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New post 03 Jun 2016, 11:22
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I am located in India.I gave the GMAT twice.First Time I got 640 and second time I got even lower 610.
The two exams were spaced almost a year apart.My target is 700.

On both occasions my mode of preparations was self study although on second occasions I did
use an online program.I guess I am not very good at self paced study.I am planning to retake the GMAT.

Any suggestions/advice on how to prepare and what course to enroll into.I have three months time in hand.



May be you should buy manhattan guides and OG 16/17 and figure out will self study is good and enough for you or not.

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Is appalled by all the marketing gimmicks of all the above coaching centers to dupe vulnerable students . Will give a frank opinion from a students perspective, who has taken both the services e-gmat and crackverbal .

E-gmat ...completely useless if u are looking to improve verbal . After u pay the fees u get access to some random videos uploaded, each explaining some basic concepts . The thing is these concepts are pretty basic and can be found online in Manhattan's Thursdays with Ron series (they are pretty amazing and honest do check them .) for free !! . They have very minimal questions to practice from.... a very big disadvantage , since without practice no point in cramming in concepts .
Although after going through their explanations given for various questions on gmatclub I was impressed by them but thats it ..... dnt expect much from their paid services .Pluss they dont have any tests of their own , then no way to test urself .


Crack verbal ..... Ohh boy !! where do i begin .... i have attended their classes ....complete trickery or rather sophistry is the right word i believe.
During the free intro classes they discuss very complex examples which make u believe that ur sooper dumb and then once when u enroll u realise that they dont have much to offer , probably the introductory class was the best class in the entire course . THeir claims of sending people to LBS, Stanford and others Ivys are of people who already had a stellar profile and just needed a touch up on their essays . Dont be fooled by the fancy website . their material is very basic and not much informative . No test series of their own again ! ...... the thing is they claim to teach u shortcuts fr RCs and CRs . The ugly truth is there are no shortcuts . U cant game the exam , no matter what they say . U have to improve ur English !! ...period . which takes time .

So what should one do !! ....... practice practice and practice by urself from as many books as u can.Buy Kaplan Manhattan and different books see the questions and learn from them . Because take it from me in writing there are no tricks or shortcuts for verbal . U have to read dense material and improve ur English and simultaneously practise. Watch Manhattans Thursdays with Rons they are a pot of gold ! when it comes to building concepts....

Do lsat verbal questions for more practice . Atleast RC and CR can be covered . Pluss LSAT has pretty decent questions . Read Opinion pages of nytimes , guardian et al . Daily practise quant fro 1-2 hr and verbal for 1 hr . Use the gmat prep tests very wisely . They are the closest u will get to giving the real gmat exam . Manhattan's 6 gmat test are also good but wayy tougher than the real exam . Do give them . Also search for solutions for each and every OG question in google . ROns explanation on their blog r pretty accurate .
The gmat exam also is evolving the old tricks which these coaching centers purport to teach no longer apply . Take it from a guy who gave gmat twice .

WHO AM i to give this advice?? --- a guy who gave GMAT twice -- 1st attempt - 700
2nd attempt - 720

Got in two Colleges with 50% fellowship . DOnt believe me go ahead waste 20k or more on these coaching guys . ALL the Best bro !! :)






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Hi All,

I plan to enroll for the Optimus Verbal booster with a 4 point guarantee. I have a couple of queries, can someone help or share their experience:
1. Do they actually refund money? If yes, you need to share a score right? I have a 37 on the Verbal - so will I be eligible and if yes, when should I share the score report - before paying or after paying the enrollment fee? Also, what email address - customercare@optimus-prep.com?
2. Do you think the course is good for a non-native to improve from 37 to 41 on Verbal.

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I plan to enroll for the Optimus Verbal booster with a 4 point guarantee. I have a couple of queries, can someone help or share their experience:
1. Do they actually refund money? If yes, you need to share a score right? I have a 37 on the Verbal - so will I be eligible and if yes, when should I share the score report - before paying or after paying the enrollment fee? Also, what email address - customercare@optimus-prep.com?
2. Do you think the course is good for a non-native to improve from 37 to 41 on Verbal.

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You need to send your Pearson VUE link and birth date in advance.

If you finish the entire course with all videos, practice tests and assignments with all questions, you are eligible for a full refund if you did not raise your verbal score bat at least 4 points. You will have to pay the money at the time you enrol for the course and will get your money refunded in the unlikely event that you do not improve by 4 points at-least.

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I liked the way the Veritas Prep course material/program was structured, but above and beyond that I really enjoyed Ravi Sreerama's class. I was initially a bit doubtful about how interactive an online class would be when I was deciding which instructor to take. After reading so many positive reviews about his class in particular, I decided to give it a chance. I felt I really got the attention and support that I needed and I'm not sure how he does it! I'm the kind of person who needs someone to hassle me when I'm being lazy, so I really appreciated his style of helpful/nudging comments when I was not performing like I should have in class. I would highly recommend Ravi's class for those who have high expectations of themselves and don't just need someone to tell them they're doing a great job all the time. With the help of Veritas Prep/Ravi I got a 760 on my first try.

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Hi everyone. I am looking for an online program to prepare for my incoming GMAT test. I would prefer a program with written theory/explanation etc as I feel it is easier for me to study when I read than when I listen/watch, but this is not critical. What would you recommend?

Background:
I just registered and will have my test on Sept 14, so a bit over 6 weeks left. I plan to study full time in this period. My target is 730+. Non native speaker.
I didn't prepare at all for GMAT. I prepared for MBB consulting recruiting in the last 3 months and was successful with that.

I took 2 test:
1. November '15 The Economist: 610 Q47 V28
2. July '16 GMATPrep Official Test 1: 630 Q44 V33.
I was surprised by decline in Quand and improve in Verbal.

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Hi everyone. I am looking for an online program to prepare for my incoming GMAT test. I would prefer a program with written theory/explanation etc as I feel it is easier for me to study when I read than when I listen/watch, but this is not critical. What would you recommend?

Background:
I just registered and will have my test on Sept 14, so a bit over 6 weeks left. I plan to study full time in this period. My target is 730+. Non native speaker.
I didn't prepare at all for GMAT. I prepared for MBB consulting recruiting in the last 3 months and was successful with that.

I took 2 test:
1. November '15 The Economist: 610 Q47 V28
2. July '16 GMATPrep Official Test 1: 630 Q44 V33.
I was surprised decline in Quand and improve in Verbal.


Congratulations on your successful MBB recruiting - that's great and glad you are focusing on that. I am taking you have 2-3-4 years of that until you actually apply. So here are a few thoughts:
1. 6 weeks is a bit tight unless you have nothing else to do with your days. If you are working and studying, you may want 8-12 weeks. For reading-based instruction you can try Optimus Prep. Otherwise, another good choice for someone studying for only a month or 6 weeks is EmpowerGMAT since it is a monthly-subscription, so it is inexpensive

2. If you have a longer time frame, you can get the MGMAT books/guides and that's roughly $150. It is not a course but it is the book set they use in a course, and it is pretty good. Same applies to the Veritas Prep book set, though it is a bit more

3. If you are really in a time bind, a course that focuses on speed vs. depth is GMAT Pill. They offer some quick shortcuts that are right 80% of the time. You don't get everything right but you get 80% with 20% of time invested - a pretty good ROI. Magoosh is also a faster/shorter course and very inexpensive.

4. Then there are Economist, eGMAT, and all of the other in-person and live online courses - you get the benefit of an instructor with most of them (Economist is a mixed one).


Not sure if this helped. None of the choices are really wrong.... but some are better suited than others.
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Hi everyone,
I am struggling with choosing between eGMAT (Verbal Online) vs OptimusPrep (on Demand Silver). Actually I am a non native speaker and I have taken unofficial GMAT Test and got only 17 Scaled Score for the Verbal Section. I really want to improve my Verbal in order to increase my overall GMAT score. I want to decide which one is better and I don't want to waste my money.
I worry that if I take one of them I will feel disappointed with their service.
Any review, information, or opinion regarding the comparison between those courses will be appreciated.

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Stn wrote:
Hi everyone. I am looking for an online program to prepare for my incoming GMAT test. I would prefer a program with written theory/explanation etc as I feel it is easier for me to study when I read than when I listen/watch, but this is not critical. What would you recommend?

Background:
I just registered and will have my test on Sept 14, so a bit over 6 weeks left. I plan to study full time in this period. My target is 730+. Non native speaker.
I didn't prepare at all for GMAT. I prepared for MBB consulting recruiting in the last 3 months and was successful with that.

I took 2 test:
1. November '15 The Economist: 610 Q47 V28
2. July '16 GMATPrep Official Test 1: 630 Q44 V33.
I was surprised decline in Quand and improve in Verbal.


Congratulations on your successful MBB recruiting - that's great and glad you are focusing on that. I am taking you have 2-3-4 years of that until you actually apply. So here are a few thoughts:
1. 6 weeks is a bit tight unless you have nothing else to do with your days. If you are working and studying, you may want 8-12 weeks. For reading-based instruction you can try Optimus Prep. Otherwise, another good choice for someone studying for only a month or 6 weeks is EmpowerGMAT since it is a monthly-subscription, so it is inexpensive

2. If you have a longer time frame, you can get the MGMAT books/guides and that's roughly $150. It is not a course but it is the book set they use in a course, and it is pretty good. Same applies to the Veritas Prep book set, though it is a bit more

3. If you are really in a time bind, a course that focuses on speed vs. depth is GMAT Pill. They offer some quick shortcuts that are right 80% of the time. You don't get everything right but you get 80% with 20% of time invested - a pretty good ROI. Magoosh is also a faster/shorter course and very inexpensive.

4. Then there are Economist, eGMAT, and all of the other in-person and live online courses - you get the benefit of an instructor with most of them (Economist is a mixed one).


Not sure if this helped. None of the choices are really wrong.... but some are better suited than others.
Good Luck! :-)


Thanks for your answer and kind words. Not sure if preparing for MBB helps too much but I mentioned it in case it does.

After your reply I re-analysed the mentioned courses and the one that I liked the most was OptimusPrep (easy to use platform, analytical tools: reports on type of questions performance, adaptive courses based on performance). Those would be the most important differences I noticed compared with other courses. Now I have 2 questions:

1. Am I missing something on those differences? Particularly the analytical tools that I find important (e-gmat is the only one that has something like that)
2. Is 6 weeks enough for 640 to 730 or that is totally impossible by using OptimusPrep and I should look at something more 80/20 oriented like GmatPill? I plan to study full time, 6 days a week, no job or school.

Thanks!

tanzzt It seems like we are in a somehow similar situation here.

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tanzzt, e-gmat's Verbal online is a good course. I am an e-gmatter but in a slightly different boat than yours. I am a corporate lawyer. So, I worked on my verbal skills long back in law school itself. I am targeting for 44 with the help of e-gmat's course.

Coming to your query, I have gone through their course content and find that it's exactly what I need for my target score. They ensure that you brush up your foundations as well while progressing through the course. They have a free trial version. Try that before you spend on subscription. Just a word of unsolicited advice, learning is a time-consuming process so you need to spend sometime every day (atleast half an hour) on building up your verbal skills. Once you are comfortable with the process, learning will happen much faster. Good luck!!

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tanzzt, e-gmat's Verbal online is a good course. I am an e-gmatter but in a slightly different boat than yours. I am a corporate lawyer. So, I worked on my verbal skills long back in law school itself. I am targeting for 44 with the help of e-gmat's course.

Coming to your query, I have gone through their course content and find that it's exactly what I need for my target score. They ensure that you brush up your foundations as well while progressing through the course. They have a free trial version. Try that before you spend on subscription. Just a word of unsolicited advice, learning is a time-consuming process so you need to spend sometime every day (atleast half an hour) on building up your verbal skills. Once you are comfortable with the process, learning will happen much faster. Good luck!!


pallaviisinha : thanks for your sharing information. I agree with you that learning is a time-consuming process and we have to study constantly :-D. good luck for you too!!

Stn : I think so that we are in the same situation.

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Hi,
I am looking for a 30 days Quants course and have narrowed down to Math Revolution and Target Test Prep.

What I understand is TTP is more of a platform and MR more of a question developing and breaking ninja. But what consued me was TTP is not even listed here in GMAT Club but Highly Rated on BTG. Similarly, MR is highly rated here at GMAT Club but not listed on BTG.

Can anyone throw some light on it. BB or Chetan ?

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Best GMAT Courses - Overview, Reviews, and Prices


If you are looking for a GMAT Course - this is the place to get a quick overview and ask your questions. There 3 main course types: Classroom (most expensive); Live Online (a good balance of cost and face time); and On Demand (recorded) that offer the best value. If you are looking for a course, Here are a few related resources for you:
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    3. Compare prices on all courses
    4. GMAT Course reviews
    5. Best GMAT Tutor Options



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e-GMAT Verbal Live Prep
If English is your second language - this course is designed for you. It is verbal only and is available in Live or On Demand format
Reviews: 336 | Average Rating: 94% | Average Score Improvement: 70 points
Price: $329 after GMAT Club Discount + Free Access to GMAT Club Tests ($250 value)

Strengths:
1. Strongest Verbal-focused product on the market
2. Large selection of online videos and a large question bank of practice questions: 4,000+
3. 36 hours of live instruction and includes 4 verbal workshops
4. Score guarantee. (Please read the terms and conditions carefully)
5. Access to third party tests (5 CAT's) and Includes GMAT Club Tests for 6 months ($250 value) when you sign up through GMAT Club

Weaknesses:
1. Quant course is available but costs extra
2. Probably not an ideal choice for native speakers


Hybrid Courses (On Demand + Tutor)



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The Economist GMAT Tutor
The Economist mixes adaptive technology with elements of private tutoring (one-on-one sessions) to create a powerful course
Reviews: 133 | Average Rating: 90% | Average Score Improvement: 80 points
Price: $550 - $850 after GMAT Club Discount + Free Access to GMAT Club Tests ($250 value)

Strengths:
1. 7-day trial is available for a test-drive
2. You get plenty of questions and CATs
3. Love the 1-to-1 sessions and ask a tutor support
4. You get 3 - 6 CAT's with the course as well as AWA support
5. Includes GMAT Club Tests for 6 months ($250 value) when you sign up through GMAT Club

Weaknesses:
1. Slightly more expensive than other on demand products but you do get Tutor support for that



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Jamboree GMAT Online Course
Jamboree, India's test prep leader, offers a course that combines 3 strengths: 1) On demand lessons 2) One-on-one sessions and 3) Official licensed questions
Price: $276 after GMAT Club Discount + Free Access to GMAT Club Tests ($250 value)

Strengths:
1. Free trial is available for a test-drive
2. 404 Official questions (you get the QP1 as a part of the offer) - a $29 value
3. Great value from the 1-on-1 sessions
4. You get 2 additional GMAT Prep Tests (EP1) - a $49 value
5. Includes GMAT Club Tests for 6 months ($250 value) when you sign up through GMAT Club

Weaknesses:
1. Few reviews as it is a new course on GMAT Club



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Magoosh Premium
One of the most competitively priced courses with one of the best ROI
Reviews: 194 | Average Rating: 94% | Average Score Improvement: 80 points
Price: $199 after GMAT Club Discount

Strengths:
1. Fantastic Price for 250+ video lessons
2. Every question comes with a video explanation
3. 1-year access (one of the longest terms) and 7-day free trial
4. Score guarantee (please read the terms and conditions carefully)

Weaknesses:
1. Only 2 CAT's; you will need more



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Math Revolution "51" course
Great pricing on a monthly basis - only $99/mo or $60 if purchased with GMAT Club tests
Reviews: 22 | Average Rating: 5.0 | Average Score Improvement: 110 points
Price: $80 after GMAT Club Discount

Strengths:
1. The only Math-only course targetting specifically Q51. (They also have one for Q47 if that's your cup of tea)
2. 2,000 videos and 2,200 practice questions
3. Monthly access for re-takers or full course for new test-takers
4. Really strong score guarantee (please read the terms and conditions carefully)

Weaknesses:
NO CAT's so you will need to find your own CAT's such as GMAC's EP1 and EP2 or MGMAT.


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EMPOWERgmat
Great value and deal on a course - you only have to pay $85 to get started and get full access to the course
Reviews: 8 | Average Rating: 100% | Average Score Improvement: 80 points
Price: $85 for the first month after GMAT Club Discount

Strengths:
1. Fantastic Price for the course
2. Every question comes with a video explanation and database of OG video explanations
3. 3-day Full course trial available
4. GMAT Score booster with guarantee (conditions apply)

Weaknesses:
Number of CAT's needs to be more





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Optimus Prep GMAT On Demand
Adaptive On Demand Course with 5,500 questions and 4 CAT's
Reviews: 27 | Average Rating: 100% | Average Score Improvement: 103 points
Price: after GMAT Club Discount

Strengths:
1. Large selection of questions (5,500)
2. Adaptive course structure that emphasizes weak poionts
3. Video and also text notes/PDFs that can be printed out
4. Very comprehensive and has good tips for each section
5. Includes GMAT Club Tests for 6 months ($250 value) when you sign up through GMAT Club

Weaknesses:
1. The text in the GUI for the Tests/CATs is not very easy to read (you can use zoom feature in the browser)




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GMAT Pill Online Course
Fast-paced intensive prep course for busy professionals
Reviews: 130 | Average Rating: 96% | Average Score Improvement: 97 points
Price: $129 - $397 after GMAT Club Discount

Strengths:
1. Intensive course (less time than others)
2. 5 Tests and 1,000+ questions
3. Includes GMAT Club Tests for 6 months ($250 value) when you pay $149 or more

Weaknesses:







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Veritas Prep Full Course
Veritas Prep has redesigned their program and product mix to resonate with the test takers. Also available in Live Online and On Demand formats.
Reviews: 187 | Average Rating: 98% | Average Score Improvement: 100 points
Price: $1,550 after $100 Discount + Free Access to GMAT Club Tests ($250 value)

Strengths:
1. All courses include the self-study On Demand program, plus 14 hours/week of live instructor staffed office hours
2. Comes with 12 CAT's
3. The highest rated instructor on GMAT Club is Ravi Sreerama, an instructor with 72 reviews
4. Score Guarantee: re-take the course (please read terms and conditions carefully)
5. Great new program that was recently redesigned and updated (and it works)
6. Includes GMAT Club Tests for 6 months ($250 value) when you sign up through GMAT Club

Weaknesses:
Not as good of integration of OG into the course



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Manhattan Prep Complete Course
Since 2006, MGMAT has been the gold standard of GMAT Courses. This course is also available in Live Online and On Demand formats.
Reviews: 142 | Average Rating: 98% | Average Score Improvement: 100 points
Price: $1,525 after $75 Discount + Free Access to GMAT Club Tests ($250 value)

Strengths:
1. Proven to work for thousands of test takers; the most popular course out there
2. Relies on OG questions for a lot of practice assignments
3. Comes with all the MGMAT goodies (question banks, tests and OG books)
4. Comes with 6 CAT's but you can get those after you buy one of their guides
5. Online error log

Weaknesses:
1. No score guarantee program (which almost all providers offer it). Learn more about Score Guarantee
2. Uses the same popular books for the course so it may be tricky if you have done self-study first with MGMAT Guides





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GMAT Prep Now - Free Course

Strengths:
GMAT Prep Now - has made their course free as of Aug 2015
35 Hours of instructions and 500 videos
URL: http://www.gmatprepnow.com/

Weaknesses:
No CAT's

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The egmat verbal online course claims to contain 3500 verbal gmat level questions, over and above the questions in the scholaranium section. Does anyone know where I can find these? I've tried emailing egmat but I haven't received a reply so far.

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Hi,

When you complete a module, the last section is Practice questions (I don't remember the name clearly though). Click on that Tab.

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The egmat verbal online course claims to contain 3500 verbal gmat level questions, over and above the questions in the scholaranium section. Does anyone know where I can find these? I've tried emailing egmat but I haven't received a reply so far.




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Best GMAT Courses - Overview, Reviews, and Prices


If you are looking for a GMAT Course - this is the place to get a quick overview and ask your questions. There 3 main course types: Classroom (most expensive); Live Online (a good balance of cost and face time); and On Demand (recorded) that offer the best value. If you are looking for a course, Here are a few related resources for you:
    1. How to choose the best course for me?
    2. Online GMAT Course study plan
    3. Compare prices on all courses
    4. GMAT Course reviews
    5. Best GMAT Tutor Options



Live Online Courses



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e-GMAT Verbal Live Prep
If English is your second language - this course is designed for you. It is verbal only and is available in Live or On Demand format

Reviews: 336 | Average Rating: 94% | Average Score Improvement: 70 points
Price: $329 after GMAT Club Discount + Free Access to GMAT Club Tests ($250 value)

Strengths:
1. Strongest Verbal-focused product on the market
2. Large selection of online videos and a large question bank of practice questions: 4,000+
3. 36 hours of live instruction and includes 4 verbal workshops
4. Score guarantee. (Please read the terms and conditions carefully)
5. Access to third party tests (5 CAT's) and Includes GMAT Club Tests for 6 months ($250 value) when you sign up through GMAT Club

Weaknesses:
1. Quant course is available but costs extra
2. Probably not an ideal choice for native speakers


Hybrid Courses (On Demand + Tutor)



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The Economist GMAT Tutor
The Economist mixes adaptive technology with elements of private tutoring (one-on-one sessions) to create a powerful course
Reviews: 133 | Average Rating: 90% | Average Score Improvement: 80 points
Price: $550 - $850 after GMAT Club Discount + Free Access to GMAT Club Tests ($250 value)

Strengths:
1. 7-day trial is available for a test-drive
2. You get plenty of questions and CATs
3. Love the 1-to-1 sessions and ask a tutor support
4. You get 3 - 6 CAT's with the course as well as AWA support
5. Includes GMAT Club Tests for 6 months ($250 value) when you sign up through GMAT Club

Weaknesses:
1. Slightly more expensive than other on demand products but you do get Tutor support for that



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Jamboree GMAT Online Course
Jamboree, India's test prep leader, offers a course that combines 3 strengths: 1) On demand lessons 2) One-on-one sessions and 3) Official licensed questions
Price: $276 after GMAT Club Discount + Free Access to GMAT Club Tests ($250 value)

Strengths:
1. Free trial is available for a test-drive
2. 404 Official questions (you get the QP1 as a part of the offer) - a $29 value
3. Great value from the 1-on-1 sessions
4. You get 2 additional GMAT Prep Tests (EP1) - a $49 value
5. Includes GMAT Club Tests for 6 months ($250 value) when you sign up through GMAT Club

Weaknesses:
1. Few reviews as it is a new course on GMAT Club



On Demand Courses (Great Value)




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Magoosh Premium
One of the most competitively priced courses with one of the best ROI
Reviews: 194 | Average Rating: 94% | Average Score Improvement: 80 points
Price: $199 after GMAT Club Discount

Strengths:
1. Fantastic Price for 250+ video lessons
2. Every question comes with a video explanation
3. 1-year access (one of the longest terms) and 7-day free trial
4. Score guarantee (please read the terms and conditions carefully)

Weaknesses:
1. Only 2 CAT's; you will need more



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Math Revolution "51" course
Great pricing on a monthly basis - only $99/mo or $60 if purchased with GMAT Club tests
Reviews: 22 | Average Rating: 5.0 | Average Score Improvement: 110 points
Price: $80 after GMAT Club Discount

Strengths:
1. The only Math-only course targetting specifically Q51. (They also have one for Q47 if that's your cup of tea)
2. 2,000 videos and 2,200 practice questions
3. Monthly access for re-takers or full course for new test-takers
4. Really strong score guarantee (please read the terms and conditions carefully)

Weaknesses:
NO CAT's so you will need to find your own CAT's such as GMAC's EP1 and EP2 or MGMAT.


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EMPOWERgmat
Great value and deal on a course - you only have to pay $85 to get started and get full access to the course
Reviews: 8 | Average Rating: 100% | Average Score Improvement: 80 points
Price: $85 for the first month after GMAT Club Discount

Strengths:
1. Fantastic Price for the course
2. Every question comes with a video explanation and database of OG video explanations
3. 3-day Full course trial available
4. GMAT Score booster with guarantee (conditions apply)

Weaknesses:
Number of CAT's needs to be more





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Optimus Prep GMAT On Demand
Adaptive On Demand Course with 5,500 questions and 4 CAT's
Reviews: 27 | Average Rating: 100% | Average Score Improvement: 103 points
Price: after GMAT Club Discount

Strengths:
1. Large selection of questions (5,500)
2. Adaptive course structure that emphasizes weak poionts
3. Video and also text notes/PDFs that can be printed out
4. Very comprehensive and has good tips for each section
5. Includes GMAT Club Tests for 6 months ($250 value) when you sign up through GMAT Club

Weaknesses:
1. The text in the GUI for the Tests/CATs is not very easy to read (you can use zoom feature in the browser)




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GMAT Pill Online Course
Fast-paced intensive prep course for busy professionals
Reviews: 130 | Average Rating: 96% | Average Score Improvement: 97 points
Price: $129 - $397 after GMAT Club Discount

Strengths:
1. Intensive course (less time than others)
2. 5 Tests and 1,000+ questions
3. Includes GMAT Club Tests for 6 months ($250 value) when you pay $149 or more

Weaknesses:







Classroom Courses - The Best Score Improvement



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Veritas Prep Full Course
Veritas Prep has redesigned their program and product mix to resonate with the test takers. Also available in Live Online and On Demand formats.
Reviews: 187 | Average Rating: 98% | Average Score Improvement: 100 points
Price: $1,550 after $100 Discount + Free Access to GMAT Club Tests ($250 value)

Strengths:
1. All courses include the self-study On Demand program, plus 14 hours/week of live instructor staffed office hours
2. Comes with 12 CAT's
3. The highest rated instructor on GMAT Club is Ravi Sreerama, an instructor with 72 reviews
4. Score Guarantee: re-take the course (please read terms and conditions carefully)
5. Great new program that was recently redesigned and updated (and it works)
6. Includes GMAT Club Tests for 6 months ($250 value) when you sign up through GMAT Club

Weaknesses:
Not as good of integration of OG into the course



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Manhattan Prep Complete Course
Since 2006, MGMAT has been the gold standard of GMAT Courses. This course is also available in Live Online and On Demand formats.
Reviews: 142 | Average Rating: 98% | Average Score Improvement: 100 points
Price: $1,525 after $75 Discount + Free Access to GMAT Club Tests ($250 value)

Strengths:
1. Proven to work for thousands of test takers; the most popular course out there
2. Relies on OG questions for a lot of practice assignments
3. Comes with all the MGMAT goodies (question banks, tests and OG books)
4. Comes with 6 CAT's but you can get those after you buy one of their guides
5. Online error log

Weaknesses:
1. No score guarantee program (which almost all providers offer it). Learn more about Score Guarantee
2. Uses the same popular books for the course so it may be tricky if you have done self-study first with MGMAT Guides





Free Courses


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GMAT Prep Now - Free Course

Strengths:
GMAT Prep Now - has made their course free as of Aug 2015
35 Hours of instructions and 500 videos
URL: http://www.gmatprepnow.com/

Weaknesses:
No CAT's

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Hello,

I just took the GMAT for the first time and scored a 640 (Q47 V35) which is not at all what I wanted to score. My goal is a 700+. I was scoring a 670-680 on practice tests from GMAC, and my verbal went down on the real test. Q did not change at all. Do you think the e-gmat course will help a native English speaker? I was born in the US and went to school here in the US. I saw that it might not be the best per the "weakness" listed above, and if so, what do you recommend for improving my verbal?

Thanks!

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New post 02 Jan 2017, 05:41
Hello all,
First of, I'm new on this forum, hopefully I am posting on the right thread.
I have been studying for the GMAT a little over a month now and I am stuck at 680. My goal is 720+.
I have used the MGMAT books to study, and although they were quite useful, it seems like are not advanced enough to further improve my score. Which approach would you recommend to achieve my goal? Should I keep using books to try to improve? I feel that books are alright to achieve a 'good' score, but they wont permit you to get 'high' scores (i.e. 720+). I am considering taking courses, but I am afraid they will be a waste of time and money, hence my post. What could you advise? Could someone who has been in my situation come up with some ideas? THANKS

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