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How to Answer Stanford GSB’s Essay: What Matters Most To You and Why?

Sep. 9th, 2021 | by: Matt Symonds

In opening its application for the 2020-2021 cycle, Stanford GSB demonstrated that its iconic essay question persists for well over a decade. Stanford’s “What matters most to you, and why?” query embodies the sentiment ‘simple but not easy.’ It demands a level of profound self-awareness and unapologetic authenticity that can overwhelm the most excellence-driven applicant in […]

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Top MBA Programs Waiving the GMAT – Waiver Information

Sep. 3rd, 2021 | by: Caroline Diarte Edwards

Top MBA Programs Waiving GMAT Test Scores An increasing number of MBA programs are waiving the GMAT. In other words, you can submit your application without a GMAT or GRE score. Should you consider applying in round one without a GMAT score? Or should you take the GMAT and see how you do, and apply […]

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GMAT Prep Strategies: How to Study While Working

Aug. 23rd, 2021 | by: Scott Woodbury-Stewart

So you’re preparing for the GMAT — no easy task by itself — and you’re also working a demanding job that has the uncanny ability to usurp your every waking moment. Do you worry about how to prepare for the GMAT efficiently without going bonkers? There are a few time-tested strategies that you can use […]

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How to Get Into IESE Business School: 5 Top Tips

Aug. 12th, 2021 | by: Lisa Bevill

IESE’s star continues to rise. This year, the Barcelona-based business school ranked #1 in the Economist’s Full-time MBA ranking, where it has maintained the #1 or #2 spot since 2016, and it is rarely out of the top five in the Financial Times. It also boasts an impressive ROI: more than 95% of the graduates […]

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IESE Essays for 2021-2022: Tips & Strategy

Aug. 11th, 2021 | by: Lisa Bevill

IESE opened its application for the 2021-2022 cycle, and in doing so made some changes to its slate of MBA essays. IESE Business School is forward focused and career advancement driven and the application aims to understand your career development and growth, how the MBA aligns and what are your career aspirations. The combination of […]

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Cambridge Judge Essays for 2021-2022: Tips & Strategy

Aug. 9th, 2021 | by: Karen Ponte

Cambridge Judge opened its application for the 2021-2022 season, and in doing so revised its first essay related to post-MBA career goals. Along with INSEAD, Judge continues to evade the business school trend of fewer MBA essays, requiring your thoughtful response to no less than four required questions. Yet its word counts are deceptively slim […]

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How to Secure the Best Letters of Recommendation

Aug. 4th, 2021 | by: Jessica Chung

Ensure your MBA letters of recommendation are poised to tip the balance in your favor – from selecting your recommenders to preparing them to champion your candidacy. The MBA essay questions understandably get a lot of early attention and focused effort. (For insider tips and advice for every top 20 business school, view the Fortuna […]

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MIT Sloan MBA Strategy for 2021-2022: How to Tackle the Application

Jun. 30th, 2021 | by: Brittany Maschal

MIT Sloan just released deadlines for the Class of 2024, with round one set for Sept. 28, 2021, round two for Jan. 19, 2022, and round three on April 12, 2022. And while the application won’t be open until mid-July, MIT Sloan affirms that its application components remain the same. Its MBA application typifies the […]

Tips For MBA Recommendations: Does Prestige Matter and Mistakes to Avoid

Jun. 24th, 2021 | by: Matt Symonds

Would it help my MBA admissions chances if I secured a recommendation letter from the President of the United States? As hypothetical as it sounds, we fielded this question from a prospective candidate during the Obama administration. While it was a subject of much discussion among our coaches at Fortuna Admissions, ultimately, we advised against […]

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How to Earn a High GMAT Quant Score Without a Calculator

Jun. 6th, 2021 | by: Scott Woodbury-Stewart

Guest article by Scott Woodbury-Stewart, Founder & CEO, Target Test Prep Many GMAT test-takers, particularly those who don’t consider math their strongest subject, start to panic when they learn that they won’t have access to the GMAT calculator for the Quant section of the exam. The truth is that — unless there are special circumstances […]

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