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60 point increase in 3 weeks! September 26 | 2013 23 out of 23 people found the following review helpful
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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 21 out of 21 people found the following review helpful
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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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Very interactive - 100 points improvement! August 23 | 2013 18 out of 19 people found the following review helpful
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I am not a GMAT genius, and it took so much effort and time to prepare. Then I decided to change my strategy and signed up for Economist GMAT. I have improved 100 points since I started the course. I still have 10% to finish and hope to get a 700 on my upcoming exam. The class is very interactive, and helps to ace your weaknesses and also to review your strengths. In my case it helped to improve verbal by 50% from V. 20 to V 35 (74%). Also, Economist GMAT has 4 tutoring sessions available for free. Tutors are very knowledgeable and can help you with the struggling areas. I highly recommend Economist Gmat!

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Highly recommend - Use with Official Guide Books for More Success August 25 | 2013 18 out of 18 people found the following review helpful
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I took this course between Nov 2012 and April 2013 (course is normally 4 months but I bought two 1-month extensions which cost extra).

Great resource to teach you the fundamentals of each topic. Highly recommend buying an Official Guide after you complete this course. The OG does a terrible job explaining why each answer choice is right or wrong. The GMAT Tutor fills this void by helping you understand the fundamentals. I have no regrets about signing up for this course.

Pros:
- the tool works if you have time to devote to acing the GMAT.
- Very thorough with all of the material.
- Tool adapts to your strengths and weaknesses. If you are an all-star in one section, the tool will push you to your limits by giving you tough questions to continuously challenge you in that one section. However, completing a series of difficult questions will make you mentally exhausted, so you'll need study breaks. Similarly, if you are struggling in one section, the tool will spend more time helping you to understand the fundamentals and the reasoning behind why the answers that you select are incorrect.
- I received a one-year subscription to The Economist magazine. I enjoy reading this on my iPad on the weekends. This magazine is more internationally focused than most US newspapers/magazines.

Cons:
- Course is not short. Takes several months worth of commitment to complete the course. Be sure that you have the time to reach your goals.
- Question types are slightly different that the official GMAT questions. So it is essential to use the Official Guide after completing the course. You will still score well if you don't use the official guide, but I added 40 points to my score by going through the Official Guide after taking this course.
- Tutoring sessions are with tutors from Poland, Israel, Taiwan, so the tutoring times are at odd hours for students in North America (i.e. 10PM - 8AM CST).
- The support for the Integrated Reasoning section is very weak. Use the Official Guide to study for IR; the OG is a much better resource.
- The AWA section is weak. GMAT Tutor provides overview of "how" to write an essay, but doesn't give you a list of sample essay topics and doesn't force you to write practice essays. Use the OG for a list of sample essay topics.
- The tool's advice on Reading comprehension did not work well for me. I tried to follow the tool's advice to first do an initial reading by "skimming" through the passage and jotting down notes, and then digging for details later; however, I found that I scored much higher and I spent much less time by reading the entire passage thoroughly the first time. Going back and fourth between the passage and the questions just took way too much time for me. The skimming method may work for you, but if it doesn't, don't let the GMAT Tutor's suggested RC method hurt your GMAT score.
- The tool's advice on "ball-parking" was, in many cases, more time consuming than solving the problem by shorthand arithmetic. If you're terrible at math, then this "ball-parking" (or guessing) method is an ok approach. Again, you really have to determine which method is the most efficient for you. I suggest following the tool's advice at first, but if the tool's advice isn't working for you after you're 75% complete with the course, then use the method that is most effective for you.
- There were only a few Reading comprehension passages and each passage was repeated too often. It would have been more beneficial if there were more passages.

Advice for students:
- Bring a pen/pencil and a pad of paper to each GMAT Tutor session.
- Do not take this course when tired or distracted. At first it is hard to build up an endurance to study for at least an hour straight, so start off with shorter study sessions. Take breaks between study sessions.
- At the end of the course, attempt longer study sessions to build up endurance.
- Try to understand why you answered questions correctly / incorrectly. Just because you guessed and answered a question correctly doesn't mean that you will do the same on a later date with a similar question.
- Read the fine print on the money back guarantee. Not doing so could cost you $700!!
- Buy the OG for use at the end of the course (especially for the verbal section). The OG is a great resource to help build up your stamina/endurance right before you take the test. I studied with the OG for the 3-4 weeks prior to the real exam. Try to answer each OG question in less than 90 seconds to build your endurance.
- Take tutoring sessions towards the end of the course; bring questions to the tutoring sessions. Tutors are willing help you with questions from the OG or other studying resources. I found tutoring sessions were most helpful when I came to the tutoring session with a list of OG questions that were difficult for me.
- Take the mba.com practice tests right before you take the real GMAT.
- Complete at least 90% of the course before you take the test; I still learned new things at 85% progress. How can you expect to "ace" the GMAT without knowing/understanding all subjects tested?
- Take the real GMAT before taking this course. Taking the real GMAT before taking this course will establish a "baseline" for your 70 point score increase guarantee. Study for this initial GMAT test to maximize your baseline score. If you are not familiar with the GMAT prior to taking this course, you are bound to score poorly on your "baseline" examination.

Good luck!! Wishing you the best of success on your GMAT endeavor!!


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Excellent and life compatible. September 09 | 2013 18 out of 18 people found the following review helpful
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I found this course excellent and really compatible with my lifestyle because it allowed me to learn at really weird hours. I was doing it an hour before work and two hours after work for just over two months and thanks to this course I am ready to rock on exam day.

The course is really really great, it adapts to your level of learning and keeps going back to the subjects you are weaker at. As a test-taker that is aiming for a top score, the GMAT Tutor study program has exceeded all my expectations, and has thus far prepared me well to reach a score well beyond 700.


Moreover this course is available for Rs 14500 for Indian students (Premium Prep) !!

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1 Commented by avpk729 on January 10, 2015
Hi Chandan
I was wondering what your score was after using this software?
Im also from India and am wondering if this is going to be a good investment vs a coaching centre. It costs Inr29K now.
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Fantastic Course! December 09 | 2013 18 out of 18 people found the following review helpful
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The Economist GMAT Tutor is fantastic! To begin with, the content is rich. I've spent approximately 22 hours studying so far, and already feel that I could face the GMAT tomorrow with a large increase in my score. The lessons are easy to follow along with, and will give you more detailed examples/help or less, depending on how well you do on practice problems.

I also really like that the program will sprinkle in review problems from other sections you've learned, so that you continue to keep your skills sharp. Two great features that I've yet to use so far are The Economist GMAT Tutor's option to schedule a live tutoring session as well as a review of an essay you've written.

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GMAT Tutor October 17 | 2013 17 out of 17 people found the following review helpful
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I started using the GMAT Tutor about 2 months ago and have really been impressed with how much I have learned from it all being an online program. It makes sure to explain each step and then test you on that step. Whenever you choose a wrong answer it doesn't just tell you its wrong it gives a detailed explanation of why that answer choice you chose was wrong and an explanation on the topic to help you choose the next answer choice correctly. Even when you choose the correct answer choice it gives you a breakdown on both the verbal and quantitative section of how that comes to be the right answer.

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Economist GMAT Tutor Online December 02 | 2013 17 out of 17 people found the following review helpful
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I am very happy with GMAT Tutor so far. I highly recommend it to anyone who wishes to learn the gmat tricks. The best part is probably how the program works: it walks you through every necessary steps and won't stop until you get it. I also think their IOS app is awesome, I can just start practicing whenever and wherever I want using my iPad or iPhone.

For those who hesitate between online and real classes I would say go for this. You can meet with tutors via Skype and they were actually more useful than I originally thought.

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Economist GMAT Tutor is Great!!! August 23 | 2013 16 out of 16 people found the following review helpful
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The Economist GMAT Tutor is great! It is specifically tailored to meet you where you are at, knowledge wise. Although I am no longer considering taking the GMAT, I would definitely recommend this prep course. It is both affordable and convenient. The reason I decided to not take the GMAT course is because it was time consuming, not because of any other reason. I decided to go to a different University that did not require GMAT scores. I originally took the GMAT and did horrible. Although my GPA scores are always above 3.7, I absolutely suck at test taking! However, this course is awesome for those who do not do well at taking tests. It is specifically geared to meet you where you are at. In the few months that I did do this prep course, my knowledge increased significantly. Best of luck in your test taking!

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Best Course Ever August 23 | 2013 16 out of 16 people found the following review helpful
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When I studied the first time around with just books, I didn't know why I got a question wrong. It just gave me the right answer. The Economist tutor knows why I'm thinking a certain way and explains. I haven't retaken the test yet but I feel more confident now. It is very intense with it throwing questions at you but it's worth it. I like that it times you so you can answer in under two minutes. The price was a little too high for me but I decided the price was worth it. You are getting your money's worth. I also wish they had some practice on integrated reasoning and writing, just not verbal and math.

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