I started with the program as a way to continue my studies without carrying to OG around. While traveling, I was able to use some offline features on the app. Tutor 1:1 are definitely worth the increase. I went to take the exam with 3 sessions under my belt and scored a 590. After 2 weeks and an additional 3 sessions I scored a 620. My baseline before starting the program was 540.
Bottom line - if you are looking to study while you travel this is great option. I was able to do very well in Quant (47 and 46) and in the 88th percentile in CR with this program. Schedule the tutoring sessions with a pattern in mind and focus on what you need to change!
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Overall: I loved the Economist GMAT Prep. Before signing up I tried the free trial of Veritas and Manhattan Prep's programs and found that they focused on force-feeding you practice problems, whereas Economist GMAT forced you to slow down and focus on strategy and the fundamentals before jumping into anything. Overall, I feel that this strategy most strongly contributed to my success.
Economist GMAT had a relentless focus on strategy as a whole, and strategy within each question type. I never would have thought that I'd be getting so many difficult problems correct, or that I would be able to diagnose "lost causes" so quickly.
While learning all of the fundamental sentence correction rules and math formulas can be very boring, Economist GMAT's adaptive learning program kept me focused and moving forward. It helped me build a strong base that I'm not sure I otherwise would have been able to create.
Economist GMAT's explanations are second to none. Every question helped me understand the fundamentals, and their adaptive program recognized areas of weaknesses and forced me to spend more time on them. It also forced me to revisit questions I had gotten wrong in the past.
I do feel that I wish that Economist GMAT had an option to focus exclusively on advanced topics when I was "approaching the asymptote" rather than leaving the difficulty of practice problems to chance.
When I decided to take the GMAT I was already working in an demanding internship. However I felt like I wouldn't have the energy to search for shortcuts and tricks on every topic after coming home late. I really enjoyed the ease of use of the Economist's program, that I was able to use it on the train or subway, and the personal lessons.
The best tips for me have been the ones on time management and test taking strategy, a subject which I underestimated until the very end. Gladly Isaac, whit whom I had two lessons stretched the importance enough for me to care about it. While I had some problems with applying them at first, they finally helped me to boost my test score a lot.
If you are a very organized and motivated person and have a lot of time I do believe that the GMAT is not a big problem. On the other hand, if you are working or for any reason have to take the test within the next month or two, I think that this program will take some pressure of you.
In addition, with the point increase or money-back-offer I haven't had anything to loose with this program, but my expectations have even been exceeded by far.
The only negative aspect I can think about is that you can not repeat a topic once you finished all the regarding questions.
I sat for my GMAT with minimal preparation and scored 670, well below my target score of 730. I tried the 1 week trial for the Economist GMAT prep program, liked the program and purchased the premium prep which guarantees a 70 point improvement. Within 1 month of using the program, my practice tests score were in the range of 750-770.
Covers the key topic area for both quant and verbal with very clear guides and practice questions
Once you have completed a topic, you can no longer go through the topic again. Instead only a summary is provided.
The AWA section is not very comprehensive but if your focus is on quant and verbal this will not be an issue.
The Economist GMAT platform helped me to achieve a 90 point improvement on the GMAT! I loved the ease of use of the mobile app and how I could study on the go or while waiting on people or appointments. I really needed improvement on the quant, my verbal was already in roughly the 80th percentile but it improved to the 93rd percentile as well.
Jake Wengroff really was by far the most helpful and caring tutor. He did an excellent job helping me comprehend some of the quant concepts and all around went above and beyond.
The one con of the Economist course in my option would be the inability to shift ahead to later topics but at the same time my score really improved so it could mean that their order served its purpose. Overall I would definitely recommend the Economist GMAT course.
I purchased the Economist GMAT course for 3 months , and genuinely did NOT expect to get a 50 point increase. I thought that I had reached my peak of maths / quant knowledge, and was fully expecting to be asking for a refund after I retook the GMAT. My focus was now 90% on the Economist course, occasionally (and less than I should have) dipping back to OG questions, looking at Magoosh lessons, or doing the odd CAT with MGMAT or Veritas. My theory was that they would not put together the course in that fashion and with that guarantee unless they had faith that their system worked. Clearly it did! I worked 1-3 hrs per day, taking a complete day off every other week or so. The Quant stuff was really good, and I picked up some great techniques and explanations for concepts I'd really struggled with ; the Verbal stuff was "meh" (I never really got into the idea of learning a whole bunch of rules - I'd always done fairly well simply going by what sounded right); I largely ignored IR; and I had little faith in their AWA assessments (one scored me a 3 for an essay which in my mind was at least a 5). The Ask-a-tutor facility was very useful, and the online tutoring sessions depended entirely on who was tutoring at the other end.
I used Economist to boost my verbal score through sentence correction. It was very helpful. I ultimately scored V48.
I am a native English speaker and do a lot of proofreading for work. So with minimal studying, my Verbal scores were already around 44. However, I was having trouble getting to the next level.
Many people recommend MGMAT book for SC. I actually think economist is better for native speakers. The economist user experience gives you really quick feedback on your work and easy-to-digest lessons, without diving into many of the technical grammar terms that are not useful for people that grew up speaking English. Instead, the Economist teaches a set of "stop signs" that cue you into the warning signs of a sentence. This method worked for me. (In addition, I drilled SC questions on my own from the OG.)
I wish the Economist would sell the SC section on its own. It's very good. However, I think their quant section is designed a bit more for people that are trying to break high 600s or low 700s rather than gain a really top score. I used Target Test Prep for their quant section, because they go very in-depth on the math material. In contrast, the Economist quant is more focused on a "good enough" review of the math and then teaches you hacks and tips that can get you to a good score quickly rather than a great score a bit more slowly.
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I selected GMAT tutor as a result of its flexible nature. I wanted to make sure that I was taking in all of the content, so felt that the written nature of the program was preferable over other programs that featured videos. I found the "ask a tutor" feature to be the most helpful portion of the ultimate package because I could get detailed analysis on any question I was confused on. I found myself asking for more detailed explanation of many verbal questions, which is why I rated the verbal portion of the program as a 4. I scored a 600 on my diagnostic test, and ended up with a 730, so was more than happy with the final results. The AWA prep created a simple formula that allowed me to score a 6.0 with very little practice. I would definitely recommend this service to anyone that cannot commit to an in-person prep course.
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I think the Economist GMAT prep course is a really good course for those who struggle with sitting down and reading prep books. I really liked the interface and found the lessons pretty useful.
- I really loved working with Kasia during my "Live Sessions". She always put in the work to make sure I was learning what I could and I actually felt that she cared about how I would be doing on the GMAT.
- Overall, this course really motivated me to study for the GMAT every day and it was really easy to use and learn with.
- They have some really good tips and tricks for both Quant and Verbal. They not only teach you how to do math or what idioms to know, but how to tackle Data Sufficiency questions or Inference questions.
- The one week trial is a really good way to see if you would like using this course.
- Their "Ask a Question" to tutors usually give great answers.
- I didn't use up my "Ask a Question" feature nor did I use up my "Essay Grading" features. The Economist doesn't tell you that it can take a week to grade an essay and that they're graded on first come, first serve basis. So by the time I got to working on the essay, there was no point in submitting one.
- Some of the questions in their CAT exams repeat from the prep course learning part.
- The "Help Desk" is only available on weekdays during normal work hours, so it may be difficult if you work full time and use this course on weekends or in the evening.
- Not all the "Live Sessions" are great. Most of mine were, but I had one guy who I literally asked to teach me the concept and instead he just kept asking me to do practice questions. In addition, the tutors are frequently unable to use the Economist platform and ask you to move to Skype which takes a couple precious minutes away from your lesson. (Kasia was super nice about this and always went over our scheduled session by a couple minutes to make up for it, but not all tutors did this.)
- They can only reset your entire practice test and not a section of it.
- You can't really skip sections or choose a random section unless you've completed the course/completed the parts of the course that they want you to complete.
While I didn't use up all of my features, I definitely liked having them and would highly recommend the Economist prep course for those who are having trouble using the MP books or those who don't remember much math. If I were to do it all over again, I would still have bought this course.
I bought the Economist GMAT Tutor Premium Prep 3 month plan on November 4th 2017. At that point, I had already been to some GMAT quant lessons in my city and knew absolutely NOTHING about the verbal part. On February 26th I sit my GMAT Exam for the very first time and scored a 720, Verbal 40, Quant 48.
I can honestly say that the Economist GMAT Tutor was the best preparation tool I could use. It's a very friendly program and it really taught me everything I needed to know in order to secure a good score. I was really impressed with the Verbal lessons, they carefully walk you through all the grammar you need for SC in a very interactive way. The RC and CR tips were also very effective.
The tutoring sessions helped me a lot, the tutors are really helpful and have plenty of experience with all kinds of students, so they know in which direction they need to point you.
All things considered, I think that the Economist GMAT Tutor is a damn good investment if you want a good score and I warmly suggest it to anyone planning to take the GMAT.