Should You Work On Your Application While Preparing for the GMAT/ GRE?

We see a lot of applicants focusing on preparing for the GMAT/ GRE, without having started even thinking about their applications. While the test is an important component, it won’t compensate for a weak application.

We typically recommend that students take 1.5 months to complete their first application. This ensures that you have plenty of time to brainstorm and develop a differentiated positioning and narrative.

And so, start thinking about the prompts below, if you haven’t already:

Top graduate programs see many highly qualified candidates with similar experiences. What makes you stand out is a unique perspective reflected in your application.

Here are some things you can do now to start thinking about your application.

  1. What makes you different from other candidates?

Top graduate programs see many highly qualified candidates who have taken part in similar activities applying at the same time. How can you stand out?

When our counsellors begin working with students, we typically spend the first few sessions talking to them about experiences that make them unique. Based on the strengths reflected in these experiences, we create a document detailing your differentiated positioning.

  1. What is your story? What do you want admissions committees to know about you?

Based on this positioning, we help you decide how to portray your unique candidature and reflect what you’d bring to the table.

  1. Reach out to potential recommenders and let them know you will be applying to graduate school. Ask them to think about specific examples of your skills and abilities that they can highlight in their letters.
  2. Draft your resume and start to update it with any new experiences or accomplishments.

Contact us if you need help polishing your application materials and highlighting your differentiated positioning!

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