Magoosh GMAT Course Reviews
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Magoosh provides online test preparation with hundreds of video lessons and practice questions that cover every topic tested on the GMAT.  You can study anytime, anywhere on your laptop, smartphone, or iPad. Learn by watching short video tutorials that are tailored to you based on your performance.

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17 out of 17 people found the following review helpful
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By mirfan2
Improvement:

100 Points

Verbal:
Quant:
This review is for: Magoosh Premium
Location: Online

Magoosh offers a unique product, unique content at a unique price. Given that it is one of the smaller shops in the GMAT prep world some of you may have apprehensions and rightly so, because it is more or less an obscure GMAT prep company.

Thanks to GMATCLUB Magoosh will one day cease to be obscure as the content provided has been designed by accredited experts.

Most of the content videos (SC, CR, IR, RC and Quant) have been created by Brent Hanneson who is well known GMAT guru in Canada. Brent scored a 770 and he used to be an instructor at Veritas and now does private tutoring and a conducts a GMAT class at UBC. All the Math Questions video explanations are narrated by Brent. The Math questions have been inspired by old OG questions and not even a single explanation will leave you hanging.

Now for the not so great part, most of verbal questions are very good, but there are few out there that deserve to be done away with. Verbal questions have been created by Dave Scalise and are narrated by 'Verbal Lady' (well they don't reveal her identity). Unfortunately the Verbal lady is quite monotone and likes to rush through the explanations, but overall the Verbal content is solid. The RC passages are among the best out there at par with RC99, Veritas and MGMAT.

What really differentiates Magoosh is their customer service. Their response time for emails is almost none, if you email Bhavin Parikh he'll get back to you within 10-15 minutes. If you have any issues with the content you'll find that the Magoosh team has a real west coast work ethic. As they're easy to deal with and ready to roll-up their sleeves to help you out.

Overall, Magoosh offers an excellent product at a very decent price. I wish, I had found their website before I paid 1300\$ for a prep course with a major test prep company.

GMAT Course Review
GMAT-720
May 09 | 2012
10 out of 10 people found the following review helpful
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By rijul007
Self-reported Score:

720

Q50

V36

Improvement:

N/A

Verbal:
Quant:
This review is for: Magoosh Premium
Location: Online

The video lessons were very helpful. All the GMAT topics were covered wonderfully! Also the OG video solution for maths came in handy.
The practice questions helped me a lot in finding out my weak areas. At the end of each session, it also suggested me some video lessons that helped me improving specific areas.
Another thing that really impressed me was their prompt response to my queries, be it related to specific questions or GMAT as a whole.
Magoosh played a very important role in my GMAT preparation.
I would certainly recommend this course to everyone, not just GMAT, but also for GRE.

GMAT Course Review
Best course for GMAT prep
August 24 | 2016
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Verified Score:

730

Q48

V41

Improvement:

200 Points

Verbal:
Quant:
This review is for: Magoosh Premium
Location: Online

Really liked the Magoosh gmat prep course. The questions were very relevant and best were the short video explanations to each question. The explanations really help you improve your concepts. I really liked the short video lessons for on each small relevant topic in quant and verbal. Their customer support team is very prompt and reply to any query/doubt within 24 hours. The website UI/UX is excellent and very smooth to use. I love the way they have set filters to choose which kind of questions to practice. I loved the course. Magoosh really helped me improve my concepts and get a good gmat score.

GMAT Course Review
Excellent Prep Course
August 17 | 2016
1 out of 1 people found the following review helpful
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By jstecke
Verified Score:

740

Q47

V44

Improvement:

80 Points

Verbal:
Quant:
This review is for: Magoosh Premium
Location: Online

About me: 31 year old attorney, native English speaker, decided to take the GMAT because I want to transition into more of a business role or industry.
I signed up for Magoosh after reading a few of the blog posts on the Magoosh blog written by Mike McGarry. The blog posts were substantive, detailed, and easy to understand. I had never heard of Magoosh before, but after reading Mike's posts and trying a couple of their practice questions, I felt confident enough that the \$99 premium subscription would be a good tool and worth the price.
Initially, my quant skills were weak, so I started the course by watching the quant lesson videos and practicing my "number sense" as Magoosh suggested. I watched many of the videos more than once and read the related blog posts and did practice questions. The Magoosh content was thorough, coherent, and well organized.
Since my verbal skills are pretty strong, I didn't watch all of the verbal videos, but I watched the videos on topics I hadn't thought about in a long time and the videos suggested in the related videos section that was provided underneath the explanations to questions I got wrong.
Magoosh's emphasis on mindset and approach was one of the most helpful parts of the course. Mike really emphasized understanding the logic of the question and understanding the concept being tested rather than just trying to get the question right. When I changed my mindset from trying to get the question right to understanding the logic of the question and the logic of the test, my scores really began to improve.
With the help of Magoosh, lots of studying and lots of practice, my test day score of 740 was 80 points higher than my diagnostic score of 660.

1 Commented by cara0910 on August 28, 2016
Thanks for the write-up! I'm pretty similar to you. Native English speaker, 31 years old, and I'm also pretty rusty with the math that appears on the GMAT. I'm finding Magoosh to be very good, but just out of curiosity, did you use any other materials in your study plan? Your score would leave me very happy with my performance. Kudos on that!
GMAT Course Review
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Verified Score:

660

Q50

V30

Improvement:

N/A

Verbal:
Quant:
This review is for: Magoosh Premium
Location: Online

Magoosh is an excellent product. The video lectures are really helpful and easy to access. The access of the material can be also done using your iPhone or Android phone.
The sections are well defined and very well explained.
Although, the Verbal lectures delved a lot into the grammar and terminology parts of things and I being a non-native speaker found it difficult to understand and ended up with V30.
The support was good and any doubts or questions were cleared within 24 hrs no problem.
Overall, the experience was good and I would also like to mention that I saw the AWA part in the morning on test day and scored 5/6 :).

GMAT Course Review
3 out of 3 people found the following review helpful
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Verified Score:

740

Q49

V41

Improvement:

120 Points

Quant:
This review is for: Magoosh Math
Location: Online

Really excited to write my review of Magoosh's quant section. Overall, I can say with confidence that this product facilitated my final 740 score, including an improvement from Q40 to Q49. I will be limiting my review to just quant.

Context:

GMAT Prep 1 - 620 40/35
GMAT Prep 2 - 640 42/36
Started with Magoosh here. Before my next CAT I worked with its videos and practice questions for a solid month - ~40-50 hours
GMAT Prep 3 - 710 48/37
GMAT Prep 4 - 720 48/39
Official GMAT 1 - 620
Huge disappointment given where practice CATs were but performance largely attributed to nerves - lesson: plan on taking the test more than once. In terms of practice, I continued to drill and redrill the Magoosh quant questions - everyday whenever I had free time.
GMAT Prep 5 - 740 49/42
Goes without saying that this was a confidence booster.
GMAT Prep 6 - 760 51/41
Official GMAT 2 - 700 48/37
To this point my verbal had been unpredictable and I felt I got the "wrong" verbal questions. Still unhappy given my practice performance but breaking the 700s barrier was huge for my psyche
Retake GMAT prep 6 - 760 49/44
Official GMAT 3 - 740 (done!) 49/41

Magoosh quant is the complete package. I spent time watching all of the math videos and doing each of its 500+ questions.

The videos, narrated by Mike Mcgarry, offer deep explanations of every math concept tested on the GMAT. Mike is incredibly clear and grants you access to his brain, walking you step by step through each problem. The system focuses on fundamentals first then builds well on those fundamentals to some of the tougher concepts the GMAT tests. The format offers the type of flexibility that those of you with either unpredictable or simply demanding schedule would require. I work 70 hour weeks and enjoyed this. Additionally, every one of the 500 problems has their own explanation narrated by a Magoosh math expert and includes that experts notes. An extraordinarily helpful feature.

Comparative Value:

I found that this site writers dont do a great job of defining the differences between the variety of Prep products out there so the below represents a summary version based on my experience.

Magoosh vs. MGMAT self study -
Some people swear by MGMAT books and I know some people that have been very successful using them. I am not one of those people. The MGMAT books have a lot of material but I actually found them lacking in some detail and lacking enough relevant examples. The cost compared to Magoosh is simply not worth it in my view. It could be part of why the books read the way they do is because they are really meant for people who sign up for the class.

Magoosh vs. GMAT Club (cats)
GMAT Club CATs are tough, but they offer amazing insight into your performance. I actually view Magoosh and GMAT club CATs as complementary to one another. Where Magoosh offers excellent lessons and excellent practice questions, GMAT Club offers more realistic challenging questions and the ability to really pin down your weaknesses. The tests are the money.

Magoosh vs. OG Books

Obviously, get your hands on all the OG books for problems. For learning why questions are wrong/right, the books lack severely. Magooshs strength is the OGs weakness. Another complementary option.

Magoosh vs. Kaplan 800

Kaplan 800 was fine at best. Decent question bank but nothing too special. Not needed. Magoosh +OG+GMAT Club CATs would render this book useless.

Magoosh vs. Princeton Self Study
Princeton's question sets are a bit easier than the official GMAT and noticeably easier than Magoosh's. For its tougher questions, i found these questions to be quite dissimilar from the official.

For your CATs I would not recommend using Magoosh. They have some tinkering to do with their scoring system and the order of questions is not representative of the order on the GMAT. Note Manhattan CATs suffer from this issue as well (I achieved a 680 on Manhattan one week before my official 740!)

I hope this review helps!

Mortysmith

GMAT Course Review
My GMAT - 640
July 30 | 2016
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Verified Score:

640

Q50

V26

Improvement:

40 Points

Verbal:
Quant:
This review is for: Magoosh Premium
Location: Online

Magoosh Premium has been really helpful for study of GMAT. The video lessons are very understandable and Help tab is also very responsive.
Pros
- Easy to Use
- Many practise questions for Quant and Verbal
- Video Explanations for all the Practise questions and almost all OG questions
Cons
-They do not review your AWA Essays
- More IR practise questions needed

Overall, I would say Magoosh is recommended for GMAT prep especially because it is flexible to use by working professionals. For Quant, Magoosh is entirely sufficient, it has all types of questions and these helped be score 50 in Quant. But for Verbal, you might need extra focusif you are a non native english speaker. From my experience I advise everyone to complete all the Verbal questions from Magoosh and of coarse from OG , My failure to do so may have resulted in low Verbal score.

GMAT Course Review
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Self-reported Score:

710

Q47

V38

Improvement:

60 Points

Verbal:
This review is for: Magoosh Verbal
Location: Online

Hi,

I have been struggling with the goat since a couple of years. Initially I got a score of 610. Even after months of preparation my score barely moved next time around and I could hardly get a score of 620.

Thereafter I took a long sabbatical and thought that I would never crack the goat however I gave an exam very recently and got a score of 650. Although I this wasn't the score I was hopping for, I was convinced that I could improve.

I brought the Magoosh verbal prep. Initially I felt that it was very technical as it used grammatical jargon. However I soon realised and this was pointed out by the professors also that we needed to focus on the concepts and not what they are called.

I started going through the concept videos. The sc module is really through. The strength of the course is also in its questions. I finished the hard and very hard questions across the three modules.

At this juncture, I would also like to highlight the help that I received from the support team. They helped me analyse my GMAT Enhanced report. There was a phase when my mgmat scores were declining. I turned to the core team for help. Finally in the last week, they gave a simple most important tio that I need to revise questions.

The result of sustained efforts and coaching was an improvement of the verbal score from34 to 38. My gnat score improved from 650 to 710. Thanks for making this happen!

GMAT Course Review
Highly recommend
July 22 | 2016
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Improvement:

N/A

Verbal:
Quant:
This review is for: Magoosh Premium
Location: Online

I would like to thank Magoosh Team for their incredible support and course!

I am a non-native. My last GMAT score was 630 (Q: 49, V-26). However, my simulation scores on the GMAT software were 710 and 730 so I believed that I could do better.

I used Magoosh for both Quant and Verbal but I spent 80% of my time on Verbal.

Sentence Correction Module: Covers all the topics quite well. I recommend that one use Manhattan Book along with the course. It covers basic as well as advanced modules.

Critical Reasoning Module: I went through the module and it summarizes everything for you. I find that for critical reasoning pre-thinking is the key so I worked on changing my approach whilst attempting the question.

Reading Comprehension: This is the first time I gave importance to RC as I always believed that this skill was something too hard to be improved. However, the module guides you how to attempt a question (Pre-thinking) and was very helpful in streamlining my approach.

Quant: I have never had any issues with the Quant and I believe that Magoosh's Quant section is very good if you are aiming at scoring high score.

Support: Their support is incredible!! You can't beat that! before this attempt, I used e-GMAT's support, which is basically discouraging and not helpful at all. e-GMAT would make you travel a mile before they even try to address your question. They would force you to post your questions on third party forums before they even look at the question. Having said that, e-GMAT's content is good but the support makes me feel that I don't want to deal with them for number of reasons.

Value for money: Can I give Magoosh more than 100%? Is so, then pick that number yourself!

Thank you,

Yaman

GMAT Course Review
reviewer identity verified by post count
Self-reported Score:

750

Q50

V41

Improvement:

60 Points

Verbal:
Quant:
This review is for: Magoosh Premium
Location: Online

Magoosh is a very simple platform that is equally effective. The dashboard gives you a comprehensive summary that tells you some of weak points, but also points out your strengths.

The number of questions that Magoosh provides is outstanding. I found the quantative section to be challenging (I was previously already strong at quant). The verbal I found to be very rewarding. Although not a perfect match for "real" GMAT questions, I think the point of the verbal questions provided by Magoosh was to teach and make certain points that are invaluable to test day success.

I absolutely recommend Magoosh to everyone! You can't beat the value.

Magoosh Course Rankings
Overall Score Improvement
73 points
International Student Score Improvement
80 points
Verbal
87%
Quant
93%
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