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I'm starting the Knewton course on June 29th. I'll be sure to share my experiences, but we'll let the results speak for themselves. Hopefully it really takes me from 700 to 750+
Which course ( of Knewton ) did you actually take? The course with regular price of US$ 690 ( i.e. Premium Live ) or the one with US$ 350 ( i.e. Complete Prep )? Sorry if this question is a redundant one.
I am a gonna-be student of Knewton. I must say, I am impressed reading the reviews about Knewton. I am researching how much value does it add ( if any ) with the extra US$340 for the "Live Sessions" to the GMATees' prep. If the live sessions don't add that value ( by a considerable amount ), I am gonna purchase their Complete Prep for US$ 350 ( regular price ).
When I took the Knewton course, they were still a new company and the features were probably a little different. Believe it or not, they actually used to advertise a free Mini-MBA Course taught by an HBS professor, but they never followed through on that promise (sadly). Looking at their marketing materials now, it looks like the "Premium Live" course differs from the "Complete Prep" in two ways:
1) Premium Live allows you to attend the classes live (instead of watching archived videos). *It's nice to be able to ask the instructor questions, but a lot of people prefer to watch archived videos at their own pace. For me, this feature wouldn't be worth paying an extra $340 for.
2) Premium Live provides an additional 8 months of access. *If you finish your prep in 2-3 months, like most people do, I'd be surprised if you ever login to your Knewton account again (especially 12 months after you start the course). I wouldn't pay $340 for this feature either.
If I were considering Knewton today, I'd choose the Complete Prep course.
Thanks, Av! That's the precise answer that I was expecting to receive (how the LIVE chatting-classes add value to your prep?).
I have got a discount proposal (verified by Knewton) from my friend just after throwing this Q. The discount (50%) will save US$ 345 if I buy the Premium Live course. Do you think it would worth a shot? Or, had it been you instead of me, you would have still gone for the Complete Prep course?
I Agree with Av. If I had to choose again, I will go with the Complete prep course (this option was not available when I did the course). However, with you discount I will go with the full course. It's going to be one of your best investments! _________________
I Agree with Av. If I had to choose again, I will go with the Complete prep course (this option was not available when I did the course). However, with you discount I will go with the full course. It's going to be one of your best investments!
i've been browsing the forums after a recommendation from a friend, but haven't really posted. just wanted to add my feedback regarding knewton.
i studied on my own for the gmat for several months, using the official guide, kaplan, kaplan 800, and several manhattan gmat books, and initially got a 700. i wanted to get a little higher to improve my chances at a top tier school, so i decided to take it again. i came across knewton and its 50 point guarantee, so i decided to go for it. i honestly don't think i learned all that much from having attended the sessions, but the extra practice problems were helpful just to get more exposure to problems and to work on my timing. as has already been mentioned, the scoring for the practice exams are a bit peculiar, but nonetheless were good practice. in the end, i ended up getting a 730, which i hope will be good enough to get me into a top school when i do actually apply.
since i didn't improve my score by 50 points, i'll be getting a refund from knewton for my course. looking back on the course itself, the lessons themselves weren't all too helpful, but the additional drills and exercises were. since it's an online program, it also helps that i was able to do the problems at work on my computer during down time. overall, if i were to do it again, i'd sign up for knewton- if you already have a decent score on a previous gmat sitting, it's basically a good way to hedge your bets and also get additional practice preparation in for the next exam.
hope this helped, and if anyone has any specific question/s please let me know.
It's going to be another post that encourages me to take a side for Knewton!