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     By sovlin3740 11 0
Self-reported Score:

710

Q51

V35

Improvement:

N/A

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

One of the best features of Magoosh courses is the vast collection of high-quality GMAT-like questions. In fact, there were so many that for days, I just practised the questions without even reviewing the video explanations. However, I got an email from Magoosh that I needed to look into the amazing videos as well. The instructors apparently care for the students. The video explanations are lucid. Whether you require to brush up the verbal and quant concepts or you need to polish your already-built skills, Magoosh caters to everyone's need. The course also provides two mock exams. The course analytics is great as well, and as you progress, it predicts the GMAT score for you. Overall, I am very satisfied with this course and highly recommend it to others.

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     By iron3001 3 0
Verified Score:

440

Q32

V19

Improvement:

N/A

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

Since I'm a novice at GMAT, I took the course from magoosh premium after searched what online course that can help me to prepare for gmat exam. My target is pass 500 score mark in only one month.
I followed its one month guide, study both quant and verbal videos everyday, and do practice problem from its question banks and official guide. As a result, I can't keep up the study plan because I have a full time job and only have 2 hours on weekdays and 6 hours on weekends to study, while the study plan suggest that you should have 5 to 6 hours a day to study. So I changed the plan to focus only solving its question banks.
The quant lessons is very good, while the verbal lessons is not a game changer especially if you are a non native. The only drawback from the video lessons (especially verbal) is it use a plain text format for the presentation, so if you are a visual learner you are not gonna like the lessons.
Its question banks is top notch because its give you a video explanation on every questions (there are aprox 800-900 question). The explanation on quant is straight forward, it will clear your doubt and often a very hard questions can be solved by simple way. On the other hand, the video explanations on verbal question is not good as the quant's, especially in CR.
In the end, at the exam I scored 440, which is a very disappointing score.
Conclussion: few thing that I like from the magoosh is its quant lessons and its questions bank. If you are a non native who want to improve verbal, try something else.

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GMAT Course Review
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     By atulshri 1 0
Verified Score:

770

Q50

V42

Improvement:

N/A

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

My first brush with Magoosh came when I watched one of their 'GMAT Tuesdays' verbal videos on Youtube. Being a non-native speaker, I was instantly impressed with their simple deconstruction of complex looking grammar rules. By the time I finished all their videos in the next few days, I knew that Magoosh is my savior.
And when I saw unbelievable discounts on their course via GMAT Club, I bought it instantly.
Although no. of questions in Magoosh Premium Course may appear insufficient when compared to other courses, each question of Magoosh is a gem. For an above average student like me this is big boon as one doesn't have to run through an unnecessary large no. of questions to learn a limited no. of concepts. While each question is designed to teach you a specific concept, the video solution ensures that you remember it on your test day.
I consider myself good at quant yet I was glad to see some very good quant questions along with some super quick tricks to solve complex word problems. This helped me score 50 in quant.
I consider it a must for every non-native speaker. Coupled with Magoosh GMAT Blog, Magoosh Premium Course helped me score 42 in verbal, boosting my score to 770 overall.

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     By hlgmat 0 0
Self-reported Score:

720

Q49

V38

Improvement:

N/A

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

To be fair, I did not sign up for the Manhattan GMAT in-class course, and I know how popular that is, so I can't directly compare to that course, but surely like many people, I was initially hesitant about taking a self-learning course (who was I going to ask questions to? would it be enough?) especially since I really wanted to just take the test once and be done with it versus having to take it repeatedly and thus waste my time that I could be doing other things.

For me, thinking my experience:

DO use Magoosh if: you are self motivated to study. All of the concepts on the test are covered. The practice problems are great, the video explanations for each problem are easy to understand, and for those extra tough questions, they answer your email questions within 48 hrs. I don't really know what I missed out on by NOT taking an in-person class.

DON'T use Magoosh if: you need a structured plan to keep your butt on track. Having a full-time job, I totally that's hard. For me, I started waking up at 6 AM so I had an hr and half before work to prep every morning, and spent ~1-2 hrs in the evening. Of course, I also studied on weekends.

Altogether, materials I used:
- Magoosh Premium ($200 for 1 year)
- MGMAT CAT/ Question Bank ($75 online)
- 2016 Official GMAT Guide
- 2016 Official GMAT Verbal Workbook (bought mistakenly but still used lol)
- GMATPrep (2 free prac tests, 90 questions free with signing up for GMAT test)

To reiterate, If you know you don't lack self-motivation to get your butt up in the morning to study, then I can assure you that conceptually and in terms of content, Magoosh covers everything you need to know.

If you need a class to keep you on track and are cool with spending the ~$2k on an in-person class, then go for it. Otherwise, spend the $200 on Magoosh, create a plan, stick to it, and spend that $1800 on a nice gift-to-yourself after the test.

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Magoosh Quant is Excellent
August 27 | 2016
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     By meetu 4 0
Verified Score:

610

Q49

V25

Improvement:

40 Points

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

I got to know about magoosh from google while i was searching for GMAT preparation sources. That time i tried its free 7 days trial but was not convinced. After few months one of my friends reccommended magosh to me, after i was done with some 80% of my basics. But i was struggling with my score. initially it was Q43 or 44. Then i did practice questions from magoosh Quant , plus checked a few videos on Pn C, Statistics etc. This way I improved my score from Q44 to Q49 in less than 2 months and now I am trying to step it further to Q51.

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Best course for GMAT prep
August 24 | 2016
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     By tarinpoddar 0 0
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.

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Excellent Prep Course
August 17 | 2016
1 out of 1 people found the following review helpful
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     By jstecke 0 0
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.

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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!
2 Commented by jstecke on August 29, 2016
I also used the Manhattan guides, read a lot of the Magoosh blog posts and did their practice questions, and various materials put together and posted on GMATclub. The Manhattan materials were very helpful too and GMATclub is absolutely a great resource. They have comprehensive reviews on subjects like exponents and mixture problems and a huge problem database. I also googled all of the OG quant questions I missed and watched video explanations whenever possible.
3 Commented by cara0910 on August 29, 2016
Awesome. I'm following the 3 month plan, but I have a little extra time built in to go over Manhattan and other stuff. Did you purchase anything from Manhattan besides the books themselves to go through alone?
4 Commented by jstecke on August 30, 2016
I took the 6 practice tests that come with the book. For more information on specific topics, I searched for it on GMATclub. I always carefully reviewed the explanation to every Manhattan quant problem I missed until I understood the concept.
5 Commented by cara0910 on August 31, 2016
Really appreciate the responses! Great score and good luck with everything in the future.
6 Commented by DoraKhiari on September 09, 2016
Thanks for your detailed review.
Just one more question about your experience: how long did you study? Did you follow the daily plan (just to understand how many hours you spent on it)? Thanks and good luck!
7 Commented by jstecke on September 10, 2016
I studied for 5 months. I got a few extra weeks to study because the earliest available exam appointment I could get was a few weeks after the day I registered. If I had one critique of Magoosh, it's that the study plans are written in a way that's a little hard to follow, so I didn't really use them. I studied Thursday, Friday, and most of the weekend because I worked while studying. It varied a lot, but I put in anywhere from 3-8 hours a day and that includes taking full length practice tests. Good luck to you! :)
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     By harshit97 0 0
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 :).

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5 out of 5 people found the following review helpful
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     By Mortysmith 26 6
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

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1 Commented by warpdrive on December 13, 2016
Hello there,

Thanks for a very detailed and insightful review. Do you mind telling me what material you followed for your verbal prep ? I am just starting out on the prep and your write-up gave me a pretty solid idea about where to look for the quant but would appreciate if you could comment on a comparison between different verbal material available and which one you think would be the best to go for. I have 2.5-3 months before I sit for the exam.

Faisal` .
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My GMAT - 640
July 30 | 2016
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     By chlmounika 2 0
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.

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