GMAT Singapore In 2021 - Everything You Need To Know

This article contains everything you need to know about GMAT and taking the exam in Singapore. 


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1) What is GMAT?

The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is a standardized computer-based assessment administered by the Graduate Management Admission Council (or GMAC).

The test is a requirement for admission into the majority of U.S., Canadian, and European business school - more than 1,500 schools and universities in 83 countries use the GMAT exam as part of the selection criteria for over 5,400 of their graduate management programs - MBA, Master of Accountancy, Master of Finance.


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The purpose of the GMAT is to assess the mental aptitude and problem solving capabilities (critically evaluate data presented in new formats and multiple sources) of the applicant.

The test also gauges his/her capacity to make decisions under time pressure. Note that a GMAT exam does not include any questions that's related to business theory.


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The GMAT can be taken by any one above the age of 18 years. Candidates in the 13-17 age group should have permission in writing from their parents or legal guardian

The GMAT score is valid for 5 years.

 

2) GMAT Exam Format and Scoring

The GMAT is delivered in English and it comprises 4 main parts that's designed to measure your verbal, mathematical, analytical and writing skills.

The test is computerized, administered six days each week, 52 weeks per year, and it is available all over the world.

While the exam can be taken at virtually any time, there's a limit to how many times that an individual can take the test.

·       The in-person GMAT can be taken 5 times in a consecutive 12-month period with at least 16 days between two attempts

·       The online GMAT can be taken 2 times in a consecutive 12-month period

The format of a GMAT is as follows:


A candidate has the option to take two ‘8-minute breaks’ during the exam.

Candidates can choose from three options for the exam’s section order:

Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative, Verbal

Verbal, Quantitative, Integrated Reasoning, Analytical Writing Assessment

Quantitative, Verbal, Integrated Reasoning, Analytical Writing Assessment

The GMAT scores range from 200-800. There is no negative marking.

 

3) GMAT Fees

The application fees for GMAT are USD250, which would translate to approximately SGD330.

GMAT rescheduling and cancellation fees are between SGD66-199, depending on how early you reschedule/cancel the test.

 

4) GMAT Study Materials

Students will generally have to prepare for the exam by practicing past years questions and reading study materials; Graduate Management Admission Council publishes official preparation materials, and you'd be able to purchase it online from websites like Amazon.com.

They sell a whole range of GMAT preparation materials, approximately 13 different items ranging from study guides, mobile apps, test questions from past exams, GMATPrep software, and even gift vouchers.

Students who are on a budget can consider getting their guides and books on the forums instead. In Singapore, a good place to look for these materials would be on Hardwarezone's Post-Degree Programs & Courses and Textbook Garage forums. You'd find over 260 pages of forum threads for people selling their textbooks, a good number of which are GMAT study materials. You might want to use the forum search to quickly navigate to and find the items you need. There are different editions of textbooks for sale, which means some of the materials are not the latest. You'll want to be aware of which edition is the most current, before shopping around for these second hand books.

 

5) GMAT Preparation Courses in Singapore, GMAT Classes in Singapore

The following institutions also offer classroom, private and online tutoring for GMAT.

Jamboree Education

Students can choose from the following options:

a)       GMAT Classroom Training

·       8 week (48 hours) program – 24 hrs for quantitative reasoning and 24 hrs for verbal reasoning

·       Masterclasses for advanced questions from both the Verbal and the Quant sections

·       Post-class Preparations for Practice questions, Sectional tests, and Full Length Tests

·       Access to student online portal: webinars and tests (12 full-length tests and 46 sectional tests)

·       Unlimited access to computer lab (for GMAC mock tests and question bank + IR Learning Tool)

·       1 free university counseling session

·       GMAT Official Guide pack (3 books) + Jamboree study material (2 books)

·       Unlimited personalized hours at no extra cost

·       IR and AWA training

b)      GMAT Private Tutoring

·       Personalized sessions from expert tutors

·       Exhaustive question bank

·       Comprehensive study material tailored according to GMAT Official Guide

·       Detailed review of 3 AWA essays

·       Access to Jamboree’s online testing platform with 12 Full length tests + 46 Verbal sectional tests

·       Exam Pack 1, Exam Pack 2, 404 QP and IR tool

c)       GMAT Live Online Classes

·       120 hours of live online interaction with faculty

·       Jamboree's study material

·       Online full-length & sectional tests developed through 25+ years of research

·       Unlimited scheduled doubt clearing sessions

·       Detailed study plan customized to your target score and exam date

·       3 detailed AWA essay reviews

·       Upto 12 hours of complimentary Live TOEFL classes

·       Complimentary Live interaction session with Admissions Expert on 'Application & Profile building strategy'

·       9 months' course validity

·       Option of repeating classes within the validity period

·       Class recordings available: if you miss any session

d)      GMAT Online Training

·       Intensive, Comprehensive, and Test Ready options

 

Prepzone Academy

Prepzone offers 4 types of training services:

a)       GMAT Group Course

·       14 concept classes of 3 hours each plus masterclasses

·       The latest edition of the Official GMAT Review Book

·       Prepzone Academy’s GMAT Roadmap

·       3-month GMAT Club Bundle

·       Free access to GMAT library of 150+ videos and practice tests

·       45-minutes complimentary MBA admissions consultation session

·       Price: SGD1288

b)      Individual GMAT Prep Course

·       Depending on your need of preparation, you can decide the number of hours and sessions as well as the structure of your course

c)       GMAT Group Course +

·       All perks of group course plus set number of hours for individual sessions

d)      GMAT Online Essential

·       You can learn from home, inside or outside of Singapore         

 

Icon+ Education

Icon+ offers students the following courses:

a)       Group

·       interactive virtual classroom sessions

·       efficient and systematic preparation

·       flexible scheduling

b)      Personal coaching

·       one-on-one preparation

·       highly qualified teachers

·       held re-motely through online streaming platforms

·       tailored to your unique learning needs

c)       Hybrid

·       combines all the perks of the Group Class and Personal Coaching

d)      Interactive Question Banks

·       1500+ practice questions with solutions

·       5 full-length mock tests with solutions

·       Customised Study Planner to guide you through the Video Tutorials and Strategy Guides

 

Manhattan Review

You can select any of the following formats of courses:

a)       GMAT In-Person Classic

·       28 hours in total, Class Course, In Person

·       Price - $1590 (early booker - $1490)

b)      GMAT Private Tutoring

·       Hours package 12 to 48 hours, Personalized 1-on-1 Tutoring, In Person or Live Online

c)       GMAT Private Course

·       12 hours in total, Personalized 1-on-1 Course, In Person or Live Online

·       Price - $1590

d)      GMAT Online Classic

·       28 hours in total, Class Course, Live Online

·       Price - $990 (early booker - $890)

e)      GMAT Online Self-Study Package

·       Online Video Library, Books, 2 hours 1-on-1 Online Private Tutoring, 5 Practice Tests

·       Price - $675

f)        GMAT Online Video Library

·       100+ hours Online Video Library

·       Price - $375

g)       GMAT Practice Tests

·       Computer Adaptive Tests (CAT)

·       1 test - $15, 5 tests - $40, Diagnostic tests - Free

 

Websites like Udemy and Khan Academy too offer GMAT preparation courses.

 

6) GMAT Test Centers in Singapore / GMAT Exam in Singapore

There are 5 centres in Singapore where you can take a GMAT test. The location and details of these test centres are as follows:

 

1) NTUC LearningHub Pte Ltd

Address: NTUC Trade Union House 73 Bras Basah Road, #03-01 Room 3J Singapore 189556 Singapore

Telephone: +65 68378356

They are open Monday to Friday from 8.30am to 7.15pm, and on Saturdays from 8.30am to 1.00pm

They are closed on Sundays and Public Holidays.

 

2) Pearson Professional Center Singapore

Address: 51 Cuppage Rd, #05-02/03/04, Singapore 229469

 Telephone: +65 6225 2027

 

7) GMAT Tips

a) Prepare for all the types of questions that might appear in the GMAT exam. Also, manage your time well, make sure that you have sufficient time for every question.

b) Focus on the question at hand, do not waste your time trying to determine the question's difficulty level, as doing so will only make you more anxious and error-prone.

c) Work on your basic arithmetic, elementary algebra, common geometric concepts, and logic and analysis skills. You won't require advanced mathematics like Calculus or Trigonometry.

d) Try to finish the exam. If you fail to complete the exam, you'll be penalized based on the number of questions you did not answer.

e) Practice your pacing. Don't only focus on understanding question types and taking practice exams. Doing well for your GMAT also involves good time management.

f) Make sure your entire MBA application is polished, not just your GMAT score. Admissions offices consider your entire application, a good GMAT score will not make up for other important requirements like work experience.

g) Focus on each test section equally. Admissions offices look at your performances for each section of the exam, and ideally, you should be able to perform well on all sections.

h) Prepare to do your best on your first GMAT exam. GMAC states that each successive test that a student takes yields smaller gains.

i) If you're not a native English speaker, do not waste your time memorizing English language idioms, slang, or grammar. GMAT does not contain words, phrases and cultural references that are not universal.

j) Have a strategy for and practice answering increasingly challenging questions. As you answer more questions correctly, their test algorithm will serve more difficult questions.

 

8) When are the results out?

The candidates receive the entire GMAT Score Report immediately after finishing the test, except for the AWA Score.

The candidate will have the option of accepting it or rejecting it. If he accepts the result, the candidate and the institutes of his choice will be able to view the result. But if he declines it, none of the parties will be able to view the result of GMAT. 


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