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August 29 | 2013
27 out of 27 people found the following review helpful
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     By dlehrner 0 0
Improvement:

100 Points

Verbal:     
Quant:     
This review is for: Economist GMAT Tutor Premium Prep
Location: Online

I decided to finally stop talking about applying to business school and actually do it. The only problem with my decision was the application was due in two months. I immediately went to Amazon and purchased the Official GMAT study guide which is inarguably a great resource. I then found the Veritas Prep videos on the iPad that really helped me understand thinking like the test maker. Unfortanately, thinking like the test maker didn't translate into beating the test maker as my first score was much lower than I anticpated. I think I let my poor performance on the IR section affect me during the Quant and Verbal sections but, regardless, I needed to retake the test in one month and increase my score at least 50 points. At that time I found great reviews and a free trial for the Economist's GMAT Tutor. I bit on the free trial and after being impressed with the teaching style of the online course I purchased the one year subscription. I did not have enough time to complete the entire course but in the 40 hours I was able to get through approximately 40% of the material and raised my GMAT score by 100 points. Overall I was impressed with the layout and teaching style and have recommended it to several other co-workers considering going to B-School next year.

While nothing is perfect, I really only had a few small complaints regarding the Economist GMAT Tutor. The first is more an issue with my lack of time as I did not have time to get to some of the sections that I knew I needed more time with, like Geometry and Combinatorics. I also wanted to review the exponents section a few days before the test but you are unable to select specific topics. I also had two technical issues, the first on my work computer where I am unable to login via IE because of a "no transport" error. However, it is a work computer so who knows what restrictions are causing the issue but Firefox worked without a problem. I also tried to use the course on a first generation iPad and some of the scientific notation fonts would not render which made learning the Quant sections impossible but selecting Verbal only was still available while I was mobile.

The constant interaction required with this course is guaranteed to keep you involved in the learning and forces you to learn the material.


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60 point increase in 3 weeks!
September 26 | 2013
27 out of 27 people found the following review helpful
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     By taniasteyn 0 0
Improvement:

60 Points

Verbal:     
Quant:     
Location: Online

I cannot say enough about how great this tool was for my quant prep. But before I delve into that, let me just say now that I didn't do any of the verbal prep. My verbal score was already in the 45 - 46 range and I didn't feel I needed improvement there.

I had been casually studying for the GMAT since about mid-June focusing only on Quant. After 5 practice tests I saw 0 increase in my score (I scored 40 three times and 41 twice). I finally realized I needed help in this section, but personal tutors were too expensive and the other courses offered (through Kaplan etc.) would not let me go at my own pace/focus only on quant. So I finally signed up for the one week free trial. After a week, I was already seeing results, so I signed up for the full package. I only had 2 weeks left until test day, and in the end I managed to do about 65% of the quant material. I ended up writing the test 3 weeks after starting with the Economist and, after not sleeping the night before, I managed to get a 760, with a 49 in quant.

It was a great tool that allowed me to study on my own schedule (you can set lesson times as short as 5 minutes) and, with the mobile app, it was even more flexible. I loved the interface and the artificial intelligence which tailored the program to your needs. I also made use of the essay feedback option, and it was certainly very useful to have an actual person review my essay and give me written feedback!

The only con I could possibly think of is that you don't have access to "later" material earlier in the course. For example, I wanted to review the IR material, but couldn't get to it without completing the math sections that came before it. But if you have more time than I did, I'm sure you'll have time to be able to complete 100% of the material and this shouldn't be a problem!

I cannot recommend this program highly enough. It's a great way to learn (I find it a happy medium between a class and self guided study with books) and the team at the Economist is very responsive and helpful!

Sign up for the free trial! I invested about 10 hours in that first week and got a really good sense of how useful it would be for me. You have nothing to lose.


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1 Commented by avpk729 on January 09, 2015
Tanyasteyn, thank you for this review, i was wondering if i am the only person who is finding this program useful. Im in my trail period and have been wondering if I should invest in the full plan.
To see that you have gained positive result is such a motivating factor.
Congrats on your high score.
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From 480 to 730
October 11 | 2017
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     By juanialmarza 0 0
Verified Score:

730

Q48

V42

Improvement:

200 Points

Verbal:     
Quant:     
Location: Online

In the first practice exam I took I got a score of 480. After 5 months studying with The Economist GMAT tutor I improved to 730 in the real test.
Pros:
- You choose when and where to study. I work 9 hours a day I would have hated to have had to go to a class room. I would study sentence correction on my phone on my way to work, Quant and Verbal on my lunchtime at the office and again Quant and Verbal in my pajamas at home.
- The whole experience is similar to the GMAT test. Since you are always in front of a screen, doing timed exercises, when you do the practice exams or the real test, you already it works. No surprises and I guess you get less nervous.
- Superb in sentence correction. Even as a non-native speaker, there is little you can do to improve Reading C and Critical R, but when it comes to SC this tutor makes a difference.
- Good explanations. In Quant and Verbal the explanations to the problems are complete and easier to understand compared to what I have seen in other tutors.
- Top level tutors. The Skype sessions that come with the TE are very useful when you feel weak at a particular subject.

Cons
- The only thing I can think of is that when you feel that you want to do exercises of a Quant certain topic (lets say probabilities), the TE does not let you choose that topic. Anyways, you can always go to the GMAT Club forums and get an overdose of the kind of problems you are looking for.

Bottomline
I truly recommend TE tutor. I am sure I could not have gotten 730 without it.

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Great for self learners!
September 01 | 2017
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     By mjlim 5 3
Verified Score:

710

Q46

V41

Improvement:

90 Points

Verbal:     
Quant:     
This review is for: Economist GMAT Tutor Premium Prep
Location: Online

Since I travel a lot for work, I was looking for a GMAT prep program that could accommodate my hectic schedule and my particular style of learning. I prefer to learn by reading and completing exercises on my own, and do not do well in a classroom setting. I also have no patience for videos since I like to skip ahead. Economist GMAT Tutor was perfect since I could zip ahead on lessons I was already familiar with. It has over 5000 practice questions across all the GMAT topics, so I was able to sufficiently practice my weakest topics. My favorite part of the app is the predicted score. The program accurately predicted my performance both times I took the GMAT. The only thing I would improve is that some of the explanations for quant questions did not provide enough stepwise logic. The good thing is that you can "ask a tutor" whenever some of the explanations were vague. Overall, would recommend!

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     By ejm94 0 0
Verified Score:

730

Q45

V44

Improvement:

100 Points

Verbal:     
Quant:     
This review is for: Economist GMAT Tutor Premium Prep
Location: Online

When I took the GMAT the first time, I received (in my opinion) are pretty good score - 630. However, within that 630 my breakdown was extremely uneven; I didn't do well in the Quant section (36th percentile) but I did well in the Verbal (85th percentile). I was unsure whether or not to take the GMAT again, and when looking through other online programs, they all appeared to have a pretty standard/generic curriculum, which was a bit of a turn off for me as I felt I only needed to work on the quant. The biggest draw to the Economist program for me what that it adapts to what you need, based off of your scores on the practice tests and on practice questions throughout the lessons. The program was perfect for me, as it placed most emphasis on the mathematics and through short, easy to comprehend lessons, as well as 6 completely customizable tutor sessions with an actual tutor I was able to bring my score up 21 percentile points!! I hadn't done math at school in at least a couple of years, so for me I really needed a brush up on everything to trigger my memories and the broad spectrum of lessons provided on the program was great - especially as it keeps reviewing the same lessons until you really get it. If you are struggling on a certain question or lesson as well, you have 'Ask-a-tutor' questions, where a tutor will send you back and explanation of the question that will hopefully help you better understand the question and its answer. As well as thoroughly helping me on the Quant section, I also improved significantly on the Verbal section (which was a bonus as I felt I had really been emphasizing Quant and had been neglecting the Verbal). I moved from 85th percentile to 98th percentile; the program does an excellent job of breaking down the critical reasoning, sentence correction, and reading comprehension into step by step methods of thinking and working through the questions, and if you follow their methods step by step, there really is no way to answer a question incorrectly! It's quite impressive, actually. There is also the possibility to submit 5 essays for review by a tutor, who will provide you feedback, though I did not take advantage of these. I put a lot of hours into this program, 145 or somewhere around there, maybe slightly more - but it was well worth it for the 100 point surprise at the end!! Would definitely recommend, as there is also a money-back guarantee if you don't receive a 70 point score increase; though, based off my experience, they probably don't have to give people their money back very often... Excellent opportunity for those looking for a well-rounded score increase with plenty of time to invest into the program.

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     By bamslam25 0 0
Self-reported Score:

710

Q48

V39

Improvement:

160 Points

Verbal:     
Quant:     
This review is for: Economist GMAT Tutor Premium Prep
Location: Online

Overall the Economist GMAT was extremely helpful. I go to a mid-tier public university in the US and am thinking about getting my MBA in 2-3 years. I looked online and this was appeared to be the best resource.

I'll preface by saying I didn't study at all, and the first practice test I took was through the Economist and I got a 550. My quant was in the 30th percentile, but my verbal was already in the 80th.

By the end, my quant was in the 70th percentile and my verbal improved to the 90th percentile. Although the quant is very good, I felt like the questions near the end of the program were too easy and that I needed to find some harder question to push my thinking and expose myself to harder questions.

And overall I thought the Economist sentence correction questions were much easier than the official ones, so if you get the opportunity, I would prep with difficult ones.

Overall a good product and even though my improvement may be an outlier, I should drastically help you.

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     By redjersey 3 5
Verified Score:

680

Q44

V39

Improvement:

40 Points

Verbal:     
Quant:     
This review is for: Economist GMAT Tutor Premium Prep
Location: Online

After scoring a 680 (44Q 39V) with a decent regiment of prep, I decided to sign up for the economist's service, with the score guarantee and adaptive nature as the main draws. While I did not hit the guaranteed score (and 750 is a lofty guarantee), I did fulfill the 90% criteria, taking just over 100 hours of practice to do so. Overall, I found the course to be helpful, with the quant section being extremely strong.

The one area where the course could be improved is the verbal. I purchased the enhanced score report of my test and found that I scored a 51 on the CR section 39 on the RC, but a 34 on the CR. Considering I missed fewer than 12 sentence correction questions across the 5 practice tests I took, I attribute this to the sentence correction content being taught. I would have appreciated if the course was more forthcoming about where its weaknesses are versus the actual test. In order to earn the score guarantee, you're already sinking 100+ hours between the course itself, the tutoring sessions, and practice tests. With that commitment, any non-economist studying I should do should be extremely targeted to make up the deficiencies. I would have liked more of a heads up, I probably could have walked away with a 740 if I had not scored so poorly in that section.

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     By La242 0 0
Verified Score:

700

Q45

V41

Improvement:

50 Points

Verbal:     
Quant:     
This review is for: Economist GMAT Tutor Premium Prep
Location: Online

I started studying for the GMAT several years ago using just the Manhattan GMAT books. I kept falling off studying. Finally I decided to get committed and start the official Manhattan GMAT in person course. I learned a lot in that but my score was only 650 on the real gmat after that course. I was disappointed because my first practice exam I got a 620 and I got the exact same score on my last one. It's like the class did nothing for my score. When I took the exam o got a 650, which was not good enough for me, but still I was pleasantly surprised that I got higher than my practice exams.

I found the economist GMAT course online after searching for a GMAT course score guarantee. It amazed me that I could go up 70 points with no risk through the economist. I started the Exonomist the day after my first GMAT exam with the hopes of getting a 720.

I found the course to be extremely helpful! The quant section was especially good. It changed to show me more questions of what I needed help on and fewer questions for things that I already knew. I really liked how the course had a score estimate and a percent complete tracker. I also had great sessions with Jake Wengroff, my tutor for all but one of the sessions. You can't pick your tutor in the system but he and I were able to book appointments offline that he would then add to the system so that it would guarantee that he was my tutor. He was really great and I would recommend him for sure!

The verbal section I found helpful, but the sentence correction section didn't seem to be as difficult as the real exam. My verbal score went from a 40 to a 41, so really there was not much improvement there from my first real exam to my last real exam. My quant went up from 40 to a 45. I'm very pleased with my progress. Although I did not get the 700 points that they guarantee I plan on extending my subscription so that I can take the exam again in September and will hopefully go up 20 or more points. In all I would recommend the eco moist to anyone. It is possible to get to 700!! You just have to keep working at it.

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     By girishgopiselvaraj 0 0
Verified Score:

730

Q50

V38

Improvement:

30 Points

Verbal:     
Quant:     
This review is for: Economist GMAT Tutor Premium Prep
Location: Online

The Economist GMAT tutor is a very well-designed and elegantly presented prep tool. The way that the course considers the candidates performance and does all the planning for the candidate is a big help. Time that would otherwise be spent on planning preparation can actually be spent on preparing with the Economist GMAT tutor. The course is consummate and very efficient. It is easy-to-use, versatile and flexible - the course allowed me to spend any free-time I had preparing.
Special mentions to tutors Jake Wengroff and Kasia Slawinska who were hugely important in my preparation. They guided me from even before I started the program, up till the night before the exam. They were always ready with prep advice, planning and tips for reducing stress. Their help allowed me to direct whatever time I had into the right kind of preparation and also allowed me to use the tool efficiently.

Overall, of all the competitive exams I've written, the GMAT was the most satisfactory and I can confidently say that it wouldn't have been possible without the Economist GMAT tutor.

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Great learning experience
June 07 | 2017
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     By rawatar 0 0
Verified Score:

740

Q50

V40

Improvement:

130 Points

Verbal:     
Quant:     
Location: Online

I used the Economist GMAT Tutor to prepare and I have to say that it gives a one of a kind & exceptional experience to the process of preparation. The portal to very well designed and organized, making everything simple to consume.

I am a non-native English speaker and started using the Economist portal especially to improve my verbal score. When I started I was around 27-30 range in verbal. That jumped to 40 by the time I took the test (in 4 months).

Eventually, the portal also gave me many hacks for quants which I could use in the practice tests. When used in combination with OGs, The Economist GMAT Tutor can work wonders.

Highly recommended for non-native English speakers!

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