Veritas Prep In the Media

 

How GMAT Scores Impact Starting Salaries

“Borrowing a formula from the now-defunct MBA Show Blog, Veritas Prep has boiled the connection between GMATs and salaries down to a simple formula.”

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SAT revisions prompt debate among students, educators

“The industry built around coaching students for the all-important test isn’t going away, however, says Shaan Patel, the director of SAT programs for Veritas Prep, a company that offers SAT preparation courses and admissions consulting.”

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Behind the SAT: The Good and Bad of the 2016 Redesign

“Shaan Patel, director of SAT programs for Veritas Prep, says the changes also may reflect a desire to convince more students to take the SAT instead of the ACT.”

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SAT Prep Companies: ‘Uncoachable’ SAT Good for Business

“‘We have a pretty direct comparison with the GMAT,’ says Veritas Prep Director of Admissions Scott Shrum, referring to the entrance exam for business schools, which was revised in 2012.”

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Grading the New SAT

“His approach to the equity issue has been to get various groups to foot the bill so he can offer Veritas Prep to low-income students, and to support that work himself.”

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$100,000 Invested by NSHMBA to Help Hispanics Get Higher GMAT Scores

“The National Society of Hispanic MBAs (NSHMBA) announced today that it is launching a new GMAT Prep Scholarship Program in partnership with Veritas Prep. Through this program, NSHMBA plans to help increase the number of Hispanics who earn high GMAT scores and complete a graduate business education.”

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You Are Not the Decision-Maker on Sentence Correction

“The true decision-maker in sentence correction is not you. It is the portion of the sentence that controls the decision point.”

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GMAT Tip: Proficiency in Data Sufficiency–Part I

“You did not just ‘miss’ a question on data sufficiency; you made a particular kind of error you can absolutely watch for, and hopefully avoid, in the future.”

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AP Scores Don’t Matter in College Admission

“The first two weeks of May are when AP (Advanced Placement) exams are administered across the country. Although these exams cause tremendous angst among high school teenagers, much of that fear is unfounded.”

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B-Schools Know How You Think, but How Do You Feel?

“Admissions consulting firm Veritas Prep added a Myers-Briggs personality assessment to its application-prep and GMAT study packages this spring, after noticing that business schools were paying more attention to personality and emotional maturity.”

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3 Job-Hunting Tips for MBA Grads to Land a Job

“Investing time, money and hard work into a higher degree can pay off in the long run, especially when employers are seeking out resumes showcasing analytical abilities and leadership qualities, says Scott Shrum, Director of MBA Admissions Research at Veritas Prep.”

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How to Decide on a Master’s Degree Program

“When choosing a program, students should really consider what they hope to gain from the experience and avoid pursuing a program that doesn’t actually help them get to where they want to go career-wise, or by taking on more debt than they should before they graduate, says Scott Shrum, Director of Admissions Research at Veritas Prep.”

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The Most Important SAT-Prep Tool . . . and It’s Free!

“Did you know that the most important tool you need to prepare for the SAT is actually free?”

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The New Essentials: Getting Older MBA Applicants Ready for Business School

“Today, the average age of MBA students, according to Travis Morgan, Director of Admissions Consulting for Veritas Prep, is 26 or 27 with about four years of work experience.”

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Frankly, Wharton Wants Candor

“‘Making these changes to strip away the veneer only encourages applicants to prepare more,’ says Scott Shrum, director of M.B.A. admissions research at Veritas Prep, an admission consulting firm.”

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Six Things You’re Doing Wrong in SAT Prep

“The SAT is one of the biggest tests of students’ lives, and they may think they’re doing everything possible to earn a top score – but they may be wrong. There are many everyday habits that may be hurting, rather than helping, in SAT preparation.”

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A New SAT

“Shaan Patel, director of SAT programs for Veritas Prep (a test-prep service) said via e-mail that there is risk for the College Board in changing the SAT relatively soon after the last overhaul.”

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Five Tips for Winning College Scholarship Money

“But ‘free money’ doesn’t necessarily mean easy money–students must make it their job to put in the time and effort required to maximize their chances of winning award money, says Jon Small, vice president of College Prep at Veritas Prep.”

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Tips for First-Generation College Applicants

“Dr. Michele Hernandez is the former assistant director of admissions at Dartmouth College, co-founder of Application Boot Camp On-Demand, and the author of several books on college admissions.”

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How an MBA can help you get an edge in your career

“‘The degree is designed to help you think more as a manager should - critically, strategically and globally,’ said Scott Shrum, vice president of marketing and director of MBA admissions at Veritas Prep, a test preparation and graduate school admissions consulting firm.”

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Tip Sheet: 5 Study Strategies for the SAT

“Shaan Patel, who scored a perfect 2400 on the SAT, is the author of “SAT 2400 in Just 7 Steps’ and a co-creator of an SAT prep course for Veritas Prep. He is a medical student at the University of Southern California.”

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College Application Guidelines for Parents

“Parents may also be unintentionally living vicariously through their children and may want them to make a better college choice than they did, says Michele Hernéndez, co-founder of Application Boot Camp On-Demand.”

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Ten Tips to Write More Competitive College Application Essays

“Veritas Prep, the largest global provider of test prep and admissions consulting services, teamed up with Application Boot Camp®, America’s top college consulting firm, to offer ten tips students should follow as they draft their college application essays:”

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Get Denied or Waitlisted? What Students Can Do

“While there’s no harm in inquiring about relevant statistics or other application issues, there is a fine line between what’s appropriate and overdoing it, says Jon Small, vice president of College Prep at Veritas Prep.”

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How to Find and Win Scholarships to Cover Tuition Costs

“Busy students may be less than enthusiastic about spending additional time and effort applying, but it’s crucial to incorporate scholarships into the college prep routine, says Shaan Patel, director of SAT Programs at Veritas Prep.”

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High-End Admissions Consulting: Worth the Cost?

“‘Acceptance rates at top-tier colleges have become so competitive that good grades and test scores simply don’t distinguish an applicant anymore, so they’re looking for that edge on the more qualitative component of the application,’ says Jon Small, vice president of College Prep at Veritas Prep, a test prep and admissions consulting company.”

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Soaring Tuition With Massive Debt: How Students Can Fight Back

“‘Both state and federal funding have declined substantially since the 90s, yet the schools’ operating costs are heading in the opposite direction,’ says Jon Small, Vice President of College Prep at Veritas Prep. ‘Faculty salaries, for example, are at an all-time high.’”

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SAT, ACT Test Prep Tips for International Students

“‘Just reading the text can sometimes be a big challenge,’ says Jon Small, vice president of college prep at Veritas Prep, an admissions consulting company. ‘Even if they have done quite a bit of reading, they will need to analyze text in a completely different way than they have in the past.’”

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Masters Degrees: Are They Worth It?

“There can be an opportunity cost to leaving the work force for a couple of years to earn a graduate degree, says Scott Shrum, director of admissions research at Veritas Prep.”

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Get Your College Apps in Order Now

“‘The biggest liability in application essays is to come across boring or just like everyone else,’ says Jon Small, vice president of College Prep at Veritas Prep.”

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Wringing Merit Aid Out of Business Schools

“But Chad Troutwine, co-founder and CEO of admissions consulting firm Veritas Prep, says last-minute scholarship reviews often have just as much to do with schools’ competitive tendencies as they do with changes to a candidate’s resume.”

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Wringing Merit Aid Out of Business Schools

“But Chad Troutwine, co-founder and CEO of admissions consulting firm Veritas Prep, says last-minute scholarship reviews often have just as much to do with schools’ competitive tendencies as they do with changes to a candidate’s resume.”

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Perfect SAT Scorer Launches Prep Course With Veritas Prep

“With the addition of the SAT course, the company is now one of the largest global providers of test prep and admissions consulting services.”

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Help Study for the SAT Test

“Veritas Prep Outlines the 5 Steps Every Parent Can Take to Help Their Student Ace the SAT”

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Parents Can Help with SAT Prep

“To assist parents, Veritas Prep has outlined five things every parent can do to help their student ace the SAT and become a more competitive college applicant.”

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4 Unexpected Things You Need at Business School

“MBA students know that they will need to dress appropriately, but they might not realize how many outfits they will need, says Scott Shrum, director of admissions research at the consultancy Veritas Prep.”

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A Critical Guide to MBA Admissions

“Scott Shrum, Director of Admissions Research at Veritas Prep, one of the country’s leaders in MBA admissions counseling providers, provided a critical checklist for future MBA students.”

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4 Recommendation-Letter Errors MBA Applicants Should Avoid

“‘I think recommendations are the most skewed; applicants have the largest blind spot for that,’ says Scott Shrum, director of admissions research at the consultancy Veritas Prep.”

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Business Schools Short on Diversity

“Often minority applicants, even those with stellar credentials, aren’t confident in their ability to gain acceptance to top programs, says Scott Shrum, director of M.B.A. admissions research at Veritas Prep, a firm that advises business-school applicants. That is in part due to the dearth of role models who have successfully completed business school, Mr. Shrum says.”

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How to Fight An Online Smear Campaign

“When a competitor posted shocking and personal accusations against Veritas Prep, Chad Troutwine’s company, he wasn’t about to back down. Here’s what happened next.”

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Prospective MBAs May Face Tougher Applications

“That’s already enough to convince Scott Shrum, director of admissions research at the admissions consultancy Veritas Prep (which writes a medical school admissions blog for U.S. News), that it’s going to be a ‘big change year.’”

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The New GMAT: Thanks, But No Thanks

“At Veritas Prep, the number of visitors coming to the Web site using ‘integrated reasoning’ as a search term as doubled every month since January. ‘We’re definitely seeing a lot of traffic,’ says Brian Galvin, director of academic programs at Veritas. ‘It’s an exponential increase in interest.’”

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A lift or a drag?

“‘Nothing requires you to have an MBA,’ said Scott Shrum, director of MBA admissions research at test preparation and admissions consulting company Veritas Prep, who has an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.”

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How a Small Test-Prep Company Succeeded Without Big Funding

“Veritas Prep, an international test-prep company, started modestly out of a living room. The co-founders’ simple premise was that the company could do a better job than the industry giants who had dominated the test-prep industry for years.”

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INSTANT MBA: Hiring Is A Delicate Balance For Entrepreneurs

“Today’s advice comes from our interview with Veritas Prep co-founder Chad Troutwine.”

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An M.B.A. May Be Your Ticket to Change

“A 2011 survey conducted by Veritas Prep, a provider of GMAT prep services (and author of a U.S. News blog, Medical School Admissions Doctor), found that 70 percent of M.B.A. applicants are aiming to change careers.”

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Business School Admissions: Now What?

“The Wall Street Journal put the questions to M.B.A. hopefuls Jonathan Pan, 28, and Ben Shellhorn, 29, both currently awaiting their admission decisions. Also joining the discussion was Chad Troutwine, co-founder of admissions consulting firm Veritas Prep.”

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Tips to Survive Working Through Grad School

“‘Holding down a full-time job and taking two or three classes at the same time will put them in a situation where, at any minute of the day, they will always have something they could be working on,’ say Scott Shrum, director of admissions research at Veritas Prep.”

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Remote MBA Programs: Are They Worth It?

“At traditional MBA programs, companies tend to approach students to recruit post graduation. EMBA programs are more ideal for those who want to invest in their existing careers, says Scott Shrum, director of MBA Admissions Research at Veritas Prep.”

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No More SAT Test Score Requirements? Some Schools Alter Testing Policies

“‘The state of the art in admissions is always evolving,’ says Scott Shrum, director of admissions research at Veritas Prep. ‘When one school hits upon a new way to help separate out great applicants from the rest of the pack, or invents a new way to attract more top-tier applicants, its competitors frequently follow suit.’”

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The Unsung Heroes of War - Our Families

“Across the rest of the country, we’re also asking the private sector to step. We’re partnering with Citi, Veritas Prep and others to provide free education and job resources for vets and their spouses.”

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Jitters Over New GMAT

“Admissions-consulting firm Veritas Prep found in a client survey that applicants already spend 71 hours preparing for the GMAT, but just 28 hours writing their essays and nine hours preparing for interviews.”

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Online Advanced Degrees

“While schools are responding to the hectic schedules of older students, it’s a win for them as well. Online classes allows institutions to increase its student body without having to spend on adding new facilities, says Scott Shrum, director of MBA Admissions Research at Veritas Prep.”

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Pre-law students more realistic, to rely more on loans, survey finds

“More law school applicants plan to rely on student loans rather than parents to pay for their education, according to a 2011 survey from Veritas Prep. Nearly half – 49 percent – plan on taking out loans, compared to just 38 percent in 2010.”

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The bloom is coming off the rose for prospective law students

“The negative attention heaped on law schools of late seems to have made an impression on would-be law students. In a survey by law school admissions consulting firm Veritas Prep, 68 percent of the prospective lawyers queried said they would still apply to law school even if they understood that a significant number of graduates would be unable to find jobs in their desired field. That figure had fallen from 81 percent one year ago.”

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Looking for an Edge

“‘We won’t write someone’s essays,’ says Scott Shrum, director of M.B.A. admissions research for consulting firm Veritas Prep and himself a graduate of the M.B.A. program at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. ‘Most of the value we add is in the first half of the process. We push their thinking: Why do you want an M.B.A.? Why do you want this school?’”

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MBA Degree Seekers Enroll in Programs For the Love of Learning

“A new survey by Veritas Prep shows that many students do not choose to earn an MBA to land advanced positions. According to the results, only 54% of MBA degree seekers hope to find high-paying, prestigious jobs after graduation.”

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Some Schools Help Forge Direct Path From B.A. to M.B.A.

“According to Veritas Prep’s annual survey of M.B.A. applicants, which the Calif.-based GMAT test prep and M.B.A. admissions consulting company plans to release the latest edition of on Sept. 26, the number of people who applied to M.B.A. programs in 2011 with fewer than three years of work experience declined since 2010.”

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More Business Schools To Accept GRE Scores

“The aim is to attract students who might otherwise have considered graduate study in public policy, economics or other disciplines. Schools want more than just ‘quant jocks’ or single-minded financial experts, said Scott Shrum, director of M.B.A. admissions research at test-prep and admissions consulting firm Veritas Prep.”

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What to Look for in Your First Job

“Even if you’re still not certain what you want to be ‘when you grow up,’ odds are that you have already started to form some pretty strong feelings about what will and won’t make for a good first full-time job after college. I’ll skip most of the ‘you need to be willing to get your hands dirty’ advice that I normally dispense to college grads and instead discuss three traits that can make for an ideal first job for you, no matter what career you eventually want to pursue.”

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MBA Students Give Career Services a New Assignment

“Business schools are investing in career services because they want to keep their graduates happy. Placing newly minted MBAs in the ideal job is ‘probably the biggest driver of their satisfaction, which translates into alumni giving and involvement down the road,’ says Scott Shrum, director of MBA admission research at Veritas Prep, a provider of GMAT test prep and admissions consulting services based in Malibu, Calif.”

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Test Prep Goes Mobiile

“For GMAT test takers, Veritas Prep offers a free app for the iPhone and iPod touch. Features include timed practice tests and the ability to review answers, and drills on specific problem types that are the most challenging for the user.”

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Graduate Exams Get a Makeover

“Scott Shrum, director of M.B.A. admissions research for Veritas Prep, a California-based GMAT test prep and M.B.A. admissions consulting company, says, ‘If you’ve studied up correctly, you’re not going to be surprised’ by the new section. Shrum says test takers will also appreciate the inclusion of new mini case studies, which will allow for more creative and open-ended responses.”

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The Admissions Doctor Is In

“Veritas Prep’s team of medical school admissions consultants is experienced in demystifying the complex and rigorous admissions process. They have a precise understanding of what admissions committees look for in a successful applicant because each has gained admission into, and graduated from, top medical schools themselves, including Harvard University, Stanford University, the University of Michigan, and the University of Pennsylvania.”

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10 Ways To Find Out If Your Idea Is Actually Brilliant

“Finding an area where there is no real competition is virtually impossible in this entrepreneurial climate. So Chad Troutwine, co-founder and CEO of Veritas Prep and the soon to be live Freakonomics Media, focused on improving what already existed in the standardized test prep world. He realized what was missing was a higher-quality product and turned mediocrity into something better than what was already in play.”

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Express Yourself

“‘Every time an admissions office changes part of their process, it’s a sign that whatever they were doing before wasn’t working,’ says Scott Shrum, director of MBA admissions research at Veritas Prep, the admissions consulting company. ‘The back half of the admissions office is being moved into the 21st century because the number of applications business schools receive is much larger than it ever has been – especially at top schools.’”

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Operation B-School: Finding the Right MBA Program

“‘One mistake many applicants make is failing to look at the list of recruiters and job placement statistics of particular schools before applying. Then, when they enroll in the business school, they are disappointed by the job opportunities presented to them,’ says Scott Shrum, director of MBA admissions research at Veritas Prep, a Malibu (Calif.)-based provider of GMAT test prep and admissions consulting services.”

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More business schools embracing do-gooders

“Scott Shrum, director of MBA admissions research at Veritas Prep, a test prep and MBA admissions consulting firm, agrees. He’s seeing more prospective students looking for schools with social entrepreneurship programs, and more business schools expanding their programs. ‘It used to be that a business school’s social entrepreneurship program was just an office, but now it’s often a whole department,’ said Shrum, co-author of ‘Your MBA Game Plan: Proven Strategies for Getting into the Top Business Schools.’”

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Real Learning Experiences: Farming, Fishing, Fighting Fires

“Draw upon some stories from your unusual internship to demonstrate those traits of a promising young hire, and I guarantee you that you will have a leg up on all of those students who did nothing more than keep a seat warm in a cubicle last summer.”

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B-School admission essays, for a fee

“Jim Flower, an MBA applicant who employed the services of AIGAC member Veritas Prep, an admission consultancy and test-prep company in Malibu, Calif., says he is appalled that some candidates go so far as having someone else write the essays for them.”

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The enablers of law school madness

“Veritas, a law school admissions consulting firm, polled 112 prospective law school applicants in June and July, and 81 percent said they would still apply even if ‘a significant number of law school graduates were unable to find jobs in their desired fields.’ Only 4 percent said they would not apply to law school under that circumstance.”

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Not-so-common-sense interview strategies

“While the following strategies may appear to fall into the bucket of ‘common-sense interview tips,’ too many applicants fall short on these basic ideas, suggesting that they must not be all that common. Remembering these key points— and practicing them as much as possible—will go a long way toward making a strong impression with a hiring manager.”

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When law school becomes a bad investment

“Still, the harsh realities of being a young lawyer have not stopped thousands from enrolling in law school during the recession. Veritas Prep, a graduate school admissions consulting firm, found in a recent survey that four in five prospective applicants still plan to apply to law school even if ‘a significant number of law school graduates were unable to find jobs in their desired fields.’”

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Conoce los mitos y realidades de los MBA

“Los alumnos pueden tener perfiles muy variados, como expertos en marketing e inversión de capital, de acuerdo con información del fundador de Veritas Prep, firma consultora para admisiones a MBA, Chad Troutwine.”

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Law school hopefuls undaunted by weak prospects

“Veritas, a law school admissions consulting firm, polled 112 prospective law school applicants in June and July, and 81% said they would still apply even if “a significant number of law school graduates were unable to find jobs in their desired fields.” Only 4% said they would not apply to law school under that circumstance.”

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Why You Shouldn’t Pursue an MBA

“Aspiring entrepreneurs should only begin downloading the Harvard Business School application after considering the following drawbacks to pursuing the degree.”

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Helicopter parents on the rise at b-schools

“A new study from Veritas Prep, a Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) test preparation company, shows the ‘helicopter parent’ phenomenon — a term used to describe parents who tend to hover around their adult children — is still alive and well on business school campuses across the country.”

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Veritas Prep Gets “Inside the Minds of MBA Applicants”

“According to a recent survey conducted by Veritas Prep, the two main motivations for pursuing an MBA are ‘an interest in business and the way it shapes society,’ and ‘the desire to affect positive change in the world.’”

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GMAT Test Prep: Changes on the Way

“‘As GMAC releases sample problems, Veritas Prep will come up with samples of its own to share,’ Troutwine says. ‘We don’t teach you flashcards. We teach you how to think, and we’ll continue to do that.’”

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Applying to Business School? Resume Perils to Avoid

“‘Most people who work on admissions committees at top business schools say they read the applicant’s résumé before anything else,’ said Scott Shrum, director of MBA admissions research at Veritas Prep, a test prep and admissions consultancy in Malibu, Calif., in an interview. ‘In addition, students and alumni, who conduct interviews with applicants on behalf of the admissions committee, often see the résumé and nothing else,’ said Shrum.”

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Why You Should Pursue an M.B.A.

“While it is true that a prospective entrepreneur does not need an M.B.A. and that the cost of obtaining one has never been higher, the argument for earning one anyway is compelling. A formal business education is a low-risk, high-reward proposition offering entrepreneurs resources and advantages they simply cannot get anywhere elsewhere. What self-respecting capitalist would miss out on that opportunity?”

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The GMAT Gets A Makeover

“Chad Troutwine, CEO and co-founder of Veritas Prep, a high-end test-prep service for the GMAT, said he saw a choice facing the GMAT sponsors: Either they could try to compete with the GRE for use in graduate programs outside of business schools (by staying a general test) or they could become a more business-focused test (which is what they are now doing).”

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The GMAT Gets A Makeover

“Chad Troutwine, CEO and co-founder of Veritas Prep, a GMAT test preparation company, says he expects to work closely with GMAT to learn more about the exam and the best way he can prepare applicants. “As the test evolves, we’ll just change along with them,” says Troutwine. “I think there will be enough advance notice that it shouldn’t provide any fear for students. But I think we’ll see some students who feel they will perform better under the test’s current structure, so there will likely be a race to take the old version of the test before the deadline.”

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Multiple Task Questions

“Chad Troutwine, CEO and co-founder of Veritas Prep, a high-end test-prep service for the GMAT, said he saw a choice facing the GMAT sponsors: Either they could try to compete with the GRE for use in graduate programs outside of business schools (by staying a general test) or they could become a more business-focused test (which is what they are now doing).”

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20 Weird Interview Questions That MBA Officers Ask To Trip You Up

“The experts from Veritas Prep give this advice: ‘If an applicant gets one of these, we recommend that he just stay cool, have a little fun with it, and use it as an opportunity to talk about his main application themes!’”

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Weird MBA Admissions Interview Questions

“The good folks at Veritas Prep, the GMAT test prep outfit and admissions consultant, posted a blog item yesterday called the Top Ten Weirdest MBA Admissions Interview Questions that was really very funny.”

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Why Are You on the Waitlist?

“Recently, Veritas Prep, a test prep and admissions consulting firm, outlined four of the most common reasons a business school waitlists an applicant. Some of the reasons are not as obvious as you might think. For starters, interesting applicants with low GMAT scores or undergraduate GPAs might not make the cut, according to Veritas Prep.”

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Kellogg Names New Dean

“‘At Kellogg, there will be more scrutiny, with people asking exactly what the students are learning, and if the school is turning out the right types of leaders,’ says Scott Shrum, a Kellogg alum and director of M.B.A. admissions research at Veritas Prep, a Malibu-based admissions-consulting firm.”

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When, where, and how?

“‘Begin with the end in mind,’ advises Scott Shrum, director of MBA admissions research at Veritas Prep in California. ‘If you’re an international student, find out how many of the recruiters are generally willing to sponsor work visas.’”

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Should You Encourage Employee Side Projects?

“Not only does Troutwine believe that running marathons and writing screenplays makes his employees happier, but he thinks it makes them more productive as well. ‘I’m a believer in intellectual cross-training,’ he says, ‘this idea that pursuing different ventures can improve and inform one’s primary job.’”

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Ahh, the new quarter – and freedom from overbearing parents (or not?)

“Two-thirds of the admissions officers surveyed at top business schools reported seeing more parental involvement in applications now than five years ago, according to Veritas Prep, an admissions consulting company that posed the question.”

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20 Trailblazers and Trendsetters of 2009

“With the advanced-degree market hitting 50-year record highs, co-founder Chad Troutwine’s outlook on Prep’s future is bright. ‘We’re just a rare business that will continue to do well in this economy.”

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GRE or GMAT: The Test-Taker’s Dilemma

“The GRE includes more geometry and the verbal sections ask different types of questions, says Chad Troutwine, co-founder and CEO of Veritas Prep in Malibu, Calif In general, Troutwine says, the GRE is not taken as seriously as the GMAT in the B-school world.”

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Getting Back to School

“Scott Shrum, director of M.B.A. admissions research of Veritas Prep, an admissions firm in Malibu, Calif., suggests finding ways to make your candidacy even stronger while waiting for a final answer. If there’s a new workplace project that needs a leader, volunteer.”

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Letting Your Grad Student Go

“Two-thirds of the admissions officers surveyed at top business schools reported seeing more parental involvement in applications now than five years ago, according to Veritas Prep, an admissions consulting company that posed the question.”

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More Testing, Less Logic?

“Scott Shrum, director of admission consulting research at Veritas Prep, said that the high end GMAT test prep company has received inquiries from three business schools (two of which were not mentioned in the Business Week article) about group rates for test prep for students.”

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Business School? There’s An App for That

“And then there’s also the Veritas Prep app, GMAT Practice Quiz, which offers sample test questions and diagnostics to help boost GMAT scores.”

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Next Step Could be via EMBA

“Pursuing an EMBA is an invaluable investment – both in terms of employees investing in their own careers and in terms of companies investing in and retaining their key talent despite a largely unfavorable economic situation.”

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GMAT Test Prep: A User’s Guide

“Veritas Prep is best known for the length of its flagship, face-to-face course.... Its strength lies in the amount of instruction it offers students and the 101 hours of training it provides teachers.”

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Reapply To B-School And Get In

“Were you rejected by the business school you most wanted to go to? All is not lost. You can always reapply–and you can have a much better chance at admittance, if you make the right moves.”

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Master Minds

“‘They won’t wait list anybody unless they’re willing to admit them,’ says Scott Shrum, director of M.B.A. admissions research at Veritas Prep, an M.B.A. application consulting firm in Los Angeles. Shrum suggests that you show your application to someone who knows about the process and together figure out what your weaknesses are.”

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Master Minds

“Veritas Prep started with a blank page–at business school, of course–and just six months into its 2002 launch, the company was a veritable success. Today the firm is arguably one of the most successful brain-trust enterprises in academia.”

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Recession Provides Opportune Time For GLBT Professionals...

“When the economy takes a downturn, one common byproduct is a surge in business school applications as young professionals elect to sit out a soft job market in the relatively safe confines of an MBA program. Despite the increased demand for graduate business education stemming from the current economic slowdown, the GLBT business school applicant is in a unique position to secure a coveted seat in a leading MBA program.”

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Five Years to B-School: The First Year

“Five years. For a newly minted undergrad, it sounds like a long time. It might be, but it’s also roughly the amount of work experience collected before a student enters an MBA program. Which means that if you’re planning on going to business school someday, you’ll boost your chances of getting into a top school by spending those five years wisely.”

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GRE vs. GMAT

“The reason that the GMAT can be challenged in this way is that it is a test of verbal, mathematical and writing skills (as is the GRE). The GMAT does not focus on finance or accounting or business strategy. It’s also more expensive than the GRE ($250 vs. $140 in the United States). And with nearly 250,000 tests given in the testing year that ended June 30, it’s a testing market others eye.”

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Surprise! Lobbyists and Lawyers Will Be Winners

“President Bush, Treasury secretary Henry Paulson, and Fed chair Ben Bernanke warned that the entire financial system would grind to a halt unless Congress spent hundreds of billions of taxpayer dollars to buy distressed loans from banks—even as the government seized two of Washington’s biggest institutions, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Here are some winners and losers from the financial crisis:”

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Escape Route: Seeking Refuge in an M.B.A. Program

“People are also registering for the Graduate Management Admission Test in greater numbers this year... Veritas Prep, a test preparation and graduate-admissions consulting company, says its GMAT test-preparation registration has gone up 50% since June.”

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Industry Shake-Up Sparks Career U-Turns

“Scott Shrum, director of admission consulting research for Veritas Prep, a leading GMAT prep and MBA admissions consulting firm, says in the past week alone he has seen the percentage of inquiries from people in financial services surge from 30 percent to 60 percent. The number of those with e-mail addresses from Bear Stearns and Lehman Brothers has tripled.”

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Business Schools Expect Boom as Economy Sags

“Test prep companies, often witness to the first wave of interest, have been fielding more phone calls from people who have lost their jobs or are worried about their industries. Scott Shrum, the top admissions consultant at Veritas Prep, says he’s seen an influx of E-mail and phone calls from bankers this year, while 2007 was mostly the year of the former real estate agent.”

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A Farewell to Arms Races?

“When leaders of some of the nation’s premiere business schools rolled out ambitious plans for new programs and expanded facilities in recent weeks, most school officials expected some skepticism...’There definitely seems to be an arms race among business schools,’ said Scott Shrum, author of Your MBA Game Plan: Proven Strategies for Getting Into the Top Business Schools.”

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Pepsi Ex-Chief Targets Jobs, Duke as Wake Forest Business Dean

“The school will have to displace others that are also seeking to improve, said Scott Shrum, the director of MBA- admissions research for Veritas Prep, a test-preparation company in Malibu, California... ‘It is extremely tough and, unfortunately for a school like Babcock, so much of it based on the reputation of a school,’ Shrum said in a phone interview on Sept. 9. ‘That can take decades to change.’”

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Tips For Getting Into A Top Business School

“With banks laying staffers off and the mortgage industry imploding, lots of people think it’s a good time to attend business school. One indicator: The number of people taking the GMAT, a requirement for getting in, is up 12%, compared with this time last year... ‘I don’t know anyone who is flawless,’ says Scott Shrum, author of Your MBA Game Plan and a consultant with the M.B.A. admissions firm Veritas Prep.”

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Veritas Prep Unveils Online Tool

“Veritas Prep, a leading GMAT prep and MBA admissions consulting provider, today announced the launch of its Business School Selector. Designed to identify the highest ranked schools at which MBA applicants have a reasonable chance of acceptance, the Business School Selector serves to answer the question on every b-school applicant’s mind: ‘What are my chances of gaining admission?’”

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How To Write A Winning Thank-You Note

“When it comes to business school interviews, a thank-you note is a nice touch but won’t have as much of an impact as one sent after a job interview, says Scott Shrum, author of Your MBA Game Plan. ‘Don’t expect any miracles,’ says Shrum. ‘Realistically, the interviewer has already made up his or her mind by the time they receive the note, so rattling off a bunch of additional accomplishments or themes probably won’t help. Avoid this mistake, and keep it warm yet professional, and nothing more.’”

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Target: Business School

“Getting into business school is tougher than ever... Scott Shrum and Omari Bouknight try to make the process a bit easier with the most recent edition of their book Your MBA Game Plan: Proven Strategies for Getting into the Top Business Schools... The two are directors of Veritas MBA Admissions Consulting, a company that advises prospective students on the application process.”

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GMAT: Paying For Points

“Veritas offer services to those who want to score big... Veritas offers more class time than its competitors. This allows the instructors to start with the basics and move up toward more advanced strategies and test questions, says Chad Troutwine, co-founder and co-owner of Veritas.”

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