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August 29 | 2013
27 out of 27 people found the following review helpful
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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.

Pros:
- 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.

Cons:
- 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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1 Commented by XavierAlexander on March 01, 2016
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Amazing unbiased and honest review. Thanks for sharing in depth opinion & suggestion.
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720

Q47

V41

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Location: Online

Whenever anyone mentions they're currently or thinking about studying for the GMAT, I always tell them to check out the Economist GMAT Tutor and at least do the free week trial.

Why I recommend GMAT Tutor to everyone:

1. The adaptive learning component.
This is the main reason I would highly recommend it. When working full time, you’re just so busy you barely have time to study, and don't have time to “manage” the process of studying. I felt like the GMAT Tutor took the load of managing the process of studying off me and enables me to just focus on understanding the content and practicing.

How it does this: GMAT Tutor feeds you learning and practice materials at a pace that is custom to what you do well at. If you rock the geometry stuff, it'll fly you through that section. If you struggle, it'll give you more practice problems there and keep coming back to it over time until you've mastered it. The GMAT itself is an adaptive test, and I really appreciated this component of the GMAT Tutor program. It takes the stress and burden of coming up with your own study plan. All you have to do is log in and press start, and it feeds you what you need.

2. The flexibility of the online sessions.
I could study whenever and wherever I wanted, and select how many minutes I wanted to study. I found a lot of value in doing quant drills without pen/paper on the mobile app when I was in a taxi or wanted a 5 minute break from work. Also, the progress and score projection tracking made it feel like a game--I enjoyed watching my progress % and score projection range go up after every session and it made me excited to study.

3. The Skype tutoring sessions and in-app question feature.
If I came across a piece of content or a practice problem that I struggled with, I could click a button on that box and jot down an email to a real person, who would respond via email within a day or two. The tutors I met with over Skype were also very helpful--having someone explain difficult concepts and work on tough problems with me was valuable. I also appreciated the opportunity to have a handful of practice essays graded and returned with comments.


Compared to other options: While I didn't take an in-person class, I know the cost of a class is typically higher, it's definitely less convenient, and you go at the class pace instead of your own.

I did buy the Manhattan textbooks and did a focused 3-months of GMAT prep with them before switching to GMAT Tutor. I found it very difficult to know what topics on which to focus my study with the books, and felt I wasted a lot of time going through content I didn't need to spend so much time on. Additionally, I felt like my motivation to study had to come from sheer discipline, while it was so much easier to just jump on and press Go on a GMAT Tutor session.

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

710

Q49

V37

Improvement:

80 Points

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

I have been using the Economist GMAT Tutor course for the last 3 months and it was remarkably helpful for helping me achieve my goal of scoring 710. This program came highly recommended from a friend of mine who described it as "one of the top 3 purchases of his life".

With a full time job and long workday hours, doing a series of weekend prep courses was not a good option for me. I was looking for a program that I could use in my free time and would let me study for 15 minutes or 4 hours depending on my schedule. I used the 7 day trial (which I recommend anyone should do before considering the purchase) and was hooked.

I was especially impressed with the full explanations provided for every answer in the Verbal section. Those were extremely helpful for understanding the structure of arguments and subtle grammar and style issues in sentence correction questions.

I studied engineering in university, so the majority of the math concepts were familiar to me. However, on some of the GMAT questions, I had trouble solving the questions in the recommended 2 minute window. The big advantage of the Economist program is that it teaches you shortcuts and quick ways to solve tricky problems, and gives you multiple tools to solve the problems. Further, after every question, the program asks you "How long do you think you took to answer the question?" This is especially helpful to get a feel for timing and pacing. You are taught not only how to answer questions correctly, but also to be aware of the big picture and how far off pace you might be.

Some other great features of the program are that you can have multiple one on one skype tutoring sessions with tutors from around the world (I highly recommend Jake Wengroff), you can submit written essays for the AWA portion and get them graded by real people, and you can submit any kind of question through their "Ask a Tutor" feature. The responses you get back are often very detailed and helpful.

Finally, studying with this program is addictive. Just like the real GMAT exam, the program features adaptive algorithms that target your weakest areas and force you to practice those. Once you have completed a certain set of questions, a % complete graph will project a possible range of scores for you. This is addictive because the projected score tends to increase the more you study, so I found that I was always looking forward to the next study session so I could move the projected score up higher and higher. I wrote 6 practice exams with the program, all of which were in the project range; therefore, I believe it was a fair estimate of my abilities.

In total, I spent 75 hours going through about 85% of the course content and practice questions. I wrote 6 sim tests and scored the following:

Format: Score (IR, Quant, Verbal)

630 (3, 42, 36)
660 (6, 48, 34)
660 (3, 51, 31)
710 (5, 46, 43)
710 (6, 50, 38)
730 (6, 50, 41)

I submitted 3 essays for AWA and was graded 5.5, 5.5-6.0, and 5.5-6.0.

On my real GMAT I scored:

710 (8, 49, 37) with a 6.0 on AWA. 91% percentile.

I hope to apply to an MBA program in 2018 and am confident that this score will get me into my first choice school, hopefully with a big scholarship.

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Verified Score:

700

Q44

V41

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90 Points

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This review is for: Economist GMAT Tutor Premium Prep
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Knowing how helpful (good) reviews are for choosing the “right” GMAT prep tool, I would like to share my recent experience using the Economist GMAT Tutor.

Since I regularly work long hours, the only real option for me was to take a self-paced course. Thus, with three months to go before the test date, I signed up for free trials for both the MGMAT and the Economist GMAT Tutor program. And after only one day, I was 100% sure that the Economist tool was going be “my” tool in getting ready to finally beat the GMAT. Here is why:

As opposed to the MGMAT tool, the Economist tool does not use videos, meaning that you have to read all the content and answer explanations. Moreover, you constantly have to answer both short review questions and actual test questions as you work through the material. If you – like me – are the kind of person who studies late and easily loses focus when watching videos, the Economist tool will certainly work much better for you.

The Economist tool also makes it really easy for you to track your progress as it gives you a lot of detail on the time spent studying, the percentage of completed content and an approximate score estimate. The last two features in particular were a game changer for me because practicing thereby became kind of a computer game.

The algorithm running the Economist prep tool really hones in on your weaknesses and spends much less time on your strengths. For example, I completed 90% of the verbal content in a quarter of the time that it took me to complete 90% of the quant material (note that quant has been my weakness all along). Moreover, you do not need to use material, which makes studying all the more efficient (although I do recommend using the OG for the last two weeks of your prep).

As far as the Economist GMAT tutor’s CATs go, I feel that they are pretty accurate in measuring how you will do on the actual test. My scores after finishing all the content were 720, 670, 700 and 710 and I ended up scoring a 700 on the actual test.
Additionally, the Economist GMAT Tutor offers a score guarantee, meaning that you are guaranteed a 70 point improvement from your base score (which I set at 610 points during my free one-week trial) if you sign up for the 3-month trial. Since my target score was a 680 this was all the more incentive to sign up. After all, if hadn’t reached my target score, I would at least have gotten my money back.

AWA: The AWA templates are really helpful. If you are really weak in writing though, I can see how the templates alone will not do much for you. Definitely use the essay grading feature – the personalized feedback you get on your essays is pretty good.

IR: To me, this is definitely the “weak spot” of the Economist GMAT tutor. For my taste, there are far too little questions in the question bank to allow for a thorough preparation. Moreover, the CATs do not have an on-screen calculator like on the real test.

Quant: The quant sections is amazing! The Economist tool has it all: simple explanations, a huge question bank, and good tutors (you get up to six one-on-one tutoring sessions via Skype) about any topic you choose. Moreover, the algorithm really hammers test taking strategies (e.g. POE, approximations, etc.) into your brain and literally forces you to approach quant problems the way you should.

Verbal: I cannot seriously say much about the helpfulness of the verbal sections as I scored above the 90th percentile from the beginning.

Last but not least, I want to mention how helpful Isaac was as a tutor for my “strategy sessions”. Although my first session with him was a rough awakening (he pretty much told me that much of what I had been doing was ineffective), he completely changed my approach to the test itself. If it wasn’t for him (and his super helpful timing charts) I would have never been able to exceed my target score and get a 700 on the actual test! Thanks!

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Disappointing
November 13 | 2016
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     By mariannetremblay 2 5
Verified Score:

560

Q39

V28

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20 Points

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

I had already taken the exam once and my score was a disaster, 540 (Q:34, V31). So, I decided it was a good idea to take the Economist course, thinking that if I got lower than 610 on my second attempt, I'd get reimbursed for the course. I was aiming for 650, but would have been happy with anything above 610, so I thought it was fair and signed up.

I was really excited at first, and I learnt a lot with this course. Seeing your progress is really motivating. It gets you going and you always want to come back for more. For anyone who is having problems with the structure of their study plan, the Economist is good. It guides you and presents the subjects in an order that makes sense. I saw the same questions many times, but it wasn't that big of an issue and I was glad to practice those harder problems again. On the 5 practice tests, I got 610, 590, 650, 660, 660. I felt much more prepared going into my second attempt, after 3 months of studying with the Economist. To my surprise, I got 560 (Q:39, V:28). In all of the 17 practice tests I've done in the past year (from the Economist, the Princeton Review, Veritas, Kaplan, GMAT PREP, Manhattan Prep), I've never gotten such a low score in Verbal. Verbal was always my strength and Quant was the section I struggled the most with. I have no idea what happened... I'm very discouraged and on the verge of quitting.

The worst part in all of this is that I'm not eligible for the score guarantee. It's already terrible enough to have wasted time and effort, I also wasted a lot of money. I really think their score guarantee policy is unfair. They should be more transparent.

Once you reach 80%, the progress slows down so much that going from 80% to 90% is nearly impossible. Trying to reach 90% would be a waste of time because at 80%, when you've learnt all the material and practiced a lot already, you want to be able to choose to practice the subjects that you have the most difficulty with, and the Economist doesn't let you do that.

I'm very disappointed in The Economist GMAT tutor. Mostly, I'm disappointed in myself and I've lost hope that I will ever be able to get into a decent MBA.

Good luck everyone.

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1 Commented by Aditi10 on February 07, 2017
Hi there, I'm just a newbie reviewing some of the content that's out there and I've no affiliation with any course. I just wanted to tell you to hang in there and not give up. A lot of times, D-day anxiety can really hurt the outcome (past experience). Hope you take some time off and come back with vengeance. All the luck, cheers.
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     By stueyg 0 5
Verified Score:

710

Q47

V40

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90 Points

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This review is for: Economist GMAT Tutor Premium Prep
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The Economist GMAT Tutor provided me with an extremely thorough preparation for the GMAT. The course helped me to improve my score by 90 points.

Things I liked:
- you can work at your own pace
- featured a graphical indication of your progress through the course
- uses an enjoyable, interactive and adaptive curriculum
- the online tutors always respond to your question within two days
- very much practice based...practice practice practice
- the answer to each practice question is explained thoroughly
- the simulation tests are very comparable to the real GMAT
- I found the explanation of mathematical and verbal concepts very easy to follow
- the estimated score prediction is accurate
- the mobile app is great for studying when you are away from your computer

Things I disliked
- the course is very expensive, but you get what you pay for
- I could not finish 100% of the course in time. If you are working full time you will need 3 full months, putting in about 2- 3 hours each evening and at least 8 hours during each weekend. I had a few weeks where I wasn't able to work. Overall I completed about 67% of the course in 3.5 months (86% of the quant (62 hours of work) and around 51% verbal (14 hours), plus 6 simulation exams). I also did some practice exams with the official software.

Overall the prep was very thorough and I fully recommend spending the money.

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Focused studying
November 10 | 2016
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Verified Score:

740

Q50

V40

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90 Points

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

I am a 25 year old non-native English speaker with a BA. in Economics.

This course helped me improve my 650 score to a 740 in three months. I studied for approx 100 hours, + 30 hours for the practice exams. The Economist's practice exams reflected my real score, so I'd say they're pretty good.

While the course walks you through all aspects of studying for the GMAT, it still requires hard work, focus, and concentration.

The course includes a few tutoring sessions which I found to be extremely helpful. My favorite is the strategy sessions on timing and guessing, which cleared up many of my misconceptions that I picked up from the forums and blogs. These sessions covered some really useful timing strategies and deepend my understanding of how to maximize my score.

My only suggestion is that I wish the study questions can be more adapted to the user's learning progress.

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760

Q49

V44

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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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is the software avaible free ??
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690

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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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