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GRE® Test Preparation

Exam Preparation


Study Smart and Improve the Competitiveness of your Score.

Whether you are seeking a career change, increased earning power or the opportunity to distinguish yourself with an advanced degree, you already know that admission to graduate school is highly competitive. While admission committees consider a variety of factors, GRE results facilitate the comparison of applicants outside of work experience or undergraduate performance. 

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

$100 discount offered to UBC students and alumni. Coupon Code UBCST100.
Call 604.822.1420 to register.

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The GRE is a widely accepted graduate school admission examination that along with other forms of assessment is used to predict a candidate’s prospects for success in academic graduate studies.

It is comprised of three sections: Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing as well as an additional unscored or research section.

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

  • Become familiar with the structure, content and type of questions you can expect in the GRE exam as well as test day protocols.
  • Develop your higher order reasoning skills and subject area knowledge.
  • Optimize your ability to undertake the Quantitative section of the exam.
  • Build your vocabulary.
  • Learn how to tackle the Analytical Writing essays.
  • Test yourself through practice quizzes and tests.
  • Adopt a structured study plan that corresponds with your strengths and weaknesses.
  • 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


6 hours per week over 4.5 weeks or 3 hours per week over 9 weeks.


6 hours over 2 evenings or 3 hours over one evening (6:30-9:30pm).

Tuition & Fees

$960 plus tax (with Math Refresher $1,020 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 GRE Exam

The GRE (Graduate Record Exam) is the most widely accepted standardized test for graduate school admission and provides a broad assessment of a candidate’s critical thinking, analytical writing, vocabulary, verbal reasoning and quantitative reasoning skills.  It is comprised of Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning and Analytical Writing sections as well as an unscored or research section (for exam development purposes) and takes about three hours and 45 minutes to complete. In most regions of the world, the exam is computer-based and available on a continuous basis throughout the year.

The Verbal Reasoning section of the exam measures the candidate’s ability to analyze and draw conclusions from written text; reason from incomplete data; identify an author's perspective and understand multiple levels of meaning, such as literal, figurative and author intent.

The Quantitative Reasoning section measures the candidate’s ability to understand, interpret and analyze quantitative information; solve problems using mathematical models; and apply basic skills and concepts of arithmetic, algebra, geometry and data analysis.

A candidate’s performance in the first part of the Verbal and Quantitative Reasoning sections of the GRE determines the difficulty of the subsequent Verbal and Quantitative sections.

The Analytical Writing or “essay” section measures the candidate’s ability to articulate complex ideas clearly and effectively; support ideas with relevant reasons and examples; examine claims and accompanying evidence; sustain a well-focused, coherent discussion and control the elements of standard written English.

Candidates will received three scores, one for each section of the GRE. Exam takers unsatisfied with their score have the option to retake the test and choose the scores by test date to send to their target schools.

For more information, visit the Educational Testing Service (ETS) website.

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.



About the Course

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

The emphasis in the class is on face-to-face instruction. Students may try some practice quizzes during the class but not full-length practice exams. They will however be referred to the official, free, downloadable practice exams and encouraged to do these independently as a means to gauge their progress.

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 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.

About the GRE

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 GRE scores.

How often can I take the GRE exam?

You can take the computer-delivered GRE General Test once every 21 days, up tofive times within any continuous rolling 12-month period (365 days). This applies even if you cancelled your scores on a previous test.

How long are GRE scores valid?

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

When do candidates get their score?

GRE official scores are made available online and sent to selected schools approximately 10 to 15 days after the test date.

Where can I take the GRE exam in Vancouver?

Information on exam locations can be found on the Educational Testing Service (ETS) website.

In Vancouver the test can be taken at the Prometric Test Centre

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