New service for Wharton applicants facing “team discussion” evaluation

It’s official! Wharton will assess its 2012-13 applicants through a new “team-based discussion” with fellow applicants facilitated by the MBA admissions staff. This new “evaluation method” is in addition to Wharton’s traditional admissions interview.

Vice Dean Karl Ulrich Will recently explained that candidates will “interact with fellow applicants through discourse involving real-world business scenarios, which will highlight how they approach and analyze specific situations. We believe that this type of assessment also serves as a tool to take prospective students ‘off the page’ and allows us to see firsthand the ways in which they can contribute to our community of diverse learners and leaders.”

However, before you get stressed out, here’s an exciting new way for applicants to prepare for this new evaluation. Anticipating the announcement from Wharton, two weeks ago The MBA Exchange launched an innovative new service to help Wharton applicants perform at their best and pass the adcom’s scrutiny during the team discussion.

The MBA Exchange’s new prep service features password protected, fully-encrypted video conferences for groups of 4 to 6 applicants. To ensure privacy and anonymity, participating applicants identify themselves with nicknames. Lasting approximately one hour, these scheduled video sessions are administered by veteran MBA graduates and former admissions professionals with prior experience assessing, advising and/or interviewing Wharton applicants. (Our consulting team includes a former Wharton associate director of admissions as well as 7 Wharton alumni with admissions backgrounds.)

As with the actual Wharton test, The MBA Exchange facilitator presents a discussion topic and then steps back so participants can interact freely. The admissions consultant observes the session carefully and afterwards provides actionable 1-on-1 feedback to each participant via a confidential scorecard. This new service from The MBA Exchange is offered to at no additional charge to our Wharton applicants as part of the comprehensive admissions consultation package.

“The initial response to our service from Wharton applicants has been amazing,” said Dan Bauer, managing director and founder of The MBA Exchange. “By participating in our simulated team sessions with their peers, applicants will develop greater skill and confidence before entering a more stressful environment in the actual Wharton admissions test. As with the guidance and support we provide on all other aspects of the admissions process,” Bauer added, “our experience and objectivity are valuable resources for applicants anticipating Wharton’s new test. This is an exciting way for our clients to distinguish themselves and maximize their chances for admissions success.”

For more details about this exciting new service for Wharton applicants, please contact The MBA Exchange at info@mbaexchange.com.