Want to use EssaySnark as your partner in this crazy process of applying to bschool?
In 2014, all of our 4-School Set clients got into a great MBA program! For 2015, all clients who completed the 4-School Set made it into great schools – including some with very generous fellowship awards!!
This product is available for less money than what other firms charge for ONE SCHOOL! It is *not necessary* to pay that much for help in preparing a quality set of applications. In fact, we get Brave Supplicants coming to us every single year as reapplicants – having received some exceedingly questionable advice from a high-end consulting firm for their first (unsuccessful) attempts. In this industry, paying more does not guarantee you a thing.
Our philosophy is that a great MBA program should be open to anyone, and we have committed to keeping our prices low. Do you think we couldn’t charge $4k per app if we wanted to? Our results speak to that and we get lots of referrals every year. But we have a different outlook on life (maybe a dumb one, depending on who you ask!). The pricing on this 4-School Set reflects our values.The 4-School Set is a collection of everything you need to construct quality applications to four MBA programs -- and a HUGE benefit is the priority turnaround on submissions.
With the 4-School Set, you get a 120-day subscription to: One Complete Essay Package, through which you will get end-to-end support on your first application by completing these steps:
- Comprehensive Profile Review (unless you've had one already)
- Career Goals App Accelerator
- Accomplishments & Achievements App Accelerator
- Essay Ideas App Accelerator
- Essay Decimator two-stage essay critique
- Letters of Recommendation App Accelerator
- Reworking Your Resume App Accelerator
- Transcripts & Grades App Accelerator (if needed, at EssaySnark's discretion)
That will get you through your first application. You also get support on three more apps through:
- Three more SnarkStrategies Guides*
- Three more Essay Ideas App Accelerators
- Three more two-stage Essay Decimator essay critiques
And, you will benefit from preferential turnarounds on submitted material (weekend/holiday Speedy Review is also available for additional fee).
You will have double the amount of time to complete your essays as with any other EssaySnark service: 120 days total, compared to the 30- and 60-day subscriptions when purchased separately.
See Terms for complete details.
*You will select from the current list of SnarkStrategies essay guides; we cannot guarantee that a guide will be available for every school you are applying to.
TERMS: 4-School SetAll components of the 4-School Set (App Accelerators, Essay Decimators, etc.) must be completed within the stated subscription term. The date displayed in My SnarkCenter is when the component will become unavailable (inactive). The App Accelerators are "horizontal" - the material you develop can be used to build the platform for any/all your relevant applications, even ones you may work on independently, without EssaySnark's input. You may not submit materials for more than four separate MBA applications. The Essay Ideas and Essay Decimator services work in pairs, with each pair to be used on one school only. You commit to the school you're using each paired Essay Decimator on when you submit its Essay Ideas for review. The 4-School Set is non-transferable. No substitutions are allowed. If you already had a Comprehensive Profile Review then that service is deemed complete for the purposes of this package; no refunds, discounts, substitutions or other adjustments available.
Preferential TurnaroundsStandard turnaround for most EssaySnark reviews is 3 business days, though we strive to always return materials quicker. 4-School Set subscribers benefit from preferential consideration: Your materials will be prioritized for review during standard working hours. Weekend/holiday/expedited turnaround may be available at additional fee. Please see the Subscriber FAQ in My SnarkCenter. Please note that EssaySnark cannot promise any specific turnaround time, especially during periods of great demand in September, October, December and January. Turnaround times are guidelines, not guarantees.
- You qualify for a partial refund in the timeframes noted below, as long as you have not submitted any outlines (Essay Ideas App Accelerator) or drafts (Essay Decimators) for review.
- If requested within 7 days of purchase, a refund of your purchase price less $500 is available.
- If requested after 7 days of purchase but before the subscription expires, a refund of your purchase price less $1,000 is available.
FeedbackAll essay reviews are delivered in writing within three business days of submission; no telephone or email support is available. First-draft feedback consists of marked-up drafts in Microsoft Word plus a separate non-printable PDF report covering each essay reviewed. Rechecks, for products that include them, are marked-up drafts only.
We are providing content review services. We do not promise to correct every spelling error or grammar problem, though we will point out at least the first occurrence of such errors. It's up to you to make your essays perfect.
Reasonable follow-up or clarification questions will be entertained. Please use the Comments section on the essay feedback page in My SnarkCenter to submit your questions.
EthicsEssaySnark takes ethics seriously. Your work must be your own. This includes how you handle suggestions you may receive as part of the review process. If we discover that you have inserted our commentary directly into your drafts, we reserve the right to cancel the engagement immediately with no possibility of refund, as that would be plagiarism. When we make suggestions and give advice, it is meant to spur your own thought processes. Don't steal our words, or anyone else's, for that matter.
To protect our intellectual property, the written report you receive will be a locked PDF; no copying or printing permitted. Duplication or redistribution of any EssaySnark content is strictly prohibited. We don't blab your personal information all over the place, and we hope you'll please respect our IP in a similar fashion.
TERMS: Access to SnarkStrategy GuideThis purchase includes online-only access to a SnarkStrategy Guide as specified in the description. This access is for the named user only and cannot be shared or distributed. Access will be provided through a Web browser only; content may not be downloaded or saved to disk. Access is for a limited time pursuant to the subscription terms of the product. No refunds, discounts, or substitutions available if the included strategy guide had been previously purchased.
Please note: If you are UPGRADING to the 4-School Set from a prior purchase, the subscription duration will be calculated from the original purchase.
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Or… Did you use the 4-School Set? What was it like? Share your experience, tell everyone if it was useful or not.
Great value - great experience!
Working with Essaysnark was a great choice for me this admissions season. I was definitely an imperfect candidate (low GPA) with a lot of good things going for me, and I really needed to strategize to get the interviews I wanted. My essays were *important*. Essaysnark really helped me craft my story and the DIY style was perfect for me. For candidates who are willing to work hard, prioritize this process, and take it seriously the team offers great feedback (sometimes tough to hear :)) and can really help you put yourself in the best light. So far, I've gotten interview invites at Wharton, Sloan, and Haas with a
Definitely worthwhile and great value!
I decided to go with the 4-school set after using the complete essay package for a while.
It definitely offers better value and most importantly, it makes my whole application more consistent as EssaySnark knows more about me through my app.
Also, with 4 school-set you would have the resume prep in the package. Trust me resume is a great deal... EssaySnark were very insightful and professional in reviewing and guiding me through resume prep.
I applied to 4 schools, all during R2. It was difficult and very competitive year. Eventually I got an offer with scholarship in one school. Thanks EssaySnark!
An intense workout
EssaySnark has an unusual approach: no voice contact and no direction as to what you should write. You will get direct feedback pointing out the flaws in everything your write. You will get the objective perspective of an experienced essay-reader, one who will share all the questions and concerns your essays raise, one who knows the admissions world. You will not get answers. You will not get short cuts.
But with the 4-School Set, you also get a deep dive into your profile, a couple warmup sessions with the App Accelerators, and a whole bunch of chances to practice writing and get feedback. It’s a great deal, if you are prepared to work.
As for me, I mistakenly started late in the season and therefore missed the Round 1 deadlines. The Accelerators helped me understand content I wanted to include in my applications, but I was still writing poorly after several drafts. It was emotionally difficult to be continually frustrated, yet I was improving the entire time. Things started to click only at the very end of the process, which is a testament about how badly I was writing and thinking at the start, and a testament to EssaySnark’s patience. In the end I was proud of my essays. (All the invitation-only schools I applied to invited me to interview, including one of H/S/W, despite being more than a decade older than the average applicant. In the end, I accepted an offer to join an EMBA program, but that’s a whole ‘nother story. However, EssaySnark helped me think through issues along the way, for which I’m grateful. EssaySnark provided an objective but passionate outside perspective, and the advice given and questions raised were well-informed, mature, and thoughtful.)
One key to working with EssaySnark is to be open direct feedback, take it without getting defensive or angry, and very carefully consider that you might need to change what you think and how you present yourself in your application. It was equal parts humbling, frustrating, and maddening, but I made sure to never let my emotional reactions disrupt my engagement with EssaySnark. Similarly, EssaySnark was good in tempering the feedback appropriately and managing my emotional state. (These are actually critical skills for BSers trying to break into consulting, so it’s nice to see them modelled).
If you’re not willing to do the work yourself, go somewhere else and find someone else who will dig through your profile and tell you what to write, or just accept that your essays won’t be as good as they could have been. But if you want to master the writing process, own everything you submit, and present yourself authentically in the best light possible, engage with EssaySnark. In fact, I find myself with a little EssaySnark over my shoulder, pointing out the flaws and inconsistencies when I am writing. (If this review has any glaring issues, I take full responsibility, and probably should not have sat down with a nice glass of single malt scotch whiskey. Oh, but it’s so smooth and smoky!)
If you are nervous about this process, or worried about the financial commitment, start with a single essay review. However, I found the most value in having an extended engagement. EssaySnark took the time to dig into my profile, and was constantly referring back to previous submissions for other schools. EssaySnark was a valuable advisor who pushed me to push myself. Highly recommended.
The Whole Enchilada
In early July, I went for the 4-school package or as the ‘Snark calls it, “the whole enchilada”. Buying the package was a no-brainer for me because I was planning to apply to six schools and going through four schools with EssaySnark would ensure that I have four very strong applications and that I am prepared to tackle the other two applications on my own. I am also very budget-conscious so while the 4-school package seemed pricey, it was an absolutely STEAL compared to what the other admission consultants charge for even one school.
Once you are “all in” with the ‘Snark, you have all the tools to create a winning application. As you go through the app accelerators and the essay decimators, EssaySnark’s comments become very detailed and valuable as they can basically see all the pieces of your application.
The priority turnaround is a godsend because I was getting most of my material reviewed in less than 24 hours! This takes so much stress away when you are near an application deadline.
Going through the MBA admissions process, I have made a lot of decisions about school selection, recommenders, essay topics, admission consultants, etc. However, I can confidently say that purchasing the 4-school package was my best decision!
tl;dr – Buy the 4-school package. Save money. Stress less. Be confident in your MBA applications.