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General FAQ

Can you tell me more about SmartLab Education Private School?

SmartLab was founded in 1999 by a team of returned UK scholars.

It owns 5 centres which 2 are designed for SmartLab Education Private School.

SmartLab Education Private School started in 2005 and was originally named SmartLab Singapore Pte. Ltd. In 2008, the company was renamed SmartLab Education Private School as part of our registration with MOE and Casetrust.

We continue to promote our core belief – Believe in Yourself – and apply the consistent branding that has made us successful in the local tutorial market and international licensing.

What is the admission procedure?

Please email for the detailed admission procedure.

What is the difference between SmartLab Education Private School and other private schools?

  • A dedicated team of part-time teachers led by our Principal, Mr Tony Tan, who is a graduate of Cambridge University with a  First Class Honours degree and a former government scholar
  • Compulsory admission interviews by one of the management staff
  • Class sizes of no more than 18
  • At least one Meet-the-Parent session per year
  • Assessment progress report for parents
  • Awards to reward learning attitude and academic performance

Who is the principal?

Mr Tony Tan, a Singapore Armed Forces scholar with a First Class degree from the University of Cambridge, is one of the original founders of SmartLab Education Private School. He has over 20 years of teaching experience in science from Secondary 3 to Junior College 2, and has helped hundreds of students to achieve their best in academic results, turning many under-performers into high scorers. He is also the key author of all the science notes used in SmartLab.

What is the Industry-Wide Course Fee Protection Scheme and how does it protect the students?

The Industry-Wide Course Fee Protection Insurance Scheme (IWC) is a group-based insurance policy that ensures the unconsumed course fees paid by students are insured. All private schools must subscribe to the IWC if they wish to collect up to six months of course fees at any one time. The IWC applies to all courses with a course duration of more than one month or 50 hours.

SmartLab appoints Lonpac Insurance Bhd., which is a CPE-appointed service provider, for the Industry-Wide Course Fee Protection Insurance Scheme (IWC). The IWC is a specialty insurance scheme that covers the course fees of all students in the event of insolvency or the regulatory closure of SmartLab Education Private School.

SmartLab has entered into a master insurance agreement between CPE and Lonpac Insurance Bhd. for the purpose of insuring the students. The insurance premium for all students has been absorbed by SmartLab. The period of insurance is from 222/11/2019 to 21/11/2020 with the policy number Z/19/BM01/000902.

Fees & Financial Information FAQ

What does each course cost?

Please select the course you wish to attend from the Courses page to see its cost breakdown.

How do I pay for the course?

For more details on how to pay us, click here.

Are there any discounts or scholarships available?

SmartLab Education Private School provides early birds discount for its various courses. Please select the course you wish to attend from the Courses page to see the various payment options.

Is there a refund policy?

Yes. For more details, click here.

What do the administration fees include?

  • Notes and worksheets
  • Materials for practical science lessons
  • Assessment tests

Please note that this fee is applicable for the entire duration of the course.

Do tuition fees include exam fees?

No. Exam fees are not included.

Can SmartLab Education Private School register students as private candidates with Singapore Examinations and Assessment Board (SEAB)?

Yes. O/A Level exam fees are collected by SmartLab Education Private School in cash only, and we will then make the payment to SEAB. Student may register on their own if they wish to.

How much does it cost to register for exams as a private candidate? When is the registration period?

The actual fee will only be released on the SEAB website when it's open for registration. Students can pay the fees directly to SEAB. SmartLab Education Private School will provide assistance to students during this period.

For more information, refer to the SEAB website.

O Level and A Level course classes are held weekday mornings and afternoons in Bishan.