touchmba/Admissions Edge

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Admissions Edge

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Learn proven strategies to get into top-ranked MBA programs and optimize every part of your application through Touch MBA's Admissions Edge Course. See resumes, essays and case-studies of admitted MBAs. Save thousands of dollars on consulting fees.

110 members have gotten into 50+ bschools including HBS, Stanford, Wharton, MIT, Kellogg, Booth, Columbia, Yale, Berkeley, UCLA, INSEAD & LBS

Poets&Quants Acceptance Rates for Top 10 Schools

Competition is Fierce at Top Business Schools

An estimated 20-50% of applicants use consultants. How can you stand out without paying a fortune?

Happy, Admitted MBAs

"I positioned my application/essays all based on things I learned from Touch MBA. Would have not been here without you."



"I’m very happy with my results and can’t thank you enough for providing a plethora of tools and information that helped me craft my story and present my best self to schools during the application process, in spite of my low GMAT."


Michigan Ross

About Your Instructor

Based on over 15 years of MBA experience as an admissions director and admissions consultant, hundreds of interviews with MBA admissions directors and admitted MBAs (The Touch MBA Podcast), and over 4,000 profile reviews, Admissions Edge distills the best of Darren's knowledge into brief and actionable lessons/case-studies/worksheets that ensure you submit your strongest, most memorable application. MBA applicants taking this course have gotten into ALL top 25 MBA programs. Many have won scholarship funding, too!

Make it Easier for Adcoms to Say "Yes!"

Your Satisfaction Is 100% Guaranteed Or Your Money Back

"I finally believe that Touch MBA services were instrumental and helping me get into such an elite program. The units seemed to work really well together, particularly the 'take stock without any judgement' all the way to prepping the interview answers."



Course Content

Welcome to Touch MBA's Admissions Edge

An overview of the Admissions Edge, Members Forum, Alumni Network i.e. "your second MBA network" and how to get support

Welcome! Start Here
    Members Forum
      Members Alumni Network
          Admissions Consultants + Discounts (optional)

            1. Understand What Admissions Directors Want & Need

            Know the 3 big questions admissions officers have about your application - What you need to focus on to make it easier for adcoms to admit you - Assess your strengths & weaknesses with the objective eye of an MBA admissions officer

            Module 1: What Are Admissions Committees Looking For? (18 min)
              [Worksheet] Assess Your Chances & Competitiveness.pdf
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              2. Plan Your Application Timeline

              The one factor that has a direct correlation with admit rates - What you should do first, second, and third, and when - How much time you should allocate for each part of your application

              Module 2: Your Application Timeline (10 min)
                [Worksheet] Schedule Your Plan in 5min.xlsx
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                3. How Business Schools View Your GMAT/GMAT Focus/GRE & What You Need to Score

                Know exactly how adcoms view your GMAT/GMAT Focus/GRE and what you need to score - How to interpret b-school GMAT averages, ranges and whether you need to retake - Understand when & why you need to improve your Verbal, Quant, AWA, IR, Data Insight scores

                Module 3: What GMAT Score Do You Need? (18 min)
                  Straight Talk on GMAT FAQs
                    Interpreting Your GMAT Focus / GRE / EA Score - What to Know

                      4. Shortlist Schools & Decide Where/When to Apply

                      A 5-step process to shortlist MBA programs that fit you & that you're competitive at - Proven ways to present compelling career goals that get adcoms excited - How to prepare & make the most of informational interviews with MBA students

                      Module 4: Where Should You Apply? (25 min)
                        Business School Guides
                          Career Resources

                            5. Submit a Winning Resume

                            The 7 most common mistakes MBA applicants make and how to avoid them - Implementable tactics you can use right away to make your resume twice as impressive - Before and after case studies of successful resumes, resume guides and templates

                            Module 5: How to Impress with Your Resume (25 min)
                              [Case Study] Resume Review "Y" Singaporean in Real Estate Project Management.pdf
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                              [Case Study] Resume Review "H" Korean in Finance.pdf
                              • 193 KB
                              [Case Study] Resume Review "J" American in Advertising Agency.pdf
                              • 507 KB
                              [Case Study] Resume Review "T" Canadian Working for Major Telco
                              • 1.69 MB
                              [Case Study] Resume Review "F" - Argentinian in Family Business
                              • 410 KB
                              Six-Point Checklist for Winning MBA Resumes

                                6. Uncover Your Most Powerful Stories & Your Points of Differentiation

                                This branding module will help you "data mine your life" and give you a framework to select the most memorable and powerful stories you should include in your application - Use these 3 exercises to find your strongest material that will hook adcoms - Rubrics to identify your best stories & most compelling key messages - An easy-to-follow worksheet to help you decide which stories to use

                                Module 6: How to Find Your Best Story (26 min)
                                  [Worksheet] Key Messages.xlsx
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                                  Darren's Positioning Prompts

                                    7. Write Memorable Essays

                                    6 storytelling techniques to get and keep your readers attention - Essay templates & strategies you can use to start your essays off with a bang - Sample essays from successful applicants to top-ranked business schools

                                    Module 7: Show, Don't Tell (33 min)
                                      [Case Study] Breaking Down Successful Essays to Oxford MBA.pdf
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                                      [Case Study] Before & After Essays - NUS MBA Admit.pdf
                                      • 179 KB
                                      [Case Study] First Edit of Professional Aspirations Essay - Learn From these Common Mistakes.pdf
                                      • 37.5 KB
                                      [Case Study] First Edit on Statement of Purpose Essays - Learn from these Common Mistakes.pdf
                                      • 80.2 KB
                                      [Case Study] Before, During & After Essay - 25 Random Things.pdf
                                      • 361 KB
                                      Five-Point Checklist for Editing Your Essays
                                        Seven-Point Checklist to Write Concisely

                                          8. Get Recommendations that Build Your Case

                                          A process for determining who you should choose as your recommenders - What makes a great recommendation and how to best prepare your recommenders - Recommendation packet templates and sample recommendations from successful applicants

                                          Module 8: Get Great Recommendations (18 min)
                                            Recommendation Examples
                                              [Template] Recommender Prep Package.docx
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                                              9. Ace Your Interviews

                                              Knowing the questions behind the questions to save you time and stress - The most common interview questions and how to structure your answers - An interview prep guide which tells you exactly what you need to do to prepare without overpreparing

                                              Module 9: Ace Your Interview (27 min)
                                                [Worksheet] Interview Prep Template & Questions.docx
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                                                10. Decide Where to Go

                                                Waitlisted? Do This
                                                  Questions to Help You Decide


                                                    "I'm going to Kelley where I received a full tuition scholarship. I did really well in the interview, and I used your four question types / stories framework that you detail in the course. Thanks for your help!"


                                                    Indiana Kelley

                                                    "I received just last Friday (merely hours apart!) admits to both schools. Carlson is offering some scholarship money, while W.P. Carey is offering a full ride. Thank you, Darren, for the tips and encouragement you’ve provided here. The videos and other resources helped a lot!"


                                                    ASU Carey

                                                    "Great news! I am in for Duke and Oxford so I won't be needing these Round 2 schools after all. Thank you so much for your help throughout the process!"


                                                    Duke Fuqua

                                                    "I am signed up for the Admissions Edge course as well, which has been very informative thus far."


                                                    UC Berkeley Haas

                                                    "I am excited to share that I will be attending Stanford GSB this Fall. I again really appreciate your help thinking through different MBA options and your connection to [Admissions Edge Member]."


                                                    Stanford GSB

                                                    Frequently asked questions

                                                    So, I know what you might be thinking...

                                                    Is this worth the money?

                                                    ONE HOUR with top admissions consultants would cost you upwards of $300 USD. You’re investing 2/3 of that to get proven application tips covering every part of your application. Many members have won significant scholarship funding too, thus easily recouping their investment. But again, see for yourself risk-free!

                                                    How long does this take?

                                                    There are 9 video modules (2.5 hours of content) as well as worksheets, templates and case studies showing how real applicants with specific challenges overcame obstacles to gain admissions to top programs. I recommended you complete the course over 3-4 weeks for best results. Some members take the course over 3-4 days. You can access the course anytime that suits your timeline and needs.

                                                    My goal is to help you get into your target MBA programs, not to overload you with information. I have carefully selected the 20% of information that will make 80% of the difference in your application.

                                                    How do I access the course and members forum?

                                                    Just login to on your desktop, laptop, tablet or phone.

                                                    Your purchase includes lifetime access to the course, which is continually updated.

                                                    What is your success rate?

                                                    110 (out of 140) applicants from 15 countries have gotten into 54 top-ranked MBA programs (as far as we know):

                                                    USA: Harvard Business School, Stanford GSB, Wharton, Columbia GSB, Chicago Booth, Northwestern Kellogg, Dartmouth Tuck, Yale SOM, UC Berkeley Haas, Virginia Darden, UCLA Anderson, USC Marshall, Duke Fuqua, NYU Stern, Michigan Ross, Cornell Johnson, Texas McCombs, Carnegie Mellon Tepper, Emory Goizueta, Georgetown McDonough, UNC Kenan-Flagler, Washington Olin, Arizona State Carey, St. Joseph Haub, Loyola University Chicago, Syracuse Whitman, Tennessee, Florida

                                                    International: Insead, London Business School, IESE, HEC Paris, IE, Mannheim, Warwick, Bayes, NUS, SMU, CEIBS, ISB, Waseda, Toronto Rotman, McMaster DeGroote, Melbourne Business School, McGill DeSautels

                                                    Does this work if I have a below average profile (i.e. GPA, GMAT, work experience)?

                                                    It’s tough to get in to top-ranked b-schools with below par stats. BUT many applicants are targeting the wrong schools or underestimating their chances because they don't understand how admissions works. This is why a big part of the course is understanding what takes place behind the scenes in b-school admissions and how to select the right schools.

                                                    Is there anything inside this course that I don’t know, or that I couldn’t find online for free?

                                                    This course is based on 15+ years of MBA admissions experience and distills the best of Touch MBA and the techniques of successful applicants, but I want to give you a risk free way to decide for yourself. If for any reason you are unsatisfied with the course, just let me know within 60 days and I'll give you a full refund, no questions asked.

                                                    How can I get a refund?

                                                    Write darren at within 60 days of your purchase, and we'll refund our entire purchase no questions asked

                                                    60-Day Money Back Guarantee

                                                    Take this course 100% risk-free. Try out the training for 60 days on me and if you aren’t happy I’ll refund your entire purchase no questions asked.

                                                    Consider These 5 Facts Once More

                                                    5: 20-50% applicants are using consultants

                                                    4: I'll teach you the same techniques I charge clients thousands of dollars for + more

                                                    3: See resumes & essays from admitted applicants

                                                    2: This is your shortcut to save time + money

                                                    1: Members have gotten in all top 25 MBA Programs

                                                    Avoid Common Application Pitfalls & Optimize Every Element of Your Application

                                                    Start Improving Your Chances Today

                                                    Get the Admissions Edge for $199.99 (lifetime access)

                                                    "Thanks for your video course and forum, they are very useful and definitely fill an existing market gap."


                                                    Northwestern Kellogg

                                                    "I must thank you since I have gotten interviews from all schools I applied to. Without your help, I don’t think I could have even moved onto the interview stage, especially for Oxford."


                                                    Oxford Said

                                                    "Coming from a non-traditional background (film production) with few years of work experience (3 at matriculation), I know I had an uphill battle. I couldn't have done it without the guidance and advice of TouchMBA."


                                                    UCLA Anderson