- School Visits are Like Online Dating- The MBA Blog, “Por Qué….MBA?” One girl’s MBA application journey!, looks at the importance of visiting MBA programs before making any decisions about where to apply. MBA blogger Mango, visited both Columbia and Kellogg’s programs and learned about her “type” of program. She explained that the same way you understand a lot about a person from a blind date (even though you can’t understand everything), you learn a lot about your chemistry with a school from an initial visit. Bottom line: schools are very different on paper than they are in person. To hear more about Mango’s MBA application process check out her interview with Accepted.
- How to Utilize GMAC Data- GMAC talks about what it has learned after giving 258,192 tests worldwide in 2011. The testing year, which ended June 30,2011, showed that GMAT test taking is down 2.2% from 2010 and 3% from 2009.
- Plagiarism Has Got to Stop- BusinessWeek reports that Turnitin.com is cutting down on cheating in business schools. Turnitin, a program that scans admissions essays and then compares them to a large database of essays, said there are 10-20 business schools currently using its service. Turnitin reported that a study of 453,000 personal statements from over 300 colleges and universities found that 36% were cases of possible plagiarism. While this number sounds high, since more MBA programs will likely start using Turnitin, MBA applicants should be extra careful and not “borrow” from sample essays online.
- GMAT is Used By Over 5,300 Programs- GMAC reports that there has been an increase in different types of programs involving business management. The growth in programs is highlighted by the fact that GMAC has had to add or update 23 program code categories this year. In fact, over 5,300 different programs worldwide use the GMAT exam. To help find what kind of program is right for you, check out the different programs—filtered by GMAT program code types—at mba.com.
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