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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall Press (April 6, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0735204489
  • ISBN-13: 978-0735204485
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 0.9 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
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An admissions coach for 15 years, Evan Forster earned his BS in Speech from Northwestern University and two MFAs from UCLA's film school. David Thomas received his BA in Asian Studies from the University of Texas at Austin and a Masters in Magazine Publishing from Northwestern University. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Make sure you highlight what makes you different and unique.
Aimee
I would recommend it to anyone who is looking for a resource book to go through the lengthy process of applying to business school.
john sullivan
The advice here puts the whole stressful process into perspective and helps you get to what is really important.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Aimee on November 5, 2011
Format: Paperback
This book was given to me as a gift when I first told my family I was going to get my MBA. Honestly, I let it sit around until I actually started my applications and didn't know what direction to go in with my essays. Reading through this book really helped me to pin-point why exactly I wanted to get an MBA and what made me a unique candidate. After reading through it cover-to-cover, I also kept it handy throughout the process, from essay writing, to recommendation gathering, to preparing for the interview. I applied early to my top choice school, and I got in! The most important take-away from this book is that MBA programs are looking for a diverse class, so it does you no good to focus on your high test grades, good GPA, or stellar work experience. Those stats are already presented in your application. Make sure you highlight what makes you different and unique. I highly recommend this book for all people serious about applying to top, or even mid MBA programs.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By online2286 on August 13, 2010
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MBA Reality Check is a refreshingly candid and colorful read with excellent pointers for anyone considering applying to an MBA program, grad school, or even college! Evan and David never hesitate to tell the truth and speak to their rich experience with hundreds of clients. So many books offer up a magic formula to writing the "right" essay or crafting the "right" application. Evan and David take an alternate path, one grounded in authenticity rather than posturing. The key to creating an application that will stand out from the pack is to craft an application that is genuine, that comes from a place of honesty, passion, vulnerability. The authors give dozens of examples of students who take the right kind of risks with their essays, and allow the admissions readers to get glimpses of their character, their fears, their deepest desires. Essays like these are innately inspiring, and they simply ring true. Authenticity is powerful!

I have personally broken out my copy of the MBA reality check on multiple occasions to illustrate to students what it looks like to take the right risks in their applications. The book beautifully lays out "before" and "after" examples from a wide variety of students with greatly divergent life experiences. This is incredibly instructive. There is no ideal essay; but there is an essay that goes deeper, that cuts through the marketing into the depth of one's experiences. I use this book to inspire my students- take the risk- put yourself out there. Don't be afraid of letting people in to see your wounds or your deepest desires; that's the most powerful tool you have to recruit and engage others. We're all part of the human team, and we can move and inspire others when we let our true colors shine.

I highly recommend this book!
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Amanda Giroux on May 8, 2010
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This book really worked for me for a lot of reasons. Least important but most interesting was the tone--these guys seem to really enjoy what they do and the book reads like they have a great time doing it. It helps to have a sense of humor when the subject matter is so heavy.

But when it really counts, helping me get into a top program, that's where this book is truly effective. It works because almost every chapter is centered around a real person (or more than one person) who has already gone through the process and has all the same questions and fears that I have right now. Evan Forster writes about his one-on-one experience helping these people like it's a little short story. I found it both engaging and entertaining, but most of all, useful and practical.

The book is in three parts:

I) "Upping your game" in advance of applying (you will find this useful even if you're not applying for another year or two, or frankly even if you're applying for a job).

II) The essays. This part has some of the funniest chapters. I loved how you can read the applicants' personal struggles with the essay topics, how they resolved them, and then finally get to read the actual essay they came up with afterward. That's the best part--seeing how their thinking about the topics turns into an actual essay. I especially loved the "Sadie the Sasquatch" story.

III) After you've submitted the app. This includes waitlist and re-app stuff (hope I don't have to deal with these chapters, so I just skimmed them). Loved the chapter on interview skills.

There are also workbooks in the back that help you organize your thoughts and think about your life/experiences in new ways. Guys, if you read this, make the workbooks available online in PDF format!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Rolf Dobelli HALL OF FAME on February 4, 2011
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This guide to winning a spot in an MBA program is useful and charming - and those two qualities are more closely related than you think. As the title suggests, the book attempts to correct numerous misconceptions applicants have about getting into their target business schools. Some of those myths and self-delusions are pretty tenacious, and education consultants Evan Forster and David Thomas have to be equally pointed to puncture them. That's where the charm comes in. Through vivid narratives of learning experiences (both their own and their clients') and hearty dollops of humor, Forster and Thomas make the arduous process of applying to MBA programs seem less daunting. Along the way, they provide specific advice on everything from how to help the people writing your recommendations to how to fit in the worthwhile extracurricular activities you need to stand out from the crowd. Naturally, getAbstract recommends this sassy but savvy book primarily to those considering graduate education in business, but also to those running MBA programs, to their admissions staffs and to corporate human resources officers who want to help guide their employees' careers.
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