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23 out of 25 people found the following review helpful
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     By Racer87 13 12
Self-reported Score:

700

Q47

V39

Improvement:

90 Points

Verbal:     
Quant:     
This review is for: EMPOWERgmat Online Course
Location: Online

Hello All,

I posted a similar version of this message back in October, but I am excited to see Empower as an official GMAT Club partner so I am re-posting my review of the course in hopes to help others think of alternative study options to reach their score potential!

Summary of my background:

Undergrad: Top 50 school on East Coast
Major: Communications (i.e. non quant or STEM)
Career: A few years in financial services and currently working in education management

Final GMAT Score (September 2014)
Total: 700
Quant: 47
Verbal: 39
IR: 6/8
AWA: 6/6

I literally studied for the GMAT for over a year. I originally signed up for a big test prep company (Manhattan GMAT) late in the summer of 2013 and took the full live course. I went to every session and tried to follow all the homework, but didn't feel like their course was the most appropriate learning technique for me. It was very formulaic and the concepts weren't breaking through for me. Nothing against my Manhattan instructor (he was excellent), I just felt like the group classes weren't the best learning environment for me as everyone in the class was at very different stages/ability levels at the time. In January of 2014 I scored a 600 on my first attempt (Q35, V37). Although not bad for a first attempt, I knew that this score wasn't really good enough to get into any of my dream schools in the top-15. While my verbal was in the 80%, my quant was really weak only in the 30th percentile range.

I took a month or two off and then started studying again in March. This time I tried to self-study and then use a professional "tutor" for some one-on-one instruction via Skype. Quant was my major weak area, and I tried to spend most of my time studying this section, but it seemed like I couldn't break through even with the tutors help. My approach to word problems was shaky and I didn't feel confident at all on DS. I took the exam for the 2nd time in June and scored a 610 (Q35 V38). I was devastated and started to think that a top GMAT score just wasn't in the cards for me.

Around the same time, I heard about EmpowerGMAT through a good friend of mine. She raved about the course so I decided to take the plunge and give it a shot as a sort of a last resort (I had already spent a lot of $$$ on GMAT Prep so I was very skeptical). I signed up in July 2014 and used Empower for approximately 3 months until I took my exam at the end of September 2014.

The Empower Quant modules literally changed everything for me! I finally started to understand how to approach and ATTACK problems. I finally got the idea that I needed to write everything on the pad and stop trying to do Math in my head.

Empower teaches you tactics of how to approach all types of problems to maximize efficiency on test day. Furthermore, it really goes into a lot of detail about question types and which ones really matter (in terms of your score) and which ones likely count for very little. This was huge for me as I was able to focus on the Quant topics that accounted for the highest point proportion and prioritize my studying time. This also gave me a much better idea of which questions I should be strategically eliminating on test day to remain on time as I always had a pacing problem on Quant as well. For the first time on Test Day, I was able to fully complete the Quant section without rushing to pick random answers at the end. I know this was huge in terms of my overall score on the section. As you can see I jumped from Q35 to Q47 in one exam which is a massive improvement.

The Verbal sections were very solid also. I was already pretty strong in this area, but I thought their SC framework helped me get sharper on identifying splits and errors. And they have a good fundamental approach to CR questions which I think is really valuable to those who may be struggling in that area of the test.

I knew from my practice that my scores would trend up but still wasn't expecting a 700 to be honest. I think that besides the actual tactical approach to the exam, I realized how important the mental aspect was. I started looking at the test as a challenge to attack! One of the best things Empower taught me is how to be MENTALLY FIT during the exam, ready to attack the test. I sat up straight, kept good posture, took my breaks, and did a few breathing exercises during the exam to keep me calm. To use Empower's line, I starting to think like an "assassin". I realized that although these small tricks may seem trivial, everything counts when you are trying to maximize your performance on a high-stakes exam such as the GMAT! As they say, luck is when preparation meets opportunity. I am a true believer of that after my GMAT journey.

I'm sharing my testimonial in hope that it convinces some of you to KEEP PUSHING and DON'T GIVE UP. I spent over a year studying for this exam and there were definite moments of serious self-doubt about whether I could do this (even though I have always done well in school). This exam for many is more about perseverance and dedication rather than luck and natural intelligence.

I hope you all continue to keep fighting on your journey and please consider using EMPOWER GMAT for your preparation (especially if you are someone like me who used other prep resources to no avail). EMPOWER was literally a GAME CHANGER for me and I know it can be for some others.

I applied to schools in the 2nd round this year and so far here are my results:

Yale (admitted with scholarship)
Michigan (admitted with scholarship)
Berkeley (admitted)
Kellogg (still TBD)

All the best in your journey!


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1 Commented by Estheroma on September 13, 2017
Reading this just inspired me to study more than ever before! I've been dragging this GMAT since January and I've just been feeling almost discouraged really. Did my CAT and I got 430, I really want to hit that 700+ mark. And then I'll be fit to do the real exam
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11 out of 11 people found the following review helpful
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     By Engr2012 2675 1728
Verified Score:

750

Q49

V44

Improvement:

100 Points

Verbal:     
Quant:     
This review is for: EMPOWERgmat Online Course
Location: Online

I stumbled upon empowergmat via their 5 days for 5$ event that they had back in June 2015 and wanted to try the course out as I was looking for study tips and tricks to improve from my 690 in my 2nd GMAT attempt. I wanted to reach 730+ but had already exhausted all the available resources. I enrolled myself for the 5$ event and I was surprised to see the the depth and clarity in their verbal video tutorials by Max and the follow up questions not only cemented what you learned in theory but also taught you about the common traps. After the first day itself I enrolled myself for 1 month and as they provide a month to month billing (highly transparent and helpful for short term commitment that I was looking for!), it proved to the boost that I needed to push my score from 690 to 750 in 1 month.

Max's appraoch to CR completely changed my thought process and it made me more confident of dealing with 700+ level questions. The SC approach was straightforward without the use of unnecessary grammatical jargons. RC was taught with an eye out for achieving maximum accuracy while not going abvoe the average time per question.

Rich's test it and triage approaches in quant not only helped me in undertsanding the various time saving strategies, these also helped me in understanding the mind of the test maker at GMAC.

All these strategies worked wonders for me in the actual GMAT and I was able to clearly see why the incorrect answers were incorrect. Once i had this undertsanding, i was more confident with my answers.

I would definitely recommend EMPOWERGMAT to retakers who are looking at a highly compressed preparation schedule that will give them amazing results.

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Best course, cheapest price
October 11 | 2017
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     By rkp2124 1 1
Self-reported Score:

710

Q47

V41

Improvement:

N/A

Verbal:     
Quant:     
This review is for: EMPOWERgmat Online Course
Location: Online

As someone who just graduated from college, I did not want to pay thousands of dollars for a GMAT course if there was a similar alternative for a better price. This is exactly why I ended up choosing the Empower course to prepare for the GMAT. To give some background, I graduated from an Ivy League University as a student-athlete with a liberal arts degree. I ended up taking a job at a top-tier private equity firm out of college, but wanted to take the GMAT in my first few months out of college just so I could have the score in my back pocket for five years.

I really liked the Empower course because they teach you how to attack each question and exploit its weaknesses. This aggressive test-taking style appealed to me as it kept everything exciting and engaging. The video lessons are very clear and thorough, making sure you understand each little step on the way to choosing your final answer. In short, they teach both the conceptual basis behind each question as well as a strategy on approaching the question.

On my initial diagnostic test that I took without any preparation I scored a 540. My goal, like many GMAT test-takers, was a 700+. After 3 months of preparation with the Empower course I was able to score a 710 on the first try. I firmly believe that anyone who works diligently to truly understand every lesson in the Empower course should be able to attain a 700 or higher. The Empower course gives you the blue-print, all you have to do is follow all their advice!

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     By GamehendgeSloth 1 0
Verified Score:

650

Q40

V38

Improvement:

90 Points

Verbal:     
Quant:     
This review is for: EMPOWERgmat Online Course
Location: Online

I started preparing for the GMAT using self-prep methods and my first few cracks at practice exams indicated that I needed to put in some serious studying. Having not taken any kind of test in almost a decade, I took my first official stab at the GMAT and scored a 560, I was pretty bummed. It was way lower than what I needed for my target schools and way lower than my practice exams.

After looking around on the forums here I discovered EMPOWERgmat. I figured I would give it the one day trial and see what I thought of the format and interface. I really liked it and the planned out guide was great. I had a relatively short period to take the test again, one month. In that month I followed the 1-month study plan. Following Rich and Max's videos was a great way to develop working strategies to take the test. My math score was already strong so what I learned from Rich only went to reinforce that. Max's tactics that I learned on the verbal helped me jump up 15 points in verbal. With work picking up in the summer I ended up not being able to focus on my studying as much and jumped only 40 points to a 600. I was happy that I had improved, but not with the level of improvement.

I have never been a strong standardized test taker, but knew that I could do better than that - my practice scores indicated that. I decided to study using the EMPOWER tactics for an additional month. What I struggled with was getting the timing right using the new EMPOWER tactics. I worked on this and took the test again and scored a 650 - a score I was happy with.

With the 70 point guarantee, how can you really go wrong? I figured, if I jump 70 points I would be pretty happy, and still might take it again... The flip side of that was that if I didn't hit the 70 point jump, I would get my money back or a free month of EMPOWER, which is what I chose. It's a win-win.

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     By afortunato 1 0
Verified Score:

690

Q45

V39

Improvement:

N/A

Verbal:     
Quant:     
This review is for: EMPOWERgmat Online Course
Location: Online

What stood out to me about EMPOWERgmat was that it was inexpensive compared to other courses like the Princeton Review or Kaplan, and that I would be able to complete the course at my own pace in my own home. Those reasons are why I chose to go with this course, and I could not be happier with the result.

I was skeptical of whether or not I would succeed with an online, on-demand course compared to a traditional classroom setting, but the material offered through instructional videos and practice questions on the EMPOWERgmat website proved to be top-quality. In just over a month's time, I learned key tips and tricks to tackle specific kinds of questions in every section.

Above all else, I really valued the ability to move at my own pace. I was able to have a great time and relax this summer, and hang out with family and friends whenever I wanted to. When I had downtime at any point, I would knock out a few hours of material, and that proved to be enough.

I would recommend this course to anyone looking to take the GMAT, especially if you are looking for flexibility in a program.

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     By iyerboi 1 0
Verified Score:

610

Q42

V32

Improvement:

N/A

Verbal:     
Quant:     
This review is for: EMPOWERgmat Online Course
Location: Online

I took up EMPOWER GMAT's course but did also prepare from a few other sources thereafter.

Overall, it is a good course for 650-700. For over 700, you need additional sources.

Note: I scored only a 610 on the official test (much less than my mocks). However, I wouldn't blame EMPOWER GMAT - I flubbed the test badly, not adhering to the timing strategy.

Pros:
1. Excellent support team, prompt response
2. Max's verbal lessons (especially RC approach) were very good (however may not be sufficient for a very high score - refer cons)
3. Rich's quant lessons are good too.
4. Provides you a strategic plan according to your test date.
5. Rich's advice on timing is apt too.
6. Includes motivational prepping up too.
7. Love it when Rich says 'this answer is not a trap, its a punishment!' lol

Cons:
1. Testing the answers, Testing variables as such may not be the most efficient way to solve some questions (esp. when an algebraic alternative exists)
2. Tenses could be dealt with a little more in detail.
3. CR --> Some of the opinions/rules I formed mentally after the course were very difficult to get rid of later on. eg. Rule out choices with 'quantity words', prefer choices with missing 'that' [If you were to nitpick, these errors could cost you a 'very' high score].

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     By gmelkoni 0 0
Self-reported Score:

700

Q45

V40

Improvement:

50 Points

Verbal:     
Quant:     
This review is for: EMPOWERgmat Online Course
Location: Online

I joined EMPOWERgmat after self-studying with the Manhattan prep books and seeing no improvement in my CAT score week after week. What I found in EMPOWERgmat was everything that I was missing from books and from a self-studying approach. Not only was the video format one I found really useful, but having Rich and Max offering insightful tips and Brian answering my questions via email really provided a personalized approach.

I studied for the GMAT over the course of 2-3 months, and continued to score around 640/650 week after week, scoring 670 on my last two CATs. Somehow, by employing all the EMPOWERgmat tactics, I was able to reach my goal and score 700 on my real exam! This is definitely not something I could have done without using the EMPOWER approach to the test.

I would say that the most value in the EMPOWER course is how my view of the GMAT changed. I was able to realize that I was not studying for a test, but rather training for one, and that this exam was very different to the ones I had completed in the past. Getting used to triaging answers and dropping super hard questions was a tactic that took me a while to get used to, but ultimately led to my success. From just reading books it was unclear to me that the hard questions were worth few to no points and I needed to focus on the easy and medium topics, but this insight proved critical to joining the 700 club.

My experience with EMPOWERgmat was extremely positive and I will be recommending it to all who ask. The price is amazing for the content, insight, and support offered. I would never even consider taking a huge $1000+ course after seeing how powerful EMPOWERgmat is. Thank you to all the team - I couldn't have done it without you!

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     By woseru 0 0
Self-reported Score:

650

Q40

V40

Improvement:

60 Points

Verbal:     
Quant:     
This review is for: EMPOWERgmat Online Course
Location: Online

I've tried various study methods (MGMAT, private tutor, etc) and EmpowerGMAT was a great method to help me refine my learning skills in the final stages of my GMAT journey. The course content is focused on best practices and approaches to answering the question in the most straightforward way possible. For example, no crazy math techniques are necessary - the videos will show you the simplest ("oh, duh!") approach to beat the question, explained in a step-by-step sequence. This approach was refreshingly different from other methods and classes I have taken prior to discovering Empower. I highly recommend this program for students at any point of their GMAT journey.

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2 out of 2 people found the following review helpful
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     By mab295 0 0
Self-reported Score:

750

Improvement:

110 Points

Verbal:     
Quant:     
This review is for: EMPOWERgmat Online Course
Location: Online

Empower GMAT is a fantastic course to help you learn strategies and break 700 on the GMAT. It helped me go from a 640 to a 750 on my official GMAT! The videos by Rich and Max are helpful and teach you not only how to answer the specific questions at hand, but also how to apply the strategies they use to other questions. The price is very fair for the material you gain access to and the monthly charge will help keep you motivated to not let your access go to waste. Plus, the discounts you receive on official GMAT practice exams are not offered anywhere else!

The customer service at Empower is also top notch! They answer questions quickly and even forward them to Rich/Max when needed. Rich reached out to me personally to help me strategize and fix my weak areas after my first GMAT attempt and it helped me tremendously - I don't think you'd get that level of service in many other places.

You definitely need to be motivated to use Empower. You have to devote time to taking the lessons and doing the practice problems. If you do, Empower will help you get the score you deserve. Hundreds of videos of practice questions and lessons with material straight from the OG are available with expert advice. If you devote the time and energy into Empower, you can break 700!

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Great Product!
August 18 | 2017
2 out of 2 people found the following review helpful
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     By ariehdales 0 0
Self-reported Score:

720

Q44

V44

Improvement:

80 Points

Verbal:     
Quant:     
This review is for: EMPOWERgmat Online Course
Location: Online

On my first GMAT I scored a 640 and was very concerned. After studying for a touch over 2 months with Empower's online course I took my official GMAT and scored a 720. I am very pleased with the product and believe it was instrumental in my success. Whether you are a native speaker of English or not the verbal was very straight-forward and the tactics for verbal allowed me to do exceptionally well. While I didn't score particularly well in the Quant section, it was a substantial improvement from where I started at. Whichever part you need help with, EMPOWERgmat can give you a boost. I was also pleased with the price point for the program as it didn't break the bank.

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