Since we announced our online GMAT coaching tie-up with Knewton, we’ve been getting several queries from MBA applicants across India (and abroad) who’ve been considering options ranging from their friendly neighbourhood GMAT tutor to conventional GMAT classes dotted across the city. And when we start waxing eloquent about online GMAT preparation being a better alternative, a few raised eyebrows is the least we can expect.
Considering the frequency of these queries, we thought we should share some perspectives on the topic.
GMAT coaching classes (in Bangalore, Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Chennai, Pune or Timbuktu) have all followed a standard approach. Get a whole bunch of guys in the class and adopt the standard school, college and university style of teaching. In India, whether it is for CAT or GMAT prep, the one-size-fits-all methodology has remained largely unchanged. Private tutoring is too expensive for most of us.
With the advent of technology, the global rules of the game are evolving. Test prep (& not just for GMAT) teaching tools and techniques have become more flexible, more personalized and more relevant now.
– If you wish to start your GMAT preparation course in a day or two, will a regular GMAT coaching class accommodate your request?
– What if the 6pm class doesn’t suit you, do they have one at 7pm…and 8pm and 9pm?
– Will all the instructors from the class be top-notch? What if you don’t like a couple of them? Can you move to a better GMAT instructor?
– If you miss a couple of classes (boss has dumped his work on you) how do you catch up? Can you retake a class if you need some theory to be brushed up?
– Is the class going to be adapted to your needs or will it keep running at its own pace irrespective of whether you are finding it too fast or too slow?
– How much is the local class spending on ensuring that the course content is keeping pace with the dynamic GMAT test prep world?
– [And the clincher] Despite all the world-class, cutting edge features, can I still sign up at a price that’s cheaper than the fees charged by most GMAT classes?
We don’t know what alternatives you’ve been thinking about and how they’d fare when you view them through this critical lens. If we ask these questions to Knewton’s GMAT course designers, we think we know what their response would be. More information about our GMAT preparation course discount offer.
UPDATE: Knewton has stopped their special India discounts. They now manage the sign-up process centrally. Check out the other GMAT courses listed on our site.