The new blog is official. Thank you all for your patience. I'll be using this space regularly to share my thoughts on the application process, particularly the crucial points for developing outstanding MBA applications and managing the strain of the application season. I'm looking forward to keeping in closer and more frequent communication with all of you. Speaking of which, we'll be adding many more features to the website in the next few weeks, including application questions/deadlines and a multi-media application overview, so please check back.

The first topic I'd like to address is, "When Should I Begin?"

This is the question that most people are asking me so I'll take a shot at it. The simple answer is, "As soon as possible, depending on your GMAT score." If you're already in the 660+ range and targeting first-round deadlines, you should feel confident in beginning your application materials now, at least part time. In general, I advise people to begin by mid-late August if they want to apply for first-round deadlines, which this year begin in early October with Columbia, Wharton, Chicago, HBS, et. al. (Click here for deadline calendar.) Depending on their MBA program choices, my clients in this situation can usually apply to 3-5 schools in the first round with high-impact applications. Some have applied to as many as 10.

 Even if you are targeting second-round deadlines and/or still working on your GMAT score, I strongly advise all applicants to begin by late-September/early-October to be in time for the early January deadlines.There are several ways I work with my clients to make sure they are balancing their GMAT test study time with their resumes, essays and applications. If you have questions, please contact me at: bryan@elite-essays.com