The School of Business and Economics offers four full-time pre-Master’s programmes to prepare students with a higher professional education degree for an academic Master's degree programme:
- Business Administration
- Digital Business and Innovation
- Transport and Supply Chain management
There are two entry requirements for these pre-Master’s programmes. The first is a completed degree from a university of applied sciences (240 ECTS), and the second is a score of 550 or higher on the GMAT or the GRE test (when the result is converted to a GMAT score). The GMAT and GRE are standardized tests that measure a potential student's suitability for a university degree programme. The tests are used by leading universities and business schools around the globe. They assess elementary verbal, mathematical and analytical skills.
We have found that many prospective candidates struggle with elementary mathematics. Naturally, the lecturers will keep in mind that not everyone is a mathematician, but even so, we highly recommend that participants ensure that they have a reasonably sound understanding of elementary mathematics before they take the course.
Required knowledge of elementary English and mathematics
Thorough preparation for the GMAT is vital in order to attain a good score on the test. VU Amsterdam offers a course in which expert lecturers provide effective preparation for the GMAT. The course involves attending modules at the university and a great deal of independent practice at home. In the modules, attention is devoted to the Quantitative section and the Verbal section of the GMAT, as these test components are decisive for university admissions.
This intensive course has a duration of ten consecutive weeks and will take place from 16 August through 22 October. You will complete four modules each week – two involving the Quantitative section and two on the Verbal section – spread over two half-days. We expect you to devote an average of twenty hours a week (including the modules) to the course. When registering, you can indicate whether you prefer to attend modules in the morning, afternoon or evening. Every attempt will be made to accommodate your preference.
To participate in this course, students must have previously completed a degree (or be very near graduating) from a university of applied sciences, with 240 ECTS. Sufficient basic knowledge of Math and English language proficiency are also required. At sbe.vu.nl/gmat, you will find tests to check whether your basic knowledge is in order, along with tips for brushing up on the fundamentals (if needed).
The course is taught in English. All terminology and study materials will be in English as well. The quantitative lessons will be taught in either Dutch or English. You can give your preference in the application form.
Each group will include around 25 participants. There will be six groups in total.
- The Official Guide for GMAT Review 2020, GMAC, John Wiley & Sons Inc.
Suggested reading (for self-study)
- The Official Guide for GMAT Quantitative Review, GMAC, John Wiley & Sons Inc.
- The Official Guide for GMAT Verbal Review, GMAC, John Wiley & Sons Inc. Although you can use the most recent versions, earlier editions are suitable for self-study purposes as well.
The costs for this course will be €645 (excluding reading material). The General Terms & Conditions (including terms of cancellation) are available here.
About the GMAT® test
To register to sit the GMAT test at a recognized testing centre, go to mba.com (this website also provides additional details about the test). VU Amsterdam plays no part in registering students for the GMAT nor administering the test itself. Be sure to register as far in advance as possible if you wish to request special facilities in connection with dyslexia or other disability. This is a lengthy process and will be conducted in keeping with strict American legislation.
It's possible to register for the GMAT preparation course 2021 via this form (until 1 July 2021 or until capacity reached).
A limited number of places have been reserved; placement is in order of registration until the maximum capacity is reached. Please take into account that the chance that students can no longer be placed in the group of their first preference grows as the deadline approaches.
Have questions, or looking for more information about the course? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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