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EMPOWERgmat.com Overview


About EMPOWERgmat

Empower GMAT emphasizes their connections with schools that their alums have attended and recommends an expensive, yet what they believe to be a beneficial, visit with an MBA admission consultant. They consider this an investment into your future, considering earning an MBA may add a substantial amount of income over the course of one’s career.

Empower GMAT seeks to have their student’s “think like a testmaker” in order to be able to predict the answers to questions. They invite users to view a “pro guide” that will guide them through the process, from the content given on the test to methods designed to “beat the tactics” presented to them throughout the examination.


Their course tour is loaded with video experiences offering:

  • Video explanations to over 2,000 questions
  • Motivational podcasts and “cheat sheet” PDF’s
  • Gmat official guide questions with video explanations
  • Lessons, bonus tools, drills and questionnaires

Thousands of realistic training questions are also accompanied by video and an error log is supplied for students to recognize mistakes and possible patterns associated with these errors.

EMPOWERgmat Cost and Contact Info

Empower GMAT offers a free 24 hour access pass online or available through Facebook. The monthly charge is $99 dollars and if you pre-pay for three months, you get the fourth month at no charge.

At the bottom of their signup page, there are free downloads of one, two and three month study plans along with PDF files for total, quantitative and verbal score boosters.

Contact Empower GMAT through a messaging service found on their home page.

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Reviews Statistic

4.7 out of 4.7
21 Ratings
5 Stars 15
4 Stars 5
3 Stars 1
2 Stars 0
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21 reviews for EMPOWERgmat.com Overview

  1. Avatar
    5 out of 5


    I gave my first GMAT last year and scored a meager 590 in Aug last year. I prepared for another 10-11 months and finally succeded in scoring 700 (Q48 V37).
    The EmpowerGMAT MBA course was really helpful for my preparation. I liked the way it is structured, and the practical tips and strategies it offers. For QUANTs, we have test-it & Triage strategies which really were helpful during the exam.

    In the VERBAL section, I really liked the CR box that has been prescribed for CR accuracy. It gives a template to your thought process and increases the probability of getting the correct answer. Similarly, RC and SC have helpful strategies and courses.
    Other than these empower GMAT has summary PDFs and tips for exam preparation, after doing a course consistently for 5-6 weeks I was confident enough and booked my test date.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: TBD - entering in 2020
    • MBA application & school advice: MBA application takes longer than you would expect it to take. - Start making a blueprint of what you gonna write in the essays - Meet schools, and adcom in MBA fairs, or if you can afford to go to info sessions. - Talk with alumni and inquire about the course - Figure out who will write your letter of recommendations - Last but not least plan out so that you can meet application deadlines
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    5 out of 5


    I completed EMPOWERgmat 2-month study plan and took the GMAT on July 2019, scoring 690 (Q41 V42). I credit it all to EMPOWERgmat!

    Their syllabus is based on a tactical approach and Rich and Max do a great job at preparing your for what GMAT really is – a critical reasoning test. Their videos are easy to follow and show you how to effectivelly solve both Quant and Verbal problems from all difficulty levels. Also, the course teaches you a valuable skill – how to triage the questions that are too hard to too weird and that would make you waste precious time and ultematelly hurt your score. Finally, the syllabus also includes a few podcasts that cover the physical and psychological tactics needed to become a true “GMAT assassin”. I have always struggled with test day anxiety but after following their advice I arrived at the test center feeling calm and confident – I think that is crucial if you are looking for a high score.

    Overall, I highly reccomend EMPOWERgmat to everyone who is looking for a strong and proven strategy to beat the GMAT. Studying for the GMAT is not easy, but if you take everything Rich and Max teach you to heart I promise the hard work will pay off!

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: Applying in 2020
    • MBA application & school advice: Start early and plan ahead. Familiarize yourself with the admission requirements and deadlines and give yourself enough time to prepare for the GMAT
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    5 out of 5


    I really enjoyed the Empower course and thought it was well worth my time and money. I scored a 650 on my first GMAT with a few weeks of self prep. Afterwards, I signed up for 2 months of Empower and brought my score up to 710. I thought the layout and instruction was very helpful and I have recommended it to anyone who as asked since.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: Vanderbilt 2020
    • MBA application & school advice: Start early!
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    5 out of 5


    I feel compelled to preface this with I never write reviews for products I purchased but I feel compelled to do so given how instrumental EMPOWERGMAT was in increasing my GMAT score from 710 to a 750 in two months. The countless videos they have on their website, paired with the five-stage framework, shaped me into a confident GMAT assassin. I was particularly struck by how friendly and supportive all the staff were at EMPOWERGMAT. Whether it was the support team welcoming me or eventually congratulating me on my score, or the GMAT experts who would provided timely responses to any specific questions related to a certain video, I always felt like the EMPOWERGMAT community wanted me to succeed. And when you are studying for a test often in isolation, that level of support goes a long way. I would highly recommend EMPOWERGMAT to any one thinking of either taking or re-taking the GMAT.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: TBD
    • MBA application & school advice: Apply round 1!
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    5 out of 5


    After graduating from college in the Spring of 2018, I knew that I wanted to get a master’s degree from a top 20 business school. For that, taking the GMAT was a must. I purchased the official guide, read some basics about the test, and decided to take a practice test to see where I was and to try to structure a study plan accordingly. I scored 520 on my first practice test. I spent the following month practicing with questions from the official guide and took another practice test. This time I got a 610, which gave me very high hopes, given that I had improved by 90 points in just one month.

    At that point, I kept solving problems from the official guide and also supplemented my studies with some YouTube videos and other online content. I took a 3rd practice test and got a 580, which was a little discouraging. Long story short, I kept studying with the OG and with some free online material for 3 months and took 3 practice tests during that time. While I felt that I had learned a lot, that knowledge wasn’t translating into a higher score: I was stuck at 590-610.

    One day I decided to look into GMAT prep courses and read reviews on the different forums. Most of the courses I was seeing were very expensive and I knew I just couldn’t afford to spend several thousand dollars on my prep at the moment. I stumbled upon EMPOWERgmat and was impressed with what I read about it. I used the 1-hour trial and emailed Rich, asking for advice on which plan was the most appropriate for me.

    I bought the course and went through it in about 3 months. I took my first official GMAT and got a 670. I studied for an extra month and retook the test, getting a 690 (Q46 V38). Even though that score was a little under the 700 mark, I decided to keep it.

    What makes this course great? Its practical approach. Instead of focusing on hard-to-explain, complicated ideas and methods, this course focuses on teaching you the easiest and most efficient way to get questions right. On the quantitative side, Rich shows you how to approach and solve problems in practical ways that keep the math simple, maximize your time, and limit your room for error. On the verbal side, Max shows you how to tackle the 3 types of verbal questions in the easiest way possible, again, without having to memorize any complex grammar rules or ideas. Also, you can always contact Rich for advice and trust that he will reply the same day with personalized insights. Overall, this course will teach you everything you need to crush the GMAT.

    Once you buy the course, take what Rich and Max teach you to heart. Look to apply all the tactics and strategies, especially Triaging. Some of these ideas you will learn might seem weird and you will be tempted to avoid them. However, you should make it a point to use them every time an opportunity arises. In the end, you will see great results.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: Undecided
    • MBA application & school advice: Start early and seek advice for experts.
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    3 out of 5


    The course content is well laid out and they provide unique strategies that help you better understand the strategy behind the test. The videos can be kind of boring to watch and make it hard to pay attention. Although I felt like a learned a lot through the course I only saw a small increase in my GMAT score.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: Notre Dame - 2020
    • MBA application & school advice: Start GMAT prep and application as early as possible and try to visit schools before applying to get a better sense of the culture and if it is a place that you can envision yourself
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    5 out of 5


    While most of the courses offered concept based knowledge, which isn’t much beneficial for “retakers”, EmpowerGMAT offers strategy based approach to Assassin the GMAT. Took the one month course and rescheduled my second GMAT. The best part about EmpowerGMAT was that it not only helped me understand easy and effective ways to tackle three different types of questions, but also gave me the confidence to Triage the type of questions that when solved, would harm my timing on the real test, but when skipped, would not hurt my score at all.
    Rich’s podcasts helped me deal well with the test anxiety on the D-Day. I sat for the retake with a better focus and higher confidence. And then those 3 and a half stressful hours ended with a 710(Q45,V41) on the screen. Thanks to EmpowerGMAT.
    I would recommend this course to any test taker who has basic understanding of the concepts and is looking for some strong strategies to deal with the GMAT. Plus they always have these amazing offers, which make them value for money. EmpowerGMAT does what it claims.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: Undecided- Entering In 2020
    • MBA application & school advice: This is what I am going to follow for my MBA applications: take the tests (GMAT or GRE and language competency), do some research, be sure about your goals and hit the applications the day they announce the deadlines.
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    4 out of 5


    Empower was the only paid study material I used.

    I started with the Kaplan study guides and OG2017/2018 from the library. Using free older material, I was able to get my basics down and get started.

    I went with Empower because of I thought it had the best cost/value proposition of the different courses I found and limited 1month study schedule between Kaplan and official test. The other offerings were at least 6~8weeks minimum study time and I would recommend this again.

    The quant videos and tactics were very helpful. I didn’t fair too well on the RC. The SC portions I thought were very well done and saw the most improvement here. The details of why the wrong answers were wrong was the most helpful.

    My first practice exams started at 520 and finished my final at 670. I would also recommend spending a bit more time and potentially will have better results.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: Cornell Johnson MBA, 2021
    • MBA application & school advice: Highly recommend going to multiple class visits to compare the class engagement, cohort closeness, and understanding the whole picture for admissions requirements. My GMAT wasn't the highest but was able to overcome with work experience and background. GMAT is only a portion of the package. Good luck!
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    5 out of 5


    Empowergmat helped me boost my score by 40 points in a less than a month. I had given the GMAT twice before, each time getting the same score despite using different tactics and extensively practicing with the Official guides and official mocks. I switched to Empower for my third attempt because after my 2nd one i realised that self-study was not working for me and i really needed a game- changing strategy as i was looking a score boost of a minimum 40 points.

    I chose the Empower 1 month plan after reading so many positive reviews about them on gmat forums. I honestly was skeptical because i hadn’t heard of any friends or colleagues use the platform before. But as soon as i started with the trial, i was convinced of the simplicity and effective approach followed. The concept videos are structured in a very thoughtful manner and makes every topic seem easy and intuitive. My ESRs from the previous attempts had indicated that my weakest area in verbal was SC so i was primarily focused on improving my SC sccuracy. I would recommend anyone who shares the same weakness to watch their SC concept videos atleast twice to etch them in your mind. My verbal score jumped from 35 in the last two attempts to 41 with just 3 weeks of prep.

    I also really liked the mini clinics to teach quant formulae and the podcasts to boost confidence before every mock. Would definitely recommend the software especially for retakers who have tried to get the desired score in conventional ways and failed. Lastly, i haven’t seen a more proactive customer support in any professional service i have ever taken. The response time in under 30 mins for any questions and they go out of their way to provide you with all the help they can.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: Applying this year
    • MBA application & school advice: Start early and choose the prep style which you think is best suited for yourself without being over influenced by what has worked for others!
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    5 out of 5


    EmpowerGMAT was exactly what I was looking for. It is an extremely cost-effective and highly engaging GMAT prep course. One of the highlights of the course was listening to the “big picture” advice from Rick and Max, both of whom know the GMAT inside and out. By following their advice and insights, you are guaranteed to go into the real GMAT with a foolproof strategy to break 700. You’ll know which questions to spend the extra time on, and which ones to dump and move on. I found Max’s Verbal help particularly engaging and helpful, and I ended up scoring in the 98% for verbal. I highly recommend this course for anyone looking to DESTROY the GMAT.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: Undecided- Entering in 2019
    • MBA application & school advice: START EARLY! I'm currently in the process of applying and got a late start. It's not impossible but creates a lot of added, unnecessary stress. I've also had to move a little faster than I would have liked and have missed or skipped some conversations that might be useful for me to make an even more informed decision.
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    5 out of 5


    EMPOWERgmat helped me increase my GMAT score from 580 (Q44 V26) to 670 (Q45 V37). That’s a 90 point improvement in just 2 months.

    Quant: Rich’s videos helped me SO much with pacing. I always ran out of time during my practice exams so I always got a bunch of questions wrong at the end. And the questions at the end are almost always GETABLE. The GMAT puts them there to reward the people who are doing well on time. Also, I was finally getting number property and overlapping set questions correct thanks to the strategies that Rich taught. If you struggle in math, Rich will teach you all the basics and then the tricks to make you better.

    Verbal: Max taught me strategies I never knew I needed. I thought I could get by on Verbal because its just reading words. Nope. I needed those strategies in order to get an 11 point increase in my verbal score. After watching all the verbal section videos, SC was finally easy, I was able to knock out the 3 wrong answer types on CR, and RC was actually simple if you spend more time reading the passage! I hated the Verbal section of the GMAT, it was never my strong suit. But Max’s videos were so amazing that I started to enjoy some of the questions because for the first time, I KNEW I was choosing the correct answer, I wasn’t just guessing between 2-3 answers. The most important thing I learn from Max is how to choose the right answer when you’ve narrowed it down to two answers. That strategy helped me the most because I always got it down to a 50/50 shot, but I always chose wrong.

    Overall, EMPOWERgmat is the best course out there. It’s inexpensive compared to others, it’s self-paced, and they provide so many other benefits with the class (they set you up with an advisor, they have an option for a 30 min phone call with a pro to look at your admissions essays/profile, you can get GMAT official exams at a discounted price). EMPOWERgmat is the best bang for your buck. The team is incredibly helpful and I’ve already recommended the course o multiple friends and colleagues who want to take the beast that is the GMAT. You won’t regret choosing EMPOWERgmat. Start with their free trial, I promise you will like it.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: Ross School of Business/2021
    • MBA application & school advice: Always leave room for one or two GMAT retakes.
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    5 out of 5


    I am enrolled with Lamar University in their MBA program. Continuing education is very important to me because it prepares me for the future, while giving me skills for today. Empower GMAT gives an edge to students who want to raise their GMAT scores. Definitely check them out if you’re on the fence. I’m in education and research says that we all need help when it comes to studying. Locking your door and studying in your room isn’t as effective as a program like this!

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: Lamar University
    • MBA application & school advice: Just try! With so many schools offering MBA programs, there is a program right for you. Just realize how many people are putting off going for their MBA. You will have the advantage if you try. Give it a go!
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    4 out of 5


    Best GMAT test preparation, value for money wise. The program enables you to prepare well enough but I think the real proof of the services provided by empower is their ability to answer your direct questions with such a good strategy that every question that bothers you, turns into a great teachable opportunity. Great support from the team. I also enjoyed the podcasts that Rich and Co. created, really helps get into theory mind of a “heavy hitter”.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: Ross/2020
    • MBA application & school advice: Start very early with your applications and test preparation. Leave plenty of time to get the GMAT out of the way. Once you've conquered that, spend as much time as necessary researching. Research the schools, career avenues, alumni and also school character. Thereafter make sure to do some introspection.
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    5 out of 5


    I relied exclusively on EmpowerGMAT for my test prep, and it paid off. The platform provides study guides to users who want a structured study plan, but also allows flexibility to users who want to focus their study time on particular weak areas (for example, I focused 100% of my study efforts on Quant b/c I didn’t need the help on Verbal.) The practice problems and accompanying video lessons provide clear and easy-to-follow guidance for answering each question, and the quizzes leverage the GMAT Official Guide, so you can be confident your practicing on problems that closely mimic the real thing.

    Throughout the “mini lessons,” Rich acknowledges that there are multiple ways to solve a problem, but shows you the best (i.e. fastest) way to solve them, and gives you clear guidance for employing those strategies wherever possible to pick up valuable seconds/minutes on Test Day. He also shares strategic insight into how the test works and what the test-makers are really looking for, which helped me get more comfortable with triaging questions and drastically improved my time management.

    The people at EmpowerGMAT are really helpful and proactive in ensuring you’re satisfied with your test prep materials. When my first attempt at the test didn’t go the way I’d hoped, they were quick to offer me a month of complimentary access, and Rich provided his feedback on my Enhanced Score Report to help me focus my study efforts prior to my next attempt. I was regularly impressed by the value I got from EmpowerGMAT, and at a price point far below what many of the leading test prep courses charge, it is undoubtedly worth the money. I highly recommend.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: applying for Fall 2019
    • MBA application & school advice: The application process is going to take longer than you might expect, so start early, and take it in steps. Start with the test and allow time for at least 1 retake before moving on to other elements of the application process. Talk to current students/alum to get a sense for the school's culture/values, and don't be afraid to reach out to admissions reps with your (school-specific) questions.
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    5 out of 5


    Studying for the GMAT/GRE is going to take more time and energy than you ever imagined. It’s important to form a realistic timeline and study schedule. EmpowerGRE was the #1 source that helped improve my test timing and strategy.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: Columbia Business School/2020
    • MBA application & school advice: Get the GMAT/GRE out of the way as early as possible. Speak to as many current students as possible. Research your targeted industry and write with passion in your essays. Again, get that GMAT/GRE out. of. the. way!!!
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    4 out of 5


    I joined EMPOWERgmat after self-studying with the Manhattan prep books and I saw very little to no improvement in my CAT score. I found that EMPOWERgmat was able to provide me with what I was missing from Manhattan and from a self-studying approach. Not only were the videos extremely useful, but Rich and Max offered several insightful tips.

    It took me about 2 to 3 months to complete my studies and take the GMAT, and continued to see score improvements of around 70 – 100 points, scoring 670 on my last two CATs. Somehow, by using all the EMPOWERgmat tactics, I was able to reach my goal and score 700 on my real exam! I could not have scored so well without using the EMPOWER approach to the test. Empower has great fundamentals which allow you to quickly learn how to answer questions rather than cram. The strategies are clear cut and easy to follow. Rich helps you understand the fundamentals in a very concise manner.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: Johns Hopkins
    • MBA application & school advice: - It's important to think carefully through your personal and professional goals - Take the time to do research on the school which match the goals you are pursuing. - Put in the time to study for the GMAT - Make sure you obtain letters from recommends who know you personally - With handwork and determination, anything is attainable.
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    5 out of 5


    If you are plateauing with your GMAT score than EmpowerGMAT is for you! EmpowerGMAT is great for understanding how the test is built and the tactics that the test taker can use to beat it. I believe that the triage tactics and other tactics worked better with the quantitative section than the verbal section; however, both scores did increase after taking the EmpowerGMAT course. The course is much cheaper compared to other courses. All of the content is put into online modules and the course references official guide questions to practice. I would not suggest using EmpowerGMAT if you are just starting to prepare for the test. I believe that one could find other materials more useful for re-familiarizing yourself with topics such as geometry or algebra; however, EmpowerGMAT does cover these topics, just not really in depth. Prior to using EmpowerGMAT, I was consistently scoring in the 670-700 range. After using the program for about a month, I was scoring in the 720-750 range. Overall, I was very happy with my official score and would recommend that anyone who is seriously looking to hit a top score should strongly consider using EmpowerGMAT.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: Columbia Business School/ 2019
    • MBA application & school advice: As far as my application advice goes, I would recommend reaching out to as many students and admissions members as possible to get as many perspectives on the program as you can. Also, try to figure out how each specific program would help you with your career goals. Each school will have its different strengths and weaknesses, and you as an applicant should do your due diligence to figure out what those are and how they will affect you.
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    5 out of 5


    Empower GMAT was clutch. Before empower I had tried a number of other online GMAT prep courses but wasn’t engaged and found that the pacing was terrible. Empower provided the structure I needed and the instructors constantly kept the energy level up. Their podcasts were surprisingly helpful provide useful tips I hadn’t found elsewhere for test day. But I have to say the most useful feature of empower is their curated GMAT review section – condensed review of key material and easy/med/hard official gmat questions with video reviews. I focused on this during the last 2 weeks before my exam and ultimately brought my score from a 640 to a 710.

    I highly recommend Empower.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: Yale School of Management / 2018
    • MBA application & school advice: Get the GMAT out of the way early! Most people have to retake it so make sure you leave plenty of time for this. Multiple applications with very similar essays but requiring that you highlight different qualities seems daunting - create a quality matrix with all the qualities you need to highlight for each school and all the personal experiences/stories that might fit in to highlight those qualities. Save this as you will need it again during recruiting...
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    4 out of 5


    The course was good for two reasons: the first is the organisation of the courses and the second is the depth of the courses. Studying for the GMAT is a tough task and it is hard to see where you need help in. With this course I was able to have a structured plan in studying for the GMAT, which then allowed me to to not only gauge my performance but also instil a sense of confidence when I was going through the course. The detail of the information also put me to the test and ultimately gave me a strong basis to tackle the GMAT.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: William & Mary Mason School of Business / 2017
    • MBA application & school advice: Plan ahead before taking the GMAT. Give yourself at least a month or two of studying time to prepare. The more time to study the better. Always pace yourself and keep a strict work ethic when studying. I advice everyone to take as many practice tests as they can. Getting yourself into the mood to the take the test is important because on the actual day of the test it may be a little nerve racking. So plan ahead and give yourself time to study.
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    4 out of 5


    I found EmpowerGMAT to be very informative. The course focuses mostly on tactics and how to approach the test – a topic not given enough attention by most companies. It helps you see the basics of the test and what you HAVE to get right, as well as the challenging questions you shouldn’t sweat too much about. I’d recommend the course to anyone seeking a cost-effective, tactics-based approach to the GMAT.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: University of Notre Dame / 2018
    • MBA application & school advice: The more time you give yourself the better. I applied on a very condensed schedule and found myself learning things as I went. The right approach is to space things out, take course visits, knock the GMAT out early, and be methodical with your essays. I tried doing it all at once because of a late decision to go to business school and definitely struggled at times.
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    5 out of 5


    Very, very good online GMAT course that has numerous videos as well as a study plan for conquering the GMAT. Using Empower GMAT helped give my studying structure and each time I studied I had a purpose and goal. I believe this is what helped me easily exceed a score of 700 when I took the exam. If one is willing to adhere to the schedule and complete the exercises and mock exams, getting over a 700 should not be a problem.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: McCombs 2016
    • MBA application & school advice: The program has no mock exams but outlines the student to use mock exams from MGMAT. I believe empower gmat advises taking 6 MGMAT tests, however, I would encourage MGMAT to push the applicant to also take the two free GMAC GMAT tests as well as the 2 (or is it 4?) additional GMAC GMAT tests that are available for purchase. Another thing I would recommend is for Empower GMAT to recommend test takers to time their exercises (or have some tool to do so) so that a test taker can become accustomed to the fast pace of the actual exam.

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