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7 Essential Tips for GMAT Prep

Mar. 19th, 2023 | by: Caroline Diarte Edwards

Business schools have reported a significant rise in GMAT averages over the last 15 years. In the US, the average GMAT score is now 658, up 48 points from five years ago. Roughly a quarter of test takers in 2021 had scores of 700 and up in 2021, compared to 14 percent five years ago. […]

Top MBA Programs Waiving the GMAT or GRE – Waiver Information

Mar. 17th, 2023 | by: Caroline Diarte Edwards

MBA programs understand that applicants are not solely represented accurately by their test scores. A number of top-ranked programs are waiving testing requirements, allowing you to submit your application without a GMAT or GRE score. Should you consider applying in round one without a GMAT/GRE score? Or should you take a test and see how […]

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Advice for the Wharton 2022-2023 TBD Prompt + 5 Tips for Your Pitch

Feb. 17th, 2023 | by: Judith Silverman Hodara

Wharton interview invites are out, and the prompt is a great one. Now is time to start preparing for your Team Based Discussion. Last year, 90% of our clients who participated in our Wharton Interview Prep sessions were admitted. Fortuna’s series of mock sessions are underway and spaces are limited, so sign up today to […]

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Chicago Booth MBA Interview: What to Expect & How to Prepare

Feb. 13th, 2023 | by: Bill Kooser

Chicago Booth is releasing MBA interview invitations for round two candidates, which include a pre-interview video component. Even if you’re a confident interviewer, your thoughtful preparation is essential to making a persuasive case for your candidacy and demonstrating your fit with Chicago Booth. The more you understand what to expect from Booth – and what […]

5 Strategies for MBA Admissions Success

Feb. 9th, 2023 | by: Matt Symonds

Applying for the MBA represents more than the next step in your career, but the opportunity to pause amid the velocity of your fast-paced life and enter a meaningful process of self-discovery. It’s an invitation to really think about where you want to see yourself five to 10 years, what matters most to you, and […]

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General MBA vs. Specialized MBA

Feb. 7th, 2023 | by: Fortuna Admissions

As you take steps toward continuing your education with an MBA degree, you’ll need to decide between a general MBA and a specialized MBA. While many undergraduates take the path of a general MBA, focusing on a broad range of topics, some may find the specialized MBA path to be a better fit.  This article […]

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Applying to Carnegie Mellon Tepper: 3 Essential MBA Tips

Feb. 3rd, 2023 | by: Catherine Tuttle

My Fortuna Admissions colleagues and I have seen an uptick in interest in the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon. One of the smallest among the top 20 business schools, it boasts a close-knit culture and pioneering approach to management curriculum (a “management science” model over the case method, that’s now integrated within all […]

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Tips for Writing the HBS Post-Interview Reflection

Feb. 1st, 2023 | by: Karla Cohen

The HBS Post-Interview Reflection is a distinctive element of the Harvard MBA evaluation process, and you’ll have just 24 hours to submit it the Admissions Committee after your interview. At first blush, this might feel like a timed test version of the HBS essay (‘what more would you like us to know as we consider […], Fortuna Admissions, HBS Interview

How to Ace the HBS Interview: An Insider’s Advice

Jan. 31st, 2023 | by: Karla Cohen

On Wednesday, February 1 at 12:00 noon ET, Harvard Business School will release its Round 2 interview invitations. HBS is offering both in-person and Zoom interviews. Here’s what HBS is looking for, along with seven top tips to make the best possible impression. The Harvard Business School interview is a search for authenticity – the admissions […]

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10 Tough MBA Interview Questions & How to Handle Them

Jan. 26th, 2023 | by: Judith Silverman Hodara

What do you do when the MBA admissions interviewer asks you whether 3,599 is a prime number? (Besides trying not to break into a cold sweat.) Or, whether the government should apply tariffs based on a product’s environmental sustainability? Or how the pandemic has influenced the impact you’d like to make in your community? Now […]

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