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Joined: Apr 24, 2021
710 Q43 V44
I was referred to EmpowerGMAT by a friend, and it was honestly the best decision I have made throughout the MBA process! I was really concerned about my Quant score, so I'm glad the course started with those elements. The math section of this course is REALLY strong. It helped me review all the basic math concepts I knew from school about 10 years ago, and also taught me new concepts. The best part is that there are videos with each practice question, so that you can watch Rich explain the problem and solve it in front of you with notes and tactics. This was a game changer for me, because it felt like I was working with my very own tutor who could explain things in the easiest way possible. I struggled with the Quant section and got a pretty low score the first time I took the real exam, but then I got some super targeted advice from Rich in the weeks following, and refocused my study on some crucial elements. I ended up getting a 710!! And my Quant score went up by over 20 percentile points. I was strong with Verbal to begin with, but this course improved my scores there too because it helped me formalize my Verbal tactics rather than relying on just gut instincts. It was pretty amazing, and I know I could not have scored that high without this course. It's also the best priced course out there, and has so many bonus materials, guides, and suggested timelines. It's honestly such a life saver. I can't recommend it enough, especially if you have been out of school for a while and need a structured program to help you move through the prep! (Also, I took the Online GMAT exam, so I did not have the Analytical Writing Assessment at all).
Joined: Aug 18, 2020
700 Q49 V37
I prepared intensively for about 5 months using an online prep course but ended up scoring a 620.
I reached out to several experts on GMAT Club for advice. Rich from EmpowerGMAT responded with a lot of genuinely helpful suggestions. I read a lot of positive reviews about the empower course and decided to go for it. Empower course taught me critical insights into the workings of GMAT. Through their constant encouragement and enforcement in the course videos, Rich and Max force you to change your thinking style. It's one thing hearing that "you have to cut your losses and move on from any question after three minutes and another thing to actually get that into your head as its a "matter of discipline" as Rich says.
Different people have different needs in terms of basics to cover, but if you are re-taking the GMAT, I couldn't recommend the EmpowerGMAT course enough. Feel free to reach out to me over gmat club direct message if you need any specific details about the course.
Joined: Nov 07, 2019
650 Q47 V33 (Online)
EMPOWERgmat was by far the best course for me. I needed to retake the test in a time crunch but, with a full-time job, needed to do a self-directed program. EMPOWER's module-based curriculum broke down the GMAT in a way that made it more accessible and addressed not just the tactical but also the mental aspects of the exam.
If I had a bit more time, I know I would've improved my score by over 100 points. The course was that good. Plus, it's $99/month which is the best deal I found for a GMAT course. Also, the support team is super responsive and always willing to make the course as beneficial as possible.
Joined: Aug 18, 2020
710 Q48 V38
Quant tactics are really good. Return on your time is very high. Additionally I would only recommend to do questions from GMATclub for number properties. The rest, it is very good tactical approach instead of memorising/calculating everything.
Verbal tactics for CR and RC also work. Especially loved their CR tactics. Some of my CATs had 0 mistakes for CR, maybe same for my test day as I felt they were pretty easy. RC I would improve by taking a little more notes IN CASE the text is difficult. For native speaker might not be required. SC tactic is also very good, though I felt that grammar explanation is not amazing. For that, I would recommend MGMAT SC book - really improved my grammar knowledge for GMAT. Grammar knowledge from MGMAT + EMPOWERgmat tactics - good SC guaranteed. CR and RC - I feel like they go both together, focus is on comprehension. RC tactics are good in a way that you are able to identify how to tackle different kind of question.
For both Verbal and Quant, add much more practise. I have gone through OG 2-3 times, especially those questions I did wrong. Marking down your mistakes is very important (I had lots of number properties mistakes and silly math mistakes, you will only know that if you do record your mistakes).
Also loved EMPOWERgmat psychological and mental tricks. GMAT is not only a knowledge exam, but also a mental test for you. EMPOWERgmat focus a lot on that. Their customer support is also amazing. Another important advice from them is to be super careful with your note taking. DO all your work on the pad is probably top 5 advices from them that helped me to score high.
Joined: Jan 24, 2021
580 Q36 V34 (Online)
I am a non-native English speaker but I have always been a natural with languages and have been exposed to English since childhood. On the other hand, mathematics have never been my strength. My Bachelor’s degree was in International Business and Management, but I struggled with economics and accounting classes. The Marketing Master’s program I wanted to enroll in demanded a minimum GMAT score of 550 for the verbal and quantitative parts combined.
After spending 3 months taking a local GMAT course that treated the GMAT as a math test, I failed miserably on my first attempt (350, Q6, V29). After completing 75% of the Total Score Booster plan in 4 weeks, my score went up 230 points on my second GMAT attempt (580, Q36, V34).
EMPOWERgmat's approach to the GMAT was like a breath of fresh air after 3 months of trying to learn complicated math concepts with another company and doing random GMAT problems without knowing what I was doing. EMPOWERgmat helped me change my mindset regarding the GMAT; it helped me see that it should not be approached as a math test. It also helped me become confident in dumping questions which I felt were too hard for me. Moreover, the plan was so motivating for me. Every day I was looking forward to what I was going to learn that day instead of dreading studying aimlessly all day. Almost every day I was having "aha" moments; it's like everything started to make sense.
While my first score was very low, the improvement that I made in 4 weeks with EMPOWERgmat makes me think that if someone was to follow the 3-month plan, they could achieve incredible results! And for anyone who is feeling hopeless, there is hope! You just have to dedicate yourself and trust the process of following a structured study plan!
I honestly can’t recommend EMPOWERgmat enough :)
Joined: Sep 14, 2019
650 Q47 V34
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When I first began studying for the GMAT, I spent months studying with another prep course, focused on teaching you every single concept of Quant and Verbal. But then, as my exam date was approaching, I got in total panic as my score was still 580, and I wasn't getting able to improve my timing. I went to the Internet and found EMPOWERgmat! I immediately chatted with Lyndsay that was very responsive and answered all my queries about the prep course.
It didn't take me long to realize how absolutely incredible this course is. It's easy to keep going and is mainly focused on what matters on the GMAT: strategy and consistency. More than knowing every detail of every content of the quant or verbal section, one must understand the reasoning behind GMAT and the strategies to beat it in terms of time management. That, for me, was a game-changer. When I saw my score improving every mock test, I knew I was on the right path. When I saw my 690, I couldn't believe it. My goal was never to achieve a 700+ score since I was running short on time (only 2 months of prep), but I'm sure that everyone can get there with the right amount of time and EMPOWERgmat guidance.
Whenever I reached out to Rich and the EMPOWERteam throughout the course, they always responded within hours. They went above and beyond with the utmost personal attention that any student could ask for. I would recommend this course to anyone trying to beat the GMAT and get that +700 score.
Joined: Apr 05, 2020
620 Q35 V40
After almost a year of studying I couldn’t get past this 610-620 slump. Despite knowing all of the concepts and topics well, I didn’t realize that what I needed was a fresh approach and new tactics for taking the GMAT. Rich explained that even though, as an engineer, I may be comfortable with math generally does not mean I know how to tackle the quant section (which was my weak point). This course completely revolutionized how I approached solving problems and how I was taking the test. After about 3 months of studying for about 1-2 hours a day 5 days a week, I was able to bring my score up from 620 to 690. I would highly recommend this course for anyone who can’t figure out how they’re not doing better despite knowing all the subject matter
Joined: Mar 25, 2019
750 Q50 V42
I highly recommend EMPOWERgmat for anyone looking into prepping for the GMAT, even for just a month or two.
Rich's special techniques are a must for implementing in order to succeed in the GMAT. To become a GMAT assassin, one truly has to master the art of making an educated decision with minimal problem solving, for those mind-boggling questions that throw you off your seat.
Aside from the course's special framework it teaches you for approaching GMAT problems, I honestly did not learn as much as I would have if I started using this course from the get-go. By the time I enrolled, I had already been through a year of GMAT prep and tried other courses. Rich does go over some very valuable Quant tricks, which are quite important to keep in mind for fast problem-solving.
The difference between the first GMAT I ever took and my last one was over 150 points and the EMPOWERgmat was one of the few critical factors that allowed me to achieve this.
Joined: Dec 04, 2017
710 Q48 V39
Let me start with a quick background info, I originally gave GMAT last year (Self study from Manhattan prep books) and scored - 680 (Q46 V37), which I thought was a decent score and so I decided to apply using that score, unfortunately I couldn't get into schools of my choice.
This year I decided to take an online prep course from e-gmat,which i thought helped me, however to my surprise my result had actually dropped from 680 to 670(Online) to even lower score of 630(Cancelled).
Then I asked for help in this forum and Rick reached out to me and gave me some brilliant tips for free. Subsequently I decided to join the Empower course. The course not only helped me cover the lost ground but also help me to finally break the 700 barrier to get 710(Q48 V39 IR7)
The best part about the course is that unlike some other prep-courses while studying you dont feel like taking a class from a teacher, instead you feel like you are learning from a friend , who gives you brilliant shortcuts and tips. Rick's Quant Triage tactics are brilliant and helped me sort out my timing and pacing problem, and even I think improved my guessing strategy.
I was naturally good in CR & RC and regularly scored in 80-90% range in both , however SC was my biggest weakness with average of just 28%. After going through multiple different prep courses I must say that Max's SC method was the only one that worked for me and enabled me to solve question within 90 second mark.
Finally a special shout out the Empower physical & psychological tactics, I have not seen these type of tips and advice anywhere else and I think they helped me tremendously to reduce my anxiety.
Joined: Jun 21, 2020
700 Q49 V37
I had only 4 weeks to study for a GMAT and EMPOWERgmat turned out to be the best option. The one month study-plan was ideal for me and helped me improve my efficiency and timing. The structured approach of studying and simple tricks helped me attain my target score. With this course you learn what GMAC is expecting from each section and that helped me in improving my score. Some of the simple tricks advised in this course are so basic yet so effective that you will save time and get better score. Rich, co-founder of EMPOWERgmat replied to all my questions and queries within a day and he was a great help. Rich and his team has complied an excellent coursework and I highly recommend this course to anyone out there looking for an efficient learning method.