The Three Kinds of GMAT Courses

On Demand Courses:

These are pre-recorded lessons that you can download and watch anytime. Many come with additional resources, practice questions and CATs.

 Online on demand courses are ideal for GMAT students who:
  • are highly self motivated
  • have an unconventional or difficult schedule to work around
  • have a lopsided score or very evident GMAT strengths and weaknesses
 Pros of online on demand courses:
  • You set your own schedule: You are usually given access for a certain period, but within that period you can choose how fast or slow you go through the lessons or you can spend more or less time on them on certain weeks, depending on your work schedule.
  • You can focus on what you need to learn: Unlike classroom or live online courses, whose schedules cater to groups of people, you can focus on your specific needs; spending more time on the topics you are struggling with and focusing less on those you’ve got down. Some courses even allow, you to purchase them in parts, so you only need to buy the topics you need.
  • They are usually the cheapest: These types of courses tend to be the least expensive, so if you don’t have a lot of money to spend, this might be the way to go.
 Cons of online on demand courses:
  • Less face time with instructors: In most of these courses, you are not able to interact with instructors and ask questions about specific topics you are struggling with.

Live Online Courses:

These are live courses that you take at a set time with other students. During this time you can interact with the instructors and ask questions.

 Live online courses are ideal for GMAT students who:
  • Like having a set schedule for studying and accountability for assignments
  • Want to get the social aspect of classroom study without having to leave their home
  • Have evenly distributed weaknesses in all question types
 Pros of live online courses:
  • You can take it from anywhere: No matter where you are in the world you can take this class without having to leave the comfort of your own home. This eliminates travel time to a classroom which takes out of actual study time.
  • Instructor and student interaction: you will take this course with other students and can learn from them in addition to being able to clarify topics and ask questions of your instructor.
  • Accountability for assignments: If you have trouble motivating yourself and need a due date these types of courses will help make sure you stay on schedule.
Cons of live online courses:
  • Requires great internet connection: You need to have an internet connection that is fast enough to stream a live video otherwise you might miss parts of the class.
  • Pace is set for all students: The pace of the course is set for the average student, so if you learn really quickly or really slowly, you may want to get a course that you can move more at your own pace.

Classroom courses

This is when you go to a center and take the class in person, with other students. You will be able to interact with your instructors and ask questions.

 Classroom courses are ideal for GMAT students who:
  • Thrive in a classroom setting
  • Need a lot of interaction with instructors and other students
  • Have evenly distributed weaknesses
  • Are in a location where attending a classroom course is available
 Pros of classroom courses:
  • Classroom environment: You will be learning in an actual classroom setting with other students which is shown to have an impact on increasing student motivation.
  • Instructor interaction: Not only will you have time to ask questions and work through problems with your instructors during class, you will likely be able to catch them after class for quick questions.
  • Deadlines and accountability: You will have specific due dates and will likely have to hand in assignments to your instructors, providing the added social pressure to help those who have trouble finding motivation.
Cons of classroom courses:
  • Travel time: you will have to factor in travel time to and from the classroom facility into your day.
  • Redundant questions: the downside of getting to ask your own questions is that you will also have to listen to other students questions which may or may not be helpful to you