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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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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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.
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!
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.
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.
I’m a law student in my final year of a five year course in India. My interests lie primarily in corporate law, venture capital and entrepreneurship. I wanted to give the GMAT while I was still in law school to apply to a few deferred MBA programs. Since I’m on a residential campus and I decided pretty late that I wanted to give the GMAT, I couldn’t go to any actual classes I decided to do a google search for online courses and hope for the best! I came across the Economist GMAT tutor, and after a few days research I decided to go ahead with it. My math skills have always been week, and after four and a half years of law school which has included no math at all, I was pretty worried.
The Economist GMAT tutor turned out to be excellent. While studying for my law school semester exams (5 subjects), I was able to study for the GMAT as well thanks to the way their GMAT course is structured. The tutors are all great (at least the ones I interacted with!) and extremely accommodating. The course focused a lot on methods to solve sums quickly which I thought was extremely helpful and exactly what was required. The verbal section of the course also had great methods of identifying the type of question and remembering the rules associated with it.
I ended up with a 710 (Q45 V42) on my first attempt with a 96 percentile in english. After 65-70% of the course it just makes you practice and that really helped. The practice tests and the ability to review them and discuss them with your tutors was extremely beneficial.
I would definitely recommend the Economist GMAT Tutor to anyone thinking of giving the GMAT!
I used the manhattan books and 4 months of study to get to a score of 690. Two years later, the economist tutor brought me up to a 760. The difference is in the amount of practice available on your toughest topics. Instead of rereading the same section of a book over and over, this software presents more and more questions, all at your target score level, until it finally clicks.
The verbal sections are broken down well into bite-sized chunks that can be easily cross-referenced with the solutions in the official guide, so the synergy between the two is great. I relied less on the quant section than I did the verbal, but it does a great job of introducing difficult topics and easy ones alike.
The practice tests are different than GMATPrep, but effective. They always seemed to focus on topics that I struggled with. There was about a 70-100 point difference between these and my final official score.
Lastly, for those topics that you just can't figure out, the one-on-one tutoring sessions are amazing. I highly recommend Jake Wengroff not only as an excellent instructor, but as an avid supporter of my success. He took personal interest in me and my weaknesses, and gave me motivation when I needed it most. Especially useful sessions included a review of GMATPrep practice test questions that I missed. It was great to observe his question-answering process.
Overall, highly recommend. Especially if you are looking to dramatically improve your verbal score.
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Your situation sounds much like my current one. I last took the GMAT in august 2016 and got a 680 (can't remember the exact Q & V scores as I cancelled the score due to disappointment in the result). I now have about two months before I start a job at an MBB consulting firm but want to take the GMAT again and aim for 720+ so that I don't have to study while working long hours. I haven't touched any material in 2 years so am a bit unsure whether to start again with the books or go with this tutor. I'm personally looking to improve my Quant rather than verbal, do you think this course would still be useful? And is it a set day by day study guide or can you take it at a faster pace if you need to.
Thanks for any tips you might have in advance, its much appreciated
2Commented by justin7705 on July 14, 2018
Yes I still think the course will be useful. It will do a full refresh of every topic and then allow you to focus on what your weak points are. It lets you go as fast or as slow as you want to, but it gates certain content so that you finish in order and don't skip around too much.