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1 out of 1 people found the following review helpful
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     By Ksblue 0 0
Self-reported Score:

740

Q48

V44

Improvement:

100 Points

Verbal:     
Quant:     
Location: Online

I initially sat the GMAT exam with minimal study and scored 640. I quickly realised that I needed to boost my mark in the verbal section of the GMAT which was the weakest component of my score at 33 (69th percentile). Over the following two and a half months I focused on the dreaded sentence correction component of the verbal exam. The Economist GMAT course helped me understand the nuances specific to the GMAT exam, such as the fact that the word 'as' should be followed by a conjugated verb whilst the word 'like' should not.

In addition I also had two 1 hour sessions with the Economist verbal tutor Kasia. Initially I was skeptical of how large a difference a simple 1 hour session could make to my overall score, however my Skype session with Kasia quickly changed my views. During the session she identified several areas I was weak at such as 'Bold' questions in critical reasoning and the conditional rules in sentence correction. She sent me nearly 100 questions with simple explanations specific to my weaknesses to guide my self-study and two highly relevant grammar textbooks along with guidance on which chapters to read. I did all of the questions, reviewed my answers and read the textbooks in detail.

In the exam I scored 44 in the verbal section, which put me in the 98th percentile and lead to an overall score of 740 (97th percentile). I also scored 6/6 in the Analytic Writing Assessment (AWA) and 8/8 in the Integrated Reasoning (IR) section. Consequently I received multiple offers for schools of my choice including one from a business school ranked in the top 5 in the world by the Financial Times and another that offered me a merit scholarship, that discounted my course fees by 50%, saving me thousands of dollars. I highly recommend the Economist's GMAT Course!

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The adaptive system is unique
December 04 | 2016
1 out of 1 people found the following review helpful
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     By mtria011 0 0
Verified Score:

640

Q42

V36

Improvement:

10 Points

Verbal:     
Quant:     
Location: Online

This was my third GMAT re-take. Although I did not pass the 700 barrier I liked the adaptive system of The Economist.
The course would focus on my weak areas and was very easy to use.
I managed to finish the course in 3 months but it was extremely time consuming, so if you are planning to finish it be prepared to invest about 3 hours of (real study time) a day, with a free day during the week.
Reaching the first 80% was easy, but after that every 0.1% took 15 minutes of real study time. They call this "maintenance mode" it does help but at the end I felt I was getting very easy questions instead of focusing on my weaknesses.

Overall I think it is a good investment. I did finish 90% of the class so I got my money back without a problem.
They answered questions very quickly. I did like the one-on-one tutor sessions but I think they could be deeper on content.
I have recommended this class to every person I meet who's studying for the GMAT.

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I recommend it 100%.
November 26 | 2016
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     By frederickb422 0 0
Verified Score:

710

Q48

V39

Improvement:

110 Points

Verbal:     
Quant:     
Location: Online

I recommend it 100%. Before I subscribed to the GMAT Tutor I was studying from the GMAT Review books and the Manhattan - I was studying without a clear direction and not optimizing my time. Now I feel more secure about my preparation and my performance during the exam.

I really like how the application works to anticipate what you need and suggests lessons for you. The questions and content does get more difficult the better you do, just like the actual exam. It does more then just quiz but actually teach strategy to the questions and how to go about the test. But it also teaches you content so you know what is actually going on. So you understand the verbal questions or the math pieces.

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Best Thing Out There
November 21 | 2016
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     By ihartsough 0 0
Verified Score:

750

Q47

V46

Improvement:

150 Points

Verbal:     
Quant:     
Location: Online

I used the GMAT tutor for about 2 months leading up to my test date. Initially, I had picked up a few review books and tried other computerized programs that aimed to simulate the test's feel and layout. They were not helping as much as I wanted. The Economist product held several differentiating features that helped me learn not only the 'tricks' to specific question types, but review some math and verbal concepts that I was rusty on. Specifically, the GMAT Tutor's ability to dynamically walk through various points of explanation, depending on what I was getting wrong most helped to streamline my study. Material that I demonstrated mastery of immediately wasn't shown to me many times - I was able to concentrate on improving more than just going through the motions. The other feature that stood out was the ability to ask specific questions to the Economist staff about material that I wasn't understanding. Focused, personal responses got me father, faster in my my study.

I didn't take advantage of the essay samples, but I can imagine that they would be useful for others. The only improvement that I could possibly suggest is a more modular approach to the content. I had to study math concepts more than verbal, and it would have been nice to jump around between modules at my discretion, especially close to my test date.

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     By GMATnath88 0 0
Verified Score:

640

Q39

V38

Improvement:

120 Points

Verbal:     
Quant:     
Location: Online

I tried pretty much all of the other online courses, and The Economist GMAT program was by far the simplest and most professional course I found. The tutors were accessible and friendly and the content was top-notch. I have a full-time job, so I appreciated the flexibility for the user without comprising on quality.

The content manages to be tough but not rigid. It adapts to your ability. For example, I am really good at math and not so great at verbal. I was panicked that I would not be able to excel in verbal, but the program really calmed me down by starting me off with basic concepts and then building upon them.

I was tight on time. I had disastrous experiences with other programs so this was a last ditch effort. I'll admit that I put the time in -- a couple hours of study every day for a moth, and it paid off. I improved more than I had expected to and am happy with the results.

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Disappointing
November 13 | 2016
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     By mariannetremblay 2 5
Verified Score:

560

Q39

V28

Improvement:

20 Points

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

I had already taken the exam once and my score was a disaster, 540 (Q:34, V31). So, I decided it was a good idea to take the Economist course, thinking that if I got lower than 610 on my second attempt, I'd get reimbursed for the course. I was aiming for 650, but would have been happy with anything above 610, so I thought it was fair and signed up.

I was really excited at first, and I learnt a lot with this course. Seeing your progress is really motivating. It gets you going and you always want to come back for more. For anyone who is having problems with the structure of their study plan, the Economist is good. It guides you and presents the subjects in an order that makes sense. I saw the same questions many times, but it wasn't that big of an issue and I was glad to practice those harder problems again. On the 5 practice tests, I got 610, 590, 650, 660, 660. I felt much more prepared going into my second attempt, after 3 months of studying with the Economist. To my surprise, I got 560 (Q:39, V:28). In all of the 17 practice tests I've done in the past year (from the Economist, the Princeton Review, Veritas, Kaplan, GMAT PREP, Manhattan Prep), I've never gotten such a low score in Verbal. Verbal was always my strength and Quant was the section I struggled the most with. I have no idea what happened... I'm very discouraged and on the verge of quitting.

The worst part in all of this is that I'm not eligible for the score guarantee. It's already terrible enough to have wasted time and effort, I also wasted a lot of money. I really think their score guarantee policy is unfair. They should be more transparent.

Once you reach 80%, the progress slows down so much that going from 80% to 90% is nearly impossible. Trying to reach 90% would be a waste of time because at 80%, when you've learnt all the material and practiced a lot already, you want to be able to choose to practice the subjects that you have the most difficulty with, and the Economist doesn't let you do that.

I'm very disappointed in The Economist GMAT tutor. Mostly, I'm disappointed in myself and I've lost hope that I will ever be able to get into a decent MBA.

Good luck everyone.

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1 Commented by Aditi10 on February 07, 2017
Hi there, I'm just a newbie reviewing some of the content that's out there and I've no affiliation with any course. I just wanted to tell you to hang in there and not give up. A lot of times, D-day anxiety can really hurt the outcome (past experience). Hope you take some time off and come back with vengeance. All the luck, cheers.
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     By stueyg 6 5
Verified Score:

710

Q47

V40

Improvement:

90 Points

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

The Economist GMAT Tutor provided me with an extremely thorough preparation for the GMAT. The course helped me to improve my score by 90 points.

Things I liked:
- you can work at your own pace
- featured a graphical indication of your progress through the course
- uses an enjoyable, interactive and adaptive curriculum
- the online tutors always respond to your question within two days
- very much practice based...practice practice practice
- the answer to each practice question is explained thoroughly
- the simulation tests are very comparable to the real GMAT
- I found the explanation of mathematical and verbal concepts very easy to follow
- the estimated score prediction is accurate
- the mobile app is great for studying when you are away from your computer

Things I disliked
- the course is very expensive, but you get what you pay for
- I could not finish 100% of the course in time. If you are working full time you will need 3 full months, putting in about 2- 3 hours each evening and at least 8 hours during each weekend. I had a few weeks where I wasn't able to work. Overall I completed about 67% of the course in 3.5 months (86% of the quant (62 hours of work) and around 51% verbal (14 hours), plus 6 simulation exams). I also did some practice exams with the official software.

Overall the prep was very thorough and I fully recommend spending the money.

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Focused studying
November 10 | 2016
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     By lisay2k8 0 0
Verified Score:

740

Q50

V40

Improvement:

90 Points

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

I am a 25 year old non-native English speaker with a BA. in Economics.

This course helped me improve my 650 score to a 740 in three months. I studied for approx 100 hours, + 30 hours for the practice exams. The Economist's practice exams reflected my real score, so I'd say they're pretty good.

While the course walks you through all aspects of studying for the GMAT, it still requires hard work, focus, and concentration.

The course includes a few tutoring sessions which I found to be extremely helpful. My favorite is the strategy sessions on timing and guessing, which cleared up many of my misconceptions that I picked up from the forums and blogs. These sessions covered some really useful timing strategies and deepend my understanding of how to maximize my score.

My only suggestion is that I wish the study questions can be more adapted to the user's learning progress.

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Economist GMAT review
November 09 | 2016
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     By Dijesh 0 0
Verified Score:

600

Q47

V25

Improvement:

N/A

Verbal:     
Quant:     
Location: Online

I had enrolled for Economist GMAT course, on the basis of guaranteed 70 points increase. My score in the first mock with around 30% course completed was 630. I subsequently completed 75% (which means Complete course content) in next 3 months. I scored 640, 680, 610 & 630 in my Economist mocks, given over regular intervals. However to my shock, my actual GMAT score was 600. My scores in GMAT PREP was 640 & 650.
For guaranteed cash back in case of not achieving 70 point increase, it is required to complete 90% of course content, which is nothing but mostly repetitions of questions earlier solved and extremely time consuming.( time required after completing 75% to reach 90% increases tremendously.)
After completing 75% tutors strongly recommended to solve official guide rather than completing 90% mark. I had also solved official guide 16. Also i had regular strategy sessions with Tutors.
Quant basics are good, but I used to get 48-49 in economist mocks, but only 47 in GMAT Prep and 47 in actual GMAT. Quant content needs to get more aligned with actual GMAT content. unfortunately I came to know of this only after solving official guide and GMAT Prep, 2 weeks before my actual exam.
SC content is good for basics, but far from what is required to equip for the real test. (Verbal tutor admitted to the same and recommended Manhattan SC , to go above 700) And for the same reason I got 25 in verbal because of SC error in very first question. My Verbal scores in Economist mocks also varied from 31 to 35, except 26 in one case, over 7 mocks(5 Economist + 2 GMATPrep)
RC passages are very less and repeats all the time in the course content. CR & RC content are good and method for solving them also is good.
AWA templates are good and helped me get 5.5 not much IR content and had to do the same from other sources.
Overall good for clearing up the basics, but not enough to surely guarantee a score above 700 for an average guy.

After much persuasion, Economist team was kind enough to offer me a one month free extension after my course got expired, Although i had asked for 3 month extension considering that my GMAT score is far less than all my mocks, rather than a promised 70 point increase in score. None of my GMAT Prep scores were higher than my Economist Mocks, which is clearly contrary to what the company is advertising.
Overall I am not satisfied and regret joining this course, considering that for the same price, i could have gone for GMAT club tests, Verbal from e Gmat and quant from MathRevolution.

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     By mehekmansure 0 0
Verified Score:

650

Q45

V35

Improvement:

N/A

Verbal:     
Quant:     
Location: Online

I decided to go with the Economist after reviewing several courses. Their quant section is good - lots of practice questions, good coverage of content and solid strategies around problem solving. However, I was very disappointed with their verbal section. The sentence correction content and practice questions are not even close to what is tested in the GMAT. The Economist ignores general readability errors and logical errors which are extensively tested in the exam, dangling and missing modifier type questions are not given as much importance and are introduced much later in the course, again concepts that are extensively tested in the exam. Moreover, lot of attention is placed on concepts that aren't really tested in the exam. The verbal comprehension practice questions are vague and don't make sense a lot of times. The critical reasoning practice questions aren't nearly as challenging as the ones you get on the exam, especially once you are past the 80th percentile. My baseline score for verbal was 70th percentile, however after 3 months of intense study and finishing about 90% of the course, my verbal score only went upto 76th percentile in the actual exam. Since I was stronger in verbal, my plan was to get a really high verbal score to balance my overall score. I ended up with a 650 in the exam which is a lot lower than I wanted. I highly recommend that regardless of which company you decide to go with, practice the questions in the official GMAT guide to get a real flavor for types of questions tested in the exam.

Some other cons - you are unable to pick topics that you might want to practice - the software decides what kind of problems and the topics you get. I also personally found it impossible to finish the course in 3 months as once you complete 80% of the course, the program goes into maintenance mode where a high a number of problems are repeated and the progress is slow. They charge you 200$ to extend the program for a month.

Overall I don't recommend going with the Economist as although their quant section is pretty good, you can't buy quant and verbal separately (which some companies offer) and the whole package just isn't worth it.

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