Saint Mary’s University GMAT preparatory course

The inside scoop on the first step to getting an MBA.

An instructor/student confidential talk with instructor Chad LeClair & Charlene Boyce (student)

Chad: The purpose of the GMAT prep course is to give people the skills necessary to perform well on the Graduate Management Admission Test, which is required for entry to most MBA programs. We focus less on general knowledge, and cover more of the core concepts such as algebra, arithmetic, geometry. We place emphasis on, “How do we apply those things that we’ve learned in a test-based scenario?”

Charlene: Two years ago, I was preparing to apply for the MBA program. My undergraduate degree was in English, which I finished a long time ago in 1992, and I got a Graphic Design Diploma after that, but hadn’t done any real formal classroom activity since then. My classroom math in particular had never been my strong suit, so it was really scary to look at some of the sample GMAT questions online and think “How can I do this,” which is why I chose to do the GMAT prep course.

Chad: The aim of the course is to guide people through the studying process. We go over material in class and it is expected that they will do home studying on their own time—depending on the person up to 10 hours a week. You can go through it on your own, but I see my role as someone who can guide them through the process, show them some tips and tricks, and help students both perform better and gain a little more confidence than just going through the self-study process.

Charlene: It was also really helpful to be in a classroom where people have a mixed level of experience, because we help each other. When other people are asking questions, hearing the answers explained from multiple perspectives is valuable insight.

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