What stage are you at?
0. Taking the GMAT
Sorry, can’t help you with the initial step; we are not GMATSnark. There’s plenty of other sites and consultants that can guide you through the test prep phase.
Not that we’ve never written anything here on the blahg about the GMAT, but we don’t offer any tutoring type help on this part. We will of course offer our take on whether your score is “good enough” when you enlist EssaySnark for services like the Comprehensive Profile Review. Or just poke around in the many posts on the blahg to self-assess and figure out where you stand:
1. Selecting Schools
It’s best to engage us after you have a test score in hand, but even if you don’t, there’s plenty we can say about your ideas for getting an MBA.
A great way to do that is through the Comprehensive Profile Review.
The Comprehensive Profile Review gives you a lay of the land of your specific MBA application situation, including an assessment of how you stand today against your target schools. We will suggest other schools or programs for you to consider based on your profile. We will also let you know if you need to take the GMAT again (doh!) or we’ll discuss your GRE in context. The Comprehensive Profile Review is our most popular product and it’s the best place to start for most people.
2. Planning Your Strategy
Do you like going it alone? Our App Accelerators offer a la carte coaching on individual components of your application, from career goals to transcripts and GPA and everything in between, at rockbottom prices. Buy just the one you need and get targeted advice on how to identify your best material and set your overall strategy. All App Accelerators include a review by EssaySnark where you will find out where you’re on track — or not. App Accelerators give you confidence that your strategy is sound and they reduce the churn, making your end-to-end process as efficient as possible. Multiple App Accelerators are bundled in EssaySnark Foundations (perfect for attacking your strategy in the Spring before schools have even released questions) and the Complete Essay Package (recommended for EVERYONE who’s not yet been successful with an MBA app — reapplicants included!).
We also have a standalone product called the Recommender’s Instruction Sets, which is a best-practices guide that you can give to your recommenders to make sure they do a good job on your behalf. This is a deliverable that you will hand over to your recommenders for their usage, specific to the actual schools that you’re asking them to recommend you for.
3. Writing Essays
- First look for the SnarkStrategies Guides to give you targeted insights on specific schools. You really should be reading your school’s essay guide before you start in on writing anything for their essays.
- Then get your strategy vetted through the Essay Ideas & Outlines App Accelerator before you start to write. This step alone will save you unbelievable heartache (and time!) and will help you see where your strategy is off target.
4. Really Writing Essays
The hallmark EssaySnark service is our Essay Decimator – which is just our fancy way of saying “essay critique service” – and we have a variety of flavors:
- The standard Full-Set Essay Decimator – this is for schools with multiple essay questions, OR for a single-essay app school where you’re also submitting an optional or reapplicant essay
- The Harvard Essay Decimator – for, uh, Harvard, and their one essay. We look at your full candidacy in context with this review, so be sure to give your core stats and upload your reference resume in SnarkCenter where it asks for them!
- If you’re in a real bind for time, you can get a Rush-Turnaround Single Essay Review aka the Single Shot Express which gives you one full review of one essay. Please recognize that this is a much more tactical review, since we won’t be considering the entirety of your profile; we’ll only look at this essay in the sense of what this school expects. The reason to use this?
You’re a cheapskateYou’re out of time and deadlines are like in two days; or, you just want to get feedback on a specific essay, such as the Columbia career goals question where you’re planning on re-using a similar pitch for other schools, or a reapplicant essay to make sure you’re covering things in the right order, or ditto an optional essay explaining some academic uh-ohs, or a Consortium essay might also be a good match to this service. Trying for Harvard? You need the Harvard Essay Decimator instead.
- A few schools require one final essay at the time of interview invite – and our Interview Essay Express is the ticket for that! Fast turnaround to support you in the crazy prep period leading up to your big day.
You put in all that effort into writing these very important essays. Now find out if your strategy is gonna work for you – before you submit. We’ll tell you if your messaging is up to snuff, and if it’s not, we’ll explain why, and point out ideas on how to fix it!
5. Reworking Your Resume
After you have your MBA theme established, you should revise your resume to highlight it. The Resume App Accelerator shows you what goes into a good MBA resume and gives you one round of feedback with EssaySnark so that you’re sure your resume is presenting your best self. Note that you must re-do your resume based on the best practices you’ll learn in the tutorial before submitting for our comments. This is one of our most popular services and it can let you transform how you’re presenting yourself in your applications and really change the way your admissions reviewer understands you.
If everything is done and you’re nervous if it’s gonna fly, EssaySnark can tell you! The Sanity Check can increase your confidence – or help you avoid a costly mistake — before you submit!!!
Whether you’re applying to a school that interviews everyone (Kellogg tries to, Tuck makes that option available to everyone; Duke invites you to come on campus in late summer) or you’ve just gotten a coveted invitation to interview after you submitted your app… You need to get ready! This is not a trivial assignment. You have lots and lots of opportunity here and it requires PRACTICE in order to make sure you’re fluent in describing your reasons for wanting to go to this school and what you can offer to their community. Let EssaySnark contribute to your success at this stage as well!!
The Complete Essay Package combines the Comprehensive Profile Review, three App Accelerators, one SnarkStrategies Guide of your choice, plus the Essay Decimator essay reviews, all with additional benefits in one discounted bundle. Or, if we’re between seasons and your school has not yet released its essay questions, check out Foundations, which gives you the key App Accelerators that you need to develop your strategy (it’s like the Complete Essay Package without the essay reviews). Our comparison chart of both packages explains the differences.
If you decide to go really whole-hog with us, then the 4-School Set is a massively discounted aggregation of awesomeness: Go through the Complete Essay Package on your first school, then get full support on essays for three more applications, with a bunch of other stuff thrown in too, all at one super low price. It’s like Costco; buy in bulk and save! Pricing is at least $500 off what you’d pay separately and you get prioritized turnaround on everything, which you will really appreciate when you’re under the gun with deadlines breathing down your neck!
- The Waitlist Assist helps you get out of limbo
- Or, Post-Mortems (reject analysis) lend advice to diagnose what went wrong if your first attempt didn’t get you in
- For a special bundle of critical support services, check out The Reapplicant Roadmap – it includes the Post-Mortem, plus a bunch of other services to take you step by step through your process of building out a winning reapp strategy.
You can get help at every stage of the game with EssaySnark.
Based on results that others have seen, it’s clear that the Complete Essay Package offers the most value and biggest benefit. We’ve been doing this a loooooooong time, with literally hundreds and hundreds of successful client applications. As an example, in 2012, 88% of our Complete Essay Package clients who reported their results to us got in; one was waitlisted, and one withdrew his applications after deciding an MBA wasn’t the right next step. (We always have a bunch of clients who never let us know their outcomes so we can’t claim the 88% figure as a definitive success rate overall.) In 2014, the first season we offered it, *ALL* of our 4-School Set clients made it in, and every year since then the vast majority have. The odds are in your favor — provided you do the work! Where things go sideways is when BSers sputter out and don’t put in the time. We give you the support, then it’s up to you to do the heavy lifting. We’ll be here every step of the way, with guidance, encouragement, and the tools for you to make it happen!
Of course, you can always submit an essay or a question to be considered for free review here on the blahg, or tweet one at us, or we also have a Private Consult if you have a one-off situation you want input on.
Let us know how we can help, and GOOD LUCK with your MBA ambitions!