Happy Thanksgiving from Veritas Prep!

Thanksgiving is a time to reflect on the past year, give thanks for all the good that is in your life… and be completely stressed out. Between gathering ingredients to roast the perfect turkey, formulating your plan of attack for Black Friday shopping, arranging your holiday decorations (Didn’t we just finish Halloween?), and mentally preparing yourself to interact with family members you may or may not be excited to see, add to that the stress of preparing for your educational future.

Whether you are studying to take the GMAT, GRE, SAT or ACT, or are tweaking your dream school application for the tenth time, the holidays are most certainly not the most relaxing time of the year.

At Veritas Prep, we’d like to make your holidays just a little less stressful by offering you our biggest discounts of the year for Black Friday: starting November 27, for an entire week, you can save up to $1,000 on test prep and admissions consulting services from Veritas Prep! This sale won’t last forever, so check out our discounts here and take advantage of the savings before it’s too late!

From everyone at Veritas Prep, we’d like to take this opportunity to express how thankful we are for our amazing students, instructors, admissions consultants, and staff that we are fortunate to be able to work with every day. We hope that wherever you are in the world, that you have a wonderful holiday weekend.

Happy Thanksgiving!


Happy Holidays from the Veritas Prep Family!


From our family to yours, Merry Christmas and happy holidays! Thank you to all of our loyal readers, students, instructors, and consultants for another incredible year. We cannot wait to see what 2015 has in store for us. It’s going to be an exciting year!

Good luck to those of you finishing up your Round 2 MBA applications. You’re almost there! Don’t forget to take a few minutes for some needed relaxation with your family this week.

Best wishes for ringing in the New Year,

The Veritas Prep Team

Want the Best in ACT Prep? Now We Offer It!

ACT PrepIt was just 18 months ago when we shook up the college test prep space by announcing Veritas Prep SAT 2400. Since then, thousands of high school students and their parents have discovered what makes Veritas Prep special when it comes to tackling standardized tests: The best instructors rigorously applying a proven system for success that any student can learn.

Now, our march on the college prep space continues with the launch of Veritas Prep ACT 36. Nearly a year ago our work began, and it started with consulting with leading school districts and education leadership programs such as University of Michigan’s Graduate School of Education to design the perfect learning environment for high school students wishing to excel on the ACT. With multiple Master of Education degree holders on our development team, we identified the three things that every student needs to excel on the ACT: Skill, Strategy, and Performance.

To keep the energy level high in the classroom, our program is segmented into three sections. First, we cover the essential Skills necessary to navigate the content in every ACT question. Next, we introduce a Veritas Prep ACT 36 strategy to simplify the processing requirements on tougher test questions. Finally, students have a chance to synthesize the skills and strategies they’ve just learned on real ACT sections, which are subsequently reviewed in detail with an instructor who has scored in the 99th percentile on the real ACT.

Excelling on the ACT takes work, and you can’t work if you’re not getting enough face time with your instructor. While most leading ACT prep companies offer just 18 hours of classroom time, ACT 36 offers 36 hours of classroom time. This allows us to start at a more elementary level (ensuring that you will indeed master the basic content you need to know, but then also progress to a much more advanced level than what Kaplan, The Princeton Review, and others allow. If you really want an ACT score in the 30s, this is how you do it.

Veritas Prep ACT 36 is available as an in-person course, a live online course, and private one-on-one tutoring. Take a look at our ACT prep programs and see how our team can help you on the ACT starting today!

By Scott Shrum.

Wanted: Superhero Customer Experience Intern!

Can you spend hours on the phone without being distracted by an ocean view outside your window? Good. Can you handle working in an energetic startup-like atmosphere? Great. Most importantly, do you absolutely love talking to customers and brightening their day? Perfect. We’re looking for a Customer Experience intern who matches this description!

What do we do at Veritas Prep? We provide elite SAT and GMAT preparation, and college and graduate school admissions consulting around the world. We train the brightest minds to get into the best schools in order to create and manage the world’s most successful businesses.

What will you be doing at Veritas Prep? You will be based in our Malibu, CA, headquarters, and you will reach out to current Veritas Prep students and see how their studies are going, inform them of upcoming events, and helping them with any questions they may have regarding their course and studies.

Think you have what it takes to work at Veritas Prep? Well, we are in the education industry, so you must have a bachelor’s degree, or be working toward one. You’ll be talking on the phone all day, so strong interpersonal and communication skills are required, too. You will also send and respond to tons of emails, so excellent writing skills are also necessary.

You don’t have to be a seasoned veteran, but at least a year or two of customer service/hospitality experience is preferred. You must also have a supreme work ethic, entrepreneurial spirit and professional demeanor. The compensation is $15/hour, and the time commitment is up to 10 hours per week.

Interested? Send your resume and cover letter to customersupport@veritasprep.com. Also, in your message, please include brief answers to the following questions:

  • What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
  • Describe an example of terrific customer service that you experienced (as a customer) recently.
  • Describe a time when you went out of your way to help someone. What did you do, and what was the result?

We look forward to hearing from you!

Test Prep and Admissions: The Best of 2013

There goes another year. Faster than you can say “99th-percentile instructors,” 2013 has come and gone, leaving in its wake a trail of excellent Veritas Prep blog articles. As we start to wrap up the year here at Veritas Prep HQ, wrap our Secret Santa gifts, and prepare to break in the new hires at our annual holiday party, we thought this would be a good time to share some of our biggest news and most popular articles from the past year.

We hope that this blog has provided you with some useful insights as you have prepared the GMAT or SAT, or as you have slaved over your applications. Sometimes we have a little fun, and sometimes we veer off topic to talk about what interests us, but everything written here comes from the same place: We want to help you get into the best possible universities and graduate schools you can get into!
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Happy Holidays from Veritas Prep!

Merry Christmas, and happy holidays from our Veritas Prep family to yours! We thank you all for another great year, and we are very excited for 2014. Many thanks to all of our loyal readers, students, instructors, and consultants for being a part of our team this year.

Take a break this holiday season, and treat yourself to some R&R before the next round of application deadlines!

Best wishes for ringing in the New Year,

The Veritas Prep Team

Introducing the Free Veritas Prep SAT Practice Test

SAT Practice TestAdmit it.  If you’re going to take the SAT, you want to know how well you might score before taking the actual test.  But you want to know NOW, not after a 4-hour practice test.  Luckily for you, what Veritas Prep has learned from its over 10 years of experience with the computer-adaptive standardized tests is that you can actually reach a very accurate prediction of a test-taker’s performance with a smaller set of questions than is currently on the full SAT.  Just like how Nate Silver could predict every state correctly for the 2012 presidential election using representative sampling, a well-designed practice test can accurately predict your SAT score in less than half the time of taking the full test itself.

This concept is how the Veritas Prep Free SAT Practice Test is able to give you an accurate prediction of your real SAT score even though it is half the length of a full SAT.  The practice test has enough questions with varying difficulty levels from each of the three multiple-choice sections (Critical Reading, Writing and Math) to give our scoring algorithm enough data to predict your likely SAT score with a high level of confidence.  Now you can finally get satisfactory answers to both questions “How will I do” and “How long is this going to take?”

After you complete the test, you will get a full breakdown of your performance by section, a prediction of your scaled score and your percentile vs. college-bound seniors.  You’ll also be able to compare your score to other users who have taken the Veritas Prep SAT Practice Test to see how well you did against Veritas Prep students, who are typically in the top 10% of students.  Additionally, each question has an explanation of the correct and incorrect answers so that you will be able to review which questions you got wrong and why.  So you will not only get an assessment of your abilities, you will also learn how to solve the questions you struggled with.

So why is Veritas Prep giving away this tool for free?  First of all, we’re confident that we’ve put together the best SAT program available and specifically designed for students who are already in or aspiring to be in the top 10% of test-takers and want to get into competitive colleges.  It’s why we only hire instructors from the top 1% of test-takers!  So naturally, we’re hoping that students who are searching for free SAT practice resources will learn about us and eventually enroll in our awesome SAT program.

More importantly, we are committed to offering great practice resources to our students and are constantly trying to improve the resources we have available.  Our SAT Practice Test isn’t just an assessment tool; it’s also a data collection tool that helps us measure, analyze, refine and ultimately improve our SAT questions.  We acknowledge that the College Board is second to none when it comes to accurate and realistic practice SAT questions—College Board owns the SAT test after all.  But College Board’s advantage comes from the fact that they collect a ton of data through offering an “experimental” section on each SAT test which does not count towards students’ scores, but helps the test writers see how new questions perform “in the wild.”  This data is used to gauge which questions are easy, medium or hard and which questions are the best differentiators of SAT skill.  The questions that are not performing well based on the data—maybe they are confusing or simply unfair questions—get thrown out and the good ones remain and get promoted to real SAT tests in future years.

In order to have the best questions and the best practice content, we at Veritas Prep have committed ourselves to “Think Like the Testmaker”, replicating the SAT by reverse-engineering the process that College Board uses to create the test.  The data we collect from the free practice test will allow us to offer realistic practice, identify challenging questions, discover common traps that students fall into and create better practice tools for our students.  So, as a result, by using our free practice test, you’re helping to make Veritas Prep’s SAT 2400 program even better.

What are you waiting for? Click here to check out the Veritas Prep SAT Free Practice Test and find out how well you would do on the real SAT!

Try Veritas Prep GMAT on Demand for Free!

We are very excited to announce that you can now register for a free 7-day trial of our self-study course, Veritas Prep GMAT on Demand. This trial gives you free access to over four hours of high-definition video GMAT instruction!

Veritas Prep GMAT on Demand is our  all-online GMAT course delivered in high-definition streaming video, using the same course materials and curriculum that students cover in every live Veritas Prep GMAT course. Taught by the co-author of the Veritas Prep GMAT course curriculum, Brian Galvin and co-hosted by Lissette Padilla, Dean’s Fellow at the MIT Sloan MBA program, Veritas Prep GMAT on Demand  is the most comprehensive self-study program available.

The course comes with over 20 hours of streaming video, broken down into easily digestible lessons that correspond with the Veritas Prep lesson books.  Brian and Lissette are engaging and thorough in their coverage of the course.  You’ll come to think of them as your own personal tutors who are just as invested in your success as you are.

We’re especially proud of the fact that Veritas Prep GMAT on Demand can be accessed across a host of devices, including your computer, iPad, or any other iOS device.  Our goal with Veritas Prep on Demand was to create a program as user friendly and accessible as possible.  No other self-study program is delivered across so many platforms or offers the amount of  expertise and depth as Veritas Prep GMAT on Demand.

We are so confident that you’ll love Veritas Prep GMAT on Demand that we’re making it available to everyone for free through a 7-day, no risk free trial.  You’ll get access the first full lesson and then you will be able to view selections of the remaining eleven lessons – that’s more than four hours of instruction, all in HD video!  All you need to do is provide your name and email address (no credit card  is required) and you’ll get immediate access to the program.  Try it out now!

Nominate a High School Teacher Who Deserves Recognition!

Perhaps it started on a January day in Chicago when elementary school students greeted teacher Frankie Beecroft, recently named Veritas Prep’s Worldwide Instructor of the Year, with an enthusiastic “Good Morning, Teacher of the World!” But maybe it started well before that, in classrooms and at dinner tables in Missouri and Michigan, New Jersey and Norway as the students who would become the leaders of Veritas Prep were inspired by teachers. Whatever the genesis, our lifelong appreciation of teachers and our firm belief that they deserve recognition for their yeoman efforts has led us here.
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Test Prep and Admissions: The Best of 2012

Believe it or not, 2012 is almost over. If you’re reading this, it means that the world hasn’t ended, and that at least some of us still have electricity and Internet access, so we’re ending on a good note! As we at Veritas Prep wind down the year, we thought we’d share some of our biggest news, best posts, and most interesting topics from the past 12 months.

We hope that this blog has provided you with some useful insights as you’ve studied for the GMAT or SAT, or as you have slaved over your applications. Sometimes we have a little fun, and sometimes we veer off topic to talk about what interests us, but everything written here comes from the same place: We want to help you be successful in your pursuit of admissions success!
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Feeling Very Thankful at Veritas Prep

It’s easy for all of us to 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 top-ranked grad school, it’s healthy to stop for a few moments and realize just how good most of us have it. No matter where you are or what you’re doing right now, you probably have something in your life that makes you want to give thanks. Do yourself a favor and spend a few minutes to think about it before you enter a tryptophan-induced coma today.

We here at Veritas Prep HQ are thankful for the hundreds of amazing test prep instructors and admissions consultants that we have all over the world. While we don’t get to see most of them very often, we know that they care about helping our GMAT and SAT students, as well as our admissions consulting clients, as much as we do. We’re thankful that they’re there to get the job done, all day, every day.

If you’re in the U.S., enjoy your turkey! If you just like to eat poultry, go ahead and enjoy your turkey! And while you’re snacking on leftovers, be sure to find us on Facebook and Google+, and follow us on Twitter!

The National Parenting Center Recommends Veritas Prep SAT 2400!

Since launching our SAT course this summer, we have been hard at work building the most effective SAT preparation program available anywhere. Our goal is for both students and parents to have 100% confidence that they have done everything in their power to maximize their chances for SAT success. This week, The National Parenting Center recognized our dedication to SAT mastery by awarding Veritas Prep SAT 2400 with its Seal of Approval.

The National Parenting Center’s Seal of Approval program is an independent testing procedure conducted to judge a variety of products introduced and marketed to the parent/child consumer market. Evaluations are solicited from parents and their children on products and services from educational and entertainment to travel destinations.
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50 IAVA Member Veterans Receive Veritas Prep Scholarships!

We are excited to announce today, along with the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA), that Veritas Prep has awarded American Heroes Scholarships to 50 IAVA Member Veterans. These test preparation and admissions consulting scholarships will allow U.S. Military Veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan to pursue a wide variety of interests including business, environmental science, history, law, medicine, museum studies, nutrition, psychology and public administration.

Of the 50 scholarships awarded, 31 IAVA Member Veterans will receive a free Veritas Prep GMAT prep course, either in-person or online, and Veritas Prep’s full suite of 15 GMAT course books and extensive resources; 19 will receive six hours of graduate school admissions consulting with a Veritas Prep admissions expert related to the graduate program of their choice. In addition to the scholarships announced today, Veritas Prep is extending discounts to all qualified IAVA Member Veterans; offering 50 percent off Veritas Prep GMAT courses and 25 percent off admissions consulting services.
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Veritas Prep Donates Scholarships to Military Veterans

We are very excited to announce today our new partnership with Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA), the country’s first and largest nonprofit, nonpartisan organization for veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. As part of our new partnership, we will award 50 scholarships to qualified IAVA Member Veterans, 25 for GMAT prep courses and 25 for graduate school admissions consulting services offered by Veritas Prep. The partnership will help veterans interested in earning a graduate degree become more competitive candidates.

The GMAT Scholarship Program allows winners to take the Veritas Prep GMAT prep course of their choice, either in-person or online. Every winner will receive our full suite of 15 GMAT course books and extensive online resources. The Admissions Consulting Scholarship grants winners six hours of admissions consulting with a Veritas Prep admissions expert per scholarship. Application materials must be submitted by Tuesday, December 27 and winners will be notified by January 9, 2012.
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