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GMAT Course Review
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     By emwinn 3 0
Final Score:

540

Q32

V31

Improvement:

90 Points

Verbal:     
Quant:     
Location: Online
Taught by: Chris Kane

TL;DR – For me, the Veritas Prep live online format was surprisingly more effective than a traditional classroom format. It combines taking the class in an environment that’s most comfortable for you and interacting in real time with your fellow students and instructors. At the midpoint of the course, I already saw a 90-point practice test score increase. If that doesn’t represent success and improvement, then I don’t know what does!

I decided that I needed some outside GMAT test prep after coming having a classic freak out over the realization that I was completely unprepared for a fast approaching GMAT test date. I initially balked at the idea of spending over $1,500 for test prep but also knew that I had to do something to help progress with GMAT. Luckily, I’m involved with the Forte Foundation and they provided a discount for us. I’ve seen several other ways to get discounts to Veritas through attending events or webinars. I would highly recommend taking the time to find a way to get a discount because it’s worth it but I will contradict myself by also saying that the course is 100% worth the money even if you didn’t have the discount.

I registered for the Monday/Wednesday live online class with Chris Kane over the phone with Farrah. She was very helpful and went over several details of the course and what I was getting when I signed up. Additionally, she provided me with a great example of how the live online course format worked in order to prepare me for the experience of using it for my course. After I registered and paid for the first of three payments, I got a box from Veritas in the mail that included 12 course books, an essential guide to some of the top MBA programs, and a dry erase packet and pen that mimics what you’ll get on test day. You also get instant access to your online student portal after you register.

To be honest, Veritas gives you so many resources that it’s initially overwhelming. They do a great job of giving you first steps that helps you work through the student portal and the books systematically. This is mostly given to you in the first of the course books. With these learnings, it becomes very easy to use the online portal effectively.

On class days, it’s surprisingly how much similar it is to a real class. You still get nervous about speaking up (via chat) and can get called on unexpectedly. Chris did this often! It really helps at keeping you engaged for a good majority of the lesson. Many working professionals know that the mark of a great meeting or seminar is not watching the clock. It’s amazing how quickly three hours of instruction passes by. Before you even realize it, the 6 weeks of class is over.

During class, the instructor takes you through a concise version of the book’s contents and its exercises. You should have the book with you during class to follow along but the class is not a substitute for the book because the class goes faster than the class and often skips over details that you might find useful. Almost all of the exercises that you do in class are a part of the lesson section of the book. I found it most beneficial to have the book with me during class and then go back and watch the On Demand lesson at my own pace later. It’s two different deliveries of the lesson but highly effective. I found that it allowed me to take advantage of all the methods of learning that I was paying for. I recommended this system to a friend that was also taking Veritas but with a different live online instructor and she also found it helpful.

Chris was truly a wonderful instructor. I don’t know how he does it but it really feels like he gets to know his students throughout the course. He gets really good at letting each of us know what we were probably thinking when we selected an incorrect answer. It’s creepy but in a good way… although still creepy enough that we talked about it class. How does he know?! He was great at entertaining us through our lessons with stories about his past students and experiences as a GMAT instructors. Our incentive to do well (valuable contributions to class) during class was a $10 Amazon gift card. Never have I seen such competition but everyone is trying to get a 700+ score and into the best schools so you can see it reflected there!

Brandon was our TA and he served as a communicator between the student and Chris and then between the student and the rest of the class. Often times, we would get summed up concise tips from him in the chat along with “student comments” where a student has a comment or question that comes up in the private chat with him but it’s relevant enough for all of us. He was the person that we could bounce frustrations or concerns off of during class.
Even though it’s an online class for the students, you still have the dynamics of a traditional classroom. I’m talking about getting off topic, class clowns, lack of participation (mainly from fear of getting the wrong answer), etc. Chris ad Brandon did a really great job of entertaining us when we were off topic but also keeping us on course to tackle the entire lesson in the given amount of time. In a way, this was nice because you didn’t lose that aspect of class and it meant that you were still interacting with your classmates. This made it really fun for me.

Because you’re only chatting, it’s easier to “break the ice” between students. Even in the short amount of time that we were together, I felt the other students and I were all very supportive of each other to the extent that some of us connected on LinkedIn after the last class.
Overall, Veritas Prep gave me the instruction and structure I was missing in my GMAT prep. The curriculum doesn’t offer any shortcuts. It’s meant to give you the tools you need to understand concepts and strategies at a deeper level. After two weeks of practicing post-class, I can see the difference in my thought process with practice problems. I highly recommend not only Veritas Prep but the live online course with Chris Kane!

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GMAT Course Review
Enriching Experience
May 02 | 2016
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     By AnveshReddy 0 0
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N/A

Verbal:     
This review is for: e-GMAT Verbal Live Prep
Location: Online
Taught by: Krishna Chaitanya

Getting into a top B school has been my dream for quite some time now. A good 740+ is must to fulfill my dream.I did try multiple courses ,and I could never strike a chord with any of them. Fortunately, I came across egmat through some of the review articles in gmat club. I immediately enrolled for the trial, and I loved it to the core. I enrolled in the online live program following the trial run

I wasn't able to complete the entire program as Life planned other things for during the same course of time. I could only complete SC & CR courses from the program.The 3 step process that is recommend works wonders after a period of practice. The course is beautifully structured such that basics are imbibed first through video lectures, and then few q items to master the concept. The live session further deepens ones understanding and plugs the knowledge gaps if any.

As I complete my RC, I am confident that I can reach the 740 bar and get into the dream b school. I strongly recommend this course for everybody who is aiming fro a good score in gmat. You need not be really smart to ace this exam, and this can be easily proved using this course.

Thanks,
Anvesh

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GMAT Course Review
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     By jagadeeshram 0 0
Final Score:

560

Improvement:

N/A

Verbal:     
This review is for: e-GMAT Verbal Live Prep
Location: Online
Taught by: Payal Tandon

I have come across various prep methods for GMAT but undoubtedly E-GMAT is the most effective among all of them. Verbal proves a nightmare particularly for non-natives! E-GMAT's approach towards verbal is unique and powerful. Pre thinking is the single most helpful tool to approach verbal questions of any difficulty. Focusing on core skills eased my way through the difficulty levels of the questions. E-GMAT literally took the verbal fear off my mind. I am very confident to hit a good score in my next attempt. I would write a detailed debrief of my journey once I finish my GMAT.

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GMAT Course Review
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     By GMATRocky1 0 0
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N/A

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Location: Online
Taught by: Ravi Sreerama

I took a live online course with Ravi Sreerama and I thought he was a great instructor. He will reach out to you to you if you are struggling and will open a dialog with you and talk about what you need to do to improve. I took the GMAT after having not touched a textbook in about 5 years and got a 400 but after the course I saw a 100-150 jump in my practice tests which is a big improvement considering where I was at. I think Ravi was a great instructor but the course is going to be tough if you are working full time, I wish they had an option for a longer course than 6 weeks with less hours required during the week but as far as what I could find online this was the best option.

Veritas has a pretty slick website and the books are well designed and formatted and you can even watch a recorded version of the lessons Ravi has done during the course. I recommend Veritas if you want to see an improvement in your score.

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GMAT Course Review
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Improvement:

70 Points

Verbal:     
Quant:     
Location: Online

Overall:
This was the only course I used my for my GMAT prep. I did not take any other course or buy other books.

Good:
I liked the fact that you can do timed sessions with this course. Often during lunch time or before bed, I would practice a 30-min session. It helped me put in about average of 1hr/day.

They keep track of time you have spent on the course and give you rough projection of what your score might be. My score came within the projected range.

Their AWA section is very good. I used the template they provided and got 6/6 on it.

Bad:
IR section is not comprehensive. I understand that IR is not factored into one's GMAT score, but it would still have been nice to spend a bit more time on it.

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GMAT Course Review
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     By javierandre 0 0
Improvement:

150 Points

Verbal:     
Quant:     
Location: Online
Taught by: Brian Carlisle

My biggest GMAT mistake was trying to glean insights from all the different test prep companies. I would be on Kaplan, Princeton, MGMAT, Magoosh, amongst others reading and trying new strategies. I'm here to save you a LOT of time. If you are serious about scoring 90th percentile of better (or for that matter 80th or better), you MUST go with Manhattan. No other tests are more accurate or will kick your butt like MGMAT.
The Veritas and Kaplan tests were usually very poor at mimicking the actual test and often inflated my scores (I was scoring 720s easily which was incredibly wrong.)
Manhattan's quant is the gold standard. It will be the toughest and hardest, but if you are serious about improving quant, Manhattan will get you there. Plus the suite of online tools they provide with their classes is second to none.
Additionally, their verbal was best at mimicking the actual GMAT and was strong enough to challenge a high verbal scorer like myself.
Manhattan will give you that test day pop- you will score higher on test day than your practices. Why? Manhattan will challenge and prepare you so well that when you try the actual test, you may find it mildly easier! So do not be discouraged if Manhattan kicks your butt, cause it did the same to me. (I saw a 20 point test day pop which is HUGE.)
Quick comment on my instructors, they were AWESOME and full of energy. But the competitive advantage isn't necessarily the class itself, but the high well organized study strategies and software they provide which give you a clear and crisp study roadmap.
In conclusion, I went from 550 after 6 months of self study, to 700 after the MGMAT class. Disclaimer- you MUST be a self starter and self motivated to get the most from it. But, if you are, do not skimp based on price. During my first round, I tried to go with the cheapest options- big mistake. Go with the gold standard. Manhattan has the best online tools, strategies, and tests in the business hands down! After experiencing both sides, I'm now a believer.

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GMAT Course Review
Best I ever had =P
April 30 | 2016
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     By bkhu 1 0
Final Score:

710

Q49

V38

Improvement:

70 Points

Verbal:     
Quant:     
Location: Online
Taught by: Ravi Sreerama

There are few things that help motivate you to study for the GMAT. Having a great instructor (Ravi) and eager classmates willing to go over tough topics bi-weekly have helped me keep on track as well as increase my understanding of the test. This class isn't meant to teach you the core topics but helps you understand why they ask the question and why the answers are what they are. This is the true nature of really conquering the GMAT. Also, Ravi is a pretty awesome instructor and I wish more instructors teach like he does. If you have high hopes of getting into the MBA of your choice and need serious help. Consider this course and RAVI

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Great course
April 30 | 2016
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     By subha459 0 0
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Quant:     
This review is for: e-GMAT Quant Live Prep
Location: Online
Taught by: Payal Tandon

Upset and frustrated, I started looking for online materials and based on the positive review, I enrolled myself for Quant Live course. I spent some time going through the material and really liked the way concepts were explained. The presentation format of the material really helps understand things faster. The internal forum is pretty active and answers your questions promptly.

I already feel the difference in my quant ability. I would be giving my GMAT again and hopefully these concepts learned from e-gmat will help improve my verbal score. I shall share my feedbakc once agin after my exams. Awesome

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GMAT Course Review
Great course
April 30 | 2016
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     By subha459 0 0
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N/A

Verbal:     
This review is for: e-GMAT Verbal Live Prep
Location: Online

Upset and frustrated, I started looking for online materials and based on the positive review, I enrolled myself for Verbal online course. I spent some time going through the material and really liked the way concepts were explained. The presentation format of the material really helps understand things faster. The internal forum is pretty active and answers your questions promptly. Awesome!

I already feel the difference in my verbal ability. I would be giving my GMAT again and hopefully these concepts learned from e-gmat will help improve my verbal score. I shall share my feedbakc once agin after my exams.

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GMAT Course Review
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     By rachelmwhitlock 0 0
Final Score:

740

Q47

V45

Improvement:

160 Points

Verbal:     
Quant:     
This review is for: Economist GMAT Tutor Premium Prep
Location: Online

When I started studying for the GMAT, I felt like I was moving through lead to get it done. I was reading through Manhattan GMAT books and not really making any progress in my practice tests (I went from a 550 to a 580 on practice tests after poring through the Manhattan books for a couple weeks).

A friend who graduated from Harvard Business School strongly recommended I try the Economist GMAT Tutor, and I started the 7 day free trial. I LOVED it—I honestly enjoyed studying! Not only did studying become much easier, I scored a 740 on the real GMAT after a little less than 4 months of studying with the Economist.

Here’s why I highly recommend the Economist to anyone and everyone thinking about taking the GMAT:
(1) I can't tell you how fun studying for the GMAT became! It's like a gamified study tool that's customized to you. There are graphs that show your progress in the course, time spent by Quant/Verbal, and a score forecast graph that is so fun to watch go up and up as you progress through the course.

(2) Speaking of customized: the Economist is a smart, adaptive tutor that adjusts to what you need to spend more or less time on. The GMAT itself is adaptive, and I love that the Economist is, too. The Economist either quickly moves through the content if you keep answering things right or slows you down and gives you more practice if you're struggling. Rather than having to skim through stuff in a book that you think you Might have mastered, or sit through stuff in a class that you don't need to spend time on—or worse, have to rush through harder concepts for you because you have to follow the class' pace—the Economist helps you focus on what you need to focus on.

(3) You can study on your own time, whenever and wherever. It isn't a scheduled class you have to attend always at a certain time, or take time to travel to. You also don’t need to lug a heavy book around with you. I downloaded the mobile app and studied for 5-minute increments on my phone when I needed a break at work, and for 25-minute increments on my lunch break. You can also use the app offline (on an airplane, for example).

(4) The “Ask-a-Tutor” feature was seriously awesome. Any time I had a question on a specific practice problem or concept in the course, I would just hit a button and submit my question, and within a day or so a tutor would reply via email with a detailed explanation to answer my question. It was fantastic. Also, the Tutoring Sessions were very helpful and I really enjoyed getting customized help and walk throughs with the Tutors over Skype! (P.S. Jake Wengroff is the bomb.com).

(5) This is maybe a small point, but the AWA Essay tutoring in the Economist is the best. They give you a very easy format to follow/memorize, and allow you to submit practice essays that they return, graded and with comments. I followed their format exactly and got a 6.0 on the AWA portion.

For the cost (around $700), I think the Economist is a great value. Way better than either books or a class. Even if you don’t end up going with the Economist, I highly recommend taking advantage of the 7-day trial!

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