From the blahg (July 2016): What we try to do with our Comprehensive Profile Review
It’s the most common question we get. It’s the most common question that any admissions consultant gets — but if they’re giving you a free review, in order to sell you their services, are you confident that they’re going to tell you the straight answer?
It’s awfully tempting for a consultant to say you’ve got a chance at Harvard if it means you’ll plunk down your cold hard cash to have them help you apply. The EssaySnark Profile Review is a more comprehensive service than you’ll get for free from most consultants — and we promise to be upfront and direct with you. If we think you’re Harvard material — great! We’ll be excited to share the news. If we don’t think so, then we’ll explain why, and you’ll be armed with actionable information so you can determine your next steps.
The Comprehensive Profile Review will start you in the right direction on your MBA applications.
- Get an unbiased and honest assessment of the strengths and weaknesses in your profile.
- Learn which schools are realistic targets and get suggestions for others you might want to consider.
- Find out once and for all if your GMAT score is “good enough.”
- Get insights into your GPA and how it will be evaluated with your GMAT.
- Increase your confidence in your strengths–and know what you need to do about your weaknesses.
- You also get a one-month membership to the EssaySnark blahg with purchase.
- After you sign up, you will be directed to an in-depth questionnaire. Complete these questions with as much detail as possible, because your answers will be reviewed by EssaySnark to see how you might be a match to specific bschools.
- You will receive a report back that indicates how you are lining up for success, or whether you need to work on your profile, and/or adjust your list of schools.
Note: Nobody but the adcoms can tell for sure if you're a good fit for them. It's actually impossible for anyone even to be able to weigh your odds without knowing quite a bit about your background, and especially your leadership experience. This profile review doesn't try to predict your chances. Instead, it's meant to supplement your own research and legwork. We will help you identify potential programs to pursue and we'll tell you if we think you're off base in your current targets. Only you can determine if you're a good fit to a particular school, and only that school can determine if they agree.
If you need to cancel, you are entitled to a refund less $50 provided that no materials have been submitted for review. You must submit your questionnaire into the profile review process within 30 days of purchase. The Comprehensive Profile Review is included in the Complete Essay Package. Sorry, but no refunds are available if purchased separately.
Want to know which schools you should be considering? The Comprehensive Profile Review will tell you this — and more. Standard turnaround: 3 business days from receipt of materials.
Comprehensive Profile Review $ 179.00
Or, if you have already applied somewhere and it didn’t work out, you can go for the Post-Mortem rejection analysis instead.
EssaySnark also sometimes answers profile-related questions for free on the blahg. You can submit your question here if you’d like to give that possibility a gamble.
This App Accelerator is included in The Complete Essay Package and in Foundations.
Reviews on the Review!
When you’ve gotten your evaluation back, tell others how useful (or not) you think it is.
Extremely Thorough and Specific
ES does a very good job of capturing the majority of your profile in their questionnaire. I was worried that the report would come back with a lot of generalities and things that were cut and pasted. This was not the case. Nearly all of the review was based on and cited information that I provided.
No punches are pulled in this review. They are extremely blunt on the shortcomings you have in your application. This may not be the best service if you can't take criticism, but then again an MBA may not be the degree for you if that's the case.
The review has given me a lot to think about and has already contributed to my methods as I move forward in this process.
My report was 19 pages long and filled with incredibly useful info. The questionnare asks everything from college GPA to career goals and they wrote solid explanations of everything in between. There was nothing recycled here - they took all of my input and wrote HONEST, NO-BS feedback on my strengths and weaknesses. I would recommend that everyone start their application process here - there is no better way to get understand what areas of the application need shoring up.
**Disclaimer: I received the pro-bono military comprehensive profile review. I am definitely grateful for the free profile review but the quality of the product speaks for itself and I would definitely pay for it now knowing how helpful it will be in the coming months.
I found EssaySnark's Comprehensive Profile Review very helpful - I wanted to get an objective, no-b.s. but comprehensive opinion of experts that have seen it all and this service really perfectly fit the bill. I recommended this service to many of my friends who are preparing for MBA application this fall - I wouldn't have done that if I didn't think it was helpful! How it works is that you would fill out a detailed questionnaire about yourself and EssaySnark will provide multi-angle opinion on your academics, gmat, career, extra curricular, high level view of your 'chances' at the target school, etc. I advise that any Brave Supplicants that use this service to make sure to fill out the questionnaire with as much detail as you can - for me, I thought I filled out sufficient details for review, but Essay Snark pointed out some areas that they wished to know more about regarding my career progression and accomplishments that didn't show in my submission. That was actually a very helpful advice for me - if experts at Snarkville felt like something was missing, the adcoms would likely think the same. So I took the advice and started working on my accomplishments and making it 'shine' more on my resume. Their assessments on other areas (gmat, academics, extracurricular) were also spot on. Those could be seen as black-and-white kind of area (I did great or I didn't) but when I read their assessment I felt like I got more perspective on how effectively to position them beyond the dry 'stats' point of view. I also think the review file would be very helpful throughout the application cycle too, not just in the beginning. I will take the advice as I am planning, but going to go back to it constantly as I build my stories to make sure I'm addressing everything they pointed out in the review! I would strongly recommend the Comprehensive Profile Review service for anyone who started thinking about or started the process on applying to MBA!
This is an excellent resource for applicants at an unbeatable price. After reading through my CPR multiple times, I could not help but focus my attention on how much time it would take a consultant to put something like this together. Considering that the going rate for top admissions consultants is hundreds of dollars per hour, there is no other resource that I’ve come across that offers applicants the same bang for the buck. Thank you for the great work EssaySnark!
CPR Revived My Reapplication
I echo the other reviews here in saying that this should be the first step for any applicant. I only wish I had done this before I applied the first time - it certainly would have saved me a lot of heartache. The CPR was the first step of my reapplication process. I became aware of how I was stacking up against other candidates, what were the weak points in my profile, and a rough idea of my chances at the schools that I intended to apply to. Armed with this knowledge, I proceeded to apply with confidence. I must also mention that my interactions with EssaySnark did not end with the CPR - they were absolutely generous with their advice when I was mulling over my multiple admits. The CPR truly "revived" my b-school application process, pun intended!
Devoid of Smoke
This service lives up to its title! The 20-page report is nothing short of comprehensive, providing honest feedback for each categorical assessment. In addition to the detailed feedback on strengths and weaknesses, I found many suggestions helpful in confirming ideas for crafting essays and my list of target schools, and even for reworking my resume! Moreover, the report didn't end with a pitch to purchase more services to improve my profile. It didn't need to, however; the quality of this product is indicative of the other services they offer. Well played, ES. Well played.
Wish I had done this sooner
EssaySnark's comprehensive profile review was way more than I expected. Super detailed, no sugar coating, very objective and personal. They took their time to digest every little piece of my profile and to clearly explain the good, the bad, and the ugly. And they didn't stop there. They went the extra step and made realistic suggestions on how I could strengthen some of the weaker aspects of my application. Their no BS assessments were the cold water to the face I needed to get re-energized about refining every aspect of my application. EssaySnark even made suggestions about how to improve my resume - they absolutely did not have to do that and I am all the better for it. I wish I had done this sooner! I will absolutely be recommending EssaySnark to friends.
Great advice and insights!!
This was the best investment thus far on my way to b-school! EssaySnark wrote a very detailed report (20 pages!!) about every aspect of my profile, highlighted strengths and weaknesses, and gave me a thorough insight about how my profile stacks up at each of my target schools. In addition, I received a lot of useful advice and fresh ideas and programs to think about.
I’m at an early stage (only planning to apply for the class of ’19) and this was the perfect assessment I needed at this point of time in order to strengthen my profile. Highly recommendable and will definitely work with EssaySnark on my application in the future.
Valuable Insight without a Sales Pitch
I'm sure you've been on a webcast hosted by an admissions consultant, offering insight on how to get accepted to business school, and after an hour of your time you got 15 mins of basic advice you already knew and 45 mins of a sales pitch for why you should hire said admissions consultant. You won't get that with the CPR. In fact, out of 18 pages of analysis, there is merely a peep about what other services you could engage in order to mitigate weaknesses in your profile. Instead, you'll receive an unbiased, objective review of your profile similar to the review an adcom will perform when your application is the next one pulled from the pile. Some apparently call this snark; I call it refreshing honesty.
It's difficult not to get caught up in guess work when applying to grad school. Do I have a shot at this school? How do I compare to the class profile? This blog assessed an applicants chances of getting into schools and I have a similar profile, so maybe my chances are the same?
Stop. Stop this cycle of madness and complete the CPR so that you know the strengths and weaknesses of your profile and whether your target schools are within reach. For this price, it's worth it to remove the uncertainty and ambiguity. I highly recommend the CPR and agree with all of the other glowing reviews. You won't be disappointed, but, after reading all of ES's great insight, you might be encouraged to continue with ES as you prepare your applications. I think I will do just that.
A Great Start to the App Season
The comprehensive profile review was a great way to start things off once essay questions/applications started to come out. It was great to get school-specific feedback and to hear an educated assessment of myself in the context of the schools I'll be applying to R1 this year. Also, since the questionnaire you fill out to get the review going asks a lot of questions about you, you'll get a good idea of what stuff you should actually consider using in your applications and what might not be relevant. It's nice to get good, detailed feedback and advice for starting out the process. I've done a couple other "free 30 minute consultations" with other admissions consultants, and have had mixed experiences (one was really good, one was decent, and one not so good), but the bottom line there is they're not able to really understand you well enough in 10-15 minutes to be able to give real good feedback, but the CPR provided very detailed and thought-out feedback.
One BSer complained in their review in 2013 that we didn’t give an assessment of how they’d stack up against each of their schools. We absolutely do this in the profile review when we have enough information to go on. If you don’t give us that info then we can’t give you that assessment. We’re not going to blow smoke if we don’t have enough insight into your situation. Be thorough in what you provide to us on the questionnaire and we’ll be thorough back. If you aren’t, then we can’t.