How it began?
So how did all of this begin?
Reagan and I exchanged some 70+ messages by email and in the first email, Reagan explained his situation to me.
Here’s what he wrote:
Initial Email to ZekeHello Zeke
my name is Reagan, i found out about the GmatPill through a friend’s recommendation. I am in the final year of my undergraduate degree.
I am an Economics and Finance major at the London School of Economics( External Study)
I took the GMAT in Oct 2011 and got a 670. It was quite disappointing because i was only 30 points away from being accepted onto an Msc in Finance and Economics at the LSE. I plan to redo GMAT with the help of GmatPill this year. I have a few questions.
- First of all, am i eligible for the refund policy? (i have read the FAQ and i but it is a little confusing given that i have not taken any SAT before.)
- I hope to improve my score to 750 which is at least above 99th percentile for both the sections so that i can apply to both Cambridge and Oxford. How much time do i really need if the last time i touched GMAT was about 8 months ago?
Thank you for taking your time to answer my questions and i am looking forward to receiving your reply.
So I replied to Reagan.
And the very first thing Reagan said in his next response was:“you speed of reply is awesome!”
Yes – we tend to hear that a lot.
Reagan signed up for our course shortly afterwards.
Studying the GMAT
Reagan put in the effort to make his improvement. Obviously, he was already somewhat familiar with the exam as he took it before. His previous GMAT score of 670 was on the lower end of top business schools and he was not satisfied. To make the jump from 670 over 700 is a significant jump that thousands of students hope to make every year – but not everyone makes it through.
Reagan is a great example of someone who made it through with dedication on his part and guidance from GMAT Pill.
Upgrade to Critical Reasoning
As Reagan was going through the GMAT Pill course – he very much liked the sentence correction part. He does say in his review that he was left a little hanging after going through Critical Reasoning.
Well, as it turns out, we were actually in the middle of working on upgrades for critical reasoning. I assured Reagan that we would work fast to push out a release of the Critical Reasoning Pill upgrade as soon as we can. And we did.
That’s why in the email screenshot – Reagan talks about the upgrades we did to CR. He credits the support and upgrades for boosting his confidence and score.
The end result was a solid 730 from a previous 670 – a 60 point increase!!
Recommendations for Quant Upgrade
One feedback item we received from Reagan was to make upgrades to the Quant section.
Since Reagan’s test, we’ve provided some upgrades for the Quant section and more are to come. We’ve released video explanations for official guide questions in problem solving from #209 to #230, for example.
If you want to track your performance on these OG questions, you can do so on our Practice Pill Platform for GMAT Problem Solving Questions. Here, you can attempt questions, click the NEXT button, and the system will automatically track your responses and mark which ones are right or wrong so you can revisit questions later.
Also in the pipeline are the Power Pill lesson tutorials. These lessons include dedicated tutorials on:
1) Poker Probability
2) Rolling Dice
3) Rate Questions
What does this mean?
Basically, we take a math question, and we show all kinds of variations on that same question and show you how to answer those questions. In poker, how many different ways can you select 5 cards out of a deck of 52 cards. Given that there are 4 suits (hearts, diamonds, clubs, and spades) – what is the probability of selecting 2 clubs and 2 diamonds? What is the probability of getting 1 pair? What is the probability of getting 2 pairs? What about straights, flushes, and full houses? What about the royal flush?
These are all variations off the same basic poker probability game and we address them all.
We believe that fully understanding a concept involves covering multiple variations so that you’ll be ready no matter what the GMAT throws at you on exam day.
Other GMAT Students
You can read more about students we work with at GMAT Pill including this McKinsey analyst who struggled with GMAT for 2 years- until he took the GMAT Pill, a non-native English speaker who got off the waitlist AND a $50,000 MBA scholarship, …and many others.
GMAT Pill has released video explanations for Official Guide 13th edition Problem Solving Questions #209-#203 onto the Practice Pill Platform.
OG13 Tracker: What You Can Do
With this online OG tracker you can:
1) Record your answers to OG questions
2) See stats on what answers other people chose and how many of them get that question right
3) Revisit questions you got wrong
4) VIew FREE GMAT Pill Video Explanations
5) Ask Questions
6) View videos on-the-go through the GMAT Pill HD iPad app
These video explanations show Zeke Lee explaining the question in real time. Math numbers and symbols are drawn directly on the screen with Zeke’s handwriting so you get a personalized feel for his approach to these math questions.
Many of these questions involve combinations, permutations, and possibilities. Word problems, algebra, geometry, number properties, and mixture questions are all part of the bunch.
These videos have also been added to the GMAT Pill HD iPad app as free videos. So any user can download the app and view the videos.
Of course, any user can also create a free guest account on the Practice Pill Platform to record answers and track his or her progress with Official Guide questions.
The entire question is only partially shown. You should follow along with your OG13 book.
Updated SC Video Flashcards + GMAT Pill HD iPad v1.2 update!Updated SC Video Flashcards + GMAT Pill HD iPad v1.2 update!Updated SC Video Flashcards + GMAT Pill HD iPad v1.2 update!
We’ve updated our SC Video flashcards with fresh new content.
Each of the 40 video flashcards showcases a short sentence that asks you to identify the error. Some sentences have one error, some have multiple errors. Some even have no errors.
These are short exercises that you can print out or just lad on your computer screen.
Yes, these videos are also preloaded into our “GMAT Pill HD” iPad app in the sentence correction section. So members with a login can access these sentence correction video flashcards both on iPad device and on regular laptop/desktops.
In other news, the GMAT Pill iPad app has gotten yet another update to make it easier to download videos and view them letter. The settings button is more clearly displayed at the center of the screen so you can toggle between LIVE mode and DOWNLOAD mode more easily.
LIVE mode essentially when you have internet connection. Any videos you attempt to load will load from the server.
DOWNLOAD mode is the localized mode. If you click a video, the app will attempt to load off the downloaded version stored on your device. These videos are accessible without an internet connection.
Of course, you will need to download sections or individual videos onto your device in order for them to be available in DOWNLOAD mode.
You’ll also see an opportunity to post your questions and comments below each video. In the screenshot shown below, for example, you can see comments that others have posted on the Practice Pill and you can also see GMAT Pill responses.
GMAT Score: 730 (Q50, V39) from ESL Student in ChinaGMAT Score: 730 (Q50, V39) from ESL Student in ChinaGMAT Score: 730 (Q50, V39) from ESL Student in China
ESL (English as a Second Language) students face a big obstacle on the GMAT exam.
After all, they are taking a test entirely conducted in a second language that they may not be too familiar with. This test is critical for their entrance requirements for top MBA programs.
And on top of that, ESL students are competing against students from around the world who have the advantage of understanding and using English as their primary language.
So what can an ESL student do to overcome these challenges on the GMAT?
Well, all hope is not lost.
Today, we are proud to announce that Elyse, an engineering master’s student from China, was able to reach her goals of a 730 GMAT score with a solid Q50 performance and a solid V39 performance.
As she says, “For an ESL like me, sentence correction was a great problem for me. After I took the sentence correction pill, I have improved dramatically. The method taught in the SC Pill is perfect for cracking this kind of problem. I think it is a must have for all the GMAT test takers, especially the ESLs.”
This engineering master’s student from China was nice enough to send us a copy of her
Official GMAT Score Report.
Of course, we blocked off her personal information for privacy purposes.
“I think [SC Pill] is a must have for all the GMAT test takers, especially the ESLs.” – Elyse (GMAT 730).
Notice Elyse scored well in the Integrated Reasoning section as well. Out of a total 8 points, Elyse managed to get a 7. This reflects well on our Integrated Reasoning Pill and complements another Caucasian student from London who scored an 8 on his Integrated Reasoning section.
As shown on the official score report, the Verbal score of 39 corresponds with a score in the 88th percentile. That’s very good – and even better for an ESL student. A score like this will help this student differentiate herself from peers in her demographic applicant pool.
The Quant score of 50 is just 1 shy of perfect and represents the 90th percentile. Overall, the combined quant and verbal score gave Elyse a total score of 730 (96th percentile).
Combine this with the 84th percentile Integrated Reasoning score of 7 out of a possible 8, we have an overall solid GMAT score report that will be well received by top MBA programs around the world.
For more information about your GMAT score report, click here.
Official GMAT Score Report: Congrats, James from London – GMAT 770 (48Q, 48V), AWA 6.0/6.0, IR 8/8 +
Congratulations to James! On the day of his GMAT Exam, James let us in on the good news. It took us a while for him to find time in his busy schedule to put together a video but here it is!
Before James sent us his official score report and the below video, he also emailed us the following:
The official score reports from the new GMAT exam are slightly different from the official GMAT score reports that came out with the old version of the exam.
Of course, the new version of the GMAT score report includes the integrated reasoning score, which is scored out of a total of 8 points.
Hi my name is James. About a month ago, I scored 770 on the GMAT with a 48 quant and a 48 verbal using the Official Guide and GMAT Pill. I just want to make a short video to say thanks very much to Zeke. The help that GMAT Pill provided fundamentally helped me score so well. Overall what the GMAT Pill does is it helps keep things really simple.
If you go online, google stuff, go on the forums – there’s loads of people out there who’ve got a vested interest – whether it be financial to justify their high fees or just to make themselves feel clever and try to make the GMAT into some sort of really confusing dark art. Whereas it’s really not.
If you go through the few helpful tips provided by Zeke, remember them, apply them persistently — it just makes the whole thing so much simpler and so much easier to do efficiently and quickly to help you get through the exam on time and to score well.
So that’s it really. Just to say a big thanks to them. I can’t recommend it enough and if you’re considering a 700+ on the GMAT then I highly recommend that you check these guys out. They’re the best. Thanks. Bye.
For more information about your GMAT score report, click here.