General Ability Test (Singapore)

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Introduction to General Ability Test

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The GAT is a standardized assessment of an applicant's general reasoning ability, and it measures learning capacity, observational skills and problem solving ability. It provides an objective measure that is free from language and cultural bias. All the information needed to respond to each question is presented within the test item itself. Clear instructions will be given to ensure that applicants understand how to attempt the test.  

The GAT is an abilities test, and it tells whether a student has strong underlying mental capabilities. This is in contrast to achievement tests which are subject based, and that assess a student's learned skills and knowledge. Abilities tests and achievement tests complement each other, and shed light on different aspects of a student's capabilities. When used together, they provide a good overall assessment of the quality of an applicant.


COVID-19 Situation: Office Partially Re-Opening Arrangement

Principals Academy (PAI) will partially re-open the office from 14 July 2020. The relevant arrangement are as follows:

1. Open on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday (1:00pm - 5:00pm), except public holidays.

2. Visiting our office or walk-in counter has been suspended until further notice.

Applicants / enquirer are encouraged to use our e-services to reach us or call, where possible:

3. Contact us at (65) 6363-0330 (on the designated opening day and time).

4. Email us at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . We will try our best to reply to you as soon as possible.

We will continue to monitor the situation and make the necessary announcements when more information becomes available.

Test Registration Notice (Year 3 Admission) and Updates

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Upcoming GAT Updates:  All GAT registered student applicants should have receive their GAT Notification and Letter of Confirmation via email as of 21 August 2020. If applicable, applicants to check their junk/spam inbox for the notification email which may have filtered and redirected there.   

The online registration will starts on 14 July 2020.

Student applicants and parents/guardians are to read through the ensuing information before registering for the test.

Please submit your DSA application to the respective schools that you are interested for admission. All DSA application must be submitted before the DSA application closing date stipulated by the individual schools.

To avoid:  Should any applicants registered GAT without submitting DSA application to school or after the individual school's DSA application closing date; applicants will not be considered for DSA in that particular school.

To register for 2020 DSA-IP (Admission to Secondary 3) Test, please click here.

For more information on DSA application, please contact the respective school(s) you are interested for admission.

Note: In view of the COVID-19 situtation, conducting of GAT will be subjected to the national measures in place leading up to and during the actual test date. Applicants will be informed if there are any changes or cancellation of the testing. 

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