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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I took an online GMAT course a while back with Veritas Prep and had a pretty good teacher at the time (he was VERY GOOD when it came to data sufficiency). Sadly, when I took my actual GMAT about two months later, mys core suffered severely. Luckily, Veritas is one of those companies that allows you to take the course again if you need to. Instead of doing the course online, I decided to do it in person (hopefully to try something new and get different results.)
I didn't expect much of a difference coming in but was I surprised! Chester helped to show me a couple of the mistakes that I was making by the second class and he truly helped me out as far as understanding what question I needed to answer and steps that I needed to take in order to get there. Chester was an awesome instructor who went out of his way to send us helpful material outside of class and make himself available if needed.
I would 1000% recommend taking Chester if you want good strategies as far as passing the GMAT and understanding the tricks that the GMAT uses on you to throw you off.
Anthony Ritz was a fantastic instructor. Somehow he managed to hold my attention through six all-day courses, relaying tons of strategies and techniques for answering GMAT questions. He truly cares about every student in his classes and is endlessly patient. I actually started to look forward to classes after one or two sessions. He was also non-judgmental, which was important to me, since my practice test score was pretty low - particularly in the quantitative section. Instead of dismissing my needs, he seemed to be more patient and spend more time on quantitative material. I could not have asked for a better instructor.
Results: I improved my score by 70 points and received perfect scores on the verbal and essay portions of the GMAT.