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GMAT and GRE Preparation

SMU Cox GMAT Prep Course

Prepare for the GMAT while getting to know SMU Cox! The course features 22 hours of preparation, including a Math Fundamentals review as well as covering each component of the GMAT. Kevin Vela, a GMAT tutor with over 15 years of experience, teaches the course. In addition, you will have the opportunity to meet members of the SMU Cox Admissions team on February 21, 2018, for a brief overview of the Cox MBA program, beginning at 5:30PM that evening.


  • 6 hours of Math Fundamentals

  • 16 hours of GMAT Preparation

Dates & Time

  • Monday (2/12) @ 6PM – 8PM

  • Thursday (2/15) @ 6PM – 8PM

  • Monday (2/19) @ 6PM – 8PM

  • Wednesday (2/21) @ 6PM – 8PM (Cox MBA Program Overview @ 5:30PM)

  • Saturday (2/24) @ 9AM – 1PM

  • Sunday (2/25) @ 9AM – 1PM

  • Wednesday (2/28) @ 6PM – 8PM
  • Monday (3/5) @ 6PM – 8PM
  • Wednesday (3/7) @ 6PM – 8PM

Course Requirements: Students MUST take a practice GMAT, and submit their score to Kevin Vela by Friday, February 9, 2018. The practice test score will determine eligibility to opt out of the first six hours of Math Fundamentals. You can access a free practice exam at or through the Manhattan Prep online store.


Books (available on

1. The Official Guide for GMAT Review 2018

2. Kaplan GMAT Math Foundations (3rd Edition)


Cost & Registration Information: Registration fee is $375, due by Friday February 9, 2018.  The fee is non-refundable.


Click here to register today!


The GMAT or GRE must be submitted by all applicants for the PMBA Program without exception. In April 2014, the SMU Cox Graduate Programs Policy Committee approved the GRE as an alternative to the GMAT. The Admissions Committee will focus on your highest total GMAT or GRE score as we review your overall candidacy.

While the GMAT/GRE is an important piece of the application and should be taken seriously, it is still only one component of your overall profile. The Admissions Committee reviews each application in its entirety taking the overall application into consideration. To learn more about the GMAT and GRE or to register to take the test, visit (for the GMAT) and (for the GRE). Please note that there are timing limitations as to how often and how close together you can take the test; you should keep this in mind when planning your application process to ensure you meet all applicable deadlines. If your GMAT or GRE score is more than five years old, you must submit a more recent score report.

Because there is a delay between your test date and the time we would receive your official score, you can send us a copy of your unofficial score report which you receive the day you take the test.

Preparing for GMAT / GRE

Many students will utilize Test Prep courses through for-profit firms like Kaplan and Princeton Review as well as the test prep programs at SMU's Continuing and Professional Education Test Prep courses. There are also many free test prep materials offered at as well as the recently launched free GMAT prep course offered at Our advice is to take the time to prepare for the test and to take as many practice tests as possible prior to sitting for your initial GMAT or GRE. A large number of our students will take the GMAT or GRE more than once.