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Joined: Nov 06, 2019
760 Q49 V46
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The Economist GMAT tutor was exactly what I needed in an online prep course. There is lots of flexibility in the course, from the order in which you tackle topics (given those topics don't have prerequisite material) to the speed at which you advance through lessons. I didn't want to do a course with videos, because some lessons I knew would take me longer to learn, while others I already knew and wanted to skip through. The Economist gave me this freedom with clickable, interactive lessons and the ability to "ask a tutor" anytime I wanted extra explanation.
This is also a great course for those who can't dedicate all their time to studying. I was studying for the GMAT while completing an internship, and this course was helpful in breaking things down to daily goals and targets for me to hit. The app was also a huge help in studying on the go. I would practice the verbal section in the metro on my way to and from work. (You can also practice the quant section in the app, but I found this less practical since it usually required paper and pen.)
The main criticism I have is about the "practice" options. Sometimes, I wanted to practice general topics like ratios or sentence correction. While you could opt to practice specific lessons within a topic like "ratio changes through addition or subtraction", you could not practice "ratios" as a general concept unless the algorithm suggested it. The algorithm was generally useful and targeted weak areas of mine, but there were points leading up to my test when it wasn't suggesting I study exactly what I wanted to study. This was not a deal breaker for me, and I would get around this by practicing each individual ratio lesson, but it is something that could have been improved.
Overall, the course was very helpful and allowed me to increase my score from good to great. The self-paced aspect of the course and many features (video tutor sessions, ask a tutor, etc.) I think would make the course a great fit for a variety of students!
Joined: Feb 14, 2017
650 Q47 V33
I used the Economist GMAT when I first began this journey in 2017.
Disclaimer: my review is based on my experience with Economist GMAT back in 2017 up to August, 2017. I am not aware of the design and features in the software right now.
There are many pros and cons to this software.
- you can't choose specific modules to focus on as the software decides what is right for you. There were times when I didn't think it was a good idea for me to be focusing on very advanced concepts such as Perm+probability, so it didn't make sense for this software to regurgitate it back at me.
- in line with my first con, the software doesn't allow you to go back and review content... this is a real pain because you need to either take screenshots or jot down the content as you go and if you miss out thats it. Kapish.
+ great support from the staff. The staff are really friendly and supportive and take the time to teach you whatever it is you want. I will say though, that it would be better to build a longer-term relationship with a tutor than to alternate back and forth with someone, as you could do via the platform, as a longer term tutor should have a vested interest in your success.
Joined: Jun 21, 2018
720 Q49 V40
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After taking a Manhattan Prep class and still not hitting my target score, I decided to give the Economist GMAT tutor a try. I can now say it was the best decision. If you are taking the GMAT soon, I recommend you spend money on this program - it is worth it! They have a score increase guarantee, so it is really a no-brainer. My favorite aspects of the Economists GMAT tutor were that the program is self-paced and that they focus a lot on strategies to reach the right answer. It was also really nice not having to take books everywhere.
Joined: Dec 14, 2018
710 Q47 V41
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TL;DR: Content and features missing compared to competition. Tutoring not very helpful. Try the competition before you buy.
Economist GMAT Tutor was the first online prep software I tried and I made the amateur mistake of making a decision before trialing the online prep software from the competition.
I was attracted to Economist GMAT Tutor because of the combination of online prep software + live tutoring. Unfortunately, I very disappointed overall with my experience.
My main criticisms:
Quant content does not cover some concepts which are routinely tested on the GMAT such as venn diagrams, weighted averages, ratio problems where both quantities change and mixture problems.
Verbal content provides a strong foundation but does not address concepts for those targeting V40+. Eg. The content on modifiers, a crucial aspect of harder verbal questions, is only lightly covered. Furthermore, the focus on changes in meaning on harder verbal questions is also not thoroughly covered. I also found that the harder verbal questions on the mock exams did not accurately reflect actual GMAT, harder verbal questions.
I worked with two of their quant tutors and I was desperate for some experienced guidance on how to improve my quant score. I provided my tutors in advance with a full-breakdown of my situation, error-log insights but all I got from the tutoring were simple sessions where we ran through questions (no better than going through the threads of gmatclub and reading answer explanations.) One of the tutors even commented to me "I just don't know what else I can advise you on". - Not what I expected from a purportedly highly experienced tutor.
No analytics. This is a completely online piece of software but it provides you no statistics on what areas you are strong or weak at. (Various competitors offer this.)
No online error log. You can't save questions that you got wrong and re-visit them. (Various competitors offer this.)
Once you complete a topic you can't go back and review the entire material provided - you only get a brief summary of the content.
I eventually switched to a different online prep software and had a much better experience (and achieved the GMAT score I needed).
I could not agree with you more on your verbal review. To which online prep did you switch? Heeeeelp.
Perfect description. This is exactly what I went through. Although, my problem was more towards verbal. I would strongly suggest anyone to go for other modules and not the economist. The only good part which I think about the economist was the evaluation of AWA's. That really helped in getting realistic idea on how well a person was writing. Apart from that, the full length test scoring was wierd. I always got more in the their SIT, as compared to GMAT Prep.
P.S.: I did exhaustive study from the GMATCLUB website. Solving, all OG 600 - 800 level questions. This really helped and got me a score of 680. I know its not 700+ ,but still better than what I would have got if I would have studies only economist material.
Joined: Sep 21, 2018
730 Q49 V40
- provides you with easy to use, understandable frameworks tailored for the kind of problem you are facing. They really help to reduce the time solve each problem
- if you get a problem wrong, you will have to face this problem again, effectively making sure that you have understood the theory behind it, and not just read through the solution.
- the app was easy to use and provided on the go support
- on the web version the program provided daily objectives that helped a lot in following the study program.
- AWA correction service was very helpful
- test simulation were pretty realistc
- the app didn't have all the features of the online version and could be improved
- I didn't find the tutoring sessions very helpful (that's why I used only one)
- I think that a metric that shows your weakest areas, your improvements over time would have been helpful
- after you are done with a topic you can't review it again, only a synthesis will be available
- daily study objectives are pretty standard each day and should have been more tailored
I want to point out that the cons are very minor and do not detract from the overall usefulness of the course.
Joined: Aug 08, 2018
610 Q42 V32
My experience with Economist GMAT tutor was simply marvellous! I did not want to choose the traditional method of classes every evening, since it does not work with my method of studying. So I tried out the Economist GMAT tutor's free 7-day plan and loved it. I signed up for the premium plan which is valid for 6 months, allows you to practice 6 tests and 6 essays and also provides 6 tutor sessions. Plus you get an online subscription to the Economist magazine.
The format of the Economist GMAT website is so beautiful; you start with basic concepts and further difficult concepts are unlocked as you proceed further, so it all feels like playing a game! Any doubts are cleared by their tutors instantly and the solutions given for each question are so conversational, you feel as if it's a friend talking to you. They also have an excellent mobile app, which I used while commuting, thus ensuring that I was losing no time at all.
The online video sessions with the tutors are super helpful, since they give you methods, tips & tricks to solve any type of question. These online tutorials really boosted my score, especially the ones with the tutor Jake Wengroff.
AWA essay templates provided by the course are also brilliant.
Overall, this course made my life more comfortable during the GMAT, boosted my score in a huge way and allowed me to choose and design my own study method. Must-buy for individualistic learners who hate rote learning systems.
Joined: Dec 09, 2018
720 Q48 V40
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I bought the ultimate prep course of the economist which is 6 months long. It allowed me to take my time and prepare without being in a rush. This by itself reduced the stress most candidates usually have by having to sit the exam last minute before the application deadline. The program was really satisfying and it helped a lot to learn. It was even fun at times. The way that the material was designed helped me really learn what I had to in order to reduce the time needed to reply to the questions. It presented the same type of questions through different perspective and through repetition I learned how to solve the questions and quickly recognize what kind of problem I was solving for. I improved my score and I got a 720. I had taken the gmat twice before and never before had I achieved a 7+ score...
Joined: Nov 27, 2018
740 Q49 V42
When I first took the GMAT a year ago, I was struggling with the methodology for certain (quantitative) topics. My 660 (Verbal 85th percentile, Quant 50th percentile) was below my target score, mainly because I apparently had not prepared in the most effective way.
3 months ago, I started with the GMAT Complete Prep, which helped me to better structure my preparation and to point out which topics I needed to practice again. I improved my score to 740 [Verbal 96th percentile, Quant 74th percentile].
- Clear theory and methodology per topic
- Practice tests help you spot weaknesses and accurately mimic the actual GMAT [I scored 760, 720, 770 on my last 3 practice tests and scored a 740 on the actual test]
- Friendly and helpful customer service and tutors
- After completing a topic, only a brief summary is shown. Not all different topics can be practiced again, and the ones that can sometimes use the same practice questions. This can erroneously make you think you fully comprehend the topic, while you actually just memorized the answer/question.
- For Verbal (Reading Comprehension and Critical Reasoning), no concrete tips are given regarding taking notes when deconstructing the argument/passage
- Less focus on IR and AWA.
Joined: Sep 25, 2018
750 Q45 V48
I couldn't recommend this program enough - after scoring 650 on the initial diagnostic I dedicated several hours a day towards completing 100% of the guided study. I ended up with a 750, which I was more than happy with.
I thought the Quant sections were easy to understand and full of great time-saving tricks. For example, I learned several tricks on sequences that saved me valuable minutes on the real exam. The Verbal sections were intuitive and QUICK - I felt super confident going into the Verbal section even though it was maybe 20% of the overall course content.
I used two of the live tutoring sessions to brush up on a few concepts, and I found them more useful than I'd predicted. The tutors were diligent in taking notes and emailing them out after our video sessions. Finally, the practice exams (I found) were an accurate predictor of my final score on test day. This program was intuitive and well-worth it. I barely glanced at any other prep materials and got a great result
Joined: May 28, 2017
730 Q48 V42
Overall: I loved the Economist GMAT Prep. Before signing up I tried the free trial of Veritas and Manhattan Prep's programs and found that they focused on force-feeding you practice problems, whereas Economist GMAT forced you to slow down and focus on strategy and the fundamentals before jumping into anything. Overall, I feel that this strategy most strongly contributed to my success.
Economist GMAT had a relentless focus on strategy as a whole, and strategy within each question type. I never would have thought that I'd be getting so many difficult problems correct, or that I would be able to diagnose "lost causes" so quickly.
While learning all of the fundamental sentence correction rules and math formulas can be very boring, Economist GMAT's adaptive learning program kept me focused and moving forward. It helped me build a strong base that I'm not sure I otherwise would have been able to create.
Economist GMAT's explanations are second to none. Every question helped me understand the fundamentals, and their adaptive program recognized areas of weaknesses and forced me to spend more time on them. It also forced me to revisit questions I had gotten wrong in the past.
I do feel that I wish that Economist GMAT had an option to focus exclusively on advanced topics when I was "approaching the asymptote" rather than leaving the difficulty of practice problems to chance.