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GMAT Course Review
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     By blunderboy 0 0
Final Score:

690

Q49

V37

Improvement:

N/A

Verbal:     
This review is for: e-GMAT Verbal Online
Location: Online

I was really struggling to get to the right answer in SC problems and here the Verbal Online course helped quite a bit! The e-gmat approach here is simple - understand the meaning of the sentence. As soon as you figure out the flow you start figuring out the errors (eg. if you see a comparison, you start recollecting all the rules you learnt there). This helps us quite a bit in understanding question style of the gmat, and this allows e-gmat to come up with gmat like questions in their practice tests. They have a pretty comprehensive Scholaranium that can help you take your preparation to the next level as well.

Overall, I am satisfied with their Verbal Online course. If you are only subscribing to Verbal Online then training modules/sections are mainly done by the test-taker, there is minimal trainer support. e-gmat doesnt leave you on your own or anything, they just let you take the first steps and when you figure out the support mechanisms you take full help. This is especially true when you do the Scholaranium, the support there is pretty good (you can add notes to questions, leave comments for the instructors). I believe they have more focus on support when it comes to Verbal Live prep, so if you think you need a constant companion in your prep, I think Verbal Live can help you find that, plus some people flourish in competition for them I am sure their webinars are a great place to compare scores and more than that compare errors (that we all make on GMAT).

I read a lot of reviews on various sites and decided to go for the Verbal Online course and it didnt disappoint. I have mostly concentrated on the Verbal Online course above, but I am sure you will find some comprehensive reviews for Verbal Live out there as well, I would say go through some of these reviews and take some help in your leap towards your bright management career.

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GMAT Course Review
Good for the Final Push
January 04 | 2016
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     By dsong908 0 0
Final Score:

740

Q50

V40

Improvement:

30 Points

Verbal:     
Quant:     
This review is for: EMPOWERgmat Online Course
Location: Online

I had taken a course prior through another reputable company and that was great. It set the foundation for me but I needed something else to give me that final push. That's where Empower came in.

I think what sets Empower apart is they have a great support system in case you have questions and their material really reflects that they understand the test and want to give you every piece of advice to help you ace it, from your mindset going in, even to miscellaneous things like what you should eat or small tricks you can do.

Through Empower I was able to push my score from 710 to 740 and make no mistake, those last 30 points are very difficult to achieve.

Overall, a strong score is always dependent on your work ethic first. No course by itself will help you achieve your goals without it, but having Empower did everything outside of that to guide me there. Thank you!

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GMAT Course Review
Great Product overall
January 01 | 2016
1 out of 1 people found the following review helpful
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     By pss40 0 0
Final Score:

740

Q50

V41

Improvement:

60 Points

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

I gave 2 diagnostic tests before starting with the Economist GMAT tutor and scored a 650 and 680 on them. Over approximately 2 months I spent 92 hours on the Economist GMAT tutor software and did not use any other preparatory material. I scored 760 on the two official GMAT practice tests and 740 on the final GMAT. Overall, I was very happy with my experience with the Economist GMAT tutor and even though it may be a bit more expensive than some of its competitors, I feel the money was well spent.

Positives
• Adaptive learning – Most GMAT programmes follow the “one-size fits all” approach. GMAT test takers have different backgrounds and skill sets, which means that there is really no “average student” which makes it important for a learning programme to meet the specific needs of the student. After giving the initial diagnostic tests, I did not give another test till I finished approximately 50% of the programme. Throughout this time I felt like I was making no progress because my accuracy on the practice questions with the GMAT tutor remained the same. However, the software was probably working on my weaknesses and giving me tougher questions on my stronger areas, which is what eventually helped me improve my score.
• Easy to fit into a busy schedule – This programme is really good for people who need to balance work and other commitments with GMAT studies. You can have sessions from 5 mins up to 1 hour and can easily fit in short sessions on your way to work or during breaks so you are constantly making some progress.

Negatives
• Can not go back to past questions or explanations – Your “Dashboard” on the GMAT tutor has summaries of all the topics you have covered but it’s not possible to go to the detailed explanations of previous topics/practice questions.
• I had scheduled two tutoring sessions the day before my final GMAT to solve a few last minute doubts, but BOTH the tutors did not show up on skype for the sessions. They later apologised and said that this was a rare occurrence, but it was incredibly frustrating and highly unprofessional of them because not only did I waste time on skype waiting for the tutors, I had to spend a few hours on the internet trying to find the answers to my questions when all I wanted to do was relax one day before my GMAT.

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GMAT Course Review
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     By generalist 100 31
Final Score:

740

Q50

V41

Improvement:

N/A

Verbal:     
This review is for: e-GMAT Verbal Online
Location: Online

I decided to enroll for e-GMAT because I wanted a course that provided me complete flexibility and allowed me to pace myself as per my liking. Additionally, the instructors were Indian, so I though I would get a better perspective on how to approach GMAT exam as an Indian candidate.

I found it to be a good course in that it had summarized the important concepts tested on GMAT in one place. It could certainly be a great course for someone who was starting with a poor verbal score. However, in my case I began when I was scoring 38-41 in GMAT Prep verbal section. In fact, I scored 38 in one of e-GMAT's own workshops, without much preparation. I diligently went through the entire course and also attended e-GMAT's final workshops where they try to teach you how to maximize your score. I wish I had not attended that workshop, because in an effort to act 'cute' and follow the 'clever' strategies they suggested, I screwed up my verbal section and scored only 35.

I decided to retake my GMAT and requested e-GMAT to extend my subscription. They asked for a proof of registration, which I found a bit weird because not always does a person plan the exact date. I certainly didn't want to lose that flexibility. Anyway, I decided to look at other options, and i'm glad I found MGMAT's forum, which I used to review various GMAT Prep official questions I had downloaded from GMATClub. Using those reviews, I was able to identify my mistakes and improve my sentence correction accuracy. I scored 41 in the verbal section of my second GMAT attempt.

So if someone is thorough with the basic concepts, I won't recommend this course. But if someone is looking to learn various sentence correction concepts, then it's a fantastic course. e-GMAT is a great company, but unfortunately I didn't have a very favorable experience with their course and their subscription extension policy.

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GMAT Course Review
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     By pate13 71 16
Final Score:

700

Q49

V37

Improvement:

70 Points

Verbal:     
Quant:     
This review is for: Veritas Prep On-Demand
Location: Online

The Veritas Prep On-Demand course was an indispensable resource for my GMAT preparation. My baseline score was a 650, with a breakdown around Q42 V37. I then set my goal inside of the course at 720, as that is around the score average for the programs I am trying to get in to. Low and behold, my official GMAT score was a 720, with a breakdown of Q48, V41, AWA 6.0, IR 6! Admittedly, I did not do the IR lesson, otherwise I probably would have scored higher on that section.

What I really appreciated about the On-Demand Course was that it taught all of the basics, which are covered in the Skillbuilder sections, then built strategy on top of those skills. I didn't have to worry if there was some skill that I was missing because all of the skills that are needed to do well on the test are covered.

The Lesson sections provide a strategy for each problem type and also detail the ways that the test makers try to "trick" you (the test makers more try to misdirect you). These aspects are crucial to understand in order to maximize your chances at achieving a top score.

Another aspect about the course that I enjoyed are the instructors. Lissette and Brian are fantastic instructors and they make the lessons enjoyable. Brian's stand-up comedy background is definitely noticeable, as he is hilarious.

I am more than happy with my purchase. If I had to do it all over again, I would get the On-Demand course without hesitation.

Thanks, Veritas Prep!

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GMAT Course Review
MGMAT Interactive Verbal Only
December 29 | 2015
1 out of 1 people found the following review helpful
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     By omnisurmount 0 0
Final Score:

730

Q50

V38

Improvement:

110 Points

Verbal:     
Quant:     
Location: Online

I started studying for GMAT in June 2015, planning to apply to business school in Fall 2016. I have a Masters degree in engineering, so quant was not a concern for me. English is not my first language. I was looking for Verbal focused course, and landed Manhattan GMAT's website. Since I have plenty of time to prepare, so I didn't want to stress myself out with the intensive course schedule, and decided to go with the interactive route to study at my own pace. I made a study plan at the beginning of each week to help keep myself staying on track. I studied about 1-2 hours per night on week days on average, and 3-4 hours on Saturdays, and didn't affect any of my extracurricular activities. I took a MGMAT CAT in the first week, and scored a 620, took the 2nd CAT a month later: 640, a 3rd CAT a month later: 650, and a 4th one 2 month later: 680. My Verbal went from 31-35, Math from 45 to 48. A week before exam I took a GMAT Prep Exam, and scored 760. So from my experience MGMAT CAT is harder than official questions. I took my exam at the end of October, and scored a 730 (38V+50Q).

The preparation took about 4.5 months, as I mentioned before, I had a pretty relaxed study plan, and still slacked off from time to time, there are weeks I only studied 2-3 days. MGMAT Interactive Verbal was almost the only material I really used. I followed through the course, and completed all the homework. I did all the Math problems on OG, but only got through about 1/3 of OG Verbal questions. MGMAT Interactive has helped my immensely, I credit all my improvement in Verbal (from 31 to 38) to it.

MGMAT Interactive is efficient, effective, flexible, and entertaining. Comparing to online and in classroom sessions, I think I could get more out of the interactive course, since it allows me to study at my own pace, so I don't have to worry about not finishing all the homework.

Bottom line: I highly recommend MGMAT Interactive, especially if you are starting early, and don't want to exhaust yourself over a long period of exam prep.

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GMAT Course Review
Very Happy
December 28 | 2015
5 out of 5 people found the following review helpful
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     By deandavid10 0 0
Final Score:

690

Q48

V35

Improvement:

90 Points

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

The Economist GMAT Tutor is very complete.
I had less than 2 months to study for the GMAT, which is quite challenging when you are working full time. But the option of choosing the length of a session, makes it very useful to manage time. Furthermore, there is a window that shows the progress and an approximate gmat score, which in my case was very accurate.
I got 690 and the estimator had estimated my score between 680 and 710.

The tutors (Kesia and Jake) that gave me the private sessions were phenomenal, knowledgeable and very helpful. I recommend doing a strategy session. The advice in time management they gave was crucial.

All aspects of the quantitative and verbal section got me well prepared for the GMAT. I just thought the sentence correction part was a little weak though. I complemented it by purchasing a pack from the official gmat prep.

I got 5.5 on my essay, I have to give 100% credit to the Economist for that. They were great and very helpful.

The integrated reason part is ridiculous though.

Overall I'm very satisfied, and I wholeheartedly recommend The Economist GMAT Tutor.

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GMAT Course Review
5 out of 5 people found the following review helpful
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     By jackallen2013 0 0
Final Score:

720

Q40

V49

Improvement:

160 Points

Verbal:     
Quant:     
Location: Online

Ethan was a great teacher. He kept our class engaged by incentivizing us to answer and ask questions with his 'points' system, which was silly but fun. He also added much needed humor to what can easily be considered dry topics. Ethan had a great technique to teaching Veritas' strategy for data sufficiency. His techniques changed an initial weakness into a strength. Before I took the Veritas class I took a pretest and scored a 560. The program helped me add 160 points to my official test score after finishing the program.

Overall I thought the pacing of the program was appropriate - two chapters a week kept me busy but was not overwhelming. Veritas has plenty of resources after the program is over to take practice quizzes and tests. I found the Veritas practice exams a bit harder than the actual GMAT.

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GMAT Course Review
6 out of 6 people found the following review helpful
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     By Nafets23 0 0
Final Score:

740

Q49

V41

Improvement:

100 Points

Verbal:     
Quant:     
Location: Online

Due to various factors, I only had 4 weeks available to prepare for my GMAT so I needed the programme that would enable be to achieve as much as possible in the little time available.

The Economist GMAT Prep allowed me to do a simulation test before I registered in order to gauge my level before starting the course. The course is clearly outlined and definitely helps to develop your higher order thinking skills and your approach to GMAT type problems. The fact that the course also adapts automatically to focus on your weaker areas is great.

After only 4 weeks of preparation and not even having completed the whole course my score went from 640 to the official score of 740.

Thank you!

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GMAT Course Review
A skeptic turned believer!
December 27 | 2015
2 out of 2 people found the following review helpful
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     By MBAsavant 0 0
Final Score:

520

Q31

V31

Improvement:

70 Points

Verbal:     
Quant:     
Location: Online
Taught by: Ravi Sreerama

I was very unsure about spending so much money on a test prep course. I had already bought other off the shelf test prep books, but they were not really getting the job done for me. I was pleased to prompltly receive a box of books and access to some very professional online resources. You can use the online resources for years and probably never run out of information and practice questions. For the course itself, I had never done an online classroom and was interested to see how fluid it would be. I was pleasantly surprised. Other than making sure you have a good internet connection for the streaming, it is like attending an actual class. Ravi was great at answering questions and even threw in an occasional joke to keep the class lively. Ravi broke everything down to the basics and kept everything moving so that there was no time wasted. I would highly recommend taking the Veritas GMAT live online full course to anyone who is looking to take the GMAT. My one word of advice would be to sign up very far out in advance of application season so you can get the score you need and then focus on your applications. Also you will want to do the skill builders ahead of time as well and create a solid study plan. Thank you Veritas, and thank you Ravi!

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