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GMAT Preparation

GMAT Preparation

Excellent resources to prepare for the GMAT are available at little or no cost to you:

  1. To register for the GMAT, go to After registration, you will have access to free sample exams online.  

  2. If you think that your quantitative skills are lacking or you need a refresher, there are specific books designed to help you in that area. Go to a public library and check out GMAT preparation books for free. Take advantage of the practice tests until you are familiar with the content and structure of the exam. 

  3. Your GMAT questions answered: The Basics

  4. Check out this social network:

  5. Johnson County Community College offers inexpensive GMAT prep courses. Go to and type in “GMAT Prep” in the search bar.

  6. There are several testing locations in Kansas City, and you may choose the location and time convenient for you.

Additional paid GMAT study courses are available online:

  1. The Economist’s online GMAT prep (

  2. Veritas online GMAT prep (

  3. Kaplan online GMAT prep (

Provisional Admission Policy (without GMAT) 

Students not requiring financial aid may be admitted provisionally, but they are required to take the GMAT in their first trimester. A minimum score of 420 is required to be considered as fully admitted. If the minimum score is not achieved during the first trimester, a student may continue with provisional admittance but must achieve the GMAT score of 420 in the second trimester of study. Students who plan to take financial aid must satisfy the GMAT requirements prior to admittance to the MBA program.

GMAT scores range from 200-800. Avila’s requirement is a minimum score of 420 and that is attainable with preparation on your part.  Do not plan to sit for the GMAT cold.

Competitive Merit Scholarship

The Avila University MBA Program in Kansas City also offers competitive merit scholarships. The scholarship will be granted to new students, never before enrolled in the program. Students who wish to be considered must complete the GMAT prior to admission.

Minimum Criteria to be considered for the competitive Scholarship:

You must achieve a minimum of 1330 merit points to be considered for the scholarship. The merit points are based on the following formula, which combines your cumulative undergraduate grade point average (GPA) and your Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) score.

Total Merit Points = (cumulative GPA X 200) + GMAT

Once awarded, this is an ongoing scholarship, paying up to 50% of your graduate tuition per enrolled term. The amount of the award will be based on your merit point ranking. To continue your eligibility, you must carry at least 9 graduate hours per academic year and maintain an overall 3.5 GPA.

How to apply:

In order to apply for the Competitive Merit Scholarships, the following information must be received at least three weeks prior to the beginning of a class term.

1. Completed Application for Admission
2. Official transcripts for all undergraduate course work
3. GMAT score

The letter requesting consideration for the MBA scholarship should be sent to:

Avila University
Dr. Wendy Acker, MBA Director
11901 Wornall Road
Kansas City, MO 64145-1698


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