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How to Ace Your MBA Video Questions

Nov. 16th, 2017 | by: Matt Symonds

The video statement isn’t only a challenge – it’s a valuable opportunity to bring your application to life. More business schools are adopting a video component in their applications than ever before. This year, MIT made the move from optional to mandatory, and last year Rotman, Yale and INSEAD adopted the practice. While programs have […]

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Why European Business Schools Should Seize The Day

Nov. 10th, 2017 | by: Matt Symonds

  European MBA programs are on a roll. The oft-debated ‘Trump effect’, and concerns about stricter US immigration policy, combined with a growing appetite for the shorter one-year course length preferred by many European MBA programs has rocketed demand over the last year. GMAC Stats The Graduate Management Admissions Council (GMAC)’s annual Prospective Students Survey […]

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What MBA Admissions Really Want: From Stanford GSB, Booth, Tuck & More

Oct. 30th, 2017 | by: Matt Symonds

Admissions Directors from Chicago Booth, Stanford GSB, INSEAD and other top programs get candid about your spike factor, unicorns and top qualities they’re looking for in MBA candidates. “I don’t want unicorns,” says Kristen Moss, Stanford GSB Assistant Dean and Director of MBA Admissions. “Leadership doesn’t come from a socio-economic status, it doesn’t come from […]

The Growing Importance of the GMAT in MBA Admissions

Sep. 1st, 2015 | by: Matt Symonds

According to a recent article by Poets and Quants, several MBA admissions experts believe that business schools are placing too much emphasis on the GMAT relative to other factors when it comes to MBA admissions. P & Q reported this information based on a recent survey of MBA admissions consulting firms, in which the relative […]

Beyond the Full-Time Two-Year MBA Program Format – The Part-Time MBA

Aug. 18th, 2015 | by: Matt Symonds

When many people think of MBA program structures, the full-time two-year MBA program format is often the first to come to mind. With full-time programs, students typically leave their jobs to enroll as an MBA student, hoping to return to work two years later, in a new role with a higher salary and a well-defined […]

New GMAT Features Set to Launch in July

Jul. 15th, 2015 | by: Matt Symonds

With MBA applicants getting ready to apply to business schools for next year, there are a few important changes about to take place regarding the GMAT test. According to the Graduate Management Admission Council® (GMAC®), several updates will be made to help streamline the exam experience. GMAC arrived at the decision to introduce these three […]

Recommenders: Does Prestige Matter and Mistakes to Avoid

Jun. 24th, 2015 | by: Matt Symonds

Would your chances of gaining admission to a top MBA program be improved if you had a recommendation letter written by the President of the U.S.? Although it might seem like a good idea to have one of the most powerful leaders in the world write on your behalf, our team at Fortuna Admissions debated […]

If you can’t score a 700+ GMAT, can you still get into a top 10 MBA school?

May. 29th, 2015 | by: Matt Symonds

Scoring a 700 on the GMAT today isn’t worth the same as it was 10 years ago. While achieving 700+ in 2003 would place you in the top 92% of test takers, the same score today means you’ve scored in the top 89%. This is due to the fact that applicants are investing more time […]

Part 2 – The Best Way to Focus your Application Efforts Before Round 1 MBA Deadlines

May. 20th, 2015 | by: Matt Symonds

The following blog is adapted from our article featured recently on Poets and Quants. Click here to read Part 1 of the adapted article. This is the second part of our adapted article, which focuses on tips to get ready to apply for Round 1 MBA deadlines. Weigh up your GMAT score. The GMAT can […]

The 12 Steps on How to Apply to Business School Series – Step 4: Your Academic Record – GMAT, GPA, and GRE

May. 19th, 2015 | by: Matt Symonds

An MBA emphasizes studying business and often the “M” in MBA, which stands for “Master’s”, is overlooked. Any self-respecting business school will want to ensure that you have the academic aptitude to handle a graduate degree. You’ll need to be skillful in math, critical reasoning/logic, and language. Therefore your academic results are important components of […]

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