I started studying for the GMAT several years ago using just the Manhattan GMAT books. I kept falling off studying. Finally I decided to get committed and start the official Manhattan GMAT in person course. I learned a lot in that but my score was only 650 on the real gmat after that course. I was disappointed because my first practice exam I got a 620 and I got the exact same score on my last one. It's like the class did nothing for my score. When I took the exam o got a 650, which was not good enough for me, but still I was pleasantly surprised that I got higher than my practice exams.
I found the economist GMAT course online after searching for a GMAT course score guarantee. It amazed me that I could go up 70 points with no risk through the economist. I started the Exonomist the day after my first GMAT exam with the hopes of getting a 720.
I found the course to be extremely helpful! The quant section was especially good. It changed to show me more questions of what I needed help on and fewer questions for things that I already knew. I really liked how the course had a score estimate and a percent complete tracker. I also had great sessions with Jake Wengroff, my tutor for all but one of the sessions. You can't pick your tutor in the system but he and I were able to book appointments offline that he would then add to the system so that it would guarantee that he was my tutor. He was really great and I would recommend him for sure!
The verbal section I found helpful, but the sentence correction section didn't seem to be as difficult as the real exam. My verbal score went from a 40 to a 41, so really there was not much improvement there from my first real exam to my last real exam. My quant went up from 40 to a 45. I'm very pleased with my progress. Although I did not get the 700 points that they guarantee I plan on extending my subscription so that I can take the exam again in September and will hopefully go up 20 or more points. In all I would recommend the eco moist to anyone. It is possible to get to 700!! You just have to keep working at it.
The Economist GMAT tutor is a very well-designed and elegantly presented prep tool. The way that the course considers the candidates performance and does all the planning for the candidate is a big help. Time that would otherwise be spent on planning preparation can actually be spent on preparing with the Economist GMAT tutor. The course is consummate and very efficient. It is easy-to-use, versatile and flexible - the course allowed me to spend any free-time I had preparing.
Special mentions to tutors Jake Wengroff and Kasia Slawinska who were hugely important in my preparation. They guided me from even before I started the program, up till the night before the exam. They were always ready with prep advice, planning and tips for reducing stress. Their help allowed me to direct whatever time I had into the right kind of preparation and also allowed me to use the tool efficiently.
Overall, of all the competitive exams I've written, the GMAT was the most satisfactory and I can confidently say that it wouldn't have been possible without the Economist GMAT tutor.
I used the Economist GMAT Tutor to prepare and I have to say that it gives a one of a kind & exceptional experience to the process of preparation. The portal to very well designed and organized, making everything simple to consume.
I am a non-native English speaker and started using the Economist portal especially to improve my verbal score. When I started I was around 27-30 range in verbal. That jumped to 40 by the time I took the test (in 4 months).
Eventually, the portal also gave me many hacks for quants which I could use in the practice tests. When used in combination with OGs, The Economist GMAT Tutor can work wonders.
Highly recommended for non-native English speakers!
My first GMAT score was 510 with strong quant, but very low verbal. In addition to lessons with tutor I decided to purchase Economist GMAT preparation for 3 months.
The structure of the Economist class is very nice – you go through different topics starting from easy staff and moving to harder. The system adapts to your progress and will not propose difficult tasks to you until you deal well and are comfortable with easier tasks.
What I like most about Economist online GMAT preparation is the tips they give to answering the questions. It is not right to rely on your intuition, you need to know the rules and answer exactly what is asked. The tricks that GMAC may use to make you think the wrong answer is right are also discussed, which helped me a lot to improve my score.
Finally, I could improve my score to 680 with quant score stable compared to my first try and very much improved verbal score.
Was this review helpful to you? 1 out of 1 people found the following review helpful
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!
Was this review helpful to you? 1 out of 1 people found the following review helpful
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.
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.
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.
Was this review helpful to you? 1 out of 1 people found the following review helpful
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.
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!