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Economist GMAT Review

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The Economist, one of the most respected publications for global affairs and economics, created the ‘GMAT.economist,’ an online GMAT test prep course. The GMAT.economist system uses Artificial Intelligence to tailor a program to meet the specific needs of students.

Its system is one of a small group of solutions that uses AI to adapt to each students’ personal attributes, two being examPAL and Magoosh.  

While researching the ins and outs of the standardized exams, we found -- when it comes to selecting test prep courses - most students have three criteria: 1. Higher Scores in minimal Learning Time 2. Price 3. Enjoyable Process. Our reviews will examine each prep course in accordance to how well it delivers on these three criteria.

How does GMAT.Economist meet the criteria?

Higher score in less time

The main advantage of GMAT.economist is its use of Artificial Intelligence, which creates an adaptive learning model that analyzes student’s weaknesses and areas that require more focus.

Also, GMAT.economist works on most smartphones and tablets and includes 5,000+ practice question as well as access to 3-6 full GMAT tests.

GMAT.economist gives special attention to ‘private tutoring,’ and all GMAT.economist’s tutors use a mobile app (available on Apple and Android devices) in order to stay connected with their students.

Additionally, the app also includes ‘ASK-A-TUTOR,’ a messaging service and blog with helpful tips and tricks for GMAT testing. There is even an option to have ‘on-one-on’ with a tutor during the free seven-day trial.

However, the learning system itself has its downfalls: the system interface isn’t so friendly or intuitive. It can sometimes be difficult to find where to click when trying to navigate to another part of the system.

When students get a practice question wrong, they enjoy up to five tries at arriving at the correct answer. Also, the GMAT.economist software uses ‘bubbles chat’ for its learning process, which is not accompanied by voice explanations. It is essentially a prep book within chat bubbles. This could prove to be difficult for students who need to see and hear their study materials.

The explanations are a bit too concise, so if the student isn’t knowledgeable of the basics, the program may not be suitable for them. Another problem is the inability to access to more advanced material earlier in the course (in case a student is already familiar with the basic material). Students must complete lower sections before they move on to more challenging sections, which can affect the time spent learning.

Price & Plans

GMAT.economist is priced starting at $799 and caps at $1,099. If students want to try out GMAT.economist’s system, they can do so for seven days, via its free trial.

GMAT.economist offers three prep programs which include many of the same features just in different quantities. The first option is ‘Complete Prep,’ which costs $799, and includes full online course access, tree practice exams, 50 ask-a-tutor questions, four live one-on-one sessions, four essay markings, 5000+ practice questions, Economist digital subscription and access to mobile apps.

Its ‘Premium Prep,’ course costs $899, includes the above features, as well as five practice exams, 100 ask-a-tutor questions, six live one-on-one sessions and five essay markings.

The last option is the ‘Ultimate prep,’ which costs $1,099, offers all the above features and six practice exams, unlimited ask-a-tutor questions, eight live one-on-one sessions, and six essay markings.

An enjoyable learning process

The fact that GMAT.economist’s students can use the learning system anywhere they’d like to and at any time, makes it a much more convenient and enjoyable process. The chat bubble feature feels similar to sending a text message to a friend, so for some students, it can create a level of comfort that makes the learning process more enjoyable.

Finally, as mentioned earlier, the test prep learning system’s user interface does not provide a user-friendly experience.


  • In all prep programs, GMAT.economist offers a score guarantee. If students don’t improve their score by 50 to 70 points (depending on the plan), students qualify for a full refund.
  • Tutoring options
  • ‘ASK-A-TUTOR’ messaging
  • A student’s blog
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Lots of option for one-on-one assistance
  • Essay review
  • Mobile app
  • Good student support
  • No live lessons
  • No sound/video
  • Poor user experience
  • A bit too short of explanations
  • More suitable as a complementary course