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GMAT® Test Preparation

Exam Preparation


Build Your Confidence. Improve Your Exam Score.

A graduate degree in business administration is a gateway to opportunity. Make it through the MBA admissions process and you are on your way to broadening your knowledge, building a strong network, improving your financial circumstances and achieving your goals.

Success in writing the GMAT is not about how long you study, it’s about studying what counts. Led by top-calibre instructors, our GMAT Exam Preparation Program can help you boost your performance on this challenging exam and demonstrate your readiness for graduate business studies.

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Call 604.822.1420 to register.

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The GMAT is a computer-based examination that along with other forms of assessment is used to predict your prospects for success in a graduate business program. It is comprised of four sections: integrated reasoning, quantitative reasoning, verbal reasoning and an analytical writing assessment.

Over the course of 5 weeks, the GMAT Exam Preparation Program covers the key competencies you need to successfully challenge the exam. You will:

  • Develop your higher order reasoning skills and subject area knowledge.
  • Optimize your ability to undertake the quantitative section of the exam.
  • Realistically anticipate the test taking experience.
  • Become familiar with the structure, content and type of questions you can expect in the GMAT exam.
  • Understand the computer adaptive nature of the test and test day protocols.
  • Test yourself through practice quizzes and tests.
  • Adopt a structured study plan that corresponds with your strengths and weaknesses.
  • Determine the optimal section order for you in taking the test.
  • Create an exam-day time management strategy. Learn when to work through a question and when to move on.
  • Acquire a structured approach to learning and a strategic approach to taking the test that builds your self-confidence.



Real-time, face to face instruction in class at UBC Robson Square


5 weeks


Class Hours per week: 6 hours over 2 evenings

Tuition & Fees

$1,125 plus tax  (with Math Refresher combo $1,185 plus tax)

Hours of Study

Outside Class Study Time: Approximately 10 hours per week

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Regular Program Required Courses

Spring / Summer2021

Program curriculum may be subject to change.

About the GMAT Exam

The GMAT exam is a computer-based assessment administered by the Graduate Management Admissions Council to help business schools predict who will succeed in graduate business programs. It takes just under three and a half hours to complete.

The exam consists of four sections: Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Integrated Reasoning, which employ a multiple-choice format, and an Analytical Writing Assessment. Immediately prior to starting their GMAT exam, candidates can select the order in which they take the sections which gives candidates the flexibility to take the exam based on their strengths and testing preferences.

The Verbal Reasoning section measures the ability to read and comprehend written material, reason, evaluate arguments, and correct text to express ideas effectively. Scores are calculated based on difficulty level and on the number of questions answered correctly.

The Quantitative Reasoning section measures the ability to reason mathematically, solve quantitative problems, and interpret graphical data. Scores are calculated based on difficulty level and on the number of questions answered correctly.

The Integrated Reasoning section measures the ability to convert data from multiple sources and in different formats — graphic, numeric, and verbal — into relevant information. It also measures the ability to organize information to see relationships and solve multiple interrelated problems. Most questions in this section require multipart responses; candidates must correctly answer each part to receive full credit. Candidate’s scores are based on the number of questions answered correctly.

The Analytical Writing Assessment section measures the ability to think critically and communicate ideas. It requires an analysis of the reasoning behind an argument then a critique of that argument. The score is the average of two independent ratings: one by an automated essay-scoring engine, and the other rating by a human reviewer.

Candidates receive separate scores for each of the four individual GMAT sections, as well as a total score derived from the Quantitative Reasoning and Verbal Reasoning scores. Integrated Reasoning and Analytical Writing scores are not factored into the total score.

For more information, visit the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) website or www.mba.com.

Delivery Format HOW IT WORKS
In Class or Blended Learn in-person with your instructor and classmates at scheduled class times.
Online Virtual Learn in an online classroom. Attend scheduled virtual sessions with your instructor and classmates. Fixed start and end dates with access to online curriculum and possibly an online tutor.
Online (100% Online) Learn in an online classroom. Fixed start and end dates with the flexibility to collaborate with your classmates. Optional live virtual sessions and access to an online instructor. 
Bill Aube

Bill Aube


Bill Aube has been teaching and tutoring students for the GMAT and GRE since 2009. He believes in relating test-taking strategies to the real world skills required not only in business school but in the workplace as well. He underscores the importance of structure and practice in preparing students to write their exams with skill and confidence. Bill holds an MBA from the Sauder School of Business at UBC.

Stephanie Claggett

Stephanie Claggett


Stephanie Claggett has been a writing and English teacher to students from around the world since 2008. Since completing her MBA at UBC’s Sauder School of Business in 2012, she has been preparing students for the GMAT and GRE.  Stephanie’s focus is on helping students evaluate their own strengths and weaknesses and create study plans that will help them achieve their goals not just for the exam, but ultimately for their academic and professional careers.

Alasdair Maughan

Alasdair Maughan


Alasdair Maughan has helped hundreds of students meet their graduate school admission goals over the last several years. He has scored excellently on the LSAT and GMAT exams, and has been through both law school and business school. His students benefit from his extensive, real-world experience as a successful management consultant. He was also extensively involved in curriculum development for the GMAT and GRE preparation courses at UBC Extended Learning. Framing his teaching to what graduate schools expect of students, he brings a structured approach to the program. Using performance measurement tools to track progress, he challenges students to meet their personal goals through targeted study plans.



Course Questions

Do students get any practice doing the full GMAT exam during the course?

The GMAT is a computer-adaptive test that uses a scoring algorithm. As the course emphasizes face-to-face instruction, students are referred to online practice exams that can be done independently. It is recommended that three to four practice exams be completed after the final session of the course.

Does the instructor provide written feedback on the Analytical Writing Assessment samples prepared by students?

The instructor will provide comments by email.

Is it acceptable for a student to miss the first class?

A student who misses the first class will have to catch up on the material covered through the workbook provided. If time allows, it would be preferable to register for a class where all sessions can be attended.

How much study time is recommended after completing the course?

It is recommended that the average student take at least three weeks to study before the exam and after the last class including trying multiple practice exams.

I’m not satisfied with my test score - can I repeat the course?

At the present time, there is no free course repeat policy. Discounts may be offered on a case-by-case basis.


GMAT Questions

What is the difference between the GMAT and the GRE?

The GMAT or Graduate Management Admission test is used for admission to business school graduate programs. The GRE or Graduate Record Exam is generally for admission to graduate school however some MBA programs are now looking at the GRE.

How often can I take the GMAT exam?

You can take the GMAT once every 16 calendar days and no more than five times in a 12-month period.

You can take the GRE general test once every 21 days, up to five times within a continuous12-month period. This applies even if you cancelled your scores on a previous test.

How long are GMAT scores valid?

A GMAT score is valid for five years, which provides for school application timing flexibility. All scores achieved over a five-year period are sent to the target schools.

GRE scores are valid for five years after the testing year.

When do candidates get their score?

Candidates will receive an unofficial score report including Verbal, Quantitative and Total scores immediately after the test. Official Score Reports are made available online for candidates and selected schools within 20 days of taking the test.

What is considered to be a top GMAT scores? What score do most schools require?

800 is the highest GMAT score possible.

760 is in the 99th percentile and considered to be excellent.

650 is considered to be a competitive score (though 650 is a competitive score for the majority of programs, 720 (95th percentile) is generally considered competitive at top 10 global programs, and that some programs look for performance on specific sections of the test.) 

Where can I take the GMAT exam in Vancouver?

Information on exam locations can be found on the Graduate Management Admission Council website.  In Vancouver the test can be taken at the Pearson Professional Centre in Burnaby or Surrey.

Where can I take the GRE exam in Vancouver?

Information on exam locations can be found on the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) website. In Vancouver the test can be taken at the Prometric Test Centre

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