June 21, 2014

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Course Veritas Prep Full Course Live Online

Instructor Ravi Sreerama

Location Online

My track record with standardized tests has been mediocre throughout my life, so the only reason why I kept holding off on pursuing my MBA is because of the GMAT.

After my company generously offered to pay for my MBA, I finally made the decision this year to go back to school. But given that I last took a math class back in 2001 during my freshman year of college (and it was “business calculus”), I didn’t even know where to begin with my GMAT preparation. Like most people, I started off just buying a book from Amazon to get a feel for the test, and I tried one practice exam.

How did it go? Well, let me put it this way - my reaction after reading the first quantitative question was, “wait…what the heck is an integer?” And it didn’t get much better after that first question.

My score range according to the Kaplan prep book was from 480-510, and I was frustrated, scared, and ready to quit pursuing my MBA only because of the GMAT. But after thinking about it for a few days, I realized I would be the biggest idiot for not trying to improve my lifestyle just because of one test.

After spending countless hours doing my research (lurking on many GMAT message boards, reading testimonials, sampling a few lessons, etc), I was the most impressed with Veritas Prep. I then read the bios of all the instructors, and Ravi Sreerama stood out because of his 5 star rating. I even decided to sacrifice my weekends just to be in Ravi’s class, and it was the best decision I’ve made so far during my MBA journey. If it’s possible to give him 6 stars, I would!

Here is why you must sign up for Ravi’s class under Vertias Prep:
- He knows his material better than most. He has scored consistently in the 99th percentile on both the quant and verbal sections. He also has both a JD and MBA from top schools, but he became a full time GMAT instructor because he enjoys working with students. That speaks volumes about his true passion.
- Great communication style that is easy to follow - Ravi’s communication style is very clear and concise, and he also makes each 3 hour class enjoyable with his great sense of humor and words of wisdom. Those 3 hours fly by, and at the end of each lesson, you feel like you have a much better understanding of the topic.
- Motivation - He will push you hard and will give you tough love because he wants you to do well.
- Hands on approach - Ravi always takes the time to reach out to each of his students. Any time I was struggling or had questions, he was always very helpful. I always wondered how it was even possible for him to juggle 30 plus private chat windows while still teaching the class…

Overall, Veritas Prep is the perfect blend of a great live classroom led by one of the best instructors out there, a full volume of top notch prep books, and plenty of online resources that include about 15 computer adaptive practice tests. After each practice test, you even get a complete analysis of the test, such as areas you should focus on and how you can improve your pacing. I’ve never felt better about going into the GMAT thanks to Veritas Prep, specifically Ravi Sreerama. I highly recommend Vertitas Prep, and I encourage you to sign up for Ravi's class if that works with your schedule. You won't regret it!

BTW, from what I’ve read, each practice exam is a very good indicator of the actual GMAT, and I’m pleased to say that I’ve been consistently breaking 700. Not bad considering I couldn’t even remember the definition of an integer when I first started this process…

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