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LIVE ONLINE: Mondays & Wednesdays   (6 weeks)

Megan Kucik

Education:
BA, Dartmouth
MBA, Stanford


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What is your favorite quote?
“Inconceivable!” (Princess Bride)….because is amuses me to use it when my kids ask permission for something even though they know before asking that the answer will be “no.”

What is your favorite Veritas Prep success story?
I particularly value the experiences in which a student doesn’t realize the value in the methods in the beginning but comes to do so by test day.  One student complained to me after the Critical Reasoning class that he didn’t like the method because it took too much time.  I suggested he practice it anyway because it would likely become second nature with enough practice and because he didn’t pay for the course in order to continue with existing habits.  By the end of the course, he had fully embraced the method.  The same student called directory assistance on his way home from the testing center to get my home number so he could excitedly tell me about his 700+ score.

Real reviews

She is wonderful, she is intelligent, patient and helpful!
I had Megan Kucik. She is wonderful, she is intelligent, patient and helpful! She helped me understand how to get through many of the math/decision making problems in a more logical and more efficient way. She is such a great teacher and I would definitely recommend her!

She is very competent and articulate, which makes the lesson easy to follow.
Megan is very good at explaining a concept from multiple angles to make her students understand the essence of a question and/or the correct answer choice. She is very competent and articulate, which makes the lesson easy to follow. The extra tips and information she provided are much appreciated. Her past teaching experience of this course and strong logical thinking were illustrated throughout the course. I am glad I signed up a course with Megan!


September 8 - October 15

Mondays, Wednesdays
4pm - 7pm (MST)
Live Online
A fully interactive online classroom; live instruction.
Live Online: Full Course | $1,350 or 3 payments of $466
LIVE ONLINE: Mondays & Wednesdays   (6 weeks)

Brandon Pierpont

Education:
BBA, University of Notre Dame


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Which character would do best on the GMAT?
Ben Matlock, from the 1980’s and 90’s legal drama “Matlock,” would be the GMAT’s worst enemy.  Matlock has an ability to “read between the lines” that is so critical to succeeding on the GMAT.  The test presents relatively simple information in very complicated and backwards manners, and this genius of crime solving would see the information for what it truly is.  Nice try GMAT, but you’re guilty.

Which subject did you struggle with most in school, and how did you overcome it?
I could not for the life of me figure out mitosis and meiosis. Teachers, family and friends all aged rapidly while attempting to help me.  They used pipe cleaner “chromosomes,” detailed drawings, and extensive explanations to teach me, yielding…nothing.  Eventually, while discussing the processes during an hour-long phone call with a friend the night before my test, it clicked.  I finally understood how mitosis and meiosis work, and just in time!  The key is that I never gave up, and neither did those trying to teach me.  It took some time and a few different explanations, but I eventually learned these subjects well enough to ace my test!

Real reviews

Brandon was a great instructor.
Brandon was a great instructor. He is very qualified in his knowledge and understanding of the material and funny and personable to make the class engaging and the three hours each session fly by. He worked through every problem in a clear and logical manner and always stayed after class to help out. His truthfulness and down to earth manner makes you feel that the test is nothing but a game you can beat and he shares all his tricks and advice to beat it.

I had the most amazing time
I had the most amazing time learning about GMAT and its different strategies. Brandon Pierpont did a great job teaching this course and i would recommend everyone to take it.

Brandon was a great resource and motivator
Brandon was a great resource and motivator on this long and tiring journey. Veritas helped me truly understand the areas I needed to master and how to go about it. I would recommend anyone who is preparing to take the GMAT to use them for test prep.


September 8 - October 15

Mondays, Wednesdays
6:30pm - 9:30pm (MST)
Live Online
A fully interactive online classroom; live instruction.
Live Online: Full Course | $1,350 or 3 payments of $466
LIVE ONLINE: Tuesdays & Thursdays   (6 weeks)

Samhita Noone

Education:
BA, Duke


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Samhita was raised in Alabama and Georgia and has never lived north of North Carolina. She spent her childhood whiling away whole days voraciously devouring fiction. In high school, she was a National Merit Scholar and a National AP Scholar. Originally planning on becoming a scientist, the written word eventually called her away, and she graduated early from Duke University with a degree in Linguistics and a minor in Chemistry. In college, Samhita worked for Teach for America as a Campus Campaign Coordinator, interned at an migrant labor rights NGO in Joshpur, India, and was President of her living group, RoundTable. She tutored throughout high school and college and is currently working on turning her interest in educational advocacy and tech into a career. She loves reading, playing the piano, and going to dance classes at the gym; she is working on picking up slam poetry and running a half-marathon. Samhita teaches both the GMAT and the SAT for Veritas Prep.


September 9 - October 16

Tuesdays, Thursdays
3am - 6am (MST)
Live Online
A fully interactive online classroom; live instruction.
Live Online: Full Course | $1,350 or 3 payments of $466
TEMPE: Tuesdays & Thursdays   (6 weeks)

Suresh Raghavendra

Education:
BS, Bangalore University
MS, Arizona State University
MBA, Indian Institute of Management


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What do you love about teaching?
 
It is the fact that I am a part, albeit a small one, of every student’s most important journey! Students come from different backgrounds and have different aspirations. However, they are all looking at B-Schools to achieve their goals. And, I get to help them in the process. Simple acts of receiving ‘thank-yous’ in the class, and happy emails about test scores and admits motivate me. Lastly, the continuous feedback, instant and otherwise, makes for an active experience and helps me get better!

Which is your favorite lesson to teach?

It has to be Quant. Students go through a transformation! They start with the belief that math is tough. I get many ‘< 5’ responses when I ask, on a scale of 1 to 10, how confident they are about math concepts! When they realize that there is more, much more, to Quant than math, their confidence dips even further! From there, they slowly start seeing patterns in questions and traps in answer choices, and eventually reach the point of thinking like the test-setter. I like taking the students through this process!


September 9 - October 16

Tuesdays, Thursdays
6:30pm - 9:30pm
Tempe
60 East Fifth Street
Tempe, AZ 85281
In person: Full Course | $1,650 or 3 payments of $566
LIVE ONLINE: Tuesdays & Thursdays   (6 weeks)

Ethan Todras-Whitehill

Education:
BA, Tufts


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Which is your favorite lesson to teach?
Data Sufficiency, no doubt. I love the hungry looks my students get in their eyes when it suddenly clicks and they realize they can use the GMAT's traps against it. The Princess Bride routine I do as part of it? That helps, I'm sure, but it might just be to keep us all entertained.

What is your favorite problem from the Official Guide and why?
13th Ed, SC #133

I really like teaching Sentence Correction because it's the one place in Verbal where significant strides can be made by learning a few key grammatical concepts. This problem does its best to hide its classic 3/2 verb agreement split by switching up the continuous/non-continuous aspect (not a concept tested on the GMAT) in the verb decision point at the end of the underlining. Once you notice that split, it also does its best to hide the subject behind a raft of modifiers, but again a simple rule (the subject you're looking for won't be found in a modifier unless the verb is part of that same modifier) helps us get rid of tempting plural candidates "nets," "devices," and "laws" to find the correct singular subject "compliance." From there it's relatively obvious.

So what I like is that this problem is very easy for someone who has mastered two of the key skills we teach: identifying the good decision points and identifying the proper subject for a verb. And yet for someone lacking those two skills it's fairly difficult. I find that while many students want to improve on Verbal, deep down they need to be sold on why they should relearn (or in many cases learn for the first time) basic grammar instead of just relying on their ears. And this problem does a good job of showing them.

Real reviews

Ethan turns the cold, pragmatic GMAT into a humorous foe
Ethan took me from a 610 to a 690. I have learned from Ethan both in a group and one-on-one setting, and in both he is phenomenal. If you want an instructor who adjusts based off of your learning style,  reinforces both the technical and strategic sides of the GMAT while keeping the material engaging, he's your man. Ethan turns the cold, pragmatic GMAT into a humorous foe by using examples from life and film. After working with Ethan, you won't be able to watch The Princess Bride without thinking of Data Sufficiency... and that's not a bad thing. I went from being nervous and self-questioning on my first test to relaxed, optimistic, and (I didn't expect to say this) EXCITED on my final test day.

Ethan was a phenomenal teacher.
Ethan was a phenomenal teacher.  He genuinely cares that you learn, and more importantly, retain the material.  Everything was very well structured and easy to follow.  I highly recommend this class to anyone looking for GMAT prep.

He is a major asset to the Veritas company.
The material that is taught be Ethan is almost magical. I still am not sure why this guy in not running a Fortune 500 company at this present moment as he is by and large one of the most logical insightful thinkers I have encountered. He is a major asset to the Veritas company.


September 9 - October 16

Tuesdays, Thursdays
4pm - 7pm (MST)
Live Online
A fully interactive online classroom; live instruction.
Live Online: Full Course | $1,350 or 3 payments of $466
LIVE ONLINE: Saturdays & Sundays   (6 weeks)

September 13 - October 19

Saturdays, Sundays
9am - 12pm (MST)
Live Online
A fully interactive online classroom; live instruction.
Live Online: Full Course | $1,350 or 3 payments of $466
LIVE ONLINE: Sundays & Wednesdays   (6 weeks)

Dave Halliday

Education:
BA, Stanford
MBA, Yale


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What do you love about teaching?
I love two things: the "aha" moments when students get a core concept and getting word from former students that they beat their target score.  In the classroom it's easy to tell whether students are getting it: frowns get turned upside down and faces brighten.  Online, this can be a bit tougher to gauge.  Students tend to be a bit reticent, so I'll usually interpret "yeah...." as sign that we need to go over the material one more time.  If I get back an exclamation point or an emoticon, that's when I know the class has it!

Which movie/TV character would do best on the GMAT and why?
It's a common misperception that Sherlock Holmes only uses deductive logic.  While his skills of deduction would allow him to wreck shop on Inference and Data Sufficiency questions, that alone doesn't guarantee a top GMAT score.  He also commonly uses inductive logic - creating and testing hypotheses while gathering facts to narrow down the range of possible solutions to a crime.  This would give him an edge on gap-spotting on Strengthen/Weaken problems, finding the purpose in Reading Comprehension questions, and narrowing down the possible strategies for Problem Solving questions.  If Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock) and Jonny Lee Miller (Elementary) went head-to-head, I think the more socially unaware portrayal by Cumberbatch would win because he would never let his intuition get in the way of his logic.

Real reviews

He was great!
I really enjoy classes with Dave, he was clear with his explanation and always tried to address the topics in a way that all of us could understand. He was great!

Great instructor. 
Dave Halliday was a great instructor.  He was passionate about making sure everyone is on the same page and understands the questions perfectly.

I highly highly recommend Dave Halliday.
Dave Halliday is one of the best instructors i have come across in my life. He makes sure that entire class understands the course (each and every topic). His experiences, his teaching methods and always there to answer the questions with a lot of patience are few qualities of him, that makes him outstanding. I would recommend everyone if they get a chance, to be part of his class. I highly highly recommend Dave Halliday.



September 14 - October 22

Sundays, Wednesdays
5pm - 8pm (MST)
Live Online
A fully interactive online classroom; live instruction.
Live Online: Full Course | $1,350 or 3 payments of $466
LIVE ONLINE: Mondays & Wednesdays   (6 weeks)

Mark Porath

Education:
BS, Arizona State


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If you weren’t teaching the GMAT, what would you be teaching instead?
If I were not teaching the GMAT, I'd spend time teaching a young border collie everything I know. Ever met a border collie? They pick up on everything.

What is your favorite quote?
"One good thing about music: when it hits, you feel no pain." -- Bob Marley

Something similar happens when you hit your target GMAT score. No pain. On to bigger and better things. Celebrate. Earn it.

Real reviews

I have learned so much from him in this short period of time
Mark is extremely smart and one of the most humble and down-to-earth teachers I have ever had.  He really took the time to explain everything. (even the most simple terms) I have learned so much from him in this short period of time and I would recommend him to everyone.

Please give him a raise
Mark is a wizard regarding GMAT tricks and having him has helped advance my mediocre skills greatly. Please give him a raise, he is a top notch instructor.

Mark seemed to genuinely care
Mark seemed to genuinely care about each of my classmate's individual success, often staying late or working through breaks with someone to make sure that they understood the material.


September 15 - October 22

Mondays, Wednesdays
10:30am - 1:30pm (MST)
Live Online
A fully interactive online classroom; live instruction.
Live Online: Full Course | $1,350 or 3 payments of $466
LIVE ONLINE: Mondays & Wednesdays   (6 weeks)

Steffi Spear

Education:
BS, UCLA
MSA, University of Illinois


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What is your favorite quote?
"Only fools are positive."  Don't take it as negative, it's not!  I heard it in a movie as a kid (Fern Gully, anyone??) and it just stuck.  For me, it just reminds me to never just assume I'm right and to keep questioning things.  And it's even kind of applicable to the GMAT - just think of all those Data Sufficiency questions you think you've got figured out, only to find you didn't think them all the way through!

Which TV character would ace the GMAT?
Dr. Temperance Brennan, aka Bones.  SUPER logical (arguably to a fault), intelligent, and persistent, and when it comes down to it, the GMAT is all about applying both your knowledge and those logical reasoning skills to work through a beast of a test.

Which subject did you most struggle with in school, and how did you overcome it?
My worst subject TO THIS DAY is spelling.  I can't spell to save my life.  I rely heavily on spell check, and I lose every time I play Scrabble.  Fortunately, I've learned ways to work around it - in school I just put a little extra effort into vocab, and now it's come to Google, dictionaries, those persistent red squiggly lines - and by being incredibly diligent when it comes to my tendency to write the same word spelled three different ways within two lines, I've found I can help myself overcome my lack of spelling abilities.  I also went into accounting, so hopefully it won't be much of an issue anyway.

Real reviews

Steffi truly had great teaching skills
My instructor, Steffi, truly had great teaching skills, and knew the material well. Specifically, her background as an educator and knowledge of how to break down the material in a honest thoughtful way, made the class worthwhile.

Steffi was great at showing us the tricks that the GMAT throws at students.
I would definitely recommend her for other students.


September 22 - October 29

Mondays, Wednesdays
5pm - 8pm (MST)
Live Online
A fully interactive online classroom; live instruction.
Live Online: Full Course | $1,350 or 3 payments of $466
LIVE ONLINE: Tuesdays & Thursdays   (6 weeks)

David Newland

Education:
BS,Truman State University
MA, History, Truman State University
MA, Education, Truman State University
JD, University of Michigan


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What is your favorite lesson to teach?
My favorite lesson to teach is data sufficiency. Everyone learns something in data sufficiency! Everyone has that “aha moment” that I love. Some people come to the lesson with a big fear of data sufficiency and I am able to give them the tools to build their confidence. Some people come in thinking that they know everything about data sufficiency and are shocked by how much they actually learn during that lesson. It really is a metaphor for all of the other sections of the GMAT, it is not just what you know, it is how you play the game and data sufficiency is all about learning to play the game. What can be more fun than that? 

If you were not teaching the GMAT what would you be teaching instead?
If I were not teaching the GMAT I would be a coach. In fact I think of what I do for Veritas Prep as coaching. Like a sports coach or a vocal coach, or even a life coach, a GMAT coach is doing more than conveying content. The students that I work with need more than knowledge, they need to be able to perform to the best of their abilities on test day and it is my pleasure to help them do it!

Real reviews

Could I have scored 700+ without David? Probably not
I paid for 28 hours of online tutoring with Veritas Prep. I was assigned David Newland as my instructor. It was the best money I could have spent. Within six weeks of working with David, I scored 770 and 760 on the GMAT Prep Software PP1 and PP2 tests. On the real exam I scored 700 (90%), comprising Quant 47 (73%) and Verbal 39 (88%). The drop between the PP tests and the real test was mostly due to nerves and bad time management on the day. Could I have scored 700+ without David? Probably not given I only had six weeks to prepare. David was excellent. With 8+ years of GMAT experience he knows how to solve every question the test can throw at you. He explained methodology in a clear and easy to apply fashion. He was also flexible and we could frequently schedule sessions on short notice.

This guy is smart and really knows the GMAT inside and out
Got so lucky to get David Newland as my instructor. I went into the course more confident in quant, and David is a verbal expert, specifically in Critical Reasoning. This guy is smart and really knows the GMAT inside and out, which was helpful since I had never taken the exam before. I could hear his voice inside my head as I did practice problems and during the actual GMAT.

David was excellent.
The instructor David was excellent. I found that he took the time to explain each section properly and in easy to understand language. I very much enjoyed this course and would recommend it to any one with a very hectic schedule.


September 23 - October 30

Tuesdays, Thursdays
4pm - 7pm (MST)
Live Online
A fully interactive online classroom; live instruction.
Live Online: Full Course | $1,350 or 3 payments of $466
LIVE ONLINE: Saturdays & Sundays   (6 weeks)

Ravi Sreerama

Education:
BS, UC Berkeley
JD, USC
MBA, UCLA


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What do you love about teaching?
Making a difference. Sometimes it's big, sometimes it's small. But in the end, you're always making a difference. And when you see your students achieve that success, you can't help but feel proud that you played a part in that process.

What is your favorite Veritas Prep success story?
The Chef! I learned on the first day of class that he was a high-school dropout who never went to college. So, I pulled him aside during a break and I told him that he would have to change his attitude if he wanted to achieve success with the GMAT. He was going to have to listen to me instead of those demons from his past. But if he could not do that, he should walk out right then and there. Fortunately, he said that he would try - which is all I could truly ask at that point. Over the following weeks, I motivated him to work hard and he succeeded... in a big way, ultimately scoring 760 and getting into INSEAD!

Real reviews

Apart from his great teaching style, he kept the class motivated.
I took some of these trials with other companies and I can say I was easily bored after 1 hour. But not on Ravi's class. Apart from his great teaching style, he kept the class motivated. He made me try harder on each question one after the other. He reached out to everyone in the class and made sure that we understood where we did wrong and what we could do to avoid mistakes and I think that was the most important thing. He made sure everyone was satisfied at the end of the class and the show up to the classes represented that. It was a very dynamic class with everyone helping each other out and some of us are still in touch, helping each other with GMAT problems.

Ravi was easily one of the best teachers I have ever had.
I have never learned more from any other class I have taken in my history as a student. Ravi was easily one of the best teachers I have ever had. Ravi knew the ins and outs of every problem and explained his reasoning extremely well. I wouldn't recommend any other course or teacher if you are preparing to take the GMAT.

Ravi makes the GMAT looks so much more approachable.
As an international student non-native speaker, I was having a hard time with the verbal session - more specifically with the Sentence Correction. But after taking Ravi's classes, Sentence Correction became my favorite topic in the Verbal session. It's amazing how Ravi makes the GMAT looks so much more approachable. The way he teaches and explains all the GMAT stuffs is spectacular.


September 27 - November 2

Saturdays, Sundays
7am - 10am (MST)
Live Online
A fully interactive online classroom; live instruction.
Live Online: Full Course | $1,350 or 3 payments of $466
LIVE ONLINE: Sundays & Wednesdays   (6 weeks)

October 5 - November 12

Sundays, Wednesdays
5pm - 8pm (MST)
Live Online
A fully interactive online classroom; live instruction.
Live Online: Full Course | $1,350 or 3 payments of $466
LIVE ONLINE: Mondays & Wednesdays   (6 weeks)

October 6 - November 12

Mondays, Wednesdays
4pm - 7pm (MST)
Live Online
A fully interactive online classroom; live instruction.
Live Online: Full Course | $1,350 or 3 payments of $466
LIVE ONLINE: Tuesdays & Thursdays   (6 weeks)

October 7 - November 13

Tuesdays, Thursdays
5pm - 8pm (MST)
Live Online
A fully interactive online classroom; live instruction.
Live Online: Full Course | $1,350 or 3 payments of $466
LIVE ONLINE: Tuesdays & Thursdays   (6 weeks)

Steve Odabashian

Education:
BA, Virginia
JD, Villanova


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Steve Odabashian graduated from the University of Virginia in 1991 with a BS in Economics.  He also received his JD from the Villanova University School of Law in 1995.  At Villanova, Steve served as the President of the Student Bar Association and graded onto the Villanova Law Review.  After working for a year with a large defense litigation firm in Philadelphia, Steve moved to Tokyo, Japan for the next three years.  In Tokyo, Steve served as the only foreign associate for the largest and oldest law firm in Japan, Yuasa and Hara.  He also handled all of the firm's French-English and English-French translation.  In addition, Steve served as the main English language editor for the Bank of Japan (equivalent of the Fed).  He still freelances for the Bank of Japan these days.

While in Japan, Steve taught and tutored GMAT, TOEFL and SAT courses for hundreds of students.  He also served as the Assistant Director of the Princeton Review of Japan's MBA Counseling Program.  In this capacity, Steve helped students gain admission to the world's most prestigious MBA programs.  Steve scored a 780 on his GMAT (6.0 AWA) and was admitted to Columbia Business School in 1999.

In 1999, Steve returned to America, where he started trading and making market in equity options on the American Stock Exchange.  In 2001, Steve returned to his hometown of Philadelphia, where he worked for Susquehanna International Group for the next five years as an equities trader in their NASDAQ group. 

Steve also plays the piano professionally in area hotels, bars and events.  Steve has been featured on several TV commercials, radio programs and news stories in his capacity as a comedian and/or impersonator of Philadelphia Eagles head coach Andy Reid.  Most Sunday mornings during the autumn, Steve is featured on Philadelphia's CBS affiliate station during its "Tailgate Takeover" segment.  In fact, Steve was recently named Philadelphia's Best Local Comedian in the November 3, 2006 Readers' Poll Issue of the City Paper.  He is currently on the contestant waiting list for Jeopardy, after having passed its written exam for the fourth year in a row.  Steve is the all-time record holder on VH1's short-lived game show, "Name that Video", where Steve won a Toyota 4Runner for his efforts.

Real reviews

From class 1, Steve helped explain the GMAT in an understandable and helpful way.
Let me start out by saying that I am not a good standardized test taker by any means. I've struggled with these tests all my life, constantly performing below what someone of my GPA would expect. From class 1, Steve helped explain the GMAT in an understandable and helpful way. Each week he would ask if he had questions about our homework and never stopped encouraging us to bring him questions. Not only would he explain how he got the correct answer, Steve would try to understand how one of us got it wrong based on our thinking and therefore, correct our process. Steve also didn't rush us through topics that we were struggling with, allowing us to have time to digest the material in class rather than being overly confused when we went to do the homework. Even since the course has ended, Steve has reached out to us a few times offering any help and wishing us luck on the exam.
 
Pedagogy at it's finest.
I am so glad to have been paired with my GMAT tutor Steve Odabashian.  We meet online a couple of times a week.  He is a truly a professional and I would be going crazy right now if I didn't have his guidance.  He is very good at recognizing my weak areas and making suggestions about what to study in order to improve.  He also points out where I am improving so that I see my progress. Along with Steve's tutoring I am quite impressed with the Veritas Prep materials (and Steve's knowledge of them).  The content is intellectually accessible, yet challenging.  And as a former educator, I love that they use Bloom's taxonomy to explain why they teach how they teach.  Pedagogy at it's finest.


October 14 - November 20

Tuesdays, Thursdays
6:30pm - 9:30pm (MST)
Live Online
A fully interactive online classroom; live instruction.
Live Online: Full Course | $1,350 or 3 payments of $466
LIVE ONLINE: Saturdays & Sundays   (6 weeks)

October 18 - November 23

Saturdays, Sundays
9am - 12pm (MST)
Live Online
A fully interactive online classroom; live instruction.
Live Online: Full Course | $1,350 or 3 payments of $466
LIVE ONLINE: Tuesdays, Thursdays, Mondays   (6 weeks)

October 21 - November 25

Tuesdays, Thursdays, Mondays
4pm - 7pm (MST)
Live Online
A fully interactive online classroom; live instruction.
Live Online: Full Course | $1,350 or 3 payments of $466
LIVE ONLINE: Mondays & Wednesdays   (6 weeks)

Valerie Browning

Education:
BA, Southern Methodist
MBA, Texas-McCombs


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Valerie graduated with an MBA from McCombs in 2001, and has worked in an entrepreneurial educational publishing venture for several years. She has taught GMAT classes for Veritas Prep for 10 years this spring. 

Real reviews

She's accessible
Really enjoyed Val's teaching methods, she's accessible and invested in our success.

I really liked Valerie
I really liked Valerie and the way she approached the math part of the course.



October 27 - December 3

Mondays, Wednesdays, Tuesdays
5pm - 8pm (MST)
Live Online
A fully interactive online classroom; live instruction.
Live Online: Full Course | $1,350 or 3 payments of $466
LIVE ONLINE: Mondays & Wednesdays   (6 weeks)

Rich Zwelling

Education:
BS, Duke
MA, NYU


Hear from Rich

Which movie/TV character would do best on the GMAT and why?
Gotta be Walter White (a.k.a. Heisenberg) from Breaking Bad. As morally reprehensible as he is, one can't deny that he's an inveterate and adaptive problem solver.  And as a chemistry Ph.D. and erstwhile proprietor of a technology firm, his quantitative prowess is beyond reproach.

What is your favorite quote?
"Every jumbled pile of a person has a thinking part that wonders what the part that isn't thinking isn't thinking of." - They Might Be Giants, "Where Your Eyes Don't Go"

Real reviews

Because of this class, I was able to get into my first choice school!!
Rich Zwelling was a phenomenal teacher-- so enthusiastic and knowledgeable about the course material, with the appropriate amount of anecdotes and fun asides to keep all the students fully engaged. He made the math seem accessible, which was where I struggled. Because of this class, I was able to get into my first choice school!!

Amazing instructor.
Rich Zwelilng was an amazing instructor. Very helpful during tough problems, and took multiple approaches to solve problems when students got stuck.


November 3 - December 10

Mondays, Wednesdays
4am - 7am (MST)
Live Online
A fully interactive online classroom; live instruction.
Live Online: Full Course | $1,350 or 3 payments of $466
PHOENIX: Mondays & Wednesdays   (6 weeks)

Colin Nelson

Education:
BS, Arizona State University
MBA, Arizona State University


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Which is your favorite lesson to teach?
Reading comprehension, no question.  Pacing is key on this section – read too slowly and you lose precious seconds, read too quickly and comprehension may suffer.  I enjoy this lesson because once students learn how to approach these types of problems, they can deconstruct even difficult, tedious passages.

What do you love about teaching?
I love seeing the progress students make from the first class, when they are often unsure of where to start and intimidated by the material, to the last class, when students walk away confident and with a sense of accomplishment.  I like that I get to play a part in helping students meet their goals on the GMAT, and contribute to their achieving professional or educational goals beyond the exam.

Real reviews

He genuinely cared about our progress
Colin was very good at paying attention to detail and providing multiple ways to solve a problem.  He genuinely cared about our progress as individuals and was helpful in addressing areas that we might have had issues with.

I would definitely recommend him to others.
I really like Colin as an instructor.  He presented the material with confidence, but without being condescending.  I would definitely recommend him to others.


November 3 - December 10

Mondays, Wednesdays
6:30pm - 9:30pm
Phoenix
1101 North 44th Street
Phoenix, AZ 85008
In person: Full Course | $1,650 or 3 payments of $566
LIVE ONLINE: Mondays & Wednesdays   (6 weeks)

Ron Awad

Education:
BSc, McGill
MBA, Concordia


Hear from Ron

Which is your favorite lesson to teach?
My favorite class to teach is Advanced Verbal, which is lesson 9 in the curriculum. We cover advanced concepts in Critical Reasoning, Sentence Correction and Reading Comprehension, all in the same class. I find that's really the class where we lay bare the GMAT's entire verbal strategy, how the exam tries to trip you up. In football terms, it's the equivalent of having Bill Belichick's "alleged" Spygate tapes a few weeks before test day. You've got the whole playbook at your fingertips. On game day, you may not necessarily win by 4 touchdowns, but you won't be blindsided by much.

What is your favorite quote?
I believe I've successfully propagated a quote I heard attributed to Veritas Prep's own Bill Robinson that "the less math I do, the better I am at math". Math on the GMAT is so frequently about logic that I may start a petition for a name change. Often the exam questions contain portions such as is 4/7 > 26/53. Before you start trying to put them both on a common denominator (371, FYI), recognize that 4/7 is more than half while 26/53 isn't. Little differences can make the difference between getting the question right in 1 minute and getting the question right in 15 seconds.

Which movie/TV character would do best on the GMAT and why?
Tyrion Lannister would ace the GMAT, if such a thing existed in Westeros. While the older Jamie was known as the attractive one, Tyrion was undoubtedly the clever brother. In season 2 of the TV show Game of Thrones, Tyrion wasn't sure who he could trust, so he told three separate stories to three different advisors and then waited to see which story would get leaked to the queen. Using this cunning ruse, Tyrion could quickly ascertain who he could trust and who would be sent to the dungeon. The same logical approach will demystify critical reasoning traps as well as data sufficiency questions. You may not be the king of the seven kingdoms, but you'll be the king of the GMAT.

Real reviews

Made me want to come to class even when I  was exhausted
Funniest guy I've ever met. Made me want to come to class even when I  was exhausted and didn't feel like it. Gave us some great tips and  tricks and taught in a way that I will remember them. Great class, great experience!
 
Ron was an enthusiastic, knowledgeable, and motivating instructor.
Ron was an enthusiastic, knowledgeable, and motivating instructor. I would definitely retake the course knowing he would be the instructor.

He had a lot of enthusiasm as was very patient with us.
Ron did a great job introducing us to the material which he was very knowledgeable on. He had a lot of enthusiasm as was very patient with us. I learnt a lot of little tricks from Ron which I know will come in handy when I write. He was always open for any questions as really helped create a great learning experience.

Couldn't of asked for any better.
Couldn't of asked for any better. Thank you Ron!


November 3 - December 10

Mondays, Wednesdays, Tuesdays
7:30pm - 10:30pm (MST)
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November 4 - December 11

Tuesdays, Thursdays, Mondays
5pm - 8pm (MST)
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LIVE ONLINE: Saturdays & Sundays   (6 weeks)

November 8 - December 14

Saturdays, Sundays
10am - 1pm (MST)
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November 9 - December 16

Sundays, Tuesdays
6pm - 9pm (MST)
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November 10 - December 17

Mondays, Wednesdays
11:30am - 2:30pm (MST)
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Shanna Ricketts

Education:
AB, Harvard
MBA, INSEAD


Hear from Shanna

Which is your favorite lesson to teach?
I really enjoy teaching the lesson on statistics and combinatorics.  Maybe it's because in the probability portion of the lesson, I get to pretend that I could actually apply this to gambling and make some real money. Also, this lesson tends to be a tougher one for students and I like being able to show them the key things they need to know to confidently tackle these types of problems.
 
Which movie/TV character would do best on the GMAT and why?
I would say Bones from the TV show Bones.  She has an extremely analytical mind, and I'm sure once she understood the logic of the GMAT, she could follow it exactly and attain a perfect score.

Real reviews

Without Shanna's excellent instruction, I would not have been nearly as successful.
My instructor, Shanna, was helpful, accommodating, and extraordinarily competent when it came to specific GMAT instruction.  Not only was she able to help me build the essential math and verbal skills necessary for success on the GMAT, but she was also able to present the material in an effective and engaging manner. As the course was a whirlwind in GMAT essentials, I believe that without Shanna's excellent instruction, I would not have been nearly as successful.

I was very impressed with the quality of teaching.
I thought that Shanna was prepared for each lesson and fully understood the material that she was presenting.  I was very impressed with the quality of teaching.  I never had an undergrad professor teach so well and have the ability to convey information the way that Shanna did.

I feel like she is just as invested as I am in getting a 700+ score.
Shanna Ricketts is INCREDIBLE.  I strongly recommend her to anybody.  She is very professional and takes a keen interest in all her students.  I feel like she is just as invested as I am in getting a 700+ score. She responds promptly to all questions and is very knowledgeable.



November 17 - December 23

Mondays, Wednesdays, Tuesdays
5pm - 8pm (MST)
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December 1 - January 7

Mondays, Wednesdays, Tuesdays
5pm - 8pm (MST)
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Chris Kane

Education:
BA, Stanford


Hear from Chris

What is your favorite quote?
My favorite quote is one by Benjamin Franklin on education: "Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn." The entire Veritas Prep curriculum has been developed around the concept of Learning by Doing, and this quote captures exactly why we have done that. Rote memorization and rote learning are not effective approaches in education, and this is especially true when preparing for a reasoning and problem solving based test such as the GMAT.

What is your proudest accomplishment?
My proudest life accomplishment remains the first time I climbed El Capitan in Yosemite Valley. Although I had already been an active rock-climber while in high school on the coast of Maine, I was not prepared for the intimidating scale of Yosemite's huge granite walls when I moved to California to attend Stanford.  The first time I climbed there, I stood at the base of El Cap and thought I would never in my life climb this amazing piece of rock. One year later, after 4 days on the wall, I pulled onto the summit of El Cap, exhausted and elated; even though I have gone on to do many harder and more committing climbs, nothing will ever compare to the sense of accomplishment I felt that day.

Real reviews

Chris is a master of the GMAT material
My instructor, Chris Kane, was outstanding and helped me understand the different types of questions that the GMAT will use and the best ways to conquer these questions. I also did individual tutoring sessions with Chris and would highly recommend him. Chris knows how to teach complex subject matter to students. Chris knows all the different types of questions and strategies that the GMAT will throw at you. Choose Veritas Prep and Chris Kane.

Just an overall great instructor.
Chris Kane was enthusiastic, very knowledgeable in all facets of the GMAT and just an overall great instructor. The 12 books that are given are extremely helpful, especially the skillbuilder sections. I learned valuable techniques and strategies to assist with question approach and time management. It was an awesome experience that was very beneficial.


December 6 - January 11

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10am - 1pm (MST)
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Matt Douglas

Education:
BA, McGill
MA, Claremont


Hear from Matt

What is your favorite lesson to teach?
Arithmetic, and it isn't even close. Learning how numbers are built and where their quirky properties come from is about as wonderful as thinking gets. In the hands of most high school instructors, math feels lukewarm and premade: "Here's a theorem some dead guy thought of. We won't tell you why or how this is relevant to anything, just repeat it 700 times. And make it quick. We have another dead guy's theorem to get to." But number theory is all about felicity and improvisation: how do we know that every number that ends in 7 has a multiple that consists entirely of 1's? Why can I square any prime greater than 3, subtract one, and get a multiple of 24? Why on earth does that divisibility test for 11 work? The methods of proof are usually different and nothing is dull and predetermined, so you really get a chance to see what those philosophers meant when they called math the music of reason. 

What is your favorite problem from the Official Guide?
My favorite math problem ever is 'Andrey's Broken Calculator', a great bit of whimsy from the old Soviet Union (and who knew they even had mathematical whimsy in the old Soviet Union! I thought all the math problems involved optimizing the output of a tractor). In it, your luckless friend Andrey has nothing but a sheet of paper with three integers on it - 0, m, and n, where m and n are unknown, coprime positive integers - and a calculator that can only perform one operation: taking the average of two even numbers, or the average of two odd numbers.
Andrey has been asked by the party officials to prove that no matter what m and n are, he can eventually produce ANY integer from 0 to n simply by performing computations on his calculator over and over again, and your task is to save him from plonking away miserably on the thing for eternity by coming up with a general proof. Poor Andrey had to wait a while for me to rescue him: considering I didn't even try the problem until 2008, he must've been holed up in some dour grey building for decades fretting over his calculations.

Real reviews

Matt Douglas is the King of Prep courses!
Matt Douglas is the King of Prep courses! If you want to take a GMAT prep course, take it with Matt! He knows his stuff and he keeps it interesting. He genuinely cares and wants you to do well. Its rare to find people that do it for more than a paycheck. Matt does it because he wants you to do well, he wants to help you succeed.

He knows more than one way to explain why that's the answer.
In a word, my instructor Matt is upbeat. He has a goofy laugh that is very disarming. His refrain after a tough problem is "good! good! good!" He's also on top of his game. Definitely a 750+ scorer, because he knows more than one way to explain why that's the answer. What I find with Veritas Prep  is that the instructors have taken the GMAT not just 2 years ago but very recently - in this case Matt took one half-way into the course, and was able to speak to the trends.


December 7 - December 13

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December 14 - January 20

Sundays, Tuesdays
6pm - 9pm (MST)
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December 20 - January 25

Saturdays, Sundays
8am - 11am (MST)
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