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GMAT Online Prep Course


No matter where you are in the country, this GMAT Online Preparation course is for you! With this course, you will have the opportunity to take the course from anywhere, you only need access to a computer. Designed for those students who need to take a GMAT Preparation course but prefer a non-classroom setting. 

This GMAT Online Preparation course has the same great course and material as University of South Carolina's GMAT Course but offered in an easy online format. This comprehensive 24 hour preparation course is taught online by our experienced and expert instructors.

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.

Like GMAT Prep Course offered in a classroom setting, this GMAT online course provides you with 24 hours of online instruction and in-depth coverage  of Reading Comprehension, Critical Reasoning, Sentence Correction, Problem Solving, Data Sufficiency, Analytical Writing, and a comprehensive review of the mathematical concepts tested on the GMAT.  Students are also provided with the opportunity to see actual questions from previous GMAT tests.

We'll provide to you:

  • Course Textbook: "GMAT 13th Edition Review-Official Guide"*
  • Exam prep workbook*
  • Expert Instruction

*Students will receive materials before first class starts.


Upcoming Sessions

 Course: PD16-2153: GMAT Exam Prep Online Course
 Dates: Mondays and Wednesdays: 07/13/16 - 08/15/16
 Times: 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
 Fee: $849.00
 Session(s): 10
 Notes: Course materials will be shipped to you. Online instructions will be emailed approx. one week before the course starts.


 Course: PD16-2155: GMAT Exam Prep Online Course
 Dates: Mondays and Wednesdays: 10/19/16 - 11/16/16
 Times: 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
 Fee: $849.00
 Session(s): 8
 Notes: Course materials will be shipped to you. Online instructions will be emailed approx. one week before the course starts.


 Course: PD16-2154: GMAT Exam Prep Online Course
 Dates: Tuesdays & Thursdays: 09/15/16 - 10/11/16
 Times: 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
 Fee: $849.00
 Session(s): 8
 Notes: Course materials will be shipped to you. Online instructions will be emailed approx. one week before the course starts.

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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


Online Courses – Frequently Asked Questions


How do these courses compare to the live face-to-face classes offered on campus?

The Live online classes are very similar to the campus classes. We use the same curriculum and materials, and the same proven strategies to help you succeed on the exam.  You are able to interact with your instructor and participate in the class through the use of online technologies.


How does “Live-Online” differ from other online classes?

Most online classes are asynchronous, which means they are pre-recorded or prepared in advance. Students work through the classes at their own pace or are provided with a new module to review on their own each week. The Live-online classes have a live instructor who is there to teach the class and answer questions in real-time; just like in a traditional classroom setting.


How are the classes delivered?

The Live-online Test Prep class uses software called Adobe Connect. This software allows you to view and hear the instructor, share documents, and interact with the instructor and other students.  While the instructor uses a microphone to broadcast voice over internet protocol (VOIP) students do not need a microphone or camera to participate. Students simply type questions and answers into chat and quiz features built into the modules.


What are the software and system requirements?

All you need to participate in the Live-online test prep class is access to high speed internet on a computer with speakers (or headphones) and Adobe Flash Player version 10.01 or higher, which can be downloaded for free. 


How will I be able to participate in the class? 

The Live-online test prep class allows you the opportunity to interact with the instructors and other students in a variety of ways.  You will be able to ask questions and make comments through the course’s chat features.  In addition, the course will utilize quiz features that allow you to answer questions. You will also have access to your instructor by phone and email, just as you would in our traditional classroom programs.


Will the sessions be recorded?

Yes. The sessions will be recorded and will be available to you to stream.  The streaming video will be available to you shortly after the scheduled meeting date and will remain available for 30 days after the session. 


Do I need to order any textbooks or workbooks?

The Live-online test prep class includes the same textbooks and workbooks as our traditional classroom programs.  A copy of the textbook and workbook will be available for you to pick up at the University’s Continuing Education office or will be mailed to you approximately one week prior to the class begins. 

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.*                          

*Current as of 1/2014. These figures change frequently. Encourage students to 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 to find the test centers nearest to class location.

Related Links:

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

MBA Online Directory: Helpful resources including a directory of colleges offering MBA online programs and general information about getting a MBA and the process.

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.


If you would prefer to register by phone, please contact us at (803) 777-9444.


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