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Great Product!
November 21 | 2017
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     By erictyra 1 0
Self-reported Score:

710

Q49

V38

Improvement:

50 Points

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

Empower was far-and-away the best tool I used for my GMAT prep. They provide hundreds of instructional videos and use only real, retired gmat problems. They know the test better than anyone I have come in contact with and what really sets them apart is their strategy to "beat the gmat."

The Empower team has analyzed the gmat and has found ways to crack the test, so that you can achieve your highest score. I know this is probably cliche and many companies claim to have a "leg up" on all the competition, but I think Empower truly is the best. I took a course with another test-prep company and studied for about 4 months and got a 660. This was a disappointment because I got a 620 on the diagnostic test.

With empower I studied for about a month and a half and got over the "plateau" that everyone seems to face at some point in their studies. I ended up getting a 710 after using Empower. Additionally, the staff was very prompt in their replies to questions. The company is smaller than the goliath companies such as Kaplan and Manhattan, which works to your (the student) advantage.

10/10 recommend Empower.

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30 points increase in a month
November 18 | 2017
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     By ececakmak 0 0
Verified Score:

730

Q48

V40

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30 Points

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Location: Online

EMPOWERgmat helped me to increase my verbal score from 36 to 40 in just one month. I only used EMPOWERgmat as a course and did not look at other sources. The chance to pay only for a month was a real advantage for me. I did not want to pay a lot of money because I already got 700 from the first one, but I needed more since I intend to apply for scholarships. EMPOWERgmat was a bliss for me. It taught me tricks, ways to approach specific types of questions and it gave me confidence. The practice questions after each question type helped me to comprehend the subject fully. I recommend it to anyone who wants to increase verbal points.

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630 to 730 in 4 weeks
November 14 | 2017
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     By hluedtke27 2 1
Verified Score:

730

Q44

V45

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100 Points

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This review is for: EMPOWERgmat Online Course
Location: Online

I signed up for the GMAT with only about a month to study. After doing some research, and realizing most of the classes were about $500, I heard about EmpowerGMAT. The first thing I liked about them was the price (only $99 a month with unlimited access to all of the study materials).

With my five weeks, I ended up not really studying for 2 of those weeks due to a natural disaster happening in my town and some other personal stuff coming up. I ended up only studying hard for about 3 weeks. My score went from a 630 to a 730 on test day, just with the help Empower gave me. I didn't use any other study materials or programs.

Some of the things I liked about Empower:
-You can go at your own pace. Some of the lessons I already knew really well, so I just skipped them. Or, you can redo modules as many times as you need to.
-Great little tricks. They taught me a few tricks in both quant and verbal that could apply to many different problems, and were super easy to learn. These were a big reason for my score increase.
-It's cost effective. You pay by the month (I think there is actually a two week extension option as well) so you don't pay more than you need to. For me, I didn't want to study for 3 months, and a lot of other services only have like $500-$1000 intensive long programs. So it can work for anyone with any type of study needs.
-There are a TON of lessons and resources on the site. I barely even scratched the surface. Basically any part of the test or topic on the test, there were a ton of lessons and practice problems and tips. And you can do them in any order you want.
-They have a 70 pt score increase guarantee. I think there are some stipulations (like you actually have to log on and do some lessons I think). My goal was to increase by 70 points, and I was blown away that they have a guarantee program like that. So if you really try and they don't help you at all, you could potentially get some of your money refunded.

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     By jackapartain 2 0
Verified Score:

720

Q47

V41

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180 Points

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Location: Online

I was looking for a low-cost option as I was not set on taking the GMAT or applying to business school. I stumbled upon EMPOWER after a bit of Google searching and pulled the trigger because it was a great price point compared to other more established prep services. I was immediately impressed with EMPOWER's candid approach to GMAT prep. This service is geared towards one thing: getting you a 700+ on the test. Below are some thoughts I had as I went through the curriculum.

Style: I loved EMPOWER's straightforward approach. In the quant videos, Rich is very direct about what's important and what's not. He gives little tidbits about the architecture of the test that are very helpful in juicing points that other test-takers may miss. Alongside giving a great understanding of how the test works, the video lessons are very effective in teaching the concepts. Most of the quant section relies on math you've learned at some point in the past, so a succinct refresher is all that's needed, and Rich's videos are great at that. They mix in quiz questions along the way to ensure you're getting it. On the verbal side, the sentence correction modules really help in identifying what to look for and how to eliminate wrong answers. I found that I could often get the right answer (even when it sounded weird) by using the EMPOWER rules to eliminate wrong answers. Very helpful.

Accessibility: I had a few "freak out" moments during my studying where I needed some feedback to get me refocused and reoriented. Most of those moments were on weekends and I was very impressed with Rich's accessibility. He personally responded to me quickly even on Saturdays and Sundays.

Overall: I can't imagine there's a better value out there. EMPOWER gives you the tools to succeed and the confidence to understand the test for what it is. Highly recommended as a comprehensive yet succinct and efficient prep course.

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     By loudgy 0 0
Verified Score:

650

Q42

V38

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N/A

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This review is for: EMPOWERgmat Online Course
Location: Online

If you don't want to waste you time and money I would definitely recommend this prep, I only had one month available, never took the GMAT before and ended up with a more than decent score of 650. EMPOWER literally changed my view of GMAT, they are focused on giving the students the confidence they need to succeed on test day.

- The prep overall: really liked the fact that both teachers seem to know everything about the GMAT. You can tell they have been doing this for quite a while and will give you priceless advises on which strategy to go with and how the GMAT functions.
I think that is a real game changer, more than just working on math/verbal skills, understanding what the makers want from you and how they design each question.

- The quant section is extremely helpful, you will learn all the essential things you need to know for test day, and the things you don't. You will realise that the amount of quant formulas/data/rules to know by heart on test day is actually not that bad at all, Rich is very good at focusing on the essential and will give you tips you might not be able to get anywhere else. This prep made me realise you don't have to be a math genius to succeed in this test it's all about strategy and practice.

- The verbal section: From a non native english speaker's point of view I would have appreciated maybe a more complete verbal section. I found the content pretty light on basic grammar/tenses rules, but these are pretty easy to find online anyway so I wouldn't say that was a big issue.
On the other hand as with the quant section the verbal one is more focused on strategies on how to approach the questions and how to understand the structure of the questions.

What I really liked about EMPOWERgmat is that they keep everything to the essentials. Learn what they tell you to and beat the GMAT it's that simple. unlike many prep who will make you drown under useless information/data/books...

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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

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N/A

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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 2 0
Verified Score:

650

Q40

V38

Improvement:

90 Points

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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

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N/A

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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 2 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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