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Perfect for self-starters
November 15 | 2013
7 out of 7 people found the following review helpful
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     By Anonymous 0 0
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I scored 750, and I felt the software fit my learning style very well. I had only a few months to prepare for the GMAT, and I wanted a course that gave me a lot of freedom to work on my own time, and that adapted to my level of learning. The Economist's course was perfect for me because it estimated my level of learning and began at that point. The practice questions it gave me were very challenging, and I felt that the practice exams were pretty well representative of the real experience.

I liked that the program tracks your progress, and estimates your score based on how you’ve been doing (this feature only becomes available after completion of 10-15% of the course). I also liked that the cost was the lowest of the online options I found.


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7 out of 7 people found the following review helpful
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     By mayabbi 4 0
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80 Points

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I decided to buy Economist Prep only three weeks before my exam. I was searching for the course that would help me to revise all the topics and that would be interactive. Economist Prep was exactly that.

First, it has this great customer interference that makes the course really easy to use. Second, the course adapts the study content to your needs: for example I had to practice sets so long that I stopped making mistakes. Third, you can use a lot of additional services. For example essay practice was simply great!

What I also noticed is that I was never too tired for Economist GMAT tutor - when I came back from job I was often really tired, but I always managed to convince me to do a couple of excercices in Economist course. And when I started, it was hard to stop and go to sleep :). Another thing that I would like to mention is that, I found their exams quite representative - I got in practice exams 650 and this was the score that I got in the real test.

Although I am not satisfied with the score, I have to admit that I gain 80 points at least because of Economist GMAT tutor. So to sum up: for me buying this course was one of the best decisions I have taken in my GMAT preparation time. Good luck to all ;)


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Highly Recommended
November 03 | 2013
7 out of 7 people found the following review helpful
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     By Anonymous 0 0
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30 Points

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I used the GMAT Tutor Complete Package to prepare for the GMAT and found it to be very good preparation for the test. My results on the real GMAT were 49 quant, 45 verbal and 8 IR. Here are the three things that were strengths of this online course.

First, it was excellent preparation for the format and timing of the real exam. The course is computer-based and adaptive, just like the GMAT, so it’s much better practice than studying using books or a non-adaptive website. When I took the live GMAT, my timing and pacing were just right thanks to the way the program forced me to hone my time management skills. I was able to work through the real exam calmly and methodically because I had had so much realistic practice. The real exam was automatic for me.

Second, the quant part of the course was very effective for me. I studied engineering, but it had been years since I’d taken a course or test and the course presented all of the math topics for me to revise. After working through the explanations of, for example, rate problems, I then had the chance to work exam-type problems increasing in difficulty as I proved I could do the easier ones. I never had to spend much time doing easy problems and was able to quickly move onto doing lots of practice at the right level for me. The quant problems were very similar to the level and type of problems I got on the real GMAT.

Finally, I thought the progress chart and score forecaster were very motivating. I enjoyed seeing my progress line increase week on week. The score forecaster was introduced later in the course for me (perhaps they just rolled it out). The score forecaster was very accurate for me. It predicted my GMAT score as 750-760 and I got 760 on the live GMAT.

I don’t think the Reading Comprehension was as good as the other components. In the program, you read a passage and then answer a single question, unlike the real exam, which presents a passage followed by about 4 questions. I mentioned this to the customer service and they were not defensive at all – they said they knew about this and were going to change the RC I believe. The SC and CR practice was very good.

I was definitely impressed by the course, especially the adaptive nature of it and the way it zeroed in on problems at the right level of difficulty for me at each point of the course. It’s easily the best online study tool I’ve come across.


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From 600 to 690
October 07 | 2013
6 out of 6 people found the following review helpful
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     By brenoaraujo 1 0
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90 Points

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This review is for: Economist GMAT Tutor Premium Prep
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I had a great experience with the GMAT Tutor from the Economist.

They have an excellent AI interface that teaches you with humor and has a lot of interactive features. All their human support was great as well.

I was able to improve on my weak points without losing much time on what I already knew.

I found the Verbal simulations a bit harder than the actual GMAT and the quantitative was pretty much at the same level.

I didn't use the online lesson via Skype, so I cannot comment on that.

The AWA support was very quick and efficient. I got replies within 24-36 hours.

I had some trouble finding questions related to the IR, I guess they don't have many questions to practice on that topic.


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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
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60 Points

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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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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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Very mobile and flexible
September 24 | 2013
9 out of 9 people found the following review helpful
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     By 12041986 0 0
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Initially, I used to prepare by using another prep-program, but after 5 months and two attempts to overcome the 700 barrier I finally gave up. Several months later I realized that my result (640 and 670) was not enough to be competitive. I gathered all my will and started preparing again. I chose this program because of two major reasons: 1) the reputation of the Economist brand, 2) the score-guaranty option. It is very nice, that you can use your actual (real exam) results as a starting point. The interface of the program is very easy, it just works in the browser window. For the first several days I watched videos, but the tutor explained that watching videos wasn't very interactive, it was like watching TV. A dialogue-style, text-based system is much better, now I agree with that. The system provides information in small portions, after reading a part you are supposed to make a decision and then move further to the next piece of information. It forces you to really think and analyze instead of listening/watching video or scanning the text. So far, I am satisfied with the program, hopefully I will break 700. Time will tell.


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Excelent course
September 14 | 2013
15 out of 15 people found the following review helpful
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130 Points

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I decided to take an online course because my first GMAT test was not good. I had studied only with books and they were not enough to get the score I needed to apply. With the 7 days of trial, I realized that the Economist GMAT Tutor was what I was looking for. During the course, I learned strategies and ways to address the questions, which are valuable things that you need for the exam, but you cannot find in books. I do not hesitate in recommending this online course.
When I had doubts about Maths, I got help from Aaron. His explanations were very helpful!


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730

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I was fairly confident in the all of the material but needed to brush up on some of the math and sharpen some of my skills for data sufficiency and critical reasoning. GMAT Tutor has been perfect for that. It's nice that I don't have to plan what I'm going to study because the course just knows what I need next.

One disadvantage that I've found is that, although the dashboard includes summary notes of the sections I've covered, I don't think there's a way to select specific areas to review. I understand that the system will have me review material until I've mastered it, but I do feel like there are areas I've mastered that I'd like to go back and practice since I mastered them several weeks ago.


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14 out of 14 people found the following review helpful
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680

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I signed in this course just one month before my GMAT exam and I had extraordinary results in such a short time!

I have been studying traditionally (books of any types) for some months, but I was not able to improve my score to my potential with the learning methods. I am a non-native speaker and in this situation an interactive way of learning helped me figure out where I was going wrong with my English and where there were conceptual mistakes.

I'd love to study from my place but I found that a computer-based course helped me have time to study everywhere and anytime! (there are sections from 5 mins to 60 mins and sometimes I ended up studying a 5-minute section waiting for friends in the car)

I had a really positive experience, but the cost is HIGH! My advice is:
- choose it only if you are really willing to use it (it deserves it!)
- don't cram like me! start using it some time before the exam!


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GMAT Economist Tutor Review
September 13 | 2013
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     By rajkapadia91 0 0
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200 Points

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The Economist GMAT Tutor was great! I took this course up as I really wanted to broaden my avenues and I wanted to attend a top business school. Before this course, I took the test and I scored a 350. That was a shame! After putting in two months of hard work and commitment into this course, I got 580 -- a 230-point jump...Thats fantastic. I am very satisfied with my score. The GMAT Economist Tutor is an adaptive tutor course. Every time you answer a question, it maintains your level of excellence.

What really appealed to me about this course was that the summaries provided after each topic helped alot. Even though I took down several notes, I really did not have to as the summaries were very helpful. I utilized all four personal tutor sessions and they were of great help. The only thing what bothered me is I had to wake up at 6 am and 7am for these sessions. If the timings can be changed, that would be great.

Another thing what I liked is the "stop signs". That was the best advice I got from this course and it always kept me alert.

The 3 stimulated exams were of great help. I had no idea that the integrated reasoning was not included in the score and was counted separately. I learned a lot of new things from this course.

Apart from all the services, the customer support was phenomenal. Great communication and everyone was very helpful. I highly recommend this course to anyone who wants to improve their GMAT scores. Although it says that it guarantees a 50+ point improvement, I would say it guarantees at least a 100+ point improvement. One needs to keep in mind that full commitment is required in this course. I put in at least 3 hrs a day into this course.

On a side note - I have improved my grammar in such a way that it has helped me write great essays for applications.


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