mba-resourcesIn addition to providing our own advice through the Shine blog, presentations, and private MBA admissions consulting services, each year we like to share the outside resources that our past clients found helpful on their journeys to business school.

Whether you’re looking to supplement your GMAT prep, learn more about your target schools, or find new ideas on tackling a tough essay question, the Shine MBA Class of 2016 recommended that you check out the following:


To increase their test scores, our clients this past year took advantage of private tutors in their area, as well as the following prep courses:

For practice exams, The Official Guide to GMAT Review by GMAC has actual GMAT questions from previous tests with answers and detailed explanations.

Additionally, they recommended Beat The GMAT and GMAT Club for online forums, links and tools.

School/Admissions Insights

As always, they recommended the school’s own websites, blogs and social media pages as your first resource. Use these pages to learn about the characteristics of each MBA program, info sessions, scheduling a campus visit, or speaking with admissions representatives or student ambassadors.

Beyond those, our clients found the following online resources most helpful in gathering school information and admissions advice:

In addition, they cited the following 3 books:

Interview Prep

Beyond mock interviews with us, and lots of independent practice, our clients also recommended:

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© Shine/ MBA Admissions Consulting, October 1, 2014, 11:00am MT