Economist GMAT Tutor Ultimate Prep Reviews
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6 out of 6 people found the following review helpful
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     By robingeorge07 1 0
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60 Points

Verbal:     
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Location: Online

Before joining the Economist Tutor Program I had score a low 580(Q42 and V27) after taking Classes from a pvt coaching in Bangalore which was streamed live to Delhi Classroom.
I had joined the Ultimate Prep Program and put around 100 hours into the course over a period of 3 months.
Since I am an Indian and still had a low Quant Score of 42 it was a bit disappointing for me and I knew I had to Work on both Quant as well as Verbal.
Well the Economist Course was refreshing because it gave me a point to start from instead of wasting valuable time in topics which weren't tested much on the actual GMAT. I found the verbal to be a bit difficult and thought their Quant to be very easy. But the Quant might have seemed easier because of the easy methodology followed by them for all the questions.
In verbal I had found the questions to be tricky and my accuracy was a bit low throughout the program, though I improved from time to time.
I wrote the 1st Economist Mock after completing around 60% of the course and my following 3 Economist Tutor Mock Scores were the following
Test 1 650(Q48 V33)
Test 2 650(Q49 V32)
Test 3 710(Q50 V 38)
By this point I was confident of doing well on the actual GMAT.
Since I had exhausted the original free GMAT exam tests while writing my 1st GMAT I had got myself the new GMAT paid tests.
I had got the following scores on them
GMAT 1 700(49 V35)
GMAT 2 690(Q49 V 34)
At this point 1 week before my exam my Economist Course expired..I didn't use the 1st week for free(aargh !!!) and last week I just did the OG 13 and Quant Review2nd edition and practised Quant and neglected Verbal a bit..since I didn't want to mess up my Quant again.
Suprisingly on the exam I got a 640 only (Q50V27).
My verbal didn't improve by a single point also :(.
But I was very happy with my Quant Score. I had improved from a 42 to a 50.
While attempting this time around I was aware of the current level I was at as in Quant I had started getting really tough Questions and I knew I could afford to Skip a few,while in the verbal the diffculty had gone down to a really simple level.
I was able to apply the Quant methodology used in the OG as well as the GMAT official prep tests and liked it a lot.
But in the Verbal I was finding it a bit difficult to find out the errors in SC in official questions as I found them to be a bit more straightforward in the Tutor Course.
Finally I would advise all to use the 1-on-1 tutoring sessions to solve your doubts as the time is a bit less to learn as well as apply a new topic.
With the Ultimate prep I could post unlimited Ask a TUTOR questions, for which I had got satisfactory answers.
The course did help me to improve my Score by 60 Points..but my verbal score leaves space for loads of improvement.
PS-If anyone needs any tips on how to improve Quant I would be glad to help as I could practically tell which all Questions I would get in the exam after exhaustive prep.By which all questions I mean the topics n what it would be tested on.


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     By viveknalco 0 0
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50 Points

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Location: Online

I had subscribed to Economist gmat tutor on 4th december 2013 after my 1st gmat attempt.I scored 570 in my first gmat attempt so i decided that i needed more practise.My verbal was weak so i started with economist gmat tutor.
It starts from basics and takes a student through various difficulty level.There are timed sessions and one can choose from quant and verbal lessons together or individually.The sessions are from 5 minutes to 1 hour.Then there is mobile app of economist which lets you do question on the go.The ask a tutor option is very helpful and the tutor replies to doubts within a day.There are 5 mock gmat exams and mentoring sessions with the tutor.My gmat score improved to 580 in the second attempt and 610 in the third attempt.I would recommend economist gmat tutor to all the non native english speakers who are appearing gmat.


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     By rgdam 0 0
Verified Score:

710

Q47

V41

Improvement:

N/A

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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
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     By BCrowley8888 0 0
Verified Score:

690

Q43

V41

Improvement:

160 Points

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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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I recommend it 100%.
November 26 | 2016
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     By frederickb422 0 0
Verified Score:

710

Q48

V39

Improvement:

110 Points

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Location: Online

I recommend it 100%. Before I subscribed to the GMAT Tutor I was studying from the GMAT Review books and the Manhattan - I was studying without a clear direction and not optimizing my time. Now I feel more secure about my preparation and my performance during the exam.

I really like how the application works to anticipate what you need and suggests lessons for you. The questions and content does get more difficult the better you do, just like the actual exam. It does more then just quiz but actually teach strategy to the questions and how to go about the test. But it also teaches you content so you know what is actually going on. So you understand the verbal questions or the math pieces.

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     By GMATnath88 0 0
Verified Score:

640

Q39

V38

Improvement:

120 Points

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Location: Online

I tried pretty much all of the other online courses, and The Economist GMAT program was by far the simplest and most professional course I found. The tutors were accessible and friendly and the content was top-notch. I have a full-time job, so I appreciated the flexibility for the user without comprising on quality.

The content manages to be tough but not rigid. It adapts to your ability. For example, I am really good at math and not so great at verbal. I was panicked that I would not be able to excel in verbal, but the program really calmed me down by starting me off with basic concepts and then building upon them.

I was tight on time. I had disastrous experiences with other programs so this was a last ditch effort. I'll admit that I put the time in -- a couple hours of study every day for a moth, and it paid off. I improved more than I had expected to and am happy with the results.

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Economist GMAT review
November 09 | 2016
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     By Dijesh 0 0
Verified Score:

600

Q47

V25

Improvement:

N/A

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Location: Online

I had enrolled for Economist GMAT course, on the basis of guaranteed 70 points increase. My score in the first mock with around 30% course completed was 630. I subsequently completed 75% (which means Complete course content) in next 3 months. I scored 640, 680, 610 & 630 in my Economist mocks, given over regular intervals. However to my shock, my actual GMAT score was 600. My scores in GMAT PREP was 640 & 650.
For guaranteed cash back in case of not achieving 70 point increase, it is required to complete 90% of course content, which is nothing but mostly repetitions of questions earlier solved and extremely time consuming.( time required after completing 75% to reach 90% increases tremendously.)
After completing 75% tutors strongly recommended to solve official guide rather than completing 90% mark. I had also solved official guide 16. Also i had regular strategy sessions with Tutors.
Quant basics are good, but I used to get 48-49 in economist mocks, but only 47 in GMAT Prep and 47 in actual GMAT. Quant content needs to get more aligned with actual GMAT content. unfortunately I came to know of this only after solving official guide and GMAT Prep, 2 weeks before my actual exam.
SC content is good for basics, but far from what is required to equip for the real test. (Verbal tutor admitted to the same and recommended Manhattan SC , to go above 700) And for the same reason I got 25 in verbal because of SC error in very first question. My Verbal scores in Economist mocks also varied from 31 to 35, except 26 in one case, over 7 mocks(5 Economist + 2 GMATPrep)
RC passages are very less and repeats all the time in the course content. CR & RC content are good and method for solving them also is good.
AWA templates are good and helped me get 5.5 not much IR content and had to do the same from other sources.
Overall good for clearing up the basics, but not enough to surely guarantee a score above 700 for an average guy.

After much persuasion, Economist team was kind enough to offer me a one month free extension after my course got expired, Although i had asked for 3 month extension considering that my GMAT score is far less than all my mocks, rather than a promised 70 point increase in score. None of my GMAT Prep scores were higher than my Economist Mocks, which is clearly contrary to what the company is advertising.
Overall I am not satisfied and regret joining this course, considering that for the same price, i could have gone for GMAT club tests, Verbal from e Gmat and quant from MathRevolution.

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     By jgr128 5 0
Verified Score:

730

Q49

V41

Improvement:

50 Points

Verbal:     
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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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0 out of 1 people found the following review helpful
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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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