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    No matter where you are, you have access to one of the industry's most accomplished GMAT instructors. Veritas Prep conducts all of its Live Online™ classes in real time, allowing students to directly interact with their instructor and fellow classmates through a two-way communication system built into the Live Online™ interface. Students and instructors collaborate using an interactive whiteboard and instant messaging utility, making note-taking fast and easy. Many students actually find these online GMAT courses to be more interactive than even traditional in-person courses. Each Live Online™ course is conducted by one of Veritas Prep's highest-rated instructors.

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    No matter where you are, you have access to one of the industry's most accomplished GMAT instructors. Veritas Prep conducts all of its Live Online™ classes in real time, allowing students to directly interact with their instructor and fellow classmates through a two-way communication system built into the Live Online™ interface. Students and instructors collaborate using an interactive whiteboard and instant messaging utility, making note-taking fast and easy. Many students actually find these online GMAT courses to be more interactive than even traditional in-person courses. Each Live Online™ course is conducted by one of Veritas Prep's highest-rated instructors.

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GMAT PREP CLASSES, COURSES, & TUTORING NEAR ME

If you’re preparing to pursue an MBA through a graduate management program, you may want to take the GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test). The majority of admissions committees include GMAT scores when they evaluate applicants. This exam is designed to assess the principal skills that indicate your preparedness for the classes you will take in pursuit of your graduate degree. Veritas Prep can help you in your GMAT preparation through services like self-paced courses, live in-person and virtual classes, and private tutoring.

No two students are the same, and that’s exactly why we offer a variety of study options to fit your needs. A Veritas Prep academic advisor can help you choose the correct solution for your needs. Whichever path you choose, Veritas provides a free admissions consultation when you’re ready to begin the application process.

VERITAS PREP GMAT PREP ON-DEMAND COURSE:  The Veritas Prep GMAT On-Demand Course allows you to study at your own pace. You have access to pre-recorded interactive lessons that you can stream on demand using the device (phone, tablet, or computer) you choose. With more than 5,000 available practice questions, it’s easy to make progress and track your growth. Through the intelligent use of practice tests, you can adjust the direction of your study plan as needed, based on the strengths and weaknesses you identify. You will even have access to live, online homework help with a Veritas Prep GMAT expert on a regular basis. If you want to study mostly alone but feel like you could benefit from individual expert attention, consider the On-Demand Plus option, which includes three hours of private tutoring.

VERITAS PREP GMAT LIVE CLASS:  The Live Class option includes everything in the On-Demand GMAT Course and more. With this option, you will enroll in a 36-hour live class over six weeks, meeting twice a week, with an expert, experienced Veritas Prep instructor who achieved a GMAT score in the 99th percentile. Using your chosen device (phone, tablet, or computer), you can interact with your instructor and fellow students in real time. The live course is offered at multiple times of day and on multiple days of the week, so you can find a course that fits your schedule.

VERITAS PREPGMAT PRIVATE TUTORING:  One-on-one GMAT tutoring with a Veritas Prep GMAT tutor gives you the most personalized study option. Your tutor can develop lessons focusing on your areas of need by adjusting the curriculum to better fit your learning strengths and style. Instead of devoting the same effort to each test section or concept, as many self-study students find themselves doing, your tutor can continually track your progress and develop each lesson to reflect your unique learning needs as you grow and improve. Through practice tests and customized problem sets, you and your tutor will be able to drill down on specific areas of improvement to maximize your performance on test day. GMAT tutoring is available in person in most major cities, and online no matter where you happen to be.

What is the GMAT?

When a student considers signing up for and taking the GMAT, a common thought is “what, exactly, am I getting myself into?” Before you weigh your options and choose the best study plan for your needs, it’s important to know what the exam has in store for you. Let’s discuss what you can expect to see when you take the GMAT.

The GMAT includes four sections: Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, Verbal Reasoning, and the Analytical Writing Assessment. Notice that each section, with the exception of the AWA, includes “Reasoning” in its name (and the AWA includes “Analytical” which is close enough). This is a key part of the Veritas Prep GMAT curriculum, and it is definitely something to keep in mind when setting your study plan. With the right GMAT preparation, you can work toward mastering each section.

On test day, you have the option of taking the GMAT in the order you choose, from these three available options:

  • “GMAT Classic”: Analytical Writing, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, Verbal Reasoning
  • “Verbal First”: Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, Integrated Reasoning, Analytical Writing
  • “Quant First”: Quantitative Reasoning, Verbal Reasoning, Integrated Reasoning, Analytical Writing

Keep in mind that your overall score (out of 800) is determined only by your performance on the Quantitative and Verbal sections; Integrated Reasoning and Analytical Writing are scored on separate scales and have no effect on your overall score. As a result, the “verbal first” and “quant first” options make sense: you will want to be as fresh as possible for the two most important sections. Which one to do first is a matter of personal preference, and it’s worth considering if being as fresh as possible is more important for your quant performance or your verbal performance. As you take practice tests, feel free to try both options; you may find that one or the other works better for you.

The four sections that you'll see on the GMAT are as follows:

GMAT QUANTITATIVE REASONING SECTION:  According to the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC, the company behind the GMAT), the Quantitative Reasoning section “measures your ability to reason mathematically, solve quantitative problems, and interpret graphic data.” The Quant section tests your knowledge of and ability in areas of math up to a typical high school curriculum. A few key areas to make sure you’re prepared for are:

  • Arithmetic: the foundation of the GMAT quantitative content, you can expect to encounter integers, decimals, and fractions; the four basic operations (multiplication, division, addition, and subtraction); prime numbers, factors, and multiples; arithmetic number properties (positive/negative, odd/even, and units digit); and ratios, rates, and percents.
  • Algebra: On algebra-based Quantitative problems, you’ll see topics such as basic algebraic tools for expressions and equations; exponents and roots; quadratics; common algebraic equations; inequalities and absolute value; and functions and sequences.
  • Geometry: With geometry questions, you’ll be tested on concepts such as lines and angles; triangles, quadrilaterals and other polygons; circles; coordinate geometry; and 3D figures. Beware that the GMAT is quite fond of creating problems that force you to combine your knowledge of multiple shapes or concepts.
  • Word Problems: As a point of weakness for many students, word problems merit a place of emphasis in the Veritas Prep GMAT curriculum. Here, you’ll combine the basic mathematical knowledge and skills you’ve developed with important interpretation and reasoning skills to solve problems in various forms such as Venn diagrams and matrix boxes; weighted averages and mixtures; and work/rate and distance/rate.
  • Statistics, Combinatorics, and Probability: these less-commonly tested areas are still worth studying. In terms of statistics, you can expect to be tested on basic statistical concepts such as mean, median, mode, range, and standard deviation. In combinatorics, you’ll encounter problems involving the arrangement of multiple items. In probability, you’ll be tasked with solving problems for single or multiple events in dependent or independent scenarios.

To test your knowledge and ability in these areas, the GMAT presents 31 problems, and you have 62 minutes to answer them. The exam uses two different question types, one of which you’re very familiar with and one of which is entirely unique to the GMAT:

  • Multiple Choice: the hallmark of math sections on standardized tests, you’ll be presented with a quantitative problem and five answer choices. As familiar as you may be with multiple choice math problems, the GMAT writers are extremely capable of writing difficult questions around simple mathematical concepts, layering them with tricky wording and multiple places for you to go astray.
  • Data Sufficiency: the GMAT’s own special creation, Data Sufficiency problems test you on the same material as Problem Solving does but does so in a very unique format. Here, you’ll be given a problem that consists of a question and two additional statements. Your task is to determine which of the two statements provide information that is necessary to answer the question definitively. While the novel format does take some time to get comfortable with, it also offers you the chance to apply your logical reasoning skills in place of using a brute force approach to arrive at an answer. On GMAT Data Sufficiency, you don’t have to find the actual result; you just have to know that you can, and which information you would use to do so.

The Quantitative Reasoning section of the GMAT is scored on a scale of 0 to 60 (scores below 6 and above 51 are rare) in one-point increments, and your score is based on the following factors:

  • The number of questions you answer (there is a penalty for not completing every question)
  • The number of questions you answer correctly
  • The difficulty of the questions you answer (see the discussion of the adaptive nature of the exam below)

GMAT VERBAL REASONING SECTION:  According to GMAC, the Verbal Reasoning section “measures your ability to read and comprehend written material, reason and evaluate arguments, and correct material to express ideas effectively in standard written English.” To accomplish this goal, you will face 36 multiple-choice questions in 65 minutes, and they will appear in three varieties:

  • Critical Reasoning: these questions measure your ability to understand and analyze arguments. In large part, these questions ask you to read arguments and notice flaws or vulnerabilities within them, noting the potential for alternative explanations (other than the conclusion proffered) and counterarguments. In the Veritas Prep GMAT Critical Reasoning lesson, you will learn how to identify types of statements in an argument, evaluate question stems to know exactly what you need to do, and understand the logic employed by the argument.
  • Sentence Correction: these questions measure two dimensions of your proficiency with written English: your ability to craft a well-written and grammatical sentence, and your ability to create a sentence that clearly and effectively expresses its meaning. While having a strong background in grammar is helpful, we can also apply our logical skills to minimize the number of truly difficult decisions we have to make. In terms of question format, each Sentence Correction problem presents a sentence, part of which or all of which is underlined. The five answer choices present different versions of the underlined portion, and your objective is to choose the best option, based on grammar, word choice, and meaning. The Veritas Prep GMAT Sentence Correction lesson will help you develop your skills in key areas of grammar as well as develop a highly-effective logical approach to analyzing the sentence and answer choices.
  • Reading Comprehension: For many prospective GMAT takers, this is the Verbal Reasoning question type that is the most familiar. If you've taken a standardized test, you’ve faced the task of reading a passage about something you have no interest in and then answering questions you also have no interest in. On the GMAT, the passages and questions you encounter will be even trickier, and it’s not enough to be a good reader. You also must be able to identify what information actually matters (less than you’d think) and how to break down questions and answer choices. The Veritas Prep GMAT Reading Comprehension lesson will teach you an effective way to attack the passage through a strategy that addresses two very common difficulties: spending too much time reading the passage, and retaining little information from that time investment. From there, we'll teach you how to identify exactly what a question is asking you to do, how to use the passage effectively to make the correct answer appear, and how to find common tricks and traps the GMAT writers use, in the passage itself as well as the questions and answers.

The Verbal Reasoning section score uses the same scale and scoring criteria as the Quantitative Reasoning section discussed above.

GMAT INTEGRATED REASONING SECTION:  According to GMAC, the Integrated Reasoning portion of the GMAT is designed to measure “how well you integrate data to solve complex problems.” In this section, you will face 12 problems (with multiple parts) in 30 minutes. You can expect to face four kinds of Integrated Reasoning problems:

  • Multi-Source Reasoning: here you’ll be given multiple sources of information: text, tables, graphs, or a combination thereof. Some questions may ask you to draw conclusions from the information presented, while others may ask you to find a discrepancy or determine if a given piece of information is relevant.
  • Table Analysis: these questions test your ability to analyze a large set of information, presented in a format similar to a spreadsheet, and determine whether information is relevant or whether a conclusion can be drawn.
  • Graphics Interpretation: as the name indicates, these problems will present data in a graph format of some kind; bar graphs, pie charts, scatterplots, and x/y graphs are the most common. Questions will ask you to draw conclusions or deduce relationships in the information presented.
  • Two-Part Analysis: these questions take a wide range of formats, and many will look similar to Quantitative or Verbal questions (or a mix of both). You’ll be tested on your ability to set up and solve equations, evaluate reasoning, and discern relationships between multiple entities.

In the Veritas Prep GMAT Integrated Reasoning lesson, you’ll go deep into each of these formats (and the unique strategies that go with them) and how best to approach them by leveraging the quantitative and verbal skills you’ve already spent time developing.

The Integrated Reasoning section does not affect your overall GMAT score; rather, it is scored on a separate 1-8 scale in one-point increments, based on the number of questions you answer correctly. To get credit for a problem, you must answer all of its parts correctly.

GMAT ANALYTICAL WRITING ASSESSMENT:  In this section, you’ll be given 30 minutes to analyze a given argument and craft an essay critiquing it on its merits. The argument may be related to business, or it may be from one of a variety of other subjects. In any case, no specialized knowledge is required, only the critical reasoning skills you’ve already developed. Your task is to evaluate the argument in terms of its evidence and reasoning; make sure to consider how well the evidence support the conclusion, what assumptions may underlie the reasoning, and what, if any, changes could be made to make the argument more convincing.

In the Veritas Prep AWA lesson, you’ll learn exactly what to look for in the argument, how to brainstorm and organize your key points, and how to format your essay to maximize your AWA score.

Like the Integrated Reasoning section, the AWA does not affect your overall score. It is scored on a separate scale from 0 to 6 in half-point increments.

GMAT COMPUTER-ADAPTIVE TESTING:  The Verbal and Quantitative Reasoning sections come in a computer-adaptive format. As you answer each question, the software determines which question to present you with next. As you continue answering correctly, they gradually increase in difficulty. If you make errors, the software adjusts to your performance. Your score is then calculated using an algorithm that assesses the difficulty levels of the questions you answered, as well as whether your answers were correct or incorrect.

Why Choose Veritas Prep?

At Veritas Prep, we pride ourselves on not only helping you learn the key skills, concepts and techniques required by the GMAT but also preparing you to understand how the test works so you can attack it most effectively. To help you develop the higher-level abilities necessary to score to the best of your ability, the Veritas Prep curriculum (and the individual lessons) are designed around three core areas:

  1. Remembering (Skillbuilder): in the various Skillbuilders, you’ll review and refresh key skills from core GMAT topics. On the Verbal Reasoning side, you’ll have a chance to work on your fundamental reasoning, grammar, and reading comprehension skills; on the Quantitative Reasoning side, you’ll relearn key concepts and skills from the foundational areas of mathematics upon which the GMAT builds its questions.
  2. Applying (Skills Meet Strategy): in the lesson and homework sections, you get the chance to apply and further develop the skills and knowledge you gained from the Skillbuilders. You’ll learn how to combine skills and strategies to effectively solve any GMAT problem; utilize most efficiently the time you spend with a Veritas Prep GMAT expert; and stay alert and engaged, even after a long day on the job or in the classroom.
  3. Creating (Think Like The Testmaker): at this level, you are fully prepared for the GMAT because you have the ability to quickly recognize what the problem is actually asking; discover hidden information and manipulate it to make it useful; recognize and see through trap answers; and create your own plan of attack for any problem.

With Veritas Prep, you’ll go into test day fully prepared for anything the GMAT can throw at you. By combining a solid foundation in the core skills and knowledge required by the GMAT with the ability to apply higher-level reasoning and interpretation skills, you will be able to achieve the highest GMAT score you can. Whether you choose a self-study course or opt to work with one of our amazing instructors or tutors, Veritas Prep can play a key role in putting your best foot forward on exam day. We are excited to help you strive to meet your potential on the GMAT. Contact us today to talk to an academic advisor and begin top-notch GMAT preparation.

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