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Swati Kathuriya | Said Business School, Oxford

CrackVerbal helped me frame my ideas and sentences in such a beautiful manner that they attached a different value to my overall MBA application. We may not be writers, we may not know how to present our ideas in the right format, and that’s where CrackVerbal comes in. I converted MBA admits to two schools - Kelley and Oxford and decided to go ahead with my MBA at Oxford.

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Vishnu Nair | Cornell University

CrackVerbal helped me realize that there was a special structure for each college in terms of problem, action and results. In my engagement with CrackVerbal, there were 5-6 iterations of the essays, but by the end of it I was sure that my essay was really decent.

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Subhankar Das | MIT Sloan School of Management

10 years after college I felt I wanted to do an MBA & came to CrackVerbal for guidance. Not only did they help me score high on the GMAT, I also came back to them for applications! Their team helped me a lot, telling me exactly which courses were good for my profile. They train you for the complete application process and not just leave it at consulting for one particular course. My essays were not just looked at for correct grammar, but they would keep thinking & reviewing the stories with me & help bring different angles to make them shine out even more! From my GMAT to my MIT admit, CrackVerbal was always there. Thanks a ton! Read about how Subhankar bagged an MIT admit here. Follow Subhankar on LinkedIn.

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Kaushal Vyas | Said School of Business, Oxford

I found CrackVerbal's insights into my essays to be very valuable. I wasn't able to analyze my essays from the point of view of someone on the other side of the table. Thankfully, CV provided me with this very kind of feedback. Moreover, they have a very good understanding of what different b-schools around the world expect from the incoming candidates. Each school is looking for a candidate with the ‘right-fit’. CrackVerbal was able to tell whether my essays were conveying enough about my being the ‘right-fit’. The feedback was extremely honest and precise. I can say that getting my essays reviewed by them was instrumental in strengthening my application and, eventually, in being shortlisted for the interview!  Follow Kaushal on LinkedIn.

Rituparna Srinivas| Indian School of Business

I had an association of 2 years with CrackVerbal. I had continuous help from them right from the brainstorming session where they figured out what the different strengths were that I could highlight to the weaknesses I could improve on. They always had a very good schedule about how my essays and resumes could be presented better. Their pro-activity really impressed me. Read all about Rituparna's journey here.Follow Rituparna on LinkedIn.


Niladri Chakraborty | UNC Kenan-Flagler

CrackVerbal taught me how to talk to someone who is not from my background. I think it’s easy for us to get carried away and sprinkle our essays with technical jargon, but it won’t help in telling your story to the panel. This was a major eye opener. CrackVerbal helped me acquire admit to multiple schools: UNC Kenan-Flagler, Cornell Johnson & Simon Rochester. I decided to accept UNC’s offer that came with a $90,000 scholarship. Read all about Niladri's MBA journey here. Follow Niladri on LinkedIn.


Samvit Roy | Schulich School of Buisness

The best part about working with CrackVerbal’s applications team was that I was made to write my own essays and though the first draft and the final draft had the same substance, the final draft was amazing compared to the first one. It was a really great experience. Read about Samvit's MBA journey. Follow Samvit on LinkedIn.


Aneesur Rehman | Smith School of Business

The Admission MBA workshop by CrackVerbal was very insightful and gave me some direction to my application process. I availed CrackVerbal’s application services, and the expert advice on my essays along with the mock interview prep with Jaideep helped me produce great essays for my MBA applications. I also bagged a USD 40k scholarship for my MBA! Read about Aneesur's MBA journey here. Follow Aneesur on LinkedIn.

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Swetha Vasu | UNC Kenan-Flagler

I happened to attend CrackVerbal’s essay writing workshop and by the end of it, knew I wanted their help. Today, with admits from 5 schools - UNC Kenan Flagler, Tepper, McCombs, Georgetown and IE Business school,  I’m glad I made that decision. They were detail-oriented, insightful and flexible! Read more about Swetha's B-school journey here. Follow Swetha on LinkedIn.

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Amiya Kumar | Smith School of Business, University of Maryland

The Admissions consultants at CrackVerbal worked very closely with me. They helped me delve deep into my reasons for doing an MBA, my short term goals, my personality, professional achievements and my over-all expectations. This initial brainstorming helped me discover my interest towards politics, social research and also gave me some thought direction for writing my essays. I was able to give a definite structure to my essays and also CrackVerbal puts every candidate in touch with an external consultant who is an alumnus of the concerned B-school. In this way you also understand the expectations of the B-school when they evaluate your profile. Read about Amiya's   MBA journey. Follow Amiya on LinkedIn.

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Akshay Phadke | Boston University

I worked with CrackVerbal on my applications for Kenan Flager and Fuqua School of Business. The Admission Consultants at CrackVerbal helped me create some great stories that I could showcase on my MBA applications. After working on two schools with CrackVerbal, I understood the structure of approaching a B-school application. This made it very easy to craft my application to Boston University. So, yes the constructive feedback from CrackVerbal on my previous applications helped me replicate it on my application to Boston University. Read about Akshay's MBA journey. Follow Akshay on LinkedIn.

Ishan Saxena | Indian School of Business

As soon as the application process started, things spanned out very well and I had better clarity towards my goals for my application. I knew I was going in the right direction. The brain-storming sessions with CrackVerbal were critical in the whole application process.

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Gautham Muthukumar | Indian School of Business

CrackVerbal has amazing coaches. Their classes are not only filled with English fundas, but also with some very cool strategies for GMAT. Applying his strategies guarantees an increase in the GMAT score. CrackVerbal’s admission workshop is an eye opener for anyone who has no clue about MBA admission process. Read about Gautham's MBA journey. Follow Gautham on LinkedIn.

Avinash Satish | Indian School of Business

CrackVerbal helped me articulate my thoughts better and shape up my essays well. I worked with Arun and Vasudha, and they both did go out of the way to help me with my applications. Arun connected me to people in his network, and I could have very useful conversations regarding the choice of schools and interviews. Vasudha and I worked over-time to make sure I had my essays out within deadline dates! Follow Avinash on LinkedIn.

Sachin Sharma| Indian School of Business

The qualitative help from CrackVerbal during applications helped get my story in place to create the most impact. CrackVerbal can guide you to the right approach and help streamline your application in the right direction. Follow Sachin on LinkedIn.

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Saurabh Gupta | Indian School of Business

They were very understanding and went out of their way to help me in my MBA journey – right from GMAT prep till my Indian School of Business interview. The faculty and the admission counselors are of very high quality and they understand the Indian applicant well. I availed their services for GMAT Verbal Prep, essay writing, and interview prep. Read about Saurabh's MBA journey. Follow Saurabh on LinkedIn.

Suchith Majumdar| Indian School of Business

CrackVerbal is something that I would say given me a lot of motivation and has added value to my entire MBA experience as well. They have helped me in every way right from the GMAT prep to the MBA thought process. Their videos and posts, those useful bits of information that they give you, have benefited me in a lot of ways. It has given me a new perspective altogether. Regardless of whether you are a student or not, I would say you should definitely follow them because the gyaan that they give you is priceless. You cannot find it in a book or anywhere. It's a knowledge bomb. They are very dedicated when it comes to students. Their interview prep was also something that helped me in a great way. After my mock interview, they helped me break down my interview to its granular parts. They made me understand that everything you say needs to be backed up and reinforced so that when you talk, you gleam with confidence. I felt this was a real eye opener that helped me crack the admit to ISB. Follow Suchith on LinkedIn.

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Shailika Reddy | Indian School of Business

CrackVerbal  Mentors helped me articulate my stories and give structure to my essays. This made all the difference to my ISB application! I would definitely recommend working with CrackVerbal for your MBA applications! Follow Shailika on LinkedIn.

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Sudeepta Sahu – 620 on GMAT – ISB Hyderabad

In conversation with Sudeepta Sahu who got into ISB with a 620 on the GMAT…

  Tell us a bit about your GMAT journey.   I graduated in 2008 as a mechanical engineer. Soon after that, I joined Forbes Marshall and worked with them on a sales profile for 1.5 years. I dealt with product engineering, project management, and R&D.   Later, I applied for an opening in the UK and moved there as part of an internship opportunity the company provided. Soon after that, I moved with them to the Delhi office. I finally moved to Bangalore and worked with another manufacturing company for 2 years where I had client facing roles and decided to apply to ISB while I was working there. I have a total of 6.5 years work experience in the manufacturing sector.    What motivated you to do an MBA after a purely technical background?   I had to attend meetings with senior officials in my office and we often discussed how to deal with customers, how to sell products etc. I never understood the financial part of the conversations we had. When you’re working in a technical role, you’re limited to that role. You don’t understand the bottom line of what the company exactly wants.   I knew I was doing my part well. I only needed to understand the business context of my role. I always felt I lacked something in terms of knowledge about elements of marketing or sales. When I’m in the organization, I should be able to contribute more. Especially since I was taking up client servicing roles, I began to understand the importance of an MBA.     How was your GMAT Preparation?   The hardest for me was Verbal. I started preparing on my own the first time and didn’t do that well. A colleague who had taken classes at CrackVerbal suggested it to me. I took Verbal classes and the techniques which they taught were really good.   The key is practice obviously. But when you’re working, it’s quite difficult. I normally read books so my reading pace is fast. But even those who don’t read would find the strategies helpful. I gave the test and got a 620.  How did you balance GMAT studies with work?   Like I mentioned earlier, it was quite difficult. I used to try and solve questions during breaks and practice whenever I got time. I made sure I didn’t just follow any site. I stuck to GMAT specific sites like beattheGMAT, GMATClub to practice. Make sure you prepare using these GMAT- specific websites or you could take a wrong turn down the GMAT road!   It took me at least a year to complete my GMAT journey, from starting self-prep, to giving my first attempt to enrolling for classes and giving it the second time. It’s a long process, but you’ve got to hold on!     What were the schools you applied to?   Since I had more than 5 years of work experience, I applied to IIM-A PGPX, IIM-C PGPX and ISB. I wasn’t looking at options abroad since I wanted to stay in India.     How did you go about your application process?   I had already penned down my story but I needed help in sending the message across clearly. Limiting it to 200 words was a challenge. It was a gamble between content and conditions. I had a lot of stories to tell in my essays but found it difficult to structure it in such a way that only the key messages stood out. CrackVerbal helped me with that.     What made you stand out in your essay?  I did a lot of research on the B-schools I was applying to and spoke to other students to get a better idea. I feel you must put down your learning from your experience and show how the situation helped you propel forward in life. Just because you have an interesting story to tell, don’t put it down in your essay. Unless you’ve had some learning experience out of it, it doesn’t make sense.     How was your interview experience with ISB?   Given the education system in India, a lot of people aspire for an MBA and you must be able to convince the Adcom as to why you want to do an MBA. You should have your goals lined up- at least for the next 5 years.   During the interview, stress situations were created. Whatever I spoke about, was ripped apart. Questions that were asked were ‘out of the box’. You need to keep calm and answer. It’s not always about the right answer. How you think and frame your answer is more important than the answer in itself.   How was your experience with CrackVerbal?   Even though classes were taken on the weekends, I longed to attend them The classes were really good. I loved the way the strategies were taught on CR. I also got advice on MBA options from CrackVerbal which helped me decide better. For applications, CrackVerbal helped me put the key messages for my essay in place to present it in the best possible manner.     What would you like to say to other GMAT Aspirants out there?   A low GMAT score does not guarantee a reject and a high GMAT score doesn’t guarantee an admit either.   In your professional career, if you haven’t done anything extraordinary, do something different than your colleagues or there’ll be nothing to put on your application. If you have a 760 on the GMAT but haven’t done anything differently in your professional career, you could still have a problem getting an admit.   Your GMAT score has no link to how you perform in life and stand out. Your story can be personal- perhaps a motivation or a passion- it doesn’t necessarily have to be professional. But at the end of the day, you must have a story to tell!  

Thanks for the valuable insights Sudeepta! All the best with your journey ahead!

    Are you inspired by Sudeepta's story? Leave your comments below!  

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Ronojoy Chatterjee | Indian School of Business

I had a really good experience with CrackVerbal. From the very onset, they were consistent with my application process. Since I was trying to manage different B-school applications, they made sure there was sufficient follow-up and communication to ensure that I stuck to the deadlines. Since I had gotten into multiple B-schools, they helped me make a better decision on which B-school I should opt, keeping all my considerations in mind. One thing that stood out was the fact that although many application service providers help you brush up your essays to make it stand out, CrackVerbal has excellent teamwork. We were always on the same page. They were there to ensure that my success was important. I think they give equal undivided attention to all their clients and that really impressed me.

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