Improvements Coming to GMAT Test-Taking Experience

If you haven’t yet taken the GMAT, or still need to send scores to your target schools, then this news from the Graduate Management Admission Council will be of great interest. Earlier this week, GMAC …

If you haven’t yet taken the GMAT, or still need to send scores to your target schools, then this news from the Graduate Management Admission Council will be of great interest. Earlier this week, GMAC announced it will make three changes in July designed to streamline and enhance the test-taking experience for applicants.

Going forward, any cancelled scores will not appear on the official score report. This means that when a test-taker cancels their score, only the test-taker will know. This feature will be applied retroactively to all previously cancelled test scores, which will be removed from all future score reports that are sent to schools. GMAC believes this move, supported by 85% of surveyed test-takers, will help deter any misinterpretations of cancelled scores in candidate profiles.

Candidates will also now be able to retake the GMAT exam after 16 days, rather than the current waiting period of 31 days. This allows candidates the flexibility to retake the exam within a shorter period of time in order to accommodate their schedules, study habits, peak performance times, and/or school deadlines. The max of five exam sittings within one 12-month period remains in effect.

Finally, test-takers will enjoy a streamlined authentication experience at the testing center with the elimination of a separate authentication code. Candidates will be able to view their Official Score Report online using their date of birth to authenticate their access.

These new features and options for test-takers are effective July 19, 2015.

 

 

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Wharton Fall 2016 MBA Essays Announced

The University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School has confirmed the essay questions that will form a part of the Fall 2016 MBA application. The prompts remain unchanged from the 2014-2015 admissions season. Required Essay What do …

Wharton essay questionsThe University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School has confirmed the essay questions that will form a part of the Fall 2016 MBA application. The prompts remain unchanged from the 2014-2015 admissions season.

Required Essay

What do you hope to gain both personally and professionally from the Wharton MBA? (500 words)

Optional Essay

Please use the space below to highlight any additional information that you would like the Admissions Committee to know about your candidacy. (400 words)

Reapplicant Question

All reapplicants to Wharton are required to complete this essay. Explain how you have reflected on the previous decision about your application, and discuss any updates to your candidacy (e.g., changes in your professional life, additional coursework, extracurricular/volunteer engagements). (250 words)

All applicants, including reapplicants, can also use this section to address any extenuating circumstances. (250 words)

For more information, please visit the Wharton MBA admissions website.

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Cambridge Judge Fall 2016 Application Deadlines

The Judge Business School at University of Cambridge has announced the following MBA application deadlines for the 2015-2016 admissions season. Round 1 application deadline: September 18, 2015 Round 2 application deadline: October 23, 2015 Round …

Cambridge MBA deadlinesThe Judge Business School at University of Cambridge has announced the following MBA application deadlines for the 2015-2016 admissions season.

Round 1 application deadline: September 18, 2015

Round 2 application deadline: October 23, 2015

Round 3 application deadline: January 8, 2016

Round 4 application deadline: March 4, 2016

Round 5 application deadline: May 6, 2016

We’ll bring you the updated MBA essay questions for Fall 2016 when they become available. Until then, please visit the Cambridge MBA admissions website for more information.

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HEC Paris September 2016 MBA Deadlines

The admissions process at HEC Paris MBA program is conducted on a rolling basis throughout the year. The following are the MBA application deadlines announced by the admissions committee for the September 2016 intake: Application …

HEC-ParisThe admissions process at HEC Paris MBA program is conducted on a rolling basis throughout the year. The following are the MBA application deadlines announced by the admissions committee for the September 2016 intake:

Application deadline: August 15, 2015
Decision given: September 25, 2015

Application deadline: September 15, 2015
Decision given: October 16, 2015

Application deadline: October 15, 2015
Decision given: November 20, 2015

Application deadline: November 15, 2015
Decision given: December 18, 2015

Application deadline: December 15, 2015
Decision given: January 8, 2016

Application deadline: January 1, 2016
Decision given: February 5, 2016

Application deadline: February 1, 2016
Decision given: March 4, 2016

Application deadline: March 1, 2016
Decision given: April 8, 2016

Application deadline: April 1, 2016
Decision given: May 9, 2016

Application deadline: May 1, 2016
Decision given: June 3, 2016

Application deadline: June 1, 2016
Decision given: July 8, 2016

For more information, please visit the HEC Paris MBA admissions website.

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Duke Fuqua Fall 2016 Essay Topics

The Fuqua School of Business at Duke University has announced the MBA essay questions for the 2015-2016 application season. Three short answer questions and two essays are required from all applicants. Required Short Answer Questions …

Duke MBA essaysThe Fuqua School of Business at Duke University has announced the MBA essay questions for the 2015-2016 application season. Three short answer questions and two essays are required from all applicants.

Required Short Answer Questions

Instructions: Answer all 3 of the following questions. For each short answer question, respond in 500 characters only (the equivalent of about 100 words).

  1. What are your short-term goals, post-MBA?
  2. What are your long-term goals?
  3. Life is full of uncertainties, and plans and circumstances can change. As a result, navigating a career requires you to be adaptable. Should the short-term goals that you provided above not materialize what alternative directions have you considered?

First Required Essay: 25 Random Things About Yourself

Instructions: Answer the following question — present your response in list form, numbered 1 to 25. Some points may be only a few words, while others may be longer. Your complete list should not exceed 2 pages.

The “Team Fuqua” spirit and community is one of the things that sets The Duke MBA experience apart, and it is a concept that extends beyond the student body to include faculty, staff, and administration. When a new person joins the Admissions team, we ask that person to share with everyone in the office a list of “25 Random Things About Yourself.” As an Admissions team, we already know the new hire’s professional and academic background, so learning these “25 Random Things” helps us get to know someone’s personality, background, special talents, and more.

In this spirit, the Admissions Committee also wants to get to know you–beyond the professional and academic achievements listed in your resume and transcript. You can share with us important life experiences, your likes/dislikes, hobbies, achievements, fun facts, or anything that helps us understand what makes you who you are. Share with us your list of “25 Random Things” about YOU.

Second Required Essay (choose 1 of 2)

Instructions: Choose only 1 of the following 2 essay questions to answer. Your response should be no more than 2 pages in length, and should reflect your knowledge of the Fuqua program and experience, and the types of activities and leadership you would engage in as a Fuqua student.

1. Why Duke: When asked by your family, friends, and colleagues why you want to go to Duke, what do you tell them? Share the reasons that are most meaningful to you.

2. Team Fuqua Principles: The Team Fuqua community is as unique as the individuals who comprise it. Underlying our individuality are a number of shared ideas and principles that we live out in our own ways. Our students have identified and defined 6 “Team Fuqua Principles” that we feel are the guiding philosophies that make our community special. At the end of your 2 years at Fuqua, if you were to receive an award for exemplifying one of the 6 Principles listed below, which one would it be and why? Your response should reflect your knowledge of Fuqua and the Daytime MBA program and experience, and the types of activities and leadership you would engage in as a Fuqua student.

  1. Authentic Engagement: We care and we take action. We each make a difference to Team Fuqua by being ourselves and engaging in and supporting activities about which we are passionate.
  2. Supportive Ambition: We support each other to achieve great things, because your success is my success. The success of each individual member of Team Fuqua makes the whole of Team Fuqua better.
  3. Collective Diversity:  We embrace all of our classmates because our individuality is better and stronger together.
  4. Impactful Stewardship: We are leaders who focus on solutions to improve our communities both now and in the future. We aren’t satisfied with just maintaining the status quo.
  5. Loyal Community: We are a family who looks out for each other. Team Fuqua supports you when you need it the most.
  6. Uncompromising Integrity: We internalize and live the honor code in the classroom and beyond. We conduct ourselves with integrity within Fuqua, within Duke, and within all communities of which we are a part.

Optional Essay

If you feel there are circumstances of which the Admissions Committee should be aware, please explain them in an optional essay (e.g. unexplained gaps in work, choice of recommenders, inconsistent or questionable academic performance).

    • Do NOT upload additional essays nor additional recommendations in this area of the application.
    • The Optional Essay is intended to provide the Admissions Committee with insight into your circumstances only.
    • Limit your response to two pages.

For more information, please visit the Duke MBA admissions website.

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