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The first GMAT I took gave me a score of 630. Decent, but not perfect. I had only three weeks to prepare with the official GMAT guide (and nothing else). I knew I could do better with a more systematic approach. I decided to prepare on the computer and went for the Economist GMAT Tutor.

Why? Well, I hate personal tutoring. I have my own pace and I don't like wasting my time with things I have already understood. I like written instructions so that I can take my time to understand them. The Economist Tutor offers me to set my own pace and has an AI that understands how well I understand the GMAT material. The better I am, the harder the questions get and the faster the GMAT Tutor rushes through the topics. I loved it!
Once I completed the GMAT Tutor, I had two weeks to solve some tricky questions from the original book and sharpen my Integrated Reasoning skills with Manhattan GMAT. (Concerning IR, the Economist GMAT Tutor is poor whereas Manhattan Interact is superb).
Still, a poor IR part does not justify taking away a star – therefore, the GMAT Tutor receives a full score. Mine was 730.

But beware: If you consider yourself as someone who needs personal assistance, then the GMAT Tutor might not be right for you. You have to cope with a computer screen that explains you everything. No doubt, the explanations and approaches are beyond perfect. There is even a glimpse of irony that will make you laugh here and then. But if you really need someone “holding your hand” and if you like 1:1 discussions, then perhaps you could sign up for a real-life course (especially when you are in the US). Of course, the GMAT Tutor also includes personal tutoring sessions, but they cannot replace an in-depth personal assistance. None of those online tutorings can.
But if you choose an internet course, choose the Economist!


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750

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When I started the Economist program, it was 2-3 months after I had taken my first GMAT. For that first test, I studied my way through the Manhattan book series at my own pace and did some of the OG practice problems. I felt like I didn’t achieve my full potential that time around, since my GMAC practice tests were in the 730 ballpark, but my actual test came out a 690.

I started the Economist prep trial software in January out of curiosity, at that point, not entirely intent on re-taking the test at any given time. However, I was drawn into the platform of the program, which combines adaptive teaching (to what extent, I’m not sure) with progress tracking and score prediction. The fact that the program offered a score increase guarantee of 50 points (with conditions, of course) in a certain period of time (in this case, 3 months) felt like the right kind of commitment I needed – finite time-wise with a very specific goal. After the one-week trial period, in which I appeared to have completed around 10% of the program, I decided to go all the way.

I purchased the program in February and got started with a practice exam (my program included 3 of them). I scored 710 on that exam, meaning, I could base my score improvement on that first score (assuming I met the other conditions, one of which is to complete 90% of the course) – 760 guaranteed? Awesome.

Over the next two months, I spent 5-7 hours per week going through the lessons and practice problems. At times it was annoying to have to click through topics I already knew, but the interspersion of practice problems with new topics is a great feature of the program and constantly keeps you practicing and refreshing your knowledge of previously taught topics.

I felt like the verbal section was particularly strong in the program. It teaches really solid rules for sentence correction (I think this made the biggest difference for me) and guidelines for reading comprehension that helped me save a lot of time. When feeding me verbal practice questions, it seemed to give me mostly SC problems, which I suppose mimics the composition of the real test, but it would have been nice, after I had answered 20 consecutive SC questions correctly (no exaggeration) that it would have given me some critical reasoning or reading comprehension questions. Anyhow, I breezed my way through the bulk of the verbal section in the first two months, spending 1/2 to 2/3 of the time that I spent on quant. I noticed my verbal score on the practice tests (I did official and Manhattan practice tests on the side) making marked improvements, from 38-40 to 42-44. At the end of two months, I had finished all of the lessons in the verbal section (between 70-75% completion, as the program tracks it), leaving only practice problems.

Throughout the program, I had mixed feelings about the way quant is taught. As a detail-oriented person, I was a little annoyed that they were teaching ballparking as a fundamental skill. However, this approach is actually very helpful in brushing off seemingly insurmountable problems without over-dedicating. I learned some new approaches to solving quant problems (both problem solving and data sufficiency) that I think were especially helpful. There were not any remarkable ways of re-learning the fundamental math behind the problems, but the repetitive drilling of practice questions helped a lot to get formulas memorized. While this program may not be as strong as others in teaching test-takers to correctly answer the super-difficult quant questions, I thought it did a good job overall in preparing me for the quant section as a whole, considering all the questions, strategy and timing. At the end of the first two months, I had only finished around half of the quant part of the program, despite having spent significantly more time on it.

Throughout the first two months, I used 3 of the 4 tutoring sessions included in the program. The session basically consists of a 45-minute Skype conversation with a tutor to review an area of your choice. I chose the areas that had been weak in practice tests. While we were not able to cover many questions in that time, as compared with the GMAT practice problems, I found it helpful to discuss in detail the elements of the problems and to learn new strategies for dealing with questions. I don’t consider the tutoring sessions to be a crucial part of the program, but it’s definitely a nice bonus to have.

At the start of my third and final month of the program, I took some time to assess what I needed to do to get where I wanted to go. I had a goal of 760 (within the program, anyway) and needed to complete approximately 40% of the quant and 15% of the verbal in order to meet the 90% threshold for The Economist’s score guarantee. I did notice that progress beyond a certain point (somewhere in the 60-70% range) becomes significantly more difficult to achieve. At some points, I would work diligently for an hour, only to get less than one percent progress. I think this has to do with concept mastery, which makes sense. If I hadn’t mastered the concepts, I should only be able to progress so far. Anyway, it is important to note that progress within this program is not linearly correlated with time spent. I spent 35-40 hours on practice sessions (not including practice tests, of which I took about 8 during the same time period) in the third month, and did not come close to the 90% milestone. However, my practice test results were promising – I had scored in the 740-750 range on the last two Economist tests and a 760 on one official (practice) test. I figured I’d go ahead with my early-May GMAT (my prep program ended in April) and see how it goes, with no score guarantee.

I submitted one practice AWA for review and comment (I still don’t think I’ve received any feedback on it, three weeks later). The program supposedly includes 3 AWA reviews, but I didn’t make use of it to any significant degree. I wrote a few AWAs as part of the practice tests I did leading up to the real test, so felt sufficiently prepared.

I did not come across any integrated reasoning sections as part of the GMAT practice prep. I think there is a short section at the end of the quant lessons (which I did not reach). Anyhow, I didn’t worry too much about it, as I had aced IR on my first GMAT.

So, I went in to take my test on May 3, with a reasonable level of confidence. I had meditated the night before and went for a short run a couple hours before test time. I may not have finished the prep program, but I had a solid foundation and was in the right state of mind. I managed to breeze through the essay (and even have time to review – not normal for me). I felt good about my performance on IR, and although I didn’t finish, I wanted to stay focused on the “important” parts. Quant went as smoothly as it could have. For the more conventional problems, I could quickly pull out the needed weapon (their use fresh in my memory from all the drills and practice tests), strike the problem down, and proceed to the next; for the more exotic quant beasts, I was able to gauge within a reasonable amount of time whether I was worthy of the foe or should take a cheap shot and flee (and live to see another day). I think this this ability to assess quant problems before getting knee-deep in them was what I gained most from the program. For the verbal section, it was more like the last few miles of a marathon than a series of battles. In my first GMAT, I faced mental exhaustion in the verbal section, unable to focus after spending so much energy previously. This time, not so – I managed to pace myself through to the end, finishing in the last 10 seconds. With the solid verbal practice that I gained from The Economist’s program, the challenge was just to stay calm and focused.

Half dreading and half elated about what my result could be, I took the maximum amount of time during the survey questions. The result came up, and it was a 750 (49Q 44V). Phew. I’ll take it.

While I didn’t achieve the 760 that I wasn’t guaranteed by The Economist, I am in every way satisfied with my results (minus the drop in IR score, small matter) and I found it a great way to achieve real results in a set amount of time. It is also far more flexible and cost effective than receiving tutoring from a human. That isn’t to say that personal tutoring isn’t valuable, but for the cost of the program, the amount of information and practice I got is phenomenal.


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I initially chose the Economist GMAT tutor based on favorable online reviews and the fact that it has an iPad app as I don't always have access to a laptop/pc.

I have been very impressed however by the layout and logical layered approach followed by the course. Questions are posed during and after each topic and even timed to reflect real testing scenarios. I would go so far as saying that I have found studying for the GMAT using the Economist Tutor app to be a very painless and surprisingly enjoyable experience.

Being able to study in segments for as little as 15 and offline have allowed me to continuously study even when I'm busy and travelling which I do a lot. I highly recommend this course.


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I'm a full-time worker and really could not afford to spend tons of hours sitting in a classroom advancing at a pace that might not be right for me. The Economist GMAT Tutor allowed me to go at my own speed and quickly learn the ins and outs of GMAT exams.

I completed nearly 93% of the course so believe me I know the depths of it. It has tons of different examples and can really zero in on your weaknesses and make you improve.


Their exams debriefing and AWA reviews are good and help you gain valuable insights to advance from one to another. I tried other free samples but Economist really had the easiest and clearest explanations plus a very friendly team (never more than 48 hours until I got a response on a question.)

Their one-on-one sessions are also very good as the tutors gain complete insight to where you've been struggling and help you out with it.
My final scores, 710 - AWA 6/6, IR 7/8


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Before joining the Economist Tutor Program I had score a low 580(Q42 and V27) after taking Classes from a pvt coaching in Bangalore which was streamed live to Delhi Classroom.
I had joined the Ultimate Prep Program and put around 100 hours into the course over a period of 3 months.
Since I am an Indian and still had a low Quant Score of 42 it was a bit disappointing for me and I knew I had to Work on both Quant as well as Verbal.
Well the Economist Course was refreshing because it gave me a point to start from instead of wasting valuable time in topics which weren't tested much on the actual GMAT. I found the verbal to be a bit difficult and thought their Quant to be very easy. But the Quant might have seemed easier because of the easy methodology followed by them for all the questions.
In verbal I had found the questions to be tricky and my accuracy was a bit low throughout the program, though I improved from time to time.
I wrote the 1st Economist Mock after completing around 60% of the course and my following 3 Economist Tutor Mock Scores were the following
Test 1 650(Q48 V33)
Test 2 650(Q49 V32)
Test 3 710(Q50 V 38)
By this point I was confident of doing well on the actual GMAT.
Since I had exhausted the original free GMAT exam tests while writing my 1st GMAT I had got myself the new GMAT paid tests.
I had got the following scores on them
GMAT 1 700(49 V35)
GMAT 2 690(Q49 V 34)
At this point 1 week before my exam my Economist Course expired..I didn't use the 1st week for free(aargh !!!) and last week I just did the OG 13 and Quant Review2nd edition and practised Quant and neglected Verbal a bit..since I didn't want to mess up my Quant again.
Suprisingly on the exam I got a 640 only (Q50V27).
My verbal didn't improve by a single point also :(.
But I was very happy with my Quant Score. I had improved from a 42 to a 50.
While attempting this time around I was aware of the current level I was at as in Quant I had started getting really tough Questions and I knew I could afford to Skip a few,while in the verbal the diffculty had gone down to a really simple level.
I was able to apply the Quant methodology used in the OG as well as the GMAT official prep tests and liked it a lot.
But in the Verbal I was finding it a bit difficult to find out the errors in SC in official questions as I found them to be a bit more straightforward in the Tutor Course.
Finally I would advise all to use the 1-on-1 tutoring sessions to solve your doubts as the time is a bit less to learn as well as apply a new topic.
With the Ultimate prep I could post unlimited Ask a TUTOR questions, for which I had got satisfactory answers.
The course did help me to improve my Score by 60 Points..but my verbal score leaves space for loads of improvement.
PS-If anyone needs any tips on how to improve Quant I would be glad to help as I could practically tell which all Questions I would get in the exam after exhaustive prep.By which all questions I mean the topics n what it would be tested on.


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Gets the job done!
March 03 | 2014
5 out of 5 people found the following review helpful
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This Economist GMAT Tutor is an excellent course for those who like flexibility and a complete, adaptative format that helps you hone in your skills. I studied using this course for three months, not as regularly as I wished, and still managed to get a higher score than I had anticipated. I had studied on my own using another text book and had taken the GMAT a couple of months earlier without too much success. With the Economist GMAT tutor I increased my score by 150 points. I highly recommend it. It gets the job done without wasting your time. The tutors are very reponsive and clear in their explanations. This is by far the best tools I have found in preparing for the GMAT.


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February 21 | 2014
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     By Anonymous 0 0
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110 Points

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I have completed 85% of the GMAT tutor course. The quant section was great and helped me to reach 49, 81 percentile and I have completed 90% of quant the section.
However, the verbal section was not great enough for a non-native speaker. I completed about 80% of that section and scored 24, 34 percentile only.
My total score was 610 and the GMAT Tutor forecast was 600-650. My last exam was 2 years before this. I did not do anything for GMAT during those 2 years other than 12 weeks using GMAT Tutor before the exam.
I recommend the course for its quant section but not for the verbal section.


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Economist GMAT
January 17 | 2014
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So far, I have been quite happy in my experience with the economist GMAT Prep.

Full disclosure: I just took the test for the first time after using the Economist Prep course for about a month. I was not satisfied with my score and plan to take it again after competing the full Economist Prep course.

Pros:
- The course leads the way for you and it feels like you are having an interactive session.
- You can choose the length of the lessons based on how much time you have.
-It really does feel like the course has been specifically tailored to your individual learning style.
-Breaks data sufficiency down in a way that understandable to everyone.

Cons:
-If by the time you take the test, you haven't hit on certain sections of the material, you really can't skip ahead for a brief overview of things you know are going to be on the GMAT. I understand the reason behind this, but it still a slight hindrance not to be able to get to the topics you want in time for your test.

Overall I really value this course. It works for me and my learning style. It's important to note though that if you don't have a full 3 months to devote to GMAT study, you will not get through all the course material. As I said, I'm also not happy with my score yet but I don't really hold the Economist responsible for that.

I will provide further feedback after I take the test again and complete the full course.


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Working at my GMAT
December 19 | 2013
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I was pretty pleased with the Economist's GMAT tutor for a number of reasons:

1) It made me commit to the GMAT. When using the textbooks, it was pretty slow going and difficult to be motivated. This course motivated me more.
2) I was able to get A LOT of math prep. My verbal was already pretty decent, but my math got better.
3) Lots of tests. Get's you in the zone to take a test.
4) Very good response rates. The staff are helpful.

I think that the course is not perfected yet. When I got to the last 85% of the course, I did not feel as though I was getting a lot of help, since I had already answered a lot of the questions. Overall, a good course for the motivation it provided and the support of the staff.


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Great for Kinesthetic Learners
December 19 | 2013
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90 Points

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I was devastated by my original score (640, Oct 2013). I know that this is a fine score for some programs, but I'm applying to PhD programs in a highly competitive field. I had used books to prepare, and I thought I had a good grasp, but books let you skip questions you don't like and gloss over things you don't understand!

Pros of Economist Tutor:
*Forces you to to the problems. You can't just BS your way through much of it. Yeah, you can do some BSing, just not a lot.
*Explains everything step-by-step. Unfortunately, you do have to get through to the right answer before you get a good explanation, but you can see why that was the wrong answer pretty easily.
*Progressively more difficult. While the topics get slightly harder as you go, the tutor links in previous lessons. It's hard to forget as you go.
*Good practice tests. These were hands-down the most accurate practice tests for me. Each time I took the GMAT, the Economist practice tests were within 10 points of my actual score. The GMAC practice tests were 70 points higher than my real score, and that is incredibly frustrating.

I did not get through the whole course. I didn't do any of the AWA or IR parts, and I didn't use ask-a-tutor. For the parts I got through, though, I was impressed. I'm a kinesthetic/aural learner, but I did pretty well with the bulk of the material being visual.

Economist tutor comes with a free trial. Try the free trial - which covers basics but gives a great impression of whether the style will match your own - and see how it works out. There are 15% off coupons offered all over, too, which helps with the cost. Your results will vary, but reviewing the basics and learning about patterns that you never noticed before should give you a pretty decent boost, especially for the timing issues in the quant section.


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