I decided to finally stop talking about applying to business school and actually do it. The only problem with my decision was the application was due in two months. I immediately went to Amazon and purchased the Official GMAT study guide which is inarguably a great resource. I then found the Veritas Prep videos on the iPad that really helped me understand thinking like the test maker. Unfortanately, thinking like the test maker didn't translate into beating the test maker as my first score was much lower than I anticpated. I think I let my poor performance on the IR section affect me during the Quant and Verbal sections but, regardless, I needed to retake the test in one month and increase my score at least 50 points. At that time I found great reviews and a free trial for the Economist's GMAT Tutor. I bit on the free trial and after being impressed with the teaching style of the online course I purchased the one year subscription. I did not have enough time to complete the entire course but in the 40 hours I was able to get through approximately 40% of the material and raised my GMAT score by 100 points. Overall I was impressed with the layout and teaching style and have recommended it to several other co-workers considering going to B-School next year.
While nothing is perfect, I really only had a few small complaints regarding the Economist GMAT Tutor. The first is more an issue with my lack of time as I did not have time to get to some of the sections that I knew I needed more time with, like Geometry and Combinatorics. I also wanted to review the exponents section a few days before the test but you are unable to select specific topics. I also had two technical issues, the first on my work computer where I am unable to login via IE because of a "no transport" error. However, it is a work computer so who knows what restrictions are causing the issue but Firefox worked without a problem. I also tried to use the course on a first generation iPad and some of the scientific notation fonts would not render which made learning the Quant sections impossible but selecting Verbal only was still available while I was mobile.
The constant interaction required with this course is guaranteed to keep you involved in the learning and forces you to learn the material.
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I took this course between Nov 2012 and April 2013 (course is normally 4 months but I bought two 1-month extensions which cost extra).
Great resource to teach you the fundamentals of each topic. Highly recommend buying an Official Guide after you complete this course. The OG does a terrible job explaining why each answer choice is right or wrong. The GMAT Tutor fills this void by helping you understand the fundamentals. I have no regrets about signing up for this course.
- the tool works if you have time to devote to acing the GMAT.
- Very thorough with all of the material.
- Tool adapts to your strengths and weaknesses. If you are an all-star in one section, the tool will push you to your limits by giving you tough questions to continuously challenge you in that one section. However, completing a series of difficult questions will make you mentally exhausted, so you'll need study breaks. Similarly, if you are struggling in one section, the tool will spend more time helping you to understand the fundamentals and the reasoning behind why the answers that you select are incorrect.
- I received a one-year subscription to The Economist magazine. I enjoy reading this on my iPad on the weekends. This magazine is more internationally focused than most US newspapers/magazines.
- Course is not short. Takes several months worth of commitment to complete the course. Be sure that you have the time to reach your goals.
- Question types are slightly different that the official GMAT questions. So it is essential to use the Official Guide after completing the course. You will still score well if you don't use the official guide, but I added 40 points to my score by going through the Official Guide after taking this course.
- Tutoring sessions are with tutors from Poland, Israel, Taiwan, so the tutoring times are at odd hours for students in North America (i.e. 10PM - 8AM CST).
- The support for the Integrated Reasoning section is very weak. Use the Official Guide to study for IR; the OG is a much better resource.
- The AWA section is weak. GMAT Tutor provides overview of "how" to write an essay, but doesn't give you a list of sample essay topics and doesn't force you to write practice essays. Use the OG for a list of sample essay topics.
- The tool's advice on Reading comprehension did not work well for me. I tried to follow the tool's advice to first do an initial reading by "skimming" through the passage and jotting down notes, and then digging for details later; however, I found that I scored much higher and I spent much less time by reading the entire passage thoroughly the first time. Going back and fourth between the passage and the questions just took way too much time for me. The skimming method may work for you, but if it doesn't, don't let the GMAT Tutor's suggested RC method hurt your GMAT score.
- The tool's advice on "ball-parking" was, in many cases, more time consuming than solving the problem by shorthand arithmetic. If you're terrible at math, then this "ball-parking" (or guessing) method is an ok approach. Again, you really have to determine which method is the most efficient for you. I suggest following the tool's advice at first, but if the tool's advice isn't working for you after you're 75% complete with the course, then use the method that is most effective for you.
- There were only a few Reading comprehension passages and each passage was repeated too often. It would have been more beneficial if there were more passages.
Advice for students:
- Bring a pen/pencil and a pad of paper to each GMAT Tutor session.
- Do not take this course when tired or distracted. At first it is hard to build up an endurance to study for at least an hour straight, so start off with shorter study sessions. Take breaks between study sessions.
- At the end of the course, attempt longer study sessions to build up endurance.
- Try to understand why you answered questions correctly / incorrectly. Just because you guessed and answered a question correctly doesn't mean that you will do the same on a later date with a similar question.
- Read the fine print on the money back guarantee. Not doing so could cost you $700!!
- Buy the OG for use at the end of the course (especially for the verbal section). The OG is a great resource to help build up your stamina/endurance right before you take the test. I studied with the OG for the 3-4 weeks prior to the real exam. Try to answer each OG question in less than 90 seconds to build your endurance.
- Take tutoring sessions towards the end of the course; bring questions to the tutoring sessions. Tutors are willing help you with questions from the OG or other studying resources. I found tutoring sessions were most helpful when I came to the tutoring session with a list of OG questions that were difficult for me.
- Take the mba.com practice tests right before you take the real GMAT.
- Complete at least 90% of the course before you take the test; I still learned new things at 85% progress. How can you expect to "ace" the GMAT without knowing/understanding all subjects tested?
- Take the real GMAT before taking this course. Taking the real GMAT before taking this course will establish a "baseline" for your 70 point score increase guarantee. Study for this initial GMAT test to maximize your baseline score. If you are not familiar with the GMAT prior to taking this course, you are bound to score poorly on your "baseline" examination.
Good luck!! Wishing you the best of success on your GMAT endeavor!!
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I started with the program as a way to continue my studies without carrying to OG around. While traveling, I was able to use some offline features on the app. Tutor 1:1 are definitely worth the increase. I went to take the exam with 3 sessions under my belt and scored a 590. After 2 weeks and an additional 3 sessions I scored a 620. My baseline before starting the program was 540.
Bottom line - if you are looking to study while you travel this is great option. I was able to do very well in Quant (47 and 46) and in the 88th percentile in CR with this program. Schedule the tutoring sessions with a pattern in mind and focus on what you need to change!
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.
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.
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.
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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
2Commented by justin7705 on July 14, 2018
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.
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.
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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.
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.
I took the GMAT twice without any prepwork and got a 630 and a 650. Both times I blindly guessed on the last 5-10 questions of the quantitative section because I ran out of time, so I felt like I had room for improvement if I worked more efficiently. The Economist GMAT Tutor uses personalized, rapid fire questions to expose you to all types of questions while gradually raising the difficulty level. I really think the course played a big part in my score improvement. The result speak for itself — I would recommend the course to anyone serious about improving their score.