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     By jgr128 5 0
Verified Score:

730

Q49

V41

Improvement:

50 Points

Verbal:     
Quant:     
Location: Online

I loved the Economist GMAT course. I had taken the GMAT Nov of last year, but didn't get into the school I wanted so I decided to take it again.

This time around I wanted to have a tutor/program to work through. I chose the Economist because it had a money back guarantee if I didn't hit above a certain amount of improvement if I did the full course. I spent over 130 hours studying between this course, tutoring sessions, practice tests, videos, and my own study material (official GMAT review book and some math books). The course took me through everything and kept me from solely focusing on quant where I struggled last time. I was able to improve both my quant and verbal sub-sections. I also improved my IR score (not as important to me since my school doesn't look at it). However, I didn't find the AWA portion helpful. It was very structured in how to build your essay, but I thought it was very one dimensional.

My main tutor was Jake Wengroff. He was an excellent tutor. He knew how to walk through practice problems at my speed and how to explain concepts. He also did a great review of the problems from my practice test when I asked for assistance reviewing it.

So while the course was very helpful, I do want to warn: do not buy it for the guarantee!!! Getting the guarantee is next to impossible. You have to complete 90% of the course and doing so would take 100 hours after finishing the first 75-80% of the course (this is based on what I was told by a tutor other than Jake). Basically it is a huge undertaking and will most likely lead to getting burnt out on studying which means it isn't worth it. With that being said, I got 50 points of improvement and moved 10 percentile up. Not quite the guaranteed 70 points for the course I bought, but in my opinion it was worth the money!

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The Economist delivers
August 21 | 2016
2 out of 2 people found the following review helpful
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     By kaikulouk 0 0
Verified Score:

770

Q50

V46

Improvement:

120 Points

Verbal:     
Quant:     
Location: Online

I chose this course after reading lots of reviews here at GMATClub. My placement test put me at 650 before I started studying, and my goal was the 730+ range. I had around 3.5 months of preparation scheduled, although some unexpected issues reduced my preparation time to 3 months or a bit less. I tried to study for 30'-1h during weekdays, and 1-2h per day during the weekend, and I took notes as I went along.

Originally, I didn't want to pay much for my preparation (I even thought that the MGMAT books were too expensive). After realizing that preparing for the GMAT would take quite a bit of time and dedication -of which I lack the first- I decided that the price was worth it given that the course essentially spoon-feeds you all the knowledge and practice you need (and the practice you do is adapted to you!). I didn't want to waste my time trying to elucidate what needs more or less effort, what I should or should not study, etc.: I wanted to excel at the GMAT, and to do so under my tight schedule.

Under these conditions, I cannot recommend this course enough. Perhaps a tad too expensive for those that have more than enough time on their hands to do all the extra work I did not want to do (the material itself is not that hard), but in any case I would say it is a sure bet. You cannot fail by choosing this course.

The lessons are clear and to the point. You practice each new concept right after learning about it, and then the adaptive system decides what and when to practice (or whether to learn another new concept). Explanations are always clear, and if you believe that something is wrong or not really clear, you can always hit the 'Ask a Tutor' button, and ask for clarification. In a couple of days you'll have your answer.

In math, you will learn all the concepts, but throughout the course the notions of 'ballparking' and 'plugging in' will be stressed. This might seem "fluffy" to you at the beginning, but you will soon realize why they hammer these two ideas into your brain: the GMAT wants the correct answer in under 2 minutes, and nobody cares how you did it. Be smart and heed their advice.

In the verbal section, you'll be given appropriate strategies and frameworks for each type of question. I've seen critics saying that their approach to SC is 'too formulaic' (and that their questions are as well), but I think that that is precisely what makes them very strong in SC (the verbal section in which it is easier to improve!).

I also had a very good experience with the tutors, zero complaints and usually quite available, although be careful if you are planning to take the GMAT when "everyone else" is: the spots for the tutors might fill up the week you want! Similarly, their advice on strategy etc. is very useful, and I'd say that the course, overall, is very well rounded and comprehensive. When doing official questions, the GMATPrep tests or the real GMAT, I never felt like there was a concept I had not been taught.

In the end I got a wonderful 770, and I honestly think that I could not have done it so easily without this course. Studying feels fun (unless you study for 4h straight, of course), their score guarantee is also great [read about it!], and everyone is quite nice. Last point, I promise: their support staff is lightning-fast as well!

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     By JLAR2107 54 9
Verified Score:

760

Q49

V44

Improvement:

80 Points

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

I know there are so many positive reviews for this software already, but I cannot stress how much of a difference this software and the tutors made in my studies for the GMAT. The Economist GMAT Tutor helped me achieve my goal, with a load of extra points tacked on.

Software (5/5):
The software is crazy easy to use. This is definitely a huge positive because if the interface wasn't user friendly, it would have added a lot of stress to my studies. Overall the program does a great job of identifying your weaknesses, and then forcing you to continue to practice those weaknesses. The latter makes the software inherently time efficient because I was only studying material I either didn't know or didn't understand very well. The other interesting thing the software does is keep track of your progress through the course and what your approximate score will be based on your completion and your success rate on practice questions/tests. This feature was useful but don't pay too much attention to it in terms.

Quant (4.5/5):
The quant portion of the course is all you could possibly need to score a Q49 and maybe even a Q50. The practice problems they give are very representative of those I saw on the test, though I don' think the Economist GMAT Tutor necessarily has a bunch of Q50 or Q51 questions. I wouldn't not get this course just because of the latter, just make sure to supplement your quant practice with the OG (which you should no matter what).

Verbal (6/5):
Seriously the verbal portion of this course is really what makes this course awesome. I went from a V34 to V44 on the actual test. The Economist GMAT Tutor gives a systematic, but very effective method of eliminating answer choices in sentence correction. If verbal is your weakness, sentence correction in particular, this course has the potential to increase your score by a significant magnitude. The CR and the RC sections are very strong as well. There was not a single verbal question I was not ready to tackle on the test thanks to the Economist GMAT Tutor.

Live Tutors (4.5/5):
I utilized 4 or 5 live tutor sessions and enjoyed them very much. I focused most of my time improving in the verbal section and Jake was my tutor for every section. He was very knowledgeable and very friendly and really helped me take my verbal game to the next level. The only downside about the live tutor sessions is that you have to schedule them quite a while ahead of time.

Practice Tests (5/5):
The practice tests were most definitely representative of what I saw on both GMATPREP, and what I saw on the actual exam. The difficulty was very similar and the scope of both quant and verbal questions were on par with the actual thing. The Economist prep tests gave a very accurate predictor of my score on the real exam.

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1 Commented by shree27 on September 29, 2016
is the software avaible free ??
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Study Efficiently
August 02 | 2016
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     By bterry 0 5
Verified Score:

710

Q48

V40

Improvement:

170 Points

Verbal:     
Quant:     
Location: Online

Over my lifetime of purchases the Economist GMAT Tutor ranks in my highest bracket for product satisfaction.

Initially I was a bit discouraged about the high cost, but I gave the free week trial a test run and loved the software from minute one. I found the program forced you to sit down and study at an intensity level that was equivalent to that of test day. Personally this would not have been possible for me if I was studying independently. With the program I studied about 85 hours total, but they were hardcore focused hours.

I only completed one live tutoring session which was very professional and easily accessible. I did not feel I needed further one on one sessions because the program explained everything very logically.

I did use three of the essay reviews and it was evident that the marker put some thought into the essay and provided insightful comments.

Lastly the program gives you an "estimated score" as you progress through the course. This was very rewarding to see your estimated score rise at the end of a long study session - further motivation.

I initially wrote a 540 without studying. At test day about two months later I wrote a 710! If I had put in the same amount of time without the Economist prep tool I would estimate my score would have been around a 670.

These extra points landed me a huge scholarship at my first choice school - easily paying off my initial sticker shock.
Give the free trial a run, you have nothing to lose.

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     By commodityBull 2 5
Verified Score:

690

Improvement:

80 Points

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

This online adaptive learning program was awesome. I've never learned through this kind of approach (i.e. typically I use standard books and/or videos). I really enjoyed this program and could see a benefit from the start, especially if you follow into one of the two categories: (1) it's your first time taking the GMAT or (2) it has been a few months since you took the exam. The reason why I'm mentioning this is because it's easy to skim past the materials/concepts you recognize/quasi know; however, this program doesn't allow you to skip over sections. Instead, you need to prove to the algorithm that you know the materials in order to advance.

The touring sessions are great and very helpful. I worked with three of the tutors and utilized all of the sessions.

It should be noted, this program is long and its difficult to achieve the money back guarantee. I spent more than 115 hours (doesn't include practice tests, tutoring sessions, or reviewing practice tests) in this program and completed less than 85% of the program.

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     By iquerol 0 0
Verified Score:

680

Q47

V37

Improvement:

N/A

Verbal:     
Quant:     
Location: Online

I'm a non-native speaker working in finance, and the GMAT for me was the first studying experience since I finished college 5 years ago.
I needed a course that started from the very basics as I felt very unfamiliar with high school maths, and surely the Economist made it worked.

Qbank is also great, and questions are very similar the real GMAT, with c. 1,500 questions and great explanations.

I would recommend this course to anyone about to make its first contact with the GMAT. If you are only looking for a Qbank, I would not recommend this course though, as you would get a lot of theory among the way.

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     By MrMBA12345 0 0
Verified Score:

730

Q48

V41

Improvement:

80 Points

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

I have a long history with the GMAT. During senior year of my college year I took a self-study Manhattan GMAT course and was only able to score a 650. This was disappointing as anyone whose looking at an top program knows they need a 700+.

I decided to give it another go a couple years later. I had heard good things about the Economist so I went with them. I found their adaptive learning program to be much more effective than watching a lecture and then doing problems. In the end I obtained a 730 score thanks to the excellent structure of the program and the helpful tutors. Thanks, Economist!

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     By Hoff2014A 0 0
Verified Score:

550

Q37

V29

Improvement:

110 Points

Verbal:     
Quant:     
Location: Online

I am happy that I bit the bullet and purchased this course. The online system is superb. It’s very well-laid out and very flexible. I can select the amount of time that I want to spend on a lesson, and the course will guide me through it.

I can also easily schedule a tutor session (the tutor sessions take place on Skype), review my progress and see how far I have to go, take practice tests and analyze my strengths and weaknesses.

The program overall is incredibly engaging and not boring at all. I think the adaptive nature of the program is the most impressive. Their tutors are also very useful and very speedy in their responses to my "Ask a Tutor" messages.

Overall, the Economist Tutor is an ideal program that is perfect for those who do not have the time or money to enroll in a classroom course, but still want a comprehensive, tailored studying experience.

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     By CachacoL 0 0
Verified Score:

700

Q44

V42

Improvement:

120 Points

Verbal:     
Quant:     
Location: Online

I signed up for the Ultimate Prep course after completing the 7-day trial. This course is perfect for my busy schedule. I have a demanding job at which I work about 60 hours a week. The flexibility is great for me, and the tips and tricks the program teaches you are very helpful and encouraging.

I began studying with other GMAT prep tools and prefer the ease and flexibility of using the Economist program. I really like how it constantly reminds you to not get bogged down in the nitty gritty calculations, but to rely on their problem solving tricks to conclude what the answers are.... they make it clear that the exam isn't 100% testing your academic and technical skills, but your ability to think critically.

I highly recommend others to sign up for the trial to see if this course is the right fit for them!

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June 17 | 2016
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     By LaurenHeuser 0 0
Verified Score:

730

Q47

V42

Improvement:

70 Points

Verbal:     
Quant:     
Location: Online

I was very impressed with The Economist GMAT Tutor. In particular, it helped me develop a principled approach to solving quantitative problems. Prior to taking the course, I would always guess on certain kinds of questions, such as combinatrics, probability or sets. The GMAT Tutor provides methods for approaching these problems.

I was strong in verbal before I started the course, and did not think it would have much to offer, but the verbal instruction on Sentence Correction was critical for helping me to get my score up, as many of the Sentence Correction rules are not intuitive.

As a general matter, the adaptive nature of the course is great for ensuring that you can confront your weaknesses, rather than continually test your strengths. It is also very helpful to be able to complete this course online, on your own time. The course tutors are also excellent.

A few weaknesses of the course are that it provides little instruction or sample questions for Integrated Reasoning. Once a student hits 80% of the course, it takes much, much longer to get to 90% (which is the threshold a student must meet to be eligible for reimbursement). It would have been helpful to know in advance that the pace of course completion slows after the 80% threshold, as this would allow students to better budget their time towards the end of the course. While the course is adaptive, I did find that it focused too much at times on areas that you had established you were strong in. But overall, I was extremely happy that I took the course, and it was well worth the money.

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