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13 de August de 2014 - 8:20h.

What TOEFL Score Do You Need?

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Are you applying to a U.S. MBA or other program? If so, you have probably asked yourself this question: do I need to take the TOEFL? In most cases, if you did not earn your degree from an English-speaking university–YES, you do!

So what score do you need to get accepted in the different programs in the U.S.? Is 99 enough? What about 100? 109?

It can be confusing, but thankfully our friends at Magoosh TOEFL have created an infographic that shows what TOEFL scores you’ll need to get into the top schools in the U.S.

Thanks Magoosh!



27 de June de 2014 - 10:09h.

How to get into a top MBA: a seminar

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  • Are you thinking about applying to a top MBA?
  • Are you confused by all the information in the forums and from friends?
  • Do you want to know how you can stand out from the competition?
  • Are you worried about your undergraduate performance or your GMAT score?
  • Do you wonder if you have enough leadership skills or extracurricular activity?
  • Are you concerned that you don’t work at the right company for an MBA?
  • Are you confused by the Letter of Recommendation process?
  • Do you want to know if your “profile” is good enough?


On Thursday July 10th at 19:30, mbaSpain will present a seminar on the MBA process. Expert MBA Admissions Coach Candy Lee LaBalle will answer all your questions about the MBA application process.  The session will include:

  • Choosing the the best MBA for your goals
  • The importance of Goals in your application
  • How to demonstrate leadership if you have never led
  • Choosing Recommenders
  • What do do if Recommenders ask you to write the LORs
  • The importance of your CV for the MBA
  • Building an MBA timeline
  • Meeting deadlines and managing tasks
  • School overview
  • Q&A

Remember the date/time is: Thursday July 10th at 19:30; Registration is required via this link.




GMAT Scoring Change!

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GMAC has listened to test takers and announced a great change to the score reporting of the test.

Effective June 27, all test takers will now be able to view their unofficial GMAT scores prior to making a decision to accept or cancel them, giving them more certainty and control of how their application and GMAT scores are received by schools. Previously, it was a gamble, you could cancel without seeing your score, but once you saw the score, you had to keep it–so stressful!

Here’s how the new change works:

  • If a test taker accepts their scores, the official report will be sent to the schools they selected.
  • If a test taker cancels their scores, the test attempt will appear on future score reports with a code of “C” (self-canceled), unless the test taker reinstates the scores within 60 days.

In addition, if a test taker decides to cancel their scores at the test center, they will have the option to reinstate their scores within 60 days from the date of their exam for a fee of USD$100. Detailed instructions and rules for about this change are available on page 13 of the GMAT Handbook and copied below.


When you complete your exam, you will be shown your unofficial GMAT scores (Verbal, Quantitative, Integrated Reasoning, and Total).  You will be given two minutes to decide whether to cancel or accept your score.  If the time expires before you make a selection, your score will be automatically canceled.


You may reinstate your score if you decide to cancel at the test center for a fee of $100.  The reinstate option will be available for 60 days from the date of the exam.  To reinstate your score, contact customer service in your region.  See page 1.


If you accepted your scores, please pick up a printed copy of your unofficial score report at front desk.  This contains an authentication code you will need to access your Official scores.  Please note: This is the only time you will receive this code.


Your Official Score Report will include several ways to interpret your exam results. You may be tempted to pay attention only to your Total score, but the other scores are also meaningful. Those scores offer you and the programs receiving your scores insight into your strengths and areas for development.

10 de June de 2014 - 9:08h.

MBA Applications Class of 2017

Here I will be compiling a list of links and details on the Class of 2017 MBA applications, essays & LORs. Email me if you have any questions,

  • Columbia is open! Remember for Early Decision you can start submitting right away!
  • Darden has announced only one essay this year!
  • Duke Fuqua has published their essays and 25 Random Things essay is back!
  • HBS is open- here Admissions Director Dee Leopold discusses the one optional essay and the reduced LORs.
  • MIT Sloan has released essay questions including a crazy new “write your own LOR” essay!
  • Stanford has reduced their essay questions and their LORs from 3 to 2, here are all the details.
  • Stern has released essay questions and the Personal Expression is optional again–I love that essay!
  • Tuck has released essays questions and there are only two required this year–one on goals and another on leadership.
  • Wharton has released essays & LORs and they have also cut back to only one required and one optional.
  • UC Berkeley Haas has reduced their essays this year and has gotten rid of the “favorite song” for an essay on something that has “fundamentally changed the way you see the world”.
  • UCLA Anderson is asking for one straightforward goals/why Anderson essay.
  • Yale SOM essays and dates can be found here but still not clear if the video is on for this year or not.

Remember, with all these reduced essays, your CV will be more important than ever. Here is my best advice on making a good MBA CV.


4 de April de 2014 - 7:38h.

AWA Preparation & MBA Application Support

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Every other Thursday, in Madrid, Candy Lee LaBalle, MBA Admissions Coach (and former GMAT verbal teacher), who has helped 220+ students enter top MBAs (9 at HBS, 15 at Wharton, 21 at INSEAD, etc…), will present two sessions relevant to your MBA ambitions:

The AWA of the GMAT

  • What is the AWA
  • How important is the AWA to your MBA application
  • How to write the AWA essay for a maximum score

MBA Admissions Q&A

  • What MBA is right for you
  • Defining an MBA timeline
  • Key aspects of an MBA application

2014 Dates: Every other Thursday, from 20:15 to 22:00

  • June 12
  • June 19
  • July 3
  • July 17
  • July 31
  • Sept 11
  • Sept 25

WHERE: C/Velazquez 119, 2A (Madrid, corner of María de Molina), Metro Gregorio Marañon, Avda América or Nuñez de Balboa; Parking at C/ María de Molina, 48

MATERIALES: All materials will be provided to you. You MUST bring a Laptop in order to write your practice essays during the class.

PRICE: Free for all GMAT students of GMATclasses or Kevin Armstrong. Free for all mbaSpain clients. 25 Euros for everyone else.

REGISTRATION: you must register directly at; only six students per session.

More info about Candy: mbaSpain record_philosophy


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