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Client Testimonials

“Admitted to Harvard today. Going to have a beer now.”


“I just wanted to reach out and share that I recently accepted my offer of admission at Haas, and I will be starting in the Full time MBA program this fall! Full tuition fellowship/scholarship. Thank you for your help during the application process. Jason proved to be a valuable resource and really helped me elevate my essays to the next level. I’ll be sure to send any other prospective MBA applicants your way in the future!”

J., New York

“I really can’t believe it has been 6 years since we worked together, but it is . . . holy moly! I rave about you to prospective MBAs all the time.”


“I received my acceptance from IE [Spain] and plan to attend. I appreciate your professionalism and will refer others to The MBA Exchange in the future.


“Amazed at the depth of the evaluation made on the basis of a few entries made on the online portal. Happy to have found a consultant with whom I believe I can be guided well.”

U., India

“I am happy to share that I got into Wharton! I just wanted to thank you so much for helping me through the process, answering my questions, and giving me very valuable feedback. I hope we keep in touch.”


“I got the best phone call in the world yesterday 🙂 Kellogg called to inform me that I have been admitted. Needless to say, I am very happy 🙂 A Deep and Heartfelt Thank You to you. I don’t think I could have done it without you. Thank Your for all your great advice and guidance!”


“I knew you guys were going to help me get into school; I didn’t realize you were going to help me dream!”


“I think I might have been the lowest GMAT score (<500) you helped get in a top b-school. You pulled off a miracle and I owe my [Columbia] admission letter to you!! Thanks!!!”


“I got accepted to Wharton/Lauder program. Thank you so much for all your great support and excellent consulting service provided. I was lucky finding you ;)”


“Thank you very much for your initial assessment of my suitability for an MBA course. It is great to hear an honest and constructively critical opinion of what I could offer. I have read positive reviews about the service you supply and the expertise your consultants bring to the MBA applications”

A., United Kindgom

“I’ll definitely write my experience on the discussion board, the place where I first heard of your program. Let’s keep in touch. Feel free to use me as a reference to your future client.”


“Just got the call from Kellogg. I am in. You guys are awesome!!!!”


“With all of the excitement of getting into HBS, I totally forgot to thank you for all of your help. I think back to our initial calls and you never doubted that my credentials/experiences/abilities would get me into a top 5 school.. this was the number one reason I chose The MBA Exchange. You were always prompt in answering my initial questions, even if I sent them at 11pm. Moreover, you took the time to hear my concerns and addressed them. As for the MBA Exchange methodology. It is fabulous. You got to know me well enough to match me with the perfect consultant for me and I got into my top choice program because of her. Amy has a lot of patience and helped me get to the important details of me that needed to be brought out. She was never pushy and always reminded me that her recommendations could be accepted or rejected and that my application was my own. I will be referring the MBA Exchange to all of my friends who are applying to b-school in the future. Most importantly, thank you again for all of your help, support, and expertise that helped get me into HBS!”


“Thank you again for your interview prep and your immensely helpful advice — had you not told me to focus my answers in how my background/expertise etc. would help the program, I think I would have forgotten this entirely . . . . and it would have cost me a lot. I was confident and we shared a great rapport and the interview went well.”


“Just got the call — I’m in [at Chicago Booth]! The adcom member said that I had among the strongest applications in a competitive [year]. I don’t think my app would have been anywhere near as strong without your help.”


“Last week I was accepted to Kellogg! You really helped me translate my experience to the best application possible. After striking out with top schools last year, it felt great to get the acceptance call.”


Chicago Booth: Accepted! Just got off of a 10-minute conversation with an admissions officer who told me that she hasn’t had an applicant better convey “fit” with Booth (goals and otherwise) than I was able to do in my application.”


“I trust that MBA Exchange guys are the best in the business.”

J., India

“I just got the rejection letter from Sloan. It sucks to get rejected, but I’m in at my top choice Booth. I am amazed to see how far I’ve come in the cohesiveness and impressiveness of my application story. I don’t think that without your assistance I would have been able to put together the winning Booth app. Consider me a very satisfied customer.”


“Dr. Spitalny, thank you for your help in easing my nerves before my interview with Tuck Business School. Prior to speaking with you and going over relaxation exercises I was both nervous and anxious. Your techniques allowed me to calmly and eloquently flow through the interview. I believe I portrayed myself as a strong, qualified applicant. Recently, I had an interview at the Wharton Business School. I utilized your techniques and feel I performed at my best. This morning I happily received an invitation to interview with the Johnson School at Cornell. I am confident that this too will go smoothly. Thank you for all your help!”

Amanda L.

“I got my offer [from] INSEAD today. YEEESSS! So happy and so grateful; without your support and the assistance of MBA Exchange this never would have happened!”


“After two months I improved my score to a 730 — needless to say I was thrilled! I would recommend him to anyone who is looking for a program that can be catered directly to what they need to work on. Alternative classes and books tend to neglect some of the fundamentals. The proper study materials paired with personal attention tailored to my strengths and weaknesses made the difference. I can’t thank you enough for your help in this process.”

A.I., Illinois

“You have definitely made huge improvement on the essay. It’s much more concise and powerful. I enjoy reading the changes you made. Good job!”


“I was accepted to both Tuck [reapplicant] and Cornell, with scholarships from both! I can honestly say that I couldn’t have done it without hiring you guys. Though I doubted it from time to time, turns out you guys knew exactly what you were doing. I am ecstatic that I found you and will be recommending you to my brother and all my aspiring MBA friends!”


“I’ll keep you updated about my career progress. I truly view you as a guru, a friend, and a colleague. I got into Wharton!!!! I am just thrilled. My status change was posted today in the system, and you can only imagine how happy (I was) to see the letter begin with CONGRATULATIONS! I thank you for your time, and advice. I sincerely believe that the process and advice you provided to me were crucial.  Thanks. I remember you saying that you remain involved in your clients’ decisions throughout the program I would love that. I truly appreciate your input.”


“Heard from INSEAD! Got in! Thanks for all the help. I don’t plan to give my interview with Kellogg 😉 I will surely suggest MBA Exchange to my friends applying.”


“We worked together a few months ago and got my GMAT score up to a 720. I promised I would let you know how it turned out. Good news, I got into Harvard Business School on Wednesday. Thanks for all your help!”

C.N., deployed military

“This is really a dream come true for me. It was the happiest moment of my life when my dad couldn’t stop his tears of joy on hearing the news. This would simply have not been possible without your constant support and guidance.”


“I very much appreciate your frank and timely responses to my questions. Your continued willingness to address my points in detail, I believe, is an indicator of the quality of service that you and your associate provide.”


“I spoke with other consulting firms, but was overall unimpressed with their apparent level of commitment and professionalism in comparison with what you offered. Thus, I’d like to pursue my MBA hopes in conjunction with your expertise and honest insight!”

K., California

“I heard back from Wharton today and they have accepted me. Thanks for your advice. I just wanted to let you know that I have received notice that I have been accepted to HBS. I would like to thank you for all of your help in preparation for my application. This was my first choice school, and I appreciate all of your constructive feedback without which I am sure that I would have been at a disadvantage. Feel free to give me a call anytime or stop by if you are ever in the San Francisco area.”


“Your inputs and motivation during my MBA application process have been invaluable. Thanks to you, I got into my dream school, Kellogg!!!”


“I’m pleased to report that I got the magical call from Kellogg! Absolutely thrilled about it. Thanks for your support and encouragement . . . wouldn’t have been possible without it.”


“Thank you very much for this detailed and insightful reply. I can certainly see that support from The MBA Exchange would be of significant benefit to my application.”

L., United Kingdom

“So, some more good news and bad news. I got a rejection letter from Stanford. But…I got accepted to Cornell. Also, I got a $10,000 scholarship from Michigan. And I went up there this weekend for the prospective student visit and had a great time. They have an excellent program, and I think that it is a really good fit for me. Thank’s so much for getting me to apply there. I also got wait-listed at UCLA.”

J., New York

“I’ve chosen The MBA Exchange over other similar services for many reasons, but I’d like to highlight a few because you deserve the feedback. First of all, the process that I’ve seen from initial evaluation until now has been very professional and finely tuned. You clearly understand the potential MBA candidate. Second, your response time has been incredible, just as you’ve advertised. And finally, I was impressed by your initial analysis of my profile, which brought much more to the table than others. These together give me confidence in taking this process forward.”


“I wanted to let you know that I recently heard that I got in off the waitlist at Stanford, and plan to accept my offer and join my brother in Palo Alto next year. At the end of the day, we went four-for-four (Stanford, HBS, Wharton and Tuck) and I couldn’t be more excited about it. Thank you so much!!”


“The feedback I’ve received and the reviews I’ve read put you above and beyond the competition.”

N., New York

“I will definitely post good review about MBAEx on the (Princeton Review) forum and will recommend your services to others. I would like to thank you personally and people who work with you for the outstanding job. You are real professionals and know well what you are doing. Without you – it would be impossible to put together such strong packages. I would like to say special Thank You to the people who helped me and made my application process less painful: MBA Exchange consultants. Without their help I would not be able to put together such high quality packages for top schools. I would highly recommend their services to the future applicants for several reasons: as opposed to the other services who concentrate mainly on the essays. MBA Exchange starts early with their clients by helping to find best positioning, selecting appropriate schools based on your qualifications, cultivating good relations with your recommenders, and preparing for the interviews. As for the essays… MBA Exchange will help you with crafting a plan for the essays and will look over them once they are completed. Quick response time was also very important factor, as I was trying to finish my packages in time for the deadlines. Also, it’s going to cost less that most other services, like Sandy or Richard, whose price can be as steep as $250/hour. I am glad that I used MBA Exchange’s services. The Happiest Day In My Life!!!!!!!!!!!!! Our hard work finally paid off and my dream came true!!!!! I am in at Wharton!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This morning I received an EMail from a first year student congratulating me on my admission. The good news just keep coming!!!!! I just checked my e-mail this morning and found out that I was admitted to the University of Chicago GSB!!!! I think that anyone who is serious about his future, should research alternatives and choose the best, especially with such delicate issue as MBA admissions. I did my research and decided to use your services over other consultants. Looking at my results, I am glad that I worked with The MBA Exchange!”


“I thought your evaluation was great and extremely helpful.”

J., California

“Out of all the consultant companies that I have reached out to so far, you have provided the most thorough feedback.”


“Unfortunately, I didn’t get accepted to any of the schools I applied to. But, I’m glad I had the opportunity to work with The MBA Exchange team. You guys do great work. Jason, my apologies for not keeping your perfect record alive.”


“Got some great news today. I got the call from Kellogg 🙂 Thank you for all of your help. You really helped me out. I am convinced that your insight is what got me to get over the hump.


“I am a big supporter of your company and will continue to refer anybody that is serious about getting into business school. To this day, I am so grateful for your help.”


“Just a further update to let you know that I was also accepted to the Lauder program at Wharton. I attended HBS Admit Day and have since been doing a lot of thinking about the options. I had decided to attend HBS but then received my admit materials from Wharton and they have offered me a US$30 000 scholarship. Thanks a lot for your insights – after much thought I have decided to attend HBS and am very excited.”


“3 for 3 [Booth, Kellogg and Wharton]! I just got off the phone with Wharton and they are going to extend me an acceptance offer. Thank you again for you services. I obviously couldn’t have been any happier, regardless of the outcome.”


“I would like to send you a big THANK-YOU. As a reapplicant, I got admitted to MIT Sloan, Chicago Booth, and Columbia, three top schools that I’ve dreamed. The application journey was tough, but Alex turned it into a pleasant one. There is no way for me to fully demonstrate my gratitude.”


“Your help on USC and North Carolina was invaluable. I’m convinced that your help was a critical part of my acceptance to USC – I couldn’t have done it without your help.”


“Good news! I got my ‘unofficial’ acceptance letter today on-line from Wharton. Thanks for your help!”


“I heard back from Harvard [waitlist] today and they couldn’t offer me a place. I honestly cannot thank you enough for the help and support that you provided, particularly through the difficult year this has been personally. Regardless of the outcome, it has been an enlightening experience. Merci beaucoup, pour tout!”


“I would like to thank you for helping my brother get into HBS. It was like a dream come true and surely would not have been possible without your help. My family owes it all to you. Even in our wildest dreams we didn’t expect him to get into Harvard.”


“I got admitted to MIT, Berkeley Haas and INSEADINSEAD offered a 25% tuition scholarship. I am sure your valuable input contributed to my admits. I will be more than happy to recommend you to future MBA aspirants.


“Just want to share the good news that I’ve been admitted to Stanford GSB R2 as well – heard back just this morning. Thank you for all your help with the Stanford application! Regardless of where I eventually decide to go for this fall, I have no doubt that the self-reflecting time spent on the Stanford essays was a time well spent. :-)”


“I’m so happy with the outcome of my MBA application process. I got three acceptances all with scholarships ranging from $10K-50K. I have a few people asking me about MBA Exchange and I am going to 100% recommend not only the MBA Exchange, but recommend you as a consultant. You really went above and beyond what I expected and I know that I would not be in the position I am in without the encouragement and assistance from the MBA Exchange team.”


“Thank you very much for your honesty. I really appreciate it and I am very thankful for it. From this moment on, no other consulting company will be taken into consideration. I only want to work together with MBA Exchange.”

M., Germany

“Thank you for providing a surprisingly thorough initial assessment of my profile. I agree with most of your points especially with regards to my areas of improvement.”

H., Turkey

“I was accepted to Stern with a $50k scholarship (first year’s tuition). Thanks for all the help!”


“Just wanted to update you on my current status with replies from b-schools. Thanks again… Tuck – wait-list, Darden – accepted, Kellogg – accepted, Michigan – accepted and $5K per year scholarship, Haas (Berkeley) – accepted, UCLA – accepted, MIT – rejected.”


“It’s amazing how simple your process is but how instrumental it was in shaping my candidacy [for Wharton]. I have so much more confidence applying this time around than I did before. It was worth every penny. Truly exceptional.”


“I could not have done this without you. Thank you for all the guidance and support. This experience was much more than ‘putting together an application.'”


“I wanted to give you a quick update on my bschool process since you were such a critical part of it! So I just found out today that I got into HBS!!! Woooohooooooo! I also got into Columbia, am waitlisted for Kellogg and have an interview setup for Haas. Thanks for all your help with my apps! I couldn’t have done it without you 🙂 As I mentioned before, I’ll be sure to refer people your way!! GO MBA EXCHANGE!”


“The 24-hour response turnaround is truly an industry differentiator and much appreciated.”


“Out of all the consultant companies that I have reached out to so far, you have provided the most thorough feedback.”

M., California

“I would like to send you a big THANK-YOU. As a re-applicant, I got admitted to MIT Sloan, Chicago Booth, and Columbia,three top schools that I’ve dreamed. The application journey was tough, but Alex turned it into a pleasant one. There is no way for me to fully demonstrate my gratitude.

“While I have worked for three different companies, each in different industry – retail banking, marketing consulting, and consumer goods – my professional background was obviously not alluring; however, Alex spent much time brainstorming with me to come up with compelling stories to earn adcom’s head, mind, and heart… I believe many of the essays we collaboratively completed are truly outstanding. Even now, I still love reviewing my essays, and countless back-and-forth mails from Alex, from whom I’ve simply learned too much. Alex isn’t only a consultant, but also a dedicated mentor, for me.

“According to MBAExchange’s interview preparation policy, clients usually receive mock-interview via phone; however, I was lucky enough to have mine conducted in the city where I live… The mock-interview was imperative for me, as it built up the foundation of my interview tones and illuminated me what and how to deliver the important messages in the interview.

“Last but not least, I am sure I am a tough client that has so many questions. A. has been extremely responsive and inspiring to answer my questions. Whenever he thought further clarifications would be needed, he would proactively schedule phone-call discussions to help me figure out. Thank MBAExchange to help me get in my dream schools and thank you to assign Alex as my lead consultant. In every regard, this experience has gone beyond my expectations.”


“I would like you to know that I am extremely satisfied with your service, especially such quick turnarounds. I would definitely recommend you to my friends who intend to go through the ‘application hell’ next year.”


“I would like to extend my appreciation. As a military officer, I will recommend MBA Exchange to every [other] military officer who is thinking about leaving active duty. The best advertising comes from great service, and MBA Exchange absolutely has that. With a 600 GMAT I was accepted to my top choice! On top of that, I received at 50% merit scholarship!”


“I have no doubt that your services will suit me immensely, given that you have done my complete profile evaluation free of charge. I tried the ‘Free Consultancy’ with some others and no one gave me such detailed analysis.”

S., India

“Submitted my Kellogg application. Thanks for the guidance and meeting probably unreasonable requests at times. Without your kind help, it wouldn’t have been possible.”


“I got a 710. Thanks once again for your help. Even with a relatively short time frame with which to work, you took me back to basics and your structured approach to problem solving helped me beat the GMAT! I am convinced that you made a massive difference to my overall score and will be happy to recommend you.”

D.B., England

“I would like to thank you for the help. I scored 700 on my GMAT this Friday. Your help was essential for me to become part of the 700-club. Thank you again!”

S.W., China

“I have just been informed by Kellogg’s admission comittee that I have been accepted. I really want to thank you for all the help I received from you.”


“Finally! I just got the call this morning. Stanford! I am so relieved. I have said this before, but I could not have done this without your help. It’s still not completely sunk in yet …. ;)”


“Thank you for all your support through the application/waiting process. I realize I was a bit neurotic and confused at times. I wouldn’t have pulled it together without your help.”


“Apologies again for the added stress that my procrastination caused, but I want to thank you for helping me to pull everything together — there’s no way I could have done it without your help.”


“I got into UCLA! I am very happy. All of my hard work and your brilliant strategizing paid off! I would be happy to write a testimonial about the MBA Exchange. Thanks again for all of your help.”


“Once again, I must say that I am thoroughly impressed with the improvements you made to my essays. You were right when we met in Evanston when you said I would see some fireworks on the essays. Thanks a lot! Just wanted to say thanks for the great improvement that you made to my Michigan essays – truly amazing work. Just wanted to pass on to you that I have been accepted to Michigan. I just received notification from them today. I have to thank you again for all the great help through this whole process. Your service has been awesome. Going into this with a 3.24 GPA, I didn’t really believe that I would be accepted to both Michigan and Virginia. I have seen many others with better grades and test scores who were rejected by the same schools. Just wanted to let you know the news that I received Virginia‘s financial aid offer in the mail – they are offering me a $4K scholarship (renewable in the 2nd yr). Although it is lower than Michigan‘s $7,500 offer, my gut feeling is to go with Virginia. Thanks again for all your help!”


“I GOT INTO TUCK!!! Tuck admissions called today to offer me a spot! I am beyond ecstatic . . . It still seems so surreal. I wanted to say thank you again for everything that you did to guide me along this journey. I am going to my dream school and you are a big part of the reason.”


“To be honest I worked with a consultant before but you are light years better. More than anything, you’ve given me some newfound confidence that I indeed have a great story to tell.”


“Thank you so much for your help with these [Haas] essays. It’s frankly amazing how certain small comments and questions can change my essays so dramatically. I wish I had used you before submitting Stanford and Harvard!”


“I sat for the test this morning and wanted to pass along the results. I reached my goal and scored well over the mean score for those very top schools to which I will be applying. I want to thank you for the assistance you provided. Without your tips, I could not have earned my 740 score.”

Brian R.

“I got in!!! I can’t believe I have the luxury of choosing between Booth or MIT. Thanks again for all your help. It was so great working with you!”


“Thank you for the thought provoking insights you offered on my profile. I am pleasantly surprised to see the miniscule details you have explored and am thus impressed by the level of your commitment towards adminission counseling.”


“Thanks so so so much and I really really really appreciate your great work. Thanks a lot for your fast response again. I am extremely grateful with all your suggestions, ideas, edits, helps and everything you have provided to me in the past half a year. You have been such a great partner to work with. Many many many thanks! Million thanks for your magic editing skills in my MBA applications. I have finally got into my dream school (HBS) under your guidance.”


“I wanted to give you an update on my MBA applications to HBS, Wharton and Kellogg — I got into all three of them!!! I wanted to also thank you again for your support throughout the process. Your advice and coaching were very helpful! If there is anything I can do for you, e.g. serve as a reference, please let me know — I’d be more than happy to do so!”


“Today I received an admission from NYU and a small amount in fellowship for the first academic year. The Duke interview went well. Most probably I should hear from MIT very soon. Thank you for your help and guidance during the application process.”


“Dr. Spitalny clearly understands how to help MBA candidates take the necessary steps to nail the test. In one phone conversation with Jim, I went from a 640 on my last Kaplan practice test to a 740 on the real think. I actually walked into the test with a smile on my face.”

Matt M.

“Thanks for following up. You guys at MBA Exchange run a much tighter ship / are much more professional than your competition.”

M., North Carolina

“Just got the call from the Admissions Director at Columbia: I’m in! Unbelievable. (650 GMAT after 3 tries.) I couldn’t have done this without you.”


“I was accepted into Sloan today! I’m so incredibly happy and excited! (Also glad I don’t have to deal with the Stern waitlist.) Thank you so much for all your help and hard work. Your perspective and guidance were invaluable. I’m totally happy to leave reviews on whatever sites will help the MBA Exchange in the future. Thanks again!”


“I was able to get into both Tuck and MIT Sloan. It is very nice to get to choose between two great programs. Thank you again for all of your guidance during the process.”


“Without you and Zuhairah, I wouldn’t have been admitted into Booth and Sloan. Zuhairah was a true inspiration and cheerleader. Her insights were so valuable. She consistently gave great ideas to make my application stand out. I loved working with her.”


“I am happy to share the news with you that I got into Kellogg, my first choice school. I am absolutely ecstatic. Stephanie has been wonderful through the process.”


“Thank for you for your analysis as it was very insightful, especially identifying weaknesses in my candidacy for applying for an MBA program presently.”

P., New York

“I submitted the [Columbia] application. When I was about to hit the “submit” button, I was prepared to have an anxiety attack. Instead I felt confident and at ease, and I couldn’t have felt that way without you. Holly was above and beyond my expectation. I was also quite impressed with your editing team.”


“Thanks again for all your help with the applications. Your input was extremely valuable and I would have no hesitation in recommending your company to anyone applying to business school.”


“I got both good news and bad news. Good news is – I got admitted to INSEAD!! Bad news – wait-listed by Wharton. Nevertheless, I’m really happy and excited! Thank you so much for your help, guidance and support over the past 6 months. I couldn’t have done it without you guys!”


“I just got the call! I’ve been accepted into INSEAD!!! I honestly do not think I could have done it without you. You were the calm rational person I needed to help guide me past the pitfalls that can occur when you are doing this process by yourself.”


“Today, I received an offer from Harvard to join HBS for an MBA – a year’s worth of praying & preparing in what was one of the most difficult periods of my life has finally resulted in the outcome I was hoping for! Couldn’t have done it without you and I mean it – you were more than just a coach – you were a source of motivation, inspiration and a friend always ready to help (even at 4:30am in the morning 😉 I know I wasn’t the easiest of clients to work with, so appreciative of your patience and efforts. And thank you for assigning a true ‘rockstar’ consultant!”


“Thank you again for all your help and the countless revisions we went through to make my story shine through. My dream actually came true and I really never thought it would happen.”


“We have made excellent progress so far, and the application is not daunting to me at all — I actually enjoy The MBA Exchange’s candidacy building and application development process tremendously and know that we are very close to producing a high quality, finished product.”


“A belated thank you very, very much for your great guidance and support! I obtained admissions from HEC (including a large scholarship) and eventually INSEAD! I know I was a very difficult, very demanding client, but you rose to the challenge plus always kept cool (!), and I’d be happy to recommend you anytime (I actually did the other day).”