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Secrets to Getting Into Business School: 100 Proven Admissions Strategies to Get You Accepted at the MBA Program of Your Dreams [Paperback]

Brandon Royal

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March 15 2010 1897393806 978-1897393802

Winner of the 2010 International Book Awards ("Business Careers " category)

SECRETS TO GETTING INTO BUSINESS SCHOOL helps candidates develop the skills and mindset needed to prepare a first-class business school application. Secrets to Getting into Business School was formerly titled 88 Great MBA Application Tips and Strategies to Get You into a Top Business School, and the material contained within, created and compiled by the author, originally served as the course manual for Kaplan Hong Kong's "Getting into Business School" course. It is based on a simple but powerful observation: Applicants who apply successfully to business school master of a finite number of the most important application skills and strategies. What are these skills and strategies? The answer to this question is the basis of this book. Readers will find 100 easy-to-follow tips and a complete range of sample documents, including 60 sample application essays covering all ten major MBA essays types, as well as exhibits highlighting relevant application documents: sample letters of recommendation with critiques; an interview evaluation form complete with interviewer's comments; an interview thank-you note; sample employment records and professionally formatted resumes; and extracurricular presentations showing how candidates present their awards and recognition, community service, collegiate activities, and hobbies and interests.

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  • Paperback: 298 pages
  • Publisher: Maven Publishing (March 15 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1897393806
  • ISBN-13: 978-1897393802
  • Product Dimensions: 27.9 x 21.6 x 1.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 703 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #683,254 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“In my 15 years running MBA admissions operations at four top schools, I have never reviewed a more helpful admissions manual. It is a must for all serious MBA candidates.” ----Dr. Steven DeKrey, Senior Associate Dean, MBA Director, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology; former GMAT Committee Chair, Graduate Management Admission Council

“A great book for students looking for help in applying to MBA programs. I’ve referred instructors to material contained in several books over the years, including Kaplan’s, The Princeton Review’s, and others. Secrets to Getting into Business School (and its prepublication print editions) is the only book that was consistently used by teachers and praised by students. A typical comment from our students was: ‘Can I keep it?’” --David E. Cleland, former International Vice President for both Kaplan Educational Centers and The Princeton Review

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This book provides coverage of all seven MBA application components with an in-depth focus on how to write superior application essays.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Gives clear answers for difficult questions but has trade offs Aug. 15 2010
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I am the founder of GMAT Club, online MBA community. 10% of the incoming class at top business schools this year will be GMAT Club members. Here are my thoughts about the book:

The book does a good job at giving clear answers to tough quesitons (those that usually don't get them). However, in that it also gets a bit simplistic. For example the trade off between GPA/GMAT/Essays/etc - I like the chat but not sure that's the case in every/most schools.

In comparison to The Best Business Schools' Admissions Secrets, it actually has 100 secrets (though the author calls them tips in the book), but still there is 100 of them.

The first portion of the book is written in a Q&A format, which I like - you can find the answers to the questions that bug you, skip the ones you don't care about, and discover new ones you have not even though of.

Most of the book is focused on the MBA essays and rightly so. It has a number of sample essays but they seem to be dated. The length is very long and that's not representative of the latest cuts to the word count many schools implemented in recent years.

There are a few things that could be improved:
1. This book does not have a strong central theme; instead it has a selection of tips/secrets. Would be nice to wrap them all around a theme/strategy.
2. Would be great to have some quotes from admissions officers in addition to Steve DeKrey (HKUST's dean)

Bottom Line: Set your expectations right: this book is a collection of admissions tips; it won't do the work for you - you will still have to apply the tips and figure out your story & strategy. You will probably need another book (that has more basics and takes you to a certain level) to formulate a strategy, plan things out, etc. As with any other book, expect to do quite a bit of research about your target schools.

Let me know if any questions about this book - I reply to PM's.
BB | GMAT 750 | MBA
Founder of GMAT Club

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