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60 point increase in 3 weeks!
September 26 | 2013
25 out of 25 people found the following review helpful
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     By taniasteyn 0 0
Improvement:

60 Points

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Quant:     
Location: Online

I cannot say enough about how great this tool was for my quant prep. But before I delve into that, let me just say now that I didn't do any of the verbal prep. My verbal score was already in the 45 - 46 range and I didn't feel I needed improvement there.

I had been casually studying for the GMAT since about mid-June focusing only on Quant. After 5 practice tests I saw 0 increase in my score (I scored 40 three times and 41 twice). I finally realized I needed help in this section, but personal tutors were too expensive and the other courses offered (through Kaplan etc.) would not let me go at my own pace/focus only on quant. So I finally signed up for the one week free trial. After a week, I was already seeing results, so I signed up for the full package. I only had 2 weeks left until test day, and in the end I managed to do about 65% of the quant material. I ended up writing the test 3 weeks after starting with the Economist and, after not sleeping the night before, I managed to get a 760, with a 49 in quant.

It was a great tool that allowed me to study on my own schedule (you can set lesson times as short as 5 minutes) and, with the mobile app, it was even more flexible. I loved the interface and the artificial intelligence which tailored the program to your needs. I also made use of the essay feedback option, and it was certainly very useful to have an actual person review my essay and give me written feedback!

The only con I could possibly think of is that you don't have access to "later" material earlier in the course. For example, I wanted to review the IR material, but couldn't get to it without completing the math sections that came before it. But if you have more time than I did, I'm sure you'll have time to be able to complete 100% of the material and this shouldn't be a problem!

I cannot recommend this program highly enough. It's a great way to learn (I find it a happy medium between a class and self guided study with books) and the team at the Economist is very responsive and helpful!

Sign up for the free trial! I invested about 10 hours in that first week and got a really good sense of how useful it would be for me. You have nothing to lose.


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1 Commented by avpk729 on January 09, 2015
Tanyasteyn, thank you for this review, i was wondering if i am the only person who is finding this program useful. Im in my trail period and have been wondering if I should invest in the full plan.
To see that you have gained positive result is such a motivating factor.
Congrats on your high score.
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August 29 | 2013
22 out of 22 people found the following review helpful
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     By dlehrner 0 0
Improvement:

100 Points

Verbal:     
Quant:     
This review is for: Economist GMAT Tutor Premium Prep
Location: Online

I decided to finally stop talking about applying to business school and actually do it. The only problem with my decision was the application was due in two months. I immediately went to Amazon and purchased the Official GMAT study guide which is inarguably a great resource. I then found the Veritas Prep videos on the iPad that really helped me understand thinking like the test maker. Unfortanately, thinking like the test maker didn't translate into beating the test maker as my first score was much lower than I anticpated. I think I let my poor performance on the IR section affect me during the Quant and Verbal sections but, regardless, I needed to retake the test in one month and increase my score at least 50 points. At that time I found great reviews and a free trial for the Economist's GMAT Tutor. I bit on the free trial and after being impressed with the teaching style of the online course I purchased the one year subscription. I did not have enough time to complete the entire course but in the 40 hours I was able to get through approximately 40% of the material and raised my GMAT score by 100 points. Overall I was impressed with the layout and teaching style and have recommended it to several other co-workers considering going to B-School next year.

While nothing is perfect, I really only had a few small complaints regarding the Economist GMAT Tutor. The first is more an issue with my lack of time as I did not have time to get to some of the sections that I knew I needed more time with, like Geometry and Combinatorics. I also wanted to review the exponents section a few days before the test but you are unable to select specific topics. I also had two technical issues, the first on my work computer where I am unable to login via IE because of a "no transport" error. However, it is a work computer so who knows what restrictions are causing the issue but Firefox worked without a problem. I also tried to use the course on a first generation iPad and some of the scientific notation fonts would not render which made learning the Quant sections impossible but selecting Verbal only was still available while I was mobile.

The constant interaction required with this course is guaranteed to keep you involved in the learning and forces you to learn the material.


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GMAT Course Review
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     By CachacoL 0 0
Verified Score:

700

Q44

V42

Improvement:

120 Points

Verbal:     
Quant:     
Location: Online

I signed up for the Ultimate Prep course after completing the 7-day trial. This course is perfect for my busy schedule. I have a demanding job at which I work about 60 hours a week. The flexibility is great for me, and the tips and tricks the program teaches you are very helpful and encouraging.

I began studying with other GMAT prep tools and prefer the ease and flexibility of using the Economist program. I really like how it constantly reminds you to not get bogged down in the nitty gritty calculations, but to rely on their problem solving tricks to conclude what the answers are.... they make it clear that the exam isn't 100% testing your academic and technical skills, but your ability to think critically.

I highly recommend others to sign up for the trial to see if this course is the right fit for them!

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June 17 | 2016
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     By LaurenHeuser 0 0
Verified Score:

730

Q47

V42

Improvement:

70 Points

Verbal:     
Quant:     
Location: Online

I was very impressed with The Economist GMAT Tutor. In particular, it helped me develop a principled approach to solving quantitative problems. Prior to taking the course, I would always guess on certain kinds of questions, such as combinatrics, probability or sets. The GMAT Tutor provides methods for approaching these problems.

I was strong in verbal before I started the course, and did not think it would have much to offer, but the verbal instruction on Sentence Correction was critical for helping me to get my score up, as many of the Sentence Correction rules are not intuitive.

As a general matter, the adaptive nature of the course is great for ensuring that you can confront your weaknesses, rather than continually test your strengths. It is also very helpful to be able to complete this course online, on your own time. The course tutors are also excellent.

A few weaknesses of the course are that it provides little instruction or sample questions for Integrated Reasoning. Once a student hits 80% of the course, it takes much, much longer to get to 90% (which is the threshold a student must meet to be eligible for reimbursement). It would have been helpful to know in advance that the pace of course completion slows after the 80% threshold, as this would allow students to better budget their time towards the end of the course. While the course is adaptive, I did find that it focused too much at times on areas that you had established you were strong in. But overall, I was extremely happy that I took the course, and it was well worth the money.

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     By SimratG 0 0
Verified Score:

710

Q47

V40

Improvement:

90 Points

Verbal:     
Quant:     
This review is for: Economist GMAT Tutor Premium Prep
Location: Online

When I started my GMAT preparation, I did not know where to begin. Being an avid reader of The Economist, I came across The Economist GMAT Test Prep. I started with the trial version to see what the course looks like; it appeared very thorough and tailored to the individual’s pace, weaknesses and strengths. It did not take me much thought to buy the course. It is very comprehensive, strategic and covers all that one can expect on the real GMAT. The features in the course – tutoring sessions, simulation tests, ask-a-tutor all are very methodological .The tutoring team is very insightful and resourceful, and guides one at every step of the preparation. Do I need to say much as I improved my score from 620 on my first practice test to 710 on my real GMAT!! A big THUMBS-UP for The Economist GMAT Tutor team. I highly recommend this course.

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     By JohanMBA 0 0
Verified Score:

720

Q48

V40

Improvement:

170 Points

Verbal:     
Quant:     
Location: Online

I decided to start my GMAT preparation with a lot of time before the test, but due to massive work-related pressures (and I admit it, a bit of laziness), I only began about 8 or so weeks before the test. I used the Official GMAT books.

Even then, I just could not build up any momentum as I would lose interest after a little studying and badly lacked the focus. I was struggling badly with both Quantitative (particularly Geometry, Permutations, Combinations problems) and Verbal sections (CR, SC) and felt like giving up.

After a few weeks of struggling, I came across the free trial of Economist's GMAT tutor and tried it out. I felt relieved of stress within the first hour. The course is broken up into brief lessons, which hold your interest and their highly interactive format keep me engaged. I was able to spend hours at a stretch with no problem.

Thanks to The Economist GMAT Tutor, I was optimistic of doing well on the GMAT and getting to my dream institute. Indeed, I improved about 120 points from my first practice exam. I would strongly recommend this course for those who prefer the convenience of an online program that combines the flexibility of studying at your preferred pace, with the superb personalized component.

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     By SidRTE 0 0
Self-reported Score:

710

Q49

V38

Improvement:

120 Points

Verbal:     
Quant:     
Location: Online

I am extremely happy with the Economist GMAT Tutor.

I am a non-native English speaker (from India). The verbal section in particular is very well done. I was afraid this would be the section that gave me the most trouble. However, the verbal section broke down concepts to quite a simple level, and it made formerly intimidating concepts much more easy to master.

As for the quant section, I really like that the program many other questions of the same type (if you get them wrong) again and again until you TRULY learn the concept. It motivates you to keep on going! Also, if you are an expert on a topic, it’ll quickly figure that out, and not spend too much time on those types of questions.

What I love is in the motivation this program provides you. With Economist GMAT Tutor, there is someone ALWAYS explaining to you why you answered that incorrectly.

I used about 75% of the program, and I increased my score by about 100 points. The Verbal section in particular I feel like I improved in. If you are considering paying for a GMAT preparation class, I strongly suggest checking out this one!

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     By Orioles1987 0 0
Verified Score:

650

Q41

V39

Improvement:

110 Points

Verbal:     
Quant:     
Location: Online

I had about 2 months to study for the GMAT and I was starting at about a 540.

I did a practice test before beginning. I was pretty sad about my score, so I opted to buy the Ultimate Prep Plan, which promised the most practice tests + the best guarantee. I had sessions with Kasia, Jake and Isaac, who were all excellent.

After only 6 or so weeks of preparation, my score rose to a 650. I ended up completing about 80% of the course after about 70 hours of study. The investment proved to be worth it for me a thousand times.

I loved that I could just set aside time to study, and the course would walk me through everything I needed to know.

I would 100% recommend this course. It is very flexible and I have no doubt the course will help me get into a solid business school.

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     By zjkimball 0 0
Verified Score:

700

Q49

V35

Improvement:

160 Points

Verbal:     
Quant:     
This review is for: Economist GMAT Tutor Premium Prep
Location: Online

The GMAT Tutor has outstanding test prep material. My initial test put me in the ballpark of a 540 score. By simply following the program for an hour a day for 3 months I was able to improve my practice scores to 670 and my final PearsonVue score was a 700.

However, you cannot choose the material you would like to learn. I did not complete the entire program prior to the test and as such there was material I could not review. The night before the test I found myself studying probability because the Economist's program would not allow me to skip to that module.

Additionally, the verbal section is somewhat weak compared to the quant section. The added benefit of the "tutoring" whereby you send a question into the economist was VERY poor. The tutors almost never answered my questions completely.

However, if you are certain you will have substantial time, I think the Economist is a great resource. If you don't have enough time, you should look elsewhere for a study guide.

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     By Franklin2603 1 0
Verified Score:

640

Q48

V28

Improvement:

N/A

Verbal:     
Quant:     
This review is for: Economist GMAT Tutor Premium Prep
Location: Online

As the star rating indicates, I am quite unsatisfied with the service of GMAT Economist Tutor and I regret to investing so much time and money in this course.

What are the reasons?
Looking at pure numbers, I did not make any score improvements compared to the very first official mock exam I took in January 2016, shortly before starting this course. In terms of their own exams, I constantly (even in the first one before starting the course), scored better than in all official GMAT mocks. Some thoughts about why this is the case:
1. The verbal section of Economist is very different than the official. They teach you many tricks (especially for SC) which seem great to apply and work very good in their own mocks, but very rarely work for official questions (seen for OG, Mocks and actual GMAT). This was really the biggest drawback of the course
2. The strategies for RC and CR also work much better for their own questions than with official questions, but for this it is still useful to know and apply it.
3. The quant section teaches you a lot of small tricks and shortcuts + often advises you to avoid as much math as possible and rather use ballparking. This also works better for their own questions, but compared to the huge deficits in the verbal part, this was at least ok.

Some other things I want to share about this course:
1. A huge annoyance is the score guarantee. The requirement to finish 90% of the course seems fine in the beginning, but the fact that the progress radically slows down after 80% completion feels almost like a scam. Particularly, for someone working fulltime you need to carefully plan your prep and when you suddenly discover that the progress rapidly slows down, it destroys all your plans. I finished only 84% of the course, since at some point of time I had to switch to other resources to ensure that I get more authentic questions.
2. The tutor support is actually quite ok, but it really depends on the tutor. I had 3 different ones and one was very good, one was just alright, and one was not helpful at all. One slightly confusing thing is that the tutors’ approaches partially contradict things learnt in the on-demand part. For some students more consistency might be better

Overall I would not recommend the course for verbal and maybe partially for quant.

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