Bobby Umar
GMAT Instructor

    
Number of reviews [16]


Company: Veritas Prep
Packages: Veritas Prep Full Course   Veritas Prep Immersion Course  
Locations: Toronto   London  
While working at Bombardier as an Aerospace Design Engineer, Bobby founded a successful musical theater company called Markham Thespian Society. He also attended Second City’s renowned Conservatory Program, and as a professional actor, Bobby’s sketch comedy troupe Fade to Brown filmed a TV pilot, and he’s appeared in various commercials and on-stage ventures. Most recently, Bobby started his own company called Raeallan, where he is a corporate trainer, motivational speaker, and coach. 

Blending the worlds of higher education and entertainment, Bobby brings an engaging presence, endless exuberance, and dynamic people skills essential to developing and connecting people. This energy fuels his Veritas Prep students, who have made Bobby the unofficial Veritas Prep “King of the Exclamation Point!!!!” for the overwhelming excitement they show while writing enthusiastic course evaluations and testimonials. He was named Worldwide GMAT Instructor of the Year in 2009, but more importantly, he values the successful GMAT score reports and admissions letters received by his hundreds of grateful students.

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Bobby Umar's Reviews
GMAT Course Review
Fun Times - Decent Content
November 28 | 2013
2 out of 2 people found the following review helpful
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This review is for: Veritas Prep Full Course
Location: Toronto
Consultant: Bobby Umar

I took the Veritas course this fall on the recommendation of a friend who had enjoyed it and subsequently scored well on the GMAT. My experience was much the same.

Bobby is a great guy. He's smart and does his best to make the class entertaining so you can pay attention after a long day at work. In addition to keeping the course material engaging he also gave the class "MBA Life" tips about the overall experience that were always fun. I ended up creating a study group with 5 others from my class (which Bobby encourages) and we went out for drinks a few times. All good on that side of things.

Unfortunately, the downside of all the fun is that during class you very rarely get to the more difficult material at the end of each lesson. Depending on where you are scoring that is not necessarily such a bad thing, but for me it was always a bit of a letdown. Otherwise he is a great teacher and the Veritas material is very strong (I preferred it over both the official guide and the Kaplan books) and easy to follow along with on your own in case you don't get to it in class.

All in all a solid 4 out of 5 and I would recommend it to anyone looking to boost their score.


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GMAT Course Review
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This review is for: Veritas Prep Full Course
Location: Toronto
Consultant: Bobby Umar

Upon signing up for the course, I was impressed by immediate access to Veritas' online resources. Throughout the course, the easy to use and thorough selection of practice tests and library of class recordings proved immensely helpful. I was pleasantly surprised by the extremely heavy fedex that arrived containing the course materials.

Bobby was a fantastic instructor who struck the perfect balance of knowledge, humour, and most outstandingly - motivation. He was thorough with the lessons and quick to answer questions - whether quant or verbal. His energy and humour were critical to making the class a success, after all, this was an evening class and our group was coming from long days at the office. Bobby kept our attention and kept things moving.

Throughout the course Bobby was emphatic about ensuring we keep up with materials, create and recreate our study plans, and ultimately write the test. In this regard I believe he really went above the call of duty. I believe that I may not have written the test so soon after the course if it was not for Bobby's motivational words.

I do think it's important to point out that for one of the classes, where Bobby fell ill, we had a replacement instructor. He wasn't bad, but I definitely felt the difference in energy and proficiency between him and our regular instructor. I'd suggest sitting in on the first class before confirming the course if you want to ensure you get a great instructor.

Other details you might like to know:
- The course took place in an office in the downtown core - there was plenty of space and it was far nicer than I expected.
- Our group formed study groups outside the course and became friends, we still get together over 6 months later.
- The veritas materials are fantastic, and you can call their hotline anytime to discuss problems and get questions answered

All in all, this was worth the investment for me. It's not a trivial amount of money, but I highly recommend spending the extra dough to cover all your bases.


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