The score pops up. A flush of mixed emotions hit you immediately. You, telling yourself that you just wasted 3 months of prep because you took that "blue chip" course. You, telling yourself that you won't give up. That you will face the devil in the eye (which is really just an outdated HP monitor) until you achieve your desired goal.
Like you, I took the GMAT expecting a slightly higher score than my practice scores would suggest. Hitting that 720 gold standard, you feel it within arm's length reach, only when test date hits and you realize that the whole experience is a shady blur - just like when you stepped off a roller coaster ride...
Anguished. Dissapointed. Anxious. I reached out to one of the most active users on the forum - Rich Cohen from EmpowerGMAT. He gave me a few suggestions and tough love and we got started. Back to business.
Unlike most courses, Empower takes a different approach to the GMAT. It emphasizes efficiency throughout their curriculum. No more are you trying to worry about complicated coefficients in quadratic solutions or tinkering with a multitude of logical scenarios, only to find yourself scanning through the CR prompt - again, and again, and again.
My biggest takeaway from the course is the emphasis on reading. The course provides you guidelines to improve your reading technique. This ultimately helps with knowledge retention as reading comprehension has a much higher level of impact on your GMAT score than before the recent change.
Overall, I highly recommend those that are retaking the GMAT to give Empower a try. They have a 24 hour trial period that could ease you into the structure of the program. The total "retake" course that they provide should take a hungry, aspiring MBA candidate somewhere between 3 and 6 weeks to complete end to end.
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I ended up pulling a 710 on the GMAT which I am quite happy with, and I don't think I could have done it without the team at EMPOWER. I saw my biggest improvement in verbal, where I went from the 82nd percentile to the 98th. Unfortunately, I didn't see the same improvement in math. I ended up scoring a 42 on the official exam which put me into the 43%.
Verbal: Max's videos did wonders to help improve my approach to the verbal section. I had worked with various books and free videos online, and all of them left me stumbling over SC and CR. Max knows this section inside and out and I simply followed his clear logic and approach, and it helped me get a really good verbal score. He takes the guesswork out of the verbal section. After finishing, I basically knew exactly what to expect, and at the end of the day, there were no surprises. This gave me plenty of extra time on the super tough questions, and I finished this section with a ton of confidence.
Quant: While I really felt the same about Rick's quant videos as I did about Max's verbal videos, I didn't see the improvement I was hoping for. I went from a 38 to a 42, but that wasn't good enough for me. I really struggled with Quant from day one, even though I have always considered myself a competent mathematician. In the same way that Max takes a lot of guesswork out of the Verbal section, I found that Rick, through his many lessons, was able to give a very very solid overview of what to expect on the quant section and how to approach it. Triage was simply invaluable, and on the actual test day, I was able to skip a couple questions (using Rick's advice), and I'm convinced this helped save me from an even lower Quant score.
Overall: These guys are the real deal and will help you greatly improve your score. I think the 3 month package is definitely the way to go, as it takes time to make your way through the videos while giving them 100% of your attention and energy. Rick and Max both let you inside their minds to see EXACTLY how to approach each section.
I had given the GMAT twice before, each time getting the same score despite using different tactics and extensively practicing with the Official guides and official mocks. I switched to Empower for my third attempt because after my 2nd one i realised that self-study was not working for me and i really needed a game- changing strategy as i was looking a score boost of a minimum 40 points.
I chose the Empower 1 month plan after reading so many positive reviews about them on gmat forums. I honestly was skeptical because i hadn't heard of any friends or colleagues use the platform before. But as soon as i started with the trial, i was convinced of the simplicity and effective approach followed. The concept videos are structured in a very thoughtful manner and makes every topic seem easy and intuitive. My ESRs from the previous attempts had indicated that my weakest area in verbal was SC so i was primarily focused on improving my SC sccuracy. I would recommend anyone who shares the same weakness to watch their SC concept videos atleast twice to etch them in your mind. My verbal score jumped from 35 in the last two attempts to 41 with just 3 weeks of prep.
I also really liked the mini clinics to teach quant formulae and the podcasts to boost confidence before every mock. Would definitely recommend the software especially for retakers who have tried to get the desired score in conventional ways and failed. Lastly, i haven't seen a more proactive customer support in any professional service i have ever taken. The response time in under 30 mins for any questions and they go out of their way to provide you with all the help they can.
I was a month away from my scheduled GMAT date and was hovering in mid-600s range in the mocks. I had all the test syllabus covered but never broke into the 700s for a variety of reasons - pacing issues, silly mistakes and the lack of a strategy for the different kinds of questions.
EMPOWERgmat nails the strategy aspect of the test. Within two weeks of starting with EMPOWERgmat, I cracked into the 700s in the mocks for the first time and all I had changed was the strategy.
The best part is, EMPOWERgmat will make you realise what the GMAT is really about. It will draw attention to things that matter and dwell on it in detail, and clearly demarcate things that should be lower on your priority if you are in the range I was in.
Will definitely recommend if you need help in strengthening the fundamentals and in organising your approach towards the test.
I relied exclusively on EmpowerGMAT for my test prep, and it paid off. The platform provides study guides to users who want a structured study plan, but also allows flexibility to users who want to focus their study time on particular weak areas (for example, I focused 100% of my study efforts on Quant b/c I didn't need the help on Verbal.) The practice problems and accompanying video lessons provide clear and easy-to-follow guidance for answering each question, and the quizzes leverage the GMAT Official Guide, so you can be confident your practicing on problems that closely mimic the real thing.
Throughout the "mini lessons," Rich acknowledges that there are multiple ways to solve a problem, but shows you the best (i.e. fastest) way to solve them, and gives you clear guidance for employing those strategies wherever possible to pick up valuable seconds/minutes on Test Day. He also shares strategic insight into how the test works and what the test-makers are really looking for, which helped me get more comfortable with triaging questions and drastically improved my time management.
The people at EmpowerGMAT are really helpful and proactive in ensuring you're satisfied with your test prep materials. When my first attempt at the test didn't go the way I'd hoped, they were quick to offer me a month of complimentary access, and Rich provided his feedback on my Enhanced Score Report to help me focus my study efforts prior to my next attempt. I was regularly impressed by the value I got from EmpowerGMAT, and at a price point far below what many of the leading test prep courses charge, it is undoubtedly worth the money. I highly recommend.
After taking the GMAT for the first time last December, I felt like even though I had a solid foundation for the material, my approach still needed a little work. I had already gone through the video lessons offered through Magoosh and learned the Quant basics in the Target Test Prep course leading up to my first attempt. I came away from my first test feeling alright, but like there had to be a better approach to the questions. I emailed Rich directly and asked him for some insight. He was glad to look over my enhanced score report and offer his thoughts on moving forward from there. He had mentioned the Test It method, and it definitely sparked my interest. I ended up going through the all of the lessons on the Test It and Test the Answer approach and review lessons offered through Empower a few times and ended up coming out of my second attempt 20 points higher! So much for not being able to improve an already over 700 score. I could not have done it without Empower's approach to questions. I was able to triage every question right away and get through the entire test. Thanks Rich!
I loved EMPOWERgmat for many reasons. First, the quality of the practice and the explanation videos was top-notch and conducive to efficient learning. Another thing I loved about it was that it was easy to customize - you could easily focus more on the topics that you needed help with over the ones that you had a better understanding of. Personally, as an undergraduate student, I appreciate online courses in which you can make your own schedule. Whenever I had a problem or an issue, the EMPOWERgmat team was extremely responsive and helpful. EMPOWERgmat helped bump my score up almost 100 points, and I would highly recommend to anyone taking the GMAT!
**Please note that my score is out of the new shortened version of the GMAT.
After 2 failed attempts and 20 months of frustration, i came across the gold dust of EMPOWERGMAT. After the last failed attempt (Sep 2017), I am determined to give one last attempt. During this time, i stumbled across some of the demo videos of EMPOWERGMAT and instantly thought that course would be a right fit for me. I got in touch with the Rich and the converstaion made me signup for the course. I signed up for the one month program. Their verbal strategy is very especially the small tips (which made a huge difference in my exam) given by Rich. Their explanation of the concepts are top notch.
Max's approach to the CR and SC has completely changed my thought process and RC was solely focussed on picking the right answer.
These clear methods made my preparation very easy and in the end made me reach my dream score of 720. I would recommend the course to every one
After a 610 on January 26th (2018), I have decided to purchase a month of the Empower Gmat course. Before, I did just the OG exercises, but they clearly weren't enough for me, since they only gave me the basics of the Gmat, not the solution to the most difficult questions.
Result after just more than a month: 670 (Q48 V34), and I am aware that my score could have been even higher.
Max and Rich teaching method is incredibly easy but very effective: many small lessons with exercises in between.
My passion for mathematics brought me to enjoy more the quant part than the verbal one, even though I had the most important increase in V (from 28 to 34).
(And their slogan “Gmat assassins aren’t born, they are made” is not just a slogan but a lesson to keep in mind while preparing for the Gmat).
I started my gmat training in January 2018. After reading about several GMAT prep companies I decided to give EMPOWER a shot. I have been very impressed with the results i have received. The tactics provided for the quant section helped me in reducing the time spent per question and raised my quant score significantly.
I was relatively weaker on the verbal section, and the CR box, and the reading pace suggestions really helped to improve my accuracy on RC and CR.
Overall I am very glad that i signed up for the course. Another big advantage of the course is that it allows everyone to study at their own pace. Though the recommended EMPOWER duration for GMAT prep is 3 months, i was only able to dedicate 7 weeks, and therefore the structure format of the course, allowed me to move faster and still cover the entire course materials.