Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How many upgrades I can have once I sign up for a school package (basic or comprehensive)?

You will have only one upgrade For example, if you have signed up for 1 school package and after having worked with me on one school, if you want my assistance for 2 more schools, I will upgrade you to 3 schools package and you will pay only the difference between 1 school package and 4 schools package. However, after 3 schools, you want another upgrade, I may or may not be able to do that.


Q: Are 3 mini Essays of 250 words counted as 1 essay each?

If the three short questions are parts on one essay prompt, these shall be counted as one essay. However, independent short questions of 250 words shall be counted as three separate essays.

Q: Can you please briefly explain as to how does wait-list strategy work?

Waitlist strategy is providing guidance to only  those candidates who are waitlisted. This is nothing much except emailing the ad com periodically to show their continued interest in the program and updating them about the ways their profile has strengthened in the last few weeks/ months.

Q: For individual component service, will a video essay be regarded as an essay or an interview prep?

The video essay is considered an essay. I will provide you general tips/pointers  for video essay ,and if the school’s requirement is to upload a prepared video in response to the prompt, then I will help you prepare content for that and will also provide my feedback on the video recording you will share with me. However, if the school’s requirement is to upload a live video, then obviously, I cannot help you since you will get the prompt just before recording your video.

Q: My first draft currently stands at about 700 words and we need to cut it down to 500 words. I am unsure if I should pay for the 500 words essay, or if I would need to pay for 700 words.

If the prescribed word limit for the essay is 500 words, you will pay for 500 words ( $ 449) even if you submit a- 700 words first draft.

Q: I have a question about your LOR review. Does this mean we will draft the LOR and ask my reference to sign?

No, your recommender will write the LOR, send it with you which you will share with me for my review. I will not modify the content, but I will provide my suggestions to add/modify the content to effectively address the prompt/question. I will reorganize details and correct grammar, sentence structure, and punctuation errors.

Q: When should I be approaching my referrers for LORs?

You should reach out to your referees well before the deadlines  and let them know of the favor you need from them. They are busy people, so they need to be given sufficient time to work on the LORs. Also, you should guide them about how this process works .

Q: You mentioned up to 2 LORs per school. Does this mean we could potentially find different reference for each school?

Yes, I have mentioned up to 2 LORs per school because different schools have their own set of questions that they require the recommenders to respond to.

Q: What is the difference between Basic School Package and Comprehensive School Package?

In addition to the 3 components of Basic School Package (résumé building, essay help & LOR review), the Comprehensive School Package has the following 3 additional components:

  1. Advice on School Selection
  2. Interview Prep
  3. Short questions in the Application Form
  4. Wait-list Strategy (if needed)
Q: Are the essay packages for a particular school or for individual essays?

The essay packages are for individual essays. You can combine essays of different schools in essay packages.

Q: Do you provide hourly consultation?

Yes, I do provide hourly consulting service. You may use hourly services at any stage of your application process.  Whether you want help in setting up your strategy or you want a rush job and need my feedback on how you can improve your essays or résumé before submitting them, this service will be greatly beneficial to you.

Q: I want to sign up for one school package. After finishing essays on one school, if I decide to sign up for multiple school packages, will I need to make full payment or will I pay the difference?

After 1 school package, if you decide to work with me on multiple schools, I will upgrade you to multiple school package, and you will pay only the difference.  For example, after one school package ($1199), if you need my assistance for 3 more schools, you will need to pay $1300 more which is the pricing for 4 school package ($1199+$1300= $2499)

Q: Some schools require 2 essays while some schools may require 8 essays. If I sign up for a 2 school package, am I required to pay for 4 additional essays for the school that requires 8 essays even if my other school requires only 2 essays?

If you sign up for 2 school package and you need my assistance for 10 essays (2 for one school and 8 for the other school), you will pay for two additional essays, instead of four. However, if you register for a 1- school package and the school requires 8 essays (e.g. INSEAD), you will need to pay for 4 additional essays.

Q: Will you help me with school selection?

Yes, if you sign up for comprehensive school package, I will help you with school selection. However, I believe in the concept of the 'right fit’. So first I will guide you how to do your own research to help you determine your “ fit” with the school. After shortlisting 10-12 schools, when  you will reach out to me,  I will  offer you my insights on your choice of schools and help you finalize your list as per your profile.

Q: I need your assistance with two schools’ applications, but both my schools require only one essay. Since you review 2-4 essays per school, can I sign up for 1 school package and get your help for the two essays of both my schools?

No, we cannot combine essays of 2 schools for 1 school package. Individual packages (essay package, resume package and LOR package) will best meet your requirement. If you need my assistance with only the essays of two schools, then essay package will work best for you.

Q: Regarding the research to be done before the essays, which information should I pay attention to in reference to the college history, motto, and general guidelines so as to attract better attention from the Ad Com? Since there is a good chance many of the applicants might not have visited the college or have had a chance to have discussion with the faculty or the students, how can they proceed with the research to be done on the college in general, for the essays?

If you are based in India, you are not expected to fly to the US to visit a school. However, there are various ways to do your research on the schools that interest you. ’You should research faculty, student groups, clubs, and organizations that match your interests/ goals. Another way to get information about schools is to contact students and Alumni and get their feedback via phone call or email. Also, I strongly recommend that you attend information sessions of the schools you are interested in. This research will help you answer the question, “Why target school?”

Q: I am an e-GMAT customer and also a GMAT Club member. What will be the final discounted price for me?

You will be entitled to only one discount. You can avail either GMAT Club discount or e-GMAT discount.

Q: Please provide an approximate time-line for a stellar essay to be written on an average.

Admission essay writing is an extremely time- consuming and demanding process.  If you are proactive in turning around your updated draft, it will take about 7-10 days to create a compelling essay.

If you sign up for a 5-school package, I will need 6-7 weeks of commitment from you so we both can enjoy the process of creating effective and persuasive essays.

Q: What is the turnaround time for each essay edit?

I will revert to you with my edits within 24-48 hours. However, if I receive your updated draft Friday night, you may expect to receive my feedback/edits on Monday morning instead of  Sunday night.

Q: Which schools you have been most successful with?

I have been successful with all the top 30 schools .

Q: Do you work over the weekends?

Yes and No. I don’t work over the weekends . However, I do work through the weekends (and sometimes outside of my work hours) when deadlines are close or/and when I agree to provide a rush service. In such cases, we often have a prior agreement that we both are willing to work throughout the weekend to complete the assignment on time.

Q: How does the recommendation letter and resume review process work? Is it like the essay review process?

Yes, recommendation letters and résumé service is like essay review service in the sense that I will not only provide suggestions/ recommendations on the relevant content and organization, but also correct sentence structure , word choice,  grammar, and punctuation etc.

However, with school packages, I will do 1-2  reviews (instead of 3- 4 reviews) of up to 2 recommendation letters per school.  If you think your recommendation letter needs more edits, you may sign up for only recommendation letters service $349 (2 to 4 edits).

Q: Do you provide Interview preparation with mock interviews?

Yes, I do provide interview tips and mock interview service as part of Comprehensive School Package as well as individual service.

Q: I don’t understand how can anyone review the LORs written by the recommender?

LOR support includes guidance/ recommendations so you can guide your recommenders about the process of submitting LORs, LOR questions, time required to create responses, and the themes (accomplishments etc.) to be discussed in LORs. When you will send your LORs for my review, I will reorganize details, make comments/suggestion if specific LOR prompts have not been adequately answered or illustrated with examples, and correct sentence structure, grammar and punctuation errors.

Q: Prior to any work that you do for a school package, I would need to have a draft of all the Essays, Resume, and Recommendation Letter ready. Is that correct?

I need to have your résumé and first draft of at least one essay before the initial meeting of 40-60 minutes.  If you have all the drafts of one school, you may submit them to me, but my minimum requirement is your résumé and one essay, preferably goals essay.

Q: Do you provide any initial guidance/ brainstorming prior to submitting the initial draft?

Yes, some people need initial guidance to organize their thoughts, so I provide them pointers/ framework which helps them put together their ideas for specific essays for their target school.

Q: Can I submit multiple essays at a time?

Yes, you can.  I will review initial drafts of all of your essays, and discuss them with you in the initial one hour meeting.  However, after the initial meeting, we will work on one essay at a time, as I believe focusing on one essay at a time is key to producing an effective and compelling essay.

Q: For essay packages, can I pick essay questions from different schools? For example, can I submit essay 1 from Tuck and essay 2 can be from NYU?

Absolutely. For essay packages, you can choose essays from different schools.  However, there will be an additional charge for essays of more than 500 words.

Q: Will you write the essay instead of me? How does your process work?

No, I never write essays for applicants because I believe it is unprofessional.  I work hard with applicants and make them work hard too, so we both enjoy the process and feel proud of the final product that we create.  A big part of my counseling is storytelling.  I will help you at every step of the way – from choosing/presenting the right stories, to structuring them well, to presenting them in clear and concise manner to best showcase your candidacy.

Q: What is the mode of communication? Will communication happen through e-mail or is there a possibility of telephonic communication too?

After the initial one hour meeting, we will primarily communicate via email. After reviewing first drafts of your résumé and essays, we will have one-hour counseling session on skype wherein I will explain my recommendations/ suggestions, ask you relevant questions about your profile to understand your candidacy (goals, career growth, accomplishments, interests, etc.), and answer any questions you have for me. This meeting helps streamline the process, following which you will update your essays/ resume. After this long skype session, we will communicate primarily via email and conduct a phone/skype call only if we need it.

Q: Do you provide Scholarship essay review service?

Yes, I do.

Q: Is there a free consultation available so that I can make up my mind? If yes, how can I contact you regarding that?

Yes, you can fill out the free consultation form or email me. I will evaluate your candidacy and share my assessment with you via email. If I have bandwidth, I will review your profile and set up a 20-minute free consultation skype meeting.

Please note that I may not be able to profile evaluation when application deadlines are close and I am tied up with my current commitments.


Q: How perfect you want the first drafts to be?

First drafts are never perfect.  Do your best and email your draft to me.  You will be surprised to see how your essays evolve during the review process.

Q: What do you mean by “phone support” during review process? What is review process? Do you mean essay ‘editing process’?

Phone support means having scheduled phone calls to address your concerns/ questions.  Yes, by review process, I mean essay editing process in which we will use email as the primary mode of communication.

Q: How many applicants do you work with at a time?

I work with 6 applicants at a time. Like any other professional, I work on schedules. Also, being a one-person firm, following schedules/ timelines is not only my personal preference, but also a requirement to produce an effective and strong application package.

Q: How often I can contact you during the application process?

You can contact me via email any number of times you need to. However, if you need to have a skype/phone call with me, I will schedule it at a time that is agreeable to both of us.

Q: What is the good time to start the process?

Though the actual application preparation can really only start when the new applications go live on the web a few months before the deadlines, we can meet any time before that to finalize your schools, to create résumé, to brainstorm stories, and to make a ‘To-Do List.’

Q: Do you provide hourly consultation?

Yes, I do provide hourly consulting service. You may use hourly services at any stage of your application process.  Whether you want help in setting up your strategy or you want a rush job and need my feedback on how you can improve your essays or résumé before submitting them, this service will be greatly beneficial to you.

Q: Have you worked with re-applicants?

Yes, I have successfully worked with re- applicants for the top 30 B- schools. You may click here for the testimonials  of re- applicants.

Q: Are you a full time consultant?

Yes, I have been working as a full time consultant since I launched MER (myEssayReview) in 2011.

Q: How often do you meet admission committee members to learn about admission trends and changes?

We meet once a year for the AIGAC (Association of Graduate Admission Consultants) conferences and school initiated conferences held at different schools all around the world. Throughout the year, the school representatives continue to update us with latest information via email.

Q: Do you help with scholarships and visas?

No, I don’t provide assistance with scholarships and visas.

Q: Have you worked with applicants from diverse backgrounds/ industries?

Yes, I have successfully assisted people from diverse backgrounds (IT, finance, banking, manufacturing, family business, military, Human resources, healthcare, marketing, real estate, energy, education, etc.)

Q: Are we limited by 4 edits? What if I need more?

My guidelines/ edits are very comprehensive and detailed. In the initial iterations, I assist you with choosing/refining the right content and organizing it well, and in the subsequent ones, I advise on sentence structure word choice and trim the essays to the allowed word limit. In the past nine years that I have been consulting, very few people have required a fifth edit.

Q: What if I need more time to reflect on stories and cannot submit my drafts within 48 hours?

If you need more time, you may just notify me regarding the same.  This will prevent me from waiting for your essays and worrying about you. However, if we are working on tight schedules to meet the application deadlines, then you will not be able to get that extra time.

Q: What is the difference between essay package and school package? Does the essay package include brainstorming ideas or does it only include 2-4 edits on existing drafts?

Whichever package you choose (essay package or school package), you will get the same quality service with regard to your essays. Essay package  also includes brainstorming stories.

The  essay packages are  different from the school packages in the following 3 ways: :

1. Essay packages don't  include resume construction  and LOR review.

2. For essay packages, there is an  additional charge for essays more than 500  words.

3. For essay packages, you can include essays from different schools, but for school packages, you will get my support only for the specific number of schools you have registered for. For example, if you have signed up for 2 schools package, you cannot include essay/ essays of a third school.