You’re Doing It Wrong: The 3 Biggest Mistakes You’re Probably Making in Your Application Essays

By: Michael Noltemeyer, North Star Editing

Writing an application is like being trapped in a choose-your-own-adventure story that someone else is reading: your fate lies in the hands of your audience.

Problem is, most applicants don’t understand what their audience wants.

I don’t make that claim lightly. Over the last ten years, I’ve read literally thousands of personal statements and statements of purpose and everything in between.

That’s why I’m confident when I say you’re probably making at least one of these three mistakes I see on almost every essay that comes my way.

1. Thinking Your Essays Don’t Matter

Consider these figures from 2017:

Competition for Ivy League spots is so fierce that Harvard, Yale, and Stanford could each rescind their offers of admission to every student they have already accepted, choose another freshman class of the same size, and suffer no statistical drop-off.

In fact, they could probably do that...

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SAT How to Prepare: Implement this Proven "SAT Success Triad"

sat Aug 26, 2019
 

If you're like a lot of students when they first come to me, you're unsure of exactly how to prepare for the SAT to maximize your results. Perhaps you've already been studying on your own, working practice problems and taking practice tests, but you're not seeing the kind of improvement you need. You know there has to be a way to prepare more effectively, but you don't know what it is.

My question to you is: How do you get better at anything in life?

Whether you're learning a musical instrument, honing your skills at a sport, perfecting your painting abilities, or yes, learning to dominate the SAT, it really boils down to an interplay between three core components -- what I call the "SAT Success Triad."

They are:

  1. Content Knowledge. This is the WHAT of a particular endeavor. On the SAT, it's the mathematical, reading, and writing concepts you need to know.
  2. Strategy. This is the HOW of getting more efficient and effective at implementing the various content knowledge. On the SAT,...
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Probabilities for Belmont Stakes 2019 Betting Opportunities

gmat gre Jun 06, 2019
 

When studying for the GMAT or GRE, it's easy to ask yourself: "When will I ever use this in the real world?"

So let's have a little fun.

On Saturday, June 8th, will be the 151st running of the Belmont Stakes, the third of three famous horse races that comprise the famed Triple Crown of horse racing. This year there isn't a horse with a chance of winning the Triple Crown, as two different horses won the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes leading up to this weekend's race. But it's still going to be a field boasting lots of talent, and it's incredible watching those majestic animals run full-tilt with a combination of such power and elegance.

But I digress....

So what does all of this have to do with the GMAT and GRE?

Betting. Odds. Probability.

As you've no-doubt discovered, probability is one of the math topics tested on the quantitative section of both the GMAT and GRE. So why not apply what you're learning to a real-world example?

Specifically, there are six common wagers bettors...

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Pre-MBA Admissions Event Streaming Online [June 15th, 2019 ]

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The CentreCourt MBA Festival 2019 has created programming specific to the MBA-curious beginning with a panel featuring top Online MBA programs on June 15, 2019 beginning at 10am PST/1pm EST/5pm GMT.

Meet the panelists:

  • Sarah Wanger, Director of Admissions for the Kelley Direct online MBA

  • Kelly Wilson, Executive Director of Masters Admissions at the Tepper School of Business

  • Ashley Coffee, Assistant Director for the Online MBA at Baylor University

  • Naz Erenguc, Associate Director of Admissions at Florida Warrington College of Business.

This is a free event!  Check out the agenda HERE.

If you would like to convey a question before the panel launches, please email directly to Ingrid Shults ([email protected]), Event Manager at Poets&Quants, and she will make sure this gets in front of the panel.

 

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Corporate Hiring Trends for MBA's - Survey Results Unveiling May 30th {Webinar}

mba webinars May 22, 2019

This month GMAC will publish the Business School Hiring Report: Corporate Recruiters Survey 2019, which details current employer hiring demand for MBA and business master’s graduates based on survey responses from more than 1,200 employers in 45 countries worldwide. The survey offers vital insights to keep business schools and MBAs up-to-date on the latest trends in the hiring market.

On Thursday, May 30 the GMAC research team will host a webinar in which they’ll cover the survey findings—including employer 2019 hiring and internship plans, salary trends, and skill demand—and discuss what it all means for maintaining the relevance of graduate management education and positioning students for success in the current hiring market.

There are two ways to participate:

Join live: Following the presentation, webinar attendees will have the opportunity to continue the dialogue in a Q&A session with the presenters.

View the recording: A...

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GMAT Number Properties Webinar - May 15, 2019

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Number Properties (aka Number Theory) have been increasingly tested on the GMAT in recent years, and there are a wide range of question types that fall into this category that you need to be prepared for on test day.

To help you build a strong theoretical foundation -- as well as equip you with time-saving strategies and how-to's -- so that you can answer any number properties question the GMAT throws at you, we're hosting a free class on Wednesday, May 15 at 1:00pm EST (10am Pacific) where we'll break it all down for you.

If you're serious about getting more right answers on these challenging question types so that you can boost your GMAT quant score, reserve your spot now and join us next Wednesday.

Here are the details for your calendar:

WHAT: How to Dominate Tricky GMAT Number Properties Questions {Free Webinar}
DATE: Wednesday, May 15, 2019
TIME: 1:00 - 2:00pm Eastern Time U.S. (12pm CST, 11am MST, 10am Pacific)
PRESENTER: Brett Ethridge, Lead GMAT Instructor, Dominate Test Prep
...

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What You Need to Know About the GRE® General Test [April 30, 2019]

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The Association of International Graduate Admissions Consultants (AIGAC) is hosting the Educational Testing Service (ETS) on Tuesday, April 30th 2019 at 11:00am EST for a free webcast presentation and Q&A where you can gain a better understanding about the GRE® General Test and why taking the GRE test is beneficial for students planning to attend graduate, business, or law school.

Specifically, this free webinar will cover:

  • Overview of the GRE® General Test
  • Registration tips
  • What to expect on test day
  • Getting and sending scores
  • Tools to help prepare
  • Tools to help stand out

Here are the details for your calendar.


If you click on the image, it will launch the WebEx meeting room.

In preparation of the webinar, please fill out this short questionnaire to submit any questions you would like answered by ETS! 


Presenter:
Matthew Bashi-Kadlubowski, Associate Director of Global Client Relations

Matthew Bashi-Kadlubowski is the Associate Director for Global Client...

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Study Tips for Success {Infographic}

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Study Tips For Success was created by Valore, Inc.

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What's the Online MBA Experience Like?

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Want many of the benefits and a similar experience of an in-residence MBA, but need the flexibility on an online program? It may be more possible than you think.

John A. Byrne, editor-in-chief of Poets & Quants, will tackle this question (and many others) as he goes inside the online MBA experience at the #1-ranked Kelley School of Business.

Through a series of exclusive panels, John will talk to the Dean and Program Chair to help you decide if an online MBA fits your needs; he’ll connect with faculty and students to reveal what the everyday experience is really like; and he’ll get answers from Career Services and actual alums to find out what an online MBA can really do for your career.

Get an All-Access pass to go behind the scenes of the online MBA experience. Watch this exclusive online live event on Wednesday, March 27, beginning at 11am EST.

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Some Perspective on the College Admissions Scandal

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By now you've no doubt read all about the college admissions scandal that has rocked higher education and cast doubt on the fairness of the process that students go through to get admitted to the top U.S. universities.

And, like most people, you're probably outraged by it. You can't believe the depths that people will go to to cheat the system. And if you're in the middle of the admissions process yourself, you're wondering if the deck is stacked against you to the point where you even have a legitimate chance at competing for a spot at your dream school.

Those are perfectly normal reactions, and I get it. Believe me, my inbox has been full these past few days from students asking what it means for them, and whether they should be concerned that the same thing may be happening at the graduate level as well. 

(To that last point, Operation Varsity Blues only focused on uncovering schemes perpetrated at the undergraduate level. It's certainly possible that similar things could...

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