Ravi Sreerama
GMAT Instructor

    
Number of reviews [274]


Company: Veritas Prep
Packages: Veritas Prep Weekend Course   Veritas Prep Weekend Course Live Online   Veritas Prep Full Course   Veritas Prep Full Course Live Online   Veritas Prep Private Tutoring   Veritas Prep Immersion Course  
Locations: Online   Pasadena, CA   San Francisco, CA   Santa Maria, CA   Baton Rouge, LA   Boston (Back Bay), MA   London   Watford   Los Angeles, CA  

Ravi holds the distinction of being the single highest-rated GMAT instructor in the world on GMAT Club. The holder of degrees from UC-Berkeley (BS), USC (JD), and UCLA (MBA) he is revered for his “99th percentile or bust” teaching philosophy and beloved for the notable catchphrases that guide students through challenging test-day problems. Ravi blends a challenging classroom environment with personalized attention. An avid basketball player, Ravi has traded the borrowed mantle “the Wizard of Westwood” for the broader reach of “the Oracle of Online” in the GMAT space, now teaching students around the world with his tough-but-fair GMAT approach.

Source: http://www.veritasprep.com/gmat/ravi-sreerama/


Ravi Sreerama's Reviews
GMAT Course Review
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     By gdansk1234 0 0
Verified Score:

730

Q49

V41

Improvement:

30 Points

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Location: Online
Consultant: Ravi Sreerama

I took the full time online course with Ravi Sreerma. I was very happy with the product, and I was also very happy with the online interface. That is probably the element I was most nervous about going in, and I was pleasantly surprised. Good interaction from Ravi, the class, and the TA, but not to the point it was annoying. As someone who is working fulltime, I really appreciated the opportunity to do the class from home. Ravi was a great instructor. He really pushed the class to do their best, and you will definitely do your homework once you get hooked on one or two "sucker answers"

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GMAT Course Review
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     By clairebear89 0 0
Verified Score:

680

Q43

V40

Improvement:

60 Points

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Location: Online
Consultant: Ravi Sreerama

Ravi Sreerama, through Veritas Prep, did what I considered impossible through a GMAT course. He successfully managed the online classroom, shared great test taking techniques, and gave real, practical, un-sugar coated advice on taking the test and learning progress at the same time. He helped me learn many quantitative topics and greatly improve the quantitative section of the gmat. Ravi has high expectations for his students, driving them to be the best and is uniquely motivating in that you believe you can achieve them. He was by far the best resource I could imagine in facing the GMAT and I learned more than I thought possible through his course.

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GMAT Course Review
Veritas Online Course
September 29 | 2016
2 out of 2 people found the following review helpful
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     By ruggerkaz 25 1
Verified Score:

710

Q47

V40

Improvement:

90 Points

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Location: Online
Consultant: Ravi Sreerama

I cannot say enough of Veritas. delightful to company to work with. Before i talk about the course, I wanted to thank the instructors who host the homework hours. A good resource to get some instant help.

I did the online course because i live in the Midwest and the nearest metro is 2 hours away. The system they use is great. It is a full on camera in a room with a smart board and an instructor. Initially, i signed up with a different company since I have used their books for a bit of self prep. However, after sampling the Veritas online software, i just had to go with them. If you want to do online and have live instructors- Veritas. Hands down!

Ravi was my instructor. There not enough words to describe how great he is! There is a reason why he is Veritas’ highest rated instructor. The guy has catchy phrases (Ravi-isms we called them) that he will utter throughout the class. MEMORIZE THEM and INTERNALIZE THEM. I remember taking the exam and going through every answer and just kept repeating the Ravi-isms to myself. Just a great way to help you go through the answers especially in the Verbal section.

When you purchase the full course, you get access to the On-Demand videos. They were amazing as well! I used to have them playing in the background at work after my course with Ravi was over. Great tool to freshen up on some of the concepts.

Overall, great course! Great instructor! Great experience!

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GMAT Course Review
Ravi - highly recommended
September 26 | 2016
2 out of 2 people found the following review helpful
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     By ashleyllee 0 0
Verified Score:

720

Q47

V41

Improvement:

N/A

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Location: Online
Consultant: Ravi Sreerama

I'd attempted to study for the GMAT on my own over summer 2015, but I wasn't receiving the scores I wanted - especially in the quant section. In summer 2016, I decided I would try a course. Since I live outside the US, I thought that an online course would be the best option, but I wanted something that would require the structure of an actual classroom; however, I was skeptical about the nature and personalisation of online instruction.

I chose Ravi's class (although it was at an inconvenient time for me) because of the incredibly positive reviews on GMAT Club and other sites. They almost seemed too good to be true - but they're not. Ravi is a charismatic instructor, and somehow manages to make you feel like you are in a classroom setting even when you're sitting in your living room.

What I found really surprising was the level of personal attention throughout the course. There were around 40 people in my class, but Ravi messaged me whenever I answered a particularly difficult problem right - and called me out when I got an especially easy one wrong. In the 12 classes I had with Ravi, he never once failed to answer a private chat.

On the instruction side, I thought his "Go through the door, not the drywall" approach was invaluable for the quant section, as were the Veritas skillbuilders. My scores in quant improved dramatically under his instruction. However, I was surprised to see that my scores in verbal (already in the 80th percentile) significantly improved throughout the course. His instruction (and catchphrases) and Veritas's strategies really helped me take it to the next level. I scored well above the 90th percentile in quant (and overall) on my first GMAT take.

I really couldn't have done it without Ravi, and would strongly recommend taking his course!

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GMAT Course Review
2 out of 2 people found the following review helpful
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     By rfruitwa 0 0
Verified Score:

740

Q49

V42

Improvement:

90 Points

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Location: Online
Consultant: Ravi Sreerama

I had taken the GMAT before and hit a wall with my self studying. Ravi is THE BEST PROFESSOR and he really pushed me to beat the 700 mark and understanding that it is a concepts exam more than anything. Even through an online setting I felt as though I was receiving personal attention and help and Ravi made sure to keep us engaged for the 3 hour lessons. While researching which course to take I felt others set the level of difficulty based upon where the class is at and I did not want to be slowed down or unable to reach my full potential because of others in my class. Veritas pushes everyone and sets you up to higher level thinking and their methods and tricks really made all the difference. There were so many useful pieces of advice I wish I had known sooner in my education. I cannot recommend this course and Ravi more!

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GMAT Course Review
670 to 730 thanks to Ravi!
September 05 | 2016
2 out of 2 people found the following review helpful
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     By GMATZK 0 0
Verified Score:

730

Q49

V40

Improvement:

60 Points

Verbal:     
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This review is for: Veritas Prep Immersion Course
Location: London
Consultant: Ravi Sreerama

The immersion course was exactly what I needed to help me boost my score. Ravi Sreerama is an excellent instructor. Before the course, I struggled with timing on both quant and verbal sections but his strategy allowed me save time - it really paid off on test day!

The course materials were extremely helpful and Ravi taught the course in an engaging manner. He teaches you great techniques / shortcuts and encourages you to think like the test maker.

Overall, I increased my score by 60 points thanks to Ravi!

I strongly recommend the course. You leave the course with skills that will allow you to perform well on test day (with hard work of course

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GMAT Course Review
99th percentile or bust...
August 29 | 2016
2 out of 2 people found the following review helpful
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     By ASHLEY H 0 0
Verified Score:

760

Q49

V45

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N/A

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This review is for: Veritas Prep Immersion Course
Location: London
Consultant: Ravi Sreerama

...is Ravi's motto when he delivers the course! While of course he softens that to 'let's get you the score you need to get into the schools you want to get to', Ravi has a ruthless, no-nonsense approach that means he tells you what you need to know whether you like the answer or not (such as telling me, who was desperate to take the exam the day after the course finished, I would probably need 6-8 weeks to get a stellar score - not what I wanted to hear but I can't deny he was right!). Frankly, for GMAT, this is exactly what most of us need.

Secondly, from his pre-course email, detailing how the course will be structured, advice on how to get the most on it, how to prepare yourself for the exam and where to find the best practice materials and his opinion on the resources, right through to offering his support post-course on any exam tactics or preparation issues you may be having (for 'homework help' on GMAT topics you are still struggling with post-course Veritas offers a centralised, also excellent service), Ravi takes very seriously making sure that his students are getting what they need out of the course and are getting to where they need to be.

In class, it's a hefty dose of pragmatism all round to everyone who's tempted to bury themselves for minutes on end in a tough, meaty problem. All questions are timed, and it's not about 'how do we solve this particular especially hard problem' but instead 'what do we do to get you the highest score you can' (a very different question you'll have to take the course to understand) - totally practical and all about getting you to the score you need.

I'd add that Veritas' materials are nothing if not extensive and well tuned to the exam, and the post-course support in terms of homework, practice exams and supporting analysis thereof, etc. are all first-rate, but this is a review of the course itself, and it's really the instructor that makes the course in my opinion.

It's a pricy package, but if you're talking about what's going to get you to the highest score you can attain the most efficient way possible, this is the right choice. Of course I can only speak for the course I did, but, if all of Veritas' instructors are of Ravi's calibre, then they are worth the money you spend and I doubt I'd have got my one-take 760 score without them.

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GMAT Course Review
Big gainss
August 26 | 2016
2 out of 2 people found the following review helpful
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     By quesarahcera 0 0
Verified Score:

680

Q47

V35

Improvement:

110 Points

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Location: Online
Consultant: Ravi Sreerama

I took my first GMAT in April and scored in the 50th percentile. Immediately after exiting the test center I called my parents and told them, "This score suggests that I'm average. I am not average. I am retaking the test." I'd studied on my own for four months up to that point and it clearly wasn't good enough, so I started looking around for courses I could take on the weekends. I live about three hours from the closest large city, so I knew I would have some difficulties finding classes. On top of that, I work ~50-60HRS/week and had just started a new relationship. Basically, I had zero free time. Reading the reviews, Veritas Prep was significantly higher rated than just about any other prep course--why wouldn't you want to learn from the best of the best? Granted, you'll pay a small fortune for it, but sometimes you have to pay money to make money. Looking through the available courses, I realized I was doomed to take an online class. I am easily distracted by the Internet and have always preferred small classes where you can get to know the professor, but this was the only option I had and I sure as heck wasn't going to pass up a chance to improve my score and get into the program of my dreams. Luckily, the first day of class put me at ease. Ravi Sreerama is an absolute riot to learn from. Combine a military father with an outdated fraternity paddle and you've got Ravi. He's sitting on your shoulder reminding you, "I don't need you to love this answer. Just like it more than the others," and shaming you for not catching the trick. You will never truly understand shame until you answer a question incorrectly and see his name pop up on your chat bar. Not to mention, I had a stellar group of classmates who I've kept in touch with since the course. I did have to learn about diligence and not creating distractions for myself, but turns out that was a great experience. I've already recommended several friends to Veritas Prep.

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GMAT Course Review
2 out of 2 people found the following review helpful
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     By oliverpucker 0 0
Verified Score:

780

Q51

V48

Improvement:

100 Points

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Location: Online
Consultant: Ravi Sreerama

Ravi was a fantastic teacher. He brought a great sense of humor to all of our classes, and simultaneously held my class to a high level of rigor in our work. This course was my first experience with an online class, and Ravi made me feel not only that people from all around the world were part of a shared experience but also that I could not hide behind my keyboard. I showed up to class prepared every day, and as a result, showed up prepared on test day. I would highly recommend taking Ravi's course, and the veritas system, if you are interested in being pushed to meet your full potential.

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GMAT Course Review
Veritas is perfect
August 07 | 2016
2 out of 2 people found the following review helpful
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     By Chaz10 0 0
Verified Score:

710

Q45

V41

Improvement:

N/A

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This review is for: Veritas Prep Immersion Course
Location: Watford
Consultant: Ravi Sreerama

I would highly recommend Veritas Prep. I took the immersion course and found it very worthwhile. The best part was my tutor - Ravi Sreerama. He gave me brilliant advice about different approaches for questions, about the right approach for structuring study sessions, and about how to be street smart in the test itself. He made a big impact and definitely contributed to my score of 710. The curriculum as well was very accessible and easy to understand if you're willing to put in the hours. The solution descriptions in the practise exams are a huge help for making big improvements to your understanding and approach.
Highly recommended!

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