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MBA Admission for Smarties: The No-Nonsense Guide to Acceptance at Top Business Schools Paperback – November 14, 2011
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"This is a highly comprehensive book that will be valuable to graduate school applicants and educational consultants alike. Filled with thought-proving questions and tons of examples, it's destined to become the ultimate handbook for MBA admission." -- Maxx Duffy, President, Maxx Associates
If there is one thing that a prospective MBAS student should take away from this book it is chapter 1. The question "what are your goals" should be such a simple thing to elucidate but it is the one question that applicants stumble over time and time again. -- Christie St. John, Ph.D., Sr Assoc. Dir of Admissions, Tuck School of Business.
"This book will help eliminate the initial fears and questions that many prospective applicants have about applying to b-school. The level of detail allows the reader to use this as a reference tool to complete the perfect application. Bravo!"--Christine E. Sneva, Director, Admissions and Financial Aid, Johnson Graduate School of Mgmt.
About the Author
Linda Abraham is the founder and president of Accepted.com, the premier MBA admissions consultancy. She is also the co-founder, first president, and current vice-president of the Association of International Graduate Admissions Consultants. Since 1994, Linda has advised thousands of clients applying to top MBA programs. Her expert personal coaching and editing, as well as the concrete, cogent admission tips she has written on the Accepted.com Admissions blog and in more than a dozen grad school admissions ebooks, have benefitted countless applicants. As a leading expert in grad school admissions consulting, Linda has been quoted in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Sunday Times of London, MBA Podcaster, Beat the GMAT, GMAT Club, Poets and Quants, and other media outlets and web sites.
Judy Gruen joined Accepted.com as an editor in 1996, bringing broad experience in corporate communications, health care public relations, journalism and essay writing to her work with clients. Together with Linda Abraham, she has co-authored two Accepted.com ebooks: MBA Letters of Recommendation That Rock and Law School Letters of Recommendation That Rock. Judy’s essays on topics both serious and humorous have appeared in dozens of major media outlets and have been anthologized in several books. She is also the author of several award-winning humor books, including The Women’s Daily Irony Supplement.
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Top Customer Reviews
*** PROS: ***
Section on setting goals
Good self-assessment section
Research (how and where to learn about schools)
Addresses the common questions such as School Visit, R1 vs. R2, How many schools to apply to, etc
Each chapter has a good summary at the end
Goes into how AdCom's evaluate applicants
15 essay examples that seem current
Very good LOR advice
Good bschool resume tips
*** CONS: ***
Overview of what schools are looking for is a bit weak and the intro is slow.
Specific essay topics section is short
Name - it is hard to take the book seriously
I would love to see more essay examples, esp specific ones or full packages
BB, GMAT 750, MBA
Smarties makes you really take a step back and look at the whole picture, with clear, step-by-step guidelines in each area of the MBA application process and specific tips and examples along the way.
I'm really glad I came across this book and would highly recommend anyone applying for an MBA to read MBA Smarties.
I was wrong.
After I got through the first few pages of this book, I knew it was something completely different from what I had read in the past. Of course, there were some ideas that I had seen before, but there was so much new material and many answers for questions I couldn't find elsewhere (I'll be participating in a feedback session from a school I got dinged by last year - this book gave suggestions on how to approach that and even what to ask!)
Not only is it a valuable resource for just about any type of applicant (over-represented groups and military applicants take note - there are specific sections just for you!) but Linda backs up a lot of her advice with examples of essays that put her advice to work - so much so that after reading a few of her examples, I learned that I could be approaching my essays a bit more creatively so that they'd be more interesting to read but convey the same message of my prior essays. This style change led me to say what I wanted to say last time around even more efficiently so I had space to add even more - more than that, I felt that the new essay is much more fun to read.
The only thing I'd say that was a drawback to this book was the formatting. I purchased the Kindle version of this book and noticed some formatting issues on the first page of each chapter. It doesn't detract too much from the experience of the book, it was just something I noticed.Read more ›
I know all these are the very basic things for someone who is thinking about MBA but seriously I had never thought about why MBA? Yes, it was always in my mind that I want to go for social entrepreneurship but this book made me to think what functional location you wants in the organisation, what would be my short-term and long-term goals with respect to entrepreneurship stint? What would I be able to contribute to the organisation?
I liked the way authors described the whole book in stories related to the real life. I must admit that I can see myself or my condition in almost every story. I started thinking about MBA about 3years back but even after 3years I only knew that I want to work as a social entrepreneur but within social entrepreneur what would I be doing, I didn't know and hardly thought about it. It's really difficult to just read the bunch of advice without relating those to real life but this book has done a wonderful job by relating it to real life stories. This book made me to think "Goal is something you want to do, not study." Also, your goal must be credible and you must not only decide what industry you want to work for but also the function.
This book also made me to think why I do want to work as social entrepreneur? Where do I excel as a social entrepreneur? What unique I can bring to the class?Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The book is a very thorough guide for anyone applying to business school, providing helpful tips from former admissions professionals. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Karin S. Ash
The book covered the different aspects of a B school application such as the essay writing, LOR, etc. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Ankita1906
Can you find all topics that this book covers in free websites, mba related forums and others? Yes, I bet you can. Read morePublished on March 31, 2014 by Rodrigo A.
Great book to get an idea of the admission process, I really recommend it. Good advices and excellent guidelines to consider in your application.Published on July 9, 2013 by José Pablo García
This book is useful for the entire MBA application process and worth every dollar. It's useful from the moment a person first begins to consider an MBA to the moment he receives a... Read morePublished on April 5, 2013 by Master Blaster
I was very please with the information. Help me to fill out application successful. It came just in time for my son to use in fillinging out his application for universityPublished on August 31, 2012 by MRS MJ GOODMAN
I wished I had this publication as my first read preparing for the MBA. I like the explanation of the rankings, tips for a solid resume and the essay part is the best! Read morePublished on March 1, 2012 by Juan B