Optimus Prep Private Tutoring Reviews
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Optimus Prep specializes in arranging and providing private GMAT tutoring to students of all levels around the world. From the very beginning of any course offered by Optimus Prep, the participating student receives individualized attention focusing on the unique strengths, weaknesses, and needs of that student. 

Took a Private Tutor in Chicago!
April 17 | 2014

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       By Anonymous joined: April 17, 2014 | 0 | 0 | native speaker
Improvement: 130 Points |  Verbal:        |  Quant:      
My tutor was a really big help for my entire GMAT preparation. He was patient and really focused. I could feel his passion for teaching and he told me that he stopped working in the consulting business because he prefers to teach young and eager students! We met in my apartment in Chicago. He was always on time and we were exchanging e-mails and text messages almost every day because he helped me with the included video course. What a great course these video lessons are!!! They cover all the stuff really from the beginning like for idiots.. ;-) I watched not all of the lessons because Daniel took a look on my diagnostic test and told me which exact videos I could skip. That helped a lot and made my 2 months of preparation more efficient as I did not lose time for concepts I was familiar with. The lessons with Daniel were really comprehensive and he showed me a lot of tricks how to avoid being trapped.

I achieved instant improvement in my practice tests and started to score around 700 after I took 5 tests. Since I am not a non-native the verbal section is my weak part. Math was Ok and I could study it with the video lessons by myself. Daniel and I spent most of our time improving my verbal skills, comparing all other course options I might have taken, his private tutoring was at the end the very best part of studying. Thanks again.
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Private GMAT lessons Online - Michael is a great tutor
April 13 | 2014

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       By Anonymous joined: April 13, 2014 | 0 | 0 | non-native speaker
Improvement: N/A  |  Verbal:        |  Quant:      
This review is for:  Optimus Prep Private Tutoring | Location:  *Online, USA |
I bought 34 hours of online 1:1 tutoring and would like to review the course. First of all, this course is not cheap! However, if you compare the costs to other packages of Veritas, Manhattan or even Kaplan (known to be not that expensive) it is absolutely reasonable and about 50% off.

Still, I expected the very best for such a price. I called Optimus Prep several times before I enrolled because I had some questions in general about online tutoring. To be honest I was not convinced if that it’s the best way to prepare but the rates for online tutoring are lower than for face to face lessons. That is not the case at other test prep companies where they charge the same amount for both options.

Optimus Prep replied to all my questions and offered a free and non-committal trial hour. That was fair and I accepted the offer! I had my trial hour with my new verbal instructor Michael. Before the trial lesson I did their diagnostic test. Michael had analyzed my results prior to our first free meeting and told me in the trial lesson not only what exactly my weaknesses are but also how he will approach them. It seemed very professional and organized and he told that I will get another tutor who will focus on my quant. weaknesses. During the trial lesson he also explained me some sentence correction rules that were really helpful and easy to follow. I was convinced and bough the 34 hour package after the trial lesson.

Michael recommended splitting the 34 hours in 25 verbal and 9 quant. hours because my verbal diagnostic results were much weaker. I agreed and we started with the lessons. Part of the course is the video course which is really comprehensive and helpful. Michael told me in advance which video lessons I could skip and which I had to watch. The same was true for my quant. tutor Robert. In quant. I had to watch the probability section and the lessons that cover absolute values. I observed my progress by taking regularly more practice tests. My score improved instantly and that was great for my motivation. Both tutors did a great job and I can recommend Optimus Prep to everyone who really tries to get a high GMAT score!
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GMAT Private Course 23 hours! My experiences with Optimus Prep
April 10 | 2014

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       By Anonymous joined: April 10, 2014 | 0 | 0 | native speaker
Improvement: 120 Points |  Verbal:        |  Quant:      
This review is for:  Optimus Prep Private Tutoring | Location:  New York (Manhattan), NY USA |
I highly recommend my tutor Michael because:

To give a quick overview I increased my GMAT score by a total of 120 points compared to my first GMAT where I studied alone – from 580 to 700 points. My background is in Investment banking and I always had good grades in math in school so I expected I would do well in Quant. That was not the case as I struggled to improve my GMAT quant skills.

I worked with Michael on Quant concepts for the first 5 sessions a 3 hours. Then, I did 2 more sessions of verbal a 4 hours.
Michael analyzed my Optimus Prep GMAT practice test and developed my personal study plan. During our 5 sessions, we covered many different math problems and concepts while focusing more on the problem areas of course. The on demand course lessons I watched at home from the included video course helped a great deal! One important thing he taught me was to approach the quant section with logic and problem solving instead of using purely mathematics. That might seem simple is utterly important though.

Michael explained me for each question type a unique way how exactly to answer the questions in a given structure. It is crucial to think from the perspective of the test makers! Time management was another aspect we focused on while studying. My timing improved a lot and finally the time pressure was no issue at all.

Michael has helped me a lot because by analyzing my diagnostic test results we was able to clearly identify my weakness areas and then he used the 23 hours to eliminate these weaknesses. It was also very important and helpful for me to follow his tips and tricks outside my GMAT prep. He told me to read science fiction books and some magazines to improve my ability to read complex texts. This helped a lot in the RC part of the GMAT.

Michael’s help was the single biggest factor leading to my huge score improvement. I can recommend his private tutoring services and the course video in combination with the practice tests gave me the chance to optimally prepare for the GMAT. There is a huge difference to learn with the help of Michael or to study alone, believe me…

It is a long and rocky way to improve your score but once you made it, it is a great feeling!!!
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New York Private Lessons with Optimus Prep - Awesome!
March 26 | 2014

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       By Anonymous joined: March 26, 2014 | 0 | 0 | native speaker
Improvement: 100 Points |  Verbal:        |  Quant:      
This review is for:  Optimus Prep Private Tutoring | Location:  New York (Manhattan), NY USA |
Hi guys,

I took a private tutoring from Optimus Prep in New York. I found them on GMAT Club and they seemed to have a great offer compared to other test prep companies who charge much more for private tutoring. I think that having an own instructor is in deed the best way to prepare for anything.

I did their diagnostic test at home and scored a 610. It was Ok because I am out of school for 5 years and work in banking. Like most others, I need a 700+ scored to get into one of the leading MBA programs. I watched the online video course and found it a bit old-fashioned though very good in terms of content and comprehension.

This took a while as I did my studies part time next to my job. I did well in the quant part and struggled in the verbal part (like in school). My tutor gave me some tips what to read and how to improve my weak areas from the diagnostic test.

The lessons with the tutor were great. He scored a 760 on the GMAT and showed me the score report when I asked him for proof. He was very friendly and a good explainer. He told me the ins and outs and what to be aware of while answering questions. I did a lot of stupid mistakes at the beginning. The majority was avoidable and the more practice tests I did the better I became.

After 3.5 months of prep time I went to the test center and scored a 710. I am very happy with this score and will apply to some great Business Schools. Hopefully I will be accepted. Thanks a lot to Optimus Prep
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Online Private Tutoring Package....Michael is great!
March 26 | 2014

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       By michael555666 joined: March 26, 2014 | 0 | 0 | native speaker
Improvement: 110 Points |  Verbal:        |  Quant:      
This review is for:  Optimus Prep Private Tutoring | Location:  *Online, USA |
I bought an online package from Optimus Prep and want to give it a positive review for the following reasons.

First of all, the software with which the online tutoring is given (WebEx) is really cool and easy to use. I saw my tutor, could hear him perfectly and when he made notes on the shared powerpoint slides it was shown in real time. This software really gave me the feeling as if I get “face to face” lessons. If you consider the much cheaper price then online tutoring is definitely worth at least to be considered! In my situation it was perfect because I live in a small city where no test prep company has a teacher.

My tutor explained me a lot of great techniques that helped me to answer tough questions in a fast way. I was introduced to about 30 different math and verbal concepts that can be applied to answer questions. Some great time management techniques were also really good and improved my timing tremendously. I learned methods how to exclude certain answer choices or how to quickly read a long and complicated text. What also was part of my lessons was to understand how the GMAT test makes think and how to try to trap you. It is very important to learn to avoid these traps.

Optimus Prep is a good test prep company and offers good and reliable services for fair rates.
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Thank you Optimus Prep! Great private online course....
March 20 | 2014

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       By Anonymous joined: March 20, 2014 | 0 | 0 | native speaker
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This review is for:  Optimus Prep Private Tutoring | Location:  *Online, USA |
I wanted to get a great private tutor to learn for the GMAT and compared several companies like Veritas, Kaplan or ManhattanGMAT. All had one thing in common: They were extremely expensive ;-)

I understand that these tutors are experts and that the costs for the GMAT coaching are only a fraction of the total MBA costs but how can they seriously charge $200 per hour for online tutoring?! Then, I found optimus-prep. That is still expensive but by far not as expensive as the others…

I liked that replied so quickly and had a live chat as the only company. I did a free diagnostic test and got a study plan based on my results for free even before buying anything. I had a good feeling with them and took the 34 hours online package.

The lessons took place via WebEx. I knew this software from my job and like it a lot. It is like having a real face to face meeting. The screen sharing feature is great and when the tutor wrote something down I saw it in real time. I could ask questions anytime and it was overall like face to face tutoring but by far cheaper!

The on demand course was also good. Very long and comprehensive, covering all math stuff I hated so much in school ;-) Nevertheless, I watched the videos and they prepared me really well for the lessons with my tutor. I liked the learning atmosphere because my tutor was not a nerd but a friendly and cool guy.

The practice tests were also very good. I took seven of them and constantly improved (except one time when I did horrible).
Next week I will do my GMAT and hope to score well. No matter how I will do, I can recommend this course to anyone looking for great tutors.
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Online Private Tutoring 23 hours with tutor Jesse! Really good!
March 19 | 2014

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       By Anonymous joined: March 19, 2014 | 0 | 0 | native speaker
Improvement: 130 Points |  Verbal:        |  Quant:      
This review is for:  Optimus Prep Private Tutoring | Location:  *Online, USA |
This is a review about my private tutoring package at Optimus Prep. I hope it helps you make a decision about which company to take for your GMAT prep. I took the 23 hours online course and got the included online video recordings as well. My diagnostic test was not so good. I scored only 570 while my target was in the 700 area. My tutor Jesse made a study plan based on these results and identified the quant. test part to be my main weakness.

I started watching the video lessons (Jesse told me which exact videos I needed to watch and which I could skip) and they were simply great! Extremely informative and easy to understand. The tutors in the videos did a great job, honestly.

With Jesse I discussed open questions and he helped me to apply the knowledge to real questions. I had some timing issues and in this area Jesse was valuable as well. My entire preparation took about 3 months in total (with interruptions due to my job) and I scored in my last diagnostic tests between 650 and 690. I decided to take 10 more hours of private tutoring before taking the real GMAT and Jesse helped me to optimize my test taking skills.

Long story made short, I scored 700 on test day and was really grateful. Thanks a lot to Jesse (he was the 3rd person I informed after my father and my girlfriend) and gmatclub. This community was really valuable and I have found great free stuff here…
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23 Hours Online Private Tutoring! GREAT!
March 13 | 2014

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       By Anonymous joined: March 13, 2014 | 0 | 0 | native speaker
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This review is for:  Optimus Prep Private Tutoring | Location:  *Online, USA |
Optimus Prep’s online private tutoring package was great. I bought the 23-hour package and got two different tutors, a verbal and a quant guy. The scheduling was flexible and I could start my lessons very quickly after I did my GMAT practice test.
They analyzed the results and sent me a study plan for my weaknesses. Between the lessons, the instructors told me which exact video to watch from the included GMAT video course. It was helpful to have videos of any important topic occurring in the GMAT. The video course is easy to follow and explains verbal and math concepts very clearly. I checked my progress by doing more GMAT practice tests and improved step by step. I am very satisfied with the online private tutoring package and hope to do well in the real GMAT which is in two weeks. So far, my practice test scores are in the area 700-720 and it would be great to score it on the real test.
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Online private tutoring 34 hours
March 07 | 2014

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       By janafantastic joined: March 7, 2014 | 0 | 0 | native speaker
Improvement: N/A  |  Verbal:        |  Quant:      
This review is for:  Optimus Prep Private Tutoring | Location:  *Online, USA |
I took a private tutoring online package and want to write about my experiences with my tutor and the support team of Optimus Prep. First of all, I found them directly over GMAT Club. I had never heard about this company before and read through some verified reviews on GMAT Club and trustpilot. The company seemed to be serious and offered also other test prep services and admissions consulting. $2,500 is a huge amount of money for me and I found it to be great to get the money-back guarantee if I do not improve my score. That sounded like a pretty sweet deal and I bought.

I was contacted immediately with a GMAT diagnostic test access. I did the test the very next day and got an email with an individual learning plan that my tutor created based on m mistakes in the diagnostic test by that evening. He told me that I should split the lessons in 70% verbal and 30% quant to get optimal prep in my case. I followed his recommendation and started with the preparation by watching the suggested videos of the free included on demand course. It was very informative and wrote down all questions and asked them in the private tutoring lessons.

The online tutoring was hold via webex. The software is cool and I was able to see the slides of my tutor in real time. If he wrote something it was shown live on my screen and I could hear and see him. Questions could be asked easily and I liked that he had a marker during the lessons to point on something important. The lessons were constructive.

The GMAT practice tests were also very helpful and it gave me the chance to get familiar with the test. My prep took about 2 months or so and then I went to the testcenter to take it. I am very happy and scored a 720! I can recommend this course and will most likely take their admissions consulting also.

The price is fair for what you get!

- Jana
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GMAT private tutoring for fair price
February 20 | 2014

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       By verischoen joined: February 20, 2014 | 0 | 0 | native speaker
Improvement: 130 Points |  Verbal:        |  Quant:      
This review is for:  Optimus Prep Private Tutoring | Location:  New York (Manhattan), NY USA |
I was struggling with the GMAT for more than 6 months. I learned with the help of books and ordered an online recorded course. The online course was of little help since I could not ask any questions. I did the GMAT twice and scored only 550 and 570 points. My target score was 700.

I started to compare GMAT tutoring companies in New York and found Optimus Prep. In contrast to other leaders, they seem to be smaller but still very professional. They answered all emails within a few hours and sent me a free CAT code for the GMAT. Usually this costs $13 and is extremely helpful during the preparation process. I took the 34 hours private tutoring package.

My tutor was very friendly and a true expert in all fields of the GMAT. He showed me some techniques I never heard of before. His style of excluding incorrect answers was very helpful and I could ask him questions via email during the whole prep time. I took more and more GMAT practice test and my score improved all the way up to 670. After finishing my 34-hour package I took advantage of the discounted hour rate for former customers and took 20 hours more. For two weeks I studied like mad and was excited when I achieved for the first time a GMAT simulation score of 710. I took one more GMAT CAT test and scored 700. I knew the time came to do the real deal.

I was very nervous on the test day. It would be very frustrating to fail my target score. When the GMAT started I had a good feeling. I was relatively sure about the first 10 answers. To get long streaks with correct answers is very important for the final score my tutor told me. My weakness was always the verbal part since I am non-native. I practiced a lot and learned many rules for sentence correction. The integrated reasoning was easy for me since this was my strenght.

At the end I scored 700 points in the GMAT. It took several months but when I saw my score I knew it was worth it.
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