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Just wanted to post this message here since it has been deleted off of the Princeton Review Discussion Group.
Princeton Review is seriously lacking in my opinion. I took the actual prep course and bought the books and I wasnt impressed at all. The topics they cover are so basic that they leave you seriously unprepared for the actual GMAT. Usually when you bring this fact up to either the PR staff of the prep course instructor the usual reply is that PR is not there to teach you actual material rather a mindset or a technique approach to solving GMAT questions. This approach is fine but when the materials focus on such basic concepts as percentage change between two values and pythagorean theory you are left in a panic for the real GMAT.
This of course is just my opinion. I look forward to your responses.
In addition to enjoying the title of your post, I agree with you. I know that many people will disagree, and they're entitled to that, BUT THEY'RE ALSO WRONG LOL. I'm just kidding, some concepts might be helpful to some people. For me they were a worthless waste of time. _________________
I totally disagree. I used PR's strategies for the GMAT and they worked very well for me. However, I also did a lot of work, but both my efforts and their strategies left me very well prepared. If you studied diligently, you shouldn't have been unprepared or panicky.
With all due respect Mr. Cracker you really can't say that what was effective for you will work for others as well. I studied dilligently and scored well, but I don't attribute this success to picking numbers. Also the other strategies they offered seemed sophomoric and terribly contrived. I would share them, but I don't want to somehow break copyright laws. Actually I think I'd be more concerned about the damage these strategies might do to people's scores. Bad strategies can be very dangerous if released without a disclaimer. As the author said the disclaimer should read something like this.
: Use at your own risk, the strategies below suck major sausage.
Paul, your attitude is somewhat surprising...their strategies didn't work for you, but they obviously worked for GrahamCracker. I used them as well and didn't find them to be sophomoric at all. For whatever reason, they didn't do it for you but to the other side of the argument coin, you shouldn't say that what wasn't effective for you won't be effective for other people. If you didn't do well on your GMAT, it could be just as much your fault as it was their "bad" strategies, if not more. The strategies are a starting point - it's up to us to figure out what works and what doesn't based on how we process information and go with it. I see just as many people who say Kaplan's strategies are terrible, but hundreds of others would disagree. It's about personal preference. Both companies have good strategies otherwise they wouldn't be successful, so I say live and let live - if one doesn't work for you, try the other, but let's at least be respectful and not trash any of these companies unfairly.
(A little keyed up from a late-night Giants/Cowboys overtime game....!)
I realized how cocky my attitude was after I wrote the message. I apologize to Mr. Cracker and everyone else who was turned off by it (all of you out there...hello).
Anyway, for whatever reason I felt familiar with every strategy PR offered and was unable to apply the strategies well to tougher problems. It's easier to feel disgruntled to the point where you say something like I did above when you spend 1300 dollars and are not happy with the value. Since my community was bereft of students applying to graduate programs, I was stuffed into a class with Kappa sorority sisters who thought their daddy's were going to buy them a university (does this practice still exist). They were sorely disappointed to find out that some of these schools aren't yet on the market, and some only sell admission (can you imagine that). Perhaps my experience was bad enough that I have been reduced from the bundle of sunshine I typically am to a hardened and cynical crank. I apologize for that.
Maybe the Kappa invasion won't take place at your Princeton program, but in case it does...bring pepper spray! _________________
Also, I should repeat. I was not unhappy with my scores. They weren't perfect, but that happens. I was unhappy that the Princeton Review seems to have a very cozy relationship with the ditsiest sorority on my campus. While this helped my social life tremendously (thank you Princeton Review..does the house collect?), it did not help my scores as much.
People know that testimonials are just one person's opinion and probably don't need that reiterated for them every time someone sees an opinion they don't like. The old, uhh that's just his opinion routine is too routine. How about this cliche to paraphrase, "a program is only as good as you make it." Yes, well I tried, but I decided that my time spent studying Kaplan was best for me. _________________