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October 18 - November 2

Saturdays, Sundays
10am - 5pm
Chicago
300 East Ohio Street
Chicago, IL 60611
In person: Full Course | $1,650 or 3 payments of $566

October 18 - November 23

Saturdays, Sundays
5pm - 8pm (BST)
Live Online
A fully interactive online classroom; live instruction.
Live Online: Full Course | $1,350 or 3 payments of $466

October 20 - November 26

Mondays, Wednesdays
6pm - 9pm
San Francisco
1 Embarcadero Center
Lobby 1
San Francisco, CA 94111
In person: Full Course | $1,650 or 3 payments of $566

October 22 - November 26

Wednesdays, Fridays, Tuesdays, Thursdays
12am - 3am (BST)
Live Online
A fully interactive online classroom; live instruction.
Live Online: Full Course | $1,350 or 3 payments of $466

October 27 - December 3

Mondays, Wednesdays
7pm - 10pm
Westwood
900 Hilgard Avenue
Westwood, CA 90024
In person: Full Course | $1,650 or 3 payments of $566

October 28 - December 4

Tuesdays, Thursdays, Wednesdays
12am - 3am (GMT)
Live Online
A fully interactive online classroom; live instruction.
Live Online: Full Course | $1,350 or 3 payments of $466

November 3 - December 10

Mondays, Wednesdays
11am - 2pm (GMT)
Live Online
A fully interactive online classroom; live instruction.
Live Online: Full Course | $1,350 or 3 payments of $466

November 3 - December 10

Mondays, Wednesdays
6:30pm - 9:30pm
Toronto
161 Bay Street
27th Floor
Toronto, Ontario M5J 2S1
In person: Full Course | C$1,650 or 3 payments of C$566

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

November 3 - December 10

Mondays, Wednesdays
7pm - 10pm
Pittsburgh
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
In person: Full Course | $1,650 or 3 payments of $566

November 3 - December 10

Mondays, Wednesdays
7pm - 10pm
Pasadena
191 North Los Robles Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91101
In person: Full Course | $1,650 or 3 payments of $566

November 3 - December 10

Mondays, Wednesdays
7pm - 10pm
San Diego
4240 La Jolla Village Drive
San Diego, CA 92037
In person: Full Course | $1,650 or 3 payments of $566

November 3 - December 10

Mondays, Wednesdays
7pm - 10pm
Boston
One Avenue De Lafayette
Boston, MA 02111
In person: Full Course | $1,650 or 3 payments of $566

November 3 - December 10

Mondays, Wednesdays
7pm - 10pm
Miami
1311 NW 10th Avenue
Miami, FL 33136
In person: Full Course | $1,650 or 3 payments of $566

November 3 - December 10

Mondays, Wednesdays
7pm - 10pm
Houston
2929 Westpark Drive
Houston, TX 77005
In person: Full Course | $1,650 or 3 payments of $566

November 4 - December 11

Tuesdays, Thursdays, Wednesdays
2:30am - 5:30am (GMT)
Live Online
A fully interactive online classroom; live instruction.
Live Online: Full Course | $1,350 or 3 payments of $466

November 4 - December 11

Tuesdays, Thursdays
6:30pm - 9:30pm
Sandy
9685 S Monroe Street
Sandy, UT 84070
In person: Full Course | $1,650 or 3 payments of $566

November 4 - December 11

Tuesdays, Thursdays
7pm - 10pm
Dallas
8250 North Central Expressway
Dallas, TX 75206
In person: Full Course | $1,650 or 3 payments of $566

November 4 - December 11

Tuesdays, Thursdays
7pm - 10pm
Manhattan
109 East 42nd Street
Manhattan, NY 10017
In person: Full Course | $1,650 or 3 payments of $566

November 4 - December 11

Tuesdays, Thursdays, Mondays
7pm - 10pm
Seattle
1420 Fifth Avenue
Suite 2200
Seattle, WA 98101
In person: Full Course | $1,650 or 3 payments of $566

November 4 - December 11

Tuesdays, Thursdays
7pm - 10pm
West Los Angeles
6100 Center Drive
West Los Angeles, CA 90045
In person: Full Course | $1,650 or 3 payments of $566

November 4 - December 11

Tuesdays, Thursdays
7pm - 10pm
Chicago
450 North Cityfront Plaza Drive
Chicago, IL 60611-4316
In person: Full Course | $1,650 or 3 payments of $566

November 4 - December 11

Tuesdays, Thursdays
7pm - 10pm
Denver
1400 16th St.
Suite 400
Denver, CO 80202
In person: Full Course | $1,650 or 3 payments of $566

November 5 - December 12

Wednesdays, Fridays, Tuesdays
12am - 3am (GMT)
Live Online
A fully interactive online classroom; live instruction.
Live Online: Full Course | $1,350 or 3 payments of $466

November 4 - December 11

Tuesdays, Thursdays
7pm - 10pm
London
17-18 Upper Woburn Place
Bloomsbury
London, Greater London WC1H 0HT
In person: Full Course | £1,050 or 3 payments of £366

November 4 - December 11

Tuesdays, Thursdays
7pm - 10pm
San Francisco
1 Market St
36th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94105
In person: Full Course | $1,650 or 3 payments of $566

November 4 - December 11

Tuesdays, Thursdays, Mondays
7pm - 10pm
Washington DC
1919 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Washington DC, DC 20009
In person: Full Course | $1,650 or 3 payments of $566

November 4 - December 11

Tuesdays, Thursdays
7pm - 10pm
Raleigh
4819 Emperor Blvd
Raleigh, NC 27703
In person: Full Course | $1,650 or 3 payments of $566

November 4 - December 11

Tuesdays, Thursdays
7pm - 10pm
San Jose
1727 Technology Drive
San Jose, CA 95110-1310
In person: Full Course | $1,650 or 3 payments of $566

November 4 - December 11

Tuesdays, Thursdays
7pm - 10pm
Irvine
18111 Von Karman Avenue
Lakeshore Towers III
Irvine, CA 92612
In person: Full Course | $1,650 or 3 payments of $566

November 8 - December 13

Saturdays
10am - 5pm
Dallas
8250 North Central Expressway
Dallas, TX 75206
In person: Full Course | $1,650 or 3 payments of $566

November 8 - December 13

Saturdays
10am - 5pm
Manhattan
109 East 42nd Street
Manhattan, NY 10017
In person: Full Course | $1,650 or 3 payments of $566

November 8 - December 13

Saturdays
10am - 5pm
Philadelphia
3586 Spruce Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
In person: Full Course | $1,650 or 3 payments of $566

November 8 - December 13

Saturdays
10am - 5pm
Chicago
450 North Cityfront Plaza Drive
Chicago, IL 60611-4316
In person: Full Course | $1,650 or 3 payments of $566

November 8 - December 13

Saturdays
10am - 5pm
Austin
98 San Jacinto Boulevard
Austin, TX 78701
In person: Full Course | $1,650 or 3 payments of $566

November 8 - November 23

Saturdays, Sundays
10am - 5pm
Palo Alto
4290 El Camino Real
Palo Alto, CA 94306
In person: Full Course | $1,650 or 3 payments of $566

November 8 - December 13

Saturdays
10am - 5pm
Los Angeles
6333 Bristol Parkway
Los Angeles, California 90230
In person: Full Course | $1,650 or 3 payments of $566

November 8 - December 13

Saturdays
10am - 5pm
Washington DC
1919 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Washington DC, DC 20009
In person: Full Course | $1,650 or 3 payments of $566

November 8 - December 14

Saturdays, Sundays
5pm - 8pm (GMT)
Live Online
A fully interactive online classroom; live instruction.
Live Online: Full Course | $1,350 or 3 payments of $466

November 10 - December 17

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

November 10 - December 17

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

November 11 - December 18

Tuesdays, Thursdays
6:30pm - 9:30pm
Sydney (Downtown)
Level 6, 51-57 Pitt Street
Sydney (Downtown), NSW 2000
In person: Full Course | $1,650 or 3 payments of $566

November 16 - November 22

Sundays, Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays
9am - 4pm
Manhattan
109 East 42nd Street
Manhattan, NY 10017
In person: Immersion Course | $1,800 or 3 payments of $616

November 18 - December 24

Tuesdays, Thursdays, Wednesdays
12am - 3am (GMT)
Live Online
A fully interactive online classroom; live instruction.
Live Online: Full Course | $1,350 or 3 payments of $466

November 23 - November 29

Sundays, Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays
9am - 4pm
Melbourne
575 Flinders Lane
Melbourne, VIC 3000
In person: Immersion Course | $1,800 or 3 payments of $616

December 2 - January 8

Tuesdays, Thursdays, Wednesdays
12am - 3am (GMT)
Live Online
A fully interactive online classroom; live instruction.
Live Online: Full Course | $1,350 or 3 payments of $466

December 6 - January 11

Saturdays, Sundays
5pm - 8pm (GMT)
Live Online
A fully interactive online classroom; live instruction.
Live Online: Full Course | $1,350 or 3 payments of $466

December 7 - December 13

Sundays, Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays
3pm - 10pm (GMT)
Live Online
A fully interactive online classroom; live instruction.
Live Online: Immersion Course | $1,250 or 3 payments of $433

December 15 - January 21

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

December 20 - January 25

Saturdays, Sundays
3pm - 6pm (GMT)
Live Online
A fully interactive online classroom; live instruction.
Live Online: Full Course | $1,350 or 3 payments of $466

January 12 - February 18

Mondays, Wednesdays
7pm - 10pm
Pasadena
191 North Los Robles Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91101
In person: Full Course | $1,650 or 3 payments of $566

January 12 - February 18

Mondays, Wednesdays
7pm - 10pm
San Jose
1727 Technology Drive
San Jose, CA 95110-1310
In person: Full Course | $1,650 or 3 payments of $566

January 13 - February 19

Tuesdays, Thursdays
7pm - 10pm
Dallas
8250 North Central Expressway
Dallas, TX 75206
In person: Full Course | $1,650 or 3 payments of $566

January 13 - February 19

Tuesdays, Thursdays
7pm - 10pm
Manhattan
109 East 42nd Street
Manhattan, NY 10017
In person: Full Course | $1,650 or 3 payments of $566

January 13 - February 19

Tuesdays, Thursdays
7pm - 10pm
West Los Angeles
6100 Center Drive
West Los Angeles, CA 90045
In person: Full Course | $1,650 or 3 payments of $566

January 13 - February 19

Tuesdays, Thursdays
7pm - 10pm
Chicago
450 North Cityfront Plaza Drive
Chicago, IL 60611-4316
In person: Full Course | $1,650 or 3 payments of $566

January 13 - February 19

Tuesdays, Thursdays
7pm - 10pm
Boston
One Avenue De Lafayette
Boston, MA 02111
In person: Full Course | $1,650 or 3 payments of $566

January 13 - February 19

Tuesdays, Thursdays
7pm - 10pm
San Francisco
1 Market St
36th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94105
In person: Full Course | $1,650 or 3 payments of $566

January 13 - February 19

Tuesdays, Thursdays
7pm - 10pm
Washington DC
1919 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Washington DC, DC 20009
In person: Full Course | $1,650 or 3 payments of $566

January 13 - February 19

Tuesdays, Thursdays
7pm - 10pm
Encino
16830 Ventura Blvd
Suite 200
Encino, CA 91436
In person: Full Course | $1,650 or 3 payments of $566

January 17 - February 21

Saturdays
10am - 5pm
Manhattan
109 East 42nd Street
Manhattan, NY 10017
In person: Full Course | $1,650 or 3 payments of $566

January 17 - February 21

Saturdays
10am - 5pm
West Los Angeles
6100 Center Drive
West Los Angeles, CA 90045
In person: Full Course | $1,650 or 3 payments of $566

January 17 - February 21

Saturdays
10am - 5pm
Chicago
450 North Cityfront Plaza Drive
Chicago, IL 60611-4316
In person: Full Course | $1,650 or 3 payments of $566

January 17 - February 21

Saturdays
10am - 5pm
Palo Alto
4290 El Camino Real
Palo Alto, CA 94306
In person: Full Course | $1,650 or 3 payments of $566

January 17 - February 21

Saturdays
10am - 5pm
San Francisco
1 Market St
36th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94105
In person: Full Course | $1,650 or 3 payments of $566

January 17 - February 21

Saturdays
10am - 5pm
Washington DC
1919 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Washington DC, DC 20009
In person: Full Course | $1,650 or 3 payments of $566

January 17 - February 21

Saturdays
10am - 5pm
Boston
40 Dalton Street
Boston, MA 02115
In person: Full Course | $1,650 or 3 payments of $566

January 26 - March 4

Mondays, Wednesdays
6:30pm - 9:30pm
Manhattan
109 East 42nd Street
Manhattan, NY 10017
In person: Full Course | $1,650 or 3 payments of $566

January 26 - March 4

Mondays, Wednesdays
7pm - 10pm
Santa Monica
1450 2nd St
Santa Monica, CA 90401
In person: Full Course | $1,650 or 3 payments of $566

January 27 - March 5

Tuesdays, Thursdays
6:30pm - 9:30pm
Downtown L.A.
529 Broadway
Downtown L.A., CA 90013
In person: Full Course | $1,650 or 3 payments of $566

January 27 - March 5

Tuesdays, Thursdays
7pm - 10pm
Palo Alto
4290 El Camino Real
Palo Alto, CA 94306
In person: Full Course | $1,650 or 3 payments of $566

February 9 - March 18

Mondays, Wednesdays
6:30pm - 9:30pm
Chicago
450 North Cityfront Plaza Drive
Chicago, IL 60611-4316
In person: Full Course | $1,650 or 3 payments of $566

February 9 - March 18

Mondays, Wednesdays
6:30pm - 9:30pm
Washington DC
1919 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Washington DC, DC 20009
In person: Full Course | $1,650 or 3 payments of $566

February 21 - March 1

Saturdays, Sundays
8am - 6pm
Manhattan
109 East 42nd Street
Manhattan, NY 10017
In person: Full Course | $1,650 or 3 payments of $566

February 23 - April 1

Mondays, Wednesdays
7pm - 10pm
Westwood
900 Hilgard Avenue
Westwood, CA 90024
In person: Full Course | $1,650 or 3 payments of $566

March 9 - April 15

Mondays, Wednesdays
7pm - 10pm
Dallas
8250 North Central Expressway
Dallas, TX 75206
In person: Full Course | $1,650 or 3 payments of $566

March 9 - April 15

Mondays, Wednesdays
7pm - 10pm
Manhattan
109 East 42nd Street
Manhattan, NY 10017
In person: Full Course | $1,650 or 3 payments of $566

March 9 - April 15

Mondays, Wednesdays
7pm - 10pm
West Los Angeles
6100 Center Drive
West Los Angeles, CA 90045
In person: Full Course | $1,650 or 3 payments of $566

March 9 - April 15

Mondays, Wednesdays
7pm - 10pm
Chicago
450 North Cityfront Plaza Drive
Chicago, IL 60611-4316
In person: Full Course | $1,650 or 3 payments of $566

March 9 - April 15

Mondays, Wednesdays
7pm - 10pm
Boston
One Avenue De Lafayette
Boston, MA 02111
In person: Full Course | $1,650 or 3 payments of $566

March 9 - April 15

Mondays, Wednesdays
7pm - 10pm
San Francisco
1 Market St
36th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94105
In person: Full Course | $1,650 or 3 payments of $566

March 9 - April 15

Mondays, Wednesdays
7pm - 10pm
Washington DC
1919 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Washington DC, DC 20009
In person: Full Course | $1,650 or 3 payments of $566

March 10 - April 16

Tuesdays, Thursdays
7pm - 10pm
San Jose
1727 Technology Drive
San Jose, CA 95110-1310
In person: Full Course | $1,650 or 3 payments of $566

March 14 - April 18

Saturdays
10am - 5pm
Manhattan
109 East 42nd Street
Manhattan, NY 10017
In person: Full Course | $1,650 or 3 payments of $566

March 14 - April 18

Saturdays
10am - 5pm
Chicago
450 North Cityfront Plaza Drive
Chicago, IL 60611-4316
In person: Full Course | $1,650 or 3 payments of $566

March 14 - April 18

Saturdays
10am - 5pm
San Francisco
1 Market St
36th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94105
In person: Full Course | $1,650 or 3 payments of $566

March 14 - April 18

Saturdays
10am - 5pm
Washington DC
1919 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Washington DC, DC 20009
In person: Full Course | $1,650 or 3 payments of $566

March 14 - April 18

Saturdays
10am - 5pm
Downtown L.A.
529 Broadway
Downtown L.A., CA 90013
In person: Full Course | $1,650 or 3 payments of $566

March 31 - May 7

Tuesdays, Thursdays
7pm - 10pm
Manhattan
109 East 42nd Street
Manhattan, NY 10017
In person: Full Course | $1,650 or 3 payments of $566

April 6 - May 13

Mondays, Wednesdays
7pm - 10pm
Santa Monica
1450 2nd St
Santa Monica, CA 90401
In person: Full Course | $1,650 or 3 payments of $566

April 7 - May 14

Tuesdays, Thursdays
7pm - 10pm
Palo Alto
4290 El Camino Real
Palo Alto, CA 94306
In person: Full Course | $1,650 or 3 payments of $566

April 7 - May 14

Tuesdays, Thursdays
7pm - 10pm
Encino
16830 Ventura Blvd
Suite 200
Encino, CA 91436
In person: Full Course | $1,650 or 3 payments of $566

April 11 - May 16

Saturdays
10am - 5pm
Dallas
8221 North Central Expressway
Dallas, TX 75225
In person: Full Course | $1,650 or 3 payments of $566

April 14 - May 21

Tuesdays, Thursdays
6:30pm - 9:30pm
Chicago
450 North Cityfront Plaza Drive
Chicago, IL 60611-4316
In person: Full Course | $1,650 or 3 payments of $566

April 14 - May 21

Tuesdays, Thursdays
6:30pm - 9:30pm
Washington DC
1919 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Washington DC, DC 20009
In person: Full Course | $1,650 or 3 payments of $566

April 14 - May 21

Tuesdays, Thursdays
6:30pm - 9:30pm
Downtown L.A.
529 Broadway
Downtown L.A., CA 90013
In person: Full Course | $1,650 or 3 payments of $566

May 4 - June 10

Mondays, Wednesdays
7pm - 10pm
Pasadena
191 North Los Robles Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91101
In person: Full Course | $1,650 or 3 payments of $566

May 5 - June 11

Tuesdays, Thursdays
7pm - 10pm
Dallas
8250 North Central Expressway
Dallas, TX 75206
In person: Full Course | $1,650 or 3 payments of $566

May 5 - June 11

Tuesdays, Thursdays
7pm - 10pm
Manhattan
109 East 42nd Street
Manhattan, NY 10017
In person: Full Course | $1,650 or 3 payments of $566

May 5 - June 11

Tuesdays, Thursdays
7pm - 10pm
West Los Angeles
6100 Center Drive
West Los Angeles, CA 90045
In person: Full Course | $1,650 or 3 payments of $566

May 5 - June 11

Tuesdays, Thursdays
7pm - 10pm
Chicago
450 North Cityfront Plaza Drive
Chicago, IL 60611-4316
In person: Full Course | $1,650 or 3 payments of $566

May 5 - June 11

Tuesdays, Thursdays
7pm - 10pm
Boston
One Avenue De Lafayette
Boston, MA 02111
In person: Full Course | $1,650 or 3 payments of $566

May 5 - June 11

Tuesdays, Thursdays
7pm - 10pm
San Francisco
1 Market St
36th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94105
In person: Full Course | $1,650 or 3 payments of $566

May 5 - June 11

Tuesdays, Thursdays
7pm - 10pm
Washington DC
1919 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Washington DC, DC 20009
In person: Full Course | $1,650 or 3 payments of $566

May 9 - June 13

Saturdays
10am - 5pm
Manhattan
109 East 42nd Street
Manhattan, NY 10017
In person: Full Course | $1,650 or 3 payments of $566

May 9 - June 13

Saturdays
10am - 5pm
Chicago
450 North Cityfront Plaza Drive
Chicago, IL 60611-4316
In person: Full Course | $1,650 or 3 payments of $566

May 9 - June 13

Saturdays
10am - 5pm
Washington DC
1919 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Washington DC, DC 20009
In person: Full Course | $1,650 or 3 payments of $566

May 9 - June 13

Saturdays
10am - 5pm
San Jose
1727 Technology Drive
San Jose, CA 95110-1310
In person: Full Course | $1,650 or 3 payments of $566

June 8 - July 15

Mondays, Wednesdays
6:30pm - 9:30pm
Manhattan
109 East 42nd Street
Manhattan, NY 10017
In person: Full Course | $1,650 or 3 payments of $566

June 8 - July 15

Mondays, Wednesdays
6:30pm - 9:30pm
Washington DC
1919 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Washington DC, DC 20009
In person: Full Course | $1,650 or 3 payments of $566

June 8 - July 15

Mondays, Wednesdays
7pm - 10pm
Chicago
450 North Cityfront Plaza Drive
Chicago, IL 60611-4316
In person: Full Course | $1,650 or 3 payments of $566

June 8 - July 15

Mondays, Wednesdays
7pm - 10pm
Santa Monica
1450 2nd St
Santa Monica, CA 90401
In person: Full Course | $1,650 or 3 payments of $566

June 16 - July 23

Tuesdays, Thursdays
7pm - 10pm
Palo Alto
4290 El Camino Real
Palo Alto, CA 94306
In person: Full Course | $1,650 or 3 payments of $566

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Brian Kalar

Education:
BA, University of Kansas


Hear from Brian

What do you love about teaching?
Having taught the GMAT and LSAT each for over 10 years and each in several cities, what keeps me coming back for more is that opportunity to make a real difference in someone’s life.  There’s nothing greater than getting a random email from a student years later who has accomplished several goals since grad school and who just wants to say thanks again.  These high-stakes entrance tests can be such a daunting challenge, but there’s so much awaiting students on the other side that I love to be involved in helping them vault over that hurdle and reap the rewards.

What subject did you struggle with the most in school and how did you overcome it?
In grade school, "Handwriting" kept me from straight A's many times... is that even still a grade on the report card anywhere? Later my most challenging subject was German, largely due to a disability of sorts at understanding accents. Since then, years of marriage to a Brazilian immigrant and dozens of international students and friends have helped me become much better at this!
 
If you weren’t teaching the GMAT, What would you be teaching instead?
I once turned down the chance to be a small college basketball player to seek a more academic path, and as my love for both sports and strategy have persisted I have a fantasy in which I am a great basketball coach. Like Gene Hackman in "Hoosiers" great.

Real reviews

Brian is genuinely interested in the success of his students.
Brian is wonderful.  Some people do this for the money, Brian is genuinely interested in the success of his students. He's patient and really good at his job.  I have already recommended Brian and the Veritas course to everyone I know even thinking about the GMAT.  My score went up 40 points, and that was without even being able to do the homework due to a busy schedule, it was just from attending the classes Brian taught.

Brian was very thorough in his explanations
Brian was very thorough in his explanations without being very confusing.  He tried to not only show us how to do the work but stressed the importance of finding shortcuts and being able to skip time-robbing steps whenver possible.  Very happy with him overall.

My instructor, Brian, was excellent.
My instructor, Brian, was excellent.  He slowed everything down and took it apart.  The class was very beneficial for I had trouble alloting time for study.  Brian gave advice on how to effectively manage my time and get the best results from my studying. Overall, great class.


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.


Laura Cook

Education:
BA, Texas A&M
PhD, Stanford


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What is your favorite quote?
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” –Mark Twain

What do you like best about teaching?
That moment when you see someone - particularly someone who has been struggling - go from confusion to understanding.

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She is able to gauge the level of each student
I highly recommend Veritas Prep, particularly with Laura! She explains everything in a manner that makes it easy to understand. She also is able to gauge the level of each student and provides more challenging review for those who desire a higher score. She keeps class interesting and engaging, which is very important for a 3-hour course that takes place in the evenings during the work week!

Laura was engaging and knowledgeable
Laura was engaging and knowledgeable about the material.  For every example problem we worked on, she would give us several ways to figure out the problem.  Leaving us to choose which method was easier for us.  Furthermore at the beginning of each class she would give us a brief overview of the key principles of the day’s lessons, very helpful if you have been out of school for a few years.


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.

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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.

Ethan was amazing
Ethan was amazing, and made the material very digestible.  His strategies are working and I can tell that he has spent a lot of time thinking about incorporating his style with the material (very polished).


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!

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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.


Rich Zwelling

Education:
BS, Duke
MA, NYU


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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"

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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.


Bobby Umar

Education:
BA, McGill University
MBA, DeGroote School of Business, McMaster University


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What is your favorite quote?
"If Opportunity doesn't Knock, Build a Door" - This has been on my e-mail signature since the 90's. It fits my belief in networking, connecting and always trying to find the opportunity in every moment.

What is your proudest accomplishment?
Being a Dad. Fatherhood is the greatest leadership project, the best personal story and the ultimate legacy of my life.

What do you love about teaching?
I love the ability to help people who are 'lost'. Everywhere I go and speak, people are lost academically, personally and professionally. They don't know what to do after high school. after college, sometimes even after an MBA or PHD. Some leaders don't know what do after 2, 5, or even 20 years in the workforce. As a teacher I get to tell them "It's okay to be a lost leader, because we've all been there" and then I get to help them.  I love that teaching allows me this chance to engage, connect and inspire. Best of all, I get to share my stories and hear the stories of all my students. Eventually some of our life stories include each other.

Which movie/TV character would do best on the GMAT and why?
Inigo Montoya from the Princess Bride. He was so focused in his desire to learn everything about the art of swordplay and fencing, he could easily apply it to the GMAT. And then on test day he could say (Obviously, you can all say it with me folks): "Hello, my name is Inigo Montoya. I've come to take the GMAT and beat you. Prepare to die."

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Bobby was above and beyond what I expected.
I just completed the Veritas course taught by Bobby Umar in Toronto. I had high expectations going in, given Veritas’ reputation, but Bobby was above and beyond what I expected. Not only is his knowledge of the GMAT material and strategies extensive…he is passionate, inspiring, highly entertaining, and provides tips and value beyond the course material. Further, he is deeply invested in all of his students and their success and is an incredible resource. Highly recommend his course!

Bobby's method of teaching is very effective
I attribute almost all of my success to my tutor, Bobby Umar. Whatever Veritas is paying him is not enough. Bobby's method of teaching is very effective - he helped me understand and retain the required material. By the time i finished the course I had the knowledge and most importantly the confidence to face the dreaded GMAT again.
 
I would definitely recommend him to anybody who wants to prepare for GMAT.
Fortunately my instructor was Bobby, who is very  knowledgeable, cool and organized instructor. Through the course Bobby taught us each and every details of GMAT (verbal and Math section) and showed us all the possible pitfalls that you can fall in through the exam. I specially was really interested in Bobby`s Golden Rules, which helped me so much in the GMAT. I would definitely recommend him to anybody who wants to prepare for GMAT. I improved my Math score from 35 % to 85 % thanks to those golden rules, and I am starting my IMBA in Shulich business school in fall 2010. Thanks to Bobby, and Veritas!


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!


John Chismody

Education:
BA, Pittsburgh
MBA, Duquesne


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What do you love about teaching?
As a child, I was always fascinated with jigsaw puzzles.   I would scramble to find and put the numerous interrelated pieces together.  While frustrating, it was satisfying to finally see the jumbled parts come together as one cohesive picture.   It is this skill of analysis and synthesis, push and pull that I have always brought to my teaching.   My aim is for student’s to realize that no matter how confusing the steps may initially appear, with focus and effort, the final big picture will eventually come to life.  When I see the light bulb finally illuminate with students, I know that I succeeded in doing my job.  This is what makes teaching so rewarding.    

What is your proudest accomplishment?
Certainly significant was the breakthrough I made with standardized tests. In fact, the first time I sat for the GMAT, I scored in the low 600’s.  Like many, I enrolled in a prep course, hoping to raise my score.  During the sessions, I listened to the insights shared by my instructor and fellow classmates.  I was open to different ways of viewing a scenario and attacking questions.  In time, I became more fluid and began getting more questions right.   When I missed a question, I viewed my error not as a failure but as an area that I needed to improve. With continued practice and diligence, I became adept in this test, eventually scoring a 750.  Moral: The GMAT is trainable.  Don’t fight the process, be receptive to alternative avenues of approach, and enjoy the challenge.  

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John proved to be an upmost excellent GMAT prep instructor.
By bringing his own extensive MBA prep experience, a true concern for every students progress and profile, along with a refreshing common sense approach to unnecessary complexity, John proved to be an upmost excellent GMAT prep instructor.

He really cared about my improvement
I have found John to be very helpful with my GMAT preparation. During the course, he explained the concept very well and also gave us lots of practice question from outside the book. What amazed me is that he really cared about my improvement in the score and he has been a great help with my GMAT preparation even after the class.

John Chismody is an incredible instructor
John Chismody is an incredible instructor - I feel prepared and confident that I will do well on this test. I would definitely recommend him and this course to other people.


Andrew Brotzman

Education:
BA, Columbia
MFA, Columbia


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What do you love about teaching? 
 Helping people change their lives. When students make the decision to enroll in one of our classes, they're making an effort to better themselves and gain entry to the best possible program, and I love helping them reach that goal.
 
Which is your favorite lesson to teach? 
Algebra. The use of variables on the test seems complicated at first but can be unlocked with just a few simple tips, which can make a huge difference in people's scores. 

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Andrew Brotzman hit the ground running since day one.
Andrew Brotzman hit the ground running since day one.  I was motivated by his level of professionalism. Andrew was confident, knowledgeable, and commanded respect while transmitting a genuine concern for his students.

Andy was really thorough
Andy was really thorough in teaching each of the topics and as a test taker providing first hand information about his GMAT experiences.

I would definitely recommend him
He was very good and made it fun to learn.  I would definitely recommend him and consider him for private tutroring.



Bill Robinson

Education:
BS, Nebraska


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Which is your favorite lesson to teach?
Data Sufficiency. I actually find the "logic puzzle" element to be pretty interesting, so I love sharing that with my students.  It's a problem type that tends to baffle almost everyone at first; being able to shed light on how it works and how to beat it is extremely rewarding.
      
Which movie/TV character would do best on the GMAT and why?
Dexter Morgan from 'Dexter'.  He's brilliant, thorough, perceptive, and clever.  "Thinking like the testmaker" would come naturally to him.  Also, his dad seems pretty sharp, so having an extra voice in his head on those tricky Data Sufficiency questions would be handy.  

If you weren’t teaching the GMAT, What would you be teaching instead?
Probably the LSAT.  Reasoning has always been a strong suit of mine, and who wouldn't want to talk about logic games for a living?  Okay, pretty much everyone but me. 

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Crazy brilliant and very approachable
A big shout out (do people still say that anymore?) to my instructor Bill. Crazy brilliant and very approachable, always arrived to class early to help me with the homework and frequently stayed hours afterwards to walk us through the questions. My test is next week and I would not be as confident walking into this if it wasn't for Bill and the very encouraging staff at Veritas Prep. Thank you very much!

Bill is an extremely smart teacher who really understood the GMAT
Veritas Prep made learning the content simple and easy to understand while showing us how the GMAT tests the content. Bill is an extremely smart teacher who really understood the GMAT and was also able to teach the course in a way that allowed those of us who are less gifted to improve. If you want to improve your score take this course!


David Goldstein

Education:
BS, Penn
MFA, Emerson


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What is your favorite lesson to teach?
My favorite lesson to each is the topic I found most bewildering when I was a college a student – Statistics, Combinations, and Probability. Typically, I’ll start the lesson by mentioning a study in which a group of physicians, given a set of statistics about a hypothetical patient, estimate that the patient has a 75% probability of having a certain disease; the correct probability in this case turns out to be more like 9%.  In addition to being deeply disturbing, the study is a great reminder that even highly educated people make horrendous mistakes when it comes to these types of problems – the human brain simply isn’t hardwired to be good at probability.  However, students quickly see that with a couple of equations and a few helpful timesaving tricks, these once madding, complex questions become not just manageable, but easy.  I’ve lost count of the number of times a student has said something like “I thought I was really bad at probability.  I just never learned how to do these questions!”  That’s true for everyone, not just doctors who terrify their patients with inaccurate prognoses of gloom.

What is your favorite Veritas Prep success story?
Several months ago, I had a student named Christie.  In addition to being a delight to teach – always sitting at the front of class, always smiling, always participating in discussions – she was an energetic and inspiring person.  Her passion was green energy, and she wanted to get into a top MBA program to broaden her opportunities to make the world a cleaner, healthier place.  But in order to get into an elite program, you need to ace the GMAT.  These were high stakes.

Fortunately, Christie was as hard a worker as I’ve ever had in my classes, often staying late to ask questions, and even indulging me when I offered to show how a GMAT question was connected to Euclid’s proof for why there’s no largest prime number.  (It’s a simple and elegant proof, but after a three-hour class, enthusiasm for non-GMAT math generally tends to wane.)  Happily, Christie scored a 740 on the official test, exceeding her initial goal.  She will go on to do great things, and I get to feel like I played a small role in helping her clear that first hurdle on her way to saving the planet.  For a teacher, it doesn’t get any better than that.

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Phenomenal instructor who is truly passionate about teaching.
Dave Goldstein is a phenomenal instructor who is truly passionate about teaching. He went out of his way to ensure that each student walked away from every class with as much knowledge as we could possibly retain. I have taken a prep course with Kaplan before, and the standard at Veritas is just way above the competition.

He is one of the best teachers anyone can have.
David is a true teacher he is a great person and a great professional. I think I speak for all of the others students when I say that he is one of the best teachers anyone can have.

DAVE was amazing.
The class was a small, intimate class, and DAVE was amazing.  He always made sure everyone was along for the ride- but kept the pace up. The study materials that Veritas Prep gave were great because each subject has a book. Instead of one huge study book- the material is broken out. All around I would recommend this class to anyone.


Chester Rodeheaver

Education:
BA, University of Virginia
MPA, Harvard


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What is your favorite quote?
"Experience is the thing you get a few minutes after you needed it."  That applies to many walks of life, obviously, but I find it works especially well for timed standardized exams.  We almost always walk out of there thinking about something that we wished we had thought of during the exam.  Our job is to prepare for those moments ahead of time, so you're not leaving any points on the table.  It's not just about memorizing formulas, but more about being able to recognize patterns and understand what the question is really asking.  Good preparation – getting the experience beforehand – helps students stay calm and do as well as they can on test day.

If you weren't teaching the GMAT, what would you be teaching instead?
Definitely finance.  I have taught finance a lot over the years, both as a job and informally to my friends and family.  The GMAT covers a lot of the same ground – sure, a fluency with numbers will help you do well, but you also need to able to think clearly and logically about the task at hand.  


Mark Robinson

Education:
BA, Trinity
MBA, Babson


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What subject did you struggle with the most in school and how did you overcome it?
Reading comprehension, really speed.  Much practice and a willingness to leave the security of mastery of the building blocks (vocabulary, grammar, complexity of creative expression) for the simplicity of kindergarten and CEO-level, succinct storytelling.  OK, so I'm still working on brevity!

If you weren't teaching the GMAT, what would you be teaching instead?
Who, not what: my 3 kids to ace the SAT/GMAT and thrive intellectually so that they can be equipped to enjoy their lives and careers, having margin to invest in others.

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By far Mark is one of the best instructors I have ever had.
Mark Robinson's approach to the GMAT is unique. I am still studying for the test, but so far there has been a huge improvement in my score after taking the class with Mark. By far Mark is one of the best instructors I have ever had.

His know-how was invaluable to me to successfully pass my test
Maintaining a firsthand contact with every student, Mark didn’t hesitate to stay after the lesson and to give additional explanations to those who didn't feel confident in comprehending the material.  Another important outcome was the manager’s mindset he gave us: fast, savvy and intuitive, avoiding overthinking and straightforward calculations. Overall his know-how was invaluable to me to successfully pass my test and get the scores that let me apply in top-notch schools. Thanks, Mark and Veritas Prep  for your efforts and keep going the same way!




Ron Awad

Education:
BSc, McGill
MBA, Concordia


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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.

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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!


Aaron Pond

Education:
BA, Brigham Young University
MBA, Brigham Young University
University of Utah, Doctoral coursework in Educational Leadership


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Which is your favorite lesson to teach?
That one is easy. Arithmetic. Students often think that a lesson called “Arithmetic” will not even be worth their time, until we begin looking at the math from an entirely different perspective. Remember: the GMAT is a critical thinking test and not a math test. It is fun to watch the students’ expressions as we turn horrendous looking problems into simple, 20-second solutions, using a little bit of “mental gymnastics.”

What is your favorite quote?
"The major work of the world is not done by geniuses. It is done by ordinary people, with balance in their lives, who have learned to work in an extraordinary manner.” (Gordon B. Hinckley) This quote certainly applies to how we approach the GMAT: it is not just super-geniuses who ace the GMAT. It takes a balanced, calculated approach – and it certainly takes work – but anybody can drastically improve their score. 

What is your favorite Veritas Prep success story?
One of my students signed up for the Veritas Prep course, but he lived in Cedar City, UT – a distance of over 250 miles away. He made the commute to every class, studied hard, and ended up improving his GMAT score from a 430 to a 710 – a 280 point increase! He was always so appreciative. Several times throughout the class, he would pull me aside and say, “That was definitely worth the commute.”

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Aaron was a great teacher.
Aaron was a great teacher. He knows great techniques that  will help you improve your GMAT score. Thanks to Veritas Prep and Aaron, I'm a second year MBA student at one of the nation’s top MBA programs  and already have a full time job offer for when I finish my second year. I recommend Veritas Prep and Aaron to all my friends.

I really could feel like he cared about each student
My teacher Aaron went out of his way and put in extra time and effort to make sure all my questions were answered. He took time in each class to make sure each student understood the concepts clearly and still moved at an appropriate pace.  I really could feel like he cared about each student, not just his contract with Veritas Prep.

I haven't seen an instructor as well prepared as he is.
Our instructor Aaron Pond is a great guy always concerned with each student in our individual needs. I haven't seen an instructor as well prepared as he is.
 


Tracy Brassard

Education:
BA, Harvard
MBA, SMU Cox


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Which is your favorite lesson to teach?
I enjoy many of the lessons, but my favorite of late is probably Sentence Correction. Having studied linguistics at one point, I get a kick out of thinking about why grammar works the way it does and why no one has a perfect ear. It’s fun to go beyond just teaching the rules, i.e. the “what”, and instead try to explain the “why”. This is also what I think I like most about teaching for Veritas Prep in general – we are encouraged to go beyond just presenting common tricks and problem types, emphasizing instead why the test makers write the problems the way they do.

What is your proudest accomplishment?
My proudest accomplishment was writing and recording an album with my band, the Jumblies, in 2002. Now a 40-ish mom of 2, I greatly enjoy the looks on my students’ faces when I tell them I used to front a band. I am also still proud of the music on that record. Nevermind I have more copies in my kitchen cabinet than we actually sold.

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Tracy was excellent in teaching how to grasp the "concepts"
Tracy was excellent in teaching how to grasp the "concepts" - not just how to solve a problem with a formula. I think if the entire education system from kindergarten through college adopted the same approach, educated people would in fact be truly EDUCATED!

I feel like she did a great job of explaining the concepts
Tracy was absolutely awesome. I feel like she did a great job of explaining the concepts, kept a great pace throughout the course, and was very thorough.

It was very obvious she knew the material in and out
Tracy was extremely helpful, and it was very obvious she knew the material in and out. She made sure everyone understood the content and even offered alternate solutions and tips throughout the course. Overall, Tracy made the class a very positive experience.


Rob Stringham

Education:
BA, Bringham Young University
MBA, Columbia


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What does it take to win Veritas Prep’s Instructor of the Year award?  For Rob, it’s a combination of teaching excellence (Rob has not only scored in the 99th percentile on the GMAT but also ranked in the 99th percentile among Veritas Prep faculty on student evaluation scores in multiple years) and just plain dedication.  Famously, Rob went straight from the delivery room after the birth of his daughter to the classroom, making it to a 10am Saturday morning class on time after becoming a father in the middle of the night.  It’s also a function of experience; by now Rob has taught for Veritas Prep for over 10 years in several cities, allowing him to give students in Midtown Manhattan the benefit of years of breakthrough shortcuts and lessons.
 
A graduate of Columbia Business School, Rob understands his students’ path much deeper than just the GMAT.  A valuation expert in the world of private equity, he’s seen the finish line that his students strive for, and serves not just as a coach on that journey but also as a motivator having seen it through himself.

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Rob did a fantastic job
Rob did a fantastic job helping us understand what the creators of the GMAT are looking for in successful test takers. Getting inside the head of the test maker was one of the most important takeaways from the course.  The books alone are worth the price of the class, but Rob really helped solidify what we were learning.  I honestly felt that he cared about how we did on the exam.

He has a very personal approach to every student.
Our teacher was Rob Stringham. He is very knowledgeable, professional and helpful. He would stay with us after the end of the class to answer our questions and do the problems together that we asked him about. Not at all like those teachers that behave like they know it all and you’ll never get even close to their level of understanding the topic. He has a very personal approach to every student. If you are suffering from anxiety passing the exam he will recommend the ways to work with this issue, good literature to read on this topic and some tricks that will help you to reduce the level of anxiety about the test.

One of the best teachers I've had in any classroom setting.
Rob Stringham was one of the best teachers I've had in any classroom setting. Yes, he's very knowledgeable about how to solve GMAT problems, but more importantly, he effectively communicated the importance of ongoing study outside of the classroom. He also offered a holistic view of the GMAT, covering everything from stress management to timing to additional helpful resources. Rob's instruction helped me get the most out of the six weeks in the class and understand fully what I still need to do to find success in taking the GMAT.


Nick Strauss

Education:
BA, Stanford
M.Ed., Seattle


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Which is your favorite lesson to teach?
I'd have to say my favorite lesson is combinatorics and probability. Not only is it a topic I find truly fascinating, but from my "day job" in business intelligence I've learned just now lacking is an understanding of these concepts among business decision makers. So it feels like, while reviewing the fundamentals that the GMAT requires, there's a chance to make the business world a little smarter about how data behaves...that my students might just be a little better positioned even once they graduate from their MBA programs. It's also a topic that can be fearfully dull, honestly. A lot of people dread it because they've had bad instructors who drone on about formulae without explaining why things work the way they do. I try to upset that preconception and put all the passion I've got into delivering the content.

What is your favorite Veritas Prep success story?
Several years ago I had a student, a Captain in the Army from Fort Lewis just south of Seattle (now ”Joint Base Lewis-McChord"). He was a veteran of combat in Bosnia, Iraq, and Afghanistan. Came in sorting in the mid-400s but had some really awesome goals for top-tier schools. You could really see the discipline of military experience and a certain resilience to being ruffled that probably built up from his time overseas. Anyway, the guy was also clearly sharp as a tack and it was great to see the combination of native intelligence and focused effort come together. He emailed me later, after taking the test, to say that he'd ended up with a choice between Harvard and Stanford and went with Stanford because they gave him a better aid package...and I guess that's all there is left to say about that!
 
If you weren’t teaching the GMAT, What would you be teaching instead?
My day job actually is teaching! I develop and deliver business intelligence training programs. A lot of the delivery is online, and sometimes all I do is make recordings, since most companies large enough to have BI organizations are pretty geographically distributed. That's one of the reasons I love teaching for Veritas Prep, it gives me a chance to get up in front of a live audience and have a little more interactive time.

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It is clear that he is brilliant and well suited to share his knowledge.
Nick Strauss was the perfect blend of humor and academic focus. It is clear that he is brilliant and well suited to share his knowledge. He continually demonstrated the many different approaches to simplifying the problem solving process required to be successful on the GMAT.

Nick is awesome.
Nick is awesome.  He presented the material in a way that made it interesting and really engaged us.  He also provided lots of great advice and tips/tricks on how to be successful at this test.  He is very approachable and extremely helfpul.

He was very engaging.
Nick did a great job!  He was very engaging.  If I know of anyone that wants to do a GMAT prep course, I will make sure that they do the Veritas course when Nick is an instructor.


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.

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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.


Kevin Richardson

Education:
MBA, Stanford Graduate School of Business
MA, Stanford University
BA, Stanford University


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Which is your favorite lesson to teach?
My favorite lesson: Geometry.....I make it VERY interactive and I have the students 'teach the class'.

What do you love about teaching?
I love that moment when a student suddenly gets it.

What subject did you struggle with the most in school and how did you overcome it?
I hated Geography when I was younger.  It was the only class that I ever got a "C" in.  Freshman year in college, I took a class on Economic Development in the Third World, and in my first 10 days we had to learn every single country on the planet and be able to place it on the map.  I was a Freshman in a class of Seniors.  It was the only assignment I got an "A" on during that class, but I was so happy to have overcome my own fears of Geography and ace it.

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He truly cared how we were progressing
Where was Kevin during my high school and college courses? He engaged the class 2 nights a week for 3 hours by creating personal relationships with each one of us. He truly cared how we were progressing in our knowledge of the lessons and helped us each individually during breaks if he noticed we were lost. Class was great.

He took an individualized approach to each lesson
I can't say enough good things about Veritas Prep ... and especially Kevin. He took an individualized approach to each lesson once he had gotten to know each student's strengths and weaknesses. He gave me specific study advice on breaks and before/after class that really helped me.

I raised my GMAT score by 120 points within a month!
I had Kevin Richardson as my tutor.  With his help, I raised my GMAT score by 120 points within a month!  I took the regular Veritas Prep course about 1.5 years ago, but did not take the GMAT right after the course.  After 1.5 years, my skills became rusty, and that resulted in a disappointing score.  Kevin helped me by analyzing my skill-set and pointing out my fortes and my weaknesses. He then customized his teaching methods per my needs and built up my confidence along the way.  After being burned by the low score, it was important to have Kevin providing me with tips for each section and helping me to regain my confidence.  His teaching is easy to understand and right to the point.  For anyone considering a GMAT tutoring service. I would definitely recommend Kevin.


Dennis Cashion

Education:
BS, Kansas State
MBA, University of Missouri - Kansas City


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Which is your favorite lesson to teach? 
My favorite GMAT lesson to teach is Critical Reasoning because this area really represents the crux of what the GMAT is about.  The GMAT is truly about problem solving and using the information the test makers provide in various ways to help solve the problem. Students that are able to think critically are able to solve problems more effectively.

Which movie/TV character would do best on the GMAT and why?
Obviously, that would be MacGyver.  The GMAT is just like an episode of MacGyver (without the explosions) where the student plays the part of MacGyver and must quickly solve problems using the any and all the tools at their disposal.  Like MacGyver, the student is often tasked with coming up with a solution to a complex problem using seemingly tools and information in creative and unique ways.

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Could not ask for more in an instructor.
Dennis  was flat out amazing. He took every opportunity available to make sure we understood the material presented. He was flexible with his time and his approach. Could not ask for more in an instructor. Give this guy a raise!

Dennis is the kind of once-in-a-lifetime teacher that you truly appreciate.
Dennis is an extraordinary teacher.  He took the time to explain everything in a way that each person in the room understood - if someone didn't understand it the way he said it the first time, he would go about the problem another way until that person was on track with the rest of the class. He went above-and-beyond, coming to class early to make himself available for extra help, staying after class if some of us were still struggling.  He really personalized the classes to suit our needs and addressed each of our problem areas.  Dennis is also funny and easy to get along with! He joked around with the class, made us feel comfortable, and it is obvious that he truly enjoys what he does for a living. Walking away from the final class, I was talking with another student, and we both expressed that we wished Dennis would be our professor for all our grad classes once we get into our MBA programs.  Dennis is the kind of once-in-a-lifetime teacher that you truly appreciate.

Dennis Cashion was one of the best instructors I've had.
Dennis Cashion was one of the best instructors I've had. He made himself available outside of class, gave us personalized attention in the class, and was overall one of the best at conveying information of any GMAT instructor, I've had.


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!

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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.


David Chambers

Education:
MA, Cambridge University
MEng, Cambridge University
MBA, London Business School
MSc , University of London


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What is your favorite Veritas Prep lesson to teach?
I enjoy teaching Algebra the most. So many people, me included, endured such poor Algebra teaching at school that they were confused and turned off by the subject. But there is an inherent beauty in the structure of Algebra, and it’s gratifying to see how, when properly taught, it lies beyond nobody’s grasp to achieve a reasonable level of proficiency in the discipline.

What is your favorite Veritas Prep success story?
In GMAT teaching, I have been particularly pleased to help several clients, who were convinced – with some justification – that they had completely inadequate Quantitative skills. While it may have take a lot of effort, they were able to improve their scores enough to win places at Top 20 schools.

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David is a real expert on the GMAT
Great course. Fantastic teacher. I found the material and tips extremely helpful. The course was very intense with lots of homework and prep work before and after each lesson but I think it's the only way to ensure that everything discussed during the lesson is absorbed. David is a real expert on GMAT and had a very approachable way of explaining how to tackle each question. I also enjoyed the classes, the atmosphere and the discussions and ideas that were shared by other students. I would definitely recommend this course. Thank you David and Veritas.

David Chambers is an outstanding tutor for GMAT preparation.
David Chambers is an outstanding tutor for GMAT preparation. He is informative and adopts an approach to encourage students to change their thought process to solve problems effectively in a pressure situation.

I would recommend him in a heartbeat
David Chambers was my London GMAT instructor. David was fantastic- I really enjoyed his class. David is not only great at teaching the GMAT concepts but also the key strategies behind taking the exam. I found him engaging, humorous, helpful and attentive. I would recommend him in a heartbeat to any of my friends looking for a GMAT prep course.


Matt Douglas

Education:
BA, McGill
MA, Claremont


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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.

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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.


Anthony Ritz

Education:
BS, Georgia Tech
JD, Georgetown


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Which is your favorite lesson to teach?
There are a number of great Veritas Prep lessons, but the Arithmetic lesson is probably my favorite to teach. It’s just a fantastic chance to grab people right out of the gate and hit them over the head with the value of new approaches and new ways of thinking about problems. It’s great to be able to show people that math on the GMAT isn’t really about grinding harder or being a genius. It’s about understanding what’s really important and then combining that realization with a skill set that every prospective MBA student is capable of possessing. And that’s before we hit you with the factors/number theory stuff and really blow your mind. It’s exciting stuff, and at the end of that lesson, I always wish we had a couple more hours to keep doing questions.

What is your favorite Veritas Prep success story?
Once upon a time, I had a student, Rachel, gain 230 points. She took every bit of advice I gave seriously, did every piece of work we asked, came into every lesson with specific and well-considered questions, and generally proved to be a model student. Once the course was over, we scheduled a few hours of individual tutoring. Rachel brought in charts of wrong answers broken down along multiple dimensions and was able to articulate precise areas of need for improvement. A couple of tutoring sessions in, she hit 750 on a practice test. We actually canceled a remaining tutoring session so that she could take the real thing ASAP. In the end, Rachel went from a 510 to a 740 after the Veritas Prep course and about five hours of one-on-one tutoring time. There’s just nothing better about being a tutor than hearing amazing news from a delighted student. It’s my singular goal every time I teach.

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Anthony is a fantastic teacher!
Anthony is a fantastic teacher! He is not only great at getting the concepts across, but also changing the way you think about numbers and logic in general.  He changed the way I will add, subtract, and multiply for the rest of my life! You can tell by the way he talks and teaches that he genuinely cares about his students and our success.

He always went above and beyond
My instructor, Anthony Ritz, was absolutely amazing. He is very knowledgeable on the test material and takes pride in making sure each class member understands each problem type. He has an endless book of tricks that he is able to articulate in a very easy to remember way. I emailed and instant messaged him many times during the week, outside of class, and he was always quick to respond with multiple ways to look at problems that were confusing me. He always went above and beyond to ensure that everyone was clear on what was going to be tested. He always offered to stay late to review any additional problems that may be confusing.

You never feel like your time is being wasted.
I took a 6 week GMAT course with Anthony Ritz and was so impressed by the professionalism of Veritas instructors. Anthony is one of those super-humans, who received perfect scores on every standardized test from the LSAT to the GMAT to the GRE. My past experience with SAT tutors was to stay away from the wiz kids because they didn't know how to teach/translate their genius, but Anthony does. His lessons were content rich, but contained added bonuses like calculation shortcuts and tricks to approaching problems. Anthony edited many of the Veritas books, so his familiarity with them is impressive. He knows exactly which problems are most challenging so he cherry picks the best examples to work through in class. You never feel like your time is being wasted.


Frank Ethridge

Education:
BS, Northwestern University
MS, Northwestern University
PhD, New York University
MBA, University of North Carolina


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Which is your favorite lesson to teach?
I actually like teaching the statistics and combinatorics class the best.  Students are often really intimidated by this material, but this can really be reduced to just a handful of formulas and a handful of questions (really three) that the students need to ask.  I also like this class as it sort of stands alone and is not a class where people are trying to recall a bunch of material they have forgotten from a middle school or high school math class years earlier.
 
What is your favorite quote?
"Dream as if you'll live forever, live as if you'll die today."

 What do you love about teaching?
Getting to work with students and helping them achieve their professional goals.  I hope that students leave my class knowing the material better and being prepared for the exam.  I also hope they have good time in the class.
 
If you weren’t teaching the GMAT, what would you be teaching instead?
I do actually teach statistics in the MBA@UNC online MBA program.  Nice being able to work with students both before and after their exposure to the GMAT.

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Frank was a fantastic instructor.
Frank was a fantastic instructor. He was able to teach to a group of diverse skill levels at one time. I have been out of school for a long time but Frank sparked my memory of a lot of old info. It was a great class.
 
Frank was a great instructor!
Frank was a great instructor! He was very helpful and made sure we had all the materials we needed to be successful.

Frank was on top of all course material.
Frank was on top of all course material. If we had a question he would always be able to explain it in a way for everyone to understand. And if he didn't have the answer right then, he would always remember to come back with a detailed explanation and solution. He provided this for many math problems.


Cliff Smith

Education:
BS, Northeastern
MS, Northeastern
MBA, Stanford University


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What is your favorite Veritas Prep success story?
Before taking the full Veritas Prep course online with me, Alexandra had already taken the GMAT and scored just 470. Her score was low in large part because she was in just the 8th percentile on quant. She signed up for three or four hours of tutoring with me and we worked on her areas of difficulty. Using materials which evolved into the current Veritas Prep Skillbuilders, we improved her performance – and her confidence level. After just four weeks, she took the GMAT again and scored a 640 – and had improved to the 55th percentile on quant. She called me right after finishing the test and was absolutely elated. She was on cloud nine – and hearing her delight got me there, too.

What is your favorite lesson to teach?
Foundations of GMAT Logic (the first lesson). The GMAT is about problem solving and reasoning, so knowing how to apply logic is essential. That first lesson explains the structure of arguments, which is helpful. The lesson also helps students understand the tricky wording of questions. But the most important part of the lesson shows how to apply logic to get to the right answer quickly and accurately. Logic rules!

Also, I should mention that I've done live online GMAT tutoring with students in at least 30 countries. I love helping Veritas Prep grow its footprint around the world!


Which movie/TV character would do best on the GMAT?
It’s elementary:  Sherlock Holmes. The GMAT might be described as a collection of logical puzzles:  a series of questions that require one to apply reason (and a well-defined but limited range of knowledge and skills) to solve problems. Who could do better than Sherlock Holmes in applying logic to sort out puzzling situations? Also, Sherlock is intensely aware of the bounds of his knowledge:  He recognizes both what he knows and what he doesn’t know. That clarity about the limits of evidence would help him do well on Data Sufficiency and Critical Reasoning questions. However, Sherlock would likely be frustrated that the GMAT would give him no opportunity to apply his vaunted sense of smell. Perhaps he would request an accommodation:  an odorized version of the GMAT. Now that would truly be Integrated Reasoning.

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His mix of encouragement and enthusiasm really made the process much less painful than it could've been
Working with Cliff was such a pleasure - he really helped fill in the gaps for me and work to be very 'zen' as he called it, on the exam. His mix of encouragement and enthusiasm really made the process much less painful that it could've been -  I really enjoyed working through the problems with him. It worked! I went in prepared, and on the first try ...- 780/6.0 (up from sub 700 on practice exams taken independently). Just got the acceptance letter from Stanford GSB, and I know it wouldn't have been possible without Veritas Prep.
 
He's well-prepared, extremely personable, funny
First and foremost, I would like to say that Cliff Smith is an amazing instructor. He's well-prepared, extremely personable, funny (albeit a bit corny at times, =) ), and excellent in going through/explaining the material. If I could give him a Yelp rating, he'd get 5 stars!

Cliff was quietly passionate about the material
 He made the course engaging through twelve 3-hour sessions.  He taught with slides that were well designed and executed.  He covered all of the course material and provided useful summary handouts.  He knew the material well, sometimes providing alternative solutions to problems.


Neil Moakley

Education:
BA, Maryland - Baltimore County
MBA/MS, Temple
MSEd, Penn


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Which is your favorite lesson to teach?
For me, it's a two-way tie between data sufficiency and combinatorics. Data sufficiency ties together the quantitative skills of problem solving with the critical thinking skills that are central to the verbal section of the exam, and I think it's where we provide some of the most important instruction for success on the test AND in business school! Combinatorics is a subject that most students have only spent a day or two on in their entire lives, but after our three hours together, they can usually handle the toughest problems the test might give them.

If you weren’t teaching the GMAT, what would you be teaching instead?
Funny you should ask--I'm a pre-service teacher studying for my master's degree at Penn right now--I'll be teaching high school mathematics in the Philadelphia school district. If I wasn't doing that, I'd probably find myself teaching philosophy and critical thinking classes. Or maybe politics...or biology. I guess I'm just happy with a blackboard behind me!

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I wouldn't change him for anyone else.
Neil Moakley was a very caring and concerned instructor. I wouldn't change him for anyone else. He communicated with us regularly and showed concern over our progress. He dedicated extra time after class to many so that we could feel comfortable in the subject matter. I believe that Veritas Prep has struck gold by having an instructor like Neil Moakley.

Neil Moakley was a great instructor
Neil Moakley was a great instructor who really took the time to go through all the material in a clear manner and also made sure to effectively answer all questions/concerns that came up during class. He was very willing to help and always offered additional help outside of our class time. I would definitely recommend him as a GMAT instructor.

Neil was great!
Neil was great! I thoroughly enjoyed the classroom lessons, and I feel more confident about taking the test now that I have completed the course. Neil always had a lot of energy and enthusiasm, and this kept me awake and paying attention even after working from 8am-6pm.


Kristine Dugan

Education:
BS, University of Texas
MBA, Harvard


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Which is your favorite lesson to teach?
I enjoy teaching the Geometry lesson.  Many students come to the class with a mental roadblock to Geometry.  However, once these students see that there are only 4 basic shapes that they need to understand, it is a relief and not quite as daunting.

What is your favorite Veritas Prep success story?  
I had a student whose score was dropping as she studied. She had taken all of the practice tests through Veritas Prep, plus had purchased additional practice test to help her study.  We decided that she should stop taking the practice tests and focus her study time on her weak subject areas.  With taking the practice tests, she was causing herself to have test anxiety and wasn't actually learning the material.  By focusing on her weak areas, she was able to bring her score up 100 points and get accepted to The University of Texas' McCombs School of Business.

Which movie/TV character would do best on the GMAT and why?
I should say Matt Damon's character from Good Will Hunting or Russell Crowe's character from A Beautiful Mind.  However, I have to say Ron Swanson from Parks and Rec.  The guy made wedding rings out of light fixtures by melting down the metal and pouring it into a mold.  Is there anything he can't do!?!  The real reason I would pick Ron Swanson is that he has an ability to simplify the most complex problems, take away all of the clutter and find the most efficient solution.  These skills would allow him to approach many of the quantitative problems and solve them without actually doing much math and allow him to see the traps on the verbal questions while concentrating only on the information that the problem gives.

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Kristine, specifically, was great.
The in-class lessons are great for really diving into the material and learning exactly how to break down each question type and arrive at the best answer. Kristine, specifically, was great. She showed a genuine interest in the progress of each person in my class. Doing the homework after each class is a great way to see every question type/format possible for each lesson and reinforce the tactics learned in the lessons. I did every problem and really saw myself improve.

She was prepared for every class and communicated very effectively.
Kristine Dugan was a great instructor and very knowledgeable in every facet of the class. She was prepared for every class and communicated very effectively. She genuinely cares about how each of us were doing in regards to understanding the lessons.

Kristine was incredibly helpful and encouraging, and extremely intelligent.
My instructor, Kristine Dugan, was excellent at communicating the concepts to us, and the class size actually was only me and one other student. This private setting allowed us one-on-one attention with the instructor. Kristine was incredibly helpful and encouraging, and extremely intelligent. She kept the lessons light-hearted and we even got in some laughs (yes, during GMAT studying!). I would highly recommend her and the Veritas Prep book set was great. Excellent program!


Trevor Hindson

Education:
BComm, University of British Columbia
MBA, MGSB
CPA, Deakin University


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Trevor's the man for GMAT.
Trevor's the man for GMAT.  Attending his classes has been extremely beneficial for my preparation.  I would recommend Veritas Prep Sydney to anyone, no questions asked. Thanks Trev!

I would definitely recommend him to other people
Trevor has been a great tutor - he has a masterful knowledge of the GMAT subject matter and is able to deconstruct and communicate the core concepts well. I would definitely recommend him to other people considering doing the GMAT.

Trevor is a great instructor.
Trevor is a great instructor. He provides excellent examples and methods to solve problems easily and efficiently.  Anyone I know who will be doing the GMAT, I will recommend Veritas, but will personally recommend doing them under Trevor's guidance.


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.

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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.



Jen Brown

Education:
BS, Kettering
MBA, Harvard


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What is your favorite lesson to teach?
This is a tough question to answer and the truth is, my favorite lesson changes every week!  My students tend to make fun of me because each time we meet I'm totally excited to teach them "my favorite part of the GMAT." However, I guess if I had to choose, I'd say geometry.  I love the "a-ha" moments in geometry, when a student realizes that even the seemingly most complex of problems is made of simple shapes.
 
What do you love about teaching?
I come from a family of teachers, so maybe it's in my blood…I love meeting new students, learning about their goals and watching them grow from week to week. I enjoy the challenge of adapting explanations, guidance and advice to different learning styles and seeing the light in a students eyes when it all makes sense.  Most of all, though, I think the GMAT is really fun, and I enjoy helping others to find the fun in it as well!

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Jen was outstanding!!!
She came to each session with energy and with a passion for the GMAT. Emails to her were quickly responded to with a thoughtful reply, and I could count her following up on the email at the next session. She even had a clever way of getting the students to respond to practice questions. I noticed a difference in my own willingness to share my answers on problems, and the class as a whole seemed to get more responsive.


Brian Galvin

Education:
BBA, University of Michigan
MA, University of Michigan


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Which character would do best on the GMAT:  Larry David from Curb Your Enthusiasm.  The way he notices little things, fixates on them, and won’t let them go – he’d be a master of Data Sufficiency.  “Why is this word problem about bags of sugar and not just sugar?  Why wouldn’t they just say sugar?  Why the bags?  Ohh…it has to be an integer.  Got you, GMAT. Pretty, pretty, pretty good trick you tried to get me with…”

Favorite Veritas Prep Success Story:  I had a guy – Jason White, but not the Heisman winner - take one of our old weekend crash courses and he came in having just scored a 490 on the official test two days prior, and already had his next test scheduled for that coming Tuesday (back then you could take the test once per calendar month, not once per 30 days).  He told me “I need a 700…let’s get there” and I was skeptical, but he really took all of our lessons to heart – I’d highlight a trap answer and why you might pick it and he’d look up and say “I made that same mistake twice”…that kind of thing.  He made a ton of progress but I was still nervous for him.  Two days later I get the call and I was nervous to even take it knowing how hard it is to get from the 4s to the 7s in general, let alone that quickly.  He had hit 710, and the funniest thing was that I was much more surprised and excited.  Business as usual for him, but for me – 220 points in less than a week? That’s when I knew the stuff we were teaching was working.

Proudest accomplishment: Qualifying for the Boston Marathon.  It’s so much hard work to get in that kind of shape but then you also have to deliver on race day – you have to pace yourself, you have to stick to your plan, you have to push through pain and fatigue and stay upbeat and focused over all that distance.  And all that really matters when you’re gunning for a BQ is that final number – did you make the cut or not?  I like thinking back to that experience when I’m teaching because it’s pretty similar to what students with 700+ ambitions are going through.  Nerves, fatigue, uncertainty, but you have to keep a sense of optimism.  Having gone through that helps me relate to stressed-out students…particularly those who are trying to “qualify for Boston” (Harvard or MIT-Sloan, maybe) themselves.

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Brian Galvin is AMAZING; knows his material in and out
Can I say amazing? Of course, I had the honor of being taught by Brian Galvin and Matt Douglas. I say "honor", because Brian Galvin is AMAZING; knows his material in and out, has clear cut methodologies of explaining them (even to idiots like me), engaging enough that I didn't fizzle out through the 9 hr session, but also didn't pace too quickly or too slowly. While grueling and jam-packed with info, it was probably the best investment I've made thus far in this whole GMAT process. The take-aways from the class were so valuable and added another dimension to the weekly Veritas course I'm taking.  I highly recommend the 2 day boot camp, but more so recommend taking the course specifically with Brian Galvin.

He's patient and just really good at his job.
Brian is wonderful. Some people do this just for money, Brian is genuinely interested in the success of his students. He's patient and just really good at his job. Brian is super smart, patient, will address each person's concerns and make sure we are always comfortable before moving on. It's a course 7-10pm after a long day of work, he makes the experience as pleasant as possible. He's also very sociable, talks to us before class or during break. You can tell he's a seasoned teacher and really enjoys teaching.

He is no ordinary tutor
That's where Brian Galvin comes in. He is no ordinary tutor :) . He is the Jesus of the GMATland. The son sent over to save the millions of test takers who are up against the test.


George Yates

Education:
BA, Stanford University
MBA, UCLA


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What is your favorite Veritas Prep lesson to teach?
Data Sufficiency.  Data Sufficiency is tough because it is unlike anything most of our students have seen before.  Half the battle is just learning how it works, the structure of the madness that is data sufficiency.  Then there is the added treat of the YES/NO variation where NO is sufficient.  I think our books do a great job of showing how these work, and then showing how changing just a word here or there can completely change the answer.  It is a great lesson to show how it is details, and not math necessarily that is being tested.
 
What is your favorite quote?
George Carlin: "Never argue with an idiot. They will only bring you down to their level and beat you with experience."

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George is the best instructor I've ever had.
George is the best instructor I've ever had. He explains everything really good and makes it easy to understand.

I wish he was my teacher for each and every high school class.
George is the man! I wish he was my teacher for each and every high school class. His methodologies and ability to parallel concepts to myself and the other student in my course is second to none (I had 5 high schools and two different college experiences so I can say this with confidence). I would definitely recommend him to others without a doubt!

Incredible!
George is one of the smartest people I have ever met. Incredible!


Ryan McGorman

Education:



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What is your favorite quote?
"When you have eliminated all which is impossible, then whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth."  This is especially true on a multiple choice test like the GMAT. 
 
What do you love about teaching?
I love working with students to help them gain new insights and achieve their own "Eureka!" moments.  It's awesome to watch the gears turning as we work through a problem, and then it finally clicks and they go, "Oh, right!  Now I get it!"--those are the moments that make teaching so rewarding and so much fun.


Christopher Laconi

Education:
BA, Bates
MPA, Harvard
MBA, Harvard


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What is your favorite lesson to teach?
 My favorite lesson to teach is the first, The Foundations of GMAT Logic. Much of the material is abstract, and at first glance, the book and lesson seem to be light on examples and ideas that apply directly to test questions. However, the concepts covered in that first class reveal the GMAT for what it is: a standardized test that is unlike any other, and one that must be approached with an appreciation for its uniqueness. The GMAT isn't designed to reward speed readers and human calculators. It is trying to identify effective critical thinking, and memorizing a few formulae and grammar rules won't cut it.   Internalizing the principles of that first lesson is more valuable than the rote completion of a thousand practice problems.
 
What do you love about teaching?
I love efficiency. I love saving people time, in their practice, on the test, and in class. After working in-person with more than a thousand individuals on the GMAT as a tutor and instructor over the past eight years, I've noticed a few patterns - patterns in test questions, patterns in the way people learn, and patterns in what is effective to try as a second, third, and fourth approach when the first hits an obstacle. That body of experience also makes teaching easier and more enjoyable by giving me the credibility to convince someone to try a new method that might seem tedious and time-consuming in the short term, but will yield great results later. It's a privilege to get a chance to work with the diverse and dedicated group of individuals drawn to Veritas Prep. Boston/Cambridge is a small place, and it's fun to run into a former student on campus at HBS, on the T, or at Harvard commencement.

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My instructor was top notch!
My instructor was top notch!  Christopher Laconi came to class prepared each week and moved at a pace that was comfortable for the class.  I was impressed that he met with me outside of class hours to discuss his MBA experience and gave me pointers on schools that interested me.

I would recommend this class to everybody
Christopher was amazing and very helpful in explaining the concept. I would recommend this class to everybody who is interested in studying for the GMAT


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!

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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.


Joseph Dise

Education:
BS, Virginia Tech
MBA, William & Mary


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What is your favorite Veritas Prep success story?
I had a student who was sharp and focused and definitely capable of delivering a great score.  Then came test day: he’d underperformed by almost 100 points.  Definitely a disappointing result, but it can happen.  We got together and assessed what went wrong – it turned out that in studying he’d blown through hundreds of problems without making sure he fully understood how they worked.  Lesson: quantity is no substitute for quality!  With a renewed focus on studying for 100% comprehension, he came back with a score above his goal, a more than 100 point jump.  I couldn’t have been prouder.

Which movie/tv character would do best on the GMAT?
Patrick Jane from The Mentalist. As a master mind reader, almost nothing gets by Patrick Jane, though he always works with limited information: no criminal will ever tell the whole story, and there are of course always several wily suspects who hide their agendas too.  Kind of like those crafty GMAT test makers.  But with a cup of tea and a knowing smile, he mentally jujitsus everyone involved.  Knowing their limited capacity to deceive, he exploits all the info available to corner the right suspects – just as he would the right answer choices on the GMAT.

What is your favorite lesson to teach?  
Reading Comprehension. As it is for many, this was by far my worst skill set back before I took the SAT; the questions felt arbitrary!  Is the tone cautiously optimistic or more like hesitatingly hopeful?  The author’s purpose? How am I supposed to know??  But – no kidding – with only a few slight mental adjustments it quickly became my biggest strength.  So it’s a personal mission for me.  There may be a little bit less going on in terms of traps and shortcuts, but it’s a skill that, once developed, has immediate impact for a better understanding of nearly everything you’ll encounter in life.

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Give him a raise!
Joseph was great and very knowledgeable! Give him a raise!

Went above and beyond the lesson text
My instructor, Joseph, was genuinely invested in helping students understand the material and went above and beyond the lesson text, offering time-saving strategies and giving thoughtful context throughout the lessons. He made himself available and offered relevant insights that extended beyond the GMAT.

Special thanks to my private tutor, Joseph Dise. 
I participated in the Veritas Prep 3 weekend intensive bootcamp and could not be happier with my results. I was able to increase my last test score by 80 points. I would also like to give a special thanks to my private tutor, Joseph Dise. Without him this improvement would not have been possible. He realized fast what my weak points were and helped me improve them. Thank you Veritas Prep.

Joseph Dise is a class act.
Joseph Dise is a class act. He's a genuine instructor who promptly starts class on time, every-time. As a bright young man, he is clearly able to think on his feet in fielding questions from classmates while thoroughly walking through problems step by step for the audience to follow along. Unassumingly, he takes the time to SHOW us how to approach problem sets and expand one's own thinking to gain awareness of the situation by accurately and methodically teaching us solutions.