Frequently Asked Questions
When and where does your course start?
Please see our course dates page.
How much does your course cost?
The course costs $750. We think that this is reasonable value – take a look at some of the other courses out there that charge over $1,000 for many fewer contact hours with a teacher and for a much less personalized self-study program. You also can pay in installments if that’s easier.
Yes, you can pay in two installments - $400 and $350 – or in three installments - $300, $250, and $200. In each case, the first installment payment gets your self-study materials for the content areas of the quantitative and verbal sections. With the second installment, if you are paying in two installments that enables you to come to class and get the study materials that teach techniques. If you are paying in three installments then the second installment means you can come to the first 7 classes, and the third installment the second 7.
Just select the correct installment option when you click “buy now” on the “start today” page.
Are the classes online or in-person?
In-person if you are in (or can easily travel to) London, New York, or Frankfurt, otherwise there are live online classes, schedules are on the course dates page.
If you are not in one of those locations, we may still be able to hold some of our classes in your location: sign up 5 friends and we should be able to schedule a date to come and hold about 20 hours of your course in person.
Can we buy the self-study materials if we are not taking the class?
Yes you can. A directed self-study course with us costs $400. If you wish, you can pay in two installments, $225 and then $175.
What happens after I sign up?
First, you receive from us a series of links to diagnostic tests that tell us the state of your knowledge on several content areas as well as the full test. The full test is a diagnostic test that tells us your current overall score, verbal score, and quantitative score. But then there is a series of other tests that are related to individual content areas, telling us at a very micro level what the state of your current knowledge is on a range of different content areas. That tells us what you need to study next.
You got another series of links to all of the things that you need to study first. For any one student, we think that there will probably be at least 20, and probably many more, subject areas that you need to study, so we send you the links for you to work through at your own pace. These will only be the first set of links. For example, if you are at the level of algebra 3 and you need to get to algebra 10, we only send you algebra 4 in the first email. But the end of the algebra 4 section contains a link to algebra 5, so you can go on from there.
We tell you at the start of your study period how much there is for you still to learn, and we give you a timetable of how you will be able to do it before the start of your course.
I have to finish everything before my course starts?
You have to show mastery of all the concepts before the start of lesson 5.
Because the purpose of the classes is to show you how to use your knowledge of the concepts to answer questions. This assumes that you know all of the concepts. For the first 4 sessions you will be fine with just basic knowledge, but after that the lessons will be assuming that you know the content.
Why is it designed this way?
Because on the GMAT there is a huge difference between knowing your concepts and being able to answer questions. Your expert teacher scored in the 99th percentile not because he or she was a genius at Mathematics or an expert on the English language, but because he or she has a logical reasoning process that enables him or her to process what the question is asking, to correctly interpret the information it is giving, and to plot a route to the answer. Although you need to know all of your Mathematics and all of your grammar rules, it is these “higher-order” skills that actually make the difference between a good and a bad score, so this is where we focus our classroom time.
Why do you say your classes are 3 hours when on the course schedules each class is 2 hours?
There are 2 hours in person and then there is a 1-hour follow-up class online a week or two later. We want to have the follow-up class because we want to make sure that you don’t forget the lessons that you learned from the class when you go on to study other topics.
We schedule the follow-up class at the mutual convenience of all the students who came to the original class, so we don't publish that time in advance, but it is usually on a Saturday a week or two after the original class.