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Joined: May 30, 2017
740 Q49 V41
My overall progress review is available here:
I purchased the Economist GMAT course for 3 months , and genuinely did NOT expect to get a 50 point increase. I thought that I had reached my peak of maths / quant knowledge, and was fully expecting to be asking for a refund after I retook the GMAT. My focus was now 90% on the Economist course, occasionally (and less than I should have) dipping back to OG questions, looking at Magoosh lessons, or doing the odd CAT with MGMAT or Veritas. My theory was that they would not put together the course in that fashion and with that guarantee unless they had faith that their system worked. Clearly it did! I worked 1-3 hrs per day, taking a complete day off every other week or so. The Quant stuff was really good, and I picked up some great techniques and explanations for concepts I'd really struggled with ; the Verbal stuff was "meh" (I never really got into the idea of learning a whole bunch of rules - I'd always done fairly well simply going by what sounded right); I largely ignored IR; and I had little faith in their AWA assessments (one scored me a 3 for an essay which in my mind was at least a 5). The Ask-a-tutor facility was very useful, and the online tutoring sessions depended entirely on who was tutoring at the other end.
Joined: Feb 19, 2018
780 Q50 V48
I used Economist to boost my verbal score through sentence correction. It was very helpful. I ultimately scored V48.
I am a native English speaker and do a lot of proofreading for work. So with minimal studying, my Verbal scores were already around 44. However, I was having trouble getting to the next level.
Many people recommend MGMAT book for SC. I actually think economist is better for native speakers. The economist user experience gives you really quick feedback on your work and easy-to-digest lessons, without diving into many of the technical grammar terms that are not useful for people that grew up speaking English. Instead, the Economist teaches a set of "stop signs" that cue you into the warning signs of a sentence. This method worked for me. (In addition, I drilled SC questions on my own from the OG.)
I wish the Economist would sell the SC section on its own. It's very good. However, I think their quant section is designed a bit more for people that are trying to break high 600s or low 700s rather than gain a really top score. I used Target Test Prep for their quant section, because they go very in-depth on the math material. In contrast, the Economist quant is more focused on a "good enough" review of the math and then teaches you hacks and tips that can get you to a good score quickly rather than a great score a bit more slowly.
Joined: Dec 23, 2016
I selected GMAT tutor as a result of its flexible nature. I wanted to make sure that I was taking in all of the content, so felt that the written nature of the program was preferable over other programs that featured videos. I found the "ask a tutor" feature to be the most helpful portion of the ultimate package because I could get detailed analysis on any question I was confused on. I found myself asking for more detailed explanation of many verbal questions, which is why I rated the verbal portion of the program as a 4. I scored a 600 on my diagnostic test, and ended up with a 730, so was more than happy with the final results. The AWA prep created a simple formula that allowed me to score a 6.0 with very little practice. I would definitely recommend this service to anyone that cannot commit to an in-person prep course.
Joined: Dec 21, 2017
730 Q48 V42
I think the Economist GMAT prep course is a really good course for those who struggle with sitting down and reading prep books. I really liked the interface and found the lessons pretty useful.
- I really loved working with Kasia during my "Live Sessions". She always put in the work to make sure I was learning what I could and I actually felt that she cared about how I would be doing on the GMAT.
- Overall, this course really motivated me to study for the GMAT every day and it was really easy to use and learn with.
- They have some really good tips and tricks for both Quant and Verbal. They not only teach you how to do math or what idioms to know, but how to tackle Data Sufficiency questions or Inference questions.
- The one week trial is a really good way to see if you would like using this course.
- Their "Ask a Question" to tutors usually give great answers.
- I didn't use up my "Ask a Question" feature nor did I use up my "Essay Grading" features. The Economist doesn't tell you that it can take a week to grade an essay and that they're graded on first come, first serve basis. So by the time I got to working on the essay, there was no point in submitting one.
- Some of the questions in their CAT exams repeat from the prep course learning part.
- The "Help Desk" is only available on weekdays during normal work hours, so it may be difficult if you work full time and use this course on weekends or in the evening.
- Not all the "Live Sessions" are great. Most of mine were, but I had one guy who I literally asked to teach me the concept and instead he just kept asking me to do practice questions. In addition, the tutors are frequently unable to use the Economist platform and ask you to move to Skype which takes a couple precious minutes away from your lesson. (Kasia was super nice about this and always went over our scheduled session by a couple minutes to make up for it, but not all tutors did this.)
- They can only reset your entire practice test and not a section of it.
- You can't really skip sections or choose a random section unless you've completed the course/completed the parts of the course that they want you to complete.
While I didn't use up all of my features, I definitely liked having them and would highly recommend the Economist prep course for those who are having trouble using the MP books or those who don't remember much math. If I were to do it all over again, I would still have bought this course.
Joined: Mar 09, 2018
720 Q48 V40
I bought the Economist GMAT Tutor Premium Prep 3 month plan on November 4th 2017. At that point, I had already been to some GMAT quant lessons in my city and knew absolutely NOTHING about the verbal part. On February 26th I sit my GMAT Exam for the very first time and scored a 720, Verbal 40, Quant 48.
I can honestly say that the Economist GMAT Tutor was the best preparation tool I could use. It's a very friendly program and it really taught me everything I needed to know in order to secure a good score. I was really impressed with the Verbal lessons, they carefully walk you through all the grammar you need for SC in a very interactive way. The RC and CR tips were also very effective.
The tutoring sessions helped me a lot, the tutors are really helpful and have plenty of experience with all kinds of students, so they know in which direction they need to point you.
All things considered, I think that the Economist GMAT Tutor is a damn good investment if you want a good score and I warmly suggest it to anyone planning to take the GMAT.
Joined: Mar 05, 2018
710 Q45 V42
I’m a law student in my final year of a five year course in India. My interests lie primarily in corporate law, venture capital and entrepreneurship. I wanted to give the GMAT while I was still in law school to apply to a few deferred MBA programs. Since I’m on a residential campus and I decided pretty late that I wanted to give the GMAT, I couldn’t go to any actual classes I decided to do a google search for online courses and hope for the best! I came across the Economist GMAT tutor, and after a few days research I decided to go ahead with it. My math skills have always been week, and after four and a half years of law school which has included no math at all, I was pretty worried.
The Economist GMAT tutor turned out to be excellent. While studying for my law school semester exams (5 subjects), I was able to study for the GMAT as well thanks to the way their GMAT course is structured. The tutors are all great (at least the ones I interacted with!) and extremely accommodating. The course focused a lot on methods to solve sums quickly which I thought was extremely helpful and exactly what was required. The verbal section of the course also had great methods of identifying the type of question and remembering the rules associated with it.
I ended up with a 710 (Q45 V42) on my first attempt with a 96 percentile in english. After 65-70% of the course it just makes you practice and that really helped. The practice tests and the ability to review them and discuss them with your tutors was extremely beneficial.
I would definitely recommend the Economist GMAT Tutor to anyone thinking of giving the GMAT!
Joined: Aug 20, 2017
760 Q49 V47
I used the manhattan books and 4 months of study to get to a score of 690. Two years later, the economist tutor brought me up to a 760. The difference is in the amount of practice available on your toughest topics. Instead of rereading the same section of a book over and over, this software presents more and more questions, all at your target score level, until it finally clicks.
The verbal sections are broken down well into bite-sized chunks that can be easily cross-referenced with the solutions in the official guide, so the synergy between the two is great. I relied less on the quant section than I did the verbal, but it does a great job of introducing difficult topics and easy ones alike.
The practice tests are different than GMATPrep, but effective. They always seemed to focus on topics that I struggled with. There was about a 70-100 point difference between these and my final official score.
Lastly, for those topics that you just can't figure out, the one-on-one tutoring sessions are amazing. I highly recommend Jake Wengroff not only as an excellent instructor, but as an avid supporter of my success. He took personal interest in me and my weaknesses, and gave me motivation when I needed it most. Especially useful sessions included a review of GMATPrep practice test questions that I missed. It was great to observe his question-answering process.
Overall, highly recommend. Especially if you are looking to dramatically improve your verbal score.
Your situation sounds much like my current one. I last took the GMAT in august 2016 and got a 680 (can't remember the exact Q & V scores as I cancelled the score due to disappointment in the result). I now have about two months before I start a job at an MBB consulting firm but want to take the GMAT again and aim for 720+ so that I don't have to study while working long hours. I haven't touched any material in 2 years so am a bit unsure whether to start again with the books or go with this tutor. I'm personally looking to improve my Quant rather than verbal, do you think this course would still be useful? And is it a set day by day study guide or can you take it at a faster pace if you need to.
Thanks for any tips you might have in advance, its much appreciated
Yes I still think the course will be useful. It will do a full refresh of every topic and then allow you to focus on what your weak points are. It lets you go as fast or as slow as you want to, but it gates certain content so that you finish in order and don't skip around too much.
If your score is 690, does economist GMAT 70+ guarantee ensure a 750 or a money-back? Or do they limit your improvement to 50+ because of their terms and conditions? Their wording is very ambiguous so just wanted to clarify.. thanks for your time.
Before I purchased the product I reached out to their support staff about this exact question and they were very helpful.
Joined: May 09, 2017
680 Q49 V32
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I started my GMAT journey excited with the Economist Gmat product. At first, it looks like the best option with a great user interface, customer service and real interaction with an actual human. But it never gets you to the place you want. I stagnated at a very frustrating point and the platform would not give me challenging questions, so whilst you believe you are going to ace the exam, when you do the CATs the results are just frustrating. It is EXTREMELY overpriced and did not gave me the results I wanted. I am just very mad at myself for not looking at other great options before and as someone who does not have the economic capacity to really be wasting money, I was extremely sad with this product.
Joined: Jan 28, 2018
650 Q44 V35
Pros: I really liked how the Economist GMAT Prep Program allows for independent study, when convenient for you both on the computer and app. The material is comprehensive, allowing for users to select a time or topic to study for. The repetitive practice really drills concepts and approaches into your head (and I had taken Manhattan Prep before!). The individual tutor sessions were very useful but certainly depends on the tutor you are assigned to.
Cons: I don't think the tutors who respond to the "Ask a Question" feature always provide clear answers so I found it a bit of a waste. Additionally, I was very convinced I would improve more than the 30 points I did, so be sure not to let that mentally distract you. Also, there is so much content and practice problems, so it is hard to complete all for those on a time crunch.
Joined: Nov 24, 2017
720 Q49 V39
The CR part was really helpful. After completing the entire CR part - I felt really confident and it became my strongest link. I could solve all levels very easily.RC/SC are moderate. Good for basing a strong foundation.
Maths is okay. If Math is your strong point then Economist course will be redundant. The course starts at a very basic level and is slow paced. However, if you are weak in Math - then this could be a good foundation course.
In all the course was helpful. My score improved from 620 to 720.
The coaches are really helpful and go out of the way to help you.