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21 out of 23 people found the following review helpful
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     By Racer87 13 11
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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10 out of 10 people found the following review helpful
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     By Engr2012 2643 1505
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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     By Mimster 96 95
Verified Score:

740

Q49

V42

Improvement:

110 Points

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

This review is based on my jump from 550 (Q37, V28) to 660 (Q47, V34).

[Quant]

When I first started with empower, I knew my Quant is stupid. I completely threw all my quantitative knowledge away and what empower did was bring them back. Rich has a great way of engaging the audience and I loved that aspect so much. The podcasts were really helpful in shaping my mindset towards how to approach questions. The way the course was structured helped me apply what I learnt in the course to what I will see in the exam. The solutions were easy to follow and anyone who strictly follow Rich's quant teaching can definitely hit a Q47. The only complain I have for the quant part is the heavy reliance of formula memorization for the rate x time questions. I'm not a big fan of remembering things because I'm very forgetful.

[Verbal]

I am quite disappointed by empower's teaching for verbal. I think the verbal portion for Empower would benefit natives more than non-native speakers. The course lacks explanation on why certain GMAT rules are that way. However, I do feel that the boil it down method for critical reasoning was very helpful for practicing. However, when you do GMAT in the exam... you will never get the chance to boil down... it's just way too slow. The RC portion of the course also helped me with GMAT. Previously, I used to just read the text several times and answer the GMAT but after using Empower I realized that you need to take it slow. Without that advice I would have never been good at RC.

[GMAT Strategies]

If there was a rating for this section for GMAT courses I would throw a 10 out of 5 for EmpowerGMAT. These guys are the best for both Verbal and Quant. (Though I could also debate that Mathrevolution top them for Quant strategies). The way they structured triage and let you know what kind of questions to drop... man that was a life savior in the exam. For those who are anxious ducks like me, EMPOWER will tell you exactly how to calm the duck down so that you will not ruin your chance for a great score. You've gotta train yourself to master GMAT. There is no other way unless you are the top top top top test takers.

The awesome part about Empower is the triage strategy. Sometime in the exam room you will face questions that will make you want to scream and run out of the room, however with triage you will be able to eliminate them quite easily and move on to questions you know you can solve.

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The GMAT: Simplified
May 15 | 2017
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     By JEC1988 0 0
Self-reported Score:

670

Q40

V41

Improvement:

40 Points

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

After two different big box curriculums (in-person and online) with very little progress, I didn't know what to do. I was working against a crunched timeframe and was in desperate need for a fresh GMAT perspective. As a poor standardized test taker, I found that the EMPOWER modules taught me about what the test is really trying to test. I finally found myself having a grasp on what content I would need to know and what different approaches I could use, even if it came down to guessing strategy. Along with great content, Rich (the instructor) does a great job of weaving in short clips of tips outside of the pure content that keeps you engaged and ready for the big day.

I regret the thousands of dollars I spent with big box programs, feeling overwhelmed and buried with 20 lbs of books. EMPOWER is by far the most cost-effective GMAT prep program. I'm sure my score would have went up more had I not had just a couple week timeframe to improve. In any event, I was admitted into one of dream MBA programs and I know it was huge to have the small score edge I earned from my few weeks of EMPOWER.

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4 out of 4 people found the following review helpful
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     By AvalonQQ 27 10
Verified Score:

710

Q47

V39

Improvement:

60 Points

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

I signed on with EMPOWERgmat after a disappointing 650 on my 1st attempt at the GMAT. Rich did an analysis of my ESR and gave me a recommended study plan that I followed. The course has a high focus on tactics and logic whilst providing me with the foundations necessary to tackle all the concepts that the exam threw at me.

I've never been great at math, but the way it was taught by Rich made it extremely simple. There are multiple ways of solving certain problems, but Rich shows you how to figure out the best (and most efficient) way to approach even the most complicated prompts. After going through the Empower modules, I was confident that even if I was given an unfamiliar question, I'd know the best tactic and method to approach the question. Rich was also always ready to answer emails and provide me with feedback whenever I had questions about my progress. Overall I loved the EMPOWER approach to the Quantitative part of the test.

The Verbal part of the course is pure gold. My Verbal score improvement was from the 50-60th percentile till the 90th percentile in my final score. After going through the Empower modules, I scored a perfect 51 on RC in every mock and on the official exam. My SC improved from the 40th percentile to the 90th. Max doesn't just teach you how to get the right answer, he shows you what to look for in the answer prompt and how to easily identify and eliminate wrong answers. Overall, I found that the Verbal section in the actual GMAT was an absolute breeze and I finished it with almost 10 mins left on the clock.

I would like to add a special mention to the support and advisor team from EMPOWERgmat as well. Brian & Stacy were amazing at getting back to me, answering problems and sorting out whatever issues I had. I don't think there was a single instance where they took more than a few hours to get back to me and solve my queries.

Overall, the entire team at EMPOWERgmat is as invested in your success as you are. If you have any doubts whatsoever about the GMAT, then just sign up with them and don't look back. They'll get you to the score you need.

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2 out of 2 people found the following review helpful
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     By chetansingla92 2 0
Verified Score:

770

Q50

V46

Improvement:

50 Points

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

This was the first time I was appearing for my GMAT, and by some good luck I was able to sandwich my date between the process of switching jobs. I always knew I would be able to ace the Quant section of GMAT, partly because of my engineering background, and partly because I love doing analytical mathematics. But being a non-native speaker, the Verbal section was always an uphill task for me.
Despite joining local coaching classes, and sitting for numerous practise tests, my verbal score stagnated at 36-37 and the overall score at 720. With a month to go for my exam, I knew I had to take some urgent measures if I have to go beyond 750.
I tried out the freebies given by all the online prep websites, and chose EMPOWERgmat over the others, primarily because of the style of teaching in the lectures. The lectures are clear, crisp and very involving. The clarity provided about different methods to tackle the questions in GMAT, the analytics of responses and the thought behind the exam as a whole were pivotal in improving my score. I realised, you can't be smart enough to know everything; you got to improvise and think like the test-maker (or at least try to)!
I still have a long way to go before I get into an MBA program, but aiming for the top is now a possibility, all thanks to EMPOWERgmat. I'll be more than happy to help out other folks in any way I can, and answer any questions you might have! Cheers.

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Really Empowers
March 24 | 2017
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     By AnotherGmater 37 1
Self-reported Score:

620

Q49

V21

Improvement:

100 Points

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

I'm a non-native English speaker. I have took other prep courses, but what they really teach you is how to answer a problem. Given the time constraint and competitiveness, how to solve a problem is not the only thing you needed, you need some tricks to get ahead of others. It's like any other game that you play. If you just know how to play a game, only that doesn't get you anywhere, but you also need to know how to tackle it wisely. That's exactly what EMPower teaches you. It's really worth it. It doesn't matter what prep course you follow; this is a must for you if you want to learn some tricks and tips. It's worth every penny.

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     By appybb 0 0
Verified Score:

600

Q47

V26

Improvement:

30 Points

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

I was out of touch from Mathematics for over 9 years. It was very difficult for me to understand the tricks and methods behind solving the Quant problems. But this course helped me to look at Quants in a very different way. EMPOWERGmat helped me boost my Quant score from Q39 to Q47. The lessons are really helpful, I would recommend this course for anybody who wants to boost their GMAT Score. You are guaranteed a Q47-51 if you opt for this course. However, I did not notice any change in my verbal scores, but the verbal lessons were pretty helpful as well.
Thank you Rich and Max! :)

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The best course to take
March 07 | 2017
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     By DashaNik 0 0
Self-reported Score:

720

Q45

V44

Improvement:

N/A

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

Empower GMAT is great for people who are just starting to prepare for the test and for those who are preparing for a while and are unable to move forward and improve. The last score I got was 680 and I was unsure what else can I do to improve my score. I read all the books advised and practiced as much as I could, but my score stayed the same.
I found Empower GMAT when I was looking for a good Math course. My Verbal score I thought was good enough, so I mainly was concerned about Math. I decided to try and never regretted it. What I liked about the course:
- It seems very fun and easy; sometimes I didn’t feel like I was studying.
- It seems very personal; the instructors give you advices not only about the academics, but what to do before the exam and how to make sure you will get the best scores. You can always email them and generally they seem like good guys.
- You are given only information you need, nothing else. Pretty much, it’s all the info in one place.
- The course is very strategic, you are given strategies and tactics on how to do the best you can. Using those tactics really helps.

I guess the only thing I regret about is that I hadn’t found this course earlier; maybe I would not spend all this time reading through millions of books and articles and trying to find the best solutions. It would save a lot of time.

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Superb GMAT course
March 01 | 2017
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     By Francisca1994 0 0
Verified Score:

610

Q38

V35

Improvement:

70 Points

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

I signed up for the EMPOWERgmat course not exactly knowing what I was getting into. I am so happy I did.
Now, I had taken the GMAT twice without studying and did fairly average. 530 & 540. I never wanted to take it again because it is so long and tedious. I knew I needed to get a score of 600+ to even be considered into some of the better business schools.
Therefore I tried to find a program that could provide me with the ideal way of studying. EMPOWERgmat did just that for me.
The course is set up in a very simple easy to handle way. The area I needed to improve the most in was the Quant section. So for 3.5 weeks I focused solely on the Quant section. I spent only two days on verbal. Throughout the 3.5 weeks I spent using this course I learned a lot. Rich and Max teach you the most important steps to do well on the GMAT. it is not all about formulas and grammar rules. No, It is about strategies and tactics that you can use to get through questions as fast as possible. I really loved that aspect about it because you do not have a lot of time to complete the amount of questions they are asking you to do on the GMAT. A lot of the course is based on you watching Rich or Max in videos explaining a strategy/tactic/formula/rule that you need to use on the GMAT. Then the module proceeds to ask you 10 questions that you work through trying to use this newly acquired skill and then Max or Rich will work through each question you answered and show you the right and fastest way to get through them. It is super easy and simple learning and that is exactly what I needed. In 3.5 weeks I improved my score by 70 points and I can't really ask for more considering the short time frame I had to work with.
Definitely recommend this course.
I think with 3 months time on my hands I could have scored over a 700 with this course. It is the best out there I am sure of it.

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