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Joined: Sep 28, 2015
740 Q50 V40
EMPOWERgmat helped me earn 740, the 97th percentile.
On my first GMAT Prep test I scored a 520, and although I was kind of terrified, I learned that that was actually better than the average starting score, which made me feel a lot better. I set about following the 3 month study plan with an obsession. I think the thing that made the biggest difference is understanding that to get good at answering GMAT questions, and working the adaptive CAT, you have to build specialized skills.
Here are the skills from the course, and my own reflections that enabled me to get a 740:
+Double check - Especially on the questions you know you can do. Early on, I missed way too many questions I because I made stupid, idiot mistakes. Rather than just hitting my head against the desk, I reflected on what bad habits were causing those mistakes. Before you click “next”, double check.
+The test measures thoroughness. If the question says, n > 2, don’t just think 3, consider 2.1.
+Attention to detail - When you read a question, read it carefully enough to catch exactly what it’s asking for because they’ve got a brutal punisher answer waiting for you otherwise
+Spotting the gaps - This is especially helpful in CR, and DS. In Empower, they teach about the 3 common flaws/assumptions: 1-No other factors, 2-Success, 3-Relevance. In every CR argument, you can count on at least one of them, and you’ll know how to answer every assumption, strengthen, weaken, and evaluate the argument question. In DS, knowing what’s missing makes finding the right answer a lot more direct, and sort of takes the mystery out of it.
+Being in control when you read - It's way to easy to race through the content as you read, but I'm sure you noticed that when you don't race, you're far more accurate. For me at least, it was night and day. The only way to perform at my best is to read with careful, slow, high engagement.
You should also follow EMPOWERgmat's rules to picking your best score really carefully. That changed everything for me.
I owe EMPOWERgmat everything for sharing this strategy, and I hope that others can benefit from the system the same way I did.
The course did it all. It teaches the content, the tactics, and the x-factors, and for a fraction of the price of other courses.
Taking EMPOWERgmat is like leasing a Rolls Royce for $99 month. It feels like it's too good to be true, but it's for real. You'd have to be nuts to take another course.
Joined: Sep 01, 2015
There are many GMAT Courses out there but very few deliver a high-quality product along with superb customer service. EmpowerGMAT has been very supportive of my GMAT journey. They've answered all my questions and delivered on their promise to make sure that I'm well equipped to conquer the GMAT. I had a family emergency which took me away from GMAT studies. Instead of charging me for time that I was not using, Empower helped me stay on track with my goal and gave me more time. I've really enjoyed following their study plans and working with the program. I can see the improvement in my score and confidence with the exam. They are an excellent choice!
Joined: Aug 23, 2015
750 Q50 V41
I want to start off by saying I like to do things my way. I’ve never needed help and I’ve never asked for it. I self-studied on the SAT and scored 2270, I also self-studied on the ACT and scored 34, and I was convinced that I could self-study to a high score on the GMAT. Totally wrong. I had to paint myself into a corner (which was really embarrassing at the time) and eventually suck it up and ask for help to hit my goals.
Back at the end of February, I started off with Official downloadable material, the Manhattan books, the Kaplan Premiere book (and the CATs that came with those books) and the 2015 Official Guide.
After a month of light study and two months of consistent study, I was scoring okay – low 600s on all my CATs, but I had a pacing problem in every section (except for the essay) and I just couldn’t get past 640.
After looking through all the major company offerings and trying out the freebies, I chose Empowergmat. I like the way their guys teach everything – they make it all seem really easy and they exposed me to a lot subtle strategies and insider tips that I hadn’t realized on my own.
I chose the Total Score Booster Plan but gave myself 2 months to work on it since I knew I wanted to do some extra work on sentence corrections and reading comp to raise my verbal score. I picked up 50 points in the first 3 weeks and consistently scored above 700, including on both the Exam Pack CATs.
After following the course plan, the official GMAT felt like a formality – I knew what to expect, so when I took the test I just did what I was trained to do. The whole test felt ‘good’ and none of the problems that had plagued me in my earlier CATs happened. When the score came up, I wanted to scream with excitement, but I kept my cool, said goodbye to the lady, and quietly walked out with the best GMAT score I’d ever earned ON THE REAL THING! I owe it to Empowergmat. I’m recommending it to everyone.
My advice for anyone who feels like they’re just not improving: Books can be great to get exposure to the GMAT and practice questions, but they are limited in what they can offer. Empower made the difference.
Joined: Jul 12, 2015
720 Q44 V44
When I decided to study for the GMAT, I knew that I needed personalized instruction at an affordable cost. I wanted to supplement my book study with an online, on-demand resource which would provide me some of the techniques and answers that could not be gleaned from self-study. I started my study with a 670 diagnostic test, and I scored a 720 just four weeks later. EMPOWERgmat proved to be the perfect resource.
EMPOWERgmat is an incredibly affordable option which personalizes your study by providing multiple bite-sized chunks in the topics that you want to learn. It requires you to be an active participant in your learning. This style is not for everyone, but after studying for other standardized test, I believe that active studying is the key to test prep mastery. For me, I could optimize my busy schedule with mini-lessons in the topics that confused me. I could ignore or skim the lessons that I had mastered. EMPOWERgmat gives you the perfect tricks and techniques, taught by master teachers in mini-videos, after you attempt real practice problems. EMPOWERgmat relies on the Official Guide questions, which allows you to re-visit some of these questions for a second or third time, but under a different focus. Here, EMPOWERgmat teachers will teach you the most efficient, more effective way to answer these questions. Mastering their techniques will allow you to replicate this success on test day.
My main criticism of this program was the last of Computer Adaptive Tests ("CATs") included in the program. Purchasing these CATs separately increased the price, but only marginally, and the overall cost for this study method was still much cheaper than many competing options. The next step is for EMPOWERgmat to include CATs in its program; I would gladly pay extra with this additional perk.
Overall, EMPOWERgmat is right for you if you like to customize your studying, learn tricks from the masters of the GMAT, and save money for your celebratory champagne. Thanks, EMPOWERgmat, for helping me into the 700+ Club.
Joined: Jul 22, 2015
EMPOWERgmat changed everything for me. I used to be terrified of the quantitative section. I'd look at a question and be absolutely stumped and wonder if I was ever going to get a score that would get me into one of my target business schools. I was looking at UCLA, USC and Berkeley, and at one point I even thought about giving up altogether.
Initially, I took another course, and I don't want to be mean so I want to say the name, but I felt like it did nothing for me other than drain my bank account by $1000.
Somebody at work told me that they use EMPOWERgmat and said I was a fool for not using it. I finally gave it a shot, and as funny as it is to say the EMPOWERgmat literally changed my life.
Rich Cohen is a larger-than-life personality. And that personality comes through in the recordings in the EMPOWERgmat course. The course is broken down into 5 stages and by the time I was done with stage 1 I already I knew that things were entirely different. Stage 1 teaches you the tactics tested and test the answers in triage, that alone laid a foundation that started to change my score immediately.
I have to say the hardest thing was actually getting in the habit of not being so boneheaded about the questions and actually putting the tactics to work. Changing habits is a lot easier said than done so that's where I spend a lot of my time but it made such a difference. My quantitative score went from 39 to 49, and keep in mind I'm not an engineer or financial analyst. I'm still in shock that I was able to make it happen. EMPOWERgmat I can't thank you enough!!!
I'm a 100% convert, and am talking just like my buddy at work. DON'T BE A FOOL! Take EMPOWERgmat!
Joined: May 06, 2015
If you're considering taking a course for the GMAT, take EMPOWERgmat. I had a chance to feel around with the other courses, and EMPOWERgmat is AWESOME!
I underestimated the test at first. I ordered the GMAT Official Guide, and downloaded the official tests, and was foolhardy about how the GMAT was going to play out. I can tell you exactly why I felt that way too. I tried a few questions here and there and I got most of them right, so I naturally tried to extrapolate "I got this!". No, I didn't. I ate it, and wasted about 2 or 3 weeks doing unstructured practice questions out of the Official Guide, and my 2nd practice test score was almost exactly the same (490 and 500). It was so deflating.
I needed more structure. I signed up for the EMPOWERgmat and now I want to tell the whole world about it. AWESOME! If you're serious about beating the GMAT then you need to add that program to your arsenal now. My confidence grew right from the start. From the intro all the way up to the last lesson, you feel you've had a team of GMAT ninjas with you the whole way.
Final Score: 740 Q47 V45 IR6
General Things That Helped Me Improve On Quant
Quant was by far my biggest concern. I did okay in financial accounting in college, but that's about it for me for the last 5 years. I started out in the low 30s, so I needed a serious upgrade on quant. I followed the EMPOWERgmat program systematically, so I built up my math background and strategy concurrently. I also spent a lot of time investigating my mistakes and watching the explanation videos religiously. I shed stupid old habits like getting caught up on a question for 7 minutes, and was instead saved by triage. I learned that in many questions, algebra is for suckers and that the test it tactic is so much faster.
General Things That Helped Me Crush Verbal
Here are the things that I worked on methodically to crush GMAT Verbal:
- Not skimming. I've read about some people who advocate reading certain sections of a passage, or getting too hung up on keywords. I think that's dumb. There are way too many questions you just couldn't answer if you skim. I paid crazy attention to everything I read. I pretended that the clock wasn't even running when I read, even during the real test. The surprising thing is that although it felt like I was moving slower, my pacing was actually a little bit better because I was able to cut out a lot of re-reading. Most importantly, the amount of interest that I put into the prompts and passages felt really good. There's a certain sense of comprehension that I know if I can get, I'm going to nail the question and the more I’m interested, the more I feel like I can grasp the material.
- I also think it's important to use all of your time, and resist the urge to try to finish early, and invest it in the right places.
- With RC and CR I had a bit of an odd situation because I prepped a little for the LSAT when I was in college. Since I still had those books, they gave me some extra practice, but LSAT CR and RC are noticeably harder than GMAT CR and RC and there were a lot of things I saw in the LSAT materials that never showed up in my GMAT practice (and not on the GMAT either). I went from 31 to consistently 42 or better consistently on my practice CATs, and even as high as 45 on Exam Pack 1. I’d say that was really due to using the right tactics tough. The CR box, and RC ladder helped to make CR and RC really easy to manage.
- You want to get to a point where you know exactly what each type of CR and RC question wants you to do, and that you know the patterns of the wrong answers. At first it might seem like a blur, but you want to get to a point that you just know what kind of information you're looking for.
- You have to know your SC errors cold and you know how to identify each one from the answers and the original sentence itself.
If you take EMPOWER, you'll crush the GMAT too. You'd have to try not to. I can't say enough good things.
Joined: May 15, 2015
EMPOWERgmat blew away my expectations. The lessons were upbeat, and well empowering. I dug the teaching style so much that I'd easily say that Max and Rich are among the best instructors I've experienced including in college.
What's so cool about the course is that they were successful in bottling their confidence building personalities in the lesson videos so you catch on to their way of thinking about the test. I could hear Rich in my head saying, "You need to Triage this question.", or Max saying "What errors do you see in the 5 second scan?"
I can't thank you enough. You've given me a score that makes me a competitor at my top 3 schools.
You guys are rockstars! Also, Brian, thanks for the excellent support throughout.
Joined: Apr 27, 2015
A note about me: I'm a brand marketing strategist, and I'd like to pursue an MBA from either Kellogg, or Wharton. I had a window of time between projects to "knock the GMAT", but it's just not that simple. I totally underestimated this thing at first.
The naive early days: I bought the 2015 GMAT Official Guides and thought that would be enough. The OG questions are obviously the best quality questions, but the explanations are usually insultingly useless. Here's an example: "(D) is awkward and ungrammatical". Are you kidding me? How about an explanation why? Why is it awkward, specifically? Why is it ungrammatical, specifically? So frustrating.
Result: 480 Diagnostic test with GMAT Prep free software.
Early conclusion: I needed a more comprehensive plan, with more structure, and most importantly, I knew there just had to be a more methodical way. I realized the importance of having a clear tactic to take with each question type, and the importance of really great explanations for every question type on the GMAT.
From there, he's what worked!
Some people might be able to self-prep, and that's fine for them, but getting the right MBA is too important to me to take chances. My thinking is if I'm going to spend $200,000 getting an MBA, I can afford to spend a few hundred dollars to help get in to the right school. I checked out sample videos for every course I could to get a sense for the best style, including e-GMAT, Magoosh, GMAT Pill, on and on. I liked EMPOWERgmat. It seemed to have the best teaching style. Here's where I went to compare all of the samples in one place, and I think you'll see what I mean: http://gmatclub.com/forum/free-trials-master-list-of-all-free-gmat-course-trials-196374.htm
How I used EMPOWERgmat: I downloaded the 2 Month Study Plan PDF (you can download it here: https://www.empowergmat.com/the-course/ ), and signed up. EMPOWERgmat was excellent, and here's specifically why;
• There are video explanations for every question, including the GMAT Official Guide. Even though I already did the official questions, doing them again and watching these videos was night and day. The explanations are super, super thorough and helpful. It's like getting inside of the brain of a GMAT Jedi. It just clicked for me.
• The course doesn't just emphasize content, or tactics, it emphasizes both. Having gone through the process, I don't think it's possible to beat the GMAT with only one. You need both. The course got me up to speed on the content (arguments, proper reading techniques, geometry, math rules, SC rules, etc.), and blew me away with how powerful the tactics are (the RC ladder, triage, test it, the CR box, the 5 second scan, etc.). I'd say that the content probably got me up to a 550 or so, and the tactics helped me secure the 720.
• It's on demand, so I was able to train on my terms
• The price is ridiculous. $99 per month is crazy reasonable. I was even thinking about spending $1000 for a course. In retrospect, that probably would have been throwing money down the drain
• Important: I committed to exactly following the study plan, and I think it's really important to follow the plan exactly as laid out. I'm not sure it would have worked as well had I deviated, especially on verbal.
Realistic practice GMATs: As per Rich and Max's advice, I always took full practice GMATs with the AWA and IR sections, at 8 AM to match the same time of day as my real test. I always took my practice GMATs on a Sunday morning so I could practice Saturday, and then review the test Sunday afternoon with the EMPOWERgmat Mistake Tracker tool. I found the tracker indispensable to help isolate and target patterns in my mistakes. My scores hovered in the mid-500s for a while, then I shot through the 600s. My best practice GMAT was a 730, so I was right in line on the real thing.
All said and done: Even though I didn't end up clobbering quant, I'm OK with the results, especially hitting the 96th percentile on verbal and the 94th percentile overall. It was good to know that I could beat one of these tests. I didn't score at that percentile on the ACT. All said and done, it feels supremely good to have the GMAT behind me now. Once you beat this test, it can change not only your professional outlook, but it also just feels good, you know? To be able to say "I did it", it's worth everything I put into it.
To those still prepping: go get your big GMAT score. I can tell you first hand that you can do it. You just need the right mind set to welcome the tactical training, commitment to a good study plan, and the right resources.
Compare the other video courses. It's not even a fair fight. EMPOWERgmat is amazing, and it was instrumental in helping me beat the GMAT.
Joined: Apr 08, 2015
If you're prepping for the GMAT, then you need to take the empower course. There are so many courses and products that it gets very confusing, even overwhelming, but I feel like I lucked out by discovering empower. I found the plans to be very comprehensive and took the stress out of figuring out what I'm supposed to do and when. The style of the instruction is very relatable, and the confidence and techniques are contagious. I can tell you that as I approached the questions I actually heard the instructors voices in my head almost like a mentally downloaded what it takes to ace the GMAT.
Specifically what I liked about the course is
1) The concepts are taught with examples first and then small quizzes, which are then followed up by video instructions for all of the questions. Even on questions that I got right, the video explanation always offered some additional insight I found beneficial. Also with video explanations for every single question I found myself growing more confident as to how to approach the exam.
By the way if you're thinking about skipping the videos on questions you got it right, I strongly discourage you from doing so. You need to invest the time to listen to all of the videos. There's value in every single one.
2) The monthly billing system. I tend to thrive on deadlines and knowing that I had to get the work done before the next billing date motivated me to kick some serious butt. I can tell you without that built in deadline, I probably wouldn't have been as efficient with my planning and study schedule as I was. You'll see what I mean. As soon as you're on the clock you're not going to want to be inefficient. It really does motivate. I was able to wrap things up in time, and I saved money. It's cool that getting it done is rewarded in that sense.
3) The PDFs. I found the PDFs very valuable. They're the best cheats I could get my hands on. They're easy to use and I carried them with me to work and I brought them with me in my car before test day.
There's no question that empower helped me get a bigger score. I don't know what would've happened otherwise, but I know there's no way I could've done what I was able to accomplish without it.
If you're also overwhelmed with all of the courses and products out there like I was, let me make things a lot easier for you. You have to take the empower course.
Joined: Mar 22, 2015
The course was amazing! I had a chance to explore some other resources before choosing EmpowerGMAT such as Magoosh and GMAT Pill, and what I think should be apparent to everybody is at the teaching style of the Empower instructors is very different. The tone is more like an insider coach who is active, energetic and is rooting for you. For me, that's the only way it has to be because I don't have the patience or the time to deal with a monotone Ferris Bueller style lecture.
The way Rich explains how to use test it and the rest of the math is unbelievable. I can tell you that single-handedly revolutionized the way I approach the quantitative section. On verbal I didn't even know that it was possible to have tactics, but Max's tactics are really powerful. The CR box makes it very clear how to break down each question type in CR in terms of the actual information that you need to be thinking to get the questions right. They also stress something I really needed to hear: don't just be familiar with the different question sub-types, be an expert. That really resonated with me. I also used to be terrified of RC passages. I used to think that the way to get past RC passages was to skim through the details and try my best to get through the answers. I was so wrong. Empower burned it in my head that skimming is a recipe to just be OK. If you are serious about beating RC, you have to learn how to actually read the passages to navigate the intimidating stuff. It takes a lot of courage to invest more time in your reading, but you I make it back by answering the questions faster. That among so many other things such a difference. By the time I took the test, I had no problem with any of the 4 RC passages I saw.
All in, Empower. I can't say enough about it. I think it single-handedly will be the reason why I get into the business school I want to go to, and who knows how much getting a top 10 MBA is going to earn. Time will tell, but I feel pretty confident that the ROI will be off the chart. Thank you Empower! Thank you Max! Thank you Rich!