Penn State New Kensington offers GMAT preparation course

Penn State New Kensington is offering preparation courses for the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) at the Regional Learning Alliance (RLA) in Cranberry, Pa. The 15-hour noncredit courses will be offered from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on five consecutive Mondays, April 8 to May 6. The cost is $225.

GMAT is used by business schools as a predictor for academic success at the graduate level. The exam measures verbal, mathematical, analytical writing skills and general reasoning ability. The preparation course provides an understanding of the test questions and strategies and techniques for earning good scores.

The course will be team-taught by Penn State New Kensington adjunct faculty member Marilyn Bartolacci, instructor in communications, and Greg DePalma, instructor in mathematics. They will work with the textbook, “Cracking the New GMAT.” Written by the Princeton Review, it contains practice questions and tests, as well as sample problems and drills.

The preparation sessions coincide with the upcoming application deadline, June 21, for admission to the new Penn State master of business administration (MBA) program that begins in the fall. Applicants need to take the GMAT prior to the deadline. The course is offered through the campus’ Continuing Education office. For more information or to register, call 724-334-6010.

Penn State New Kensington is partnering with Penn State Erie, The Behrend College, to offer the master of business administration degree at the Regional Leaning Alliance. The program is offered in a blended delivery whereby students will meet face-to-face once per month with the remainder of the course online. Each three-credit course will involve four class meetings per semester at the RLA with the remaining instruction delivered online. Depending on prior undergraduate courses, it will take approximately five to eight semesters to complete the program. This format is ideal for working adults.

The Regional Learning Alliance was established in 2004 with the cooperation of educational institutions in the region. It offers a variety of degree programs and workforce training for adult and traditional students. Penn State New Kensington is a charter member of the alliance.

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Last Updated April 03, 2013