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Wharton To Add New Novel Admit Test

In the wake of major changes in the way Harvard Business School evaluates applicants to its MBA program, Wharton now plans to add a significant and innovative change to its application process.

Anthony Penna, Wharton’s associate director of admissions and financial aid, told a group of about 150 people at the Harvard Club in San Francisco that it is “98% confirmed” that Wharton will make a team-based discussion among applicants a new part of its admissions process. The change occurs just as Wharton rolls out a newly revamped MBA curriculum this fall that offers students greater customization of their MBA education based on their earlier education and work experience.

“Not only are we innovating in the classroom, but we are innovating in the way we select candidates,” he said, according to a transcript of the meeting obtained by Poets&Quants. “We are rolling out team-based discussions as part of our application process…Because Wharton is so team-focused we want to see how you interact with people…We’re 98% confirmed, but since we are all friends here…”

Penna made the remarks in San Francisco at an admissions event on June 12. Held at the University Club, the event featured a panel discussion by admissions officials from Wharton, Stanford, Harvard, Tuck, Columbia and UC-Berkeley.

THOUGH 98% CONFIRMED, WHARTON HAS YET TO OFFICIALLY ANNOUNCE THE CHANGE

Though Wharton has already posted its new essay questions and deadlines for the 2012-2013 application season, it has yet to officially confirm the new change. The additional test apparently would only be given to applicants who get past the initial admissions review and have been invited to an interview.

As reported earlier, Wharton was actively considering the change after a pilot test of the new process for a few third round MBA candidates earlier this year.

The test involved inviting groups of six third round candidates to campus for a recreation of an interactive discussion in an MBA classroom. In all, some 30 third round applicants were involved in the labor-intensive evaluation process. The test informed some of Wharton’s third round decisions, which were released in early May.

About The Author

John A. Byrne is the founder and editor-in-chief of C-Change Media, publishers of Poets&Quants and four other higher education websites. He has authored or co-authored more than ten books, including two New York Times bestsellers. John is the former executive editor of Businessweek, editor-in-chief of Businessweek. com, editor-in-chief of Fast Company, and the creator of the first regularly published rankings of business schools. As the co-founder of CentreCourt MBA Festivals, he hopes to meet you at the next MBA event in-person or online.