Gardena, CA USA GMAT Course Reviews
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Mark Porath in Los Angeles - Amazing!
January 23 | 2014

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       By Anonymous joined: January 23, 2014 | 12 | 10 | native speaker
Improvement:  60 Points  |  Verbal:        |  Quant:      
This review is for:   Veritas Prep Private Tutoring | Location:   Gardena, CA USA  |
After reading reviews and talking to representatives at multiple test prep companies (including Kaplan, Princeton Review and Manhattan GMAT), I signed up for 14 hours of tutoring through Veritas. I had spent the 4 months prior studying on my own, and I had improved my score 60 points from my initial practice test. I decided to get a tutor to focus on my problem areas in math so I could get a score in the 700s. (Please note that I only had tutoring on the Quantitative Section, so the Verbal Section is not applicable in my case.) Mark Porath was amazing! We used the 14 hours of tutoring over 8 weeks. With his help, my score improved another 60 points. I scored 710 on the exam! He has a ton of experience and was able to teach me so many tricks. He provided countless sample problems, and I learned to answer problems quickly and to complete the exam confidently.
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GMAT Veritas 36-Hour Weekend Course Review
October 21 | 2012

1 out of 1 people found the following review helpful
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       By kiwikool2009 joined: October 21, 2012 | 0 | 0 | native speaker
Improvement:  N/A  |  Verbal:        |  Quant:      
This review is for:   Veritas Prep Weekend Course | Location:   Gardena, CA USA  | Taught by:  Mia McIver
**Disclaimer: The location of this course says "Gardena, CA USA" because for some reason the drop-down options did not include Los Angeles, CA. So to clarify, I actually took this course in Los Angeles, and more specifically in Culver City, CA USA. GMAT Club please correct your drop-down menu options!!!

I first heard about Veritas from a friend who took the 6-week course and really liked it. Encouraged by this, I decided last minute to register for the weekend course 2 days before the class started. The staff at Veritas was very helpful in getting me registered on such short notice. They even shipped my books to me FedEx priority so that I received them the very next day before class started.

The class was held in Culver City at the Courtyard Marriott in a room which was very nice and clean. (I had sat in on a free class offered by another prep course competitor and the classroom was very old and dingy, hence I was very impressed by the Courtyard.) My class size was about 8 people and everyone was very friendly and supportive of one another.

I thought that my teacher was very nice and helpful. She took the time to answer any questions and seemed well prepared to teach a GMAT course. She encouraged class participation so that time went by very fast and I always felt like part of the discussion. I never felt bored and she never made me feel dumb for asking any questions or not understanding a problem.

Veritas gives you 12 books divided by subject matter - arithmetic, critical reading, geometry, sentence correction etc. Since I took the weekend course, each Saturday and Sunday was 7 hours long with a hour break for lunch. This was for 3 weekends so we covered roughly 2 books per day (~ 3 hours each). I liked learning while going through the book. It helped organize my thought process and provided a good structure to the course.

The course material is very user-friendly. It logically takes you through the material in an organized way. Each subject matter is first broken down to its very basic parts so that you can refresh yourself on very basic math procedures for example. I think having a strong foundation in the basics helps to understand the more complex material later. Additionally each page of the books is not convoluted with information, so you do not feel overwhelmed. My class happened to be the first class to receive the newly revised edition of books by Veritas. Thus, there were some typos that sometimes caused me to think I got the answer wrong when in actuality I was right. This was sometimes frustrating but overall the errors are rare.

The weekend course is great if you are someone like me who works full-time and is exhausted after a day's work and couldn't possibly fathom attending a 7pm-10pm class two days a week (the 6-week evening course.) But 3 weekends does go by fast, so you will have to play some catch up on reviewing the material once the class is done. I think the course laid a great foundation for me, and now I am on my own to build upon the foundation and refine my skills. The great thing is that your online student account is accessible for a year and you can re-take another Veritas course for free at any time for one year after.

I highly recommend this course to anyone wanting to get started studying for the GMAT. Not to mention you get 36 hours total of class time with Veritas as compared to the measly 22-27 hours offered by prep course competitors. Thanks for reading this, and good luck with the GMAT!
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May 23 | 2012

1 out of 1 people found the following review helpful
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       By draysh joined: April 3, 2012 | 0 | 0 | native speaker
Improvement:  N/A  |  Verbal:        |  Quant:      
This review is for:   Veritas Prep Weekend Course | Location:   Gardena, CA USA  | Taught by:  Brian Galvin
I signed up for a weekend class with Veritas with the thought that I only needed something to force me to get me started with my studying. Long story short, I was very wrong. Veritas helped me see that there is so much more to doing well on the test than simply practice and some conceptual knowledge. I was fairing somewhat decently with GMAT practice questions prior to the course but I was not confident that I was at that desired 700 level ability, and the explanations in the practice book I had purchased (ahem, Princeton Review) were just not cutting it.

In regard to the class itself, I can say nothing but good things. The four 9-hour day weekend course was quick but highly informative. It did take a little mental stamina to keep focused for that much time at once, but it was definitely rewarding. Brian, the instructor, was a real pro and it was easy to see that he really cared about the quality and usefulness of the class. The materials he passed out were very structured and succinct. Everything he went over had a purpose, so you really get value in the time you invest. Most importantly, the course doesn't just serve as a quick fix for lack of self-study as I had originally thought. Rather, it re-teaches you how to approach the exam by helping you be more efficient and think in a manner that avoids all the pitfalls the GMAT likes to throw at you. I have taken several practice exams already and am consistently scoring in the 700 range. I know that Veritas played a huge part in that.


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