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GMAC Launches New “Official GMAT” Mobile App for iPhone and iPad

GMAC Launches New “Official GMAT” Mobile App for iPhone and iPad

While there’s no shortage of GMAT prep apps available for the iPhone and iPad (including our own free iPhone GMAT app), until now test takers haven’t had access to a course of official GMAT questions that they can use on their mobile devices. That changed this week as the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) announced that its “Official GMAT” app is now available on iOS devices. This of it as a portable, more interactive version of the Official Guide for GMAT Review.

The basic app costs $4.99, and gives users access to 50 questions. From there, users can pay $9.99 each for additional sets of 250 verbal or quant questions (or pay $9.99 for one blended set of 250 questions).

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GMAT Prep Courses Start Around the World Today!

GMAT Prep Courses Start Around the World Today!

Want to secure a great GMAT score before you start working on your business school applications in the fall? Good news… We have GMAT prep classes starting around the world today!

If you’re applying to business school this coming year, now is the perfect time to start preparing for the GMAT. Doing so puts you on track to take the exam by late July. We always recommend planning for success, but you should also be smart and build in enough time just in case you don’ get the GMAT score you want. Missed 700? No problem… You’ll still have plenty of time to take the GMAT again before you start devote your full attention to your Round 1 applications.

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Now You Can Connect with Veritas Prep GMAT & Admissions Experts on Evisors!

Now You Can Connect with Veritas Prep GMAT & Admissions Experts on Evisors!

At Veritas Prep, we’re always on the lookout for new ways to connect with applicants and help them succeed. Evisors can connect you with savvy former employees and interviewers at top firms who will help you land your dream job. If you are still planning on applying to graduate school, you can also find Veritas Prep admissions consultants on Evisors who will help you gain acceptance to the world’s top graduate programs.

Evisors was created to provide a menu of the best career and admissions consultants out there (they’re called “evisors”) and let the customer pick and choose who they want to talk to. Veritas Prep and Evisors have teamed up to make some of our best GMAT and MBA admissions experts available through the Evisors website. These experts can easily be identified by the “Veritas Prep Certified” seal next to their profiles.

Why You Shouldn't Worry About the New GMAT

Why You Shouldn't Worry About the New GMAT

In the new U.S. News graduate school rankings issue, which hits newsstands this coming week, we’re quoted on the upcoming changes to the GMAT, coming in June, 2012. (You can read the online version here.) The article outlines the big change coming to the GMAT — replacing one of the AWA questions with a new section called Integrated Reasoning — and the Graduate Management Admission Council’s reasons for the change.

The new Integrated Reasoning section will go beyond the traditional “pick one of these five answer choices” format. It will ask test takers to assess information in a variety of formats, synthesize the information given, and draw conclusions from the information given. (We wrote about the new format a great deal last year.) Sounds scary, right?

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GMAT Prep Classes Start Around the World Next Week!

GMAT Prep Classes Start Around the World Next Week!

Looking to get ahead of the game and pocket a great GMAT score before the summer? Good news… We have GMAT prep classes starting around the world next week!

If you’re applying to business school this coming year, now is the perfect time to start preparing for the GMAT. Doing so puts you on track to take the exam in early summer. You should always plan for success, but you should also be smart and build in enough time just in case you don’ get the GMAT score you want. Missed 700? No problem… You’ll still have a couple of months to take the GMAT again before you start working on your Round 1 business school applications in earnest.

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Sentence Correction in Real Life: Death By Pronoun?

Sentence Correction in Real Life: Death By Pronoun?

It may well be fair to say that GMAT students, on average, dislike studying for Sentence Correction questions than for any other question type. Grammar in itself is less than enjoyable, and to many the correct answers seem awkward and the incorrect answers seem to fit the “yeah, but I still understood what they were saying” protest.

Where Sentence Correction can become a bit more relevant and enjoyable is in the fact that, more than any other area of grammatical relevance, the GMAT tests logic. When it comes to Modifiers, Pronouns, Subject-Verb Agreement, Verb Tense, etc., the correct answer is just as likely to be found by asking “does this even make sense?” than by consulting Strunk & White’s Elements of Style (you know… that book of which you received multiple copies for your high school graduation). And if you embrace the logical absurdity of incorrect answers, studying Sentence Correction can be fun (or at least less un-fun). As you notice these grammatically-induced absurdities, you can bring extra enjoyment to day-to-day reading and radio-listening. For example, consider this segment from today’s Morning Edition on NPR.

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Why an Accelerated GMAT Course May Be Just What You Need

Why an Accelerated GMAT Course May Be Just What You Need

Chris Kane is a longtime Veritas Prep instructor and recipient of the worldwide Instructor of the Year Award. Having taught thousands of students in New York City and the tri-state area, he contributes frequently to the Veritas Prep lesson materials and is the primary instructor for the popular Accelerated Course format in Midtown Manhattan, where he will begin another such course this week. In his first of many contributions to the Veritas Prep blog, he shares the wisdom of his experience with the one-week, 42-hour Accelerated Course format.

While no Veritas Prep class is more popular than the Full Course, the Accelerated Course has a lot to offer. It undoubtedly makes for a long week: We cover all the material presented in the 42 hour Full Course in one week, meeting every day from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM with a one hour lunch break. When I teach the Accelerated Course, students in my evening Full Course often remark that the format is, well, insane: “How could you learn all this in one week?” Information overload! I could never do that… It’s crazy!”

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Announcing Veritas Prep's 2010 Worldwide GMAT Instructor of the Year Winners

Announcing Veritas Prep's 2010 Worldwide GMAT Instructor of the Year Winners

Our nominee for 2010 Photo of the Year

Happy New Year, readers! As we begin a new year and Veritas Prep launches its first 2011 GMAT courses next week, we’d like to take a moment to reflect on a highly successful 2010 and honor some of the people who most contributed to it.

Here at Veritas Prep, we have the honor at the end of each year of looking back at the thousands of students and hundreds of classes we’ve taught.  It has become tradition each December to name winners of the Worldwide Instructor of the Year award, and the process has grown in enjoyment level each year as we’ve been treated to mountains of positive student evaluation scores and comments.  With a company average of approximately 4.4 on a 5-point scale (4 is “agree” and 5 is “strongly agree”) to the prompt “I would recommend my instructor to others”, it’s clear that to become an Instructor of the Year one must truly be a star among stars, and it’s a privilege for our headquarters staff to sift through the data and reflect on the countless lives that our instructors have changed for the better.
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Three Easy (and Free) Ways to Start Your GMAT Prep

Three Easy (and Free) Ways to Start Your GMAT Prep

Happy Holidays, everyone! We hope you’re able to get some rest and enjoy time with your friends and family during the holidays. And, especially if you’re in the Northeastern United States, we hope you’re staying dry and safe in the middle of some serious snow!

As for us, we’re taking advantage of the holidays here at Veritas Prep to get caught up on things and get ready for our next big wave of GMAT courses, which start worldwide in two weeks. If you’re planning on preparing for and taking the GMAT in 2011, here are three ways you can start your preparation at no cost:

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A Warning to All Would-Be GMAT Cheaters

A Warning to All Would-Be GMAT Cheaters

Dr. Lawrence Rudner

Last week GMAC’s own Dr. Lawrence Rudner, the ultimate “guy behind the GMAT” if there ever was one, wrote an article on Bloomberg Businessweek letting GMAT students know that the punishment is severe for anyone caught trying to cheat the exam. And, perhaps even more importantly, he has real-world data to prove that the advantage someone gains by cheating is slight, if they exist at all.

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Why We Created the New GMAT Essentials Course

Why We Created the New GMAT Essentials Course

Kix has known about the GMAT Essentials for a long time.

On October 30 and 31 we ran the first ever Veritas Prep Essentials Course, giving students an entirely new way to think about how they should prepare for the GMAT. The reviews have been nothing short of phenomenal so far, which explains why we’ve been humbled by the terrific demand we’ve seen for the course. But, this new course is the biggest change to GMAT prep since we launched our original 42-hour course back in 2002… How did it come about?

The Essentials Course came up as a challenge based on what’s happening in the marketplace; there are a lot of options for the GMAT student these days, and many of them advertise shorter classes, more convenient schedules, and lower prices, and we wanted to compete in that market. Our Full Course’s strengths have a lot to do with was how comprehensive it is –- it’s 42 hours (normally over 7 weeks) and covers everything from fundamental skills to higher-order strategies. We still know that it’s the best way for most people to study for the GMAT, but we also know that one size doesn’t fit all (as we told BusinessWeek last year).
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GMAC Release First Sample Integrated Reasoning Questions for the New GMAT

GMAC Release First Sample Integrated Reasoning Questions for the New GMAT

The Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) has announced that those who take the GMAT between November 19 and November 24 will be among the first to see examples of the GMAT’s new Integrated Reasoning questions in a live test setting. This will strictly be for the purpose of evaluating the questions, and will have no bearing on students’ official GMAT scores. Anyone who completes the sample questions and fill outs a short online survey the next day will receive a $25 credit for their time.

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Official Guide for GMAT Review Now More Accessible Than Ever

Official Guide for GMAT Review Now More Accessible Than Ever

Last week the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC), the people behind the GMAT, announced the release of the Official Guide for GMAT Review series of digital talking books, making the popular GMAT prep material more accessible for the visually impaired. The new books provide the exact same GMAT preparation material found in the printed GMAT study guides.

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GMAT Courses Start Around the World Next Week!

GMAT Courses Start Around the World Next Week!

Attention Round 2 and Round 3 applicants! If you still need to take the GMAT, of if you’re not happy with your current score, we have GMAT prep classes starting around the world next week!

If you’re applying to business school this year, hopefully by now you have already beaten the GMAT and are able to focus on the rest of your applications. If not, there’s still time to properly prepare for the exam, get a competitive score, and complete your business school applications this year. But, time is running out, so you’d better start your test preparation now.

Five Tips for the GMAT Self-Study Student

Five Tips for the GMAT Self-Study Student

While Veritas Prep is obviously in the business of getting paid to provide GMAT preparation services, we know that a lot of our fans have chosen the self-study path for their GMAT prep. In fact, most of us here at Veritas Prep HQ chose the self-study route when we took the GMAT (and the rest have taken a Veritas Prep course!).

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Introducing Our New GMAT Essentials Course!

Introducing Our New GMAT Essentials Course!

For the past eight years we have helped tens of thousands of students prepare for the GMAT. Not only have we helped students by knowing the GMAT better than anyone, but also by constantly staying innovative with our GMAT prep curriculum. That innovative spirit is behind our newest course format, The Essentials Course.

Veritas Prep GMAT Books Now on the iPad!

Veritas Prep GMAT Books Now on the iPad!

Like your iPad? Love doing well on the GMAT? You’re in luck… Veritas Prep’s industry-leading GMAT prep books are now available for download on the iPad! Now, test-takers can develop customized study programs using individual downloadable books from the most comprehensive GMAT prep course ever created.

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GMAT Prep Courses Start This Week!

GMAT Prep Courses Start This Week!

If you’re applying to business school this year, hopefully by now you have a great GMAT score under your belt. If not, there’s still time to properly prepare for the exam, get a competitive score, and complete your business school applications this year. But, you’d better start your test preparation now to give yourself enough time.

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Preparing for the GMAT Online Just Got Easier!

Preparing for the GMAT Online Just Got Easier!

Since 2002, tens of thousands of business school applicants have chosen Veritas Prep to help them achieve their maximum potential on the GMAT. In 90+ cities worldwide, every year more and more students find out what makes the Veritas Prep strategy for GMAT mastery the best in the industry.

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Three Reasons to Retake the GMAT While You Can

Three Reasons to Retake the GMAT While You Can

We’re just two months away from the first Round 1 deadlines for the 2010-2011 MBA admissions season, and one question that we frequently receive at this time of year is, “I took the GMAT and scored X… Should I take it again before I apply?”

Enrolling in the Best GMAT Prep Course Just Got Easier!

Enrolling in the Best GMAT Prep Course Just Got Easier!

By popular demand, today we introduce something that will surely bring a smile to the face of anyone who’s ever wanted to pay Tuesday for their hamburger today: Now you can enroll in any Veritas Prep GMAT class and pay in three monthly installments!

Go Around the World with Veritas Prep and Win $5,000 in Prizes + 40% Off a GMAT Course!

Go Around the World with Veritas Prep and Win $5,000 in Prizes + 40% Off a GMAT Course!


To celebrate the worldwide reach of our GMAT courses (we have 87 locations in 16 countries and offer live online courses) we are hosting an Around the World Facebook photo contest! Everyone is invited to submit a picture of themselves wearing a Veritas Prep t-shirt or holding Veritas Prep books and the person with the picture that receives the most votes will get his or her choice of the following prizes:

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Summer GMAT Prep Classes Start Next Week!

Summer GMAT Prep Classes Start Next Week!

We thought we’d take a quick break holiday (what, you didn’t get July 5 off??) to let you know that we have GMAT prep classes starting around the world next week! If you’re planning to apply to a top business school this coming fall, now is the perfect time to get started on your GMAT preparation.

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Introducing Veritas Prep's GMAT Prep Books!

Introducing Veritas Prep's GMAT Prep Books!


We have big news to announce! Today, on our 8th birthday, we introduce our GMAT prep books for individual purchase! These are the same books that we use in our industry-leading 42-hour GMAT prep course, and they contain everything that tens of thousands of students have learned in a Veritas Prep class.

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Why Now Is the Perfect Time to Start Your GMAT Preparation

Why Now Is the Perfect Time to Start Your GMAT Preparation

It only comes six times a year, when the planets align and our GMAT prep classes start around the world on the same week! If you’re planning to apply to a top MBA program this coming fall (or even if you’re just starting to think about it), this is the perfect time to start preparing for the GMAT.

Happening Today: What the GMAT Can (and Cannot) Do For Your MBA Candidacy

Happening Today: What the GMAT Can (and Cannot) Do For Your MBA Candidacy

At 12:00 PM U.S. Pacific time today, Veritas Prep co-founder and CEO Chad Troutwine will conduct a live online seminar titled “What the GMAT Can (and Cannot) Do For Your MBA Candidacy.” Chad’s presentation is part if the Association of the first annual Association of International Graduate Admissions Consultants (AIGAC) Graduate Admissions Virtual Summit. There’s still time to register here!

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Separating Fact from Hysteria in MBA Admissions

Separating Fact from Hysteria in MBA Admissions

They say hysteria sells. And it sure does, or at least it did, back in the 1980s, when Def Leppards’ Hysteria went on to sell more than 20 million copies worldwide after its release in 1987. The name “Hysteria” was inspired by the surge in media coverage caused by drummer Rick Allen’s Dec. 31 1984 car accident. While Allen’s accident was devastating (he would rebound to drum on Hysteria, and is still with the band today, despite only having one arm) the worldwide “hysteria” caused by his accident dwarfed the event itself, to the band’s bemusement.

Snowpocalypse 2010 and the GMAT

Snowpocalypse 2010 and the GMAT

(Today we share a “GMAT war story” from KJ, a recent Veritas Prep student who was recently accepted to multiple top-ranked business schools. If you think you’re stressed about taking the GMAT, just read what she went through to make her test happen during the blizzard that rocked the DC area in February!)

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Now Hiring: Vice President of Kaplan Acquisition

Now Hiring: Vice President of Kaplan Acquisition

We’re growing! Veritas Prep is seeking a Vice President of Kaplan Acquisition to work in our Malibu, California headquarters, on an as-yet-unnamed secret project. Veritas Prep is the largest privately owned GMAT preparation and admissions consulting company in the world. We offer our renowned GMAT courses in more than 90 cities on five continents and employ nearly 150 admissions experts from the world

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GMAT Prep Classes Start Worldwide Tonight!

GMAT Prep Classes Start Worldwide Tonight!


Today is one of those extra exciting days at Veritas Prep HQ, when GMAT prep classes start in dozens of cities worldwide (and in a few other cities, where they start tomorrow night).

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Good Study Tool: GMAT Club's GMAT ToolKit for the iPhone

Good Study Tool: GMAT Club's GMAT ToolKit for the iPhone


Our friends at GMAT Club just earned a pretty impressive distinction when their GMAT Toolkit app was recently featured by Apple on its “What’s Hot” list!

The iPhone app is part of an ongoing project by GMAT Club to create a terrific test prep app through the power of GMAT Club’s community. The ToolKit was originally released several months ago and has since undergone three updates to include additional features requested by users.

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Five Reasons to Take the GMAT Early

Five Reasons to Take the GMAT Early


With our full slate of March GMAT courses right around the corner, one of the most common questions we encounter at this time of year is, “When should I take the GMAT?” Many prospective MBA students know the GMAT is in their near future, but for a variety of reasons, they aren’t sure they want to deal with it just yet.

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Improve Your GMAT Score in Just Two Weeks!

Improve Your GMAT Score in Just Two Weeks!


Sorry, we couldn’t resist creating a “Seven-Minute Abs”-like title. If you’ve landed here while looking for a way to boost your GMAT score in two weeks’ time, you’ve got your work cut out for you. But, we are the GMAT prep experts, and we received this question from an applicant recently, so let’s dig in:

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Get Access to All GMAT Club Tests When You Enroll with Veritas Prep!

Get Access to All GMAT Club Tests When You Enroll with Veritas Prep!


Starting January 26, when you enroll in a Veritas Prep GMAT prep course or MBA admissions consulting service through GMAT Club, you will not only save 10% (up to $180 savings), but you’ll also get free access to all 30 of GMAT Club’s online tests — a $79 value!

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Veritas Prep iPhone GMAT Prep App Reaches More Than 50,000 Downloads!

Veritas Prep iPhone GMAT Prep App Reaches More Than 50,000 Downloads!


With our GMAT prep classes starting around the world this week, we were so hard at work that we almost missed a huge milestone: Our Veritas Prep GMAT Practice Quiz iPhone App has been downloaded more than 50,000 on the iTunes store!

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Veritas Prep Co-Founders Named Two of Entrepreneur Magazine's Trailblazers and Trendsetters of 2009

Veritas Prep Co-Founders Named Two of Entrepreneur Magazine's Trailblazers and Trendsetters of 2009


After calling them the “Titans of Testing” in a cover story last year, Entrepreneur Magazine recently named Veritas Prep co-founders Markus Moberg and Chad Troutwine two of its Trailblazers and Trendsetters of 2009, alongside the founders of other hot young companies such as New Belgium Brewing, CollegeHumor, Rockcorps, and Freshbooks.

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GMAT Prep and Admissions: The Best of 2009

GMAT Prep and Admissions: The Best of 2009


There goes another year! As 2009 (and the decade… whatever we’re calling it…) winds down, we thought we’d share some of our most popular posts and most interesting topics from the past 12 months.

Veritas Prep Weighs in on the GMAT vs. GRE Debate on BusinessWeek

Veritas Prep Weighs in on the GMAT vs. GRE Debate on BusinessWeek


In an article on BusinessWeek.com yesterday, BW’s Francesca Di Meglio dug deeper into the “GMAT or GRE?” question. She interviewed several leading experts on the subject, including our own co-founder and CEO, Chad Troutwine.

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Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from Veritas Prep!

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from Veritas Prep!


All of us at Veritas Prep want to wish you a wonderful holiday season. For those of you rushing to get your applications done before the second-round deadlines take a look at our sample MBA essays to see some real-world examples of effective admissions essays.

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What Happens In Vegas… Gets You Into Business School?

What Happens In Vegas… Gets You Into Business School?


For years, the Veritas Prep Intensive Course – 42 hours over 7 days covering our entire GMAT syllabus – has been a popular option for busy professionals who want to block out time to study for the exam. A contributing factor may well be that these courses take place in destination locales: New York City, Miami, London, Honolulu, and Dubai. It is only fitting, then, that we add one of the world’s favorite destinations to this list – that’s right, Veritas Prep is bringing its Intensive Course to Las Vegas!


The course format – classes meet from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., then 2 to 5 p.m. after a lunch break – allows energetic students to enjoy some of the famous Las Vegas nightlife, or spend some quality time in the evenings completing homework to discuss the next day.
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