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About me: I belong to an over-represented demography (Indian, male, engineer) hence I knew from day 1 that I'll need to work extra hard on my applications. I got my final GMAT early October hence I had just 8-10 weeks to submit 5-8 high quality applications for US schools in R2. I have previously worked with many top consultants, have talked to almost every major consulting firm and have wasted thousands of dollars, without any concrete result. I was impressed by Maria's expertise in the domain and decided to sign up with ApplicantLab. I'm glad I did.
About ApplicantLab: My first biggest challenge was school selection. I mailed Maria and she was kind enough to do a profile evaluation and recorded a video of her with her recommendations. I shortlisted 6-8 schools and started working tirelessly. ApplicantLab is an amazing tool for the self-starter types. Moreover, if you get stuck some where Maria is super helpful. She responded to all my queries and emails mostly within a day. Also, she has made the platform very engaging. You don't feel like reading a book, her advice examples are interesting, humorous and keeps you engaged. There are hours of videos that she has made and it's a treat to watch them. All videos are very professionally made, high quality and Maria is super intelligent and gives you a clear insight of what adcoms are looking for.
Content: The advice that Maria has put together on this platform is simply outstanding. It's a steal at the price at which it is offered. The platform can be customized and it provides advice based on your "unique" situation (such as low GMAT, over-represented group, low GPA etc.). Maria is a seasoned professional in this industry and her advice is bang-on. At times she would tell something about my profile and I would be like "why didn't it came to my mind earlier?".
When you start writing essays, she has done school by school research, essay by essay analysis for each and every school and have addressed "every" possible concern that an applicant might have. Her advice is step by step and this platform substantially cuts down your time to research on schools. I remember when I had to make a video essay for my MIT application, she had a full 1-2h tutorial on how to quickly make a video along with all useful links and tools. Superb.
Much of the content that she has put on the ApplicantLab came in handy for me during the interviews as well. She has comprehensively worked on every type of concern or question that adcom may have about your profile and how to tackle it. Another good part of ApplicantLab is that it doesn't charge you per school, as most consultants do. Applying to B-schools is a hectic process and many times you may end up applying to more/less schools than you initially planned. ApplicantLab doesn't penalize you for that.
It's a highly highly recommended product for anyone applying to business schools (or even thinking about it). If any of you want to understand more about ApplicantLab and how it helped me in my journey, feel free to PM me. btw, I'm matriculating at Kellogg :)
Congrats on making it to Kellogg!
I am beginning my applications for fall 2018 and looking at my options for consultants.
You said Applicant Lab does not charge you per school. But is there a limit on the number of schools you can apply to with Applicant Lab?
Hope to hear from you soon.
Have a great term!
I'm another ApplicantLab user that has successfully gotten into the school I wanted and it's an awesome product! After you sign up, you can use it for unlimited number of schools (as long as it's offered on there) and there's school-specific essay and other advice so definitely a great bang for your buck!
Loved every part of it. Amazing course specially for non-natives. Specially loved the structured approach of the whole course and testing at very step of the preparation.
SC: SC rules are very comprehensive. You can solve any official problem using the techniques taught. After going through a few time you can easily remember the rules. Grammatical jargaon has been kept away.
CR: Pre thinking is the key. Divided very equally and is great for practise and improving your overall accuracy.
RC: Good techniques specially for non-natives. Step by step each thing is very clearly taught and explained.
Overall I would give it a thumbs up. A five start course. You don;t need anything else once you take this course.
Helped me score from 49 to a perfect 51. Each and every section is very well divided and organised. Whole course is divided into 5 major sections. Every section has individual topics. Each topic will have a separate test. Every topic also has a advanced test which is very useful if you're aiming for a high score. I was at 49 and never thought I could get 51. I only managed to score 50 in all my mocks. But e-gmat quant is definately tougher than the actual quant and if you practise this you'll definately get a very good score in actual score. A must have.
Was it a Quant Live course taught by a tutor or was it an online Quant course that you enrolled in?
I took the full live course that includes classes as well. Let me clarify, you mentioned: Quant Live course "taught" by a tutor. The Quant live course is not really "taught". Classes are more like solving a few questions together with an instructor. I didn't found classes much helpful as there's very little you can do in Quant in terms of approach (or may be I felt so because I was already at 49). All the best
In my experience I found gmatclub tests to be good but not great. The reason? Its more quant oriented. If you want unlimited supply of tough quant questions, gmatclub is an amazing resource. Though I didn't it extensively as I already scored a Q51 in quant!
My pain area was verbal and I found it OK. Its good for practise sake but it could have been better. Explanations sometimes keep asking me for more. May be because I'm relatively weak in Verbal. Anyways, I would recommend gmatclub Quant for any1 who is absolutely through with the basics and is looking for some good quality practise. Getting Q50-51 in quant is very much possible if you practise enough and gmatclub is a great resource. For verbal don't consider gmatclub as a primary resource though its good for additional practise.
I think I'm also in a similar situation. Can you please tell me from where did you practice for Verbal? Do you happen to know any Verbal oriented test series? Just like how GMAT club is Quant oriented. Thanks.
Best is to use the official GMAT Test Pack and Question Pack. For more practise I used e-GMAT scholaranium.
Verbal e-Gmat Scholaranium is awesome course to prepare and regularly track your performance on the GMAT.
The key features of the course are:
i)There is segmentation in the sections-RC/SC/CR
ii) Each section has Qs divided into difficulty levels-Easy/Medium/Hard
iii) The question pool is compete and comprehensive covering all topics & concept
iv)You can take sectional tests of 70 min each just like the actual test.
v) The Quizzes are saved and one can refer upon requirement in Attempts.
vi) There is Q&A platform with each Q to resolve the doubts. Most of your doubts would have also been answered by the experts.
vii) One can also put notes with each Q & can track upon need
viii)Also one can bookmark the questions for revision
viii) The most important feature is one can track the progress and can look in which are is strong and which requires more focus in skill data.
Very easy to identify gaps and work on it. Its a complete course.
1. Provides a very well structured study plan with concepts and quizzes for each section. (This may be useful for anyone who lacks discipline)
2. Comes with free mock exams that can generate performance analytical reports. (However, the timer doesn't work well, leading to wrong timings of your response time)
3. The e-GMAT time was kind enough to extend my course when I couldn't finish it in time. (The login was valid for about 6 months and they extended it for 2 months)
1. Repetition in both contents and methods. I completed the whole course and took notes diligently. At the end I found some similar notes appeared multiple times--some contents were repeated here and there. The few e-GMAT methods used to solve Verbal questions were heavily repeated.
2. Methods don't work. In theory they sound good. But after studying the course for 8 months, I found these methods very time consuming and mentally draining in practice. They just don't work well in mock/real GMAT exams.
3. The course is very inflexible. This inflexibility, coupled with the fact that the course is extremely content heavy, makes it very time consuming to finish the whole course. It took me 8 months to finish (I work full time). I can't control my pace. Some contents are easy for me and repeated too much. The repetition plus sheer volume of contents buries the important areas which I may be weak at. It feels as if you read a whole library of books within 8 months. At the end, your mind goes blank. Maybe you remember a little here and there but nothing stands out. ROI is just so low: you spent so much time reaping so little improvement in your verbal skills.