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May 31, 2019
Pangolin

Joined: Dec 14, 2018

Posts: 19

Kudos: 15

Verified score:
710 Q47 V41

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Course The Economist GMAT Tutor Premium Prep

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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).

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June 24, 2019
mmsab

Hi Pangolin!
I could not agree with you more on your verbal review. To which online prep did you switch? Heeeeelp.
Thank you!!!!!

September 08, 2019
jatinrajvanshi

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.

May 31, 2019
Pangolin

Joined: Dec 14, 2018

Posts: 19

Kudos: 15

Verified score:
710 Q47 V41

All you need for quant without the tricks and shortcuts!

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Course Target Test Prep Flexible Prep

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TTP got me to where I needed to be on quant after a disappointing experience with a competitor program. I have never been strong at quant related SATs but still managed to get a Q47.

TTP is a thorough, in-depth quant program that covers everything you need without any tricks or shortcuts for quant that other prep programs may suggest. It forces you to build a strong quant foundation. The interface is great with lots of analytics and a powerful and flexible built-in error logging system. The staff answered at least a hundred of my questions, almost always within 5 minutes.

When I started the TTP program I put my faith in it entirely - I did not deviate at all from what it told me to do. Over the course of the program it drilled me over 2,500 questions and by the end I felt much more confident about my quant abilities going into the test. (In total it took me 200 hours over 10 weeks to get through all the content on the expert setting.)

On the day of the test I was astounded to come across a few questions which were pretty much identical to those that TTP had been drilling me on.

If you are looking to really improve your quant then look no further!

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