4 MBA myths killed by an experienced MBA consultant

People applying to MBA programs typically encounter 4 myths that negatively influence their business school application strategy. Here’s the most common myths they encounter: 

  1. I don’t need GMAT or GRE these days
  2. If I’m not in Round 1, my MBA applications will fail
  3. Admissions teams only recruit consultants and bankers
  4. My MBA essays need to follow a prescribed format 

Follow the following four tips to ensure your MBA application is as strong as possible:

1 – GMAT and GRE still matter

GMAT and GRE are used to measure your academic capacity to study an MBA program

If you don’t have GMAT or GRE, consider the following:

  • You’ll need alternative evidence (e.g., high GPAs or a CFA certification)
  • Other candidates will mostly likely have test scores
  • School rankings still account for average test scores 

In short: a top test score is still an essential part of a strong MBA application

2 – Rounds 1 and 2 are similar, rounds 3 and 4 can be great for lower ranked schools

If you want to get into a top school, rounds 1 and 2 are the best entry points and candidates in both can get access to MBA scholarships. The acceptance rate in each is similar.

Middle to lower ranked schools often have places in rounds 3 and 4 they need to fill so MBA applications in these rounds can do really well.

In short: Business schools always want well qualified candidates, regardless of the round, so be ready to apply.

3 – Diversity is a big thing for MBA programs today

Business schools are building more diverse cohorts every year. They recruit consultants and bankers, but also many entrepreneurs, military, and family businesspeople 

Focus on what makes you different and celebrate your unique experience and skills.

Think about the value you can add to your target schools.

In short: don’t focus on other candidates, just focus on you.

4 – Create essays that sell your own story 

If there was only one way to write an essay, you could download a template and send it today.

Essays are your opportunity to show what makes you unique.

In short, focus on:

  • Your achievements
  • Your values
  • Your future goals 
  • What makes you different
  • Your vision for the future

 Avoiding these myths is a great way to write amazing MBA essays and to focus your MBA application. Follow us for more tips from experience MBA consulting experts.

Author: Thomas Guy Scott

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