The Economist Premium GRE Course Reviews
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Focused Training for Maximal Results Improvement
December 12 | 2016

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       By hollandlm joined: December 12, 2016 | 0 | 0 | native speaker
Improvement: 10 Points |  Verbal:        |  Quant:      
This review is for:  The Economist Premium GRE Course | Location:  Online |
The class should take 90-120 hours to complete, though on my current pace it says the class will take ~44 hours to complete. Other than that glitch in timing, the class is amazing. The subjects covered are clear and concise, and you are immediately given challenging questions on each topic. If you master the topic the first time, you will never see that area again. If you do not have it mastered, you have to answer more questions on that subject, and receive additional instruction until you master the topic. When you complete practice problems outside of a lesson, your mastery level of different skills is adjusted on how well you answered the practice problems. That way you know if you need to go back and review something you might have forgotten after mastering it the first time.
I purchased the 3-month Premium plan based on the expectation I would get everything out of the program I needed in 3 months. It has the same number of practice exams at the Ultimate package.
I have been pacing the practice exams to be completed at each additional 20% completion mark in the program. So far my score has gone up from 156V / 161Q, to 160V / 165Q, and I'm only 40% done with the program.
The lessons are very clear, and the questions are very challenging. I definitely feel like I'm getting my money's worth out of this program. Much better web interface and completion analytics tracking than Princeton Review Online.
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Excellent Online GRE Prep Platform
September 07 | 2016

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       By nv29 joined: September 7, 2016 | 0 | 0 | native speaker
Improvement: 10 Points |  Verbal:        |  Quant:      
This review is for:  The Economist Premium GRE Course | Location:  Online |
I began hunting for GRE prep methods at the beginning of summer, but was hugely put off by the massive price tags that came with some of the more famous prep companies like Kaplan and Princeton Review. Additionally, private tutoring from lesser-known companies was still quite expensive; for one summer, I couldn't justify spending that much despite how effective they claimed to be.

I then came across the GRE Economist online app. I wasn't entirely convinced at first, but found the design and function of the website to be sleek and fast, and decided to stick with it after my one-week trial. I began with a score of around 155 on Quant and 147 on Verbal; my score on my actual GRE (which I only took once) was 161 on both Quant and Verbal, with a 4.5 on Analytical Writing. I couldn't be more pleased with this platform.

It provides customers with everything they could need, and does its best to work through the limitations that come with web-based learning. Depending on which plan you choose (I bought the Premium version), you get several one-on-one tutor sessions, during which a highly-qualified academic has a web-chat or -call with you to discuss exactly what it is you need to discuss. It allows you to tailor your learning to what you need it to be. It also has several practice exams, which are of course an integral part of prepping for any exam; however, these are thoroughly explained, with each answer choice for each question completely fleshed out. Furthermore, it also allows you to submit essays for grading, which are personally graded by tutors who tell you how to improve.

I could go on forever - but really, the biggest thing is just how personal GRE Economist is. Customer support is quick and excellent; I never for a second felt I was lost or ignored or sent in circles. It was very easy to stay in touch with tutors and learn with them. Overall, the lesson plans themselves may seem cumbersome, but are meticulously organized and necessary for success. I neglected proper study until about 40 days before my GRE; but in those 40 days, I was able to make a massive difference to my score, which speaks volumes as to the effectiveness of this platform. Truly excellent experience and I would not hesitate to recommend it to everyone I know.
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Excellent self-paced GRE prep
August 10 | 2016

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       By mchenko joined: August 10, 2016 | 0 | 0 | non-native speaker
Improvement: 20 Points |  Verbal:        |  Quant:      
This review is for:  The Economist Premium GRE Course | Location:  Online |
As someone who at times lack the necessary discipline for self-paced study I was originally considering the in-person courses offered by other companies. Opting instead for The Economist GRE Tutor, however, allowed me to not only save money but also invest my study time in a more strategic manner while covering a broader segment of material than an in-person prep class would.

Both the Quant and the Verbal sections in The Economist GRE Tutor are broken into bite-sized easily digestible lessons on every conceivable concept one might expect to see on the GRE. Furthermore, practice questions offered within the program are on average more difficult than the ones on the actual exam thus preparing me quite well for whatever the test might throw at me. As someone for whom math specifically and standardized testing generally were never strong suits, I found The Economist GRE Prep a true blessing in its ability to impart on me precisely what I needed to know. And the fact that its adaptive always kept my weaker areas in shape.

The Live Tutor sessions are an excellent addition as the tutors are not only extremely knowledgeable but also seem to really care about your performance. While there were some technical issues with the GRE Prep website's own platform for the live sessions, I was able to switch over to Skype and the tutors made the process as seamless as possible. I was quite nervous about the essay parts of the exam and the tutor broke everything down for me in such a complete way that when it came to the exam I knew exactly what I was doing with not a hint of nervousness.

In the end, with about a month of study (a total of 100 hours as the prep course tracks your study time in a handy graphic), I was able to score quite well for someone who hasn't approached a math problem in 5 years and is a non-native English speaker. From an initial practice score of Q148 and V158 I went to Q158 and V168.
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The Economist GRE Tutor Course Rankings
Overall Score Improvement
13 points
International Student Score Improvement
20 points
Verbal
100%
Quant
100%