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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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

If you are not sure whether Dubai is the city for you, here’s some interesting facts about the city:

  • It is one of the world’s largest and fastest growing cities 
  • It is home to over 150 nationalities 
  • Over 80 percent of its population is expat
  • The UAE is considered one of the safest countries in the world
  • 24-hour security in buildings and on streets
  • Student dorms are very cost effective
  • It is easy to get around with public transportation
  • A wide variety of entertainment that includes beaches, restaurants, bars and museums
  • Dubai is not very expensive, as compared to other metropolitan cities around the world
  • Most places provide student discounts
  • There are many work opportunities

If you are looking for private one-on-one GMAT tutoring with a 770+ scoring tutor in Dubai, 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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MBA Admissions consulting
Posted on
Nov 2020

MBA Admissions Consulting: Which Exam is Right For You

By: Apex GMAT
Contributors: Fatma Xhafa & Svetozara Saykova
Date: 5th November, 2020


Are you ready to get a Master’s degree and take the business world by a storm? The first thing to consider is which admissions exam to prepare for. There are a handful of tests that MBA programs use to assess applicants. The GMAT, GRE, EA, INSEAD, and  ieGAT are the most common. Generally, these exams are more alike than not, but each exam presents unique challenges. APEX consultants can help you decide which is right for you.


Table of contents

  • The GMAT
  • The GRE
  • The Executive Assessment
  • The INSEAD Assessment
  • The ieGAT Assessment


The Graduate Management Admissions Test, commonly known as the GMAT, is an assessment administered by the Graduate Management Admissions Council (GMAC). It is used for admission to MBA programs around the globe. 

The GMAT consists of 4 sections—Integrated Reasoning, Analytical Writing Assessment, Verbal, and Quantitative. Each section examines a particular set of essential business skills. The GMAT tests a variety of skills due to its computer adaptive nature, which is also what makes it so challenging.  


GMAT Sections Types of Questions Duration
Analytical Writing Assessment
  • short essay
30 minutes
Integrated Reasoning
  • multi-source reasoning
  • table analysis
  • graphics interpretation
  • two-part analysis
30 minutes
  • sentence correction
  • reading comprehension
  • critical reasoning
65 minutes 
  • problem solving
  • data sufficiency 
61 minutes


The total price for sitting the GMAT is $250 (as of October 2020 €230 , £203). This includes sending the official scores to five MBA programs of your choice. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the GMAT is also offered online until December 2020. 

A 700+ GMAT score can open doors to some of the world’s most elite MBA programs, so don’t hesitate! Apex’s dedicated tutors can help get you there; time zone differences, busy schedules, and distance are non issues for our team. Schedule a call at your convenience to discuss prep options and jumpstart your journey to success. 


The Graduate Record Examination, or the GRE for short, is facilitated by the Educational Testing Service (ETS). Thousands of MBA, MS/MA and Ph.D programs accept the GRE.

There are two types of GRE—the General Exam and the Subject Test. The General Exam is designed to examine analytical writing, quantitative ability, and verbal reasoning skills, and the Subject Test evaluates the candidate’s knowledge in a particular field of study. The subject exams include Mathematics, English Literature, Chemistry, Biology, Biochemistry, Physics and Psychology. The Subject Test is required for most specialized Master’s programs.

The General Exam consists of three sections: Analytical Writing, Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning. The GRE has a pattern in terms of section order: the Analytical Writing section will always be the first, and can either be followed by the Verbal, Quantitative, or unscored sections in any order. 

You may be wondering what those unscored sections test for. Unscored sections only appear on the computer-based exam and vary in content. There is no set number or time allocation for unscored sections. 

Each other section, however, has a set number of problems and time limit.

GRE Sections  Computer-based GRE Paper-based GRE
Analytical Writing 1 section – 2 tasks

60 minutes

2 section – 2 tasks

60 minutes

Verbal Section  2 sections – 40 questions

60 minutes

2 section – 50 questions

70 minutes

Quantitative Section  2 sections – 40 questions 

70 minutes

2 section – 50 questions

80 minutes

Unscored varies N/A
Research  varies N/A


The fee for the GRE General test varies by country between $205-$255 (as of October 2020 €175-218, £159-197). The GRE Subject Test costs $150 (as of October 2020 €128, £116)

Apex’s team of experienced consultants provides personalized GRE preparation, following the most comprehensive and intensive curriculum available. Schedule a consultation to discuss your prep needs with one of our mentors. 

Executive Assessment

The Executive Assessment is designed to evaluate business school readiness based on a candidate’s experience. Many MBA programs accept this exam as an alternative to the GMAT. It’s also offered by the Graduate Management Admissions Council. 

Whereas the GMAT is a Computer Adaptive Test (CAT), the EA is a ‘multi-stage’ computer adaptive. This means that question sets are selected depending on answers to previous question sets.

The EA is designed for Executive MBA programs. As such, it’s designed for busy professionals and executives who might not have a lot of time to prepare. There are several advantages to taking the EA if you fit into this category. 

The exam consists of 3 sections: Integrated Reasoning, Verbal, and Quantitative. Each section has a 30-minute time limit, so the entire EA exam takes no more than 1.5 hours. Scores range from 100-200. All sections are weighted equally, which makes it easier to determine the total.


EA Sections  Questions Types of Questions
Integrated Reasoning 12
  • Multi-Source Reasoning
  • Graphics Interpretation
  • Two-Part Analysis
  • Table Analysis
Verbal  14
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Critical Reasoning
  • Sentence Correction
Quantitative  14
  • Data Sufficiency
  • Problem Solving

In addition to being only 90 minutes long, the EA is widely available in test centers. It’s possible to reschedule free of charge up to 48 hours before the appointment, and the results are available within 24 hours. Registration costs $350 (as of October 2020 €298, £268). Candidates can take the exam no more than twice.

For business programs that accept the EA, visit our featured list of EMBA programs.

Since the Executive Assessment is designed to be less time consuming than the GMAT, preparing for it also is less time consuming. Apex provides the most comprehensive EA prep on the market. Candidates can earn top scores through private tutoring, or in our EA class, which offers 10 hours of EA prep over the course of one weekend and 2 additional hours of one-on-one instruction. Find out more by scheduling a complimentary call with one of our instructors. 

INSEAD Assessment

INSEAD (Institut Européen d’Administration des Affaires) is an Executive MBA program. This program exclusively uses the INSEAD Assessment to evaluate candidates. 

The INSEAD’s structure is slightly different from the GMAT’s and as a result, the preparation is, too. It does not require an excessive amount of preparation time for math, geometry, or verbal questions. However, candidates must prepare for the exam’s format, in addition to refreshing verbal and quantitative skills.

INSEAD Sections  Number of Questions/ Time per section
Data Analysis 15 questions

30 minutes

Data Interpretation 15 questions

30 minutes

Communication Analysis 15 questions

30 minutes

Critical Thinking 15 questions

30 minutes

Case Presentation 30 minutes preparation,

15 minutes presentation


The exam can be taken once a month at any INSEAD campus in France, Singapore, or Abu Dhabi. Application must be submitted at least 2 weeks in advance of the exam date. Once applicants pass the pre-screening stage, they can confirm the test location and payment method. The exam costs 185 (as of October of 2020 $218, £167).

At Apex, we offer expert tutoring for the INSEAD Assessment. Our experienced instructors have extensive knowledge in everything from data analysis and interpretation to communication, critical thinking and case studies. We offer clients the flexibility to learn the ins and outs of the INSEAD in a relaxed environment.

ieGAT – IE Global Admissions Test

The ieGAT  is exclusive to the IE International University, which includes the IE business school in Spain. The ieGAT differs from the exams above in a number of ways. For starters, applicants can only take it once, so it’s highly important to be well prepared–you won’t get another shot.

In order to sit for the ieGAT, at least 25% of a candidate’s MBA application must be completed. The exam takes 80 minutes and includes 60 questions. Questions are tailored to the program that the applicant is interested in. The ieGAT is a pass/fail exam, and it’s the only test necessary for admission to IE University. 

The IE administers the Global Admissions Test in English and Spanish. The test’s language must match the language in which an applicant’s MBA program will be taught. 

ieGAT Sections 
Numerical and Verbal Reasoning
Logical – Abstract Reasoning


At Apex, we offer one-on-one ieGAT instruction. We provide our clients with personalized attention, flexibility, and an overall productive and enjoyable experience to ensure results. Our experts guide candidates through a multitude of solution paths in the Numerical and Verbal section, as well as the Abstract Reasoning section.

Determining which exam will help you achieve your goals might not be as simple as it seems, but talking to an experienced MBA consultant will get you started on the right path. Schedule a call with one of our consultants to discuss your aspirations, needs, and preparation options. 

Admissions Consulting 

Apex GMAT offers one-on-one tutoring for each of the exams described above. Next, it’s important to start thinking about applying to MBA programs. If you’re taking an exclusive exam, such as the ieGAT or INSEAD, you already know where you’ll be applying. Otherwise, Apex’s elite team can help you develop the skills you’ll need to land a spot in your dream program. Take the first step towards your future by scheduling a call with one of our top MBA admissions consulting experts today. 

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Mar 2020

MBA Conditional Offers

Today we’re going to talk about getting conditional offers from MBA programs. A lot of times we get calls from prospective clients in a bit of panic saying oh my god this institution Harvard, LBS, whoever, gave me a few weeks and they said I can get into the program but I need this score.

How often does this happen?

This is much more common than you might think, especially if you haven’t been through the application process before. Schools are incredibly defensive when it comes to maintaining their GMAT average, their GPA average, and their face to the world.

But a piece of feedback like this is actually a huge positive. When a school tells you that, what they’re telling you is that you’re a really prime candidate. They like you, they want you, and either they need the higher score in order to maintain their sort of credentials. This seems a little silly but that’s how things work. Or because they’re not confident that you’re going to have the skills to succeed in their program.

The Admissions Secret

A key sort of secret of admissions is that when you get into the program, that’s the hardest part. Programs are designed for you to succeed from, they don’t want attrition. Whether we’re talking MBA program or medical school or college. When they let you in, they let you in with the idea that you’re going to thrive and graduate and represent them well in your future endeavors.

Yeah, he’s a Harvard man! That sort of attitude is what is driving the admissions process. So, once you’re in, it’s as if you’ve graduated. This is a huge, huge incentive to bring this score up and should make you feel really good about everything that you’ve presented. So whether or not the school is worried about your abilities, what they want is a validation of their choice.

Typically they say this only when you’re within shouting distance as they say for this score. If they want you to get a 700 they’re going to tell you that if you have a 680 or 670. If you have a 550 they’re not going to have been bothered saying so and typically these schools or these programs especially want to cement your quantitative skills.

The Profile of Conditionally Accepted Applicant

A lot of times the profile of someone who receives an MBA conditional admission is that they have a pretty good GMAT score. Except it’s weighted on one side or the other. Typically strong verbal and the quant somewhere in the 40th, 50th, 60th percentile. They want to be assured that the quant heavy subject matter, finance, accounting, statistics isn’t going to leave you in the dust as soon as you land at the program.

What can you do?

So what can be done in this case? The good news is that many times these scoring changes need to be incremental. But also that if your profile warrants an MBA conditional admission it means that there’s a lot of room to grow. This is an opportunity not just to grow your ability to perform on the GMAT but to grow a whole set of skills that will allow you to thrive in the MBA program and thrive in your career beyond. Especially if you’re really type-A, this represents a great opportunity to pre-load a skill set that’s going to give you a lot of positives on the back end.

It’s Like Adding a New Skill

You should look at it as needing to learn how to kayak or fly a plane or something else in addition to everything else you bring to the table. You’re adding this skill that until now you probably haven’t had. You’ve probably been sort of limping along and getting the score you’ve gotten through some hard work. But also through relying on tried-and-true methods that you’ve received coming through academia, middle school, elementary school, college but mostly when you were younger.

We’re instilled with these ideas about how to parse a sentence or how to multiply fractions. And we use them until they break down. On the GMAT, because it’s an adaptive exam they will push us to the point where our skills no longer serve us well. This is usually somewhere in the 50th, 60th percentile.

So the goal here when you’ve got a conditional acceptance isn’t simply to push it ten more points and work what you know a little harder. Instead, really tear down a lot of what you know and get a more contextual more holistic understanding of the math or of the English language. This will allow you to be much more critical and much more creative when you visit these new concepts in your MBA program.

Reach Out for Assistance

In conclusion, if you get a conditional acceptance don’t worry, don’t panic, give us a call. We’ll talk to you about your options and normally this is a very treatable thing. That is the academic programs know when they give you a conditional acceptance that it’s a very surmountable obstacle and we can help you on your way there.

If you liked this video watch: Overcoming Scoring Plateaus.

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