Payal Tandon
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Company: e-GMAT
Packages: e-GMAT Verbal Live Prep   e-GMAT Quant Live Prep   e-GMAT Verbal Online  
Locations: Online  

“If you take on a task, give it your 200%, or else don’t take that task on at all”. This is what Payal often tells her students, her team members, and even her daughter.

A perfectionist to the core, she gives everything her best without cutting any corners. No wonder she has been a topper throughout her academics. She was the topper (the absolute topper, not just 99 percentile) in the 12th grade State of Haryana board exam taken by more than 1 million people.

Pursing her passion of making learning effective and enjoyable, Payal is constantly thinking of better ways to impart skills to people – whether it is how to read a passage more efficiently, how to deconstruct a sentence, or how to train other experts. At e-GMAT, Payal oversees curriculum development, expert training, and all operational activities. In a nutshell, she is committed to the success of all e-GMAT-ers.

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Payal Tandon's Reviews
GMAT Course Review
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     By Smlvyyam 0
Verified Score:

740

Q50

V40

Improvement:

80 Points

Verbal:     
This review is for: e-GMAT Verbal Live Prep
Location: Online
Consultant: Payal Tandon

First time I had to face GMAT was in December 2016. Because of the illness I was left with only 2 weeks for practicing before the exam day. I was always good at Math, but the Verbal part seemed too challenging for me to handle. Nevertheless, I pushed myself to the limit during those 2 weeks and at the day of the exam saw a moderate score on the screen – 640 (Q49, V27). I applied to some MBA programs, but the ones I chose were too good to grant a place to a guy with such a score.
After this failure, I realized that if I want to score 700+, I need to improve my Verbal skills. I surfed the Internet and found out that a bunch of test-takers recommended that e-GMAT program be taken in order to hone one’s abilities to solve verbal questions, especially SC problems. So I enrolled.
I took the Verbal Live Prep course. I was provided with a list of materials that I needed to learn each day and instructed when and how to participate in online classes, which, by the way, are free of charge.
Firstly, I started the SC course, which helped me to brush up my knowledge of English grammar as well as to learn new things that are crucial for mastering SC questions. Most of all I liked the way in which the course is organized: first the concept of each theme is thoroughly explained with the use of video materials, than subject related tests are provided. Also, respective OG questions and answers are provided. The way in which e-GMAT team provides knowledge helped me increase the accuracy of solving SC questions up to 84 % from 50 % in about 3 weeks.
After finishing the SC course I started to practice the Critical Reasoning (CR). I easily handled this course with the help of both e-GMAT video lessons and Manhattan Prep’s study book. The only thing that I can say is that both materials helped me a lot by providing slightly different techniques of problem solving. I just want to mention that e-GMAT also has Q&A, which was very useful in many cases. When I finished the CR course the number of wrong answers decreased to about 13-15 %.
My last section was Reading Comprehension (RC). The best thing I liked in it is that e-GMAT team really tried its best to make RC questions the easiest ones to solve. Before the course I did not like RC part, as I thought of it as the toughest one. However, with the help of e-GMAT lessons now I know how to answer different types of RC questions without wasting time. Moreover, the course provides tips that help to stay interested and focused whether or not a test taker likes the topic.
A week ago I took my first mock test in GMAT PREP app and guess my happiness when I saw the result of all this learning – a 720 score. My Quant score was 50, and the Verbal one was 38 ! I plan to take another exam at the end of August and this time I aim at 740. Thanks to e-GMAT, the score that once seemed unreachable is closer than ever before !

UPDATE
3 weeks after I wrote this review I took my GMAT exam. My score was exactly 740 (Q50, V40) !

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GMAT Course Review
Journey from 660 to 730
August 08 | 2017
1 out of 1 people found the following review helpful
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     By adios77 1
Self-reported Score:

730

Q49

V41

Improvement:

70 Points

Verbal:     
This review is for: e-GMAT Verbal Live Prep
Location: Online
Consultant: Payal Tandon

Hi Guys,

I gave my GMAT on July 14 and scored 730 (q49 v41).
I improved from 660 (q48 v33) that I got in 2015, when I had no clue on how to crack the verbal section. I used to attempt Verbal using how it sounds and more often than not I used to get it wrong. On the quants side, I had scored 48 and knew that I can improve it with more practice.

In my pursuit to crack verbal, I discovered eGmat about a year ago and realized that there is a method to crack verbal. I took the verbal online prep to begin with but after attending a few live prep free sessions, I upgraded to live prep course. I was a major procastinator as I never got myself to sincerely prepare for the exam till Feb-Mar 2017.

I finally took up eGmat seriously in April 2017 and worked on it during the weekends. The best part about the course was that I could immediately access the live sessions to fast forward the sections as I was running short of time. I went through the entire course content in about two months spending about 7-10 hours per week largely during weekends.

I know people say that you should work with just one prep company to save conflicting approaches but I would advise against this single prep company approach. I actually used resources from three different sources and took GMAT Prep mock test to ensure that I am on track.

To put some context, I am an Indian Finance Professional with technical undergrad degrees and work 60 hour weeks in the Investment Management industry. I am listing out the resources that helped me achieve 730:

Verbal:
1. Foundation was built on solid eGmat course material
2. SC and CR was further improved using separate set of books that I got from a friend who had cracked 770!
3. Practiced only the medium difficulty and high difficulty questions from Scholaranium
4. RC practiced from Aristotle RC 99 (only medium difficulty passages)

Quant:
5. I did the basics from eGmat and practiced a little bit from the OG book
6. Data Sufficiency book of Veritas Prep - Most amazing resource that I have ever come across that explains strategies in the most beautiful manner - MUST STUDY FOR ANYONE WHO IS STRUGGLING WITH DS!
7. GMAT club tests for improving PS and DS skills by practicing only medium and high difficulty questions

Few take-aways for approaching the exam if anybody has significant time for preparation:

1. Build a strong foundation of Conceptual knowledge - I would suggest eGmat for verbal and to a certain extent for quants too but supplemented with Bunuel posts

2. Evaluate yourself using the 800 score tests (free with eGmat) to check the difficulty level and chapters where you are failing to answer correctly

3. Do focussed practice of the weak areas while simultaneously keeping in touch with the strong areas

4. Ensure that you study daily atleast in the last three weeks to the exam - I used to wake up at 6am and put in about three hours of study in the day split as below:
> (RC) An hour before leaving for office,
> (CR) About half hour while traveling,
> (Quants) Another hour post office work,
> (CR) Half hour while traveling back home,
> (SC) About an hour before calling it a day.
If you notice, I used to ensure that I go through all the subjects in a day, it helps to make your brain agile to tackle all the subjects in the actual exam. Please note that all this was happening while I had a demanding 12 hour job so you need to be kind of driven to take out time for studies.

5. Use ONLY GMAT Prep mock test in the last three weeks for evaluation of progress near the exam date. I got disastrous results when I took mocks of prep companies during my preparation even though I was confident of cracking 40 in verbal. The progress through the final month provided below:

Veritas - 18 Jun - 660 (q46 v35)
800Score - 25 Jun - 700 (q47 v38)
800Score - 26 Jun - 650 (q48 v31)

> Then purchased two exam packs of official GMAT Prep
GMAT Prep Exam Pack 1 - 1 Jul - 750 (q50 v41)
Veritas - 2 Jul - 650 (q45 V34)

> Bought Manhattan tests just to figure out if any test prep co gives any worthwhile comparison
Manhattan - 8 Jul - 650 (q42 v37)
GMAT Prep Exam Pack 2 - 9 Jul - 710 (q49 v36)

Actual GMAT - 14 Jul - 730 (q49 v41)
Coincidentally average of the two GMAT Prep mock test scores!

If you notice, all the mock tests by test prep companies gave a severely deflated result largely due to significant time management issues, which was not the case with any of the GMAT Prep mock tests.

Anyways, I used to give mock tests during weekends and study during the week according to the outcome and focus on improving my skills of solving difficult questions. I have to say that Scholaranium helped me a lot in improving my SC and CR to achieve an accuracy that I had not expected out of myself.

I also wish to thank eGmat for providing me access to GMAT club tests and question bank, which helped me improve my quants.

I would have preferred to study for a week or so because I knew I lacked dedicated practice but I had to meet the minimum hygiene levels and move onto applications.
Result - GMAT score of 730.

I hope some of you find this useful to plan your studies. Please pm me if you have any questions and I will try to address them as soon as possible (currently completely tied up with applications).

Best,
Aditya

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GMAT Course Review
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     By rohitsaxena00 20 6
Self-reported Score:

600

Q48

V24

Improvement:

60 Points

Quant:     
This review is for: e-GMAT Quant Live Prep
Location: Online
Consultant: Payal Tandon

Quant by eGMAT is the most methodological quant course available on the market. They rightfully give a score improvement guarantee for the course. I increased my actual GMAT score from Q42 to Q46 ie by 6 point when they only give a guarantee of 4 points. And that too when i had only done the theory part of their course and did not take even a single mock.

It made the most difficult of concepts easy to understand and solve question systematically and with ease of a process. No tricks. No shortcuts.

Payal Tandon & Rajat Tandon are the most helpful teachers you will come across on the internet.

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GMAT Course Review
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     By sandyacegmat 6 1
Self-reported Score:

570

Improvement:

N/A

Quant:     
This review is for: e-GMAT Quant Live Prep
Location: Online
Consultant: Payal Tandon

E-GMAT is the best online course that I have come across. Those who need to clearly understand the math concepts then E-GMAT is the course for you undoubtedly. The concepts covered have immensely helped in my preparation.

The best thing is the sample questions that are given after each concept to firm up your learning and the volume of questions in Scholaranium. The level of question range from easy to hard giving you the flexibility of choosing the difficulty level using custom quiz, which I have used the most in Scholaranium to track my improvement.

Another best thing about E-GMAT is the feedback that you get from the instructors, who have been very quick in responding to every query and their responses have been very detail too.

My quant accuracy and ability have improved since I started using E-GMAT course and I have my actual exam in 4 weeks time, but I want to give this feedback on the course so that it might help those who are still wandering about the right course to choose to ace the verbal.

Definitely I recommend to those who are looking for a self paced course with good question bank to practice.

Thanks!

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GMAT Course Review
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     By Sandesh0476 1
Self-reported Score:

660

Q49

V31

Improvement:

N/A

Verbal:     
This review is for: e-GMAT Verbal Live Prep
Location: Online
Consultant: Payal Tandon

Hi All,

I had the subscription for both GMAT online and GMAT verbal live prep programs offered by e-gmat.

The most important thing I liked was their course content ,which has been split into little chunks. This makes it very easy to focus on the weak areas and learn the concepts thoroughly. They also have a pre-assessment and a post assessment quizzes before/after each lecture that helps you gauge your existing and improved skill level.
The responses to various posts both in the forum is quite impressive. In many cases , I used to post content in order to check my understanding . So it kind of gives a feeling like you're in a classroom program.

The scholaranium is a tool that I used most extensively. This has helped a lot in checking your current ability and fixing the same. They have certain really tough questions which test your core concepts in a very different way. This is particularly helpful for people who would want tough questions to practice so that they are ready to face them when the actual GMAT test throws one.

They have included a lot of grammatical nuances that are rarely tested in GMAT . This for sure helps you if you're shooting for V40+.

I have certainly improved a lot from my existing skill level as the course made me look at the approach in a new light.

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GMAT Course Review
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     By maheshnandan 0
Self-reported Score:

710

Q49

V36

Improvement:

50 Points

Verbal:     
This review is for: e-GMAT Verbal Live Prep
Location: Online
Consultant: Payal Tandon

I am a non-native English speaker and verbal section was my weak area. After several months of preparation I scored a 660 (v31, Q49) on GMAT. I felt like the score didn't do justice to my preparation and I could do better. I prepared for another 3 months and this time focussed exclusively on verbal. I used MGMAT, Official guides, Kaplan, PowerScore, GMAT club verbal guide, and various resources in GMAT club for my preparation. I thought I was well prepared this time, but I wasn't. When I was attempting SC, I had no idea what the question was trying to test me on. RCs on exam were so much more difficult than what I practiced. I would read the passage, not grasp much, re-read it, this time feeling tensed and not grasp much either. I would continue in this loop until I was panicking and feeling frustrated on why the passages were so difficult. I scored another 660 (v28, Q51 ). In spite of preparing verbal exclusively I actually scored lower. At this point anyone would realize he needs help, but not me. After another 8 months I started preparing for GMAT again. Long story short I prepared for another 3-4 months (pretty much only verbal) and scored 650. I wanted to give up but at this point I had nothing to lose in giving another attempt. So I decided to take classes from E-GMAT.

I chose E-GMAT because I went through several articles on GMAT club by Payal and Shraddha during my verbal preparation and really liked their approach. I could only spend 2 months for preparation before my next attempt.

In these 2 months I learnt more than what I learnt in 2 years since I started preparing for GMAT. I considerably changed my approach in all three sections on verbal. Scholaranium is the best resource for practice that I have seen so far. The RC passages were as difficult as I found in the exam. I scored 700 in my next attempt. I am happy with my score, but just regret not having registered sooner to E-GMAT. I can't help but think that I might have scored better had I spent more time using E-GMAT for my preparation.

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GMAT Course Review
Best Verbal Course
July 17 | 2017
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     By ishinandan 0
Self-reported Score:

730

Q50

V40

Improvement:

200 Points

Verbal:     
This review is for: e-GMAT Verbal Live Prep
Location: Online
Consultant: Payal Tandon

A year back ,i started thinking seriously about the GMAT. The greatest struggle for me was verbal section. While i was doing self study ,i got correct answers by intuition which made me even more dubious about my good score in GMAT. I started searching for good stuff and fortunately bumped into e-gmat review on gmat club.The gmat verbal online course provided me with a great base to start with. My concepts expecially in SC significantly improved. In addition Scholaranium helped in identifying weak areas and improve timing. Above all , the Scholaranium questions were pertinent to the actual GMAT test unlike those of many other online test preparation courses. The algorithms used in questions selection is great and just what the student required. This gave me the flexibility of choosing the right kind and number of questions as per requirement.

Would recommend this course as a must have to all those who are serious about getting a good GMAT score and to all those who are struggling with verbal section most.You can make it possible with your dedication and with the help of E-GMAT.

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GMAT Course Review
0 out of 1 people found the following review helpful
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     By DasAshish1 3 2
Self-reported Score:

680

Q49

V32

Improvement:

200 Points

Verbal:     
This review is for: e-GMAT Verbal Live Prep
Location: Online
Consultant: Payal Tandon

I have started my GMAT Prep before 7 month.Initially when i was looking for some material to study, however it was really confusing.My initial score was 470 as well.I had a feelng like i cannot improve on my quant score however i was really wondering on RC ,CR and SC with pretty average application skill.

Then, my friend introduced me to e-GMAT and I cannot thank him enough for having done that. After a 6 month long break, I felt the need to go over SC and CR concepts as well and the videos provided by e-GMAT made them a whole lot of fun. I would stay up till late night, watching the videos, almost like I'd be watching movies. They were light and helped me brush up my concepts very well. I had read someone's review about making handwritten notes while watching videos and then transferring those onto notepad at the end of each day as that would not only help you revise, but also create a handy notebook for you to skim through while you're on the move. This tip helped me a lot and I would really recommend it to others as well.

The CR and RC videos were really helpful . e-GMAT provides you a number of key strategies that you must keep in mind while reading through the arguments. The one strategy that worked wonders for me was "to get immersed" in everything. These strategies seem very time consuming in the beginning, but within no time, you start to internalise them.

The other thing that I absolutely loved about the VLP was the scholaranium. Since I knew that RC and SC was my weak point, I had decided to do atleast 4 passages every day, along with 20 SCs and 20 CRs. I am yet to give my GMAT now which is already scheduled on August 21st. Now I am feeling confident and hope to get a score more that 700 .
Thank you e-GMAT once again and thanks to all those who read my review till the very end. I hope I was able to motivate a few of you out there like me, who may have totally given up on verbal.

All the best to you all !!

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GMAT Course Review
Verbal for non natives
July 11 | 2017
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     By shubham2312 18 1
Self-reported Score:

620

Q48

V28

Improvement:

N/A

Verbal:     
This review is for: e-GMAT Verbal Live Prep
Location: Online
Consultant: Payal Tandon

As you can understand from the title of my review that my 1st language is not English, I bumped onto e gmat course after doing much of research and getting great reviews from almost everyone.
I would like to suggest everyone egmat SC and Scolorium is highly useful. As a team member they are highly active in support and easily reachable even during the online sessions. Egmat pre thinking approach is highly useful for GMAT not only for cr but also for SC and rc.

There online resources are best source for practice because every question has been selected after considerable discussion moreover the explanations are on lines with the Gmac.

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GMAT Course Review
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     By kamal108555 22 22
Self-reported Score:

690

Q49

V36

Improvement:

50 Points

Verbal:     
This review is for: e-GMAT Verbal Live Prep
Location: Online
Consultant: Payal Tandon

I will get straight to the topic.

Bought the verbal live prep last year around the same time combining with a friend of mine. In the initial stages did not use it much but after that the videos became a habit.
Video tutorials are pretty good, in depth and quite interactive. Julio will become you best mate after some time :)
Additional pdfs are pretty awesome too and they basically covers all the exceptions to the GMAT verbal rules.

The best part of the complete course was the scholaranium. I used it extensively during my prep. This particular feature is a must have.

Now some negative aspects. Live course was pretty much a waste. I dont think it is worth the money. I made a mistake initially by opting for the costliest one.
Reason i am saying this is the live prep session is too slow to follow. This happens because there are students of every level and hence the session is slow.

So i would suggest to go with the Online course and enjoy the studies. And yes, a must have for non-native speakers.

Cheers!!

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