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     By bgribble 6 43
Self-reported Score:

690

Q45

V40

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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
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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

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80 Points

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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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Definitely great for some!
September 04 | 2013
1 out of 3 people found the following review helpful
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     By mattce 90 147
Self-reported Score:

760

Q50

V43

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The Economist GMAT Tutor Complete has some definite merits: the convenience of online study, the layout of the course which allows whatever pacing that you're comfortable with, the speedy ask-a-tutor question system that usually responds within a day or two, and a pretty accurate quant and verbal skill measurement. (The scores out of 51).

Negatives: There is never anyone to answer the phone, despite their stating that "learning ambassadors are available from X:xx to Y:yy," the composite score is a bit of a low-ball (I hate to say it, but assumedly for the score guarantee?), and the course level really does not go very high.

I completed about 85% of the course (I was extremely busy with work and other activities in the week leading up to my GMAT, and so I didn't finish the 90% required for the score guarantee), and while the interface was friendly and easy to use (except for a few bugs on the mobile version and a few minor errors in some question wordings), I really did not learn very much.

I think that the course would be great for those looking to jump from 500/600 up, but for anyone already in the 700 zone, I doubt that you would gain very much from the course.

One thing that I think the company should do is fund it's instructors to just write the GMAT once. While I recognize that having written the exam is not a necessary condition for being a good tutor, I definitely think that it's an advantage, and this experience is definitely an expectation that I have for any GMAT prep course.

I may sound a little negative about the course, but I really do think that it would be fantastic and extremely effective for some people - it's just that as someone who was expecting this course to provide that last additional boost in the score, it didn't really deliver on that front as I ended at the same level as when I started the course.

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     By Anonymous 0 0
Self-reported Score:

680

Q47

V36

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N/A

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Location: Online

I have used the GMAT tutor for about a month now, starting from the 7-day trial of the course. I find the course engaging because it selects the topic you need to study & keeps your head light from any worry about what your next topic should be.

The quant is excellent. I haven't finished the course, but from what I have started, it is a very interactive experience.

I scored a 630 the last time I took the GMAT & hope once I complete the course, I will be near the 700s.


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very useful!!!
September 01 | 2013
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     By hanzzz 12 10
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I started my preparation around 4 months ago. I can't afford to prepare for GMAT around the clock so I spent approx. 2 hours a day.
Initially, I went through all Manhattan guides and OG. However, my score was floating around 570-600 points. And like many others non-natives I was bogged down mainly in the verbal section. Actually, I did several mock tests and all of them indicated my verbal scores at a level near 18-22.

A month ago I took real GMAT and, surprise again, I scored only 570 (Q42 V26). Honestly, it was not a surprise for me at all as I felt that I still stumbled over the same questions. Over and over again. It meant that I didn't pay much attention to certain aspects and didn't learn from my mistakes.

Then I decided to follow a more consistent approach. I bought Economist GMAT Tutor. The most important factor that influenced my decision is that EGT addapts the difficulty of questions and their topics to your current progress. It seemed it was exactly what I needed.

I have been studying with EGT just over a month, but I already feel how my verbal skills have improved (according to recent report, in EGT my current verbal percentile is 78%)
I should mention that initially I started to study the verbal section only, leaving the quant section for the end. Well, I still don't know whether it was the right decision. Anyway, as soon as I finished all theoretical parts of the verbal section (my current progress in verbal is around 85%), I started the quant section (now I passed almost 45% of it).

So my review may be considered rather subjective.

Pros and cons.
Pros:
1. Very helpful instructors. They reply usually within 24 hours with comprehensive responses
2. Difficulty of questions adapts to your level.
3. Very friendly interface.
4. EGT has iPad version so I can study anywhere anytime.
5. The language that EGT uses is not sophisticated, but rather playful and friendly.
6. A lot of questions.

Cons:
1. You can't track your progress. If you need to know your current EGT percentile, you need to ask for it from an instructor. Every time. All you can see is how much time you have spent on preparation. Not a very useful option for GMAT taker.
2. VERY FEW RC articles. I think EGT offers not more than 20 of them. On the other hand, there are plenty of questions for every section (including RC).

To support my opinion I'll write my recent score reports from several test centers.

A week after starting my preparation with EGT I took an EGT test, which showed me that I scored 620 (V35 Q41).
But what was more impressive for me was that I had 650 (V33 Q47) at an official GMAT Prep.

I still have almost 50% of quant.section and 15%, which consists only of questions, not theory, of the verbal section ahead, but I can say that this product helped me a lot.


UPDATE: Yesterday I took EGT mock test and scored 690 (Q49 V37)!! Unbelievable!


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     By ghaddad 0 0
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I went through the Economist GMAT program aggressively. I completed ~96% in 10 weeks. It took me 130+ hours to complete. My baseline score was 670 (from my initial diagnostic test on the Economist GMAT program). My official GMAT score ended up being a 700. Only a 30 point improvement which was upsetting but I did move through the program pretty fast. Some of my thoughts are below:

Essay prep: Great template and real life instructors to grade your essays.

IR: Very Poor- barely any prep or problems on IR.

Quant: Great set up. I felt that the lessons were informative and the questions were challenging.

Verbal: Great for SC. The program drills in SC principles and the majority of their verbal instruction is based on SC. The CR prep was adequate. The RC section, I felt needed some work. There are only a few passages that they recycle and I didn't think their question style correlates to GMAT.


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Well worth the money
August 30 | 2013
17 out of 17 people found the following review helpful
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     By stavrianna9 0 0
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140 Points

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I would strongly recommend the GMAT Tutor from the Economist. I didn't have a lot of time to study and the fact that I could study at home whenever I could helped a lot. The first time I took a practice GMAT test before I studied for it I got a 560 and after a couple of months with this program I managed to score a 700 on the actual test. The program is interactive and focuses on your weaknesses, with plenty of exercises and a full explanation on why each of the answers is wrong or correct. You get to learn many time-saving tips and techniques, especially on the math section. I also liked how you could choose how long the studying sessions were and what they would be on (maths or verbal). All in all, I would recommend it to anyone who wants to study for the GMAT.


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     By Hermine 0 0
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If you are looking for magic solutions and easy ways to crack the GMAT, the Economist's GMAT prep course is not the one you need. Yes, it is interactive and self-directed. Yes, it makes the learning experience as comfortable and as fun as it can possibly get. And no, it does not necessarily provide you with higher scores. Overall, if you are not quite the type of a student who would make up a study schedule and religiously follow it, the Economist Tutor can be really of help, as it does all the scheduling for you. It enables monitoring of your own progress and works on your weaker areas. Moreover, its Sentence Correction part is really well structured and enormously useful. That's the good.

The bad: From my point of view, the Economist GMAT prep course overly relies and makes you rely on tricks and "easy" solution ways, which may well work for some students but did not work for me. This particularly concerns the Reading Comprehension part, where it was recommended to read only the selected part of the text depending on the question type. As a result I missed the general idea of the text and ended up rereading the text, losing time and score points. Moreover, the range of the RC texts by Economist is quite limited, texts repeat far too often, which makes the exercises boring and not objective. The similar problem with the "easy ways" occurs in quant section, which overly relies on ballparking.

Concerning my score, on my exam day I did much worse than on simulation tests and even worse than I did before accomplishing 25% of the course.


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August 29 | 2013
27 out of 27 people found the following review helpful
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     By dlehrner 0 0
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100 Points

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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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