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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!
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.
(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!)
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
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
For whatever reason, there seems to be a little more emphasis on people pausing at Thanksgiving to truly consider what we’re thankful for this season. This is great news. While we all can get caught up in the stress of trying to get ahead at work or (if you’re reading this blog) trying to get into a world-class graduate school, it’s healthy to stop now and then and realize just how good most of us have it.
A couple of weeks ago we posted some key learnings from the GMAC Test Prep Summit in New York City. While we wanted to post the most GMAT-relevant information as quickly as possible, there were a few more insights that we picked up that we wanted to share here.
We get this question a lot at Veritas Prep HQ, and it usually comes from an applicant who is just days (or hours) away from taking the GMAT. While you will ideally feel 100% confident walking into the test center after doing enough GMAT preparation, the reality is that you will likely face at least some pangs of doubt unless you’re a master test taker.
A little while ago in this space, we published a review of our findings from the verbal section of the newly-released Official Guide for GMAT Review, 12th edition. At the end of that post, we promised a similar review of the quantitative questions. If you have been patiently waiting for that installment, then an explanation is certainly in order. Why the delay: Well, quite simply, we didn’t follow our own advice.
“I have to let you know; I’m not a very good standardized test taker.”
If you’ve ever taught a test preparation class, you’ve heard this introduction-slash-disclaimer multiple times as students have entered your classroom for the first time. If you’re reading this space to learn how to become a better standardized test taker, you may have uttered these words to yourself recently. In a society that becomes more quantitatively-oriented by the day (as evidence, someone somewhere can give you a percentage by which that quantitative orientation increases day by day), standardized tests are a major determinant in the academic and professional opportunities available to those who seek them. The high stakes nature of those exams builds stress, and that stress more often than not snowballs, bringing down a student’s performance level and creating additional stress on the next standardized test.
(This is the last in an eight-part series of blog posts in which Julie DeLoyd, a Veritas Prep GMAT alumna-turned-instructor, will tell the story of her experience through the MBA admissions process. Julie will begin her MBA program at Chicago Booth this fall. You can also read Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, and Part 7 to learn Julie’s whole story.)
After the amazing success or our first free trial GMAT classes earlier this summer, we have added more to the schedule between now and early October. These trial classes give you a terrific opportunity to meet your Veritas Prep GMAT instructor and get a taste of what makes Veritas Prep’s GMAT prep curriculum so much more effective than the other leading companies’ offerings.
(This is the seventh in a series of blog posts in which Julie DeLoyd, a Veritas Prep GMAT alumna-turned-instructor, will tell the story of her experience through the MBA admissions process. Julie will begin her MBA program at Chicago Booth this fall. You can also read Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, and Part 6 to learn Julie’s whole story.)
(This is the sixth in a series of blog posts in which Julie DeLoyd, a Veritas Prep GMAT alumna-turned-instructor, will tell the story of her experience through the MBA admissions process. Julie will begin her MBA program at Chicago Booth this fall. You can also read Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, and Part 5 to learn Julie’s whole story.)
Recently we conducted an informal poll of business school applicants preparing for the GMAT. We wanted to learn more about what GMAT students know — and what they don’t know — about the exam. Some of the results surprised us. It turns out that there are some critically importance details about the GMAT that many students do not know, and, even more dangerously, there are some myths out there that need to be dispelled.
(This is the fifth in a series of blog posts in which Julie DeLoyd, a Veritas Prep GMAT alumna-turned-instructor, will tell the story of her experience through the MBA admissions process. Julie will begin her MBA program at Chicago Booth this fall. You can also read Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, and Part 4 to learn Julie’s whole story.)
Just a quick heads up that we have more than 60 GMAT prep classes starting around the world next week. If you’re gearing up to apply to a top MBA program this fall, now’s the perfect time to start working on the GMAT!
We offer a variety of course formats depending on where you live. Whether it’s a weeknight Full Course, a weekend course, a Saturdays-only class, a week-long intensive program, or an online GMAT course, every Veritas Prep GMAT class provides you with the same comprehensive material and top-tier GMAT instruction.
After the success of our first Free Trial Classes in select cities in May, we’re excited to announce that we’ve expanded our roster of Free Trial Classes for our courses starting in July! Our Free Trial Classes are a great way to meet your GMAT instructor and get a firsthand feel for what makes Veritas Prep the best in GMAT preparation.
(This is the third in a series of blog posts in which Julie DeLoyd, a Veritas Prep GMAT alumna-turned-instructor, will tell the story of her experience through the MBA admissions process. Julie will begin her MBA program at Chicago Booth this fall. You can also read Part 1 and Part 2 to learn Julie’s whole story.)
(This is the first in a series of blog posts in which Julie DeLoyd, a Veritas Prep GMAT alumna-tuned-instructor, will tell the story of her experience through the MBA admissions process. Julie will begin her MBA program at Chicago Booth this fall.)
Okay, so the best deal in NYC is really found at Mamoun’s on Macdougal, but the second best deal in NYC this weekend will be Veritas Prep’s MBA Blueprint. Only 4 days left to register for this extraordinary event. Spend a day with Veritas Prep’s admissions experts, and you will emerge with the knowledge and tools you need to put together business school applications that will get you admitted.
In our never-ending quest to provide the most comprehensive and modern GMAT preparation available anywhere, we are proud to introduce the Veritas Prep GMAT Practice Quiz app for the iPhone and iPod Touch! This free application gives you access to more than 180 realistic GMAT questions in a realistic and easy-to-use interface.
You’ve asked for it, and now you’ve got it! By popular demand, we will allow a select number of students to attend the first class of our May 12 GMAT courses in L.A., Boston, and Chicago at no charge and with no string attached. This gives you a chance to meet your Veritas Prep instructor and see for yourself why we offer the industry’s most comprehensive GMAT preparation.
These aren’t free seminars or “preview” sessions — you will be able to sit in on the real first class of our seven-week Full Course. You will receive a complimentary lesson plan to bring with you to your Free Trial Class so you can follow along with the instructor just like everyone else. The Free Trial Class gives you a terrific opportunity to meet your Veritas Prep instructor before enrolling in a Veritas Prep GMAT course, with no obligation unless you choose to enroll.
Just a quick reminder that tomorrow (May 1) we will raise prices on our GMAT courses. Starting tomorrow, the new prices will be:
- Full Course – $1,600
- Weekend Course – $1,500
- Intensive Course – $1,800
- Quant / Verbal Focus – $800
- Virtual Veritas Prep – $1,200
- Veritas Prep on Demand – $850
Enroll in a GMAT prep course now to lock in our old prices. We have courses starting everywhere the week of May 11!
Last week Yale student Vivian Yee interviewed Veritas Prep co-founder Chad Troutwine about how the company got its start as part of a business plan competition while Chad and Markus Moberg were students at Yale SOM. The brief article provides a nice snapshot of what the test prep and admissions landscape looked like back in 2002, and Chad provides some thoughts on what has changed since then.
You can read the full article here, but below is an especially useful snippet, taken from Chad’s answer to a question about advice for people who are applying to grad school now:
Last week the Bay Area’s Contra Costa Times ran an article titled “Value of an MBA Put to the Test,” focusing on the evolving return-on-investment equation for prospective business school students. In the article, David Morrill turned to Veritas Prep for advice to give to prospective business school applicants.
For the first time in more than two years, Veritas Prep will soon raise prices on its GMAT prep courses. These changes will take effect on May 1, 2009, and will enable us to continue providing the best in GMAT preparation.
We have always prided ourselves on providing the industry
Normally we don’t use this space to blatantly flog our GMAT prep courses, but this week we have dozens of courses starting around the world!
If you want the most complete GMAT preparation available from any company, anywhere, then we recommend our Full Course. This is our most popular format, which gives you six hours of in-class preparation per week, over seven weeks. (In some of our bigger cities, such as New York, we also offer a Saturday-only GMAT class.) These courses start tonight and tomorrow night in most cities, and this coming Saturday in those bigger cities.
If you prefer to attend class on weekends and also want to finish in fewer than seven weeks, our Weekend Course gives you 36 hours in class over two straight weekends. The difference vs. our Full Course is that less time is spent on class reviewing homework lessons, so rest assured that you’ll learn everything in this course as in the Full Course. The Weekend Course also gives you the chance to focus just on verbal or quant lessons, if one of those areas is your predominate weakness.
Veritas Prep has hit your local newsstand! This month’s issue of Entrepreneur Magazine features a cover story about Veritas Prep and its two co-founders, Markus Moberg and Chad Troutwine. The story describes how Veritas Prep evolved from an idea for how to build a better test prep company to a winning business plan entry to a startup run out of their dining room to the fastest-growing GMAT prep and admissions consulting company in the world.