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About the GMAT
The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is a globally recognised, computer-based, standardised test used by almost 6,000 business school programmes (MBA, EMBA, MiM, MFin, PhD, etc) across the world as part of their selection criteria.
If you are considering business education (MBA, EMBA, MiM, MFin, PhD, etc), you should take the GMAT.
If you’re serious about going to business school, the GMAT is your best first step toward a career with impact. Taking the GMAT exam shows schools that you’re serious about graduate business education.
Schools consider the GMAT an indicator of how ready you are for their program. Your GMAT scores let schools know that you can handle the rigors of the MBA program. The GMAT is not the be all and end all, but having a good score helps ease the application process.
Even after your MBA some companies will want to look at your GMAT scores.
Admissions are competitive, and hence you should aim for a high percentile rank. The percentile rank indicates the percentage of tests taken with scores lower than you for the most recent three-year period. Every year, each test taker’s score is updated with the most recent year’s percentiles.
“Good” is subjective, and the definition of a “good score” depends on your objective. Most business schools publish average scores of the admitted class. If you are from an over-represented group (e.g. Indian Male Engineer), or if you reside in a region known for higher scores (e.g. Singapore), then you should aim to score commensurately higher than these averages for your target schools.
In Singapore, you may take the test at two locations:
Pearson Professional Centers
51 Cuppage Road
NTUC Learning Hub Pte Ltd
NTUC Trade Union House
03-01 Room 3J
73 Bras Basah Road, Singapore 189556
The test fee is US$250.
Your score is officially reported only to the schools selected by you. At the time of taking the test, you can select up to 5 schools/programmes to receive your score. You can send the scores to additional schools by paying a fee of US$28 per school.
If you need to reschedule the test, then you can get a US$200 refund/credit if you reschedule at least 7 days in advance of the scheduled date.
You will need to present your passport as your identification at the test centre. A national Identity Card, Driving License, Employment Pass, etc would not suffice.
You may take some fruit (chocolate, energy bar, banana, etc) and drink (water, energy drink, etc) to replenish your energy during the breaks. The centre shall allocate you a locker in which you may store these during the test.
You will not be allowed to take anything with you into the test room. Expect to leave your keys, phone, MRT pass, pens, pencils, wallet, etc in the locker for the duration of the exam.
You can take the test again, but must wait at least 16 days.At the end of the test, you can preview your unofficial score.
If you feel that the score is not per your capability and expectation, you can choose to cancel the test record. This will remove the test from your reported record. Cancellation is possible only in the few minutes after taking the test, while you are still at the test centre.
If you change your mind after cancelling the test, you can reinstate your test record within 60 days of the test date for a fee of US$100.
GMAC does not send your scores to anyone unless you ask it to. It will send your score only to the schools that you designate.
If you ask GMAC to send your score to School A, then School A will receive your complete test record till that date. This means all your previous test scores from the past five years would be included in the report sent to School A.
If you take the GMAT again in the future, your new score will not be automatically sent to School A. Only if upon taking the test again you choose School A as one of the recipient, would School A receive your new score (alongwith your older scores).
If you cancel a test score, then that test is removed from your record and neither your score nor the information that you cancelled it will be sent to the schools.
If you believe you have a disability that prevents you from taking the GMAT under standard conditions, you may request accommodations.
A decision regarding your accommodation request may take up to three to four weeks. You must apply for and receive an accommodation decision before scheduling your test date.
For more information, refer to the official GMAT website.