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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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GMAT Course Review
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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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A Skyrocket in Your Score
February 01 | 2017
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     By Alchimist 0 0
Verified Score:

680

Q44

V40

Improvement:

140 Points

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

I am a 21-year-old student from Italy, currently attending Bocconi University. Since I want to do my MSc abroad, I decided to take the GMAT.
My first score, due to poor math knowledge and language barriers was poor: 540
My target was a 650+ score, so I decided to sign up for an online course, EmpowerGMAT.
Some friends who already took the GMAT told me about it, but to be honest, since the course is much less expensive than the other courses, I was skeptical.

I approached the online course and started listening to the video lessons and completing the many exercises provided with the course.
After just a few days I realized that my overall knowledge was improving:
The Math course (by Rich) is a direct approach to kill every exercise, focused on knowing the fundamental formulas and distinguish the questions one need to answer correctly from those that can be dumped with no effect on the score. In this way, the student needs to know only a few basic formulas and is able to go through the Quant section without rushing, since he is educated to dump some non-important questions.
The Verbal course (by Max) provides for basic grammar knowledge, but its power stays in the tips and tricks provided to answer every question (or at least to make an educated guess) in no-time. This direct approach allows non-natives (like me) to score high without the need to know every single English grammar rule.
The IR and AWA courses, since these sections do not affect the overall score, are really concise but helpful to develop a successful mind pattern and tactic.

The course is really interesting and not excessively or unnecessarily long, and leaves to the student the freedom to choose when to take it, in how much time, and what lessons to take (it also presents tailor-made study plans).

After concluding the course in a month I approached Test Day feeling relaxed and prepared: I was able to raise my score to a 680!! (Q:44 V:40 IR:8 AWA:5)

To conclude, the course, integrated with the official GMAT book, is extremely helpful to improve the score of every student, native or non-native, math genius or bad at math.
Each section is successfully broken down and analyzed, and the mix of basic knowledge and tricks provided is a must have to kill the GMAT.
I recommend the course without any doubt to all.

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Empower Review
January 30 | 2017
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     By jay216 3 0
Self-reported Score:

630

Q42

V36

Improvement:

N/A

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

Hello,

I am using Empower GMAT course while preparing for the GMAT test. While I am using this course in conjunction with MGMAT books and some other materials too, I really like this course the best, as I feel that it suits my learning temparament.

I am easily distracted and very lazy, also studing in the evenings after a long and stressful work day makes it very hard for me to get in the groove to study.

Enough on my ramblings... now on to the course review.
The conversational style of videos and the engaging voice of the instructors jolts me to actually leran something instead of passively going through the motions. Having said that, i feel that the videos have very basic content but high on stratgeies, be it triage, test it etc.. I feel that we do need additional materials for concept and then fine tune our preparation with startegies explained in the videos.

There are little nuggets of wisdom scattered throughout the course warning us on the mistakes that a test taker does. I find this extremely helpful. I feel as if someone is holding my hand and already pre- warning me on the errorrs I am about to make.

The other thing which I feel is working for me is witnessing an expert walk through the steps and thought process of the questions.

Overall I am loving the course, I hope this will help me while I actually take the test.

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1 out of 1 people found the following review helpful
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     By indogmat 1 5
Verified Score:

690

Q44

V41

Improvement:

160 Points

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

I would like to say thank you to EMPOWERgmat team. The materials were superbly written and executed, especially on Quant. Prior to Empower, I was stuck with a sub-30 Q score (Total GMAT: 530) and using the module, I managed to learn that quant is actually not that hard, and quite fun. My verbal score also improved as I practiced hard to solve that tricky modifier error on SC or applying the CR box during CR questions, and this boosted my score from 35 to 44. In Indonesia, the trend is that people’s quant scores are generally much higher than that of verbal. So my higher than average verbal score is kind of an anomaly, all thanks to Empower. Oh and the Triage… I wonder what I would get had I not learned about Triage from Rich and Max. The support team was also great! My contact, Brian, promptly responded to my concerns about any of the materials and he ensured that I was sufficiently equipped with the GMAT strategies before setting off on my own. In the end, I improved my score by 160 points from 530 to 690 in less than 3 months.

As a final note, we do not have the luxury of abundance of GMAT prep companies in Indonesia, most relying on traditional pen-and-paper teaching method. But we know from Empower that this method is incredibly flawed especially when dealing with a rigorous 4.5-hour computer based test, testing both your stamina and mental strength. I’ve taken the liberty to recommend Empower to my Indonesian colleagues who are looking to ace the GMAT for their MBA journeys. A friend managed to improve her score from 500s to 680 and another friend improved from 640 to 690. The way we say it in Indonesia: EMPOWERgmat mantap!

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GMAT Course Review
680 to 760 - Building a System
January 25 | 2017
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     By Catotheyounger 1 5
Self-reported Score:

760

Q49

V44

Improvement:

80 Points

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

If you are like me, you have been using a bunch of different GMAT study materials, most of them CONTENT focused, addressing the subject matter needed to solve the question, but NOT necessarily how to solve the question, while you are sitting at the testing center on the day of the GMAT. After spending a bunch of money on materials, I have come to the conclusion all you really need is the Official Guide, the Verbal and Quant extra questions, GMAT Club, and Empowergmat. Empower provides the system: how to approach each question, methodically, one by one, and defeat it, in the test center, on the day of the test. Before using Empower, I , like many of you, had a lot of untapped knowledge I for some reason could not bring to bear on GMAT questions. The Empower videos provide the tactics needed, including Triage, and guide you towards a mentality to excel.

To note: if you are looking for a comprehensive review of advanced math or an explanation of all the possible idiosyncrasies found in the verbal section, this course is not for you. Empower teaches you methods for solving advanced math questions, not necessarily the crazy underlying math you can find in the official guide, and provides strategies for verbal, not tricks for memorizing every idiom in the English Language.

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GMAT Course Review
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     By DarkMashew 0 0
Verified Score:

600

Q39

V34

Improvement:

70 Points

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

Bottom line: the EMPOWERgmat is a cut above in tactics, skills, strategy, and confidence building for maximum impact in a compact timeframe. Try it for a month; I doubt you will be disappointed.

The GMAT is one of the most important choices in life for many, including myself, as it carries so much weight for MBA applications. But the GMAT preparation industry is saturated with high opacity around the true value behind a service’s offering. The costs can be exorbitant and I have firsthand experienced an ineffective large retail course wherein I poured thousands of dollars and more than 200 hours of study.

As a means of background, I am a French-American male who graduated in finance with summa cum laude honors in 2010. After working during more than 5.5 years in corporate finance, business analysis, and strategic marketing throughout Asia I decided to pursue the GMAT in the path to business school. Even though I have historically been a poor standardized test taker (questioning the validity of such exams altogether), I do strive to take measured, sound, and serious decisions based on available information and exert persistent effort to yield desired outcomes. In doing so, I often rely on recommendations and referrals as a short cut to discovering quality in making decisions. As such, I took up a trusted friend’s suggestion for a certain online module who had scored a 700.

I spent 6 months studying (May-November 2016) with the online prep class featuring software that predicted a score of 630-700 after gruelingly answering thousands of questions and going through all of the content lessons. However, the predictive models weren’t reflective of my real performance as my CAT scores were falling in the mid to upper 500’s. An anecdote to underscore my experience: I spent many dozens of hours studying three-dimensional geometry in the large retail course’s software and I only came across 1 such question in the two real-life tests. The same can be said for combinations, probability, two-rate problems, etc. This is indicative of the misinformation and flawed understanding of how the GMAT algorithm and scoring work by some (many) prep companies, rendering courses less effective and putting many at a disadvantage.

In my last-minute frustration, I conducted desk research to seek out if any other solutions existed. Thanks to the reviews left by several students on sites like GMAT Club, I fortuitously learned about EMPOWERgmat. The comments all seemed promising, so I had a first 1-hour free perusal and was immediately impressed by the curriculum and the affordability (the cheapest among competitors that I’d seen). The videos were vibrant - showing how to approach problems, take notes, stay organized, and strategically guess where needed. Unfortunately, it was only several days before my first test attempt so I had little time to absorb the lessons and correct my issues. Not surprisingly, my first official score was a 530, which I smartly canceled thanks to EMPOWERgmat’s optimal game theory-like test-taking strategy.

I was spurred to immediately reach out to the EMPOWERgmat team and explain my situation, which turns out to be not such an uncommon one – there are a number of students who go through retail courses with lackluster results in their first GMAT test and search for alternatives. EMPOWERgmat’s client service team, particularly Brian Michaels, is absolutely outstanding. The team is extremely responsive, attentive, and sympathetic to the client’s needs and difficulties. From the first interaction, I was put at ease with their no nonsense, straightforward, positive, and encouraging style of engagement. It was revealed to me that the test is a measure of skills and training as opposed to capability and hours of study per se. This was insight I hadn't come across anywhere else, as it's based on proprietary analysis. After exchanging several emails, I decided to reschedule and undertake study with their curriculum.

I had to untangle all of my bad habits with a wholesale recalibration of the way I thought about the test. This was not always easy, but EMPOWERgmat made it as painless as possible with the strong energy from the videos and an airtight system. After a short 1.5 months, I managed to improve my score +70 points to a 600 in time for Round 2 deadlines of different MBA programs. While that does not sound significant, it very much is to me. The score puts me in the 600+ range that is the minimum baseline for top programs and was the highest performance in any CAT or real-life exam I had taken (the highest percentile on any standardized test in fact).

So in short, the EMPOWERgmat was a lifesaver and I should have used it from the onset. Doing so would have saved me many hours of frustration and most likely allowed me to earn an even better score. My candid advice would be to carve out a solid 3-months of committed study to get the most impact (from any program for that matter).

I unreservedly recommend EMPOWERgmat and sincerely hope the program helps other students the same way it worked wonders for me. Good luck!"

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Empower GMAT for Tactics
January 09 | 2017
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     By catchharish 5 1
Verified Score:

710

Q49

V38

Improvement:

N/A

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

I recently took my GMAT and got a 710(Q49, V38). I did not have a lot of preparation time and I was looking around to see the best bang for the buck in terms of results. I am happy I went with EmpowerGMAT. There are a couple of things I really liked about these guys. When it comes to GMAT TACTICS these guys are the BEST. If you are keen on learning your math(formula statistics) or verbal fundamentals(grammar, tense etc) there are a lot of OTHER online and offline resources. But when it comes to test taking strategies and help drilling them EmpowerGMAT is the best in my opinion. The lessons are fairly bite sized and is engaging, and you dont get bored unlike other online study material. I did pick up a couple of books including the Manhattan series and Powerprep series, but felt that those did not add much value. If you are looking for a score jump.. have less time or dont have much interest/money to spend for prep classes I would say definitely go with EMPOWER.

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