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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
Location: Online

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

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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     By Anonymous 0 0
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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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     By maximum15 11 8
Self-reported Score:

730

Q46

V44

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N/A

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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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     By Anonymous 0 0
Self-reported Score:

680

Q47

V36

Improvement:

140 Points

Verbal:     
Quant:     
Location: Online

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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     By bgribble 6 46
Self-reported Score:

690

Q45

V40

Improvement:

N/A

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Location: Online

I signed up for the Economist GMAT Tutor course after reading about it on both GMAT Club and the Economist website. For me, the initial attractions with the course were its technical content, accessibility (i.e. using the course on an iPad rather than attending classes or lugging books around) and adaptability (i.e. the course adjusts to address weak areas). And the Economist brand was also a factor. So I decided to sign up. I used the course only for the quant section; I used other resources for verbal.

Technical content
The course exceeded my expectations in this regard. Every topic was more than adequately covered with the required depth of knowledge, and an appropriate mix of theory and practice (via questions during each topic). In addition, a strategy was provided for answering questions for each topic – I found this aspect to be the most beneficial of the entire course. Particular standouts were the strategies for sets and fractions (“bowties”).

Accessibility
The course exceeded my expectations in this regard. There was no loss of functionality when using the course via iPad. At the start of each session, you simply enter the time you have to study and the area (i.e. quant or verbal or both) then the course does everything else automatically. A couple of times I lost internet connection – the course took me to the area where I was when I lost connection. The interface was slightly smaller when compared to the laptop version, so I found myself tapping the wrong button at times, but this was only a minor issue.

Adaptability
The course was not quite what I was expecting in this regard. Although it is true that the course adapts to your weaknesses, the method used is to provide more questions for the topics for which you are weak while you are working on other subsequent topics. While in principle this appears to be a good method, at the time I felt that what I needed was a refresher of the theory and strategies, rather than more and more questions thrown at me. Unfortunately you are unable to revisit the areas of the course already covered, other than via a small summary of each topic on the home page which I found to be less than ideal, especially as the summary was only high level and the interface was clunky on the iPad (i.e. no quick way of finding a specific topic; difficulty when trying to scroll).

Other comments
 You have access to a tutor, either via email or with one-on-one sessions. My tutor (Isaac) was very prompt and thorough in answering my emails and providing feedback, as well as providing honest feedback. I didn’t take up the sessions.
 You can query individual questions, and a tutor gets back to you within 24 hours most of the time – this is a good feature.
 There are practice exams which are a good reflection of the feel of the real thing, although possibly not fully representative of its difficulty.

Summary
Overall the course was enjoyable to work through, especially when answering the practice questions and receiving feedback from the tutor (e.g. statistics such as % of questions answered correctly, weak & strong areas). The course is certainly effective in providing the technical content and strategies, and is very accessible compared to traditional methods of learning. Unfortunately these strong points are partially offset by its inability to revisit topics in depth at a later stage.


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Excellent and life compatible.
September 09 | 2013
20 out of 20 people found the following review helpful
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     By chandankumar505 0 0
Improvement:

50 Points

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

I found this course excellent and really compatible with my lifestyle because it allowed me to learn at really weird hours. I was doing it an hour before work and two hours after work for just over two months and thanks to this course I am ready to rock on exam day.

The course is really really great, it adapts to your level of learning and keeps going back to the subjects you are weaker at. As a test-taker that is aiming for a top score, the GMAT Tutor study program has exceeded all my expectations, and has thus far prepared me well to reach a score well beyond 700.


Moreover this course is available for Rs 14500 for Indian students (Premium Prep) !!

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1 Commented by avpk729 on January 10, 2015
Hi Chandan
I was wondering what your score was after using this software?
Im also from India and am wondering if this is going to be a good investment vs a coaching centre. It costs Inr29K now.
Regards
Pavan
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Excellent course
September 06 | 2013
16 out of 16 people found the following review helpful
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     By Jobwithaheart 0 0
Self-reported Score:

710

Q49

V39

Improvement:

80 Points

Verbal:     
Quant:     
Location: Online

I tried the GMAT tutor for 7 days, 3 weeks before my exam as I was looking for quant questions that were more challenging than the ones in the OG. I was hooked with the programme as it is interactive, making studying much more fun. I measured by progress by how hard I found the quant sections in the MGMAT CAT practice tests and noticed my confidence grew after finishing the initial 20% of the quant course. I decided to purchase the complete course even though I had only two weeks before my exam and I knew I wouldn't have enough time to complete the entire course.


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