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     By cfb91 0 0
Verified Score:

710

Q47

V40

Improvement:

130 Points

Verbal:     
Quant:     
Location: Online

My GMAT journey started around September 2016 when I took my first GMATprep practice test and scored a 580 (Q37, V33, IR7). For the next three months I studied on an off using OG books, but quickly realized the book approach would not work for me. After reading some reviews on courses, I decided to try the 1-week free trial for the Economist. I knew straight away that this would be a great course for me. Things that drew me to the course:
-I work a full-time job so I loved that you can complete a session whenever and for however long you want.
-The topics and answer explanations were clear and easy to follow.
-Really liked the time tracker for each question as well as the breakdown in how much time you had spent on Quant and Verbal topics.
-During the 1-week trial I took the free practice test and scored a 610 (Q43, V32, IR2) which I also felt reasonably correlated with my original GMATprep test score.

I knew December would be a difficult month for me to study, so I waited until the beginning of January to sign up for the Ultimate Prep, and the same week I signed up to take the real GMAT on April 1. This was a good time to sign up for the course because the rates were discounted for the New Year. I went for the 6-month Ultimate Prep for the 70-point guarantee and because I anticipated I was going to need to take the test more than once (just based on my experience with the SATs).

Over the next 3-months I studied for about 1.5 hours/day on the weekdays (about 1 hour on Quant and 30 mins on Verbal) and 2 hours/day ay on the weekend. I loved that the course was self-paced, and that it kept track of my progress. I felt like the Quant topics were great and the answer explanations were thorough and easy to understand. The Quant review helped me immensely, and I learned valuable strategies as to how to approach certain questions. I also loved that as you completed more and more topics, the course adapted to your strengths and weaknesses. If you are weak in a particular area, the course really hammers in the material/questions on that topic until you start answering the questions correctly. In terms of the Verbal, I knew that my main weaknesses were CR and SC and the course really focused on these topics. I thought the Stop Signs for SC were useful and helped teach me what common mistakes to look out for in the sentences. During the 3-months leading up to my test I took 5 of the Economist practice test and the second free GMATprep test. My scores were as follows:

1) Feb 18, 590 (Q37, V32, IR4) Economist
2) March 11, 620 (Q47, V29, IR4) Economist
3) March 15, 690 (Q50, V36, IR5) Economist
4) March 18, 680 (Q45, V40, IR5) Economist
5) March 22, 680 (Q43, V42, IR3) Economist
6) March 25, 650 (Q47, V43, IR8) GMATprep test 2

During this 3-month preparation time I also utilized four of the personal tutoring sessions. I can't stress enough how important these sessions were for my progress. I had all of my tutoring sessions with Jake Wengroff and he was AMAZING! We mainly focused on debriefing my practice tests and going through questions I answered incorrectly. One of my biggest hurdles with the GMAT was the timing, and Jake helped me learn timing strategies as well as when it was ok to guess on certain questions. Jake mostly helped me with Quant, but in later sessions we focused more on SC/CR and his help in the verbal section was also great! On top of all of this, Jake is also incredibly nice and supportive. He really helped me deal with my some of my test-taking anxiety.

After months of studying I ended up taking the GMAT on April 1 and scoring a 660 (Q48, V33, IR6, AWA 5.5). I was happy with my improvement on the Quant section, but due to lack of sleep the night before and accidently starting the Verbal section late, I didn’t feel that this score reflected my true ability.

From my first test, it was clear I still needed to do some work on the Verbal section. I think the Economist course is great for teaching strategies on how to approach questions on the Verbal section, but I believe the biggest weakness of the course is that some of the Verbal questions do not closely align with official GMAT questions. I always did very well with the official RC questions, but I found the Economist RC questions to be incredibly difficult. I found the Economist SC questions were good practice, but they were often too easy and seemed to follow a formula. I found the official SC questions to be much more difficult. I felt the Economist CR closely aligned with the real thing. For the Quant, I felt the practice questions were on par with the official questions.

I decided to retake the test on May 20, but for the remaining 1.5 months of study time, I continued to do the Economist Quant practice questions and heavily focus on OG Verbal questions. I also had a three additional tutoring sessions with Jake in which we went over the last two practice tests I had taken before the big day. Come test day, I was able to achieve an overall score of 710 (Q47, V40, IR4, AWA6)!!!! The score forecaster on the Economist software estimated my score would be between 680-740, so this was right on target! In the end, I completed 89% of the Quant material (70 hours), and 86% of the Verbal (42 hours).

I also just want to quickly comment on the IR and AWA portions of the course. The Economist IR questions were reasonable, however, the course review for this section is fairly limited. If you need more work with IR, you may need to seek additional resources. For AWA, I thought the template was great and I used the exact template on the real exam. I submitted three essays for review, and while the feedback was useful, it does take around a week to get a response, so plan accordingly.

I know this a long-winded review, but I 100% believe I could not have achieved this score without this course and Jake’s help! The course may be somewhat pricey, but I think it was worth every penny!

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Verified Score:

620

Q40

V31

Improvement:

N/A

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

I would strongly recommend Economist GMAT Tutor. I didn't have a lot of time to study, so the fact that I could study on my own time, whenever I had 15 minutes of free time helped a lot.

The first time I took a practice GMAT test, I was pretty disappointed in my score. I scored in the low 500s. The score that I am applying to asks to see at least a 600 on the exam, so I new I had a lot of studying to do. 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. The customer support was excellent and the team responded to my questions in an efficient manner.

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     By kmc465 0 0
Verified Score:

760

Q49

V44

Improvement:

110 Points

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

I went from not having opened a GMAT book to a 760 on my first try taking the GMAT with the help of the Economist GMAT Tutor. The whole process took me two months.

I started with the trial run and took my first test and scored a 650 on my first practice test. I enjoyed the flexibility of the program, as I am a college student with a lot of time on my hands and wanted to be able to study on my own time. I studied for around 2 hours every day five days a week.

I am an Applied Math major at school so I thought I would be prepared for the quantitative section. However, on my first test, I scored very poorly. I believe that the Economist Quant prep is extremely helpful in giving you the right ways to approach problems. Certain problems that originally took me 5-7 minutes to solve, however, after using the approaches given to me by the Economist tutor, I could solve them in 1-2 minutes.

The adaptive nature of the program is extremely useful. This way certain types of problems that I just couldn't get right originally I easily mastered and problems that I knew how to solve easily originally I didn't waste time on.

I believe the verbal prep also must be among the best. I originally scored about where I thought I should on my practice test, as I do not have strong verbal and grammatical skills. The "Stop Signs" the program used were a great way to identify possible errors in sentence correction. The critical reasoning practice problems were also great and nearly identical to the real test. I believe that the reading comprehension in the GMAT tutor was slightly more difficult than the real exam but definitely helped me prepare.

I completed a little over 80% of the course and in the last two weeks started working more on the GMAT Offical problems in the app they give. I think that using the tutor to have a solid background and familiarity with the types of problems they give and then working on official problems and tests was the best approach for me.

I didn't take as much advantage of the in-app questions and tutoring sessions as I could have. However, the sessions I did have were informative and helpful. They really look at the data and your progress in order to give you helpful and critical feedback.

I scored much lower on all the practice tests I took on the Economist program than I did on the real test--my highest score was a 720. However, I believe that that has more to do with my test taking mentality rather than the difficulty of the real tests as my highest practice score on the Official program was also a 720.

Overall I would definitely recommend the Economist GMAT Tutor, especially if you want to study on your own time.

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1 out of 1 people found the following review helpful
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Verified Score:

750

Q50

V41

Improvement:

N/A

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

There is one main area where the Economists program is very strong: the lesson format. As you go through the lessons, the app does not burden you with theory; it mixes it with practice and this keeps the lessons interesting. You do not get bored on one topic and if you are stuck, the explanations are usually good enough to give you a grasp of the essence of the topic. If not, there is always the ask a tutor function.
The one minus is that the actual gmat will include some quant questions which are not modelled in the practice sessions (the topics are covered but the format of the question is not). I found that doing the mba.com question package provided a better insight into what the questions look like on the actual exam (quant section).
All in all though, the course is very good value for money.

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     By Bartosz.L 0 0
Verified Score:

730

Q48

V42

Improvement:

130 Points

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

GMAT with Economist was a bliss and I would recommend it to anyone that wants to improve verbal and quant.

Before I started with Economist I've used Manhattan Prep Curse and Official Guide. I've finished manhattan prep and most of quant from OG and while it was a good refresher on my math my verbal score did not improve almost at all and I couldn't break 650 on my CATs. Usually, I had around 50 points on quant and much lower verbal score.

Then I decided to try Economist mostly because of their score guarantee and I can say it was definitely worth it. I was able to break through 700 barrier and finish with 730 on actual GMAT.
Details about the curse:
* Quant section was ok but I felt that the problems were easier than Manhattan Prep and didn't challenge me enough. I wanted to get better at geometry and probability questions but platform doesn't allow you to jump content like that
* Verbal was really good, their approach to RC and CR was very structured and helped me on the actual exam. Problems were more challenging than other courses and similar to actual exam. Methodical advice to SC helped me improve my score the most.
* Economist also helped me with AWA with their great break down how to approach it and ability to sent essays for scoring (I've got 5.0 for an essay on GMAT). Manhattan Prep did not have any of this and while AWA doesn't count to total score I believe that being prepared for first 2 sections lowers stress level for quant and verbal
* IR had the similar form to actual GMAT but I paid the least amount of attention that this section.
* Progress charts and score forecast are quite helpful and kept me motivated. My score forecast on the platform was between 680-720 so it was quite accurate at predicting the final score.
* Score guarantee has few catches such as 90% completion and 5 tutoring sessions. At the beginning, 90% felt achievable but it is a serious time commitment. I've spent 84 hours on the platform (43 quant, 39 verbal) and had only 85% completion.

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     By warnrl6 0 0
Verified Score:

720

Q48

V41

Improvement:

130 Points

Verbal:     
Quant:     
Location: Online

I decided to apply to Business school 3 months before the application was due. I knew that I wouldn't have time to take the GMAT multiple times and had to ensure the my studying was as efficient as possible. The Economist GMAT course exceeded my expectations. The lessons were concise and easy to understand, and the one-on-one tutoring sessions were extremely valuable.

The best part about the course are all of the practice problems. When you get a question wrong, it not only tells you what the correct answer is, but also why the answer you selected is wrong. You have the opportunity to send an "ask a tutor" inquiry if there are questions that you still don't understand after reading the explanation. I ended up only needing to use about 20 out of 50 available "ask a tutor" inquiries because the explanations provided are so thorough.

After completing the Economist GMAT Prep Course in 2.5 months, I improved my score by 130 points and achieved my target score of 720. I highly recommend the Economist GMAT course!

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     By Thracerus 0 0
Verified Score:

650

Q42

V38

Improvement:

70 Points

Verbal:     
Quant:     
Location: Online

First of all I have to say that my initial goal was to score 700 points in the GMAT which I did not achieve. In my first, and so far only, official try I scored 650 after scoring not more than 580 in the test exams during preparation. After 2 months of classic studying with books I decided to go for the basic Economist GMAT Tutor option. I thought it might be more time efficient in order to support me for an intensive preparation in the last month before my official GMAT (and it was indeed).

I felt really comfortable working with the desktop version as well as the mobile app e.g. on my way to work. You can choose between 5 minute and 60 minute sessions on either quant or verbal or both combined. Tasks that were not answered correctly can be reviewed instantly and are noted by the software. Then, over time it gives you less of your strong tasks and more new topics with your weak spots frequently in between.

I started with a text exam right away and so the adaptive nature of the software got hold of my strengths and weaknesses pretty quickly. Obviously this is generally a huge advantage of software over classic book learning. Unfortunately I realized that far too late, otherwise I would have spend all 3 months of prep just with the Economist app. On the other hand I does make a lot of sense to work at least with GMAT material from two different companies in order to have a comparison.

Due to the insights from the test exam I focused solely on improving the quantative section, where the Economist app provides a massive amount of excercises. Although I spent three weeks only in the quant section I hardly managed to finish 50% of the quant section.

I am sure that the app it helped me to especially work on my weaknesses and that it deserves a huge part of the credits for my 650. Since I just got accepted to my first BS choice I can say that the 350$ were a good investment. They have different payment plans from which my option was the cheapest. It is valid for three months (one week free trial in advance) and comes with the study material + 3 test GMATs, 1 essay review, 20 ask a tutor questions via a chat interface.

Since then I have always recommended this app to anybody who asked me for GMAT prep recommendations.

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Ideal for busy people
March 22 | 2017
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     By DavidA19888891 0 0
Verified Score:

690

Q48

V36

Improvement:

130 Points

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

I am very happy that I chose Economist GMAT Tutor. I went from not having cracked open a GMAT prep book and knowing anything about the test to getting a 690. It took me about 10 weeks of practice to reach that goal. Some days I didn’t study at all, and some days when I had time, I studied for a few hours. The wonderful thing about this programme is that you are able to choose when you study…so if you really wanted to you could cram…or alternately space out your studies over 6 months. My job is unpredictable and keeps me very busy, so this was the perfect tool for me.

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1 out of 1 people found the following review helpful
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     By rgdam 0 0
Verified Score:

710

Q47

V41

Improvement:

N/A

Verbal:     
Quant:     
Location: Online

The Economist GMAT Tutor has a rigorous verbal preparation. The Reading Comprehension is more difficult than the real GMAT and it prepares you for very tough questions which is great! The Sentence Correction uses Stop Signs in order to train you which turned out to be very useful as it points you to the type of mistakes you need to look for. It was especially helpful as I'm non-native speaker! The Critical Reasoning was very useful too, showing you the main distractors and traps. The Quant section was great - they teach you shortcut techniques which for example are not shown at the Official Guide. The way I have prepared was to use the Economist as a foundation and practice questions from the Official Guide at the end - once you do that and see the explanations at the OG you will really appreciate how good the Economist is and the way they have taught you to think.
One point for improvement is the time it takes for AWA essays to be graded. It usually takes 1 week and if your GMAT is quickly approaching, it might be a limitation to the number of essays you will be able to submit.
However, the core curriculum which is the most important component was great. The opportunity to take tutor sessions aids your preparation and you can work on your weaknesses. The system offers predicted score which in my case was accurate and it gives you more ambition to work harder in order to get to your goal.
To sum up, I highly recommend the Economist GMAT Tutor and it's a great tool for preparation!

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Fit my schedule perfectly.
March 16 | 2017
1 out of 1 people found the following review helpful
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     By BCrowley8888 0 0
Verified Score:

690

Q43

V41

Improvement:

160 Points

Verbal:     
Quant:     
Location: Online

With just 2 months of studying until my official exam from the time I started to study, my GMAT score improved jumped about 130 points. Economist GMAT Tutor does what it promises -- it's very flexible with busy schedules -- you can study whenever you have time, whether it's just 15 minutes or a few hours. I completed about 90% of the course in about 85 hours, and I felt more than prepared to take the real exam. And I can't say enough good things about the tutors. I used Jake and Kasia, and both were very helpful. After our Skype sessions, they followed up with detailed emails reviewing what we went over and suggesting ways to improve.

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