The writing sample consists of two essays each one completed in a timed 30 minute session. Each essay is a response to a given statement, for example, "True leadership leads by example rather than by command". Your response will be graded by how well you respond to three tasks:
Two graders will score your essay independently on a 1 to 6 point scale (see below). If these scores differ by more than 1 point, a third (senior) grader determines the score.
And as to you Life I reckon you are the leavings of many deaths,
(No doubt I have died myself ten thousand times before.)
I hear you whispering there O stars of heaven,
O suns--O grass of graves--O perpetual transfers and promotions,
If you do not say any thing how can I say any thing?
I understand the large hearts of heroes,
The courage of present times and all times,
How the skipper saw the crowded and rudderless wreck of the
steamship, and Death chasing it up and down the storm,
How he knuckled tight and gave not back an inch, and was faithful of
days and faithful of nights,
And chalk'd in large letters on a board, Be of good cheer, we will
not desert you;
How he follow'd with them and tack'd with them three days and
would not give it up,
How he saved the drifting company at last,
How the lank loose-gown'd women look'd when boated from the
side of their prepared graves,
How the silent old-faced infants and the lifted sick, and the
sharp-lipp'd unshaved men;
All this I swallow, it tastes good, I like it well, it becomes mine,
I am the man, I suffer'd, I was there.
You will be required to upload a copy of the transcript from every college or university you attended. If you are offered and accept our offer of admission, you will be required to mail official transcripts from each institution you have attended, if you have not done so already. You must provide at least one final transcript that proves successful completion of a four-year U.S. bachelor degree or its equivalent. If you have not graduated and your conferred degree will be issued later, please wait to order a copy of your official transcript. Official transcripts must show the date that the degree was conferred and the degree awarded. (Refer to the International Supplement for a list of degrees that we consider acceptable.) Please submit a copy of the diploma for any earned university degrees that are not explicitly specified on an official transcript. If a cumulative GPA is not specified on the transcript for each degree earned or institution attended, please have your registrar’s office include an explanation of the grading scale. If a cumulative GPA cannot be converted to a four-point scale, leave the field blank and we will evaluate your academic record accordingly. Non-U.S. students should leave this field blank if the degree was not obtained in the U.S.
The blab of the pave, tires of carts, sluff of boot-soles, talk of
The heavy omnibus, the driver with his interrogating thumb, the
clank of the shod horses on the granite floor,
The snow-sleighs, clinking, shouted jokes, pelts of snow-balls,
The hurrahs for popular favorites, the fury of rous'd mobs,
The flap of the curtain'd litter, a sick man inside borne to the hospital,
The meeting of enemies, the sudden oath, the blows and fall,
The excited crowd, the policeman with his star quickly working his
passage to the centre of the crowd,
The impassive stones that receive and return so many echoes,
What groans of over-fed or half-starv'd who fall sunstruck or in fits,
What exclamations of women taken suddenly who hurry home and
give birth to babes,
What living and buried speech is always vibrating here, what howls
restrain'd by decorum,
Arrests of criminals, slights, adulterous offers made, acceptances,
rejections with convex lips,
I mind them or the show or resonance of them--I come and I depart.
On the day of examination, the candidate must register and show picture identification. The candidate will receive an envelope containing an exam ID number, file update form and any other applicable information and instructions. The candidate must place only this exam ID number on the examination score sheets and test booklet cover. The file update form is to be filled out and returned to the examination staff at the registration desk. The examination answer sheet(s) will be provided by the Board to a psychometric consultant for grading. On the day of the examination, none of the following items will be allowed in the examination area: cell phones, PDAs or other electronic devices, printed material relating to examination questions, handbags, brief cases, backpacks or suitcases. The examination team will not be responsible for storage. Violation of this requirement may result in termination of the examination.
On the day of the examination, the diplomate must register and show proper photo ID. The diplomate will receive an envelope containing an exam ID number, file update form and any other applicable information and instructions. The diplomate must place only this exam ID number on the examination score sheets and test booklet cover. The file update form is to be filled out and returned to the examination staff. The examination answer sheet(s) will be provided by the Board to a psychometric consultant for grading. On the day of the examination, NONE of the following items will be allowed in the examination area: cell phones, PDAs or other electronic devices, printed material relating to examination questions, hand bags, brief cases, backpacks or suitcases. The examination staff will not be responsible for storage of examinees’ personal property. Violation of this requirement may result in termination of the examination.
JOINT DEGREE APPLICANTS: Complete both the MBA application and the application required by the other school to which you plan to enroll as a joint degree student. Please be aware that our joint degree partners have their own admission and application policies, procedures and deadlines that may differ from those of the Vanderbilt MBA program. The MBA Admissions Office is not responsible for credentials needed by another school or program, and we do not have access to information pertaining to your application status at the other program. Note that while we accept the GRE exam in certain cases, we do NOT accept either the LSAT or the MCAT in lieu of the GMAT.