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The GMAT exam opens doors to academic and career success 

GMAT-type questions are used by many multinational companies in Africa and elsewhere for employment testing.

Africans typically avoid the GMAT exam because of their mistaken impression that the test is too difficult and that they cannot do well.

Early education methods in most African countries focus on acquiring and memorizing information. Far less attention is given to analysis or exploring the implications of what has been learned—a skillset that is especially critical to perform well on the GMAT exam (and in management). Africans perform on average less well than students from other world regions—not because they are less capable—but because they are ill-prepared. Oftentimes it is because:

1. The GMAT exam is quite different from the conventional tests to which they are accustomed. Generally they have only experienced tests that assess mastery of recently learned/memorized content. In contrast, the GMAT exam is a test of higher order reasoning skills that assesses one’s ability to think or “reason” with established knowledge.

2. This distinction affects the method of preparation. That is—

  • One studies for a conventional exam to commit concepts to memory, which usually is accomplished in a relatively short period of time.
  • One practices for the GMAT to hone reasoning skills to become proficient at analyzing information quickly.
    • Those unaccustomed to critical reasoning process GMAT test items more slowly, thereby decreasing the likelihood of completing the exam.
    • Practice improves reasoning skill and speed of response.
    • Prompt responses are critical for success on the GMAT as there are stiff penalties for non-completion.
    • Practice requires a significantly greater time investment than conventional study. Practice also improves skills.
    • Practice requires a significantly greater time investment than conventional study.

Duration of the GACTP

The GMAT® Preparatory course -- each class three (3) hours long, twelve (12) classes – is a thirty six (36) hours course. Each session will accommodate about 50 participants. Classes will be offered from Monday through Saturday. Participants will be encouraged to complete at least 100 hours of practice after completing the preparatory course lectures before attempting the official GMAT Exam. Lectures on personal statement and resume writing as well as admission requirements for most US Business Schools may also be discussed if time permits.