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Joined: Feb 16, 2012
650 Q47 V33
Verbal Live Prep is one of the best tools available in the market for verbal preparation. Though, primarily it is designed for Non Native speakers but i believe it can be equally good even for the Native Speakers. GMAT is not a test of English but a test of reasoning. Verbal Live Prep course hits out in the very right directions. Neeti Sohal, in particular, was fabulastic with Critical Reasoning. I just loved the way she paced the course and was right on target for her entire sessions. For anyone looking for a good verbal score, I would highly recommend the verbal online or verbal live prep by eGMAT. 5/5 for the Verbal Live Prep :) and 5/5 for Neeti Sohal for her excellent teaching skills.
Joined: Sep 08, 2012
760 Q50 V41
I had thought of writing this review after taking my GMAT but it’s almost 19 days away so here you go –
The best thing about the e-gmat course is that all the material is together at one place so you won’t have to look at 15 books, 20 sites and 25 note books and you can carry it anywhere. That the material is as comprehensive as it can be is a bonus. Icing on the cake, if you have taken the live prep, is the way any concept is explained during the live sessions. The lessons are animated so that you can go through them at any time and even while you’re doing something else. Also, you see the lesson and you hear the audio which minimizes any outside interference or distraction (I use a headphone for maximum use).
The first live session for me was the free RC session. It’s just GOLD. The way instructor explained the point of view of the author and the main point of the passage was marvelous and really hit the bulls eye. So it’s no surprise that I hit a 51 in RC in GMAT Prep 2 exam last week.
CR has 9 different sections with each section having 1-4 lessons (with each lesson having it’s own quiz), followed by a practice quiz and then a session quiz. The live prep has 6 live sessions and covers each type of question. You can take the quizzes multiple times and all the previous session records are there for you to see. Each session covers the question strategy and how to identify the incorrect answers. The solutions are pretty detailed as well. For example, in boldface type questions it has a ready reckoner list which tells a student what are the many options can be, how are they renamed and how to identify the correct answer and how to connect the two boldface lines (if there are more than one). Then it tells you how the test makers confuse you and how to avoid falling into the trap.
The best section of the course is the SC section. It has covered each topic in detail and there are several blogs about most of the topics apart from the animated lessons. The blogs themselves are more than 200 pages if you collate them. SC was my weakest section but now I am more confident in SC than in any other section.
If you have done the session, followed all the instructions, reviewed the correct as well as incorrect answer choices you’d score more than 40 in each of the section for sure.
Joined: Oct 07, 2012
670 Q50 V33
As soon as I started my Gmat prep I realised that my quant skills were strong but I was completely lost in verbal. In verbal i was scoring well in CR but my accuracy was below 50% in SC. This brought my entire score down. I tried a few prep books but all in vain. Then I came across e-gmat verbal live prep, which was exactly the course I needed.I came to know about eGmat through one of my friend, an ex-student of eGmat, who scored 700+ on “D day”. Convinced with his feedback about the course, I decided to enrol into the program and, trust me, I never regretted my decision.
Strong determination and learnings from the course has helped me and i am confident that i can score atleast V38 this time.
To keep it short, I will share a few key notes:
1.The course does a great job of laying out what you should expect for the test, which is great for those with little to no idea what's on the GMAT. It takes you through each of the various question types for each topic, breaking down various strategies to approach each one. This is ideal as not everyone learns the same, so you can find the method best suited to you and your strengths. Even if you are familiar with the GMAT or are scoring pretty high, the various tips and strategies will provide you with opportunities to bump up your score. Beyond just tips and strategies, it also provides the foundation of knowledge you will need to do well.
2. Well-structured and researched course that helps you to understand key concepts via short videos. Provides quizzes at the end of each chapter to test your understanding of the concept . You can further enrich your learnings though diagnostic test in a timed environment. (I have recently tried verbal scholaranium and really liked quality of the questions. It’s close to patterns followed in past Official questions. Planning to complete it by month end.)
2. This course goes into the basics of sentence building and effectively explains the common errors which gmat tests. This course also simplifies CR concepts and teaches you a knack to effectively read RC passages. In my earlier mock tests my verbal scores ranged from 27 to 35 but now I am consistently hitting 38-40.
3. Webinar are to the point and eye openers. Every time you will discover something new. Mentors guide you to put your learnings from the course into practice and solve official questions by using eGmat approach.
4. Excellent platform to interact and learn from the mentors, who have already championed the game and know the rules. It would be tough to mention all the names but few names that I would like to mention are “Neeti”, “Payal” and “Chiranjeev”. I thank all of them for their patience and guidance during the initials days of enrolment and helping me to get my basics right.
5. Reading Strategies and Width of Practice passages on RC- Another weak area is RC passages from social sciences. While my accuracy was 80-90% on technology and life science essays, it was less than 50% on passages from social sciences. On certain difficult passages, I could get only 1 out of 4 correct, this too without timing myself. Reading Strategies learnt helped me a lot in two aspects. First, I could read and understand passages from different areas without the need of any background, even to understand the meaning of an alien term. Second, not to get stuck on details and focus on the bigger picture (the main point).
6.Scholaranium- This is an amazing platform that focusses on testing ability rather than accuracy. It tracks you performance and has multiple useful features such as sections quizzes and you could also customize a quiz to your needs. This allows you to work on you weak areas and test your improvement.
In short, if you are a non-native speaker then eGmat is the place for you to ace verbal section. You can never go wrong with it.
Will share further experience after I take GMAT.
Joined: Jan 09, 2013
650 Q45 V34
740 Q51 V39
I would like to share my experience with eGMAT verbal live prep course. First, a brief about myself. I am a working professional with a normal job. I end up spending 11 -12 hours out of my house on a normal working day. I normally study 1 hour in the morning and about 1-2 hours in the evening. Thus, I end up doing most of my preparation on the weekend.
English is not a native language for me and I consider myself decently good in quant section. I had realized early on that verbal may be a challenge for me. I attended the free strategy session and decided to focus on quant and hone my skills. I took eGMAT free Quant quiz and could attempt only 17/20 questions but could get 16 on them correct. I tried SC and got only 30%. I evaluated a few other courses and read many reviews online and decided to join eGMAT verbal live.
Now, I spent a lot of time on SC. I found the course very good. All sections detailed concepts from scratch. I followed the routine diligently taking up all sessions, and attempting quizzes before live sessions. And I thought I got a hang of it. I took an ability quiz and got 47%. I got a shock. I sought help from eGMAT guys and they helped me realize my weak areas (although I think the process and response time could have been faster). I worked on weak areas, revised the course once again and most importantly practiced the entire OG again focussing on my weak areas. This time I got 78%. Oops, I missed the 80% mark by 2%.
I have covered CR and RC section as well and scored 67% and 70% in first go itself. I am listing the best features that help me.
1. Small section quizzes. These small feedbacks really help you see your weak areas. At first, I took note of the low scores, read the section again and moved on. But only after completing SC course I could realize that a weak area in the foundation could pull down all related areas.
2. Ability Quiz- The question bank is good with detailed explanations and discussion on most common errors made in the peer group. I have learnt a lot from these.
3. Live sessions- It’s a class room experience online. I like the interface and the way sessions are conducted. Now, you cannot expect to get 100% out of every second. But I would say I really need to interact live with people and see how I perform in a peer group. That keeps me motivated.
Overall, I would recommend eGMAT verbal live to anyone looking to augment their preparation in verbal.
I am in final stages on my preparation and would be focussing on weak areas of Verbal, getting back into practice on quant. I have also marked some days for IR and AWA. I have scheduled my test next month and hoping for the best.
I hope my experience would be useful.
eGMAT Verbal Live Prep- Best Features Reviewed
This is an extension of the review of eGMAT Verbal Live Prep that I had written 3 months ago when I was still preparing for the GMAT. Now that I have taken the GMAT and Scored 740 (Q51, V39), I would like to review the best features of the course and how it helped me to improve from V35 to V39 (first attempt to second attempt).
Link to earlier review --> http://gmatclub.com/reviews/comments/e-gmat-verbal-live-prep-345350838
Link to my GMAT experience --> http://gmatclub.com/forum/from-650-to-740-what-made-the-difference-220133.html#p1696011
Let me come straight to the point, the best features
1. Depth of SC course content- SC being my weakest area, I read many reviews and posts on how to improve on SC. After my first attempt, I knew that I need help to improve beyond a certain point. eGMAT Verbal Live prep did just that. I have spent majority of my course time (almost 4 months on SC). I had to go through the content multiple times to digest some concepts.
2. Focussed study and Focussed testing- This is another area on which the eGMAT course does an excellent job. Every course has individual tests and practice quizzes. You score is reflective of your understanding. I realized the importance of this aspect after I finished all the content once and tried a scholaranium test. I scored only 47% :(. Although, this was an improvement from earlier score of 30%, this was a huge disappointment. After identifying the weak areas, I had to go through the complete course once more and multiple times through the weak areas to get a score of 80% on scholaranium.
3. Internal Forums- I have always appreciated the discussion on GMATClub on different questions and get insight into nuances involved. You get a breadth of knowledge and different opinions and perspectives to the same problem. However, they are sometimes more confusing due to conflictual information available as people debate over a certain question. Internal forums play a vital role in providing detailed and focussed solutions. Many times, I could just search a question and get answer to a doubt since it had already been discussed.
4. Focus on self-study- While this is true for all courses that you would take in life, this is especially true for the GMAT. It is a test YOUR ABILITY, and you can gain only little if you depend on somebody’s effort to teach you content. eGMAT instructors have always stressed on completing all modules and individual quizzes before the live interaction. Believe me, you don’t need more contact time. But its important the you are prepared to extract the most out of the live session.
5. Pre-thinking, the most helpful tool- If I have to tell the one most important technique learnt, it is pre-thinking. Although, I learnt it in CR after SC, I later applied it in RC and SC as well. The basic concept revolves around your ability to understand the question, identify the error (logical gap, assumption, error in SC, etc) and correct the error without looking at the answer choices. It may seem to be a difficult task, but that’s the way to go. Think about it, if you cant identify the error, how could you correct the same. The answer choices are designed to be confusing. Imagine what happens if you jump to answer choices with partial understanding. You could attend one of the free sessions on Pre-thinking by eGMAT.
6. Reading Strategies and Width of Practice passages on RC- Another weak area is RC passages from social sciences. While my accuracy was 80-90% on technology and life science essays, it was less than 50% on passages from social sciences. On certain difficult passages, I could get only 1 out of 4 correct, this too without timing myself. Reading Strategies learnt helped me a lot in two aspects. First, I could read and understand passages from different areas without the need of any background, even to understand the meaning of an alien term. Second, not to get stuck on details and focus on the bigger picture (the main point).
7. Scholaranium- This is an amazing platform that focusses on testing ability rather than accuracy. It tracks you performance and has multiple useful features such as sections quizzes and you could also customize a quiz to your needs. This allows you to work on you weak areas and test your improvement.
8. Expert Support- Last but not the least, there were multiple times in my long association with eGMAT when I needed advice on how to proceed with my preparation. Apart from all technical help, experts at eGMAT have given good support when I needed the most. Specifically, for somebody who took a long time to improve on SC, they have continuously tried to assess objectively and weak areas and helped me improve.
I hope this review would help people struggling with verbal.
Joined: Apr 08, 2016
250 Q23 V6
The CR session that Neeti Sohal clarify is comprehensive and useful. The way to eliminate the wrong answer choice, and see the option that really strengthen and weaken the argument is very clear. Each type of arguments is well-presented so it does support me a lot in the process of pre-thinking and analyses the context more properly and more efficiently. All the concepts are well-structured in the pre-requisites so I can apply these concepts first before coming to the live session to have better application. However, the RC course should provide OG questions to apply each concept to make better understanding.
Joined: Apr 14, 2014
680 Q47 V36
I have been an e-GMAT verbal live prep student. I am a nonnative and have not been good at verbal skills.
I really had a tough time tackling SC & RC questions. One of my friend suggested me e-GMAT course and I must tell you, solving SC and CR questions in the egmat taught style is the way to crack it.
E-GMAT SC course is really amazing. After i completed the course, right away i was able to get 7-8 on 10 questions correct. SC and CR course taught me that GMAT exam is all about ability,really important leasson for Gmat exam, and that is the emphasis during its courses.
The live sessions gives you the real boost and confidence that you are going the right way.
I guess, if you are facing issues in Verbal section,without doubt,go the e-GMAT way!
Joined: Mar 17, 2014
620 Q50 V23
Although i was good at quant , but i was not able to score beyond 48 . E-gmat quant course helped me in two ways :
1. Revise all my quant portion.
2. Increase my score from 48 to 50.
This is definitely a good source to build your concepts and practise. the quant course is exhaustive and I don't think anybody will need any other books apart from the official guide. The UI is very interactive and you don't get bored while working on the course. I would say Egmat guys have developed a new way and innovative way to teaching.
Use this course from the beginning of your prep to gain maximum advantage. Best of Luck!
Joined: Mar 18, 2015
650 Q50 V28
I had been contemplating to write this post for quite some time now. And after putting in months of effort in preparations towards the GMAT, I believe this is the right time to share my views.
I believe that this review is likely to help you guys in deciding on a Quality prep course.
Firstly, I would present a brief background regarding my journey into prep for the GMAT. I took my GMAT on 15 Sep 15 and scored a 650(Q50, V 28), which was way below my target.
After days of self introspection, pondering what went wrong, I arrived at a number of facts that helped me to improve my performance consistently over the next few months in the Verbal section, without letting the guard down in the Quant.
The greatest reason for my respectable quant score was PRACTICE and ONLY PRACTICE. There is no greater GURU MANTRA to the fact that PRACTICE makes you PERFECT or at least pushes you to closer to your target score. The fact that I never felt comfortable with Verbal made me sway towards my stronger sections(Quant). Sometimes, I felt that I would rather attempt four Quant sections back to back rather than face one Verbal section. Thus, I inferred the only reason for my low Verbal Score was lack of practice.
I had read some great reviews for the E Gmat Verbal Live prep course and I chose the same as a companion in the prep journey. Looking back I feel that, it was a right decision to enroll for the course and the results seem much apparent now. Not only have I developed a stronger accuracy but also developed an understanding on the concepts tested. I strongly recommend the course to anyone out there contemplating on “which course to choose”. I recommend the course because of the following reasons:-
A) Concept Building. The course is very well structured and the concepts that are taught in the course do not leave any page unturned. At the end of the course one is equipped with all the ammunition one needs to attack the real test.
B) Live sessions. This is probably the most useful feature which help one bridge one’s gap in prethinking. These sessions add such an intangible skill to one’s approach to question that it cannot be over emphasized.
C) Scholorarium. This question bank is a resourceful tool that takes one further closer to a great score by ensuring adequate QUALITY practice.
D) Commendable customer support. The E-Gmat team is a great team. They were keen in addressing any issues faced by me in the quickest possible time. The company accords priority to students over business. So it has been a very satisfactory experience for me.
My last words of advice are as follows. Its true that Practice is important but it’s very important to remember that GMAT is a time bomb. Had one had an entire day, one would have scored a perfect 800. But working in time pressure is equally important. Therefore :-
(a) Practice to build accuracy first and not timing.
(b) Practice till prethinking becomes a second nature to you.
(c) If you are starting to prepare, don’t pick up “Wren and Martin”(I see many of my friends doing that). It’s a waste of time. The content of the course is adequate to get you to your dream score.
(d) Building concepts is as equally important as practice, so ensure that all gaps in your understanding are addressed before moving to scholorarium.
(e) Don’t let your guard down in your strongest areas. For example if you are good in Quant or Sentence correction, don’t stop practicing them but maintain your accuracy in those sections. You will realize that concentrating on your strengths will help you save time in the test for the difficult sections.
(f) Lastly, consistency is the key, practice daily and “Thou shalt fathom the unbelievable”
Joined: Oct 15, 2014
640 Q47 V31
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I am a non-native speaker from India working in an IT firm. The idea of giving GMAT struck me last year, looking at the options and prospects that open post MBA. Being from an engineering background, I was thrilled looking at the Quant syllabus and the difficulty level of the question in GMAT. I was quite sure I would definitely nail this exam , provided I put some extra efforts in the verbal section; something I felt I was not that confident about compared to the Quant section.
For the next 2 weeks, I skimmed through various blogs, portals, etc and planned a timeline of 3 months for myself, which I felt would be sufficient for me to crack the GMAT. Being a working professional, i was sure I would need minimum of this much time to cover and master the entire syllabus.
Quant was never an area of concern, so I just focused on the verbal section. I used the whole Manhattan series to cover the portion. To my utter dismay, I was still stuck in the early 600s in my mocks, even after going through all the concepts and practicing the OG completely. After 3 months of rigorous efforts, finally the date of exam arrived, and the result was no different from what the mocks indicated. Scored a 640(V28, Q49) I was completely demoralized and shaken, as I had never imagined I would end up scoring so poorly even after so much of efforts.
Post GMAT, I tried but couldn't stay away from analyzing what exactly went wrong in the process. I came across the forum, where I found reviews about eGMAT and stories very much similar to mine and how eGMAT helped students to make their GMAT dream come true. I signed up for one of their free trial lectures that happen on the weekend. The class was enough for me to realize that I fell short at so many places, even in an easy concept(atleast I thought so) like subject verb agreement. It completely made me look at GMAT exam from a different perspective. I couldn't wait , so I immediately reached out to Mr. Rajat from eGMAT, to discuss on queries regarding GMAT, and that very conversation on mail gave me the comfort feeling.
I immediately signed up for the Verbal Live Prep, that also guaranteed a point improvement guarantee , which no other programs or courses gives you. There are few things which I realized as the course progressed:
1.) Its not the amount of effort that matters, but the quality of learning . The study material is very enlightening and high on quality. I was surprised that there were so many things I had missed out in my 1st attempt.
2.) Heavy emphasis on application of concepts. The application files are phenomenal. There is so much of original practice questions, very similar to the GMAT level. Something that you wont find anywhere else on net except the GMAC OG.
3.)Flexibility due to access to video lectures online.
4.) Great support and concept clearing by eGMAT team. The weekend sessions and workshop are real eye openers with the discussions that take place. Lot of concepts get cleared.
5.) The whole team is so helpful and make you feel that they have taken up as their personal goal to make sure you cross the 700 mark.
6.) Scholaranium is such a value addition.
I have already raised my score from V28 to V36 consistently in mocks and plan to touch the 39-40 mark as I feel even this is do-able with eGMATs course material and support.
I just felt that this review would be very much helpful for all those like me still wondering where they went wrong. This course is an investment for your future, I believe.
Would let all of you know how I performed in my final GMAT. I still have a month left for that.
Joined: Jan 10, 2015
700 Q50 V34
Getting the E-Gmat course was perhaps the best decision of my future MBA career. I scored a GMAT 640 in my first attempt with a Verbal score of 28. I could have increased my verbal score to 30+ on my own but I wanted to have a more clear understanding of the verbal concepts tested on the GMAT. SC was the weakest point for me and I knew that to score well overall, I had to tackle SC.
SC classes were amazing and the video lectures helped me understand the minute grammar concepts really well.
The best thing about this course were the live lectures. Amazing discussions used to happen during the class and we were thoroughly tested on our concepts.
Neeti Mam's class on CR helped me a lot in understanding the concepts tested in GMAT CR section.
I recommend every non-native speaker to try this course once for your GMAT preparation. It will definitely make you a better writer and a better GMAT test-taker.