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Can someone please compare and contrast their scores using magoosh's prep tests vs the actual test experience or how Magoosh compares with MGMAT or Kaplan?

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Can someone please compare and contrast their scores using magoosh's prep tests vs the actual test experience or how Magoosh compares with MGMAT or Kaplan?

Dear 15prospetive,
I'm happy to respond. :-) I work for Magoosh.

I cannot tell you what the other companies offer, but if you have already taken an official GMAT, Magoosh guarantees a 50-point improvement:
http://gmat.magoosh.com/score-guarantee
Also, this testimonial page might give you some sense of the experience of our customers:
http://gmat.magoosh.com/testimonials
Here's an article written by Kevin at Magoosh about student happiness:
http://magoosh.com/blog/magoosh-student ... -may-2014/

I can tell you that the MGMAT books are probably the very best resources in print. We often recommend the MGMAT books to our students, because they are so good.

I'm going to go out on a limb and guess that students have improved their GMAT scores using all three of these services; I know that's true for Magoosh, and I assume it's true for others as well. Is Magoosh "as good as" or "not as good as" or "better than" the others? Well, I certainly have my opinions on that question --- personally, I think Magoosh is every bit as good as the others --- but you arguably could call those opinions biased. Two objective things I will point out: (1) Kaplan & MGMAT are organized primarily around taking a physical class at a physical location; the have some online resources, but I think you only get the "full" experience if you take a physical class; Magoosh, by contrast, is entirely online, so you get the full experience anywhere you can get an internet connection, on your own schedule, whenever and wherever is convenient. (2) I think in price, we have either one of those two way beat.

I know that we write all our own questions, and we rigorously test the quality of our questions, so we are constantly revising. Here's a sample DS question:
http://gmat.magoosh.com/questions/1021
Here's a SC question:
http://gmat.magoosh.com/questions/3597
When you submit your answer to either of those, the following page will have a complete video explanation. Each one of our 800+ practice questions has its own VE, for accelerated learning.

Please let me know if you have any other questions.
Mike :-)
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Here's an excerpt on study materials from my debrief:

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OG obviously. Manhattan. Magoosh. Manhattan materials are a necessity. They give you the strongest foundation and skills, especially in quant. Could not have done number properties without it. Manhattan materials. Get them. Now.

Magoosh. For $99 you cannot beat the price. Period. Question bank of about 900 in addition to great question support; they will respond to your emails within a day. The staff is awesome. Again, for $99 can’t be beat. What is also great about Magoosh is that they are real with you. They understand that there are other products out there that will complement or supplement Magoosh’s online resource. They actively recommend using Manhattan products and incorporate them into their study plans. I appreciate the fact that they know their limits and they know what works and are willing to recommend other products.

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i wasn't asking for a review of the product offered by magoosh per se...but specifically the difficulty level of the prep tests offered by magoosh. I have taken the mgmat prep test where i found math was especially difficult whereas gmat prep was on the easier side. how do magoosh tests compare to practice tests offered by mgmat or gmat prep?

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i wasn't asking for a review of the product offered by magoosh per se...but specifically the difficulty level of the prep tests offered by magoosh. I have taken the mgmat prep test where i found math was especially difficult whereas gmat prep was on the easier side. how do magoosh tests compare to practice tests offered by mgmat or gmat prep?


I thought magoosh tests were comparable to the real thing, but I also thought Economist tests were comparable too. Ultimately, I've found that it's about question type and scoring algorithm. The latter part may be harder for test companies to get right. I hit within the ranges each test provided, but neither gave concrete scores.

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i wasn't asking for a review of the product offered by magoosh per se...but specifically the difficulty level of the prep tests offered by magoosh. I have taken the mgmat prep test where i found math was especially difficult whereas gmat prep was on the easier side. how do magoosh tests compare to practice tests offered by mgmat or gmat prep?

Dear 15prospetive,
I'm happy to respond. :-) It's a bit funny, because the same Magoosh questions are used in our Product in general and in our practice test. There aren't two buckets of questions. There are some easy questions, but the hard questions are quite difficult. To some extent, the difficulty you experience in the practice test depends on how you navigate the CAT. If you make some mistake on the practice test, you may not see the hardest question. Remember that there's something paradoxical about asking "how hard is this or that CAT?", because five different students might have five completely different experiences of the CAT. In fact, this might be true of your experiences of GMAT Prep and MGMAT. You are asking about a static read of something that is a dynamic algorithm. Does all this make sense?
Mike :-)
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