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Stratus Prep is so different from any other test prep or admissions firm. Everyone, from the tutors to the office staff, cares so much about your success. From the first time I called to ask about GMAT Tutoring, everyone was so insightful and accommodating. Just knowing they were behind me 100% made me want to do better, and I did!
I was doing great with Quant, but my Verbal score kept pulling me down. My Stratus Prep tutor pinpointed exactly which question type I wasn’t getting, and he literally spent hours with me helping me through practice problems and explaining until I really understood everything. I ended up with a 780!!
I understood all the concepts but made careless mistakes and struggle with timing. My tutor taught me incredibly useful problem-solving techniques that saved me time while dramatically increasing my accuracy. Hello 710!
I bought a few GMAT books but they were confusing (sometimes even inaccurate), and I was never motivated to study. My Stratus Prep tutor explained concepts so I could understand them, and he assigned me lots of homework to keep me on track. It worked! I never thought I would break 700, but I got a 720!!
I live in Charlotte, but I came all the way to NYC just to do private tutoring with Shawn (Stratus Prep’s founder). My buddy from college who lives in New York swears by Shawn’s methods, and she said I had to use him to prep for the GMAT! It has been worth the travel and every dime!

Our Founder

Shawn P. O’Connor is the Founder and President of Stratus Prep. He was chosen as US News' LSAT/Law School Expert and he writes their column "Law Admissions Lowdown". He also writes the Forbes column "The Launching Pad". With more than seven years of standardized test prep and admissions experience, Mr. O’Connor provides personalized admissions counseling to hundreds of law and business school applicants each year. Mr. O’Connor also teaches LSAT and GMAT classes and tutors private individuals for these exams. Finally, Mr. O’Connor authored Stratus Prep’s renowned Law School Bootcamp.

Mr. O’Connor received his Masters in Business Administration with Highest Honors (Baker Scholar) from Harvard Business School and his Juris Doctor, cum laude from Harvard Law School. At Harvard, Mr. O’Connor was the recipient of numerous merit-based awards and scholarships including the prestigious John T. Thayer and Henry Ford II Scholarships. Mr. O’Connor is a 1999 summa cum laude graduate of Georgetown University’s Walsh School of Foreign Service where he received the Dean’s Medal for highest grade point average. Mr. O’Connor scored a 179 on the LSAT and a 780 on the GMAT.

Prior to launching Stratus Prep, Mr. O’Connor worked domestically and internationally for McKinsey & Company, Lehman Brothers, Mercer Management Consulting, and the Boston law firm of Sullivan & Worcester. In addition to his work in the private sector, Mr. O’Connor served as a legislative advisor to former Congressman James C. Greenwood and as deputy chief of staff and communications director for Pennsylvania’s former Lieutenant Governor Catherine Baker Knoll.

Mr. O’Connor is admitted to the bar in New York and Massachusetts. In addition to his work with Stratus Prep, Mr. O’Connor represents clients on a pro bono basis in international human rights and political asylum matters.

Mr. O’Connor is currently working on a much anticipated book about attaining success in the New Economy.