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“What are my chances at…?”
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.
Want to know which schools you should be considering? The Comprehensive Profile Review will tell you this — and more. Standard turnaround: 2 business days from receipt of materials.
Here’s how it works:
- After you sign up, you will be directed to an in-depth questionnaire. Complete these questions with as much detail as possible. EssaySnark will use the information you provide to see how you might be a match to specific bschools you name.
- 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 and career progression. 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.
Comprehensive Profile Review
You must submit your questionnaire within 30 days of purchase or you may purchase an extension if you let it lapse. If you need to cancel, please do so while the subscription is active, and then you will be entitled to a refund less $50, provided that the questionnaire has not been submitted. The Comprehensive Profile Review is included in the Complete Essay Package, in Foundations, and in the 4-School Set; no refunds, credits, substitutions or adjustments are available if purchased separately. You can upgrade from the Profile Review to the Complete Essay Package or to the 4-School Set at a lower price if you do so while your original Profile Review subscription is still active (service expiration dates for upgrades are calculated from the date of this original qualifying purchase). Check the Discounts and Offers page from the SnarkCenter menu for details after making your qualifying purchase.
The Comprehensive Profile Review gives you actionable insights about your profile and how the adcoms may react to your application.
Or, if you have already applied somewhere and it didn’t work out, you can go for the Post-Mortem rejection analysis instead.
This App Accelerator is included in The Complete Essay Package, the 4-School Set and in Foundations.
Purchase the Comprehensive Profile Review: $ 199.00
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here’s what we try to do with our Comprehensive Profile Review (EssaySnark blahg July 2016)
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I’m a prospective military applicant and recently took advantage of the Comprehensive Profile Review. It was pro bono, but I am more than happy to reciprocate a fraction of the time they spent on me to write this review.
ES doesn’t advertise any silver bullets, so don’t expect to receive any (probably possible though). This is them taking a fairly holistic look at you and giving an assessment of how it all fits together. The value I gained from this CPR was in guiding my thinking about objectively where I sit as a candidate and how I may present myself to an ADCOM. I think the CPR’s place is early in the process so you have time to take action.
Some other CPR reviews mentioned regrets about not being as forthcoming during the questionnaire, so against my normal tendency, I divulged quite a bit about myself. I’d say this is the only way to make the CPR worth your time (and not waste theirs). If your inputs are sparse, all they can do is spit out some generic information that you could easily find within the first few results of a google search. Maybe not by explicit design, but I thought the questionnaire itself was actually useful in order to get the introspection flowing and highlight some gaps (i.e. they’re asking about experiences that you don’t have, whoops). Give yourself a day or two to complete it.
A few takeaways from the CPR. My stats are slightly below average for my targets, but well within striking range so I wasn’t expecting any groundbreaking insight on those, but they did suggest some alternative schools to consider based on information I provided. I already have a Master’s, and they did provide some good information about how it could be received by an ADCOM and how I may or may not weave it into my story. Finally, I wasn’t sure about how a couple pieces of my profile might play into a narrative, and since they’ve seen a number of candidate profiles, they were able to provide a useful perspective that will likely drive my approach in creating that narrative.
Overall, I’m happy with their work and am confident that their essay critiques and school strategy guides would add value to me during this application process.
You guys helped me out with the comprehensive profile review and I also bought the Duke Strategy Guide. I recently heard back from UNC and Duke. I was accepted to both schools, and I wanted to thank you guys for the support and thorough feedback. The comprehensive review drove the decisions I made throughout the entire application process.
I just wanted to say thank you to EssaySnark. They provided an comprehensive profile review that really helped me get focused. Being a very nontraditional MBA candidate that is currently in the military, I didn’t really have a clue about how to articulate my goals in a way that would be appreciated by a university like HBS or Booth. I thought it might be beneficial to base some of my goals on the strengths of the school. For example, Booth is known for their finance and quantitative coursework.... maybe I should highlight how I am somewhat interested in learning about finance...
EssaySnark very clearly told me that is not the way to go. It made much more sense to be authentic to my true goals and to actually highlight my strengths. I am so happy I didn’t pander to what I thought the school might want to hear. Any reputable ADCOM would see right through this.
I wanted to submit numerous applications for round two. Out of nowhere, I recieved orders for a temporary duty assignment and had to drop everything. I put a hold on putting together my applications while I was overseas, but I kept EssaySnark’s advice on the back of my mind while I was away. I wrote my essays, fixed weaknesses with my resume, and thought long and hard about my goals. I basically counted out round two because I didn’t think I would have enough time to execute.
When I returned back home from my temporary assignment, I literally had a weekend before most of the due dates for the MBA programs. On a whim, I decided to apply to my top four programs. I submitted my applications to HBS, Stanford, and Booth. I also submitted an application to Harris School of Public Policy because I applied to a joint MBA/MPP program at the University of Chicago. Keep in mind, I put together all of these applications over 4 days which is not advised and pretty foolish. After submitting the applications, I thought I didn’t have a chance. After a few weeks, I received a call from Harris saying that they were happy I applied. The person that called me mentioned reading my essay and said it was “very impressive.” I still don’t have an official acceptance from Harris, but from what I understand... Harris doesn’t usually call people after you submit your application to give an impromptu interview.
Just a few days ago I find out that I was invited to interview with Booth. HBS interviews are announced in a couple days. I feel like I am on the right track.
I really owe this to EssaySnark’s feedback from the comprehensive review. I honestly do not believe my essays would have been as strong as they were without reading all of the materials on this website and without the very blunt feedback I was provided during the review. I highly recommend nontraditonal candidates to get the comprehensive review. The advice is solid, blunt, and will open your eyes to what your weaknesses and strengths are. Thank you EssaySnark!
I was coming off a disappointing zero admit season and decided to get a Comprehensive Profile Review done by the good people at Essay Snark. To be honest, this should have been the first thing to do when I started my journey, but better late than never.
Its a great way to develop a better understanding of where you stand and what you will need to do to be successful on the application journey (which is indeed long and tiring). Also helps you shortlist the right set of schools to maximize chances of success.
EssaySnark holds no punches in their Comprehensive Profile Review. If you want to know where you stand, and trust me, you NEED to know where you stand, the Comprehensive Profile Review is the gut check that everyone should get at the start of their MBA journey. Afraid of too much criticism? Do not worry, the review will also highlight your strengths and provide insight into aspects of your profile that you did not know could be leveraged. Most importantly, EssaySnark will evaluate your current school strategy and let you know where you can aim higher and suggest other schools similar to your targets.
This write up is fantastic and far more than I would have expected for no cost [as part of EssaySnark's pro bono military program]. It definitely has provided me with a bunch of things that I need to reflect on. I just wanted to hit you up with a quick thanks while I internalize some of this info. I will definitely point others in your direction, and explore your other products. You guys are awesome.
Thank you very much for the earnest feedback. It has been incredibly helpful to have someone provide me with the hard truths. This profile review has given me several great areas to focus on in order to begin working my application.
This has been a better springboard than I had anticipated. Highly recommend to all those who are just starting their B-school application journey.
I had this service recommended to me by a colleague and I couldn't be happier. If you are just starting out with the application process, the Comprehensive Profile Review is an invaluable tool to help determine target schools along with the strengths and weaknesses of your package with no sugar coating.
On top of that, the military support that these guys provide is well beyond expectation. Thank you!
I first found out about this service before I took the GMAT, and all through my study I looked forward to getting my score so that I could go through the ES profile review. So I had high expectations, but they were more than met!
As others have said, the review is comprehensive and long (many pages), and very personalised. The same intensity you see in their blahg posts will be focused on you! My profile is a little unconventional in some ways (good and bad), and I already had a rough idea of where my weak & strong spots were. The real value for me from this review was the NUANCE, in helping me understand not just what my weak points were (which I already knew) but how they would be perceived in light of the rest of my profile. ES explained how some aspects which I thought would be dealbreakers were actually not that bad, whereas other parts of my profile weren't as strong as I thought they were. Especially with a slightly unconventional profile, it can be hard to get a good idea of where you stand from public blog/forum profile reviews where you can't go into detail about what makes you unique. This service is very personalised and as other reviews have said, the more detail you give, the more they can give back to you.
Overall, they've been really friendly and professional in all their communications, and even went above and beyond to answer a couple of follow-up clarifications which really cemented my opinion of them as great to work with! This is absolutely, absolutely worth the price.
This product is a PERFECT first step for any MBA applicant. I had a pretty good idea of what to expect from the service, but what I got blew me away. It's right in the name so I shouldn't have been surprised, but this thing is COMPREHENSIVE! My CPR was 20 (!) pages long, filled with details and recommendations specifically tailored to me based on the info I provided. ES will break your profile down into a variety of categories (GMAT, GPA, extracurriculars, goals, etc.) and let you know your strengths and weaknesses without holding anything back. A few tips to maximize the service:
1. Read the product description above in its entirety (hopefully you did that already...) and all the instructions as you complete the CPR data form. This will ensure you don't leave anything out and provide ES with everything they need to work their magic.
2. It's better to provide too much information than not enough. The more detailed you are with your goals, school choices, and general logic behind what you want out of an MBA, the better ES will be able tell you if what you are saying is realistic...or not so much.
3. Be honest. If you are honest with your inputs, ES will be honest/accurate with their assessment. After all, if you don't want honest (and sometimes hard to hear) feedback, then what are you doing here?
Follow these tips and this product will provide with a very clear way forward and a realistic look at how/when/where to shoot your shot. What applicant wouldn't want that?
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.