An MBAPrepAdvantage Ding Analysis provides you with an unbiased comprehensive expert analysis of why you were not admitted to your target school(s). MBAPrepAdvantage reviews your entire application against general and school-specific assessment criteria that MBA admissions committees used to evaluate your candidacy (See MBA Admissions Committee Evaluation Criteria Box). You will receive top-down analysis (your application versus benchmarks) and bottom-up analysis (line-by-line review of your application materials) that is actionable for future applications. In fact, receiving an insightful ding analysis has often been the first step in many successful reapplications by MBAPrepAdvantage clients.
MBAPrepAdvantage MBA Ding Analysis
MBAPrepAdvantage MBA Ding Analysis includes both top-down and bottom up analyses. The top-down analysis provides you with insight into your profile competitiveness and application mistakes as well as some suggestions on opportunities for improvement. MBA Ding Analysis includes line-by-line comments throughout your application, essays and resume.
- Was your Academic Profile (academic record, test scores, certifications and publications) competitive against the Academic Profiles of competing candidates within your applicant group?
- Was your Professional Profile (promotions/advancement, impact, leadership, teamwork, global mindset, quantitative aptitude and additional characteristics) competitive against the Professional Profiles of competing candidates within your applicant group?
- Was your Community Profile (promotions/advancement, impact, leadership, teamwork, global mindset, quantitative aptitude and additional characteristics) competitive against the Community Profiles of competing candidates within your applicant group?
- Was your Personal Profile competitive against the Personal Profiles of competing candidates within your applicant group?
We ask these and other questions:
- Did you show red flags that most likely torpedoed your application?
- Did you show yellow flags that in conjunction with other yellow flags hurt your MBA admissions chances?
- Did you miss opportunities to expound upon strengths or show school fit that could have improved your admissions chances?
- Did you make poor choices?
- Did you omit addressing an “elephant in the room” weakness that caused doubt about some aspect of your profile?
- Conversely, did you unnecessarily discuss an unnoticed weakness that also might have caused an MBA admissions committee to question your judgement?
- Did you selected an essay topic that highlighted weaknesses or failed to market your strengths?
- Did choose the wrong structure or content for your resume?
- Did you pick unimpactful achievements that failed to differentiate you from the competition?
- Did you execute well?
- Did you use theses and topic sentences to explicitly state points you wished for the MBA admissions committee to remember, rather than build to points that likely got buried?
- Were your achievements impactful enough in comparison to the achievements of your competition?
- Did you sufficiently substantiate your role in producing these achievements?
- Did you clearly explain your points and concepts?
- Did you show sufficient school and program fit?
Sample MBA Ding Analysis Feedback
(Portion of Top Down Analysis Only)
Essay 1 – You are starting off by building to a point. Writing effective business English would entail having a top-down summary of your career-to-date and then supporting sentences to substantiate this.
Overall, for essay 1, you spend too many words on “briefly assessing your career” and too little on your future career plans and how Kellogg will help. There are two major benefits to writing effective top-down English:
- You will more effectively and efficiently communicate what you wish for the reader to retain.
- You will use fewer words (prioritize out content that does not support your topic sentences) to allow for more words that answer the question.
Essay 2 – This essay was not very good. You emphasized the negative and did not positively describe your leadership style and substantiate it with examples. You then did not specifically discuss how Kellogg would help but wrote things that could be true of any other MBA program.
Essay 3 – Similar to the other essays there was not enough insight and you sometimes had phrases that could be construed negatively.
Optional Essay – Writing in a highly emotional way about your lower grades might have caused the MBA admissions committee to question your emotional intelligence. The uses of “horrendous” and “implore” in the first and last sentences are two examples. You might instead have pointed to your strong GMAT score and improving academic performance as better indicators of your potential at Kellogg than your first two undergraduate academic years. You might also have discussed how your time management skills improved.
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