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5 out of 5 people found the following review helpful
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     By Flomann 1 0
Self-reported Score:

680

Q47

V37

Improvement:

190 Points

Verbal:     
Quant:     
This review is for: Optimus Prep™ Private Tutoring
Location: Online

I decided to use Optimus Prep for my preparation because of a recommendation. My first score in the GMATPrep software was a devastating 490 (without any practice).
The included on demand course is a useful tool to learn the basic principles for both the verbal and quant section.
The private lessons with the tutor are the best part of the package. My tutor Jennifer is a patient and experienced teacher who manages to easily teach even the advanced topics of the GMAT.
Furthermore the customer support was very well. You will get an answer to every question.
Unfortunately I didn't reach the 700 (caused by my performance on the verbal part). But I got a full refund because of the score guarantee. If you plan to take this package you should keep in mind that there are several requirements for the refund (it requires hard work, but that is justified in my opinion).
In conclusion, I can fully recommend the Optimus Prep Private Tutoring Online if you are reaching for the 700+!

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Optimus On-Demand
February 10 | 2015
4 out of 5 people found the following review helpful
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     By Anonymous 56 17
Self-reported Score:

770

Q49

V46

Improvement:

N/A

Verbal:     
Quant:     
This review is for: Optimus Prep™ On Demand Course
Location: Online

I recently took the Optimus On-demand GMAT prep course. I thought that overall the course was a pretty good value. I'd recommend it highly based off of the incredible low cost of the product. I think it only wound up being $99 for me to sign up.

I think that the main value I got out of the optimus product was with the notes that accompanied each lesson. i felt that these alone were worth well over $100. They shortened what otherwise would've been a very cumbersome process for me to do, especially on the math section. I felt that the quantitative lessons were much more useful than the verbal, but that is only my perspective.

Overall I felt that optimus was a really good value for what you pay. I'd highly recommend it for anyone looking to prep on a budget.


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1 Commented by sriamlan on May 24, 2017
How did it cost you only 99$?
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     By DennisBom 0 0
Verified Score:

630

Q47

V30

Improvement:

100 Points

Verbal:     
Quant:     
This review is for: Optimus Prep™ Private Tutoring
Location: Online

My tutor David and I focused especially on the Math section. Thus, I have been able to boost my score within three months by more than 100 points thanks to his advices and techniques. These were most valuable and I was able to reach an average Math score of minimum 47. We also focused on the general approach. The online sessions are very convenient.
I had no problems to reach my minimum target score. Nevertheless, a result of up to 700 was still realistic. I can really recommend him as a tutor and can recommend the course. But always keep in mind that the hard work depends on you.

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Good course
May 03 | 2017
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     By makeitlarge 35 16
Self-reported Score:

720

Q50

V37

Improvement:

N/A

Verbal:     
This review is for: Optimus Prep™ Verbal Booster
Location: Online

The course was pretty useful in helping learn the details about how to crack the Verbal section. The course is useful for people with varying expertise level - I was much above average I'd say to begin with. The course also has enough practice questions. In addition, I found the questions to be pretty similar to the actual GMAT. Unlike some of the other material I had worked on earlier, this material was easier to understand, comprehend and apply. I will recommend this course to anyone who would like to get a high score on the GMAT. All the best!

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Improvement to 700
February 04 | 2017
1 out of 1 people found the following review helpful
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     By dina98 191 15
Self-reported Score:

600

Q48

V27

Improvement:

100 Points

Verbal:     
Quant:     
This review is for: Optimus Prep™ Private Tutoring
Location: Online

I have been struggling with GMAT for more than two years. I worked with the Official Guides, MGMAT guides and Kaplan books. I didn't think I needed any other help while studying for the GMAT the first few times. Verbal was always my weakness and after reading some great reviews on gmatclub, I tried eGMAT Verbal Online and even that didn't help.

I was dejected but never gave up. I read about Optimus's '700 Plus Guarantee - 34 hour package' and decided to try it. I felt that I was missing something so I was willing to go that extra mile. Here's my review on the 34 hour package, which is offered with Optimus's On Demand Course.

On-Demand Course:
- The great feature about this course is that all the tests are adaptive.
- I believe that there are more than 2000 questions for practice and more than half of the questions are Quant. The Quant questions are great for the most part. They are challenging. There are a few(maybe about 10 in those thousand) flawed questions. The Verbal questions were mostly modeled after the OG questions but decent practice. I wish they had a larger set to work with.
- The four practice tests that come with the OD course are fairly representative of the real exam. I think the max deviation is 30 points.

Private Tutoring package:
I worked with George for 34 hours. We worked on Verbal extensively since that was my weakness.
He is extremely patient. He helped me improve a few points on my quant score as well. George's major contribution was strategy.

Initially, I was not so confident about making it to 700. I was working on a weekly basis with George but was scoring in the mid-600s in the first few months.
I did see another review of a user who worked with George say that the tutor did not monitor the coursework. I do agree with that statement.
I was slightly concerned because we kept working on problems but I was not seeing any improvement in the exams. I am not certain if George checked on my progress in the OnDemand course. I think his approach was different.
Eventually, though, he realized that i was struggling because of timing. This suggestion and the adaptive, timed tests on Optimus helped me significantly.

So, after working on timed practice tests incessantly, I started seeing some improvement.
The last month before the exam - I spent majority of my time taking the 20 tests (requirement to be eligible for the guarantee) and working on OG and OnDemand practice questions.
The thousands of questions on the OnDemand course will require some time. Anyone who wants to try this course should set at least two months to pratice all of them.
The 20 tests are a mix of exams from Optimus and an external source. I don't think all the 20 are representative but I think they are decent practice.

I'm happy with the 100 point improvement. I just wish I got 20 points more. (Wishful thinking)

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Pros and Cons
November 14 | 2016
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     By Tadilliner 7 2
Self-reported Score:

740

Q48

V45

Improvement:

20 Points

Verbal:     
Quant:     
This review is for: Optimus Prep™ Private Tutoring
Taught by: George

I purchased the 23-hours online tutoring which also included the On Demand course. I had done another online prep course before this and was testing in the 720 range on all practice tests. My first official GMAT attempt was a 710 (47Q, 40V), and my second attempt four weeks later was a 740 (48Q, 45V).

Firstly, the On Demand course was very extensive and I feel like it was helpful overall. The videos are good on content and OK on presentation. The robotic voice can get a bit tiresome. The question bank is HUGE. Seriously, thousands of questions. There is some overlap obviously as there are a finite number of concepts on the gmat. A few of the questions are flawed or have bad explanations and based on the comments you can leave multiple students have discovered that. Those mistakes are never fixed or addressed by the company so that is frustrating.

Secondly, my online tutor was George. He was extremely nice and very patient with me. I improved my Quant from around a 44 to a 48 on the official exam. The statement that your tutor will monitor your coursework and adjust your course of study accordingly is false. Mine never did that. I don't know if he ever even looked at anything I did on the On Demand course. We mainly just did a plethora of practice problems for hours and hours. While I feel like this was helpful in some ways, in many ways the GMAT is all about strategy once you get to a certain threshold. We very rarely talked about strategy and I was forced to look elsewhere for that type of stuff. All-in-all, I don't feel like the live tutoring really helped at all. You can do practice problems and read the explanations of answers yourself... Having someone explain it aloud is not particularly beneficial. That said, I want to emphasize that George was very nice. However, the method was not great and I was expected to diagnose my weaknesses myself.

I want to give two warnings. First, don't expect to get your money back with the score guarantee unless you have TONS of free time. You have to answer every question in the question bank to even be eligible for this. You do the math... with thousands of questions, and an average of 2 mins per question, will you have time in your life/prep to complete them all? Second, DO NOT adopt a "more is better" mentality regarding practice problems. Only by forcing myself to stop doing tons of practice problems and instead focus on being flawless at basic concepts did I improve to 740. Really break down every single problem and know WHY you got it wrong (or right) and think about WHAT the test writers are testing here. They can only test so many things and you can learn them so well that you start to think like the test writers.

In conclusion, overall I feel like I did get some value out of the course. However, I think the On Demand course would have given me the same benefit for much less money. Maybe more experienced tutoring companies will give a different experience.

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     By Silviax 123 20
Self-reported Score:

630

Q41

V35

Improvement:

N/A

Verbal:     
Quant:     
This review is for: Optimus Prep™ On Demand Course
Location: Online

I bought the Optimus' package that comes with 34 hours of tutoring.
Tutoring: 5 stars all across for my tutor Jennifer. She was really perfect. Very patient and knowledgeable. Optimus really offers the best tutoring service in the industry. (in my opinion). It is very affordable: $80 - $100 compared to $250/hr at other test-prep companies. The quality you receive for a much cheaper price is just as high as that of other companies. I mean how much better than perfect can one be? If you are thinking about taking tutoring lessons I can really recommend Optimus Prep. You even get a free trial hour before you purchase the package.

On-Demand course:
It was pretty good. Lots of videos and thousands of practice questions. I like the written material you could look up for each topic. The only thing I didn't like so much was that the CATS definitely over-estimate your score. I consistently scored in the high 600s or low 700s on Optimus tests and this was much higher than on the original practice tests from the exam packs and the real GMAT test I took.

I think you have to subtract AT LEAST 50 points from the Optimus Cats to get a good estimate of your ability. The test exams are very good for practice though as long as you don't rely on the score to predict your final result.

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Jennifer Rocks!
September 29 | 2016
1 out of 1 people found the following review helpful
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     By abhid 10 0
Self-reported Score:

730

Q50

V39

Improvement:

N/A

Verbal:     
Quant:     
This review is for: Optimus Prep™ Private Tutoring
Location: Online

After sitting the GMAT twice and scoring V32 and V30, I was quite disheartened. I dropped the idea of applying in R1 and planned to take a break from study. Thats when my friend recommended me to to work with a private tutor to diagnose the issue. I had only 21 days to re-sit the test and to apply in my dream school for R1 admissions, so I had to act fast.
I looked for a few private tutoring options such as Manhattan, Veritas prep, Manhattan Review before signing up for Optimus Prep. Cassandra from optimus prep was very helpful and agreed to organise a free trial session. While the first instructor assigned to me was good, I didnt feel that instructor was the right fit. I was looking for a tutor who can help me in trouble shooting my weakness and formulating an on-spot solution immediately. Thats when Cassandra offered me another trial session with Jennifer.
Immediately after the session, I knew that she is the right tutor for me. During the first session itself, she tried to understand my weaknesses and create a strategy to resolve them. She is not only a great GMAT verbal expert(evident from her perfect GMAT verbal score) but also a great teacher. She is very smart, a great listener and always looking for ways for me to improve. She understood my problem with the timing, problem that many non-native English speakers face and worked with me through a lot of practice tests. I signed up for a 12 hours course with her, and we were catching-up almost every day till the day of my test.
Above all, she is very friendly and easy to approach to for any question. She even gave me some useful tips in the quant section. I can safely say that she was the most important reason for my score improvement from V30 to V39 in less than 20 days. I would highly recommend anyone(native or non-native English speaker) to work with Jennifer from Optimus Prep to identify and improve on your verbal weaknesses!

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Great Choice
September 01 | 2016
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     By pawelmasters 0 0
Verified Score:

570

Q47

V21

Improvement:

160 Points

Verbal:     
Quant:     
This review is for: Optimus Prep™ On Demand Course
Location: Online

The GMAT on demand course is a very comprehensive course.

It gives you

- videos
- practice tests
- assignemnts
- all formulas
- quizzes
- analytics
- tutor access (I took the platinum package and had 12 hours of tutoring)

My tutor created a personal study plan for my needs after I took the diagnostic. The tutor was very qualified and showed me great techniques...

My timing improved a lot and from my first diagnostic score I improved a lot...

I am very happy with my choice and want to thank Optimus Prep and my tutor Janielle!!!!

I can recommend this course to everyone who is serious about studying. The rate was lower compared to other test prep companies and the tutor was an expert who scored herself in the 99th percentile...

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     By perez11 0 0
Improvement:

80 Points

Verbal:     
Quant:     
This review is for: Optimus Prep™ On Demand Course
Location: Online

This course is a very good tool and software if you want to study alone and not in a class course or with a teacher.

Due to my job I needed to be very flexible with my studying times and I was not able to follow a schedule. This course was recommended to my by a friend and I signed up for it a few months ago.

The layout is simply designed but contains everything you need. The video lessons are very well done and explain all formulas and rules in great detail. The assignments gives you the chance to practice this material.

The formula library is also very powerful. The quizzes are fun and I liked the fact that I was able to compare myself with other Optimus Prep users. It was kind of a social experience...

The only minus point I can find is the missing AWA section. The rest (including IR) was covered.

A very good choice if you want to study alone and much better than just a book

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1 Commented by adkikani on September 22, 2016
hey how is video graphics compared to mangoosh



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