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Joined: Oct 21, 2014
Purchased Course: Oct 5, 2016
Major: Psychology
Industry: Advertising/Marketing
Country: United States
Verified Real Student Review

This course was a game changer!

November 11, 2016
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  • Recommended forVerbal: Yes  Math: Yes
  • GMAT ScoresBefore: 660 After: 720

Before I started the EMPOWERgmat course, I thought I'd hit my ceiling with my 660 score. I'd studied for my first attempt for six months using another self-paced program that was math-intensive and explained every little math concept that could possible show up on the exam. While I believe that program was a great math refresher, it didn't necessarily help me attain all of the skills I needed to solve GMAT quant questions quickly and efficiently. That's where EMPOWERgmat came in! After my first attempt, I took a couple of months off from studying then signed up for EMPOWERgmat and scheduled my second attempt at the exam for exactly one month later. I knew immediately that Rich's videos were exactly what I needed to improve my quant score. I learned so many math shortcuts throughout the course and learned to recognize GMAT quant and verbal patterns because the course uses OFFICIAL GMAT MATERIAL every step of the way. This is absolutely crucial and is missing from most other prep courses.

While I was already strong in verbal, using Max's methods I was able to increase my verbal score by a few points, which had a huge impact on my overall score. Again, using official content is critical to pattern recognition throughout the exam.

After one month with EMPOWERgmat, I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw 720 (47Q, 42V) come up on the screen of my official exam. I highly recommend this course for anyone who tried studying either on her/his own or through another course and didn't achieve the results she/he wanted. Rich and Max are surprisingly motivating and definitely know what they're talking about.
Joined: Jan 17, 2015
Purchased Course: Jun 25, 2016
College: University of Pittsburgh
Major: Management/Business Administration
Industry: Consulting
Country: United States
Verified Real Student Review

From 670 to 710: How EMPOWERgmat equipped me with the strategy and confidence to beat the GMAT

November 8, 2016
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  • Recommended forVerbal: Yes  Math: Yes
  • GMAT ScoresBefore: 670 After: 710

In late June of 2016, I started the EMPOWERgmat full plan after scoring a 670 Q44/V38 in July 2015. In my first round with the GMAT, I self-studied with some hand-me-down Manhattan Prep strategy guides and the 13th Ed Official Guide. It was a decent foundation, but I lacked the finer points (e.g. timing and triage) required to hit my goal score (>700).

After reading many positive reviews about EMPOWERgmat?s course, particularly its TEST IT, TEST THE ANSWER, and TRIAGE tactics, I decided to enroll. At $349 for 3 months with GMAT Prep Exam Packs 1 and 2 ($100 value) included, it was a steal. Regardless of which prep material I chose, I would have purchased the exam packs, so that made EMPOWERgmat?s course $249 for 3 months in my opinion. Even better.

I spent 87 days and ~200 hours on prep (I tracked everything). The course allowed me to understand how the exam worked and how to train/practice/instill the right habits to succeed on test day. The biggest difference that I noticed on test day was the absence of anxiety/pressure to answer every question correctly. If I spent too much time on a question, I triaged it. I came across a multi-shape geometry question and ditched it immediately. I applied Test It at least a dozen times. On Verbal, I knew how to read each CR answer with intense skepticism. It was much easier to eliminate answers after watching Max's videos. I felt so prepared and confident.

Thank you Rich, Max, and the rest of the EMPOWERgmat staff for putting together this material. I am applying to business schools in 2017 for Fall 2018 matriculation. I am happy to know that the GMAT aspect of my profile is done.
Joined: Oct 31, 2016
Purchased Course: Aug 8, 2016
Major: Management/Business Administration
Country: Canada
Verified Real Student Review

EMPOWERgmat provides the best value and the most effective study program

October 31, 2016
  • Teacher: Rich and Max
  • Recommended forVerbal: Yes  Math: Yes
  • GMAT ScoresBefore: N/A After: 720

EMPOWERgmat was a phenomenal study tool that I credit with being able to achieve my target score of 720. I had originally scored 580 on my first practice exam and then spent the next month studying with the Manhattan books. However, a month later when I took another practice exam my score wasn't even above 650. Recognizing I needed a new study strategy, I searched for a different alternative and was advised to try out EMPOWERgmat. I found that the video style (which is similar to Khan Academy) allowed me to move quickly through my areas of strength and focus more on my areas of weakness. Rich's solutions also showed you how to solve the question in the quickest way - not the standard "algebraic" solution, etc. As I already had most of the basic quant/verbal content down, EMPOWERgmat's focus on the STRATEGY of how to attack exam questions was exactly what I needed to boost my score. The challenge for me was timing and how to get through questions quickly. EMPOWERgmat gave me the tools I needed to be successful. With only 3 weeks of using EMPOWERgmat, I boosted my practice score up to a 740. On test day, I came out with a 720, which was still in my target range. EMPOWERgmat gave me the tricks and confidence I needed to be successful, while also providing the material in an engaging format. The team was very responsive if I ever had questions or requests and the course was very reasonably priced. I can't recommend it enough!
Joined: Oct 26, 2016
Purchased Course: Aug 5, 2016
Country: Italy
Verified Real Student Review

Learning the right method.

October 26, 2016
  • Teacher: Rich &
  • Recommended forVerbal: Yes  Math: Yes
  • GMAT ScoresBefore: N/A After: 760

First of all, let me introduce myself: I am a 21 year old, Italian student of Economics and Finance at Bocconi University, located in Milan. I have scored 8/9 on the IELTS, but in no way did I feel confident about the verbal section of the GMAT before starting the course taught by EMPOWERgmat, as I am not a native English speaker. This alone should be a testament to the effectiveness of EMPOWERgmat.

Before signing up for the course, I had taken a CAT and scored 550. Six weeks later, on my official test day, I scored 760 (49,45). What I believe sets EMPOWERgmat apart is the fact that it's a course focusing on the method and mindset to beat the GMAT, rather than just giving you math or grammar knowledge. Anybody could do that, but few can teach a way to treat the test like a true challenge and give practical tips to overcome any kind of obstacle that may come in your way. The GMAT is a standardised test, and EMPOWERgmat will help you interiorise all its features so that when it's finally game day there will be no surprises.

Clearly, the course doesn't "only" give such practical tips. In fact, from the get-go, you can shape your studying program and decide its duration based on your necessities. There will be lessons refreshing some basic math and geometry concepts that you probably haven't seen since high school as well as crucial lectures for non-native speakers on how to crush the verbal. Throughout all these learning experiences the teachers will always try to make you deeply understand the forma-mentis you need to have in approaching this test, and I believe that this mindset will be useful also for future challenges!

I am truly glad I gave this course a shot, and I strongly recommend you do too.
Joined: Oct 9, 2016
Purchased Course: Aug 9, 2016
College: Wellesley College
Country: England
Verified Real Student Review

Wish I had found EMPOWERgmat sooner!

October 9, 2016
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  • Recommended forVerbal: Yes  Math: Yes
  • GMAT ScoresBefore: 640 After: 710

After taking a three year hiatus from my Manhattan GMAT course, i did not want to spend a lot of money on another course and signed up with Magoosh, while Magoosh was good, when I finally took the GMAT, I got a 640. Determined to do better, I signed up with EMPOWERgmat, and I made the right decision. They do a fantastic job teaching GMAT test-taking STRATEGY in addition to the concepts. I only used the score booster program as I had a limited time to study and had already done some previous test prep. I saw my score quickly improve practice test, after practice test, and ultimately finished with a 710! Stacy was particularly helpful and responded quickly to any concerns or questions I had. I could not recommend this program more!
Joined: Jun 10, 2008
Purchased Course: Sep 28, 2015
Verified Real Student Review

EmpowerGMAT is the only thing that worked for me

September 30, 2016
  • Teacher:
  • Recommended forVerbal: Yes  Math: Yes
  • GMAT ScoresBefore: 600 After: 710

My GMAT journey has been crazy long - 8 years. After spending a few weeks on Khan Academy covering all the math I'd scoffed at in K-12, I stumbled upon EmpowerGMAT. Wow.

Quant + General advice: Rich?s enthusiasm is infectious. All of the seemingly crazy stuff Rich says simply works. I live in the middle of nowhere, far, far from the US, and I found a way to get myself a Costco pack of Trident Cinnamon gum. I even winked at some creepy rando at the testing center (who then followed me halfway home but that?s not for here). Purposely guessed on 3 questions because they were too hard. Also, the fact that Rich and Max?s voices didn?t put me to sleep is huge. They really make you want to annihilate the GMAT. For some reason, MGMAT and Magoosh made the GMAT look like the Lannister clan on Captagon. Ain?t nobody got time for that!

Verbal: People often have a hard time improving Reading Comprehension. I used to skim the passages because I jus t don?t care enough about algae (or my $250 fee, time, ?effort?). DON?T SKIM. ?Empower reading? is totally a thing. Max's strategies for killing CR and SC are also on point.

Both sections are a work of art - watch the videos, do the drills, take the quizzes. It just works. Rinse and repeat (you always pick up something new from the videos). EmpowerGMAT uses real GMAT questions from the OGs ? this is rare ? and absolutely destroys them. Confidence is such a huge part of the GMAT experience and these guys will instill ?rational confidence? in you. You will feel confident because you know how GMAT questions are written, why they?re written a certain way, and what you can do to eviscerate each question. They even teach you how to make educated guesses.

Beautiful lifesaver. Worth so much more than $99.
Joined: Sep 15, 2016
Purchased Course: Aug 1, 2016
College: School of Business, Economics and Law at Uni of Gothenburg
Major: Finance
Country: Sweden
Verified Real Student Review

From 680 to 740 in 30 days with EmpowerGMAT

September 15, 2016
  • Teacher: Max, Rich
  • Recommended forVerbal: Yes  Math: Yes
  • GMAT ScoresBefore: N/A After: 740

Summary of my background:
20-year old Swedish third-year BSc student with a major in finance.
No relevant work experience except for the occasional part-time bank job.
Final GMAT-score: 740(Q49V42) IR8, AWA 4.5
Approx 120-130 total hours of studying during a 2-month period.

During mid-June this summer I decided to take the GMAT in late August. I started to work through questions in the OG and thought I did quite well, so I set my target score at 730. After studying 3-4 weeks I started doing prep tests. My first three prep tests were 2 MGMAT and 1 Veritas, my scores were 670, 650 and 650 (with Q44-47 and V32-36). After studying for 1? more weeks I did my first official prep test and ended up with a 680 (Q48V35).

At this point I started getting frustrated with my inability to break the 700-barrier and getting closer to my 730-target. I had approx. 5 weeks until my actual exam and I had no strategy on how to tackle the harder questions, which often ended up with me trying to get to the answer for 4 minutes and then just pick an answer in pure frustration.

So, with exactly 31 days left until the exam, I started looking for a quick way to boost my score beyond the 700-barrier. The offers from the big companies like MGMAT and Kaplan didn?t excite me at all, just seemed to be a lot of literature for a lot of money and so I kept on looking. Finally, I found EmpowerGMAT and bought a one-month subscription for 99$. This is probably one of the best decisions I have ever made.

At first I was skeptical, Max and Rich (the tutors at Empower) claimed they had shortcuts and methods for all type of questions and that I would be able to improve my score just by applying their methods. This couldn?t be true, could it?

The EmpowerGMAT course offers what they call Empower tactics for all categories, and when these tactics are applied in the right way they are crazy effective. I worked through the majority of verbal videos and some of the quant videos during 2 weeks of intense studying (20h/week) and on the first prep test immediately afterwards I scored 730 (Q50V39). I couldn?t believe it, a 50 score improvement in 2 weeks just by applying the Empower tactics in the right way.
I worked through the rest of the course in about one week and scored 730 (Q49V40) and 720 (Q48V40) on my two remaining official tests (bought 2 additional).

I cannot emphasize enough how much EmpowerGMAT?s structured way of solving the questions helped me to improve from the 650-680 range into 730 level and beyond. I used the Empower tactics on all kinds of questions, but I really would like to make a special case for the SC and CR tactics. If you?re struggling with SC and/or CR, I would 110 % recommend you take the Empower course. I went from guessing in mid-level SC questions to actually have a structured method of beating awkward 700+ SC with a reasonable amount of effort. And after applying the Empower CR tactics, the CR questions was no longer a match.

The course includes a lot of different material. Besides from videos that show how to address and attack all kinds of problems, there?s also videos and podcasts dedicated to explaining how the test works, what mistakes other test-takers do, how to prepare for test day as well as critical dos and don?ts.

Three days before the exam I decided to not study at all, and instead I went listened to the Empower podcasts, where they talk about everything from what mindset you should have to what to eat during test day.

The day before and the morning of test day, I did exactly everything Empower taught me to (except for the gum-chewing part, didn?t really want to take the risk of being caught). I arrived at the test center, did all the security procedures, and went in for the exam. AWA and IR felt good. I got a little stressed out mid-quant and messed up some questions, but I took a short break (20 seconds), followed all the steps that Rich taught me during the last 20 questions and went out with the feeling that I did okay. During the verbal I could actually hear Max?s voice telling me how to address each single question and most of the questions felt like child?s play.

I actually couldn?t breathe when I saw the 740 on my screen. Even though my target was 730, I don?t think I ever really believed that it was possible to go beyond 710-720. I went out, got my score report and when I got home I wrote to the empower administration and thanked them.

740 would not have been possible without the help of EmpowerGMAT.
Joined: Sep 2, 2012
Purchased Course: Nov 9, 2015
College: Vivekananda College
Major: Finance
Industry: Highly Diversified Manufac and Service
Country: Oman
Verified Real Student Review

EmpowerGMAT Truly Rocks as a test preparatory course

September 7, 2016
  • Teacher: Rich Cohen
  • Recommended forVerbal: Yes  Math: Yes
  • GMAT ScoresBefore: N/A After: N/A

The criteria which any test preparatory course should ideally meet should basically address following needs
(1)Provide students with plethora of questions to ensure student is adequately prepared to solve all the tough questions which he will encounter on the exam
(2)Have analytics to show areas of strengths and weakness
(3)Provide explanations to questions in a lucid manner to ensure easy comprehension
(4)Address the aspect of affordability

In all the aspects I quite frankly believe EMPOWERGMAT truly stands out as a fantastic course for preparing for the gmat exam
Not only does the course address all the aspects mentioned above - It truly stands out as a top quality course since you never feel overwhelmed/bogged down by the content
The video explanations which accompany the questions help you stay sharp and focused
Moreover the course provides an explanation for every problem in the Official guide and it is compatible with whichever version of the OG you are using (OG 13 onwards)
The Test preparatory software also teaches the students how to make educated guesses which is an important aspect since it may not be possible to solve all the problems in available time limit in the GMAT Exam
I am truly impressed with all the features include the billing (You basically pay for the time you require the course) - Empowergmat offers a free 24 trial period and you can reach out to the staff any time you want to address all your concerns
Do sign up for the course if you are serious on boosting the score
Joined: Apr 25, 2016
Purchased Course: Apr 26, 2016
Verified Real Student Review

Thank you!! 720 (Q51, V35)

August 30, 2016
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  • Recommended forVerbal: No  Math: No
  • GMAT ScoresBefore: N/A After: N/A

I like that the online course is structured around official problems. While other courses offer only general content for GMAT, this course offers not only great content but also useful tactics and strategies. The CR method and tips for reading comprehension really help me focus on the important parts in the questions. Getting the gist of any passage is really the key. Rich will show you how to do that. For quant, the foundation of this course is solid. I would recommend anyone starting the GMAT journey to take this course. Don't wait until you have wasted official problems. You will not regret joining this course. By the way, unlike customer support at OP, the customer support (Stacey Wilson) at Empower is very caring and helpful.
Joined: Aug 29, 2016
Purchased Course: Jul 21, 2016
Country: United States
Verified Real Student Review

EMPOWERgmat took me from 680 to 730 :)

August 30, 2016
  • Teacher: Rich and Brian
  • Recommended forVerbal: Yes  Math: Yes
  • GMAT ScoresBefore: N/A After: 730

After self-prep with the Manhattan book series, I was pretty excited to get a 680 on my first try. But ultimately I knew I needed to break 700 to be considered competitive for a top 20 b-school. I loved EMPOWERgmat because it did just that. I spent one month with the course, self paced and online. The videos and test tricks for success were all geared towards thinking like a test maker and being a strategic test taker. With the mindset and approach they offered, the test actually became less scary and more like a fun puzzle to solve (call me a nerd but it's true!).

I think it's a great value for the content they provide. Lot's of supplemental guides, resources, and support. And their team really cares about your success. Doesn't feel like a big prep company trying to just make money. I appreciated how personal and passionate they are the success of their students.

So if you are self-motivated and ready to take your score to the next level, DEFINITELY give it a shot!
Joined: Aug 5, 2016
Purchased Course: Jun 30, 2016
College: Auburn University
Major: Management/Business Administration
Country: United States
Verified Real Student Review

EMPOWERgmat Real Deal! 700-740

August 5, 2016
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  • Recommended forVerbal: Yes  Math: Yes
  • GMAT ScoresBefore: 700 After: 740

I wanted to say a few words about EMPOWERgmat as it played a huge role in my 740!

First of all, I had originally used a competitor's large volume set to get a lot of basics down in quant and verbal. These certainly helped but required a lot of focus and commitment. Not everyone wants to lock themselves in a room and read to themselves for 100 hours!

Enter EMPOWERgmat. When I was done with my books, I felt like I needed a little more help-- a guiding voice. I took advantage of a promotion that included the free official GMAT Prep CAT packs and knew that, if the course wasn't for me, I had those in my pocket. But, by going through EG's videos and tutorials, especially subjects like "Triage" and the "CR Box", my "inner test voice" was transformed. No longer was I just reading questions and talking to myself for 2 minutes. I had an internal plan for each question. EMPOWER taught me what questions to ask myself when reading and evaluating a problem.

To summarize, I highly recommend EMPOWERgmat!

P.S. They autobill your CC for convenience, and I actually forgot to cancel my subscription after already taking the test. Emailed their customer service about it, and they responded within hours that I would be refunded. Very helpful.
Joined: Aug 3, 2016
Purchased Course: Feb 15, 2016
College: Punjab University
Major: Mechanical Engineering
Country: United Kingdom
Verified Real Student Review

A Humble score but great support

August 3, 2016
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  • Recommended forVerbal: Yes  Math: Yes
  • GMAT ScoresBefore: N/A After: 640

I highly recommend Empower for their generosity and support.

My story is a bit harsh and no iam not a 700er. But i exactly knew what i want and how iam going to go about it.

Disgracefully iam a 3 time GMAT appearee, if it is a word.

But yes all the 2 times i scored very dismal and had to take it 3 times.

All i can say about empower is that, odds were stacked against me, i had already missed so many deadlines and scholarship deadlines and my third chance was the last.

But never in the course of ups and downs Empower let me down. They always were there to help me out and give encouragement.

I improved to a degree of 80 points and scored 640. I never wanted a 700, cz i believed in my profile and strong story telling. I just had to get myself into a list of probables and then my experience will take it from there.

The same happened, i applied in 2 schools Imperial and CASS. Got through both of them and scored a scholarship in one of them.

I thanks entire Empower team for the support and love they have given me.

I definitely recommend for Empower and their methods are accurate and can be practiced and honed.


Joined: Aug 1, 2016
Purchased Course: Oct 13, 2015
College: UoD
Major: Economics
Industry: Advertising/Marketing
Country: Canada
Verified Real Student Review

EmpowerGMAT - The course you should prep with!

August 1, 2016
  • Teacher: Rich Cohen
  • Recommended forVerbal: Yes  Math: Yes
  • GMAT ScoresBefore: 640 After: 650

Before I start with my review, I should provide some background. I dived into GMAT prep without really understanding what kind of animal GMAT is and I mainly just prepared with set of Manhattan GMAT books, thinking that studying up from books would be enough. My target score was what everyone wants, a 700. I first attempted GMAT in March 2015, with nearly disastrous consequences: Q 37, V38, IR:2, AWA: 5.5. Total 620.

As you can see, my primary weakness was quant. TBH, I suck at quant. Dejected after the result, I decided to go for an online course. Another popular course had a special going on and was relatively cheaper after going through various reviews, I signed up for the said test prep. I was primarily focused on quant and barely even touched verbal during my prep second time around. I attempted the GMAT again in October 2015 and got the following result: Total 640, V42, Q35, IR4, AWA 6. While my score went up by 20 points, my quant actually WENT DOWN by 2 points while my verbal shot up 4 points ? and I hadn?t even touched verbal!

After preparing for nearly 6 months, I was toroughly dejected and ready to give up on the GMAT but I decided to give it one final shot and started looking for courses again. Because I wanted to send in my applications before the deadlines, that meant I only had a month to prepare and attempt my GMAT again. I signed up with EmpowerGMAT and I?m glad I did. The strategies and tips that Rich teaches helped me be more confident during the test. Rich?s tips on triaging questions are spot on and by triaging questions, I was able to finish the test in time and without panicking through it. Having EmpowerGMAT by your side is like having your personal coach beside you; they teach, coach, motivate, strategize and root for you. Unlike other courses which focus primarily on theoretical and conceptual understanding of GMAT content, EmpowerGMAT teaches you the things you need to know to beat the exam. Like another reviewer has mentioned, after preparing with Empower you almost feel like Neo in The Matrix ? you?re ready for the things you know and ready to swiftly put away things you don?t.

While theoretical and deep conceptual understanding is great if you are writing a thesis, for the GMAT you need to be prepared with strategies to tackle the exam and this is exactly what EmpowerGMAT teaches you. Nothing more, nothing less, no BS ? just what you need to know to beat this exam, grab a great score and move on to applications and move on with your life.
In the end, my score after EmpowerGMAT isn?t particularly spectacular, but it is my highest yet:

Total 650
Quant: 40
Verbal: 40
IR: 5
AWA 6.0

? an improvement of only 10 points. BUT, my quantitative jumped by 5 POINTS from my previous attempt! In a month, my quant jumped 5 points and I got the highest IR and total score I have ever gotten. I must mention that I primarily prepared quant with Empower and barely touched verbal ? and the 2-point drop in my verbal score from my previous attempt was caused not by Empower but rather by fatigue and sciatica from a disc bulge that distracted me during the verbal part of the exam. If not for the verbal drop ? I?m pretty sure I?d have scored 670-680.

My only regret is that I could prepare with Empower only for a month. I wish I had spent more time preparing with Empower instead of wasting numerous months with other test prep methods. Had I prepared with Empower for 3 months for so, I probably could've gotten the 700 I desired. Nevertheless, my score after EmpowerGMAT combined with my applications got me into IE, ESADE and SDA Bocconi.

In the end, if you wish to be a scholar of the GMAT, you can choose whichever course you like. But if you want to beat the GMAT, grab a great score and move on to admission applications ? EmpowerGMAT is the course to go for.
Joined: Jul 4, 2015
Purchased Course: Dec 20, 2015
College: Vanderbilt University - Owen Graduate School of Management
Country: Vietnam
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Verbal Booster course actuall rocked! 4 points improved on Verbal!

July 23, 2016
  • Teacher: Rich and Max
  • Recommended forVerbal: Yes  Math: No
  • GMAT ScoresBefore: 680 After: 710

I decided to give EmpowerGmat ago after failing to reach 700 target after 3 tests, with the goal of getting V35-36 at least ( I got V31 the in the 3th test). I used the Verbal Booster course because I have no problem in Quant; however, the course does include some lessons and tips about how to maximize your Quant score.

This course is actually for those who want to take the test in a short time. I completed it within 1 month, and then took the test and got 710, with Verbal score of V35. Here are some of my reviews:

- Tips and podcasts from Rich and Brian: There are many tips in the course. I just did some of them, and found all useful. I chewed gums during the test (if you do so, remember to follow his tip about how to avoid being caught) and saw that I could concentrate even in the end of Verbal section. In previous tests, I used Red Bull with the hope to stay alert at the end of the test, but it turned out that the drink harmed me. Brian (the supporter via email) recommended that I get rid of it. I followed all advice and they worked like a charm. Also, Rich told learners to wink at someone at the test center to gain the confidence and get refreshed. At first, I thought this tip is somewhat ridiculous, but after I tried to imagine the situation in my mind, I realized it actually worked. During the test days, although I did not actually do so, imagining how I am cool when winking at the female proctor really boosted my confidence. This course also includes many podcasts, and listening to them also helped me understand how the GMAT test works and have an appropriate strategy.

- SC: I used to follow the meaning-based approach of E-Gmat when working with SC questions. It is really good, but it took me a lot of time for each question (1m30s-40s on average). EMPOWERGmat?s approach is to split and eliminate 2-3 choices using grammar, and then use the meaning or grammar to get to the final choice. Some grammar errors are so easy to be spotted, but I had not known before (for example: there must be a comma ?,? before ?which?). I combined the approach of both E=Gmat and EMPOWERGmat and thus was able to decrease significantly the time for each SC question (1m15s or even less). The accuracy rate did not decrease, and I had much more time for CR and RC.

- CR and RC: I did not really focus on CR and RC lessons in EMPOWERGmat?s course. The reason was that I did not have many problems in finding the correct answers, but because of time constraint, I had not performed well on both parts. After I decreased time in SC questions, I had more to allocate to CR and RC, and all went fine.

- Course?s price: if you want to take the test in 1 month and do not want to spend a lot of money on prep courses, this Booster course is what you need. Just finish it within 1 month, and the price for 1-month-subscription cannot be beaten.

- Some Cons: It is not economical for those who study for a long time because they have to pay for subscription each month. Also, grammar lessons about SC mostly provide tips for spotting the error. If you are still weak in basic grammar such as sentence structure, tenses, etc. you should go to Manhattan or E-Gmat.

P/s: After getting V35 and 710 overall in the 4th test in Jan 2016, I continued to take the test in March and got 760 (V42). Although I did not extend EMPOWERGmat subscription, I think what I had learned in 1 month did help a lot in the 5th test.
Joined: Jul 20, 2016
Purchased Course: Nov 11, 2015
Country: Germany
Verified Real Student Review

EmpowerGMAT a must for strategy

July 20, 2016
  • Teacher:
  • Recommended forVerbal: Yes  Math: Yes
  • GMAT ScoresBefore: N/A After: 690

EmpowerGMAT helps you so much with the strategic/tactical aspect of the GMAT.
When I started studying for the GMAT I used the Manhattan Prep books to brush up my basics. It helped me quite a bit, however, my score improvements remained small. In my first cold attempt at the GMAT prep test I scored a 590. After studying with the Manhattan books, I scored a 620. I knew I had to change something in my practice methodology.

I needed someone to tell me how to approach problems. I needed strategy for certain problem types. Especially, however, I needed help in Quant. I decided to go with Empower since their tutor Rich is highly active here in the forums and already helped me out with some problems. Also, their monthly payment option is great to talor exactly to your needs without having to pay "dead months".

I could not have made a better decision. Rich is extremely motivational and modules do not just tell you the basics and concepts (they do that as well), but most importantly, they show you how to tackle the problems. Before starting Empower I was actually quite scared and frustrated because of reaching a plateau. After starting Empower, after one day, I knew, something had changed. I had my drive back, even with problems I couldn't solve, I didn't feel completely lost anymore. I always had an approach ready. I had tactics for easy problems as well as difficult problems. For any kind of problem I had a tactic, even if it was to take and educated guess. That way, I never felt lost anymore.

Another great aspect of Empower is that they teach you how the GMAT works. This is extremely underrated. It shows you which questions count and which ones do not. I have yet to come to another company that teaches you that. It is EXTREMELY helpful, especially, since it lets you skip too difficult questions with ease because you know they do not count.

In regards to the modules, both Quant and Verbal are great, however, I feel, that the Quant module is definitely a tad better. This is not because Verbal is poor but more because the Quant module is just absolutely amazing. Also, since I pretty much started with a Verbal score of 39 it was actually harder for them to improve my Verbal score. So here my opinion could definitely be subjective. I feel like their Verbal module is more tailorded towards beginners while their Quant definitely helps you out a lot when you already have a high level.

To conclude, I would definitely recommend Empower when you have the basics but still struggle with the questions (most likely because of strategy). If you want the full Gmat preparation package, I would recommend buying the complete Manhattan series for basics and the Empower course for the tactics and strategies to KILL the Gmat.
Joined: Jul 3, 2013
Purchased Course: Aug 5, 2015
College: Johns Hopkins University
Country: United States
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From 660 to 730 -- Learn to beat the test not just learn the material

July 19, 2016
  • Teacher:
  • Recommended forVerbal: Yes  Math: Yes
  • GMAT ScoresBefore: 660 After: 730

EmpowerGMAT was very different from the other GMAT prep companies and materials. They were the only company that I research that used videos as the basis of their lessons and taught directly from official questions. I had originally taken the GMAT with the help of the OG13 guide and the Manhattan books. These materials are perfectly sufficient if you have an obvious weakness in a particular subject area or deficiency in knowledge.

My weakness was in test taking strategy and stamina. EmpowerGMAT has several modules in which they address strategies to deal with limited time, how to guess on difficult questions, and how to approach a particular question based on the type. After learning and implementing these strategies I was able to score a 730 and place myself in a great position to apply for top business schools. Thank you Empower!
Joined: May 15, 2016
Purchased Course: Apr 23, 2016
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The Most Effective Course

July 14, 2016
  • Teacher: Rich Cohen and Max Peterson
  • Recommended forVerbal: Yes  Math: Yes
  • GMAT ScoresBefore: 680 After: 710

My new GMAT score is a 30-point improvement over my previous highest. Over the last couple of years I struggled a lot on the GMAT, but only after meeting EMPOWER GMAT did my struggles stop. Many of those stories and reviews I've read on EMPOWER GMAT's website would come true during my final preparation and on Test Day. In short Rich and Max are brilliant!

Rich: his overall advice are spot on and his Quant approach brilliant. His Quant approach should be only approach you take. His style is perfectly crisp.

Max: his verbal lessons not only helped me tackle the V problems but also helped me improve in my overall V skillset - and that skillset is a must in everyday business writing within and beyond the GMAT.
Joined: Jul 10, 2016
Purchased Course: Feb 10, 2016
College: Northwestern University
Major: Chemical Engineering
Industry: Energy/Extractive Minerals
Country: United States
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Great course, unbeatable value

July 10, 2016
  • Teacher: Rich / Max
  • Recommended forVerbal: Yes  Math: Yes
  • GMAT ScoresBefore: N/A After: 770

I have an unusual work schedule, so I needed an online course. I have always naturally performed well on standardized tests, but I needed to absolutely kill the GMAT. I spent substantial time researching various options, initially focused on big-name prep companies. I even briefly considered paying $$$ for a private tutor.

I landed on EmpowerGMAT for three reasons:

1.) They advertised producing the most 700+ scores. I read in some forums that the big-name prep companies were geared to bringing an average test taker (550- 600) up to a respectable score (660 - 680). That wasn't going to cut it for me.

2.) Number one rated review program by GMATClub. I try to take ratings with a grain of salt, but in this case it lent a little credibility to the claim stated above.

3.) I liked the idea of pay-as-you-go for $99 /mo., compared to the lump-sum for ~$1200 that other companies charge. I figured, "What's the risk?" I didn't like I could cancel and hire Manhattan Prep or some such name-brand. $99 was a very reasonable wager compared to >$1000.

I completed the full program over ~3.5 months, totaling <$400 in costs for the prep course. I think results speak for them-self (1st time taking the actual GMAT):

770 (99%) / Q50 (88%) / V47 (99%) / IR 8 (82%) / AWA 5.5 (81%)

The course strategies work if you dedicate the time. I really liked some of the podcast lessons, which include some quirky little tid-bits that are not covered in other programs (i.e. strategically planning your breaks, studying with gum, etc.). I used all of it. Some of it seemed a tad bit corny, but I went with it anyway, and all I can say is I am very satisfied with the overall outcome.

Nonetheless, I do have a few minor recommendations to consider in addition, for anyone really aiming for a monster score.

Overall --

I'm not sure if Empower is still recommending purchasing the Manhattan Prep Practice CATs (... at the time I signed up, GMAC had not released CAT Pack 2), but don't waste your time with them. Stick to the Official GMAC Practice CATs. If it's not an official question, it's NOT an official question.

Quant --

If you're particularly strong in math, definitely consult the Official Guide solutions in addition to the Empower Video Solution. Particularly for some DS questions, algebraically combining the two facts can be faster than using Test It (i.e. when Test It values are not obvious). Other times Test It dominates -- it depends. At the end of the day, seeing multiple perspectives provides more options, so diversify.

Verbal --

1.) I can't over-emphasize the value I obtained from Empower Strategies on RC & CR -- most notably, approaching reading passages with genuine interest & slowing my reading pace. Slowing down was completely contradictory to other guides, but it works! Another guide I read even recommended taking a speed-reading course!

2.) While I definitely found a lot of value in the Empower SC tactic, I did find the grammar review in the SC error type break-down to be a little high-level for my particular style of learning. It was a reasonable summary, but I found it to be more based on on heuristics than hard & fast grammar rules. I'm more of a concepts person than a memorization person, so I didn't personally take to this section naturally. I found value in reviewing the GMAT Club Grammar Book that was provided as optional review. The Grammar Book was recommended primarily for non-English speakers, but I found value even as a native English speaker. Doing so, I managed a perfect score on SC, which definitely contributed to my high Verbal score.

3.) The AWA section is near the end of the Empower program. I'd recommend jumping ahead & completing this one module in the course. It doesn't build on previous knowledge, so it can be taken at any point. And the sooner you take it, the more opportunity you'll have to practice the Empower AWA strategy on Practice CATS.

That's about it, otherwise, I just used the Empower Tactics & worked all the practice problems in the course, and took all 6 Official GMAC CATs.
Joined: Jun 30, 2016
Purchased Course: Mar 14, 2016
College: National Taiwan University
Major: Management/Business Administration
Industry: High Technology/Electronics
Country: Taiwan
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If you are looking for maximum gain in minimum time, this is it

July 4, 2016
  • Teacher: Rich and Max
  • Recommended forVerbal: Yes  Math: Yes
  • GMAT ScoresBefore: N/A After: 760

I knew I had very very limited time to prepare for the GMAT, so I looked not for a prep course that covered as much as possible, but one that is as effective as possible. I have not used other courses, so I cannot compare, but I feel EMPOWERgmat is just what I was looking for and enabled me to score 760 (Q51, V41) on my first try in well under 100 hours of preparation.
I must say that it?s always about the fit (same as choosing which MBA program to apply for). I have always been good at basic math and my English is quite good for a non-native speaker, so I didn?t need something that spent too much time covering those. EMPOWER did taught me that basic math is all I needed for the GMAT and that you don?t need to know every word in the passage. The course gave me all the tools I needed to answer all CR and RC questions correctly in my final two practice CATs (I only took 3 in total).
On a side note, their service is great, their people always upbeat. This won?t increase your GMAT score, but to me it?s an indicator of a good business and a good product.
Joined: Jun 28, 2016
Purchased Course: Mar 6, 2016
College: United States Military Academy
Major: Engineering
Industry: Government
Country: United States
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Unparalleled Prep with Incredible Customer Service

June 28, 2016
  • Teacher: Rich & Max
  • Recommended forVerbal: Yes  Math: Yes
  • GMAT ScoresBefore: 600 After: 690

For context, I am a military veteran who had taken in-person prep courses prior to using EMPOWER GMAT. I had been attempting to raise my score for roughly 4 months before I started using EMPOWER.

I can now report that EMPOWER Prep has helped me move from a 540 to a 690! Any amount of in-person prep or even private tutoring cannot compare to the tactical approach EMPOWER takes. The online curriculum is demanding and you do need to put in additional prep outside of the tutorials, but the instruction is above the best. Rich and Max take a systematic approach to question type and wrong answer analysis that cannot be beat.

Not only is the instruction top notch, but the customer service provided by the EMPOWER Support Team was unmatched by even the largest test prep companies. After they reached out to me, I was able to provide detailed feedback of my weaker areas and they replied within 24 hours with detailed guidance and additional instruction options for me to make the most of my prep.

Overall, this is a phenomenal program!!! Easily customizable with multiple curricula to chose from and a multitude of resources, all at a fair price point.
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