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In 2 months to my target score
February 03 | 2018
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     By MalinF 0 0
Verified Score:

630

Q43

V34

Improvement:

60 Points

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

I applied to Master Programs in Business School in Europe and needed to score at least 600 points. After I did some review in math concepts, I took a practice test and scored 570. It was really shocking for me as I only had 2 months left until the application deadline and really needed to score above 600 on my first try.

At first, I thought that I could master the GMAT with the OG alone but after my second practice test, which I scored even lower (540), I asked a friend who recently did his GMAT for help. He recommended EMPOWERgmat as this course took him to his target score. I gave it a try and really can't thank the EMPOWER guys enough! Their approach is so much better than studying math formulas and rules all day long. They teach you very powerful tactics to beat this test without the need to learn all the math and verbal rules you otherwise would have to learn. Furthermore, for me, it was very helpful to have a study plan and to know what to learn and practice next.

In the actual test, I was still very nervous and not sure whether I learned enough to get my target score but in some situations, I heard Rich or Max speaking in my head and reminding me about all the approaches and tactics I learned during their lessons. This made me feel more comfortable and I was rewarded with a score of 630 in the end. I didn't even imagine to score over 600, so this score was a huge surprise for me and a reward for the skills and tactics I learned during the EMPOWER online training.

All in all, I can unconditionally recommend the EMPOWERgmat training to anyone who wants to reach their target score in minimum time with a really efficient approach. I don't which score I would have scored without the EMPOWER training but honestly, I don't even want to know that.

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From 610-710 in 5 months!
January 31 | 2018
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     By henlight 1 5
Self-reported Score:

710

Q44

V42

Improvement:

100 Points

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

I was fortunate to go from a 610 (V30 V44) to a 710 (V42 Q44) in
just 5 months with EMPOWERgmat. I am not a math guy by any means, and struggle with test taking in general, so to get over 700 was a big deal for me.

EMPOWERgmat was VITAL and CRUCIAL in this score increase for a number of reasons:
1. they provide tricks and tips on how to approach a problem, both math and verbal, that I have not seen elsewhere. From "Test the Answers" to how they have you set up your RC, EMPOWERgmat is serious when they say that a GMAT test is not something you study for, but rather you train for. Like a dance or a fight, when the GMAT pulls move A, you are ready to counter with move B.

2. their team is available for insight and help. Did poor on a test? Send them an email and they can help you pull yourself together (mentally and strategically) to get back out there and do it again.

3. They give you video lessons on questions from GMAT OG directly, and that is huge because the answer explanations from GMAT OG, and sometimes from GMATclub, are sometimes way too complicated or require one to learn a new strategy you may never really use. EMPOWERgmat gives you the easy way to look at a problem, and provide you a tool/trick to use on other problems.

4. EMPOWERgmat is the king of helping me understand how to srategically triage. If you don't know what this is, read up because it is a game changer in terms of GMAT strategy.

Ultimately, I absolutely wish I had EMPOWERgmat when I first started studying back in May. I would have been much more successful sooner, saving me tons of time and money.

Good luck to those out there still in the hunt. I am all applied--with a few interviews already--and waiting to see where I hopefully land.

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EMPOWERgmat equals number one
January 28 | 2018
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     By msyrett23 1 0
Verified Score:

640

Q39

V39

Improvement:

N/A

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

When I decided to apply to an MSc Management course at one of the top universities in Europe I knew I had a lot of work ahead of me. This work included studying for and taking the GMAT. I looked around online, seeking advice. To be honest, I didn't know where to start.
Then I came across some forums advocating the EMPOWERgmat program. They offer a free trial, so I thought why not?
That trial turned into 3 months hard studying and following the curriculum carefully laid out by EMPOWERgmat.
The teaching style of both Rich (Quant), and Max (Verbal) ensure no stone is left unturned, and I my confidence grew as I progressed with the course.
In the end, I got 640 in the exam and accepted to the course I desired. I cannot thank the guys at EMPOWERgmat enough for the role they played, and I highly, highly recommend them to anyone embarking on the same journey I did!

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     By XTsarg 43 7
Self-reported Score:

700

Q49

V37

Improvement:

30 Points

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

The first time I took the GMAT I only self studied using the GMAT official guide and I was able to get a respectable 670 (Q49 V33). My main weakness was the way I approached quant (too much complex maths and I wasn't fast/efficient enough on most standardized questions), and on the verbal side I lacked a proper strategy (I had the bad habit of not properly eliminating answers and just selecting the one I though that fitted the best)

EMPOWER was a huge game changer. I knew that for my second try I had to take a good, structured course that would go through all the core content and specially teach strategy regarding elimination of wrong answers.

EMPOWER definitely excels at this last topic: its triage tips, and strategies specially for sentence correction, allowed me to improve 30 points (all in verbal, going from V33 to V37)

I would definitely recommend this course to anyone. The only positive criticism that i have is that I believe it lacks a bit more difficult excercises (700+) on the quant side.

Thank you very much EMPOWER for my 700 GMAT which has allowed me to gain admissions at Kellogg, INSEAD and LBS!

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     By MissSwiss 1 1
Verified Score:

650

Q37

V41

Improvement:

150 Points

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

I am so lucky I came across EMPOWERgmat. I actually signed up to the course because I thought the price point was more reasonable than some of the alternatives, but in the end it was so good that I would have paid anything!

(My results in short: I went from 500 to 700 in my practice CATs, but score was 650 on the day due to some very stupid timing mistakes).

STRUCTURE
First of all, the structure of the course is excellent; I was able to break the 12 week study plan into clear, achievable goals for each week. Even as the weeks closed in I didn't feel overwhelmed, because I was following the curriculum and I felt confident that I would have covered everything I needed to know by Test Day.

TEACHING
The other amazing thing, was that when I sat down to do a module, for example, 'Algebra', it wasn't at all overwhelming; the module was broken up into clear classes, where Rich would take you quickly through the concepts and then work with you through lots of example questions. Same with Max on the Verbal side.

APPROACH
This course is specifically designed around beating the GMAT. It's not about improving your maths skills or your English grammar - all of those things are only focused on in as far as they can help boost your GMAT score. There is a lot of focus on clever strategy and tactics. The Test It tactic and Data Sufficiency process completely changed Quant for me, and even in Verbal, where I was already strong, I saw my score go up several points once Max explained the wrong answer types to look out for and little tactics like the 'The Opposite Test' in Critical Reasoning. I think this element of the course is worth its weight in gold and really sets this course apart from others.

ENJOYMENT
Perhaps this is the most important element. I had thought that studying for the GMAT would just be this necessary yet unpleasant task that I would have to endure for a couple of months. However, I was pleasantly surprised when this was not the case at all! I know it might sound crazy, but I actually even looked forward to working on an EMPOWER Quant module after dinner. I think it's because there are so many quizzes built into the curriculum, so the study is very interactive and you're constantly getting feedback.

I am usually not one for the gushing review, but I honestly cannot recommend this course highly enough. If you are preparing to take the GMAT, take this course!

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Getting a GMAT assassin
December 09 | 2017
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     By Karohpit 6 0
Verified Score:

640

Q46

V33

Improvement:

80 Points

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

In September I sat the first time for the GMAT exam with an effort of about two months training. I received a 560 and was very disappointed. Therefore, I wrote a post in the GMATClub forum and received an answer by Rich Cohen. Rich told me exactly what my issue was without even telling me about EMPOWERgmat.
Nevertheless, for my second prep time I started informing myself about GMAT courses and chose EMPOWERgmat because of the positive feedback by people who took the test a second and third time.

I soon realized that Rich Cohen is the founder of EMPOWERgmat and started asking him further questions via e-mail. Rich replied always in about 1-3 hours. Amazing to have the GMAT assassin himself answering your questions within hours. Rich is very direct and tells you if you are doing totally wrong. He is really pushing you to stand up and do what it needs to become a GMAT assassin. Maybe some people find that offensive, nevertheless I think it helps a lot!

The course itself is very well structured. You start learning using techniques instead of math (or in combination with math). This totally changed my view on the GMAT math section and helped me to get faster and more accurate. The verbal part of EMPOWERgmat is made by Max. His approaches to solve CR questions and RC questions are just amazing. I also really liked that the transcripts of his videos are available. This allowed me to learn in the library without the need to wear my headphones for hours. Unfortunately, I did not improve my verbal that much (V32->V33) but I think with more practice in the EMPOWERgmat techniques, I would have improved my verbal part significantly as well. My math score was improved my 10 points (Q36 -> Q46), what I think is amazing for that time and the fact that I was not able to finish the course.

Beside the approaches for math and verbal, EMPOWERgmat includes very useful tactics and information about the test and the preparation for the test itself. I bought myself headphones and pencils that are like the original GMAT headphones and pencils. I really enjoyed the GMAT podcasts, especially the ones for the last days before the official exam.

Learning for another 2,5 months was tough. I had to start writing my bachelors thesis in that time, preparing for internship applications, taking classes in university and working nearly full-time. Nevertheless, EMPOWERgmat made it possible to improve myself by 80 points and receive a 640! I did not even have the time to finish the course (progress: about 45%).
I would highly recommend EMPOWERgmat to everyone!

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     By gsiddj 3 0
Self-reported Score:

680

Q50

V31

Improvement:

20 Points

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

When I started my GMAT preparation, I was studying by myself. I used to solve questions posted in forums, downloaded free material, going through discussions for explanations, etc. Doing this by myself didn't give me a structured approach to the GMAT. Learning for the exam seemed a daunting task. I wasted few months doing this, and I didn't see any improvement in my score. An expert suggested taking the Empower course and after reading some reviews I decided to do so. Looking back, I would say this was a step in the right direction.

This course helps beginners get the right foundation as well as for retakers. I was strong in Quant but not in Verbal, so at first I planned to use the course for Verbal. Listening to Max's explanations for Verbal OG questions seemed so simple. This was a huge confidence boost. I imitated his approach towards SC and RC questions. The SC 5 second rule, and RC Ladder and reading pace improved my accuracy to 90%. I listened to his explanations for all the OG questions and read the solutions in OG as well. I got accustomed to official questions and was able to quickly identify any question that didn’t seem official. During the exam, I was so confident in SC, which was a horrible nightmare a few months back, that I completed the questions in a minute and was able to easily eliminate the wrong answers. In RC, the approaches seemed very simple but they were the most effective. But due to some unfortunate circumstances, I didn’t score well in verbal on the final exam, but that doesn’t discourage me to give these guys a shout out.

At first, I wasn’t focusing on the Quant as I was pretty comfortable, but then I thought let me check it out. Rich’s explanation and the tips he gives at the end of every explanation are terrific. As he mentions, Test it and Test the answers can be applied to most of the questions. I was stuck at Q48 for a long time, but after combining Empower tactics and my math skills I was able to reach Q50.

By listening to their explanations carefully and practicing those tactics, the GMAT will be a breeze. If anyone is looking for a structured, an effective and simple approach to tackle questions, these guys are the best.

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Awesome Product
November 28 | 2017
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     By Ackingston 23 1
Self-reported Score:

640

Q46

V31

Improvement:

160 Points

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

EMPOWERgmat is an amazing prep platform. All of the content is explained extremely well and is easy to follow. There is also a feature that allows you to follow set lesson plans, based on the type of study you aim to do (3-month plan, 1-month plan, Verbal crash course, etc.). Before I found EMPOWER, I was completely lost. I had tried two other prep courses before Empower and was struggling to score above 500 (Yes, I said 500!). After pouting about it and blaming the universe for my lack of effort, I decided to get serious and give EMPOWER a try. As someone who has never done well on standardized tests, I can say with absolute certainty that without Rich and Max, a top 50 school would be out of my reach. Thanks to their methods and their constant reassurance that effort creates results, I was able to score extremely close to my target score (a whopping 160 point improvement from my first CAT before EMPOWER, as well as a 130 point improvement from the first CAT I took on day one of my EMPOWER training). To the team at EMPOWERgmat: Thank you guys so much. The B-School application is a muti-step process and I still have a lot to do - but without you guys and the EMPOWER program, I would have no shot at my target schools. Cheers to all of you.

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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

Verbal:     
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

Improvement:

30 Points

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