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So this is the page where we’re supposed to tell you that we’re magical GMAT tutors who can raise your score by 200 points in, like, six weeks or something. I think we’re supposed to give you all sorts of guarantees and statistics that show that we’ve developed some magical GMAT tutoring curriculum, filled with tips and tricks that will get you to a 760 GMAT score and a free ride to a top-10 MBA program.
Sorry, we don’t do any of that. We really do have outstanding track records as GMAT tutors: we’ve helped hundreds of students achieve dramatic score improvements, and our former students have been admitted to every top MBA program in the world, including HBS, Stanford, Wharton, INSEAD, and LBS, among many others. If you want proof, you’re always welcome to ask for references, or you can click here or here or here or here or here or here or here or here. Charles was even interviewed for a GMAT article in U.S. News & World Report, and we collectively serve as the resident GMAT verbal experts at GMAT Club, the world’s largest GMAT forum.
But we’re honest people, and we won’t feed you a line of crap about massive, easy score improvements. Improving your GMAT score is rarely easy, and we’ll make you work hard – and work efficiently – to achieve your GMAT goals.
Shortcuts and “tricks” won’t get you very far on the GMAT
Unfortunately, the GMAT is a pain in the butt. It’s not really a knowledge test at all: it’s a “reasoning exam”, designed to test your ability to battle through layers of reading and logic. Sure, the GMAT contains some straightforward, 10th-grade content that serves as part of the exam’s foundation, but it ultimately requires flexible, logical thinking and a disciplined, precise approach to questions.
We’d love to tell you that if you learn a bunch of simple tricks (“when in doubt, pick D!”), you’ll achieve a spectacular GMAT score. Unfortunately, nothing could be further from the truth: the GMAT is designed to be resistant to test-prep coaching, and GMAC’s data indicates that most repeat test-takers do not achieve meaningful improvements in their scores.
In other words, if it were possible to achieve GMAT success by just memorizing a bunch of formulas or gimmicks, then huge score improvements would be everywhere. But in reality, if you’re struggling to achieve your target GMAT score, you probably need something more than tips, tricks, and flashcards.
Honest assessments, honest solutions
As GMAT tutors, our job is to figure out what, exactly, holds you back from your GMAT goals – especially if it’s not what you ever would have expected. We never spend our tutoring sessions simply going through random GMAT problems: we’ll root out the underlying causes of your underperformance on the GMAT, regardless of whether the problem is your fundamental reading skills, sloppiness in arithmetic and algebra, anxiety or other psychological barriers, poor time management, sleep deprivation, or something else entirely. We’ll help you build a deeper understanding of the skills and concepts tested on the GMAT, as well as an understanding of what it takes to build better habits of mind as you tackle the exam.
In many cases, we’re able to succeed with students who have battled the GMAT for months or years. It’s not uncommon for us to help students achieve a major breakthrough after they’ve already done every GMAT Official Guide problem six times, after they’ve hired three other high-priced tutors, or after they’ve taken the exam six times. (And yes, those are all real examples.) Learning some straightforward formulas or grammar rules might help a little bit, but our breakthroughs generally come from digging inside our students’ minds, and discovering the habits and processes that lead to unnecessary errors — and then figuring out how to change those behaviors.
We succeed with the toughest GMAT cases because we’re not afraid to be unorthodox. If you’ve already taken every GMAT test-prep course in existence, we’re probably the guys who can figure out why, exactly, those courses haven’t helped you achieve your goals.
But there’s no magic to any of this. Hiring a GMAT tutor is like hiring a personal trainer: if you want your GMAT brain to get big and buff, you need to pump some serious (quantitative and verbal) iron outside of our tutoring sessions. If any GMAT tutor tells you that a 200-point score increase is easy, he or she is lying through their teeth. It may be possible to raise your GMAT score by 100 points or 200 points or more, but it will require hours and hours of carefully focused practice on an almost-daily basis — and a willingness to change the fundamental ways you read, react, and think on a standardized exam.
Are you ready to work hard with us?
So if you want a painfully honest (but usually very polite) GMAT tutor who will kick you to the curb if you don’t do your homework, give us a shout. (Actually, we’re really nice people in real life, and we rarely enjoy kicking anybody to the curb. But it’s not fun for us to sit around and blabber about the GMAT while you waste your money on us, so we’ll be completely straight about what we can do for you, and about what you need to do to achieve your GMAT goals.)
In-person GMAT tutoring is available in Denver, Colorado. For GMAT students who live outside of Denver, we also online tutoring via Skype. For GMAT tutoring rates and other fine print, click here. And if you’re not in Denver, here’s an honest assessment of the effectiveness of online GMAT tutoring.
Thank you for reading this far, and good luck with your GMAT and MBA ambitions!