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# GMAT Club Review Verification - Are they Fake?

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Of course some of the reviews are fake. There is too much money in the field of GMAT prep for there not to be some dishonest actors. More generally speaking, we human beings have a tendency to be dishonest. Combine that with the anonymity of the online experience, and you get a ton of misinformation.

I would also venture that most of the reviews are real, but a lot of the reviews do seem awfully suspicious, like they were written by the companies themselves. That's why I ask my students to review my services on Yelp--verified reviews are Yelp's specialty. In fact, Yelp goes further than that, since I've had a ton of actual student reviews filtered by the system!

Of course, even on Yelp there are fake positive reviews, as well as fake negative reviews written by envious competitors. It's a rough world out there.

I would say that GMATClub's / Google's policy is "when it doubt, post the review" and Yelp's policy is "when in doubt, filter the review." That doesn't mean that one approach is necessarily better than the other. I do like the freedom of an open forum such as GMATClub, where very little is censored and all voices are allowed to be heard, but we must always remember to think critically about people's motivations, and to understand that you can't always trust what you read on the internet. :wink:

The main question I have is - what prompted you to post this? Saying that chances are, some reviews are fake is equivalent of saying chances are there are aliens in the universe and we should all wear tin foil hats. As to the bragging you do on Yelp, they have some shady practices and the fact that you are not even aware of them, throws even more doubt on the purpose of your post.

P.S. While there are no absolutes, it is much easier and cheaper to fake a review on Yelp than on GMAT Club.

Edit: Just saw that a year ago you have claimed you got banned for 20 days for posting this [link to Reddit]. I doubt it but it has been almost 3 years, and you have done many stupid things on GMAT Club over the last 5 years.... but we do not have an option to ban for 20 days. The system only allows to ban for 2 weeks or a month, so you are exaggerating, which it seems that and many of your other posts come from an inferiority complex with your size

Originally posted by bb on 24 Apr 2017, 19:26.
Last edited by bb on 26 Dec 2019, 11:32, edited 2 times in total.
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Re: GMAT Club Review Verification - Are they Fake? [#permalink]
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mcelroytutoring
Of course some of the reviews are fake. There is too much money in the field of GMAT prep for there not to be some dishonest actors. More generally speaking, we human beings have a tendency to be dishonest. Combine that with the anonymity of the online experience, and you get a ton of misinformation.

I would also venture that most of the reviews are real, but a lot of the reviews do seem awfully suspicious, like they were written by the companies themselves. That's why I ask my students to review my services on Yelp--verified reviews are Yelp's specialty. In fact, Yelp goes further than that, since I've had a ton of actual student reviews filtered by the system!

Of course, even on Yelp there are fake positive reviews, as well as fake negative reviews written by envious competitors. It's a rough world out there.

I would say that GMATClub's / Google's policy is "when it doubt, post the review" and Yelp's policy is "when in doubt, filter the review." That doesn't mean that one approach is necessarily better than the other. I do like the freedom of an open forum such as GMATClub, where very little is censored and all voices are allowed to be heard, but we must always remember to think critically about people's motivations, and to understand that you can't always trust what you read on the internet. :wink:

The main question I have is - what prompted you to post this? Saying that chances are, some reviews are fake is equivalent of saying chances are there are aliens in the universe and we should all wear tin foil hats. As to the bragging you do on Yelp, they have some shady practices and the fact that you are not even aware of them, throws even more doubt on the purpose of your post.

P.S. While there are no absolutes, it is much easier and cheaper to fake a review on Yelp than on GMAT Club.

bb I'm unable to verify my score report. Could you look into this?
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