We’ve worked with students just like you and helped them improve their GMAT scores to get into their top choice schools. Katie was very intelligent and had an interesting job in politics; however, she wanted to move her career (and income) forward by pursuing an MBA. She was incredibly dedicated to putting in the work and knew she would earn back the money she invested into test prep once she completed her MBA. She simply needed a guide to help her with strategies on what to focus on.
When it came to the Verbal section, Katie was a natural. She aced the Critical Reasoning questions (she was in the political field after all), and she was a huge bookworm. She did struggle a bit when it came to Sentence Correction questions, but she felt confident that she could learn the rules. The Quantitative section, on the other hand, was a bit of a different story. She always did fairly well when it came to math, but she kept making a lot of small mistakes and was taking a long time to answer questions. Not to mention, she didn’t really understand the Data Sufficiency questions entirely, which slowed her down. Each time she took a practice test, the time would run out before she could finish answering the Quant questions.
During our first sessions, we parsed out what she did well with on her own versus what she needed help with. Given that she was relatively strong in Verbal already, we deprioritized it slightly. We simply focused on reviewing the commonly tested grammar rules for the Sentence Correction questions until she felt comfortable, then she focused on independent study. This worked well because she could increase her overall score more quickly through the Verbal section, which would help her reach a 700. However, we needed to make sure that she could perform well enough on the Quantitative section because the top 10 programs would still be looking for a strong score that was comparable to the Verbal.
For the Quantitative section, Katie will tell you that she improved her score but not without putting in the work. When we reviewed strategies for Data Sufficiency that improved her accuracy and timing, she was able to bump up her score by a bit. However, there was no doubt that there were certain concepts that she simply was not familiar with. We focused on reviewing those commonly tested concepts together, and then she put in time outside of the classroom. And when I say she worked hard, I mean that she took her Official Guide to the GMAT book with her on a vacation to Italy so that she could continue her practice. It was not always easy, but we worked together to build her understanding and then she put in the time to master it. When she went to take her GMAT, she broke a 720 and was thrilled with everything she had accomplished!
GMAT preparation doesn’t have to be something you dread!
When you work with a JEM expert, you’re working with someone who has over 10 years of experience in teaching people how to achieve their test goals, and not only that, but also in making it a little bit fun!
Content: Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Verbal, Quantitative -- the GMAT covers a lot of ground, and it can feel like a lot if you’re trying to cram the details!
Strategy: how to approach each question type so that your skills can shine through!
Timing: sometimes the clock ticking down gets under your skin and you just can’t focus -- but we can help desensitize the timing pressure so you’re good to go!
Organization: preparation and materials can be overwhelming -- we help you understand what to focus on.
Confidence: even the strongest students can suffer from a lack of confidence, but when you work with a test prep expert, you have someone who knows you and your strengths cheering you on and giving you tangible tips to stay on an upward trajectory!
Motivation: how to break through those slumps where you’d rather do anything besides test prep!
Each hour is a power-packed session with a test prep expert. Our experts have over 10 years of experience helping students in exactly your position, and that experience means you’ll have the best help available to achieve your goals.
“I took the GMAT prep course with Joa and it was by far the best teacher I've had when it comes to GMAT. I had already taken two different courses, both online and in person, and none of them compares. Joa is a very attentive, patient person who knows how to best adapt to the students strengths and weaknesses. She can explain the same exercise in "n" number of ways until you can actually understand what's been asked of you.”
“Emily has not only with her in-depth knowledge but also with her capability to transfer her knowledge and the strategies of the GMAT to me. She is very patient and dedicated to what she does. She was able to explain complex concepts and adjust to my learning style making it really easy for me to have a quick progress in very short time.”
“Joa’s enthusiasm and positivity helped me grasp new strategies while learning in a fun environment. Studying for the GMAT exam became easier and less stressful because of Joa, it was an amazing experience!”
“Emily really helped me simplify the more complex aspects of the GMAT in order to develop a systematic approach to solving the problems. I would certainly recommend Emily as a tutor as she clearly has a good knowledge of the exam content and layout as well as an excellent teaching ability :)”
When you work with JEM Achievement experts for 12 or more hours, you’ll receive an Admissions Strategy Session, valued at $275 but yours for free. An Admissions Strategy Session is a full hour of time with one of our Admissions Specialists to review your applicant profile and plan a timeline for your application process. We’ll help you feel empowered and in control of your applications, setting you up for success!
We can’t wait to meet you and get started on achieving your goals!
We (Joa and Emily) met while working for Big Test Prep companies and knew there was a better, more personalized way to provide digital test prep and admissions consulting services. Thus, JEM Achievement was born: tailored and flexible support available online, no matter where you are. JEM empowers students in pursuit of advanced education through curated courses, private tutoring, and strategic coaching. We strive to have a hand in developing future leaders within their communities, instilling a solid set of values to be carried forward.
We have worked with hundreds of GMAT, GRE, and graduate admissions students over the course of our 10+ year careers in private education and know how stressful test preparation can be. With jobs, families, and life, we realize that test prep courses are difficult to add into the mix, but we also know that they are an extremely important piece of the admissions puzzle. We also realize that you don’t always know if you’re paired up with an instructor who is a good fit for you.
Both of us have compatible styles with sometimes different perspectives and strengths, which is why we make such a great team! When you work with one of us, you can be sure that you’re still getting the other because we are in constant communication behind the scenes, strategizing ways to bring out the best in your abilities. We have worked with students from all over the world from a variety of backgrounds and with a range of goals. You can be sure with us that you’ll receive honest advice and work with people who care about you as an individual. We know what achievement can do for self-confidence, and we want you to find success!