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Mba Application Video Essay Assignment

The Video Essay

How does it work? Once you submit your written application, you’ll receive an e-mail with instructions and a link for the video essay. You’ll need a computer with a webcam and microphone. You may prepare with the 10 provided practice questions. The format and questions are meant to mimic the actual questions you will be asked. However, once you start the official questions, you’ll have just 20 seconds to gather your thoughts for each question and up to one minute to respond.

What are they looking for? Kellogg isn’t holding tryouts for the next YouTube sensation, so you don’t have to be an expert webcam performer. They are trying to get to know you a little bit better to assess your fit with the culture of the school. They’re looking for candidates who are eager and enthusiastic about getting involved, and who are genuinely passionate about Kellogg. For non-native English speakers, they also assess your language abilities to ensure that you’ll be able to handle the rigor of a top-tier graduate-level program taught exclusively in English.

What will I be asked? The questions aren’t intended to be difficult. One question will ask about why you are interested in Kellogg. With just one minute, you may want to pick one or two aspects of the school and offer some specific examples of what excites you about those things. The second question may be a bit off the wall just to get a sense of your personality, such as “Tell us about your first childhood job” or “If you could have lunch with anyone alive or dead, who would it be and why?” You may not think of a brilliant answer to these questions, and you might even stumble a little bit. That’s actually fine. Simply do your best and let them see a glimmer of your personality.

What are some tips for success? We recommend that in addition to the 10 practice questions offered by Kellogg, you practice recording yourself with your webcam in the place where you’re going to record the real thing. Are there distracting things in the background? Can they hear you? Do you use lots of filler words (um, er, ya know, etc.)? Again, Kellogg doesn’t expect this to be a professional production, but reducing distractions will be helpful. Practice answering questions similar to those we’ve described. You want to be natural and conversational in the actual recording, so we don’t recommend memorizing your answers, or you may come off as stilted. Dress in business attire, as you would in your admissions interview. Lastly, relax! This is meant to be a fun conversation between you and the admissions committee member.

We require GMAT or GRE scores for the One-Year MBA, Two-Year MBA and MMM programs. You must report your scores by the application deadline. JD-MBA applicants can only submit a GMAT score.

Please request that official test scores are sent to Kellogg by using one of the following school codes:

  • Our GMAT code is 6WZ-3J-89
  • Our GRE code is 7921

We will record the highest valid score but encourage you to report additional scores received after submission of your application. However, there is no guarantee the new score will be evaluated when the Admissions Committee reviews your file. To do this, please sign in to your application and then add your update in the supplemental information page. Also be sure to report your official scores to Kellogg using one of the school codes listed above.

Important Facts

  • We do not require a minimum GMAT or GRE score
  • The GMAT or GRE is just one criterion our admissions team considers and not the only indicator for success in business school
  • The total GMAT or GRE score is based on your performance on the Quantitative and Verbal sections only
  • GMAT/GRE scores are valid for five years
You must submit a complete application prior to the expiration date of your GMAT/GRE score. Only valid test scores will be considered.

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