What you need to know about the mandatory stats exam for MBA students

Bradley Fehr  |  November 02, 2017

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Students directly entering the MBA program at University Canada West are required to pass a statistics exam before they register for and start their courses.

“It’s not an easy exam, but it’s open book,” said Brock Dykeman, the VP Academic at University Canada West (UCW).

“It determines if they understand probability and statistics.”

The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is not a requirement for admission to the Master of Business Administration program at University Canada West, but the statistic exam is mandatory.

“It’s quite quantitative,” Brock explained. “It’s important that students have a good grasp of probability and statistics.”

Students who achieve less than 50 per cent on the test must take an extra statistics course during the first term of their MBA studies. MBAF 502: Quantitative Reasoning and Analysis, will be added to a student’s degree pathway.

Students entering the MBA Foundation program are exempt for writing this exam as the statistics course is including in the Foundation program.

However, all incoming students at UCW are required to write an exam to gauge their academic English skills.

New students at UCW are required to write an essay as part of the mandatory SOAR 098 course. SOAR stands for Student Orientation and Academic Readiness. Orientation is one day of the two-day course. The English test and a library workshop make up the other day.

For SOAR, all students must write a 500-word argumentative essay on one of five topics in an hour or less. Students unable to write to the required academic standards are required to take a remedial Academic English course to ensure they have the skills necessary to succeed in their chosen degree program. Learn more about the essay here.

Student directly entering the MBA program are the only new students required to write the statistics exam. They must do this in addition to writing the essay and completing the library workshop.

Student who are admitted directly to the MBA program will receive an email from UCW’s Student Services department a few weeks before the start of their first term explaining the statistics exam and even providing a sample test with answers.

University Canada West, which is located in the heart of Vancouver, British Columbia. The university offers both online and on-campus Bachelor of CommerceBachelor of Arts in Business Communication and MBA programs. The business-oriented university provides students with the experience to succeed in their careers and scholarships to recognize students’ academic excellence.

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