Is your MBA application REALLY done?

At work. At home. Weekends. Nights. In your dreams (and nightmares).

You’ve devoted countless hours to tweaking your resume, pondering the short questions, crafting your essays through dozens (if not hundreds) of iterations.

You’ve had your family, friends and associates review the entire application ad nauseam to see if they can spot any glitches, mistakes or disconnects.

So, is your application finally DONE? Not necessarily.

Here are four timely tips worth considering when you think you’re ready to click the mouse and submit your app:

1. Reread your short answers and essays out loud. This helps catch small, grammatical mistakes that SpellCheck may have missed.

2. Have a trusted friend read your essays to confirm that the content really sounds like you. Not too arrogant, not too humble. Authentic!

3. Double check to be sure that you haven’t used the name of a different school in your application. It really happens!

4. Have an expert analyze your application from an admissions committee perspective. That’s exactly why The MBA Exchange introduced the AppCheck ™ application review service. In the span of just 2-3 days, you can have a former b-school admissions officer or experienced grad dig into your content, spot major gaps or minor flaws that others have missed, and provide you with quick-hit tactical advice on how your app go from good to great. Whether you’ve developed the application on your own or with the support of an advisor, taking this small step now could make a big difference in the final outcome. Call it "quality assurance." Call it "insurance." Call it whatever you want.

Why just hope for the best when your application can become the best?