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November 03, 2019
dcummins

Joined: Feb 14, 2017

Posts: 1321

Kudos: 727

Verified score:
650 Q47 V33

Filthy Equipment, and excessively stringent staff

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I've sat about 4 tests at the Sydney Market st location - couldn't see this on the list.

The test centre is pretty filthy. No matter what time of day i've taken the test, without fail, every time i touch the mouse and keyboard its oily and dirty.

CLEAN YOUR Equipment.

Its disgusting.

Secondly, most recently everyone gets asked to pat themselves down.

I've worn skinny jeans and you could probably see my crotch if you looked in the right area, so I'm not sure why students need to pat themselves down before and after they enter the room. This is just stupid as there are enough cameras to catch someone cheating if the proctors are doing their job.

The other thing to note is just how absurd it is to be sat with people taking IELTS tests. The exam room quickly turns into a sweat-shop with the volume of IELTS examinees.

No two monitors are the same. Do you know how much of a difference this makes when the resolution is blown out on one screen and the resolution is sharp and perfect on another?

All the above adds some serious stress and barriers to performing well on the GMAT.


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November 04, 2019
dcummins

Joined: Feb 14, 2017

Posts: 1321

Kudos: 727

Verified score:
650 Q47 V33

Good, but could be better

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Improvement 60 Points

Course The Economist GMAT Tutor Ultimate Prep

Location Online

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.

The cons:
- 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.


Pros:
+ 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.

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