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The Economist GMAT Tutor Overview

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About Economist GMAT Tutor

The Economist GMAT Tutor offers guarantee at least a 70* point improvement, or your money back. They market directly to individuals on their smartphones, tablets, those on-the-move, and living in an app-based learning environment

Their GMAT tutor uses a mobile app (available for both iPhone and Android devices) to connect students with their studies, programs and other online content. When there’s no connectivity available, the app will still continue to run on it’s own. Naturally their package also comes with thousands of practice tests and essay guides.


Along with their virtual app-based tutor, there’s also individual attention available from staff members and an “Ask-A-Tutor” messaging service. They also feature a blog on their website with tips and tricks relating to GMAT testing. Their advice ranges from improving on exams to applying for scholarships.

The GMAT Economist uses a categorical type approach guiding students through each level of the exam, with personal markings given on the AWA (Analytical Writing Assessment), and then moving through to integrated reasoning, quantitative and verbal. They also use an adaptive learning model that assesses areas where the student may need more focus or improvement.

Economist GMAT Tutor Cost and Contact Info

After a seven-day free trial period, tiered plans start at $449 and $699 for a premium course and top out at a six-month plan for $989 for a “genius plan.” 

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50 reviews for The Economist GMAT Tutor Overview

  1. 4 out of 5

    Joe Flaherty:

    The course was comprehensive and I enjoyed the adaptable teaching style. There were not any lectures or high-quality reading material, more practice-based learning. I did not get much from the 1 on 1 tutoring sessions. The guaranteed score increase drew me into the program and I did improve by over 70 points from my initial score.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: Tuck 2024
    • MBA application & school advice: Start planning out your process far ahead of time. Make sure your career goals are clear, achievable, and ambitious.
  2. 5 out of 5

    Gamze Evirgen:

    It’s a great program for beginners to GMAT study. I used the free version for a week and it set a solid basis for my GMAT study. As I had limited time, I didn’t subscribe for whole tutor but I would definitely advise you to try and see the value by yourself!

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: Columbia Business School, 2024
    • MBA application & school advice: Plan your MBA journey ahead! There are lots of good opportunities in most of the programs but without prioritizing, you might feel overwhelmed.
  3. 4 out of 5

    Derek McIntosh:

    I felt that the course was relatively well structured and I enjoyed the teaching method. It was comprehensive, and the conversational nature of it made it feel light-hearted. I will say that the refund policy is difficult to achieve, and there is A LOT more content than you probably need to go through (need to complete >90% of the course to qualify for score increase guarantee, I completed 75% and achieved my target score, but did not hit the score increase guarantee, but I had no incentive to continue in the course to get to 90% completion.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: Harvard Business School Class of 2023
    • MBA application & school advice: Build relationships with the admissions officers and start refining your story early! Understand why you want to get an MBA and what you want to accomplish with it. Not only with this clarity enable you to communicate better throughout the application process, but it will help you to maximize your time while at school.
  4. 5 out of 5

    Madison Gustin:

    I began to use this prep course about 5 weeks prior to my scheduled exam date. My first practice score was embarrassingly bad, but after a few weeks I was able to increase my score by over 300 points! It was a lot of work, but after taking the official exam, I think it was a very close example to what the exam is really like.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: Oklahoma State University MBA 2021
    • MBA application & school advice: Begin to study as soon as possible, practice every day, and utilize every free option available to you! When applying to schools, apply as early as possible! Utilize every option to network with alumni and listen to their recommendations.
  5. 5 out of 5

    Meng Cui:

    I think the teaching mode is much more interactive compare to the traditional method. It does have this adaptive module which GMAT exam uses but I am not so sure about how close they are compared to the actual test.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: Fully employed MBA, 2023
    • MBA application & school advice: UCLA FEMBA
  6. 3 out of 5

    Ernie Doherty:

    I found the Economist to be straight forward, but quite easy. It was not as comprehensive as other sources (e.g., Kaplan and Manhattan), though I found it’s writing to be up-to-par. I would say that this is a source that could be used as a supplement, but not a stand-alone.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: 2021
    • MBA application & school advice: Start the process early! It's best to take the GMAT several times, write the essays early, and ask for letters of recommendation about 3 months in advance. All this can be done if you start early.
  7. 5 out of 5


    The economist GMAT review raised my score from a 700 to a 760. The guaranteed score increase initially attracted me, but the interface and questions were well thought out and presented. The 1-on-1 tutoring sessions could be improved (not much value added), but overall my results merit a 5 star review.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: Northwestern JD/MBA, 2022
    • MBA application & school advice: Make sure you apply to schools based on CULTURE. You will know the right school for you after talking with students and visiting admitted students weekends.
  8. 2 out of 5


    Half baked product sold at a premium price.

    I bought and used this for 2 months. Issues:
    1) Not adaptive. Does not recommend daily goals based on your target score, your performance in exam or days to exam (they claim it is adaptive)

    2) Too many bugs: I’ve raised 3 bugs with their team. a) UI recommending the same topic over and over again despite having finished it, b) The same review notes showing up for multiple topics, c) While giving an exam, the system would get stuck and not proceed to next question

    3) Very slow response to ‘ask the tutor’ questions

    FYI: They have now rebranded this to ‘bloomberg exam prep’

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: Lisbon MBA 2020
    • MBA application & school advice: Nova Lisbon
  9. 5 out of 5

    Jessica Commerford:

    Questions helped a lot and the explanation to answers was clear and concise.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: UTSA 2022
    • MBA application & school advice: Make sure if you are keeping different kinds of connections for letters of recommendation and you have some related experience.
  10. 1 out of 5

    Ryan Staples:

    Expensive and not very good. I spent over $1400 on this program and did not learn much at all. I do not recommend this product.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: Texas A&M 2022
    • MBA application & school advice: I do not have any.
  11. 4 out of 5


    This is a good program for GMAT prep, but it is very expensive. You can easily get most of this I formation from many of the prep books out there.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: UCF 2022
    • MBA application & school advice: Start early.
  12. 3 out of 5

    tanya B:

    Helped but was expensive

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: Champlain College 2021
    • MBA application & school advice: Do it all early
  13. 1 out of 5


    Its a simple chat bot. Nothing special. Safe the money and get one of the prep course books. Content is the same. The program asks you to indicate the date of your gmat exam. Even though my exam was getting closer and closer the chat bot simply followed the pattern of a book. So until the last day I was studying for the quant part. There is no option to choose if you wish to study for the quant or verbal part which is really questionable and does not make sense to me…wanted to study verbal part since the exam was coming closer and closer but the program didnt let me. So it is not “intelligent” at all.Also, the practice tests of the economist tutor are a way easier than the original practice tests.
    …all in all, I seriously regret having bought this program. Stay with the original books + any guide and you will do fine.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: UNC 2021
    • MBA application & school advice: Start Early
  14. 4 out of 5

    Deen Amin:

    Gives a lot of practice for math and verbal and has a great score guarantee policy.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: UNC 2021
    • MBA application & school advice: Start early
  15. 4 out of 5

    Amy Jarvis:

    Solid test prep for getting me familiar with test format and types of questions.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: Cornell Tech MBA ‘19
    • MBA application & school advice: Great program.
  16. 4 out of 5


    It was a very helpful tool for my preparation. I would recommend using it.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: Cornell University 2020
    • MBA application & school advice: Start well in advance
  17. 4 out of 5

    Harshad Dahake:

    I had got the trial version of Economist GMAT Tutor. Their interface is very effective in helping you learn and strengthen each concept. The clear division of topics lets you understand each tip and trick the best way possible and provides extra practice in an intelligent manner (adaptive!) Would recommend anyone who wants to score high on GMAT!

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: UNC KF MBA Class of 2021
    • MBA application & school advice: Know yourself and the program and university culture to find the perfect fit where you can be your best version.
  18. 5 out of 5

    Alix Farhat:

    It’s as much as you put into it. Opportunities for personal 1:1 coaching were great to use towards the end and narrow in on specific problems

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: Stanford, 2020
    • MBA application & school advice: Be honest & vulnerable - this is a great opportunity to get to know yourself better and really realize what you want to get out of an MBA
  19. 5 out of 5

    Lindsay S:

    I found the test prep practice questions to be incredibly helpful! They got me into the rhythm of answering GMAT questions.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: Stanford 2020
    • MBA application & school advice: Be very honest in your application - your voice needs to really shine through!
  20. 1 out of 5


    Don’t use the Economist Gmat, it is a complete scam, they charge you way too much for what it is, You can find way cheaper preps online that are way better than the Economist.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: Bocconi University 2021
    • MBA application & school advice: Make sure to work hard on the Gmat, but it is not the only thing that counts, make sure that your CV is built up. Good luck to all of you.
  21. 4 out of 5

    Bilin Chen:

    I used this program briefly. The simulation test is good. It gives you a good idea about where you stands. I also used the Grammer and found it to be helpful.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: Kelly online & 2022
    • MBA application & school advice: 1. try to score a high GMAT score. 700+ will be ideal. 2. Personal statement should be personal. 3. Always trust in yourself. 4. Negotiate offer.
  22. 4 out of 5

    Wensley Barker:

    Thoroughly appreciated the adaptive nature of the software that targets your identified weakest areas and emphasizes questions in that particular area. Could improve by offering question banks for immediate practice versus embedded questions in course.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: Tuck School of Business 2019
    • MBA application & school advice: Think of your personal narrative and your expectations for the program in order to best build your story. Ensure you convey this to admissions committees and that you yourself research which schools will best suit your goals.
  23. 3 out of 5


    The Economst GMAT review offered money back if you didn’t improve your score at least 60 points. This advertisement is why I choose it because of the money back guarantee. However to actually be eligible for the money back was extremely time consuming and distracting. I believe that this incentive actually negatively impacted my score.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: Georgetown MSB 2019
    • MBA application & school advice: Give yourself enough time to apppy to business school and don’t wait until the last minute. I recommend reaching out to current student to understand their experience and hear about who recruits on campus. Many of my peers thought that the recruiting process was going to be easy once they got into b school. It important to know ahead of time what industry you’re recruiting from and who is a core recruiter on campus.
  24. 5 out of 5


    Flexible and well designed.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: Ross 2019
    • MBA application & school advice: Stay focused. Know what you want is more important than rankings.
  25. 3 out of 5


    It’s a good starting point, but you’ll exhaust most of the content pretty quickly. I remember it being less expensive when I signed up for it – I think the $700+ price point is absurd. I wouldn’t subscribe for six months – I signed up for three and that was more than enough time to nail down the basics and figure out where I really needed help.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: Ross 2019
    • MBA application & school advice: It's a good starting point, but you'll exhaust most of the content pretty quickly. I remember it being less expensive when I signed up for it - I think the $700+ price point is absurd. I wouldn't subscribe for six months - I signed up for three and that was more than enough time to nail down the basics and figure out where I really needed help.
  26. 4 out of 5

    Grant O.:

    This prep course was super helpful in providing shortcuts and tips on how to study and master the more difficult questions. The course is well-organized and designed to help you achieve your best possible score on the GMAT. Be sure to practice over and over!

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: George Mason University / 2018
    • MBA application & school advice: Test. Test over and over and master the material for the GMAT. The material on the GMAT will only help further your studies in MBA and provides a solid base for what you will be learning and working on.
  27. 5 out of 5

    Jonathan D:


    • MBA Program & Grad Year: University of st tHomas
    • MBA application & school advice: Review everYthing, but Focusing on Areas of weakness will be a lot more benefical than Things you feel comfoRtable in.
  28. 3 out of 5


    I found the service to be quite good. it was clear and easy to follow along. The guides were great and overall I would recommend. I did find it a tad pricey for the service, but on the whole it was okay.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: rOTMAN/2018
  29. 5 out of 5


    Easy to use software. Focuses on improving your weaknesses and sets you up for the exam perfectly.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: 2018
  30. 5 out of 5


    I found the economist Gmat tutor to be ExtRemely useful – the modules are adaptive and Thus tailor themselVes to work on your weaknesses once you complete the diagnostic tests. This saves you Prep time by helping you focus on areas you need the most help with. Good number of Realistic practice tests too which i found came closest to my actual score once i sat for the TeSt. A bit expEnsiVe reLative to other prep courses but the option to do a trial period helps you see if the Format is suited to your needs.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: London bUsiness school 2018
    • MBA application & school advice: Don't underestiMate the value of a good Gmat score, or think you can make up for a poor score with other aspects of your application. Unless you are truly outstanding in some other area, a poor score is a real disaDvanTage.
  31. 3 out of 5


    free tests are very useful and were accurate compared to my actual test results. I would recommend signing up based on that alone. the app was also useful in being able to refresh certain concepts in 5 or 10 minute increments and helped cement understanding. HOWEVER, practice material was minimally useful for more experienced test takers. It definitely helped expand knowledge but not necessarily worth the squeeze. The real problem is the limited explanations on why practice problems were right or wrong. the online tutors were not very responsive or helpful. while the practice tests and app are worthwhile, I think time would be better spent working problems in various books instead.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: SMU Cox school of business
  32. 4 out of 5


    Found the economist resources very useful in identifying my relative strengths and weaknesses. IN addition, the online resources were very helpful in strengthening areas that were identified.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: cbs 2018
  33. 5 out of 5


    Thanks to The Economist GMAT tool i was able to increase my gmat score from 570 to 690, which eventually got me accepted at my target school. It is great for those who have busy lives as it allows you to select short sessions when you are sitting on the train to work or waiting for friends. the program is adaptive and therefore helps you focus more on your weaknesses. Explanations are usually clear and teach you how the gmat test reasons. One downside is that there is no list of all theory/principles which makes it sometimes difficult retrieve any piece of theory you wish to revise.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: Lundquist College of Business/ 2018
    • MBA application & school advice: AS many HAVE SAID BEFORE ME, START EARLY. EVERYTHING FROM THE GMAT, ESSAYS TO RECOMMENDATIONS TOOK A me longer then expected and I ended up submitting my application the evening before the deadline. dare to share your personal history in your essays and use all parts of your application to complement each other.
  34. 5 out of 5

    Kartik Chaturvedi:

    The service was excellent. The course adapted to my weaknesses and helped me overcome obstacles that stumped me. The math was great and had a lot of questions on each topic. Verbal was easy and taught in an easy to understand way. My score went from 680 to 710 because of this course. Highly recommended

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: Washington University in St Louis
    • MBA application & school advice: Be authentic, know the school, talk to students and understand the steps the school is taking.
  35. 3 out of 5


    I signed up for their trial which let you take a mock GMAT test for free. In my experience, their mock test is not as similar to the mock test provided by Manhattan. It is still useful however, especially if you are still early in the preparation stage. I do not know it’s worth paying the price for the tutor service, however.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: Vanderbilt Owen School of Management
    • MBA application & school advice: Start early. Get the GMAT out of the way as soon as you can. I studied every single day for 3 months to prepare for this test and did quite well on the first run - overall, I think that's what it takes to do well on this test. Given its importance on your admission result and even scholarship package, it's worth putting in the time and effort for this portion.
  36. 4 out of 5


    The Economist GMAT prep worked well for me. I didn’t love how it switched back and forth between quant and verbal, since the test doesn’t do that, but there are ways to work through the program on your own to focus only on one section at a time. I wish I had used the tutoring sessions earlier, too. Overall it’s a solid program and I got the score I wanted.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: Georgetown McDonough School of Business/2018
    • MBA application & school advice: Start early! Ask for your recommendations at least two months in advance. Everything takes a lot longer than you expect it to. Print your resume and have it nearby as you have to input everything about your work and education experience in several different places. Aim to apply round 1 if you can, and give yourself plenty of time. Ask as many people for advice on your essays as you feel comfortable.
  37. 5 out of 5


    I absolutely loved this program–the way they timed you on the math questions was hugely helpful. Bonus: they have a money-back guarantee if your score doesn’t improve by a certain amount–be sure to read the fine print on this one and it could save you a lot of money!

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: MIT Sloan/2019
    • MBA application & school advice: Be sure to use the extra essay to let something about yourself shine through or to explain any gaps in your application. Don't repeat themes in your application and networking counts bigtime in applying to business school--the Sloan application actually asked who from MIT I had been in touch with in the process.
  38. 5 out of 5


    Great program for self learners. Tests were accurate and plentiful. Loved the predictive score forecast with confidence bounds.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: Stanford GSB, 18
    • MBA application & school advice: Start early, go for round one. If you can, do one thing at a time (just gmat studying, vs essays, etc)
  39. 5 out of 5


    This program was great for both a long term plan and a weekend of crash studying. I would recommend this to anyone who is going to take the GMAT. The best thing about this program is that you actually learn in the context of questions from the exam but not from questions only..

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: McCombs School of Business / 2018
    • MBA application & school advice: Apply Early.
  40. 5 out of 5


    The Economist gamified GMAT preparation process making me well engaged through this not-the-most-exciting experience. Not sure I could get my 760 without their beautiful interactive program.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: Chicago Booth / 2018
    • MBA application & school advice: Start your essays early and leave your top choice for the third application.
  41. 4 out of 5


    Good for practicing questions on line, so that you can be prepared for the real test. Also, gives a personal analysis on performance, which helped me prepare efficiently.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: Yale school of management / Class of 2017
    • MBA application & school advice: What do you want to get out of MBA? How do you envision your career to be? What do you value in life? Please deeply think about what YOU are about, and choose a school that suite YOU. It's really not about the rankings. Good luck!
  42. 4 out of 5

    Kartik Chaturvedi:

    Economist was great! It does a fantastic job of building up from the basics. Every topic covered has a number of practice problems and the test adapts to your weaknesses and builds on them. I would highly recommend this course.

    The tests seem to poorly coded. I got one test where the entire quant section was only one type of problems (data sufficiency).

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: Olin Business School, Washington University in St. Louis
    • MBA application & school advice: You need find your story and highlight the important points. There is no cookie cutter method to achieve this. Come across as a human being and highlight the skills that you possess and what you want to take away from the MBA
  43. 3 out of 5


    This was a fairly decent tool that provided easy on the go ways to prepare for the GMAT. That said, it could use some improvements. Notably it would be better if you could move back and forth more freely in each section. Second, the ability to print hard copies or have more access to your underlying data would be extremely helpful. Finally, more access to experts and live tutors beyond the minimum provided would be helpful, as some concepts are just easier explained by a human being.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: Stern / 2017
    • MBA application & school advice: Start early, and get the GMAT out of the way in the first six months of the year. Don't underestimate how important scores are to the schools despite the fact they say they look at the "whole person."
  44. 5 out of 5

    David Boa:

    The Economist GMAT Tutor was the absolute best prep course I found while going through the studying process. The interactive nature of the program allowed for personalized structure and the ability to focus on your weaker areas of the GMAT test.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: University of Texas at Austin / 2019
    • MBA application & school advice: Be yourself. The admissions committees don't want your average application where you hit every "buzz" word that you think they are looking for. They genuinely want to get to know you who are as an individual, what your short-term and long-term goals are, and why you would fit into the school's culture.
  45. 5 out of 5


    The Economist GMAT Tutor site was phenomenal. It definitely aided in preparing me for the GMAT. It hones in very specific tools and strategies needed to excel at this test. This prep also aided in identifying your strengths and weaknesses. Once your weaknesses were identified, it targeted areas that you should work on. The site provided practice tests that were similar to actual GMAT test. Being afforded the opportunity to take a practice test very similar to the actual test made it easier to navigate through the real test. This site took everything step by step to ensure the GMAT would not be overwhelming.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: Middle Tennessee State Univeristy/ In Process
    • MBA application & school advice: My advice would be that the sky is not the limit. Reach for the stars. Yes, the application may be taxing or even intimidating, but don't give up. Apply and you will succeed. Also, choose a school that best fits you.
  46. 5 out of 5

    Collin Burton:

    I absolutely LOVED this program. I’m a dad with 3 kids, so finding a long chunk of time to study was hard. I mostly had 15 minutes here and there. With this program, I didn’t have to spend time setting things up. I simply told it how long I had to study, and the program would automatically build a study session for me. The software adapts to your weak areas, so you know you’re being efficient with your time.

    Timing was also a big issue for me. I tended to spend too long on questions. The Economist GMAT tutor has a lot of great features to help out with that so you learn how to gauge your time per question.

    I used another very popular program and it didn’t help me at all. I wish I would have done The Economist GMAT program first.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: BYU Marriott School of Business / 2016
    • MBA application & school advice: Have you seen how much some schools want in tuition? It's crazy! Make sure you look at the price tag and what the range of salaries are for graduates. Don't just use the average. Look at the low end to see how bad the worst case scenario could be. Several thousand dollars in debt is a big burden to shoulder. Have fun while you study and write applications. You want to be in a good mood and not stressed out when you get an interview.
  47. 5 out of 5

    Christine Rasmussen:

    I love how adaptive it was and how it helped me focus on the areas where I needed the most help. I also found the tips they included incredibly useful. I studied for the GMAT on a tight timetable and this was by far the most useful preparation software I found.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: Brigham Young University, 2016
    • MBA application & school advice: Really think about what you want to do after you get the degree. This will impact the school you go to as well as help you focus on particular companies and areas of study during the program. If you just go for a school based off the rating, you may not end up with the company contacts you need in order to secure an offer with your dream position.
  48. 4 out of 5

    Sean Walsh:

    I really liked the GMAT adaptability software. Moreover, I liked the interface, it encouraged you to work through your problems. I found near the end however, it got a little repetitive and I started to plateau and it didn’t have great tools to get me across the plateau. That said, it was still a great instruction system for people of all levels. I was looking for a tool to help me get 700+ and it did that and more.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: University of Oxford, 2016
    • MBA application & school advice: Start thinking about your personal narrative early, and match it to your application. My applications got stronger as I had time to develop my narrative, though I wish I would've considered it much earlier to have stronger early applications. Also, highly recommend the international MBA experience.
  49. 3 out of 5

    Thato Keineetse:

    Really convenient but my actual score was far below my indicative score.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: UC berkeley haas sChool of business
    • MBA application & school advice: The main piece of advice I would give you before applying to any MBA program is to do some serious introspective reflection. Think long and hard about how your life has evolved so far, your values, the mistakes you have made and what you have learned from these experiences. In general, admissions officers look for several key things in your essays: Why do you want to pursue an MBA? Why now? Why here? What will be your unique contribution to our community?
  50. 4 out of 5

    Keshav GOEL:

    I LIked the ability to focus on the areas where I needed Improvement. I loved the layout. IT was interactive and simple to use

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: MIT SLOAN / 2016
    • MBA application & school advice: Research the schools well. What may not work for others may work for you and vice-versa.
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