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.
You must submit your questionnaire within 30 days of purchase or you may purchase an exchange 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. No refunds or credits are available if purchased separately, although you can upgrade from the Profile Review to the Complete package at a lower price if you do so while your original Profile Review subscription is still active.
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.
Just wanted to say thanks so much for the profile review. Your honest and impartial feedback is exactly what I needed to see early in the process. Not only do your comments and insights help me see the direction I need to go with the essays and app process overall, but it made me reconsider the schools and programs I'm considering and my strategy overall. I'll be doing some more focused research in light of your advice. Thanks again and appreciate the help!
Thanks ES for the brutally honest but spot on review. As a (former) skeptic of this whole process, I was really glad to see that you have shrewdly exposed certain blindspots I had but have also taken the time to understand my profile. So thanks again.
Hey ES, yall have been amazing. I chose Tuck. Let me know if you need me to do a blog or a testimonial.
A must for every MBA aspirant
I cannot thank ES enough for my Comprehensive Profile Review. It really opened my eyes gave me a sense of direction after I got rejected at a top MBA program in the midwest.
I have been working VERY HARD on everything that was pointed out in the review and I am pleased to say that all my hard work has paid off.
I JUST ACCEPTED MY ADMISSION AT THE SCHOOL OF MY CHOICE.
As ES has rightly mentioned in many of the blog posts “One is all you need”, indeed, I needed/wanted my school and I got it.
I should say that the blunt and concise profile review is A MUST for every Top MBA aspirant.
Good Luck to all Brave Supplicants and Happy snarking to you, ES…!!!
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.
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.