Faisal

MBA Prep School

San Francisco, California

United States

Net Promoter Score: 8

Consultant Bio

While working in the University of Chicago Booth School of Business Admissions Office, Faisal reviewed hundreds of applications and learned what distinguished the successful candidates from those who were merely qualified for admission. With seven years of management consulting experience, Faisal has also persuaded executive decision makers to implement new approaches to more successfully market their services and products. With his admissions office experience and management consulting know-how, Faisal delivers a unique approach to MBA admissions consulting, combining the art of storytelling with persuasive communication techniques, thereby offering his clients a distinctive advantage over other applicants. Engaging his help means you will enjoy the advantage of nearly a decade of admissions experience during your MBA campaign.

Faisal has lived, traveled, or worked on six continents and has engaged with MBA candidates from all corners of the world. Along the way he’s learned that every person has a fascinating story to tell, even if the language and style they use to tell it differs. Drawing upon his engineering background, MBA from Booth, and extensive international work experience across IT, telecom, publishing, pharma, and medical devices, Faisal has successfully helped US and non-US based MBA applicants translate their rich global experiences into compelling, relevant, and memorable applications. Faisal also specializes in helping MBA candidates who want to transition to a new career path, guiding them on how to convince admissions officers that an MBA will put them on the path to success in a brand new field.

Company Information

Strategy Meets Compelling Storytelling: Our consultants combine personal branding principles and storytelling talent to differentiate you from the competition.

Experienced Consultants: Our consultants are experienced professionals with years of success sending clients to elite business schools including Harvard, Stanford, Wharton, Columbia, Kellogg, MIT, Chicago, LBS, and INSEAD.

Dedication & Responsiveness: Our client-to-consultant ratio is the lowest in the industry, assuring 24-48 hour turnaround times

A Step-by-Step Plan: Each client receives a clear work plan with weekly goals to stay on track and organized

Proven Principles & Techniques: The firm’s knowledge base has been cultivated over a decade of successful MBA admissions experience

MBA Specialists: Unlike other firms, we only offer MBA admissions consulting services.

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Location: San Francisco, California, United States

Phone: 617-544-7737

Email: inquiry@mbaprepschool.com

Website: https://mbaprepschool.com/poetsandquants

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P&Q Consultant Reviews

  • Top MBA Coach
    2 weeks ago
    A friend recommended MBAPrepSchool to me for the business school application process. I started my MBA journey a little late, but Faisal was able to tailor this process to my needs and timeline so I was still able to apply for round 1. I started working with Faisal officially around mid-June of 2022, which was the best decision I’ve made for my application process. I came in without even knowing what programs I wanted to apply to. Faisal really took the time to explain all aspects of the application process and outline key strategies based on my situation. Rather than just look at me as a statistic, Faisal took the effort to know me as a person and kept me in check during the whole ...
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    Class of 2025 Admit
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  • Accepted To HBS, Booth, Kellogg, Tuck With $310k In Scholarships
    1 month ago
    I started my MBA application process by interviewing with ~5 different consultants. I chose to work with Faisal after our 30-minute consultation. My first impression of him was that he was thoughtful, likable, candid, and wouldn’t sugarcoat the process for me, and he believed in me. These impressions were all confirmed throughout our time working together. Further, his prior experience at Booth was a big selling point for me, as this was one of my top choices. I am a former student athlete, and my story is centered around my athletics background. My biggest fear was that my application would come across as overdone, since there are plenty of applicants with athletics backgrounds. I wanted to work with a consultant who could help me tailor my ...
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    Class of 2025 Admit
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  • Great MBA Coach
    1 month ago
    I was a reapplicant, my GMAT score was expiring in fall 2023 and had a less rosy entrepreneurship background (funding fell through, had to scale down expansion). I spoke with almost 20 consultants before deciding to work with Faisal for the R1 2023 intake. During our initial call he was candid about my prospects but at the same time not outright dismissive, considering my background. Another thing that stood out about him was that he only coaches 5 candidates per round, this was evidenced by his reviews. This can be considered a con due to less exposure with candidates but his experience particularly Booth Adcom experience makes up for it; plus I wanted to work with someone who gives personalized attention rather than someone who ...
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    Class of 2025 Admit
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  • Led Me To Success!!!
    1 month ago
    As someone unsure of what admissions committees look for, I engaged with Faisal on an hourly basis in order to refine my essays and resume. Faisal helped me refine content in early drafts and perfect my presentation in later drafts. One thing that I can say for certain is that Faisal knew how to make me stand out. I really appreciate that aspect since I am applying from an over-represented demographic, and I do not have flashy or prestigious work experiences. Faisal helped me hone my story in a way that appeals to business schools while keeping my entire application truthful and authentic. Through round 1, I have been admitted to Booth, Kellogg, Columbia, and Yale SOM (with a half scholarship). I am truly ecstatic ...
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    Class of 2025 Admit
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  • Less A Consultant, More A Mentor
    7 months ago
    I worked with Faisal for my applications to b-schools last year after I was referred to him by a friend of mine. I was in the process of finalizing a consultant and was meeting with admissions consulting firms left, right, and center. The first thing that worked with Faisal was his brutal honesty about my chances. I was a male IT engineer from a non-IIT background applying with a GRE score of 325 (To most, these parameters are as close to a death knell as they can get) and Faisal was extremely candid about the fact. What I absolutely loved about him was that he did not shoot me down exclusively based on my score (like a majority of consultants did) or painted a very rosy ...
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    Class of 2024 Admit
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  • Faisal Helps You Overcome The Odds
    8 months ago
    At 34 years old and working in senior management of a strategy consulting firm, I was a nontraditional candidate for MBA applications. The age factor irks several b-schools, although they don't say it out loud. My last year's applications were unsuccessful. I needed guidance on how to structure my story snippets and combine them into a cohesive whole. That's where Faisal was a great support to lean on, his guidance was critical in telling my story in the most impactful manner. He went the extra mile to understand my background, and the events behind my personal growth, so that his recommendations were in-depth, and we could iterate our essays better. I must also mention that Faisal was very empathetic throughout our engagement. He understood that I ...
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    Arjun S
    MBA Class of 2024 Admit
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  • Faisal Delivers!
    8 months ago
    I worked with Faisal as a reapplicant during the 2021 application cycle, and it was the best decision I made in the entire pre-MBA process. In brief, Faisal is a true professional who delivered on what he promised and exceeded my expectations at every step. What impressed me right from the start is how quickly Faisal peeled back the onion layers to really understand me - my motivations, my experiences and ambitions. After our second conversation and a thoughtful questionnaire, I felt that Faisal already knew me, at least in certain respects, on a deep level that's typically reserved for close friends and family. We literally covered some topics that I had never spoken about before, let alone thought would be relevant to an MBA ...
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    Steven McCutcheon
    MBA Class of 2024 Admit
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  • Key Difference Maker For Successful Re-Applicant
    1 year ago
    As a consultant from an overrepresented background with below-average GRE and GMAT scores, I knew I needed to make significant changes to succeed as a reapplicant. I spoke with several consultants worried that I was aiming too high, and some even declined to work with me. I was looking for a consultant who has experience as an MBA admissions officer, could assist me in tweaking my story, assist with project management, and help me stand out from my peers. After speaking with Faisal, I was confident that he would assist me in addressing my areas of concern while also acting as a partner throughout this stressful time. The most valuable time we spent together was diving deep into my journey. We spent ample time talking ...
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    Class of 2024 Admit
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  • Great Application Partner
    1 year ago
    Coming into the 2021 application cycle, I realized my profile, while having some solid attributes, also had a couple of "weaker" points. Therefore, I wanted to work with a consultant who would help me tell the best story in my applications. Faisal was recommended to me by a friend of mine who had been successful previously in his b-school applications. I talked to him along with four other consultants/agencies and felt more at peace with Faisal. While others focused on raw stats, Faisal was more interested in my story. After narrowing down the list of schools, he pushed me to reflect and come up with my "brand" narrative. His input on which points were more impactful than others was incredibly helpful. I am not a ...
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    Class of 2024 Admit
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  • Key Difference Maker
    2 years ago
    As a non-traditional applicant, Faisal was the difference between a reasonably competitive application and very strong application that received strong scholarships to my target school and competitors (a few full rides as well). He was extremely encouraging, and made sure to stay in touch to keep the application process moving forward. More importantly, as a non-traditional applicant, Faisal helped me dig into my motivations for pursuing an MBA and helped me draw out strong experiences in my past that made my narrative come to life. These were reflected in my essays and interviews, which really separated me from other applicants. His guidance helped me address tremendous weaknesses in my application due to this background by turning them into strengths. He prepared me well for all aspects ...
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    Class of 2023 Admit
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  • Great MBA Coach
    2 years ago
    As an international applicant from an overrepresented country/background & an average GPA I knew that getting accepted to a top B-school would not be an easy task. I started my search for a consultant about 3 months before the application deadlines. Right from my first conversation with Faisal, I was convinced that he was the right choice. He took a genuine interest in my goals and helped me build my application from the ground up. His extensive experience was very valuable in everything from school selection to filling out the application form. Faisal helped me see the experiences and life-stories that make me unique and helped me articulate a strong & convincing story. At no point did he sway my narrative, instead, he acted ...
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    Class of 2022 Admit
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  • Personalized & Actionable Feedback - HBS Acceptance
    2 years ago
    Faisal was a true pleasure to work with. I had spoken to a few potential consultants but I ultimately chose Faisal and I could not be happier. From day one, he took the time to get to know my story, my passions and what was driving my decision to apply to business school. It may sound simple but by having us both align on these ideas, Faisal was able to give me specific feedback that helped elevate all my application material. Be it essays, career goals or work experience write-ups, Faisal outlined what each specific school I was applying to was looking for. This allowed me to tailor my applications and was a huge driver behind how I was able to stand out amongst a crowded field ...
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    Class of 2023 Admit
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  • Accepted To Dream School (Top 7 US News Program) With Partial Scholarship As a Reapplicant!
    2 years ago
    I recently heard back from my dream school (a top 7 US News program) - an admission to their Full-Time MBA Class of 2023 with a sizeable scholarship!!! To put this result and Faisal’s contribution to it into perspective: I succeeded as a reapplicant, at one of the most selective business schools globally, in an unprecedentedly competitive admissions year and reduced number of seats due to deferrals (thanks to COVID19). It was only due to Faisal's guidance and support that I was able to overcome these impossible odds. Coming into my second application cycle, having had decent success the first time around (two T15 admits with partial scholarships), I was looking to work with a consultant who could help elevate my applications to the next level ...
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    Class of 2023 Admit
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  • Faisal - NYU Stern Admit
    2 years ago
    Faisal has really transformed my business school application into an excellent story I have to tell to the admission team. Faisal's thought process around capturing the right information about my personal, professional life and goals, building my MBA application leveraging those stories was extraordinary. With enormous amounts of experience, Faisal helped me ease my nerves and reach my "Admit" goal effortlessly. I was admitted into NYU Stern's Part-time MBA program which was my goal. Faisal has been very well-organized and built a tailored success plan for my MBA application incredibly helping me to understand how to position myself.  All in all, I would recommend Faisal wholeheartedly to everyone who is beginning the MBA application process.
    Class of 2023 Admit
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  • Accepted to London Business School
    2 years ago
    I have always wanted to apply to a top European business school and improve my international exposure given that my experience in both studying and working was purely local. When I decided to apply to London Business School's EMBA program, I knew that I was at a handicap compared to other applicants as I lacked their international experience. This has made me search for a consultant that can help me position myself in the best way possible and highlight my key strengths, and Faisal didn’t disappoint in doing so. Throughout the process, he has made me look at things differently and focus on the aspects that would strengthen my application and make it personal instead of just filling it with words and accomplishments. During the process, ...
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    Class of 2022 Admit
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  • Career Coaching That Sets You Up For MBA success!
    3 years ago
    I came into the MBA admissions process as a novice – nobody in my family had applied to business school and neither had any of my close friends – and the one thing I did know was that I would need help! After being recommended to reach out to MBA Prep School by a friend of a friend who had worked with them and been accepted to a highly ranked school, I was still a bit skeptical. Would working with a consultant really be something that would be valuable? What sort of help was I getting? How were they going to help me? After our first initial call, Faisal helped me to allay my doubts – not only would MBA Prep School help develop my ...
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    Class of 2022 Admit
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  • Couldn't Have Made A Better Decision!
    3 years ago
    Accepted to Duke with $75K in scholarships! My career experience upon embarking on this MBA application journey was exclusively healthcare consulting so I understood that I had to be creative in defining my reasons and goals for pursuing an MBA. To add, I was very concerned about an MBA program feeling confident about my ability to handle the academic rigor of its program due to my average GPA and GMAT scores, so I knew I needed to strengthen my application in other ways. I heard of MBA Prepschool through a friend and was introduced to Faisal as he had experience in management consulting and knew the healthcare provider space well. After connecting with him, I immediately felt very comfortable working with him and felt that ...
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    Class of 2022 Admit
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  • Accepted to Kellogg & Darden w/ Scholarships After Being Rejected to 6 MBA Programs
    3 years ago
    I worked with Faisal in the hopes of joining a full-time program in the fall of 2020. I chose to work with a consultant because when I had applied by myself the previous year, I had been denied from all six full-time MBA programs that I had applied to without any interview invites even though I felt I had competitive experiences and a GMAT score above the averages for all the programs. I chose MBAPrepSchool for one main reason - they didn’t treat me as just another customer to put into a preset program, but rather an individual with specific needs. I talked to several different companies before making my decision, but only MBAPrepSchool (and specifically Mariah) asked me to send essays from my previous application ...
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  • Great to Work With and Great Results!
    3 years ago
    When I started the application process early summer of last year, I was looking for someone with a critical eye, a good grasp of what schools wanted, ability to help me create a good narrative and highlight what was needed out of my experience and extracurriculars to emphasize my story, and ability to push myself out of my comfort zone. I came from an engineering background (with a few lower grades on my transcript that I felt could keep me out of the top schools) with extremely technical work experience and no formal leadership. Working with Faisal, I was able to fully reflect and create a cohesive story that made sense for my background and for my future goals. Faisal helped me understand what to ...
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    Class of 2022 Admit
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  • Your Trustworthy MBA Application Partner
    3 years ago
    As a new mother, along working with tons of stuff I am passionate about, good time management for the MBA application is my top one need. I didn't apply many schools and I did not compare different services on the market. I trust the recommendation from my network, and my objective is lased focused. Faisal is one of your most trustworthy MBA application partners. Because of Faisal's first-hand knowledge and credited service, I do not need to investigate many self-made MBA application tutorials online and tell if they are true or not. Simplicity saves your time and my time is more precious than money. Also, Faisal is a great communicator with high expectations. I edited my resumes/essay many times and through the ...
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    Class of 2020 Admit
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  • Admitted to Top Choice!
    3 years ago
    My experience working with Faisal was absolutely fantastic and I could not have asked for a more supportive, responsive, experienced and professional mentor. I currently work in private equity (previously worked in investment banking), with the objective of applying to several top US MBA programs (R1 and R2) for the Class of 2020. I had high aspirations but came from an overrepresented background. Additionally, I lacked direction as to my rationale to pursue an MBA (e.g. “why me? “why now?” “what will an MBA do for my career?”) After working closely with Faisal for 9 months, I’m proud to say that I received admission to my first choice (top 5 US ranking) and second choice! Faisal’s close mentorship and logical approach to drawing from all aspects of ...
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    Class of 2020 Admit
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  • Faisal Khan Review
    3 years ago
    Coming from a technical engineering role in an industry that doesn’t value an MBA like other industries, I didn’t know many people who had pursued a full-time MBA. In addition, I didn’t have the best GMAT score (below the average but within the 80%) for an “over-represented minority” applicant. For these two reasons, I looked for an admission consultant to ensure I put the best application forward. While doing my due diligence, I happened to connect with a mutual friend who had used MBA Prep School and is now at Wharton. With this lead, I connected with Tyler Cormney who took the time to understand my profile and needs. He recommended Faisal whose strengths as admission consultant aligned strongly with my needs. I knew I would not ...
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    Class of 2022 Admit
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  • Top MBA program with full scholarship
    3 years ago
    By the time I was done with the GMAT and started with the applications, there were only two months left until the R1 deadlines. I talked to many consultants and went ahead with Faisal considering the fact that he had lots of experience working with international students. I believed he would understand my story and will help me put it into perspective. Working with him gave me a lot of clarity about what I want through an MBA and taught me how to tell my story in an effective and powerful way. He helped me realize my dream of getting into a top MBA program with full scholarship. I highly recommend Faisal to whoever wants help with telling their story. Thank you so much Faisal!
    Class of 2020 Admit
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  • Faisal is a Delight to Work With
    4 years ago
    Do you feel that you have all the right ingredients for a strong MBA application but you are struggling to put it together in a recipe which will result in the dish of a lifetime? Well, that was me when I started down the MBA application path. I knew my career goals and I knew I was at the right point in my career where an MBA could help me boost the next phase of my career. I had taken GMAT and had a good score and I had my recommenders lined up. But I was struggling to communicate my story crisply and effectively. A very close friend of mine had gone down this route a few years back and I talked to him for ...
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    Class of 2021 Admit
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  • Review Of Faisal Khan And MBA Prep School
    4 years ago
    Deciding to work with Faisal Khan and the MBA Prep School team was the best decision I could have made regarding the application process. I come from a non-business background and do not have many in my close network that is knowledgeable about MBA programs or even the graduate school application process in general. I was truly flying blind. Faisal took me under his wing and provided me with brainstorming materials and constructive feedback that forced me to be incredibly introspective. Brainstorming with Faisal was almost cathartic. Because he was so interested in learning about me, Faisal was able to point out strengths and unique qualities that I didn’t recognize in myself. The MBA Prep School brainstorming sessions and resources allowed me to brand myself as ...
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    Class of 2021 Admit
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  • Faisal Is Worth It
    4 years ago
    I started working with Faisal a couple of months before my first application was due. I knew my time with him would be extremely helpful once we finished our first session. In that meeting, I learned three things. First, that Faisal really cares. It’s quite clear from the first few moments that he’s really passionate about his clients getting into their dream schools. Second, he’s extremely smart and knowledgeable about the process. He’s able to give guidance on what the admission’s office looks for in every aspect of your application. And third, he’s effective. In every session we had together, he made sure we had an agenda of what needed to get done. He knew that not only his time was valuable, but my ...
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  • A Great Listener & Mentor
    4 years ago
    When I was first considering an MBA, I decided to see what MBA admissions consultants had to offer and I set up a host of free introductory calls with various consultants. During our first call itself, Faisal's approach struck me as one that was unique and personalized, and three factors really stood out to me. Firstly, Faisal is a great listener and he actually listened to what I had to say. I felt like most other consultants were trying to interrogate me during the first call and perhaps trying to assess me based on some existing structure or metric or questionnaire. I would rather have a personalized yet flowing and informative conversation since I firmly believe each individual is unique and has their own story ...
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  • Accepted to Insead & LBS
    5 years ago
    A friend who was accepted at HBS himself referred me to Faisal and I am so glad for that. At first I did wonder if a US based consultant would indeed be able to help with my very Asia focused application to international schools. By the end of my first 30 minute conversation with Faisal I was left in no doubt that I wanted to work with him. I felt Faisal already understood my drivers and concerns around the application process. I can safely say I wasn't wrong. This is what I loved about working with Faisal: 1) The MBA consultation at no point felt like a business transaction. Faisal completely respected it as a personal journey helping me figure out what would work best ...
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    Class of 2019 Admit
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  • Accepted at All Three Schools!
    6 years ago
    Having graduated from a state university and working at a tech startup in a more rural region of the Midwest, I only knew a handful of people who had pursued an MBA at a top program. In order to get into a top school, I knew I would greatly benefit from an admissions consultant who could position my unique background as an asset and not a liability. After speaking with various admissions consultants, I chose Faisal for his candor, past experience as a member of Booth's admission committee, and impressive story-telling ability. I also appreciated that Faisal was NOT a full-time admissions consultant and consequently worked with only a handful of people (i.e. 4-5) at a given time. I knew that being 1 of 5 ...
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  • Excellent commitment and great story telling skills !
    7 years ago
    There is so much information related to MBA applications available online that it is sometimes difficult to pick what exactly goes into a successful application. If you are lucky, then you get to work with consultants like Faisal and Esther. I took the GMAT in the last week of June and this left with me with only about 2 months to prepare an application for HBS, my dream school. As is the norm, I started going through consultant profiles online and set up an introductory interview with Faisal from MBAPrep. It is difficult to differentiate between different consultants but after talking to Faisal, I felt that he would help me in moulding my application to be a successful one. To start with I filled the ...
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  • Honest with an excellent work ethic
    7 years ago
    As most of people here, I realized I wanted something different in life but it’s after working for 10 years. In order to achieve my goal, I knew I had to get a good business education but I realized my ambition little late in the game i.e. at the age of 33. It was stressful. I never knew if it is possible to get into business school to achieve my dreams at this point in my life. My motto is always to try and Fail but not to quit even before trying. So I took GMAT and scored mediocre 700. I say mediocre because I see that many GMAT clubbers scoring 720+. Anyways, as I plan to not shift my job industry, I wanted to ...
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  • Best story-telling skills!
    7 years ago
    Working with Faisal on my application is the most correct decision I have ever made. It has been such a transformative experience since I started working with Faisal! Faisal has the best story-telling and English writing skills, and is patient, trustful and insightful. Faisal inspired me to summarize my past experience and tell powerful stories that I could ever imagine. Most importantly I think Faisal taught me about the way to approach thinking and writing – something not only has benefited my application but also will benefit my future life. Faisal has helped me reach out of my limit and realize my dream – being admitted to Booth weekend MBA. It has been such a wonderful time working with Faisal, and I would highly recommend ...
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