GMAT Tutoring FAQs
What should I complete before my first tutoring session?
Our recommendation for every student is to take one full CAT diagnostic before the first tutoring session, so that we can establish a baseline for your GMAT skills. For this, we recommend the free GMAT Official Practice Exam platform offered by the GMAC. If you provide your MBA.com login details, your tutor can review your practice exam before your first tutoring session.
There is no other specific requirement to complete before your first tutoring session. Some students begin their GMAT preparations with the first tutoring session, whereas other students have completed substantial self-study or formal instruction before the tutoring. Your tutor can make additional recommendations regarding any initial study or practice, based on your specific situation, during the introductory phone call.
What should I bring to my tutoring sessions?
Please bring the tutoring materials to be used (as discussed with your tutor during the introductory phone call), at least two pencils or pens, and plenty of scratch paper. Please also bring any specific questions that you have for your tutor, from the completed “homework” or otherwise. It is also helpful to bring in your scratch paper work for those questions, so that your tutor can see your approach.
If you want to review computer-based practice (such as a CAT diagnostic) that you completed, please bring a laptop computer with appropriate log-in information. For this, you may want to meet your tutor at a location that offers free Wi-Fi (e.g. a library or coffee shop). Alternately, from your tests, you can bring print-outs of questions that you wish to review. For online tutoring, only the log-in information would be needed.
We also recommend that you bring a drink (water, coffee, or soft drink) and a light snack. Although you are welcome to bring a meal, we find that this detracts attention from the tutoring. Finally, we suggest that you bring a cell phone and your tutor’s cell phone number in case you need to contact your tutor.
How much tutoring do I need?
The amount of tutoring that you require is influenced by many factors, including the amount of your prior GMAT preparations, your comfort level with the tested concepts, how quickly you learn material, how much time you have for self-practice between tutoring sessions, and how big of a score improvement you hope to achieve.
As mentioned in the first FAQ, we recommend that you take a full CAT diagnostic to establish a baseline GMAT score. Compare this score with the median GMAT scores for the business schools to which you want to apply. For reference, our chart of the Top U.S. Business Schools provides median scores. Although half the students matriculate with a GMAT score at or below the median, we recommend that you target a GMAT score above the median to boost your chances for acceptance. The closer you are to the median scores of your target schools, the less tutoring you probably need. A big divergence implies that you probably require more tutoring.
Which Package to Choose?Below we offer some general guidelines, but this will vary from person to person. Depending on your skills and objectives, you may require more or less time with and assistance from your tutor. Your tutor can make a more specific recommendation based on your particular needs.
- 10-hour package – provides light-to-moderate coverage of math or moderate coverage of verbal content. This package is most appropriate for tutoring targeted on a few specific concept areas rather than a review of all GMAT concepts.
- 20-hour package – allows for moderate-to-deep coverage of only math, extensive coverage of only verbal, or light-to-moderate coverage of both math and verbal. When used for both math and verbal, you should already either be comfortable with introductory GMAT concepts or be able to grasp new concepts quickly.
- 30-hour package – offers extensive coverage of only math, or moderate-to-deep coverage of both math and verbal. This package can provide ample coverage of all the relevant GMAT content, but depending on your skill levels, may not allow enough time for working through practice questions with your tutor.
- 40-hour package – affords extensive coverage of both math and verbal. Combined with a study plan that you will structure with your tutor, this package delivers in-depth coverage of all GMAT content plus extensive time for practice questions.
As you progress in the tutoring, your tutor can provide additional feedback regarding how much tutoring you may need to reach your target GMAT score, based on his or her assessment of your current skill levels and abilities to grasp new concepts. We allow you to upgrade or downgrade your tutoring commitments at any time, as your tutoring needs evolve. If you want additional guidance, we offer a free, no-obligation phone consultation as described on the main tutoring webpage.
Can I change tutoring packages?
Yes, you can upgrade or downgrade your tutoring package at any time. You can also upgrade from hourly tutoring to a tutoring package. After the first three change requests, we reserve the right to charge a $10 administrative fee each time you change packages, in order to defray administrative costs.
When upgrading, you receive the lower per-hour tutoring rate retroactive to your first hour of tutoring. When downgrading, you need to pay for any overages in tutoring hours. Refer to our refund policy for more details and examples. Please contact us to change plans.
Can I sign up for tutoring with a friend and split the cost?
Yes, up to three students may request group tutoring to lower the overall cost per student. You may request group tutoring for either in-person tutoring or online tutoring. Group tutoring works best with students at similar skill levels and who want to review the same concepts and types of problems. If this is not the case, your tutor will have to balance each student’s needs within the tutoring hours available.
It is up to you to find fellow tutoring students; we do not pair students together for tutoring. It is also up to the students to coordinate availability amongst themselves; it is not the tutor’s responsibility to coordinate with each student individually. If one student is unable to make a group tutoring session, it is his/her responsibility to check with the other group members whether the session should be rescheduled or go on without him/her. If the session continues without a student, the missing student will need to get caught up with the other students, not with the tutor. Finally, we suggest that each group member procure his/her own materials rather than share one set amongst themselves. We recommend that one student in the group serve as the point person to manage all of these coordination issues.
Do you offer a price guarantee?
Yes. If we lower the price or increase the hours or benefits of your package, within 30 days of your sign-up date, we will provide you with the same benefits. On the other hand, if we increase the price of tutoring after you have registered for tutoring, we will honor the prices that were previously in effect for any subsequent tutoring for six months from your most recent tutoring session (from your sign-up date if you have not yet started tutoring).