Prepare for the GMAT the Right WayVeritas Prep has redefined GMAT preparation over the past decade. Recognizing a need to go beyond content memorization, Veritas Prep’s co-founders designed an entirely new kind of course, one that trains students in the higher-order thinking skills that the GMAT measures. Since its founding in 2002, Veritas Prep has helped tens of thousands of applicants maximize their scores on the GMAT.
A Smart and Relevant AssessmentGMAT scores are used not only by business schools for MBA admissions decisions, but also by top MBA employers as a recruiting and hiring metric. This should also indicate to you that the GMAT is about much more than your mastery of what you learned in high school; the GMAT is more an indicator of managerial potential than of academic knowledge, and top consulting firms and investment banks consider the GMAT an effective predictor of your ability to efficiently and effectively solve problems and make decisions. The content knowledge required for the GMAT is certainly useful for a manager to have, but its usefulness for the GMAT is as a basis for asking questions that test your analytical and reasoning abilities – the “how you think” component is what schools and employers truly seek to know.
Because the GMAT isn’t like most other tests, you cannot quite study for it like you have studied for other tests. Simply reviewing and knowing information is only a small part of the battle, and examinees are often frustrated by the fact that they have memorized a lot of content but still see their scores stagnate. Because the GMAT seeks to test your ability to think like a top manager, effective study and preparation requires you to emphasize thought process and strategy more than it focuses on knowledge and content. Knowing what is significantly less important than knowing why, and you need to ask yourself: How will the GMAT frame its questions to reward the types of thinking that schools want to see?
How Our Course is Different From the RestTraditionally, the test preparation industry has been about “tips and tricks”, ways to game the system to take your current ability level and reach a higher score in spite of it. As the industry has evolved, others have taken a content-based approach, providing students with rules, formulas, and concepts to study. But on a sophisticated test like the GMAT, “tips and tricks” can only take you so far; the authors of the GMAT perform extensive research on each question the test offers, ensuring that those who answer questions correctly do so because they ultimately deserve high scores, and not because they faked it. And the GMAT is not a content-based exam; its goal is to assess “higher-order thinking”, which on Bloom’s Taxonomy of Educational Objectives ranks well above “remember” (the lowest category) and “understand”. The GMAT is about your ability to apply, analyze, and evaluate and not merely your ability to remember. So while it is necessary to know the skills and concepts that are tested on the GMAT, it is not sufficient merely to do so.
Think Like The TestmakerThe Veritas Prep course mixes equal parts concept and strategy, teaching you not just to know the material but also how to think like the testmaker. In the Veritas Prep class you will learn to deconstruct the various GMAT question types, anticipating common traps and pitfalls and employing guiding principles and strategies to efficiently process difficult questions. You will not only learn what but also why: what the GMAT tests but also why the GMAT does so, providing you with insight on how you should approach questions, allot your time, and check for mistakes.
An Entry Exam - Not an Exit ExamRemember this: the GMAT is not a certification test or an exit test. Its primary purpose cannot be to determine whether you “know enough” to do well in business school. It exists as a sorting mechanism, comparing you with the thousands of other potential MBA applicants with whom you will compete. As such, it will test much more your ability to think efficiently and solve problems effectively than it will your knowledge of core material. And to show the test that you are adept as a critical, logical thinker and problem solver, you will need to understand the types of problems that you will be asked to solve. At issue will be your abilities to recognize common concepts and principles within a problem written distinctly to obscure them, and to apply guiding principles and strategies to unique situations. The Veritas Prep course, like the GMAT itself, is primarily concerned with these thought processes and conceptual frameworks.
Other courses seek to help you trick the test, but a test as well-written and researched as the GMAT is not likely to be fooled often. Veritas Prep teaches you how to understand the test, both its content and its strategy.
Leave Nothing to Chance in Your GMAT PreparationPreparing for the GMAT the right way requires more than 30 classroom hours, which is why the Veritas Prep GMAT course is 36 hours long – longer than what any other major GMAT prep company offers. This allows Veritas Prep instructors to start with the critical basics and progress to advanced concepts without skipping anything in between. This proven approach gives Veritas Prep students the confidence and skill to attack even the most challenging GMAT problems.
Doing well on the GMAT first requires developing an in-depth understanding of what exactly the GMAT was designed to test. After all, you can’t develop a winning strategy for a game unless you truly understand the rules. With that in mind, consider each of the main question types on the GMAT, and consider how each one tests how you think: