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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
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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

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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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     By Orioles1987 0 0
Verified Score:

650

Q41

V39

Improvement:

110 Points

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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:     
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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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     By thomasvonwil 0 0
Verified Score:

770

Q51

V45

Improvement:

80 Points

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

I am very happy with the overall experience with this app. It allowed me to flexibly and very efficiently prepare for the GMAT. I have seen certain reviews here in which the authors were complaining about the quality of the questions in this software. I need to say that I never had a bad feeling about this during my three months of using this app and when taking the real GMAT, nothing came up that I didn't already encounter in this tool. Overall, the app was very accurate in estimating my potential score and it was even able to over-deliver on its "promise" to increase my score by 70 points. Therefore, I can wholeheartedly recommend this app to anybody who would like to prepare for the GMAT in an efficient manner.

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Very solid product
May 10 | 2016
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     By johnsonl9 0 0
Verified Score:

660

Q47

V35

Improvement:

60 Points

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

I had the ability to work from home for a 4 month period and knew that I would never have an opportunity to grind out the hours necessary to do as well as I wanted. I picked The Economist GMAT prep based on the delivery of the information. The conversational tone keeps you engaged and the adaptive software keeps the learning fresh. People would continually ask me how I remembered the things taught to me a month prior and I explained that the software keeps the content fresh by dropping you into timed questions in the middle of a different section of studying. While frustrating at times and hard not to buzz through the repetitive responses, I really learned a lot in the month of studying.

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     By phso12ac 3 0
Verified Score:

730

Q49

V40

Improvement:

190 Points

Verbal:     
Quant:     
Location: Online

I purchased the ultimate prep by the Economist upon recommendation from a colleague. My opinion is that the overall course (algorithm based software + simulation tests + tutoring sessions) is great for anyone looking for an overall improvement, and who learns best from a mix of self-studying and tutoring sessions. It helped me go from 540 to 730 over a period of 6 months. The strength of the course is the quantitative part of the algorithm based software and the live tutoring sessions. However, the course has two major drawbacks that are worth considering. Firstly it is too expensive for what it is. Sure, the tutoring sessions are extremely helpful and the tutors are competent, but the algorithm based course itself does not cover anything that e.g. Magoosh does not cover. Secondly, the Sentence Correction section of the algorithm based software is not as strong as the other parts (RC, CR, PS & DS), and it is definitely not sufficient if you are aiming for a high verbal score. I had to purchase the MGMAT SC book to cover the advanced Sentence Correction questions - which is not optimal taking the price of the course into consideration.

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The Economist Works
May 02 | 2016
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     By Jeffreymerr 0 0
Improvement:

200 Points

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Location: Online

The Economist GMAT Tutor was exactly what I needed. It starts with the basics, which is exactly what I needed because when I stated, I didn't know what I was in for. But it starts you out with small steps and works with you at the pace you can go. And if you are struggling with a concept, it goes back and keeps hammering at those subjects until you get it down. The tutors you get paired with are very helpful. I ended up working with two different tutors over Skype, but I had one tutor who took a real interest in my studies and help me with some strategies where I was weak. I don't know where I was at the beginning of the program (I think it put me around a 450 score as I started) but by the end I was scoring in the high 600. I took two practice tests through the Economist and another one through the GMAC. The Economist scores were really accurate. I got a 670 then a 680. On my real test I got a 690. It got me into my number one choice school with a great scholarship.

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     By stealth01k1 0 0
Improvement:

70 Points

Verbal:     
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Location: Online

Overall:
This was the only course I used my for my GMAT prep. I did not take any other course or buy other books.

Good:
I liked the fact that you can do timed sessions with this course. Often during lunch time or before bed, I would practice a 30-min session. It helped me put in about average of 1hr/day.

They keep track of time you have spent on the course and give you rough projection of what your score might be. My score came within the projected range.

Their AWA section is very good. I used the template they provided and got 6/6 on it.

Bad:
IR section is not comprehensive. I understand that IR is not factored into one's GMAT score, but it would still have been nice to spend a bit more time on it.

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