top mba programs in hong kong
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Apr 2021

Top MBA Programs in Hong Kong

By: Apex GMAT
Contributor: Dana Coggio
Date: 15th April 2021

HKUST Hong Kong University of Science and Technology Business School


HKUST was founded in 1991 and offers a top-tier MBA program. It defines itself using its unique East-West education ethos and is the leading Business School in the region. Your MBA journey at HKUST begins with pre-MBA accelerator courses. HKUST ties in academic, practical and professional experience during your studies. During your studies you also have access to international exchange programmes at top-tier Universities in North America, Europe and Asia. 

  • Top 20 MBA Program in the world for 13 consecutive years 
  • Number 1 EMBA Program in the world according to the Financial Times
  • Duration: 12 or 16 Months
  • Number of credits: 52 credits
  • Tuition: $585,000 HKD
  • Average GMAT 570-710 
  • Accreditations: AACSB, EQUIS
  • Language: English
  • Diversity: 90% non-local make-up

The University of Hong Kong – HKU Business School

HKU Business School

Offering both a full and part-time MBA program, HKU gives students the chance to pick between three different tracks (London, New York, Hong Kong/China). For students interested in the London or New York track they have access to their vast alumni, student and corporate networks. The Hong Kong/China track has the opportunity for students to spend 3 months studying at Fudan University. HKU prides itself on its Asia-Pacific and Chinese focus which allows students an opportunity to shape themselves into becoming successful regional and international leaders. 

  • Number 1 in Hong Kong
  • Ranked 18th in the world 2020 (according to the P&Q list) 
  • Number 1 in Asia from 2019 – 2018
  • Ranked 20 for EMBA
  • Tuition Fee: $588,000 HKD
  • Accreditations: AACSB, EQUIS
  • Offers: Full-time, Part-time, EMBA
  • Average GMAT score: 670
  • Average GRE score: 295

The Chinese University of Hong Kong – CUHK Business School

chinese university of hong kong

CUHK Business School boasts the very first MBA program in Hong Kong and Asia’s 50+ year history. It is located on the largest campus in Hong Kong and has over 40,000 Business School Alumni and 7,000 MBA alumni worldwide. CUHK offers a wide array of student clubs which give students experiences that range from executive seminars to study tours. 

  • Ranked number 50 according to the Financial Times 
  • Accreditations: AACSB, EQUIS, AMBA
  • Duration: 12 Months
  • Language: English
  • Tuition Fee: $435,000 HKD
  • Average GMAT score: 620
  • Offers: Full-Time, Part-Time and EMBA programs

City University of Hong Kong

city university of hong kong

City U offers accelerated MBA programs with flexible extensions which allows for deeper studies into further concentration areas (Accounting, Finance, Information Management). City U also boasts wider learning opportunities with overseas partnerships such as UC Berkeley, Silicon Valley and Imperial College London. Outstanding applicants to the programme could qualify for generous scholarships to help with tuition fees. 

  • Ranked within the top 100 according to Financial Times 2020
  • Ranked 14th in Asia according to Global MBA Rankings 2020
  • Language: English
  • Duration: 1-2 years for Full-Time Program. 

1-3 years for Part-Time study. 

  • Offers: Full-time, Part-time, EMBA Programs 
  • Tuition Fee: $10,200 HKD per credit for Full-Time
  • Average GMAT Score: 625

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University – Faculty of Business

hong kong polytechnic university

From a Doctor of Financial Technology to a Master of Business Administration, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University – Faculty of Business offers a wide range of programs to suit any aspiring business student’s need. Founded over 30 years ago the MBA program allows students to complete the program in 1 year. Specializations are also available, and students can pick from Aviation, Fashion, or Innovation and Design. 

  • Accredited: AACSB, EQUIS
  • Offers: Part-time and Full-time programs available 
  • Duration: 12 months for the Full-Time Program
  • Average GMAT score: 550
  • Tuition Fees: $120,000 HKD (International students)
    $42,100 HKD (Domestic students)

Where to take the GMAT in Hong Kong 

There are three GMAT test centres located within or near the Hong Kong region. Their addresses are listed below: 

Welkin Systems Limited
Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, China
3/F Righteous Centre,
585 Nathan Road, Monkok,
Located near Cherry Street Park up near the north western corner of the city. 

Pearson Professional Centers-Hong Kong
Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, China
Hong Kong
Wan Chai
139 Hennessy Road, Wanchai
Office B, 18/F, China Overseas Building,
Located on Hong Kong Island. 

NEEA-Shenzhen SEG Training Center
11/F., West Section,
Bldg.4, SEG Science & Technology Park,
North Huaqiang Road,
Located directly outside of the city limits. 

Reasons to do your MBA in Hong Kong

Hong Kong is a central hub for business, technology and finance. Not only does it play a key role in these areas in Asia, but it also has grown into a central player in the international field. Boasting a multitude of international students, Hong Kong MBA programmes offer students the chance to study in a multinational and diverse city that has begun to challenge even some top-tier western financial centres. In addition, working, studying and living in Hong Kong puts individuals in close proximity to other up and coming Asian centres such as Singapore, Japan, and Shanghai. 

If you are looking for private one-on-one GMAT tutoring with a 770+ scoring tutor in Hong Kong, Apex is here to help you. We are able to accommodate you both in-person and online, based on your needs and preferences. Click here to find out more.

Now that you know your the top MBA programs in Hong Kong, look over these other locations with great MBA programs next:

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GMAT Percentage Problem – Unemployment Rate -Multiple Solution Paths

GMAT Percentage Problems

Hey guys, GMAT Percentage problem/s are commonplace on the GMAT and today we’re going to take a look at one that is straightforward but could very easily get you caught up with the math. In this problem, notice that there’s the word “approximately.” That always means there’s an Estimation Solution Path. We’ll take a look at that first but then we’re going to look at a Scenario Solution Path, which for many people is a lot more natural. In addition to seeing that word approximately you can see that there’s this massive spread within the answer choices. Once again pushing us towards an Estimation Solution Path.

Estimation Solution Path

So let’s dive in: The unemployment rate is dropping from 16% to 9% and your quick synthesis there should be: okay it’s being cut about in half or a little less than half. And monitoring that directionality is important. Additionally, the number of workers is increasing. So we have lower unemployment but a greater number of workers. So we have two things, two forces working against one another. If the number of workers were remaining equal then our answer would be about a 50% decrease or just under a 50% decrease, so like 45% or something like that. But because we’re increasing the number of workers, our decrease in unemployment is lower. That is we have more workers, so we have a larger number of unemployed so we’re not losing as many actual unemployed people and therefore our answer is B: 30% decrease.

Scenario Solution Path

If we want to take a look at this via Scenario, we can always throw up an easy number like 100. We begin with 100 workers and 16% are unemployed so 16 are unemployed. Our workers go from 100 to 120. 9% of 120 is 9 plus 0.9 plus 0.9 = 10.8% or 11%. What’s the percentage decrease from 16 to 11? Well it’s not 50, that’s too big. It’s not 15, that’s too small. It’s about 30 and the math will bear us out there.

So thanks for watching guys! Check out the links below for other GMAT percentage problem/s and we look forward to seeing you again real real soon.

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top mba programs in singapore
Posted on
Apr 2021

Top MBA Programs in Singapore

By: Apex GMAT
Contributor: Uerda Muca
Date: 13th April 2021

A young but very innovation-oriented and wealthy country, Singapore is an exceptional destination for your MBA studies. Located in Southeast Asia, Singapore is home to numerous well-known business schools that offer both MBA programs, including full-time and part-time options, as well as Executive MBA programs. And if you’re interested in doing an MBA concentration? Well, that’s not a problem. Most business schools in Singapore give students the opportunity to pursue an MBA concentration in areas like Finance, Healthcare Management, Marketing, Management, and many more. Being a significantly expensive country may make you worry about the costs when in fact you shouldn’t. Just like in many other countries, almost every university in Singapore offers options for grants, scholarships, and fellowship opportunities that can help you finance your studies. We have compiled a  list of some of the best domestic and international MBA programs in Singapore to assist you on your journey to find the perfect MBA program. 

MBA Programs on Offer in the Country

INSEAD (Singapore Campus)

insead singapore

INSEAD is one of the world’s leading and largest graduate business schools with locations in Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and North America. Their Singapore campus is known to be one of the leading business universities in Asia. Also, the university is popular for its variety of master’s programs.  

  • Ranked number 4 on the Financial Times Global MBA Ranking (2020) 
  • 92% of graduate students are employed after 3 months of graduation 
  • Duration: 10 Months
  • Class profile: 88 nationalities 
  • Work experience: An average of 5.6 years of average work experience
  • Tuition fees: €89,000, scholarships available
  • GMAT Range: 670-750
  • Accepted tests: GMAT and GRE
  • Accreditations: AMBA, AACSB, EQUIS
  • Language: English

National University of Singapore 

national university of singapore mba program

As Singapore’s flagship university, the National University of Singapore offers a unique experience in terms of the global approach to education that is focused on the Asian perspective. NUS is committed to quality education, influential research, and visionary enterprise. With an MBA curriculum that merges East and West, students will be able to integrate Western business models and concepts of leadership from an Asian point of view. As per the expansion of the international network, NUS offers some options as overseas student exchanges, student-led study trips, business case competitions, and other initiatives. 

  • Ranked number 15 on the Financial Times Global MBA Ranking (2020) 
  • Ranked number 1 MBA among Singapore universities (2020)
  • Waivers are granted on an exceptional basis, typically to applicants with 10 years or more of work experience, a strong academic track record, and excellent interview scores.
  • Duration: 17 months 
  • Class profile: 90% international students representing 28 nationalities.
  • Work experience: A minimum of two years of full-time post-undergraduate work experience
  • Tuition fees: SGD 65,000 (exclusive of GST) payable over 2 semesters
  • Average GMAT score: 670
  • Accepted tests: GMAT, GRE, and EA (for part-time MBA applicants with 7 or more years of work experience)
  • Accreditations: AACSB, EQUIS
  • Language: English

Nanyang Technological University

nanyang technology university mba

Most universities in Singapore have academic partnerships with overseas institutions. In the case of Nanyang Technological University, it offers its students exchange and summer programs with one of 60 partner universities worldwide from which we can mention the University of British Columbia, Kings College London, the University of Edinburgh, and Boston University. 

To top it off, NTU is known for its dazzling campus which is considered one of the most beautiful campuses in the world. 

  • Ranked number 35 on the Financial Times Global MBA Ranking (2020) 
  • Duration (full-time MBA): 12 months, 3 ​trimesters
  • Class Profile: 80-100 students representing 20 countries, 
  • Work experience: 6 years 
  • Tuition fees: $62,000 SGD
  • Average GMAT score: 660
  • Accepted tests: GMAT and GRE
  • Accreditations: EQUIS and AACSB
  • Language: English

Singapore Management University: Lee Kong Chian School of Business

Singapore management university

Singapore Management University is a dynamic Asian business school that offers several programs to its students: undergraduate, master’s (including MBA and EMBA), and doctoral programmes. It is also affiliated with a number of research centers such as the Institute of Service Excellence and the Centre for Marketing Excellence. Besides the updated curriculum, internships, and job placement opportunities, SMU provides interactive seminar-style pedagogy, modeled after the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, so students can strengthen their communication and presentation skills.

  • Ranked number 63 on the Financial Times Global MBA Ranking (2020) 
  • Duration: 15 months, with the possibility to complete in 10 months (Jan Intake)
  • Class profile: 65% International Students (Full-time & Part-time)
  • Work experience: An average of 5-7 years of work experience.
  • Tuition fees: $67,410 SGD (Inclusive of GST)
  • Average GMAT score: 660
  • Accepted tests: GMAT, GRE, SMU Admissions Test (accepted for Part-time intake)
  • Accreditations: AACSB, EQUIS, and AMBA
  • Language: English 

Where to take the GMAT in Singapore?

gmat test centers in singapore

There are two GMAT Test Centers in Singapore:

NTUC LearningHub Pte Ltd
NTUC Trade Union House
73 Bras Basah Road
Level 3, Room 3J
Singapore 189556


Pearson Professional Centers-Singapore
51 Cuppage Road
Singapore 229469

Life in Singapore

Besides being the home of some universities that are among the best in the world, Singapore has a reputation for being a safe, clean, and multicultural country. The cost of living, as mentioned before, is significantly high. As per the weather, it is hot year-round; so if you’re a fan of hot weather, Singapore is your destination. Also, the unique blend of Western and Asian cultures makes this country an amazing place to live in, especially if you’re a foreigner.

If you want to know more about how life in Singapore is, then you can check one of our client’s testimonials where she shares her first-hand experience. 

If you are looking for private one-on-one GMAT tutoring with a 770+ scoring tutor in Singapore, Apex is here to help you. We are able to accommodate you both in-person and online, based on your needs and preferences. Click here to find out more.

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top mba programs in switzerland
Posted on
Apr 2021

Top MBA Programs In Switzerland

By: Apex GMAT
Contributor: Martin Stanchev
Date: 8th April 2021

MBA Programs on Offer in Switzerland


University of st gallen

The University of St. Gallen is one of the most prestigious Swiss business schools with globally recognized MBA programs. The university offers MBA programs in Business Innovation, Marketing Management, Banking and Finance, Accounting and Finance, Strategy and International Management, Business Management, Management, Organization Studies and Cultural Theory, Banking. Students also have the opportunity to do a double master’s degree. Besides that, the university provides executive education.

  • 18th best master’s in Management and 19th best master’s in Finance worldwide, according to QS; #1 MBA program in Switzerland, as per FT European Business Schools 2020
  • Duration: 1 year for full-time MBA, 2 years for part-time MBA
  • Students from 84 nations
  • Tuition fees: full-time MBA—CHF 58,500, part-time MBA—CHF 70,000
  • Average GMAT score: 634
  • Accepted tests: GMAT, GRE, EA
  • Accreditations: AACSB, EQUIS, AMBA
  • Languages: English and German   


imd university

Located in the city of Lausanne, IMD Business School has some MBA programs that are highly ranked by the most influential business publications worldwide. The school offers MBA programs in General Management, Leadership, Family Business, and some focused programs like Business Finance, Marketing Management, Lean Entrepreneurship, Strategic Thinking, Disruptive Innovation, Negotiating for Value Creation, Organizational Learning in Action, and many others. In addition to that, students have the option to customize their MBA and EMBA programs.

  • In the TOP 3 executive education worldwide for 9 years in a row (2012-2020), according to Financial Times; #1 one-year international MBA program outside of the US (2019), according to Forbes
  • Duration: MBA program: 1 year; EMBA program: 15-19 months
  • Students from 40 nationalities
  • A minimum of 3 years full-time, post-graduate work experience; second language
  • Tuition fee: CHF 115,000
  • Average GMAT score: 680
  • Accepted tests: GMAT, GRE, EA
  • Accreditations: AACSB, EQUIS, AMBA, EFMD, BSIS, CSR, PRME
  • Language: English


MBA Programs in Switzerland - eu business school montreux

Located in Montreux, Switzerland, EU Business School Montreux is a reputable institution known for its personalized business education. The business school offers a variety of MBA programs, including International Business, Communication & Public Relations, International Marketing, Global Banking & Finance, Leisure & Tourism Management, Entrepreneurship, Digital Business, Sports Management, Human Resource Management, Design Management, and Blockchain Management. The school also offers a dual qualification in partnership with universities in London, Barcelona, and Munich.  

  • 11th best online MBA worldwide, according to QS; 30th best MBA worldwide, according to América Economía; 6th best business school for female students, according to Capital Magazine
  • Duration:1 year for full-time MBA; 2 years for part-time MBA
  • 92% of students are international
  • 2 years of professional work experience are required for the candidates who wish to apply for the MBA dual qualification; GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Three terms/one year (full time)—CHF 12,600; six terms/two years (part time)—CHF 6,300; optional additional dual qualification—CHF 3,800
  • Average GMAT score: N/A
  • Accepted test: GMAT, GRE, EA
  • Accreditations: ACBSP, IACBE, CEEMAN IQA, CHEA, eduQua
  • Language: English


Ecole hoteliere de lausanne

World-class higher education in the field of hospitality management is what Switzerland is famous for and Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne is no exception. The hospitality school offers part-time and full-time MBAs, as well as EMBAs. Full-time MBAs are offered in Global Hospitality Business and Wine & Hospitality Management, and part-time MBA and full-time EMBA are offered in Hospitality.

  • #1 hospitality & leisure management school in the world, according to QS
  • Full-time MBA programs—16 months; part-time MBA program—24 months; EMBA—11 months
  • GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale; minimum of three years of work experience in the hospitality or tourism industry (including internships); completed a bachelor’s and/or a master’s degree in English; minimum of 6 years of work experience in a full English environment
  • Tuition fees: MBA in Global Hospitality business—CHF 34,890; MBA in Hospitality—CHF 34,920
  • Accreditations: AACSB, EFMD, ECTS, NECHE, HES-SO
  • Language: English

Where To Take The GMAT In Switzerland 

Helidux Academy
Alderstrasse 40
8008 Zurich
Phone: +41 43 497 90 81

University of St Gallen
Gatterstrasse 3
9010 St. Gallen
+41 71 224 25 80


Avenue des Boveressses 52
1010 Lausanne
+41 21 654 40 60


  • Switzerland is ranked the 2nd best study abroad country in Europe (and #4 in the world) for 2021!
  • Wide range of study programs
  • Individual approach
  • Small sizes classroom
  • Teachers, who are active business practitioners or business owners
  • Privately accredited
  • Guaranteed internship placements to the best students
  • Various discounts in the local facilities
  • Get an internationally recognized degree
  • Explore different cultures and languages
  • Explore the beauty of the country (Zurich, Geneva, etc.)
  • Visit the nearby beauties of the world (e.g. the Swiss Alps)
  • Enjoy a high standard of living
  • Good healthcare system

If you are looking for private one-on-one GMAT tutoring with a 770+ scoring tutor anywhere in Switzerland, Apex is here to help. We are able to accommodate both in-person and online tutoring, based on your needs and preferences. Click here to find out more.

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GMAT Factorial Problem Explained | Estimation & Scenario Solution Path

GMAT Factorial Introduction

Factorials and divisibility, together. Two mathematical kids from opposite sides of the tracks, they come together and fall in love and they create this problem. Here we’re asked what numbers might divide some new number 20 factorial plus 17. As a refresher, a factorial is simply the number times each integer below it. So in this case, 20! is equal to 20 x 19 x 18 …. x 3 x 2 x 1. It’s a huge number. And it’s not at all possible to process in GMAT time. What we want to notice about any factorial is that it has as factors every number that it contains. So 20! is divisible by 17, it’s divisible by 15, it’s divisible by 13, 9, 2, what have you and any combination of them as well.

What The GMAT is Counting On You Not Knowing

When we’re adding the 17 though, the GMAT is counting on the idea that we don’t know what to do with it and in fact that’s the entire difficulty of this problem. So I want you to imagine 20! as a level and we’re going to take a look at this graphically. So 20! can be comprised by stacking a whole bunch of 15’s up. Blocks of 15. How many will there be? Well 20 x 19 x 18 x 17 x 16 x 14 times all the way down the line. There will be that many 15’s. But 20! will be divisible by 15. Similarly, by 17, by 19, by any number. They will all stack and they all stack up precisely to 20! because 20! is divisible by any of them.


So when we’re adding 17 to our number all we need to see is that, hey, 15 doesn’t go into 17, it’s not going to get all the way up there. 17 fits perfectly. 19? guess what? It’s too big and we’re going to have a remainder. So our answer here is B, only 17.

For other problems like this, other factorials, and what have you, please check out the links below and we will see you next time. If you enjoyed this GMAT problem, try your hand at this Science Fair Problem.

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top MBA programs in dubai
Posted on
Apr 2021

Top MBA Programs In Dubai

By: Apex GMAT
Contributor: Andrej Ivanovski
Date: 6th April 2021

For those who are seeking to live and study in the world’s fastest developing business hub, Dubai is a great choice. With several internationally accredited MBA programs in Dubai, which attracts students and professionals from across the world, with the numbers increasing each year. Students can choose either a full-time or part-time MBA or an Executive MBA, and can specialize in areas such as management, marketing, or finance to name a few. What is most interesting about Dubai is that in addition to domestic universities, you can choose to complete your MBA at the Dubai campus of some of the most prestigious universities in the world. We have prepared a list of some of the best domestic and international MBA and EMBA programs in Dubai.

MBA Programs on Offer in Dubai

INSEAD (Middle East Campus)

insead dubai mba info

The Middle East Campus of INSEAD is located in Abu Dhabi, which is less than a 2-hour drive from Dubai. If you are looking to study in a diverse and international environment at a top ranked university, then INSEAD is a great choice for you. It constantly tops the MBA ranking lists and it recently ranked number 1 globally on the 2021 Financial Times Global MBA Ranking. At their Middle East Campus, they offer both an MBA and an Executive MBA.

  • Ranking: Number 1 on the 2021 Financial Times Global MBA Ranking
  • Duration: 10 months (MBA) and 14 – 17 months (EMBA)
  • Nationalities: 88 (MBA) and 62 (EMBA)
  • Average age: 29 (MBA) and 33 – 45 (EMBA)
  • Average work experience: 5.6 years (MBA) and 14 years (EMBA)
  • Tuition & Fees: $108,000 USD (MBA) and $135,000 USD (EMBA)
  • GMAT range: 670 – 750, middle 80 percent. 58 percent have scored above 700 (Class of 2020)
  • Accepted tests: GMAT, GRE, INSEAD Assessment
  • Accreditations: AACSB, EQUIS, AMBA
  • Language: English

How is the Middle East Campus different from the other ones?

Being one of the leading and largest business schools in the world, INSEAD has campus locations in Europe (France), Asia (Singapore), Middle East (UAE) and North America (San Francisco, CA). Their programs are the same in structure all around the world, with some campuses offering more programs than others. The Middle East Campus campus is a good choice for people who are seeking to relocate to the UAE and want to be exposed to job opportunities in Dubai, or the UAE in general. The average salary after completing the MBA is $105,900 USD, with 92 percent being employed within 3 months and 79 percent changing careers.

London Business School (Dubai Campus)

London business school dubai mba info

London Business School, a constituent of the University of London and one of the most prestigious business schools in the world, offers its Executive MBA program in Dubai, the Middle East’s most exciting business hub. For those who are interested in getting an executive education at one of the most reputable and highest ranking business schools in the world, the Dubai EMBA is the right pick.

  • Global ranking: Number 10 on the Financial Times Executive MBA (EMBA) Ranking (2020) 
  • Local ranking: Number 1 regionally by the Financial Times EMBA Ranking (2020)
  • Duration: 20 months
  • Number of students: 42
  • Nationalities: 20 nationalities
  • Average work experience: 12 years of average work experience.
  • Tuition & Fees: $131,200 USD, scholarships available.
  • Average GMAT: 707, but they advise taking the Executive Assessment for the EMBA. GMAT waivers are offered on a case by case basis, based on work experience
  • Accepted tests: GMAT, GRE and Executive Assessment
  • Accreditations: AMBA, AACSB, EQUIS
  • Language: English

How is it different from the London EMBA program?

In essence, the EMBA program from London Business School is offered both in London and Dubai. The two programs are exactly the same and there is no difference between the admission requirements or the program structures. All of the aforementioned statistics apply to both programs. No matter whether you choose to study in Dubai or in London, the whole EMBA class starts and finishes the program together. Both streams gather together for two modules in London: orientation and the final.

The University of Manchester (Middle East International Centre)

university of machester dubai mba info

The Middle East International Centre, located in Dubai, is the University of Manchester’s largest overseas center. They offer a part-time and a full-time Global MBA, as well as a joint MBA degree with the Kelley School of Business at the University of Indiana. 

  • Ranking: Number 45 on the Financial Times MBA Ranking (2020) 
  • Duration: 2 years
  • Campuses: Dubai, Manchester, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Singapore and São Paolo
  • Nationalities on campus: 2,400 international students representing 27 nationalities.
  • Minimum work experience: 3 years
  • Tuition & Fees: $49,630 USD, paid in 4 installments.
  • Average GMAT: 580 – 760
  • Accepted tests: GMAT, GRE and MAT (Manchester Admissions Test)
  • Accreditations: AMBA, AACSB, EQUIS
  • Language: English

How is Dubai different from the other campuses?

No matter whether you choose the full-time, the part-time or the joint program with the Kelley School of Business, the University of Manchester allows you to take elective courses at any of the 6 international centers: Dubai, Manchester, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Singapore and São Paolo. The only requirement is that all of the core courses need to be taken at your home center.

SP Jain School of Global Management (Dubai Campus)

SP jain Dubai

SP Jain School of Global Management is an Australian business school with campuses in Dubai, Mumbai, Singapore and Sydney. Their Dubai campus is located in DIAC (Dubai International Academic City) and offers a 12-month full-time Global MBA program.

    • Ranking: Ranked among the Top 15 Best International 1-year MBAs (2019-21) by Forbes
    • Campuses: Dubai, Mumbai, Singapore and Sydney
    • Duration: 12 months
    • Class of 2020: 81 students representing 9 countries, 26 percent women
    • Minimum work experience: 3 years
    • Tuition fees: $34,000 USD
    • Average GMAT: 660. It is possible to apply without an aptitude test score (or GMAT/GRE/CAT), but candidates will be shortlisted until they submit one
    • Accepted tests: GMAT, GRE, CAT and SPJAT (SP Jain Aptitude Test)
    • Accreditations: TEQSA, KHDA, CPE, ABEST21, ACCA
    • Language: English

How is Dubai different from the other campuses?

SP Jain Global School of Management has campuses in 4 global business hubs: Dubai, Mumbai, Singapore and Sydney. All 4 campuses offer the same 12-month full time Global MBA program, and the entry requirements, program structure and cost of attending are the same.

University of Dubai (Dubai Business School)

University of dubai

The Dubai Business School at the University of Dubai offers a number of domestically and internationally recognized MBA programs. Students can either choose to do a General MBA, or specialize in Finance, Accounting, Marketing, International Business Leadership, Operations Management or Human Resources. 

  • Ranking: Number 2 locally by the Palmes’ League in the category of Excellent Business Schools Reinforcing International Influence
  • Duration: 12 months – 24 months, depending on whether it is general or specialized
  • Tuition & Fees: $40,293 USD
  • Average GMAT: 500
  • Accepted tests: GMAT
  • Accreditations: AACSB, KHDA, CAA
  • Languages of Instruction: English and Arabic

American University in Dubai

American University dubai

The American University in Dubai is a private, liberal arts institution, founded in 1995. They offer a number of MBA programs, including a general MBA, as well as an MBA with a concentration in Finance, Management or Marketing. In addition to that, they also offer a full-time Executive MBA program.

  • Ranking: Number 1 locally by the Palmes’ League in the category of Excellent Business Schools Reinforcing International Influence
  • Duration: 24 months
  • Nationalities on campus: Over 102
  • Minimum work experience: 2 years
  • Tuition $ Fees: $41,165 USD for the MBA and $55,000 USD for the EMBA
  • Average GMAT: 550
  • Accepted tests: GMAT only
  • Accreditations: AACSB
  • Language: English

Where to take the GMAT in Dubai

gmat test centers in dubai

There are two GMAT Test Centers in Dubai:

Academic City: The Exam Preparation & Testing House

Suite 703
7th Floor, Apricot Tower, Academic City
Phone: +971-4-333-3616

Bur Dubai: New Horizons Learning Center

The Business Center Building, 2nd Floor, Office 201
Bur Dubai, Khalid Bin Waleed S (Bank S)
Across Burjuman Mall
Phone: +971-4-3962222

Find out more about taking the GMAT in Dubai in this ARTICLE.

Why study in Dubai

student life in dubai

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GMAT Prime Factorization Article
Posted on
Apr 2021

GMAT Prime Factorization (Anatomy of a Problem)

By: Rich Zwelling (Apex GMAT Instructor)
Date: 1st April 2021

First, if you’d prefer to go straight to the explanation for the solution to the problem given in the last post, continue to the end of this post. But we’ll start with the following Official Guide GMAT problem as a way to talk about GMAT Prime Factorization. Give the problem a shot, if you can:

How many prime numbers between 1 and 100 are factors of 7,150?

A) One
B) Two
C) Three
D) Four
E) Five

One of the things you’ll notice is the linguistic setup of the problem, which is designed to confuse you immediately (a common theme on GMAT problems). They get you panicking right away with mention of a large range (between 1 and 100), and then they compound your frustration by giving you a rather large value (7,150). 

Don’t let that convince you that you can’t do the problem. Because remember, the GMAT is not interested in large calculations, memorization involving large numbers, or weird arcana. Chances are, if you find yourself thinking about a complicated way to do a problem, you’re taking the wrong approach, and there’s a simpler way.

Try to pick out the most operative signal words, which let you know how to address the problem. We are dealing with prime numbers and also the topic of finding factors. The language of the problem may make you nervous, thinking that we must consider a slew of prime numbers up to 100. But the only primes we are really interested in are those that are actually factors of 7,150. 

So let’s focus our attention there. And we can do so with a prime factor tree. Does this bring back memories? 

Now, in the case of 7,150, we don’t have to break it down into prime numbers immediately. Split the number up into factors that are easy to recognize. In this case, the number ends in a zero, which means it is a multiple of 10, so we can start our tree like this:

prime factorization on the GMATNotice that the advantage here is two-fold: It’s easier to divide by 10 and the two resulting numbers are both much more manageable. 

Splitting up 10 into it’s prime factorization is straightforward enough (2 and 5). However, how do we approach 715? Well, it’s since it ends in a 5, we know it must be divisible by 5. At that point, you could divide 715 by 5 using long or short division… 

…or you could get sneaky and use a NARRATIVE approach with nearby multiples:

750 is nearby, and since 75/5 = 15, that must mean that 750/5 = 150. Now, 750 is 35 greater than 715. And since 35/5 = 7, that means that 715 is seven multiples of 5 away from 750. So we can take the 150, subtract 7, and get 143

Mathematically, you can also see this as: 

715/5 = (750-35)/5 = 750/5 – 35/5 = 150 – 7 = 143

So as stands, here’s our GMAT prime factorization:

prime factorization GMAT articleNow, there’s just the 143 to deal with, and this is where things get a bit interesting. There are divisibility rules that help make factoring easier, but an alternative you can always use is finding nearby multiples of the factor in question. 

For example, is 143 divisible by 3? There is a rule for divisibility by 3, but you could also compare 143 against 150. 150 is a multiple of 3, and 143 is a distance of 7 away. 7 is not a multiple of 3, and therefore 143 is not a multiple of 3.

This rule applies for any factor, not just 3. 

Now we can test the other prime numbers. (Don’t test 4 and 6, for example. We know 143 is not even, so it’s not divisible by 2. And if it’s not divisible by 2, it can’t be divisible by 4. Likewise, it’s not divisible by 3, so it can’t be divisible by 6, which is a multiple of 3.)

143 is not divisible by 5, since it doesn’t end in a 5 or 0. It’s not divisible by 7, since 140 is divisible by 7, and 143 is only 3 away. 

What about 11? Here you have two options: 

  1. Think of 143 as 110+33, which is 11*10 + 11*3 → 11*(10+3) → 11*13
  2. If you know your perfect squares well, you could think of 143 as 121+22 

→ 11*11 + 11*2 → 11*(11+2) → 11*13

Either way, you should arrive at the same prime factorization:

GMAT prime factorization QuestionNotice that I’ve marked all prime numbers in blue. This result shouldn’t be a surprise, because notice that everything comes relatively clean: there are only a few prime numbers, they are relatively small, and there is just one slight complication in solving the problem (the factorization of 143). 

So what is the answer? Be very careful that you don’t do all the hard work and falter at the last second. There are five ends to branches in the above diagram, which could lead you prematurely to pick answer choice E. But two of these branches have the same number (5). There are actually only four distinct primes (2, 5, 11, 13). The correct answer is D.

And again, notice that the range given in the question stem (1 to 100) is really a linguistic distraction to throw you off track. We don’t even go beyond 13. 

Next time, we’ll talk about the fascinating topic of twin primes and how they connect to divisibility.

Find other GMAT Number Theory topics here:
Odds and Ends (…or Evens)
Consecutive Integers (plus more on Odds and Evens)
Consecutive Integers and Data Sufficiency (Avoiding Algebra)
GMAT Prime Factorization (Anatomy of a Problem)
A Primer on Primes

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Mar 2021

Ace GMAT Data Sufficiency Questions with this Science Fair Problem

Data Sufficiency Problem Video Transcript

Introduction to Data Sufficiency

Hey guys! Today we’re looking at the Science Fair Problem. In this Data Sufficiency, we’re being asked how many, discrete number, of the 900 students at the school attended all three days. And we can surmise that they’re going to come at us by giving us different breakdowns of how different groups of students behaved and so most likely we’re going to need more than one piece of information to come together in order to give us the precise amount. The only way, typically, that we would have a single piece of information be sufficient is if they gave us the inverse and told us how many, or what percentage, or what fraction of students didn’t attend on all three days. Where we could then compute the opposite.

Statement 1

Let’s take a look: Number 1 is telling us that 30% or 270 of the students attended two or more days. If we break this up into a chart, we see this block that’s undefined but we know that 270 attended either two days or three days. Some mix of them, but we don’t know that mix. Therefore, this doesn’t give us what we need from the box and it’s insufficient. However, we could use it possibly with other information that distinguishes between the two day visitors and the three day visitors.

Statement 2

Number 2 gives us relative information based upon some other number: 10% of those that attended at least one day. That means of all those that attended at all, for one day, for two days, for three days, 10% of those belong in the three-day box. However, we don’t know how many students that is. So 2 is insufficient. When we try and combine them notice that the information from 2 slices and dices a piece of information that 1 doesn’t give us. There’s no way to reconcile the 10% from that big group into the group that just attended two days or three days. Therefore, we don’t have enough information.


The answer choice is E: both together are still insufficient. Hope this helped. Guys thanks for watching! For other examples of DS problems where you can make charts to fill in the blanks and find the square you need check out the links below and we’ll see you again soon.

If you enjoyed this Data Sufficiency problem video try this Standard Deviation Problem

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GMAT Prime numbers article with questions
Posted on
Mar 2021

A Primer on Primes

By: Rich Zwelling (Apex GMAT Instructor)
Date: 30th March 2021

As I said in my previous post, GMAT Prime Numbers are my favorite topic. This is because not only are they inherently interesting mathematically but they show up in unexpected circumstances on GMAT problems, even when the term “prime” is not explicitly mentioned.

But before we get to that, I thought it would help to review a basic definition:

If you’ve gone through school, you’ve likely heard the definition of a prime as “any number that can be divided only by 1 and itself.” Or put differently, “any number that has only 1 and itself as factors.”  For example, 3 is a prime number, because 1 and 3 are the only numbers that are factors of 3.

However, there is something slightly problematic here. I always then ask my students: “Okay, well then, is 1 prime? 1 is divisible by only 1 and itself.” Many people are under the misconception that 1 is a prime number, but in truth 1 is not prime

There is a better way to think about prime number definitionally:

*A prime number is any number that has EXACTLY TWO FACTORS*

By that definition, 1 is not prime, as it has only one factor

But then, what is the smallest prime number? Prime numbers are also by definition always positive, so we need not worry about negative numbers. It’s tempting to then consider 3, but don’t overlook 2. 

Even though 2 is even, it has exactly two factors, namely 1 and 2, and it is therefore prime. It is also the only even prime number. Take a moment to think critically about why that is before reading the next paragraph…

Any other even number must have more than two factors, because apart from 1 and the number itself, 2 must also be a factor. For example, the number 4 will have 1 and 4 as factors, of course, but it will also have 2, since it is even. No even number besides 2, therefore, will have exactly two factors. 

Another way to read this, then, is that every prime number other than 2 is odd

You can see already how prime numbers feed into other number properties so readily, and we’ll talk much more about that going forward. But another question people often ask is about memorization: do I have to memorize a certain number of prime values? 

It’s good to know up to a certain value. but unnecessary to go beyond that into conspicuously larger numbers, because the GMAT as a test is less interested in your ability to memorize large and weird primes and more interested in your reasoning skills and your ability to draw conclusions about novel problems on the fly. If you know the following, you should be set (with some optional values thrown in at the end):

2, 3, 5, 7, 11, 13, 17, 19, 23, 29, 31, 37, (41, 43)

Thankfully, you’ll notice the list is actually pretty manageable. 

(And an interesting note that many people forget that 27 is actually not prime. But don’t beat yourself up if this happens to you: Terence Tao, one of the world’s leading mathematicians and an expert on prime numbers, actually slipped briefly on national television once and said 27 was prime before catching himself. And he’s one of the best in the world. So even the best of the best make these mistakes.)

Now, here’s an Official Guide problem that takes the basics of Prime Numbers and forces you to do a little reasoning. As usual, give it shot before reading the explanation:

The product of all the prime numbers less than 20 is closest to which of the following powers of 10 ?

A) 109
B) 108
C) 107
D) 106
E) 105


For this one, you have a little hint going in, as we’ve provided you with the necessary list of primes you’ll use to find the product.

And the language given (“closest to”) is a huge hint that you can estimate:

2*3*5*7*11*13*17*19 ~= ??

Since powers of 10 are involved, let’s try to group the numbers to get 10s as much as possible. The following is just one of many ways you could do this, but the universal easiest place to start is the 2 and the 5, so let’s multiply those. We’ll mark numbers we’ve accounted for in red:

(2*5)*3*7*11*13*17*19 ~= ??

10*3*7*11*13*17*19 ~= ??

Next, we can look at the 19 and label it as roughly 20, or 2*10:

10*3*7*11*13*17*19 ~= ??

10*3*7*11*13*17*20 ~= ??

10*3*7*11*13*17*2*10 ~= ??

We could also take the 11 and estimate it as another 10:

10*3*7*11*13*17*2*10 ~= ??

10*3*7*10*13*17*2*10 ~= ??

At this point, we should be able to eyeball this. Remember, it’s estimation. We may not know 17*3 and 13*7 offhand. But we know that they’re both around or less than 100 or 102. And a look at the answer choices lets us know that each answer is a factor of 10 apart, so the range is huge. (In other words, estimation error is not likely to play a factor.)

So it’s not unreasonable in the context of this problem to label those remaining products as two values of 102:

10*3*7*10*13*17*2*10 ~= ??

10*(102)*10*(102)*2*10 ~= ??

And at this point, the 2 is negligible, since that won’t be enough to raise the entire number to a higher power of 10. What do we have left?

101*(102)*101*(102)*101 ~= 107 

The correct answer is C. 

Next time, we’ll get into Prime Factorizations, which you can do with any positive integer.

Find other GMAT Number Theory topics here:
Odds and Ends (…or Evens)
Consecutive Integers (plus more on Odds and Evens)
Consecutive Integers and Data Sufficiency (Avoiding Algebra)
GMAT Prime Factorization (Anatomy of a Problem)
A Primer on Primes


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Consecutive Integers and Data Sufficiency (Avoiding Algebra) Article
Posted on
Mar 2021

Consecutive Integers and Data Sufficiency (Avoiding Algebra)

By: Rich Zwelling (Apex GMAT Instructor)
Date: 25 March 2021

Last time, we left off with the following GMAT Official Guide problem, which tackles the Number Theory property of consecutive integers. Try the problem out, if you haven’t already, then we’ll get into the explanation:

The sum of 4 different odd integers is 64. What is the value of the greatest of these integers?
(1) The integers are consecutive odd numbers
(2) Of these integers, the greatest is 6 more than the least.


Remember that we talked about avoiding algebra if possible, and instead taking a narrative approach or graphic approach if possible. By that we meant to look at the relationships between the numbers and think critically about them, rather than simply defaulting to mechanically setting up equations.

(This is especially helpful on GMAT Data Sufficiency questions, on which you are more interested in the ability to solve than in actually solving. In this case, once you’ve determined that it’s possible to determine the greatest of the four integers, you don’t have to actually figure out what that integer is. You know you have sufficiency.)

Statement (1) tells us that the integers are consecutive odd numbers. Again, it may be tempting to assign variables or something similarly algebraic (e.g. x, x+2, x+4, etc). But instead, how about we take a NARRATIVE and/or GRAPHIC approach? Paint a visual, not unlike the slot method we were using for GMAT combinatorics problems:

___ + ___ +  ___ + ___  =  64

Because these four integers are consecutive odd numbers, we know they are equally spaced. They also add up to a definite sum.

This is where the NARRATIVE approach pays off: if we think about it, there’s only one set of numbers that could fit that description. We don’t even need to calculate them to know this is the case.

You can use a scenario-driven approach with simple numbers to see this. Suppose we use the first four positive odd integers and find the sum:

_1_ + _3_ +  _5_ + _7_  =  16

This will be the only set of four consecutive odd integers that adds up to 16. 

Likewise, let’s consider the next example:

_3_ + _5_ +  _7_ + _9_  =  24

This will be the only set of four consecutive odd integers that adds up to 24. 

It’s straightforward from here to see that for any set of four consecutive odd integers, there will be a unique sum. (In truth, this principle holds for any set of equally spaced integers of any number.) This essentially tells us [for Statement (1)] that once we know that the sum is set at 64 and that the integers are equally spaced, we can figure out exactly what each integer is. Statement (1) is sufficient.

(And notice that I’m not even going to bother finding the integers. All I care about is that I can find them.)

Similarly, let’s take a graphic/narrative approach with Statement (2) by lining the integers up in ascending order:

_ + __ +  ___ + ____  =  64

But very important to note that we must not take Statement (1) into account when considering Statement (2) by itself initially, so we can’t say that the integers are consecutive. 

Here, we clearly represent the smallest integer by the smallest slot, and so forth. We’re also told the largest integer is six greater than the smallest. Now, again, try to resist the urge to go algebraic and instead think narratively. Create a number line with the smallest (S) and largest (L) integers six apart:


Narratively, where does that leave us? Well, we know that the other two numbers must be between these two numbers. We also know that each of the four numbers is odd. Every other integer is odd, so there are only two other integers on this line that are odd, and those must be our missing two integers (marked with X’s here):


Notice anything interesting? Visually, it’s straightforward to see now that we definitely have consecutive odd integers. Statement (2) actually gives us the same information as Statement (1). Therefore, Statement (2) is also sufficient. The correct answer is D

And again, notice how little actual math we did. Instead, we focused on graphic and narrative approaches to help us focus more on sufficiency, rather than actually solving anything, which isn’t necessary.

Next time, we’ll make a shift to my personal favorite GMAT Number Theory topic: Prime Numbers…

Find other GMAT Number Theory topics here:
Odds and Ends (…or Evens)
Consecutive Integers (plus more on Odds and Evens)
Consecutive Integers and Data Sufficiency (Avoiding Algebra)
GMAT Prime Factorization (Anatomy of a Problem)
A Primer on Primes

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