Graduate schools typically require the GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test) to be considered for entry. Many test prep companies and postsecondary institutions offer GMAT courses to help you prepare for the actual test. Read on to find out what you need to do to get started.
What You Need to Know
GMAT courses help prepare you to earn the score you want on your GMAT exam. Courses are offered through a variety of institutions and may be offered evenings, nights or weekends, or online. Courses cover the material to be found on the exam and may involve practice tests.
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Why Should I Enroll in GMAT Courses?
If you are planning on majoring in business or management in graduate school, you may need to register to take the GMAT. The GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test) will help colleges and universities determine your ability to handle graduate-level coursework and match you with graduate schools most suited to your skills and abilities. Because it's important to score well on the test, it may be beneficial for you to prepare ahead of time by enrolling in GMAT courses. These courses can help you master the topics covered on the GMAT and obtain an acceptable score on the actual test. There are four sections to the GMAT:
• Analytical writing
• Verbal reasoning
• Quantitative reasoning
• Integrated reasoning
Where Can I Take GMAT Courses?
You can find GMAT courses at colleges and universities, as well as test prep companies such as the Princeton Review. Depending on the institution, these courses can be completed in the classroom, online or as a combination of the two. You'll need to pay a fee in order to enroll in the courses. Fees can range from a few hundred to a few thousand dollars. Some institutions may offer free or low-cost trial periods. Some of the schools that offer courses are listed below:
• University of Denver (Denver, Colorado) offers a ten-session prep course twice a year.
• Princeton Review (Nationwide) has online or classroom prep courses students can take mostly anywhere to prepare for the GMAT.
• University of San Diego (San Diego, California) has a thirty-hour program through their School of Professional and Continuing Education.
• Dallas County Community College District (Dallas, Texas) offers a GMAT prep course through their Brookhaven campus.
• American University (Washington, D.C.) provides twenty-four instructional hours to prepare students for the GMAT that also includes practice exams.
What Can I Expect from the Courses?
Courses may vary depending on where you enroll. Some courses use real test questions from the GMAT. Course materials for these classes often include books published by the creators of the GMAT, such as the Official Guide for the GMAT Review. GMAT courses may cover topics such as math, analytical writing and reading comprehension. Practice tests and essays are available as well. Some courses will give you a diagnostic score report on your practice tests and live online feedback on the essay portion.
Course formats may include workshops, online private tutoring, one-on-one coaching, interactive discussions, CD training and simulated exercises. Supplemental training may be available as well. Depending on the program, you may be allowed to keep any training materials used in your courses. Course registration may be on a first come, first served basis.