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April 30, 2021
ankitsureka77

Joined: Sep 15, 2020

Posts: 46

Kudos: 36

Verified score:
710 Q48 V40

# Determination + Right Help = 710

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I was lucky enough to be recommended e-gmat right when I was starting my GMAT preparation by a friend who had scored a 730 through them. So, I did not waste any time or energy exploring any other service providers and went ahead with the e-gmat complete test preparation package, and I don’t regret this decision.

I love the way the modules are structured on the portal. Both the Verbal & the Quant sections have sufficient chapters / sub-sections built in to ensure that a student is thoroughly taught about the necessary concepts. After each section follows a practice test which further solidifies one's understanding of the concept. All these modules are visually very attractive and interactive as well - use of charts, arrows and colors really do help to clearly understand the topics being discussed, highlight errors that sample questions have, and bring it all together with suggested corrective processes.

The main highlight of the e-gmat subscription is their Scholaranium, which contains sections for both Verbal & Quant questions built by the e-gmat team, as well as a repository of Official GMAT questions available for practice. The Scholaranium gives you valuable insights about your performance - on average time taken to solve questions, sectional accuracy, topic-wise accuracy, performance graphs over a shorter period of time, etc. When you properly analyze these insights in tandem with your performance in these practice tests or performance in the sectional modules, you are able to draw very clear inferences about your weaknesses and areas requiring improvement.

SigmaX Mock tests are available on the portal, which further help the student acclimatize to the official test environment. The questions you solve in these mock tests are very closely representative of the type of questions that are thrown at you in the official GMAT test. Just like the scholaranium, the SigmaX module also provides you with sufficient insights about your performance in these tests and areas one needs to revisit or improve in.

Lastly, I would like to talk about my experience interacting with the e-gmat team. If you have any doubts arising across the length of your preparation, the e-gmat team has provided multiple points of contact across the module to reach out to them, and the response is very prompt – generally within a day. Moreover, when I reached out to the e-gmat team requesting an analysis of my official test performance, they were happy to deep-dive into the ESR, chalk out areas that I need to focus on and also build a customized study plan with targets. I worked very closely with Dhananjay from e-gmat who was very kind to make a video analysis about my 690 score on the official test. Dhananjay was the first individual who made me realize that I had a problem of “letting go” during the official test. He also laid out topics I need to revisit from the preparation modules, suggested weekly targets and also helped design the practice tests that I need to be taking, to further improve my test taking performance.

The net result is that I scored a 710 and I could not be more grateful to the entire team of e-gmat for helping me navigate through every step of the way for a 700+ score.

I hope my review helps prospective candidates in their decision-making process for GMAT Preparation. I also wish team e-gmat the very best for the road ahead!

December 10, 2022
ankitsureka77

Joined: Sep 15, 2020

Posts: 46

Kudos: 36

Verified score:
710 Q48 V40

# Karen Ponte – Guru Supreme!

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I was first introduced to Karen by Jenifer Raver from the Fortuna Admissions team given my preferences of applying to LBS & IESE and in the first 5 minutes of the call, I knew I wanted to work with Karen. I could tell that she was genuinely interested in my story, my career ambitions, my long-term goals and believed in my potential to make it all come true. (I had spoken to multiple coaches before from other companies; hence I was sure). We kicked off the process and through every conversation involving self-reflection, CV preparation, essay drafts - Karen unlocked aspects of my personality I never knew existed. I declared on Day 1 that I work better with clear timelines and defined expectations, and she let me set my own deadlines (which had to be acceptable of course). Karen was always super prompt on reviewing any material I sent across, her feedback – very organized, relevant and thoughtful. She makes you want to ask yourself “Why is this relevant?” “How did you impact the lives of others with this action?” and so on….and that’s precisely what business schools want – to understand who you truly are!
Sadly, I didn’t get through the first time I applied in 2021, it was a very competitive cycle and I’m sure I probably didn’t make the cut by a very small margin. But I was set on going to LBS and I promised myself that I would reapply. Even though she was not contractually obligated to, Karen offered to help out with my reapplication strategy. She helped me reflect on what went wrong, introspect about what needs to change, structure how I could improve my profile over the next year and also review my submission material again the next year. I came back much stronger, clearer and way more confident than last time, and I got through!
Karen has never missed my calls (When I got the admit email, she was out on a run and she answered!). We cried together in the ding debrief last year. We laughed and celebrated together on the admit this time (and cried some more, happy tears this time). We connected emotionally – and that’s rare. All my friends and family know her by ‘Karen Didi’, because that’s what I refer to her as (Didi = moniker for ‘Big Sister’ in Hindi - someone you have profound respect for).
It was a long hard journey towards achieving my dream of going to LBS, but working with Karen has been such a pleasure. I was stupid to think I could reapply to LBS the very next year, but her confidence in my capabilities helped shape my resilience. Whatever miracle of a career I build from the LBS MBA, I owe it to her. Thank you very very much Karen!