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Most business school applications have three required essay questions, but some have as many as eight. Some applications suggest essay lengths for each question, ranging from one paragraph to 2-3 pages. Stay within the suggested lengths. If no suggested length is given for an essay, aim for one page, double spaced.

Some common types of questions are:

"Discuss the evolution of your long- and short-term professional goals."

"Describe your greatest managerial accomplishment. How did it contribute to your development?"

"Describe your hobbies, activities, interests, and any significant related accomplishments."

Many applications, in addition to the required essays, offer one optional essay question something like:

"Is there anything else not covered elsewhere in the application that you would like the Admissions Committee to know about you?"

Do not pass up this opportunity. Use this essay to talk about some experience, work related or not, that reveals something about you that makes you a compelling candidate for admission.

When writing the essays, be yourself. Show, rather than tell, what you can offer and why you are a compelling candidate for admission. Find your "voice" and write honestly without forcing a particular style or tone. If a question leads you to discuss a subject with an element of humor, for example, let the humor show, but don't turn the essay into a comedy routine. The most compelling essays have a ring of authenticity to them, whether they are serious, funny, sad, or some combination of the three. Write from personal experience, and write honestly. Write carefully and proofread the essays for proper syntax, grammar, and spelling.

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