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3 out of 3 people found the following review helpful
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     By nschneid 0 0
Final Score:

710

Q47

V41

Improvement:

110 Points

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This review is for: Kaplan GMAT Tutoring - In Person
Location: Dallas, TX USA
Taught by: Seth Ketron

My gmat study story is extremely long and I will not hit on every single detail. I began studying for the GMAT on Thanksgiving 2014. I decided back then that I was underutilized at my job and wanted to make the most of my spare time (both at work and outside of work). I set a big goal for myself of 700+ with a reach school being Berkeley.

My first approach was self study- I used the Kaplan premier guide and studied that from beginning to end. All of my CATs were roughly 490-530. I'm really not a good test taker. I am where I am today because I simply try harder than everyone else (and it worked in my GMAT studies too). I decided I needed some more in-depth books so I went with MGMAT, the full 10 book comprehensive set. I found MGMAT to be very exhaustive and clunky. I set May as my month to take the official GMAT using these two self help programs.

My highest CAT going into the exam was 600. So by simply using the self-help books and understanding the exam, I raised my score by roughly 100 points. On test day, I scored a 600. I knew I was not ready but I just wanted the experience of an actual test day (too bad it cost $250 dollars thanks to a non profit called the GMAC).

So later that day I decided to crank it into another gear. I called and singed up for the Kaplan 1-on-1 in-person private tutoring (25 hours). The program is outrageously expensive but I am looking for merit-based scholarships at lower ranked schools so I was willing to pay a lot for the program. I was matched with a great tutor. We developed a good working relationship and formed a great study plan. I learned SO much from the program. I came in with a big head like ohhhhh I've been studying for this for 7 months, what can you possibly tell me etc etc. But once I swallowed my pride, I learned how amazing and SIMPLE Kaplan makes the GMAT. Their online practice CATs and CAT reviews are so streamlined and effective. The single most valuable part of the program is its instructors, followed by their online videos.

In july I retook the test and scored a... 580. WHAT you say. Yeah, i discovered that I have awful test anxiety when I believe I can do something LOL. I was so focused on seeing a 700 on my final report that I was not focused on what was going on in front of me. In fact, I took the entire exam not fully reading the questions... yeah wut.

I felt devastated. I'll just leave it at that. I thought I would study for the GRE. Then, I said no way. I signed up for Kaplan's live online class (they let you retake a live online course if you dont get the score you want) and went from there. I discovered that yes retaking the course in an online class setting was helpful. But really it was just a review. I was scoring the same on practice CATs that I was getting on CATs with my private instructor (670-700) but I was benefitting from the insight of another professor. So I scheduled my third test for 6 weeks out and tried again.

In October, I finally got my 700+ goal- I got a 710 with a near perfect verbal, 65% ish math, perfect essay, and LOL a 3 on IR (my first test had an 80% so I don't care).

Summary of things that helped me:
1. Kaplan, obviously. One could question if 1-on-1 was effective based on my lower score after signing up. Not true. I found out I get bad test anxiety and went to the doctor to get meds, so it was a personal thing.
2. Study 6 days a week. Go out and party on the 7th.
3. Take a CAT a week. I took 23 practice CATS during my 3 rounds of studying (truly embarrassing I am that motivated)
4. Stick with one program
5. Watch all of the Kaplan online videos many many times. Many times- like 3-5 times for each video.
6. Use the sound proofing ear muffs in the test room- really. I did this during my third time and I was SO concentrated. Tune out all the other noodle heads in the room
7. Don't give up. I am a 3.4 GPA from a competitive US public school but I do not consider myself to be smart (in the conventional test taking way). The fact that you are even on this site, reading my review, shows that you are passionate about your career and you will succeed.

P.S. I gave the quant portion of the program only 4 stars just because it's not Kaplan's strongest point. Their math techniques will take you FAR but not far enough to get in 80%+ for quant. This is just my opinion. In the end, I do not care because I got a total combined of 91%.

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1 Commented by samie0302 on March 21, 2016
So glad you finally got your 700+ score!
I am planning to sit the GMAT for the 3rd time after quitting my job to study and seeing NO improvement. This time round I want to go down the class/private tutor route as I've only done self study until now. Your review & journey is helpful and inspiring. thanks.
GMAT Course Review
0 out of 1 people found the following review helpful
     By Anonymous 0 0
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This review is for: Veritas Prep Full Course
Location: Dallas, TX USA
Taught by: Tracy Brassard

Tracy Brassard is truly a fantastic teacher! Her techniques and tips are brilliant, and they taught me to think in a different way, especially in the quant section. I learned so many methods that I had never been taught in neither high school nor college. She did great at making the content understandable and there was always more than enough time to ask all questions and get a full explanation. I plan to take the GMAT this spring after my wedding, when I have some spare time to focus again. I highly recommend Veritas Prep, and Tracy's tutoring. The texts are so helpful too. Invest in your future with Veritas Prep!

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Marc Feinberg GMAT Tutoring
October 22 | 2014
     By annmontgomery 0 5
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80 Points

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Marc was an amazing GMAT tutor. I had struggled with this test for months, and had even completed a course only to still be scoring in the middle 600's. Marc gave me the confidence and the skills to know that I could earn a top score. For me, so much of the battle was mental, particularly with the Quant section, and Marc's positive teaching style was perfect to ease my lack of confidence. Marc also worked really hard to understand the root cause of why I was missing certain types of problems, helping me to better identify and tackle them in the future. I only wish I hadn't paid for a course and had studied on my own before spending the bulk of my funds on simply tutoring with Marc -- the extra time with individualized attention could have gotten me an even higher score!

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Veritas Prep Review
March 24 | 2014
1 out of 1 people found the following review helpful
     By Anonymous 0 0
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This review is for: Veritas Prep Immersion Course
Location: Dallas, TX USA

I have really enjoyed my usage of Veritas Prep. I am doing the class that is mostly done by myself. It includes online help as well. Most courses provide a few books and that's it. Veritas Prep breaks everything down to make the test much simpler and easier to achieve a high score. I did a lot of research before I purchased the Veritas Prep package. Although the Veritas Prep package was kind of expensive, you get every dollar's worth. Every tool needed to get the desired score you need is in the box. I think if I did another company, I would not have been able to stay focused on doing this. Checking off the list they provide as kept me focused on taking something that is not that interesting to me. This Vertias Prep class definitely motivated me to work harder

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Veritas Experience
November 30 | 2013
1 out of 1 people found the following review helpful
     By Anonymous 0 0
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This review is for: Veritas Prep Full Course
Location: Dallas, TX USA
Taught by: Tracy Brassard

The Veritas prep has certainly prepped me for the GMAT. Starting from the customer service all the way till the end of the course the experience has been great. The books are very direct and the explanations are easy especially for someone like me who does not have a Math background and have not picked up a book in about 17 years.

The teacher's flexibility to answer queries during and after class hours is something that we do not see often especially for prepping classes.

The teaching focuses a lot on short cuts and nifty tricks to solve math problems and also on essential clues that one should look out for to solve and get the right answer .

Also with the Veritas App that has questions and recorded classes , this certainly makes learning a continuous process.

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GMAT Course Review
Veritas 36 hour
March 11 | 2013
     By tvern09 0 0
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100 Points

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This review is for: Veritas Prep Full Course
Location: Dallas, TX USA

I really liked the set up of the books, the cadence of class and class size, the accesibility of the teacher, and the online resources. I was not impressed that I had to print a hundred pages of updated pages because my book contained countless errors and i was not always pleased with the pace of the class, as the slowest person in the class tend to drive the pace.

Overalll I am glad I took the class and feel better off for it! I have shared my experience with co-workers who have attended the princeton review and everyone agrees that Veritas is the best value and course.

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