What the best MBA Admissions Consultants do: MBA Crystal Ball Reviews Fees (in description)

Here’s an interesting and tricky
question. How many international applicants use MBA consultants? According
to an old survey some industry insiders estimated the number to be
close to 80 percent. B schools think it’s not that high.
No one really knows the actual number but considering the increased
competition for a seed and scholarships at the top schools, we are pretty sure
that the number of applicants using consultants has continued to increase. In
the next few minutes we’ll uncover the mysterious world of admission
consultants. What they do, are they worth the cost and the big question, do you
need one. A quick disclaimer first. Keep in mind that this video has been created
by an admissions consulting team so decide for yourself if the takeaways are
logical and relevant. What do the top admission consultants do? Imagine you’re
a sports person trying hard to win a medal at the Olympics. Apart from your
raw talent and the hard work you put in what else would you need? A good coach
right. In the simplest form that’s pretty much what admission consultants do
coaching. When you are competing with strong applicants from around the world
for a few highly coveted seats it helps to have an experienced coach by your
side. Someone who can help you understand what you should and should not be doing. Many top MBA consultants are graduates from the elite business schools with
several years of admissions counseling experience. They’ve been there and done
that. A good admissions consultant can help you fine-tune your goals, pick the
right degree, identify your strengths and weaknesses, build a powerful storyline
and help you with an admit and hopefully with a scholarship. There are several
things that a good admissions consultant will not do. They will not cross the
professional and ethical boundaries which include, writing your essays
encouraging you to lie and suggesting that there are shortcuts and guaranteed
ways to get an admit. Having said that you will find many consultants driven by
money and greed doing anything to make their clients happy.
As with all professions a few bad apples give the industry a bad name. Make sure
you do your research so you can avoid being taken for a ride. The cost of MBA Admissions consulting
depends on the country your consultant or the parent admissions consulting team
is based in. American consultants are the most expensive. The fee they charge would
be related to the level of support you need.
You could shell out over $4,000 for an application review package for one
school. Multiple school packages will have discounts built into the pricing.
Many consultants also offer hourly rates. The typical range is 200 to $300 an hour.
In contrast the top consultants based in India charge a fraction of that despite
similar credentials and capabilities for instance MBA crystal ball consultants
have graduated from the same elite programs they worked for top tier firms
like McKinsey but our pricing is around 25% of what the American teams charge.
That’s because purchasing power parity plays a role in MBA consulting ties into. You’ll come across different types of
consulting teams since the barriers to entry are extremely low anyone can start
an admissions consulting company and claim to be an expert which is why
you’ll find a high number of one-person teams mostly current students and recent
graduates. On the other extreme you’ll have a factory set up with a huge army
of consultants who will take on every client who walks in and help with everything
starting from desk prep to visa formalities and possibly filling your
suitcase for you. In the middle are the boutique and specialist firms where the
small team of consultants was selective about the clients they work with. MBA
crystal ball falls in this category. If you aren’t aware there are education
consultants who won’t charge you anything for their help that’s because
they get a commission from mostly low ranking and unranked universities for
sending students. In a marketing agency model the company gets incentivized to
work in the interest of universities and not the students. Are MBA consultants worth the cost. The
selectivity rates at the top B schools are very low. If you hire a consultant
these odds will not go up 200% that’s because there are many factors they
don’t control like your GMAT score, industry, nationality, gender, age. What
consultants can do is to help you improve your chances in relative terms
compared to your competitors and that edge that you get can be well worth the
cost for many. MBA consultants can help you understand the pitfalls and common
mistakes applicants make. They can help you avoid the trial and error process
that most first-time applicants follow. Many good consultants regularly interact
with admission officers to stay abreast of what B Schools are looking for in
applicants. Check out the MBA crystal ball website link below to read the
interviews we’ve published with the admission directors from the top B
schools. The other way consultants can help is to find ways to differentiate
your story many admission officers we’ve interacted with tell us that they find
it very difficult to differentiate between applicants in certain categories
like the Indian male IT Engineers. Another aspect is to be able to weave
all your wonderful and numerous accomplishments into a simple and
elegant story. While your writing skills and grammar are important
remember that your strategic positioning skills are more crucial. Do you need an
admissions consultant? The simple answer is no, you don’t need a consultant there
are many applicants who are able to manage it on their own. Some ask
difference colleagues or current students to review the essays. Our only
word of advice if you choose that option is to be sure that the person helping
you for free is not doing it out of a moral obligation and they’ve had some
experience doing this for others they can objectively analyze your strengths
and weaknesses and they won’t try to force fit an approach that worked for
them. If you have a high GMAT score, strong academic records, a brilliant
career track and crystal clear post MBA goals that puts you on a strong footing.
In case you choose not to hire a consultant we have shared many helpful
insights on the MBA crystal ball blog based on our experience with thousands
of successful applicants. If you do decide to hire a consultant an MBA
crystal ball figures in your list we’d be happy to have a chart with you and
evaluate if we can be partners in your success story. Good Luck!

45 thoughts on “What the best MBA Admissions Consultants do: MBA Crystal Ball Reviews Fees (in description)

  1. Got any questions for us about your international MBA plans? Paste them here along with your profile details. We'd be happy to share some perspectives.

  2. I'm studying degree b.com general. So for b.com general students which country and universities are better to do MBA?

  3. I am an civil engineering graduate who has an experience of 2.5 years in IT industry and wanted to persue MBA abroad. What will be the best choice for me? And which country is better for that specilization.

  4. I finished my college in 2016, I had some back logs. I am waiting for the result. I was never interested in engineering, so right after I finished college I started working with Sutherland as a sales consultant. I have 2 and a half years of work experience. I would like to try MBA. I am really confident about my communication and management skills. If  possible I want to try abroad. I would love to hear your thoughts on this. Please help make a right decision.

  5. Hi Greetings,

    Hello, my name is Amit I’m 23, I have completed my engineering in Civil in 2017 and since I have been working into this field. I had planned to get a master’s degree in civil in construction management abroad from a good university but I’m not sure about getting a master’s degree in civil.

    Recently I’ve been looking out for a MBA degree, something that would bring a change in my life but have zero knowledge about what MBA programme to choose, which college, whether to get a degree in India or abroad from a good university.

  6. Hey there,

    I have been wondering about how will a MiM graduate be perceived if he/she returns to India after the degree.

    Would the business/management community view him as par as an MBA. How would the job opportunity be like? This question is for the reason that MiM is not offered here in Indian institutes.

  7. i am very much confused about what to do after b.com .

    I wanted to ask is it correct  doing mba just after doing b.com and you don't have idea that in which field u have to specialise. And when u dont know your post mba plans. 

    If not then in this case what i should do .How i  will get to know that in which  field i am intrested in .

  8. Hello , Sameer sir …I'm Ravindra ….I have completed my Agriculture B.s.c ….and I am interested in doing MBA in Canada !! And I have many questions regarding that !! What I want to know is ….is GMAT / GRE is compulsory for studying in Canada ? Or is that possible to manage with IELTS ? Please reply me sir .

  9. Hello sir
    Is it possible to do MBA in canada without GMAT?
    Is there any Canadian university who accepts student without GMAT ?

  10. Sir please make a video a specialization of consulting programs with full details and best college for consulting programs…please…🙏

  11. There are many best universities for MBA but the tuition fees are also high
    Our financial position is not suited to pursue my MBA Abroad .
    So please help me how can I balance both the financial position and my goal to pursue MBA Abroad

    Are there any loans especially for women if GMAT score is high enough ?

    As I wanted to study in Canada or University of Copenhagen , Denmark .

  12. my name is jasir, pursuing my bsc in hospitality,, and i want to continue my further studies in business management… don't have any work experience..and have not given any exams like IELTS or GMAT …i am learning French….i want to pursue my further study like MIM or MBA from a top b school..one of my friend suggested me to do PGDM and then after that MBA coz of that i will be eligible for mba without work experience ( i am not sure about that) please guide me for which course i should apply and what i have to do for that(IELTS) according to your procedure

  13. I've compleated my Diploma in electronics in the year 2018. Currently i'm working as an application engineer in a corporate company. Parllelly i'm also doing my engineering. Am I eligible for GMAT.could you please let me know the scope and the complocations involved to apply for a b school in next 2 years.

  14. I am Muhammed Rinshad.I am interested doing MBA in international business and finance.Is pursuing mba in international business and finance from the university of the West of Scotland is a good option?.is this university is globally recognised? What is the career after completing MBA in international business and finance job opportunity, placement,salary etc.Please reply sir

  15. Dear MCB,
    I need little help in making an important decision. I want to do an mba and I want to take gmat. But the Important thing here is I had really bad marks in my 12th. I scored 56% and a compartmental in math with just 34 marks. I did manage an average percentage of 65 in Btech (electrical and electronics). However I became an Electro technical officer in merchant ship and have about 4 yrs experience in the field.

    Will my 12th marks have a big negative effect? Should I even consider doing an mba? Is there a 40% change of me getting in one of good b-school (ISB to be specific)?

    Arindam das

  16. Hello Mr Sameer.
    I am Saurabh Bhoyar, I got Admission offer to Global MBA from SP Global management school. I have choosen Global Finance as I am passionate about learning this particular domain.
    I am B.Tech in Mechanical Engineering and M.Sc in Marine Technology. I had worked at Indian Coast Guard in the designation of Technical Officer in the rank of Assistant Commandant in Ministry of Defence Govt of India.
    I want to have some insights about SP Jain G B School and my preference for switching trade.

  17. I am a chartered accountant and have an experience of approx. 10 years. I am working in a VC funded start up and leading a team of 15 people.

    I am thinking of doing a MBA, but I am confused a lot, whether this would be the right time or not as generally MBA schools have average 4-5 years of experience. So which course/ univ should I target?

  18. I have watched a few videos about the courses, Requirements for an MBA in Canada. I have a couple of questions that are unanswered in your videos. Could you please take some time off your busy schedule and answer the following questions

    1. Is GMAT necessary to get into an MBA program in Canada?

    2. I have round to 2 years of experience will that help me in replacing the necessity of GMAT for MBA in Canada

    3. What is the score required in IELTS to get into the best universities?

    4. If GMAT is Mandatory for MBA in Canada, What is the minimum score required to get admission in best universities

  19. Currently pursuing my CIVIL ENGINEERING degree from NAGPUR.

    I will be taking 7 years instead of 4 to complete my degree. But i was not free in between and worked in my gap years. I worked as trainee CAD engineer in a private firm, and now i am working in highway consulting company ( Artifact projects limited ) under HR RECRUITMENT department.

    Will my type of work have any affect on my admission. If yes will it be positive or negative.( I mean from technical to non- technical job )

    I am planning to appear for GMAT in next 2 years. In these 2 years i am planning to gain necessary work experience required and will prepare for my exam.also is online GMAT coaching any good, as i am not flexible with timing they provide in offline classes.


    I really need a proper professional guidance, and will appreciate positive reply from your side.

  20. Is it possible for an Indian student from a tier 2 college working in a mnc possible to target for hbs business program?

  21. Hey!!!

    I’m a student of Delhi university pursing Bachelor's Tourism management, final year. Planning to take admission in MBA from UK, but I have no any work experience, however I have done 5.5 months of internship. 
    Could you please suggest me is that worthy to take admission in freshers MBA or should I go after 2-3 year of taking work experience?

  22. Sir 
    I'm a student from India i need some guidance about my education. I wanna do MBA in other countries. Is it possible to study in abroad with scholarships, if possible what i have to do to get into the program and what are the requirements for a indian student to study in abroad.
    Thankyou sir have a nice day

  23. Respected sir,

    I was overwehelmed by watching your videos and i think that you would be a good guide for my future studies as i have keen interest in pursuing my post graduate studies from Germany . I have following concerns

    * I am currently pursuing bba (general) and i have keen interest in the field of human resource should I prefer studying MIM over doing a job in India and then further pursuing MBA in Germany?

    * I have a month experience in intership with zee news in my first year and would be feteching for more internship opportunities with end of 2nd year.

    *How can I plan and put in the best  to get opportunity to study in Germany?

  24. Does MBA crystal ball help in profile building for a student?? I am asking this question regarding your reply to hbs selection.

  25. In your recent post about exot option after consulting ; you didn't mention anything about people move to tech companies from consulting firms (sundar pichai who is ex McKinsey went to google). If you could explain it here.

  26. Is it possible for a graduate who has done a MBA specializing in finance at an Indian bschool (then works for couple of years) and decides to change his career path to another specialization by doing a second MBA abroad or does he have to stick with finance even in his second MBA?

  27. Hello sir. Is it possible to think of applying to top b schools if a student has taken a 1 year break between the job and at the time of applying?

  28. Hello sir. Thank you so much for replying all my queries. I wanted to ask why do you think people joining executive mba at the age of 38-40. Why continue education when one is drawing good salary, has a good life?

  29. Hello sir,i have 2 questions.
    1. Does mbacrystallball provide management consulting prep service to students?
    2.do you think College education and books like case in point,the McKinsey way are enought for a mba student to land a job at the MBB firms?

  30. This might be a irrelevant question, but can a person working as a school teacher or personal secretary or copy writer hope to apply to top mba programs?

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