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GMAT Exam Prep Course


University Test Prep is here to help you take the next step in your professional career.  Prepare for your MBA with the University of South Carolina's only sponsored GMAT Prep course. 

Our multi-session test preparation course is designed by test preparation experts to help you maximize your potential.  Whether you are seeking assistance with the GMAT quantitative section or the GMAT verbal, this course is sure to improve your skills, confidence, and score.  We have helped hundreds gain admissions into the MBA program of their choice, and we are ready to help you.

The GMAT Prep Course offers 24 hours of instruction at a price you can afford.  The Course provides in-depth coverage of Integrated Reasoning (New section added to the test), Reading Comprehension, Critical Reasoning, Sentence Correction, Problem Solving, Data Sufficiency, Analytical Writing, and a comprehensive review of the mathematical concepts tested on the GMAT.  We'll provide to you at the first class:

  • Course Textbook: "GMAT Review for 2015-Official Guide"
  • Exam prep workbook
  • 24 hours of Expert Instruction from a trained and experienced instructor


Upcoming Sessions

 Course: PD16-2143: GMAT Prep Course
 Dates: Tuesdays and Thursdays: 06/07/16 - 06/30/16
 Times: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
 Fee: $849.00
 Session(s): 8
 Notes: The course location and directions will be emailed approximately one week before the course begins.


 Course: PD16-2229: GMAT Prep Course
 Dates: Mondays and Wednesdays: 09/14/16 - 10/10/16
 Times: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
 Fee: $849.00
 Session(s): 8
 Notes: The course location and directions will be emailed approximately one week before the course begins.

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GMAT Course Plan

Session 1: Introduction to the GMAT
GMAT Questions & Answers
GMAT item types
Session 6: Quantitative and Critical Reasoning
Equations in Data Sufficiency Items
Inferences, Flaw Items
Session 2: Quantitative and Verbal
Properties of Arithmetic
Sentence Correction
Session 7: Quantitative and Verbal
Word Problems
Reading Comprehension
Session 3: Quantitative and Critical Reasoning
Fractions, Decimals, Percents
Argument structure
Strengthen & Weaken Items
Session 8:

Circles, Coordinate Geometry
Yes/No Questions in Data Sufficiency
Analytical Writing

Session 4: Quantitative and Verbal
Exponents, Linear Equations
Reading Comprehension
Session 5: Quantitative and Verbal
Lines, Angles, Polygons
Sentence Correction




Here is what a few participants had to say about their experience:

"The instructor was great at explaining things and the slides were helpful." -Fall 2014

"Great instructor, very helpful!" -Summer 2014 

 "Really liked the teaching style of the instructor-made us try the problems and think. Great class. Very helpful course." -Fall 2013 

"Instructor was very knowledgeable. Helpful course, learned a lot. I feel better about taking the test." -Spring 2013 

"Instructor was great and creative in explaining her reasoning on how to solve the problems."
-Spring 2013

 "At first I tried to study by myself but I'm glad that I did this course."
-Summer 2011

"Instructor is excellent at keeping the class/topic interesting. One of the best instructors ever." -Spring 2012

"Outstanding class and instructor" -Spring 2012

"Instructor was extremely helpful and willing to slow down and explan it in different ways." -Summer 2012



Frequent Questions about the GMAT


What is the GMAT?

The GMAT is a standardized assessment that helps business schools assess the qualifications of applicants for advanced study in business and management. Schools use the test as one predictor of academic performance in an MBA or other graduate program.


The GMAT measures basic verbal, mathematical, and analytical writing skills that you have developed over time. It does not measure specific content from undergraduate study.


Who should take the GMAT?

Anyone looking to enroll in a graduate level business program will likely need to take the GMAT.  Check with the programs you are considering and find out whether or not they require or accept the GMAT.


What is tested on the GMAT?

Inegrated Reasoning- This new section was added in June and it is designed to measure your ability to evaluate information presented in multiple formats from multiple resources-skills you already use, and skills you need to suceed in our data-rich world. This is a 30 minute section.

Analytical Writing Assessment – The AWA consists of 1 writing tasks – Analysis of an Argument. You are allowed 30 minutes to complete each essay.

Quantitative Section – (Math Section) - This section contains 37 multiple-choice questions of two types – Data Sufficiency and Problem Solving. Section time: 75 minutes.

Verbal Section – This section contains 41 multiple-choice questions of three types – Reading Comprehension, Critical Reasoning, and Sentence Correction. Section time: 75 minutes.

The test takes about 3 hours, 30 minutes to complete (4 hours with breaks).


How is the GMAT scored?

  • The scale for the GMAT is 200 – 800.  
  • An additional score of 0-6 will be given for the Analytical Writing.
  • 500 is approximately the 50th percentile of all test takers.


What is a good score?

It depends.  The 50th percentile for everyone that takes the test is approximately 500.  However, a good score is defined as one that gets you into the program you want, not by a number.  Check with the programs you are considering, and ask them if they have a minimum and an average for everyone in the program to get a better idea of what your goal should be.


How much does it cost to take the GMAT?

GMAT Registration…...$250, but the price changes frequently.*

You may reschedule and cancel your test date, see GMAT website for details.

           *Current as of 1/01/2014. These figures change frequently. Check website.


How do I contact GMAT?                                 

GMAT Customer Service            7am – 7pm Central Time

1 – 800 – 717- GMAT (4628) or 1 - 952 – 681 - 3680


Can I take a practice test?

Yes. Practice tests are available free from GMAT.  Download the Powerprep software from the GMAT website:

    • Top navigation “The GMAT” dropdown.  You will see “Free Test Preparation Software”


How do I register for the GMAT?

Use the test center locator found at find the test centers nearest to class location. Test is offered typically every day Monday-Friday depending on the availablilty of the test center.




Related Links: 


GMAT Website: For more information about the test and to register, visit their website


University of South Carolina Admissions Office: To apply to USC, admisson process, deadlines, and to contact an admissions counselor.

University of South Carolina Visitor's Center: Schedule a campus tour!

University of South Carolina Financial Aid & Awards: To learn about financial aid or an award and to apply.

Darla Moore School of Business: Learn about the programs offered, admission requirements, schedule a visit, and to contact a counselor.

University of South Carolina Career Center: Located on the 6th floor of the Darla Moore School of Business. Career Center offers services with finding hands-on experience, locating full and part-time employment opportunities, career fairs, job shadowing, mock interviewings, counseling, career assessments, and workshops.

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