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August 20, 2015
imsahlahno

Joined: Sep 15, 2013

Posts: 32

Kudos: 44

Verified score:
740 Q50 V40

Apt center to give the exam if giving it in New Delhi

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I gave my GMAT in July, ’15 and this was second attempt at GMAT, both at the same centre. There a few points about the centre –

Pros:

1. The centre is handled by Pearsons itself and thus the quality of services is good. The staff is very polite and has good knowledge of the processes involved such as identification etc.

2. It is easily accessible via public transport. Sometimes there is traffic as the centre is located in busy community centre, so if the exam is in the afternoon slot, keeping some buffer time would be a good idea.

3. The noise level inside the centre is very low. Apart from occasional horns (that too not very loud) the place is free from external disturbances. There is no disturbance due to external noises. They also provide ear plugs.

4. The lobby is big enough to walk around and relax yourself during breaks. The washroom is clean and well maintained.

5. The environment inside the test room is nice to get your concentration right and your brain running with proper lighting and comfortable AC temperature.

6. Computer screen is large enough to focus, and the keyboard and mouse are new and comfortable to work with

Cons:

1. The centre has about 10 seats per slot. This can cause a little bit of a disturbance if you are among the first 1-2 to be seated because by the time the last test taker is seated you have already started the exam this cause some disturbance. Also during the breaks many test takers come out simultaneously. This by itself is not the problem, but when compared to only one restroom in the facility, it becomes a straight negative. I had to wait for my turn in the first break, and thus got a bit late and lost 2.5 minutes in my quant section.

2. Parking is very difficult to find. It’s a community centre and all the parking is taken up by commercial vehicles. If you can do take a cab, auto or metro. Though if you want to come by car, you can find parking at the metro station nearby (I think its Green Park metro station)

Overall my experience with the centre was between good, if not excellent (Got late due to waiting to go to restroom).

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September 14, 2015
imsahlahno

Joined: Sep 15, 2013

Posts: 32

Kudos: 44

Verified score:
740 Q50 V40

Egmat VLP worked wonders for me

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Course e-GMAT GMAT Live Prep

Location Online

I was a re-taker and looking for a GMAT prep customized for non-native speakers. My main weakness was in verbal section, so I took E-GMAT’s Verbal Live Prep based on the reviews on GMAT-Club and some of my friends who had already taken the course. Best part of the course is that it is valid for a duration of 6 months. Even after going through all the live classes I felt that I needed some more time to really grasp the concept, and I was able to repeat the classes in which I had doubts. This also useful for many people who have erratic work load and have to sometimes pause the prep and start again at a later time. I also found the preparation community very helpful. There is a chat option while the online live classes are going on. This helps to learn from other people as well.

The online videos and concept files are very thoroughly prepared, keeping in mind the problems faced by the non-natives during GMAT preparations. The sequence of the chapters is formulated keeping in mind the progressions one should have while preparing for the exam, from basic grammar concepts (which we usually skip during our high school) to specific type of errors found in GMAT. Overall the course material and the live classes are very much worth it, if you struggle in verbal (especially sentence correction).

The instructors here are available via internal forums or emails. One thing I liked was that after very concept, there are a no. of questions of test the concept and grill it into your mind. Moreover, you can only proceed to the next concept if you clear the concept test. This part was extremely beneficial for me as I sometimes tend to skip the difficult concepts (keeping them for the end, which never comes) and move on.

These guys teach the 3-step process as the basic step towards solving any SC problem. The first part – breaking down the sentence into clauses or fragments – helped me a lot, not only in SC problems, but also to comprehend the GMAT English overall. It made me realize the core mistake I was doing before, i.e., not fully understanding the meaning of the sentence and skipping to the answer choices to look for errors.

I didn’t had time to go thoroughly through the CR and RC packages. The pre-thinking method for the assumption stem questions is good if you can master it.

I had already gone through the MGMAT strategy guides and Thursday’s with Ron SC videos before buying the EGMAT course. For me the mixture of these did the trick. If you don’t want to take the full course at once, you can always take specific courses like SC or CR or RC and then upgrade later. For Live Prep classes, you can attend the free sessions before making a decision.

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