Tok Essay Questions 2012 13 Playoff


Answer all essays, following the directions indicated in the questions. NOTE: Applicants who apply to more than one MBA program will only complete the essay question requirement related to their first-program preference.

  • Define your short-term post-MBA career goals. How are your professional strengths, past experience and personal attributes aligned with these goals? (300 word limit)
  • The business school is named for Roberto C. Goizueta, former Chairman and CEO of The Coca-Cola Company, who led the organization for 16 years, extending its global reach, quadrupling consumption, building brand responsibility, and creating unprecedented shareholder wealth. Mr. Goizueta's core values guide us in educating Principled Leaders for Global Enterprise. Provide an example of your leadership - professional or personal - and explain what you learned about yourself through the experience. (300 word limit)
  • Complete one of the following statements. (250 word limit)
    • I am passionate about...
    • The best piece of advice I've received is...
    • The best day of my life was...
    • A personal goal I want to accomplish is...
  • Share with the committee and your future classmates a fun or noteworthy fact about you. (25 word limit)

Optional Essay: If you have additional information or feel there are extenuating circumstances which you would like to share with the MBA Admissions Committee (i.e. unexplained gaps in work experience, choice of recommenders, academic performance issues or areas of weakness in application). Please limit your response to 250 words.

Hey yall - I posted this for last year's seniors...I hope it's useful to you guys as well!!  Check out the attachments too!

General Comments (these are my suggestions after editing class of 2011's essays)

  • No YOU!!!!!!Either sounds accusatory or assumes WAY too much…makes essays vague and nondescript
  • Use specific examples….and clarify everything so that a 3rd party audience will understand.“The movie with Lionel in it”“This is not a pipe”Need more context details.(Context is all)
  • Connect to TOK diagram – use terminology!
  • Avoid huge sweeping statements or generalizations“The whole point of photography is to….”
  • Careful with vague language “we” is just as vague as “you” sometimes.

Ex) “When the UN said there were no weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, we went looking for them anyway.”Consider your audience.

  • Use the language of the prompt in your essay – especially in the intro.
  • Make sure to answer the entire prompt!This may mean dissecting the prompt itself:
    • Ex) prompt #5 asks you: “To what extent and the various areas of knowledge defined by their methodologies rather than their content?”


Seriously consider the following checklists!!!


1) Read the Introduction.  Do the opening sentences make you engage the the prompt immediately?  

2) Is there a counter-argument in the introduction?Are there counter-arguments throughout the essay?

3) Are TOK concepts identified and discussed explicitly in the body?

4) Are the examples clear and relevant to your argument?  Are the examples factually accurate?  Is any information assumed?

5) Are there a lot of examples that relate TOK ideas and subjects on the TOK diagram to concrete, real-world issues related to the prompt?

6) Does the conclusion give you a sense of summary?  Does it consider the most reasonable angles/perspectives from which to discuss the implications of the prompt?  


1)  Is the prescribed title exactly stated as given, with its corresponding number?

2)  Does it have your last name and page numbers on the header of each page except the first one?

3)  Is the essay double-spaced?  

3.5) 1200-1600 words

4)  Does it have a standard font?  Is it a 12-14 point size?

5)  Is it printed in black ink?

6)  Is the bibliography (if you have one) organized in a standard format?

7)  Do all less common quotes have parenthetical citation (Last name of author, page number of source)?

8)  Are all paragraphs indented?  Also, there should be no skipped lines in between paragraphs.

9)  Did you use spell-check?  Read over the paper again to catch the mistakes spell-check cannot.

10)  Did you check for obvious grammar mistakes, especially those that make it difficult to make sense of what you are saying?  Beware of run-on sentences and improper capitalization/punctuation as well.

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