Student Case

How can someone who failed a course in grad school be accepted into a prestigious school for an MBA?

Masters degree with one failed course – explain in your optional essay if your GPA is below 3.4. If you’re above 3.4, let it go. Most programs collect transcripts but do not pour over them unless you give them a reason to….

Make sure you focus your essays and letters of recommendation on what your plans are moving forward, emphasizing your excellent (?) work experience. I would not discuss the failed course.

Also, make sure your GMAT is above the school’s average. That will take some pressure off.

Good luck!”

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Tips for Applicants

Test tip

GMAT TIP - Five weeks before Round 1 applications drop. You're done with the GMAT, right?? If you still haven't nailed the test, you have 3-4 weeks left before either panic or push to round 2 becomes your reality . . .

It bears repeating, If you're using private label material such as ManhattanPrep (formerly Manhattan GMAT) or Kaplan/Princeton Review/Veritas be careful how much you extrapolate from the practice tests. Better yet, don't use their practice tests. At all.

Use the free tests available from You'll get tests from the maker of the test and much higher quality questions to answer. The tests will give you a more accurate picture of what the test will feel like test day.

GMAT Material

Pick up a book.

There's a decline in the percentage of adults who read books regularly, or even once a year. If you have a bit of downtime, or need a read for a weekend vacation, pick up a book that edifies you. Below is a list of some of the best books out there if you're entering (or are a part of) an MBA program.

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Application tip

For Round 1:
Make sure your letter writers get their packets before next Friday. Remember to pull together your resume, relevant project highlights and lowlights, and your 1st draft of why MBA essay. If your first draft is embarrassing - hey, it happens - give them bullet points. Once September rolls in, families and frenzy are back. Help your letter writers do their best work by getting this done in August.

For everyone:
Make sure you are ready to write about and speak about this adcom staple:

"Please highlight any additional information that you would like the Admissions Committee to know about your candidacy."


You may think you have all the resources you need to make the best of your test prep: the most up to date resources, a fantastic private instructor, and a supportive home. But you’re not getting the most out of your studying unless you remember one indispensable factor: Rest.

There is still no consensus on exactly why we sleep, but most studies agree that it’s good for us. Sleep and rest are ways for our bodies to recharge and for our minds to process recently acquired information.

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