Where to begin...
There is a lot of material to cover in just 6 weeks and that's quite possibly a huge understatement. In terms of the strategy of Veritas Prep, I think their approach and method is awesome. Travis did a wonderful job of being engaging and giving some life & excitement to what might normally be painful material to re-visit. I think it's most important to note that these courses focus strictly on testing strategy and how to attack the GMAT given what's known about the way they ask questions and try to fool you. The course is in no way a refresher course for math that you haven't done for 8 years (ahem, right here, yours truly!). My verbal strategy improvement was awesome. Unfortunately for every increase I saw in verbal, I saw, and am still seeing, a decrease in quant. It sucks....
I don't blame this on the course, obviously, but the quant sections have a lot of material to cover and no matter how well you learn the strategies of the test, make sure you are working on the skill builders (in the books provided) to brush up on your math and whatever else you may be rusty on.
I really really enjoyed taking this class and think I am going to have another go at it. I am not quite where I want to be with my score and I can't seem to beat the score I got on the GMAT practice exams from when I began the course. It's been a few months and I've been studying on my own, and I'm just not to the point where I'm ready to take the REAL test. I plan to brush up once more with the Vertias Prep strategies, once I feel I am where I need to be with my additional skills, and then attack the GMAT to the best of my ability.
The Vertias Prep website and resources are awesome. They are available to you up to a year after you take the course and everything on the site is very helpful. There are lots of problems to work through, practice exams, etc. It really adds to the value of what you're getting for the price of taking this course.
The books are helpful as well, but more so in conjunction with the class and your own note taking.
I haven't taken any other courses, so I can't speak for them and their strengths or weaknesses. However, I can say that I feel the money spent on Vertias Prep was well spent and I hope that I can see a boost in my score to solidify this notion even further!
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