I want to say a few words regarding the language test. As I have noted above, without perfect knowledge of English you will never have done a good GMAT score. Accordingly, the delivery of additional language test after passing the GMAT, I, personally, take it as a manifestation of discrimination of non-English language in order to attract additional funds to the budget of providers of the language tests. By the way, I was very happy when I saw that some of the schools exclude language tests from the number of tests required for admission (for example, it is MIT, Cambridge, and others). I hope that this will soon expand to other schools which will help save money, and, most importantly, time.
A few words about the preparation, at this stage it is very important that each and every detail of the emphasis is placed in the essay. Usually the schools require the disclosure of their order which rarely coincide with the themes of other schools. Often, given the limitation on the number of words, it is very difficult to accommodate all that they wish in 400 words, as, for example, I have been preparing an essay for Cambridge. How do you manage to adjust to their writing under the criteria of the school which will determine success. At this stage, it is desirable to have an experienced consultant who would take a third-party review of your «works», and help formulate your statement accurately and not distort with a style typical of you. Many advisers can write in your essay, give a lot of ready-stamps «how to», but very few are capable, while retaining the individuality of your style as a basis to explain to you the differences between your perception of words and perceptions of a representative western schools. I was lucky, my colleague recommended me is a consultant - George Allen Hill. (George Hill) UK. As a former police officer in the British Defence Police, he possesses not only the professional knowledge of psychology and a great life experience, but also important for the direction of the consultant's personal qualities: attention to detail, kindness and a great deal of patience.
In my case, George was also a consultant on school choice, giving a brief comparative review of UK schools. George has also successfully prepared one of my friends for an interview with Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, after which he received an invitation to study in the United States.
My additional advice and monitoring, present in this section is information based on my personal experiences and the experiences of others preparing for MBA. I would like to hope that it will be useful for you.
One of the most important factors when preparing to enter, in my view, is the contact with the school. Contact is important for several reasons - first, you are communicating with the school, have a chance to learn more about the school and to understand whether you really want to learn in this school. Secondly, the school has the opportunity to become acquainted with the new entrants and the opinion about you can be critical when considering the large number of documents which are required for the application. Thus, direct contact with the school can be a factor in the successful passage of all stages of the selection from the analysis of documents and ending with a final discussion of your candidacy Admission Board Members of your school.
Even if you do not visit the school to which you would like to continue to learn, do not despair - there are a number of MBA exhibitions and conferences, for example, The World MBA Tour www.topmba.com or The Access MBA Fair www.accessmba.com which are held annually in Kiev and other cities in the CIS. I visited several such exhibitions in Kiev and one in Moscow. Talk with representatives of business schools; you get more information than can be read on their websites of the schools or in brochures and pamphlets. From schools for these events come mainly directors and managers of the examining board, which is important not only to advertise their school, but look for potentially successful students. Communication with alumni can be particularly interesting - they can tell you things that school officials will never reveal. Pay attention to the fact that many schools engage in the creation of files for each contact with prospective students. Preliminary look at the list of schools taking part and select the most interesting. Visit the sites of selected schools and check out basic information about the school. I recommend writing a letter to admission departments with a request to reserve time during the exhibition to discuss your issues with the school. Attached to the letter should be a brief CV (resume). In this case, the representative of the school will already know the correspondence and give maximum attention to your questions and may give specific advice based on your profile. Plus, you thus demonstrate a serious interest in the school. Such preparation will command more respect. The World MBA Tour, where visitors are able to freely move from stand to stand is a good sourse of contact and I would recommend that you use the techniques described above, otherwise you will have a long wait to ask a single question. With respect to The Access MBA Fair, it’s organizers practice a very different approach - the school is in a separate room, visitors also should be received to communicate with a limited amount of time (an average of about 15 minutes). And, to save time, the organizers of the group arrange for 2-3 people at a time which also reduces your opportunity to ask questions.
Once again I want to stress - for both exhibitions is very important that you come prepared and the questions to be asked are already prepared, showing an interest and a serious attitude. Questions of the type: ‘And in what country is your school? Or ‘Will I have to learn in your school and at the same time earn a penny somewhere in the evenings’? Could show that you are not very much interested in the school, and this ultimately could adversely affect the decision taken by the school regarding your candidacy.
I do not just focus on the importance of communication with the school. All of my friend’s children were enrolled in schools with whom they met in person prior to the filing of documents. In my case, this theory also worked - and I received an invitation from two of the three schools, which I previously met