the reader already knows and trusts. For example if I say that “Accepted is the McKinsey of admissions consulting firms,” clients will expect top-notch work and a strategic approach to admissions.

5. Think about the human beings you are addressing in your essays. You have read interviews of and met with admissions committee members. Perhaps create a character that represents Chris Adcom for you. For me, Chris is usually smart, professional, and hard-working. Typically a “people-person” with a genuine interest in others, she also has a well–practiced nose for baloney and doesn’t like the odor. She is always short on time and consequently ends up skimming essays if they are boring or don’t answer the question, even though she doesn’t like to do so. She is dedicated to helping her school create a diverse, talented class of students who will be happy to attend her school, contribute to campus life as students, and add to the school’s reputation as alumni. That’s her job. Write your essays for Chris.

Use these five keys to concreteness when crafting your essays to make them more compelling.







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Business, Law and Beyond: An Interview with John Engelman http://blog.accepted.com/2013/11/07/business-law-and-beyond-an-interview-with-john-engleman/ http://blog.accepted.com/2013/11/07/business-law-and-beyond-an-interview-with-john-engleman/#comments Thu, 07 Nov 2013 16:35:39 +0000 http://blog.accepted.com/?p=19476 ]]> Check out other podcast episodes here.Want to start a business? Partner in a law firm? Go into private equity? Run a media and entertainment company? How about all of the above?

Learn from someone who has done it all. And doesn’t normally give interviews.

Listen to the full recording of our interview with John Engelman, for tips, advice and insights from a guy who’s made the journey from lawyer to private equity dealmaker to media and entertainment entrepreneur and executive.

00:01:40 – Meet our guest, John Engelman. Sounds like he’s been busy for the past few years.

00:03:45 – From crisis control to strategic planning: The transition from law partner to businessperson.

00:04:58 – When (and if) a law degree is a good path to the business world.

00:07:19 – An MBA, JD, both, or neither?

00:09:12 – The skill a would-be-entrepreneur needs to master. (Is entrepreneurship class a contradiction?)

00:12:48 – Media & entertainment: The most dynamic, regulated, and international industry out there. Are they paying me or am I paying them?

00:15:37 – The lifecycle of a media property (for Linda, the hills are still alive with the sound of music).

00:19:27 – The definition of good networking? Mom was right – you really should be nice to your roommate.

00:22:39 – Top tips for negotiating and the biggest negotiating mistakes people make.

00:26:43 – What separates a good businessperson from a bad businessperson. Hint: it isn’t IQ points.

00:29:14 – The secret of maintaining a work-life balance and the tragic risk of burnout.

00:35:12 – John’s best piece of advice for someone considering a career in business or law.

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•  Case Interview Secrets and More with Victor Cheng
•  MBAs Across America: The Coolest HBS Internship
•  Interview with Anne Perigo, UM Master in Entrepreneurship
•  Jeff Reid on Entrepreneurship
•  Dr. Douglas Stayman Shares the Scoop on Cornell Tech NYC

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http://blog.accepted.com/2013/11/07/business-law-and-beyond-an-interview-with-john-engleman/feed/ 3 career changers,entrepreneurship,finance,podcast Want to start a business? Partner in a law firm? Go into private equity? Run a media and entertainment company? How about all of the above? - Learn from someone who has done it all. And doesn’t normally give interviews. - Want to start a business? Partner in a law firm? Go into private equity? Run a media and entertainment company? How about all of the above? Learn from someone who has done it all. And doesn’t normally give interviews. Listen to the full recording of our interview with John Engelman, for tips, advice and insights from a guy who’s made the journey from lawyer to private equity dealmaker to media and entertainment entrepreneur and executive. 00:01:40 – Meet our guest, John Engelman. Sounds like he’s been busy for the past few years. 00:03:45 – From crisis control to strategic planning: The transition from law partner to businessperson. 00:04:58 – When (and if) a law degree is a good path to the business world. 00:07:19 – An MBA, JD, both, or neither? 00:09:12 – The skill a would-be-entrepreneur needs to master. (Is entrepreneurship class a contradiction?) 00:12:48 – Media & entertainment: The most dynamic, regulated, and international industry out there. Are they paying me or am I paying them? 00:15:37 – The lifecycle of a media property (for Linda, the hills are still alive with the sound of music). 00:19:27 – The definition of good networking? Mom was right – you really should be nice to your roommate. 00:22:39 – Top tips for negotiating and the biggest negotiating mistakes people make. 00:26:43 – What separates a good businessperson from a bad businessperson. Hint: it isn’t IQ points. 00:29:14 – The secret of maintaining a work-life balance and the tragic risk of burnout. 00:35:12 – John’s best piece of advice for someone considering a career in business or law.  Subscribe to Admissions Straight Talk in iTunes so you don’t miss any segments! Stay in the admissions know. *Theme music is courtesy of podcastthemes.com. Relevant Links: •  Best MBA Programs: A Guide to Selecting the Right One •  MBA in Sight: Focus on Finance Related Episodes •  Case Interview Secrets and More with Victor Cheng •  MBAs Across America: The Coolest HBS Internship •  Interview with Anne Perigo, UM Master in Entrepreneurship •  Jeff Reid on Entrepreneurship •  Dr. Douglas Stayman Shares the Scoop on Cornell Tech NYC Subscribe •  Admissions Straight Talk on iTunes •  Admissions Straight Talk on Stitcher Accepted Admissions Consulting Blog no 38:40
Application Essay Tip: Generic-Itis Prevention http://blog.accepted.com/2013/11/01/application-essay-tip-generic-itis-prevention-2/ http://blog.accepted.com/2013/11/01/application-essay-tip-generic-itis-prevention-2/#respond Fri, 01 Nov 2013 15:30:04 +0000 http://blog.accepted.com/?p=19123 ]]> Suffering from Generic-itis? We can help.

If you are suffering from Generic-itis, make sure to seek treatment.

Accepted’s editors have noted an epidemic. Generic-itis.

The symptoms:

• Mind-blowing, meaningless, and grand generic declarative statements without any substance, specifically related to why an applicant wants to attend a certain program.

• Irritation to admissions readers causing them to believe that you know nothing about their school and don’t belong.

Treatment:

• For the Adcom: Deny the application as quickly as possible and move on to the next application.

• For Applicants: See below.

Here is an example of a severe case of generic-itis that I drafted based on several different examples I recently read, along with years of experience in this business:

“I find Top Choice’s global MBA program very exciting and interesting. With it, I will be able to elevate my already diverse knowledge of the world to a higher and more sophisticated level.  Combining the business analytical skills that I will obtain at Top Choice with my advanced mathematical skill, I will be able to help the fast-growing industry of clean energy progress and profit.  Moreover, I will explore Top Choice’s other outstanding academic fields, thus exposing me to resources outside the business school.  Not to mention Top Choice’s amazing students and alumni who will become my colleagues and with whom I will be sharing my experiences. TOP CHOICE will certainly add to my expertise and help me achieve my goal in the future. Having ambitious goals, I need the help of a great school like TOP CHOICE, a school that also has great ambitions.  I can and will use the Top Choice’s education to the fullest possible extent.  Today, I would be proud to join the community of TOP CHOICE, and tomorrow, TOP CHOICE will be proud to have me as an alumnus connecting Top Choice to the world of business and clean energy.”

I hope you are thinking that no one really writes like this. In that case your immune system is strong even if your conclusion is incorrect. However, if the above bears any resemblance to the reasons you provide for wanting to attend a specific program, you are suffering from generic-itis.

Your treatment:

• Find specifics in the program that compel you to apply and attend.

• Tie those specifics to your future goals or to your educational preferences.

Although the example above is for an MBA application, if you are writing “Why this school” essays or paragraphs  for college, law, medical school or any other program you too could be suffering from Generic-itis.

Have yourself tested today. Accepted’s staff of experienced, professional editors would be happy to help you just as we have helped thousands of other generic-itis sufferers.







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Global Business Leadership at Wharton’s Lauder Institute http://blog.accepted.com/2013/10/24/global-business-leadership-at-wharton-lauder/ http://blog.accepted.com/2013/10/24/global-business-leadership-at-wharton-lauder/#respond Thu, 24 Oct 2013 15:40:30 +0000 http://blog.accepted.com/?p=19141 ]]> Marcy Bevan International business is booming, and there is no better place to prepare for a future in global business leadership than at the Lauder Institute at the University of Pennsylvania. Listen to the full recording of our podcast interview for answers and insights into the Lauder Institute.

00:01:20 – Introducing Dr. Marcy Bevan, Director of Admissions & External Affairs at Wharton’s Lauder Institute.

00:02:00 – What is the Lauder Institute and who is it for? And Happy 30th Birthday!

00:04:59 – 3 Points about the Lauder Institute: It’s intense. It’s affordable because of generous financial aid options. It’s for the intellectually curious.

00:10:38 – Major recent developments at Lauder: The Global Program, the Global Knowledge Lab, and a giant treasure hunt.

00:15:41 – What the Lauder Institute is looking for in applicants and how the application process differs from Wharton’s.

00:18:23 – A bit about the eight-week Summer Immersions.

00:21:39 – Global Knowledge Lab research projects. Cool.

00:24:43 – Popular positions that students take after graduation.

00:27:41 – Does the Estee Lauder connection present employment opportunities for graduates?

00:29:26 – Advice and an invitation for Wharton Lauder applicants.

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•  MBA Admissions A-Z: 26 Terrific Tips

•  Wharton Lauder

•  Wharton MBA Admissions

Penn Law Admissions

Make the Most of School Visits

Transcript of chat with Dr. Marcy Bevan and Meghan Ellis of Wharton Lauder (May 2012)

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The Importance of a Strong Finish http://blog.accepted.com/2013/10/18/the-importance-of-a-strong-finish/ http://blog.accepted.com/2013/10/18/the-importance-of-a-strong-finish/#respond Fri, 18 Oct 2013 14:27:23 +0000 http://blog.accepted.com/?p=18958 ]]> Get more GRE prep advice.

Prepare for an intense event with even more intense practice.

It is easy to get burned out on GRE prep. Sure you start off with pistons pumping but by the second month the mere thought of opening a GRE book makes you shudder. Whether you are taking the test after only a month of prep or after six months, you should make sure to spend the last week or two really going full steam on GRE prep.

Below are ways to maintain the intensity during the final push before test day.

1. Take a practice test (or two!)

The first reaction you may have had upon reading the title above is dread. But don’t let dread get the better of you: taking an actual practice test before the real test will help you learn to manage your anxiety test day. It will also help prime you for sitting still for three plus hours, staring a pixilated screen.

Taking a practice test will also help you identify areas you need to work on. And I can think of no other better way to galvanize you to action during the final week, then seeing a score: if the score is lower, you will be motivated to really push it; if your score is higher, you will be exhilarated and want to score even higher than your target GRE scores for math and verbal. Speaking of scores make sure to look at the GRE scores by program to know what you need to get to be competitive.

And if you feel up to it, don’t just take one test, but take another one. Doing so will give you an even better sense of how you’ll do test day.

2. Do questions from when you first started prepping

It’s probably been months since you’ve seen the material you first started using, so you probably won’t remember that much of it. To get an extra confidence boost go back and do the same material to see how much you have improved.

This holds true for practice tests as well. Take the exact same one you took at the beginning of your prep to see how much your GRE percentiles have jumped (going from 45% to 70% will definitely put some pep in your prep!). If you haven’t improved try to understand why. Identifying these areas will help you test day.

3. Find a good GRE tutor

A skilled tutor can help you identify a few things you can tweak during the final week to get a couple of more points test day. If you haven’t been able to shell out the money for a tutor, two sessions of an hour each shouldn’t be too costly—and will probably help test day.

4. Do practice drills

Get a mixture of practice questions (verbal and math), get a stopwatch, and set an aggressive time limit. For example, pick 20 questions and give yourself 15 minutes to try to finish as many as possible (this is far less time than the minute and 30 seconds you get on the test). This drill will take you way out of the comfort zone and put you in a zone that is even more stressful than what you’ll experience test day.

The logic behind this mad plan? Prepare for an intense event (taking the GRE) with even more intense practice (the drills above).








magooshThis post was written by Chris Lele, resident GRE expert at Magoosh, a leader in GRE prep. For more advice on taking the GRE, check out Magoosh’s GRE blog.

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How to Choose X Number of Essay Questions to Answer from Y Number of Choices http://blog.accepted.com/2013/10/14/how-to-choose-x-number-of-essay-questions-to-answer-from-y-number-of-choices/ http://blog.accepted.com/2013/10/14/how-to-choose-x-number-of-essay-questions-to-answer-from-y-number-of-choices/#respond Mon, 14 Oct 2013 15:46:58 +0000 http://blog.accepted.com/?p=18894 ]]> Optional Essays: When & how to write them.

How do you know which one(s) to pick?

If you face multiple essay questions on an application, how are you going to choose which one(s) you should answer and which one(s) you should skip? (Note: Fewer schools are offering multiple-question options though it’s good to know how to approach this issue if you’re using the Common Application, or applying to Stanford GSB or one of the other schools that does offer you question choices.)

First, options are good! But they do force you to think (a task we’re not always so excited to do). If a school makes you choose two out of four or three out of four questions to answer – how do you know which one(s) to pick?

You want to choose the questions that allow you to portray yourself at your best – to present your most impressive qualifications and talents, and to demonstrate to the adcom that you’re top applicant material.

How?

• Choose topics that complement the other topics that you have discussed (or will discuss if you haven’t written any yet), and that complement the information you’ve provided in other parts of your application (like your resume/CV, letters of rec, transcript, etc.). For example, your resume presents your work history, but can’t go into any depth. Your essays can go into depth and can discuss experiences in greater detail, as well as non-professional experiences that didn’t make it into your resume.

• If you feel uncomfortable writing about a certain topic (like if a question asks about your career vision, and your career goals are still fuzzy), then that’s another reason to choose (or not choose) one question over another.

In short, figure out what you would like the admissions board to know about you, and then choose essays that will do the job and minimize repetition.

You’ve got options – and opportunity!







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Our Very Own Judy Gruen is Published in the Wall Street Journal! http://blog.accepted.com/2013/10/13/judy-gruen-in-the-wall-st-journal/ http://blog.accepted.com/2013/10/13/judy-gruen-in-the-wall-st-journal/#respond Sun, 13 Oct 2013 16:22:28 +0000 http://blog.accepted.com/?p=18862 ]]> Check out Judy Gruen's profile!

No, she’s not leaving Accepted.

Accepted’s own Judy Gruen has her first column, “Too Many Reps to Raunchy Music Hurt My Core”, in the Wall Street Journal! If you’re a subscriber, just click on the link. If you’re not a WSJ subscriber, google “Judy Gruen Wall Street Journal” and it may come up without requiring login.

No, she’s not leaving Accepted, and the piece is social commentary and unrelated to admissions, but the fact that an Accepted consultant is also a Wall Street Journal contributor is indicative of the kind of editing skill that Accepted brings to your application. And of course Judy has the admissions know-how too. She has been advising applicants since 1996 and co-authored MBA Admission for Smarties along with many admissions ebooks, special reports, and blog articles.

Congrats Judy Gruen!







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Healthcare Management at Wharton and at Large http://blog.accepted.com/2013/10/10/healthcare-management-at-wharton-and-at-large/ http://blog.accepted.com/2013/10/10/healthcare-management-at-wharton-and-at-large/#respond Thu, 10 Oct 2013 16:26:04 +0000 http://blog.accepted.com/?p=18823 ]]> June KinneyHealthcare related opportunities for MBA graduates are on the rise, and the Health Care Management Program is at the cutting edge of preparing students to enter this exciting and dynamic field.

Listen to the full recording of our podcast interview with June Kinney to learn more about healthcare management’s past, present, and future.

June is the Associate Director of the Wharton Health Care Management Program and the namesake and inaugural recipient of the June Kinney Achievement Award for “outstanding service in advancing health care-related education, research and practice at the University of Pennsylvania.” Yup, she’s a cool guest to have on our show.

00:02:08 – Meet June Kinney.

00:03:08 – The scoop about the Wharton Health Care Management Program.

00:06:58 – The common thread that unifies the very diverse student body of the Healthcare Management Program. (And it isn’t a background in healthcare).

00:11:27 – What do graduates do when they grow up?

00:12:41 – Effects of the Affordable Care Act on the program and the curriculum.

00:16:42 – The difference between the Healthcare Management Program and a Masters of Public Health Program.

00:19:16 – What are the big issues: How to prepare people for involvement in a rapidly changing field.

00:23:44 – Upcoming changes we can expect to see in the Healthcare Management Program.

00:25:33 – Important tips for future and current applicants. Take notes.

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http://blog.accepted.com/2013/10/10/healthcare-management-at-wharton-and-at-large/feed/ 0 MBA healthcare,podcast,Wharton Healthcare related opportunities for MBA graduates are on the rise, and the Health Care Management Program is at the cutting edge of preparing students to enter this exciting and dynamic field. - Listen to the full recording of our podcast interview w... Healthcare related opportunities for MBA graduates are on the rise, and the Health Care Management Program is at the cutting edge of preparing students to enter this exciting and dynamic field. Listen to the full recording of our podcast interview with June Kinney to learn more about healthcare management’s past, present, and future. June is the Associate Director of the Wharton Health Care Management Program and the namesake and inaugural recipient of the June Kinney Achievement Award for "outstanding service in advancing health care-related education, research and practice at the University of Pennsylvania.” Yup, she’s a cool guest to have on our show. 00:02:08 – Meet June Kinney. 00:03:08 – The scoop about the Wharton Health Care Management Program. 00:06:58 – The common thread that unifies the very diverse student body of the Healthcare Management Program. (And it isn’t a background in healthcare). 00:11:27 – What do graduates do when they grow up? 00:12:41 – Effects of the Affordable Care Act on the program and the curriculum. 00:16:42 – The difference between the Healthcare Management Program and a Masters of Public Health Program. 00:19:16 – What are the big issues: How to prepare people for involvement in a rapidly changing field. 00:23:44 – Upcoming changes we can expect to see in the Healthcare Management Program. 00:25:33 – Important tips for future and current applicants. Take notes. Subscribe to Admissions Straight Talk in iTunes to keep up with the latest in admissions news and trends. You know you want to give it a five star rating. *Theme music is courtesy of podcastthemes.com.  Relevant Links: •  MBA Admissions Special Reports •  Wharton Health Care Management •  Wharton Admissions Subscribe Links: • Admissions Straight Talk on iTunes • Admissions Straight Talk on Stitcher // Accepted.com ~ Helping You Write Your Best Accepted Admissions Consulting Blog no 32:52