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When to Submit an Optional MBA Essay

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Manhattan Prep GRE Blog - When to Submit an Optional MBA Essay by mbaMission

Taking the GRE for your business school application? You’re in luck. Each month, we are featuring a series of MBA admission tips from our exclusive admissions consulting partner, mbaMission.


Virtually all the top business schools offer applicants the opportunity to address anything unusual or problematic within their profiles, using either the additional information section of the application or the optional MBA essay. This way, MBA candidates can proactively explain any irregularities or inconsistencies so that the admissions committee understands the circumstances behind these issues and is not left to guess or make assumptions. Commonly, applicants will write an optional MBA essay to explain or reveal one of the following kinds of issues: Read more

10 Tips for Writing Your STEM Grad School Essay

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Manhattan Prep GRE Blog - 10 Tips for Writing Your STEM Grad School Essay by Laurie Martin of Stratus PrepDid you know that you can attend the first session of any of our online or in-person GRE courses absolutely free? We’re not kidding! Check out our upcoming courses here.


Writing your grad school essay is a big step. This process usually breaks down into creating two documents: the personal statement and the statement of purpose. It can be daunting to know that, according to recent admissions committee evaluations, the personal statement is one of the most important components of your application. Read more

5 Ways to Highlight Your Strengths in a Liberal Arts Grad School Essay

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Manhattan Prep GRE Blog - 5 Ways to Highlights Your Strengths in a Liberal Arts Grad School Essay by Laurie Martin - Stratus PrepDid you know that you can attend the first session of any of our online or in-person GRE courses absolutely free? We’re not kidding! Check out our upcoming courses here.


Last year, graduate school applications were up to the largest amount since the end of the Great Depression. At prestigious programs, the competition for a spot is fierce. Read more