GMAT Singapore - The Complete Guide

This article contains everything you need to know about GMAT and taking the exam in Singapore. Please refer to the table of contents below to quickly find the information you need.

1) GMAT Test Centers in Singapore, GMAT Exam in Singapore

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

3) GMAT Study Materials

4) What is a GMAT?

5) GMAT Exam Format

6) GMAT Tips

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

There are two venues which you can take your GMAT in Singapore, they are 1) NTUC LearningHub Pte Ltd, and 2) Pearson Professional Centers-Singapore.

The location and details of the 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

Their opening hours are as follows -
Monday to Friday: 8.30am to 7.15pm
Saturday: 8.30am to 1.00pm

They are closed on Sundays and Public Holidays.

2) Pearson Professional Center Singapore

Address: International Plaza Level 30, Unit 3, 10 Anson Road Singapore S079903

Telephone: +65 6225 2027

To take the exam, students must first book an exam appointment on the Graduate Management Admission Council's website. The process is relatively simple, and booking can be completed in a few steps.

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

Preparing for the GMAT involves practicing past exam questions, reading up their guides and books, and if further help is needed, students can also consider taking up GMAT classes.

There are 3 places in Singapore where you can physically attend GMAT preparation courses, they are as follows:

1) GMAT Zone

GMAT Zone offers 3 different types of GMAT preparation courses - a) Group Course, b) 1-on-1 Course, and c) Hybrid Course.

Their 'Group Course' costs S$1,600; students will study in a group format with other students. Their '1-on-1 Course' is a personal GMAT tuition where students decide on the time and date they want to study; the course starts at $150 per hour. Hybrid Course is a combination of 'Group Course' and '1-on-1 Course'; this course costs close to $3,000. Learn more.

2) Icon+

Icon+ offers 3 different types of GMAT classes for students - a) Full Preparation Course, b) Quantitative/Verbal Course, and c) Personal Training Program.

'Full Preparation Course' is catered towards first time GMAT exam takers, this course will cover all the topics and concepts in GMAT. 'Quantitative/Verbal Course' is designed for repeat GMAT exam takers, it allows students to focus on specific areas that they're weak in. 'Personal Training Program' is a personal tuition format where students get 1-on-1 training. Learn more.

3) Manhattan Review

Manhattan Review offers 5 different types of GMAT preparation services - a) GMAT Private Course, b) GMAT Online Classic c) GMAT Online Self-Study Package d) GMAT Online Video Library e) GMAT Practice Tests. The majority of their training takes place online; students can be tutored in person, but it's only available for their 1-on-1 course format.

Their 'GMAT Private Course' costs over S$2,000; it is 12 hours of personal GMAT tuition delivered in person or online. 'GMAT Online Classic' is a group study course format, it takes place online in real time; the course costs $1,254. 'GMAT Online Self-Study Package' is an independent study format where students are provided with GMAT preparation materials, to study on their own; this course costs $855. Learn more.

Alternatively, you can opt for GMAT courses that take place entirely online; you'll find a wider range of service providers with this option. Some of these online GMAT classes providers include - Manhattan GMATVeritas Prep, KnewtonGMAT Pille-GMAT.

Before enrolling in any of these courses, be sure to visit the forums to find out more about the schools or the sites offering GMAT classes. Some of the forums you can visit are - GMAT Club GMAT Courses ReviewsBeattheGMAT GMAT Courses Reviews.

3) 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

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. Prices range from US$4.99 for a mobile app study guide to US$278.80 for their premium study collection. See their full list of items for sale.

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.

4) What is a 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.

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.

5) GMAT Exam Format

The GMAT is delivered in English and it comprise of 3 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 - once per 31 days and 5 times per year.

The format of a GMAT is as follows:

GMAT Test Section Number of Questions Types of Questions Amount of Time
Analytical Writing Assessment 1 Topic Analysis of an Argument 30 Minutes
Integrated Reasoning 12 Questions Two-Part Analysis, Table Analysis, Multi-Source Reasoning, Graphics Interpretation 30 Minutes
Quantitative 37 Questions Problem Solving, Data Sufficiency 75 Minutes
Verbal 41 Questions Critical Reasoning, Sentence Correction, Reading Comprehension 75 Minutes
Total Exam Time 3 Hours and 30 Minutes

6) 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 penalised 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 memorising 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.
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