Economist GMAT Tutor Ultimate Prep Reviews
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Great adaptive learning
November 19 | 2013
7 out of 7 people found the following review helpful
     By Anonymous 0 0
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150 Points

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The adaptive learning aspective of the review was especially helpful. I learned as though I was consistantly being testing, with each question just at a level of difficultly that just pushed my limits. Accordingly, I didn't waste lots of time practicing questions that were too easy for me, a common flaw with many other prep courses/books.

Jane was my tutor and she was great. Via Skype, she was able to walk me through the problems that I most needed help with - the combination, permutation, probability, and other upper-level math questions.

Additionally, the score forecaster offered motivation and created a sense of competition against my own efforts. Overall - the course helped me remain driven towards my goal.

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Halfway Up the Summit
December 07 | 2013
6 out of 6 people found the following review helpful
     By siddharthsid007 26 15
Self-reported Score:

740

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V40

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70 Points

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Background : I have recently graduated from a reputed university and recruited in Sales & Marketing within one of the largest construction equipment businesses in the world. Got selected for the SIGM course at Stanford in the summer of 2014. Will apply to class of 2016 programs (next year)

I have been thinking about taking the GMAT for a long time now, and preparing for the last 4 months albeit not very seriously. Initially, I was skeptical about joining an online prep course but I wasn't satisfied with just working with the books. I bought the Manhattan GMAT series giving me access to their online tests where I got hammered with a 670 a month into prep. I finished the Kaplan Premier GMAT book in August which certainly helped me but I wasn't satisfied with my level of preparedness Around this time I took the first official Practice test and scored a 680, far below my target.

After a lot of research through the forums, I decided on enrolling for the Economist GMAT program. My take of the various reviews was that it was best suited for someone who could give it enough time, perfect for me since I had time on my side. Also, I was impressed by the program's availability anytime, anywhere through the net.

In spite of my rigorous work schedule I have tried to devote at least an hour a day (more on weekends) to the program, the best part about the interface is how it continually adapts to your style, for instance, I had issues in a certain math topic a while back, the program recognized my weakness and still keeps on asking question on that topic, sometimes out of the blue while you're working on a different section, this has helped me clear the concept as well as helped me concentrate better in tight situations, good positive reinforcement. Also, solving questions on the computer screen is good practice for the real thing.

I have felt myself improve over this time, both in terms of skills as well as concentration. And my practice scores have steadily improved. My second Official practice score was 740 and I still have 50% of this course to go. Just to put pressure on myself, I have registered for the GMAT exam (20th March '14). I plan on finishing the course by the mid Feb, which is when I will start giving the various practice exams, just to get in the groove.

The program also has features like Ask-A-Tutor and you can schedule live consultation sessions apart from the 5 practice exams and AWA Essay Reviews. I have deliberately saved mine since I want to finish the course before using these features. I have used the Ask-A-Tutor function for a few questions and the reply from the instructors has been quick and honest.

I have no doubt that any person who gives this course the time it needs will feel the improvement in his prep as well as concentration abilities.

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GMAT Course Review
The Economist delivers
August 21 | 2016
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     By kaikulouk 0 0
Verified Score:

770

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V46

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120 Points

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I chose this course after reading lots of reviews here at GMATClub. My placement test put me at 650 before I started studying, and my goal was the 730+ range. I had around 3.5 months of preparation scheduled, although some unexpected issues reduced my preparation time to 3 months or a bit less. I tried to study for 30'-1h during weekdays, and 1-2h per day during the weekend, and I took notes as I went along.

Originally, I didn't want to pay much for my preparation (I even thought that the MGMAT books were too expensive). After realizing that preparing for the GMAT would take quite a bit of time and dedication -of which I lack the first- I decided that the price was worth it given that the course essentially spoon-feeds you all the knowledge and practice you need (and the practice you do is adapted to you!). I didn't want to waste my time trying to elucidate what needs more or less effort, what I should or should not study, etc.: I wanted to excel at the GMAT, and to do so under my tight schedule.

Under these conditions, I cannot recommend this course enough. Perhaps a tad too expensive for those that have more than enough time on their hands to do all the extra work I did not want to do (the material itself is not that hard), but in any case I would say it is a sure bet. You cannot fail by choosing this course.

The lessons are clear and to the point. You practice each new concept right after learning about it, and then the adaptive system decides what and when to practice (or whether to learn another new concept). Explanations are always clear, and if you believe that something is wrong or not really clear, you can always hit the 'Ask a Tutor' button, and ask for clarification. In a couple of days you'll have your answer.

In math, you will learn all the concepts, but throughout the course the notions of 'ballparking' and 'plugging in' will be stressed. This might seem "fluffy" to you at the beginning, but you will soon realize why they hammer these two ideas into your brain: the GMAT wants the correct answer in under 2 minutes, and nobody cares how you did it. Be smart and heed their advice.

In the verbal section, you'll be given appropriate strategies and frameworks for each type of question. I've seen critics saying that their approach to SC is 'too formulaic' (and that their questions are as well), but I think that that is precisely what makes them very strong in SC (the verbal section in which it is easier to improve!).

I also had a very good experience with the tutors, zero complaints and usually quite available, although be careful if you are planning to take the GMAT when "everyone else" is: the spots for the tutors might fill up the week you want! Similarly, their advice on strategy etc. is very useful, and I'd say that the course, overall, is very well rounded and comprehensive. When doing official questions, the GMATPrep tests or the real GMAT, I never felt like there was a concept I had not been taught.

In the end I got a wonderful 770, and I honestly think that I could not have done it so easily without this course. Studying feels fun (unless you study for 4h straight, of course), their score guarantee is also great [read about it!], and everyone is quite nice. Last point, I promise: their support staff is lightning-fast as well!

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     By Hoff2014A 0 0
Verified Score:

550

Q37

V29

Improvement:

110 Points

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I am happy that I bit the bullet and purchased this course. The online system is superb. It’s very well-laid out and very flexible. I can select the amount of time that I want to spend on a lesson, and the course will guide me through it.

I can also easily schedule a tutor session (the tutor sessions take place on Skype), review my progress and see how far I have to go, take practice tests and analyze my strengths and weaknesses.

The program overall is incredibly engaging and not boring at all. I think the adaptive nature of the program is the most impressive. Their tutors are also very useful and very speedy in their responses to my "Ask a Tutor" messages.

Overall, the Economist Tutor is an ideal program that is perfect for those who do not have the time or money to enroll in a classroom course, but still want a comprehensive, tailored studying experience.

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     By CachacoL 0 0
Verified Score:

700

Q44

V42

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120 Points

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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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     By JohanMBA 0 0
Verified Score:

720

Q48

V40

Improvement:

170 Points

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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

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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

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110 Points

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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 phso12ac 3 0
Verified Score:

730

Q49

V40

Improvement:

190 Points

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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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Not worth it
April 09 | 2016
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     By SD007 21 6
Self-reported Score:

620

Q43

V32

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N/A

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I can say that this was the course I started my preparation with was one of the worst decisions I ever made. The course did not work for the following reasons :

- The verbal section is kind of a joke. The quality of the questions and the format in which they are taught is just not compatible with the actual test.
- In the RC section the software forces you to follow a rigid approach and which is a big drawback for anyone who is a non native. Moreover the course will not progress ahead until you complete the RC questions i.e. you will not see any SC or CR questions until you forcefully answer the RC questions correctly. This is just not what one wants during the preparation
- The revision of important concepts on this platform is just IMPOSSIBLE as you cannot go back to revise important topics.
- In quant section some of the problems are taught in a way that they ask you to learn the answers rather than explaining the approach.
- The tutors on this course are of inferior quality and most are contracted workers who are more interested in getting the hour billed and interested in the fact that you book more hours with them in future rather than focussing on clearing the doubts of the students.

Please look elsewhere you will do yourself a great service.

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Economist GMAT Tutor Course Rankings
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International Student Score Improvement
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Verbal
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