GMAT® preparation course


  • Ten consecutive weeks
  • Eight hours of classes per week
  • Half August until the end of October 2021 (precise dates will follow) -> Monday 16 August until Friday 22 October.

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
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Finance
  • Marketing
  • 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 

The course

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.

Target group

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).

Language

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.

Class size

Each group will include around 25 participants. There will be six groups in total.

Required reading

  • 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.

Costs

The costs for this course will be €645 (excluding reading material). The General Terms & Conditions (including terms of cancellation) are available here.empty

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.

Registration

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.

More information

Have questions, or looking for more information about the course? Email us at gmat.sbe@vu.nl.

Contact

GMAT® Training centre
De Boelelaan 1105
1081 HV Amsterdam
E: gmat.sbe@vu.nl

About GMAT®

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FAQ

No, the course will prepare you for the GMAT in 10 weeks. You can plan the GMAT yourself via www.mba.com.
Yes, VU Amsterdam asks a sufficient GMAT score on the Quantitative and Verbal sections, both of which are possible to complete via the online GMAT. Students do not need to complete the sections Analytical Writing and Integrated Reasoning, as these scores are not taken into account.
VU Amsterdam plays no part in registering students for the GMAT and cannot help students with requesting special facilities. Students can ask for these special facilities such as additional time via www.mba.com. Take into account that this is a lengthy process that follows strict American legislation.
Even though the GMAT test is fully administered in English, we recommend you to follow the quantitative classes in your native language. In general, the material is often more comprehensible when it is explained in your native language. Previous students preferred this, as the math itself is difficult enough. In the Dutch classes, the explanations are given in Dutch but the discussed questions are in English. This way, students can still practice with the English concepts.
This fully depends on your background knowledge and understanding of the topics. We recommend all students to conduct at least 10 hours of self-study per week.