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IDEAL ROUND ONE TIMELINE

 

  • You have about six months to prepare for round one deadlines (R1 deadlines for many top schools come as early as October 1!)
  • When should you visit campus?
  • How should you balance time between score-making and essay-writing?
  • Of course, every applicant must follow his or her own schedule. But here are some rough milestones that have helped past clients secure a space at their dream school.

 


 

MONTH

1

2

3

4

5

April

     

Tests and Grades

Take TOEFL

Meet GMAT teachers

Form study groups

   

Research

Your future career options

Target schools

Potential recommenders

Alumni and current students

Potential recommenders

Visit

Golden Week

Contact current students

Student clubs

Career office

(Tuck story)

May

     

Tests

Finish TOEFL

Study GMAT

First GMAT?

Get transcripts

Research additional courses if GPA or quant ability is low

Research

Essay questions released

Future goals

Target schools – beyond curriculum

Alumni

Current students

Write

Resume

Life story

Goals outline

Mind maps

 

June

     

Tests

Another GMAT?

Start supplementary courses, if needed

     

Write

Polish resume

Continue life story

Goals essay draft

Brainstorm ideas for other essays

Personal profile to share with recommenders

July

         

Write

Finalize goals essay

Finalize life story

Brainstorm, outline leadership / accomplishment essays

Brainstorm, outline failure / mistake essay

Update personal profile for recommenders

Meet

Alumni

Current students

Recommenders

   

August

         

Write

Draft leadership / accomplishment essays

Draft failure / mistake essay

Brainstorm, draft personal / contribution essay

Brainstorm, draft strengths / weaknesses with recommenders

Register with school’s online application forms; begin filling in data

September

         

Write

Edit and polish essays

Solicit feedback from a few trusted mentors, alumni, current students

Meet recommenders

 

 

October

         

Submit

All round one materials

Visit remaining target schools

Take a deep breath

 

 

November

 

 

 

 

 

Prepare for interviews

Evaluate progress

Consider round two

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Information is subject to change. Please verify all data with the schools.


 

- Updated by Vince on 11 Mar 2016

  • I have been a full-time international graduate admissions consultant since 2002

  • Based in Tokyo, Japan, I help clients around the world 

  • In 2007, I launched VincePrep because I wanted to help the best candidates aiming for the top schools

  • To share my insights with a talented team, I rejoined Agos as Consulting Director in 2014 

  • Now, I lead 10 professionals who deliver Japan’s best graduate admissions results

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