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A Record Of Success

Since 2005, the GMAT Guru has helped more than 230 of his clients score at or above 700 on the GMAT, a record unrivaled by any other private tutor in the Bay Area. Many of these 700+ scorers had already tried and failed with other classes and $300/hr tutors.

Some of my phenomenal clients are listed here. Others prefer to keep their privacy. More current references can be found on Yelp. If you would like to be the next to join the Hall of Fame, Enroll Now!

NameScorePrevious GMAT PrepComments
David
GMAT Date: 2011
760Manhattan GMATI want to express my sincere thanks for your help - your knowledge,strategy, and ability to get me to do the work were all extremely beneficial. The jump from 650 on my first practice test to 760 on the actual GMAT speaks for itself. I happily recommend The GMAT Guru Total Prep Package to anyone looking for the most thorough GMAT preparation possible.
Susie
GMAT Date: 2011
770Self StudyWhen I started the GMAT Guru Total Prep Package, I was concerned about the quantitative section, particularly about whether I could ever finish all the questions in time. The HUGE benefit of Crowan’s tutoring is that he shows you how to deal with time issues in a realistic way. He showed me that it was OK to take 4-5 minutes on some questions and that it was OK to totally skip others. I followed Crowan’s advice, skipped about 12 problems on the actual test and got a 49 on the quantitative section (86th percentile) with a combined score of 770.
Matt
GMAT date: 2005
MBA: Australian Graduate School of Management
Contact info upon request
760
                 
When I started with Crowan, I didn't know anything about the GMAT. I quickly found out that my style of solving math problems, although mathematically correct, was not ideal for the GMAT. Crowan taught me his GMAT Guru Methods for Problem Solving and Data Sufficiency and before I knew it, I was fast-tracking to a 4 (90th%) on the quantitative section.

I had accepted that the verbal section would be my weakness, but Crowan convinced me that I could score well if I approached the verbal section with the same analytical rigor with which I approached the quantitative section. In the end, I scored a verbal 45(99th%), bringing my overall score up to 760. I highly recommend Crowan for your GMAT tutoring needs.
Sudhir
GMAT date:
Berkeley-Columbia
MBA:
Contact info upon request
710Manhattan GMAT

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I studied from Manhattan GMAT and Princeton Review materials and even hired 3 other private tutors, including some very expensive ones. None of these materials helped; I could not get above a 670.

By attending GMAT Guru private tutoring sessions, however, I was finally able to make the breakthrough I needed. My verbal score, which was my weakness, went from 72% to 90% and my overall score improved to 710, despite having an off day on the math section.

The big difference between Crowan and other classes/tutors is that, in the verbal section, he teaches you how to eliminate wrong answers instead of trying to find the right one, a technique that is incredibly powerful. Even in the math section, in which I already felt quite comfortable, Crowan introduced me to new methodologies that I found nowhere else. In all respects, he is an amazing instructor and I am happy to be a reference for him.
Dave
GMAT date:
MBA: TBA
760Crowan is one of the best teachers I've ever had, regardless of subject. When I began Crowan's class, I took an initial practice test and scored in the low 500's. I was really surprised and disappointed by my initial score because none of the material in the GMAT is particularly advanced. That is exactly the trick to taking the GMAT! It's not the subject matter that's important, it's learning HOW to take the test that's important.

To excel in the GMAT, you need to learn how the test writers think and what type of answers they're looking for. This is exactly what Crowan will teach you. Listen to Crowan, practice, and you'll do well.
Heather
GMAT date:
MBA: Tuck/Dartmouth
780When I first prepared for the GMAT, I spent over $1,300 on an "elite" GMAT course and scored 640. After attending a mix of Crowan’s private tutoring and lectures, I was able to boost this score to 780 (90th percentile in math and 99th percentile in verbal.) Crowan really helped me to understand where I was making math and verbal mistakes, and to reduce the number of errors I was making. It really paid off in my score.

If you want to achieve your best on the GMAT, go to the Guru!
Anubha
GMAT date:
MBA: TBD
760After taking a competing GMAT class, my math score did not significantly improve and was in the borderline range for top schools. Crowan's emphasis on diagnostic testing and his focused review assignments allowed me to improve my math score at least twenty percentile points. On test day, I was
more aware of my strengths and weaknesses and more strategic in my approach Crowan’s program paid off: I scored 760 (Math 95%, Verbal 96%)
Nora
GMAT date:
MBA: TBD
740The first time I took the GMAT, I studied on my own using the GMAT official guide, Princeton Review, and Kaplan books. When I took the actual test, I did a horrible job timing myself, barely finishing both sections and scoring a 610.

I realized I needed more help and thankfully, I found Crowan. He does a wonderful job explaining everything you need to know about the GMAT. During lectures, he never looks at his notes, and he can come up with many relevant examples right on the spot. He tells you why you should use certain strategies to answer certain questions and why certain answer choices are right or wrong. While all of his lectures were excellent, I want to highlight his Advanced Quantitative lecture as particularly useful; it was more thorough in its explanation of complex probability problems than any other GMAT guide (Princeton, Kaplan, OG, you name it). By sticking to Crowan’s “Guru” strategies, I completed all the questions with speed and confidence, improving my score to 740 (95% Q/91% V).
David
GMAT date:
MBA:
730I scored a 730 on the GMAT thanks in large part to Crowan. While the courses are very comprehensive and concepts clearly, demonstrating several years of teaching experience. He was able to adapt the course lectures to meet the specific needs of our group, often offering extra time to review specific questions people brought to class.

On several occasions Crowan exceeded my expectations by providing key insights that helped me on the test. For example, without his time saving and pacing techniques, I wouldn’t have finished the test. Additionally, Crowan is well studied in probability, permutations,and combinations, topics that were significantly tested on my GMAT. My 3rd question on the GMAT tested probability concepts! I was so relieved to have reviewed these problems with Crowan well before test day.

After taking the GMAT, I applied for MBA programs and this fall will be heading to the University of Chicago GSB.
Akosa
GMAT date:
MBA:
720The first time I took the GMAT, I scored 97th percentile Verbal, but a dismal 39th percentile Quantitative. My overall score of 640 was no where near what I needed to get into the top programs.

I needed help, so I met with Crowan for my initial Math tutoring session. He did an in-depth diagnostic, identified my weaknesses, and created an action plan to take me to the next level.

After a few meetings, I re-took the GMAT and this time my math score was much better. I went from the 39th percentile to the 70th. As a result, my overall score improved 80 points to 720 (96th percentile).
Agustina
GMAT date: 2010
730Manhattan GMAT
Bala
GMAT date:
MBA:
720Crowan’s lucid posting and his 790 score attracted my attention. After speaking with him for only a few minutes, I could tell he was a very disciplined and structured professional. He was more than happy to refer me to his previous clients. I only needed to talk to a couple of them before I was ready to sign up.

The best thing about Crowan is that he explains the ‘why’s rather than the ‘how’s. Once you understand and start seeing the way he thinks, the GMAT no longer seems so daunting. Crowan would dissect and point out the mistakes in my approach. After eight sessions with Crowan, I scored a 720 on the GMAT - a 70 point improvement over my previous score. Such an improvement would never have been possible without Crowan’s unparalleled GMAT expertise.
Baris
GMAT date:
MBA:
720After going through various GMAT books on my own and taking the exam couple of times, I couldn't get the score I wanted. The verbal section was my main obstacle. I contacted Crowan for help in ending my GMAT nightmare. After a few months of private tutoring and lectures, I scored 720!

I strongly believe that you need a customized approach in addressing your weaknesses in GMAT. Crowan will not only focus on those weaknesses but also help you improve your strengths.
Billy
GMAT date:
MBA:
720Before working with Crowan, I had an ongoing, year-long struggle with the GMAT. I spent $1,200 on a Kaplan course, bought several study aids and studied diligently for months before scoring a disappointing 600. I scored well on the quantitative section but just couldn’t conquer the verbal. With Crowan’s help, however, I was able to score a 720 (86% Q/95% V)!

After only a short time working with Crowan, I completely changed my approach to the verbal section. His methods are not about teaching you quick tricks like a Kaplan course does. Rather, he teaches you the way the GMAT test makers think, showing you exactly what makes each answer right or wrong.
Menka
GMAT date:
MBA:
710I couldn’t have done it without Crowan! I managed to score a 710 (a 100+ point improvement from my first diagnostic test)despite having a very hectic work schedule and little time to study.

Private tutoring was a perfect way to keep me on track with my GMAT preparation. Crowan pin-pointed how and why I was getting questions wrong. He taught me how to think so that I would not make the same mistakes again. Crowan was an excellent teacher and was very committed to helping me do my best. You won’t be able to get better personal attention from any other prep service. Go to the GMAT Guru! You won’t regret it!
Steve
GMAT date:
MBA:
+170 pointsI took the GMAT exam many years ago and thought I could take it again without much preparation. Unfortunately, I was mistaken and found myself in the position of having to improve my score by a great margin within three weeks.

After only one lesson, Crowan had my complete confidence. Although I had a solid understanding of mathematical concepts, Crowan quickly identified flaws in my general approach to the test. I worked with Crowan for twelve hours over three weeks, retook the GMAT, and improved my score by 170 points! I was subsequently accepted into the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

My improvement was just not a matter of preparation. Crowan made the difference. He thoroughly understands the GMAT and knows what it takes to score highly. Once you meet him, you will not be surprised that he scores in the high 700's. In addition to knowing the GMAT, he knows how to TEACH it. His study materials are excellent and he takes a very personal and passionate interest in his students’ success. If you are serious about improving your score and are willing to work hard, I highly recommend working with Crowan.

GMAT GURU NOTE: Steve had only three weeks to prepare. With another couple of weeks, he would have certainly scored well above 700.
Max
GMAT date:
MBA:
710My GMAT score went from 600 to 710 (85% Verbal, 90% Math) in just six weeks. Prior to working with Crowan, I had used several GMAT preparation books from Manhattan GMAT, Princeton Review, Kaplan, and Veritas. None of these helped. My sessions with Crowan, however, were instrumental to my success. I enthusiastically recommend Crowan to anyone interested in improving his or her GMAT score.
Pete
GMAT date:
MBA:
710Crowan is an excellent teacher and I feel fortunate to have attended his classes and private tutoring. Being a non-native English speaker, I needed improve my verbal scores significantly. I also needed to improve my Quant too hit the 700 mark. Crowan only teaches the GMAT so he knows and thinks like the GMAT test-takers. He only teaches what is important for you to know. I would like to add that Crowan is extremely resourceful; he will find the exact materials for your needs. By applying his methods, I scored a 710!
Siva
GMAT date:
MBA:
700700 (93%) with a V38/Q48 (85%/86%) split. It wasn’t easy. With hectic work fast approach to match my skill level and schedule. Crowan was The GMAT is over! I scored a the right choice in every way: the right course plan, the right study materials, the right practice tests, and the right teaching approach.

Before contacting Crowan, I was very skeptical about GMAT prep classes. My self-study work habits were rusty, however, and I needed some external help. Through his stellar list of references and professional approach, Crowan immediately eased my concerns. He devised five- session study plan to fit my schedule and skill level and religiously followed up each session with an e-mailed study plan reviewing what we had discussed and what I needed to do before our next lesson.

In addition to private sessions, I found his lecture sessions very useful for reviewing areas where I needed extra help. These small lectures were focused and saved me some $ as they were a third of the cost of private sessions. Overall, Crowan is extremely resourceful, helpful, and thorough GMAT preparation professional.

Thanks a lot, Crowan!
Phil
GMAT date:
MBA:
700Before learning about The GMAT Guru, I studied on my own and then took The Princeton Review course. I scored in the mid 600s- decent but not good enough for the elite schools.

After five weeks with Crowan, I scored 700. His customized study schedule, class agenda, and class materials focused on and addressed my individual weaknesses. I would recommend him to anyone who is serious about hitting 700 on the GMAT.