Executive Assessment Test for EMBA Programs

On March 2016 GMAC introduced a new admission test – Executive Assessment – which will replace the GMAT in the admission process to EMBA programs.

The Executive Assessment was specifically designed for busy, mid-to-late career professionals, and it has been developed and launched in partnership with leading business schools from around the world. The new test helps schools understand:

  • Your business school readiness
  • Your reasoning skills
  • What areas you need to strengthen before – or during – business school
  • How you compare to other candidates

During the assessment, the candidate is measured on the skills that are critical both at work and in an EMBA program such as higher order reasoning, critical thinking, analysis, and problem-solving.

The Executive Assessment is currently accepted at several leading business schools from around the world:

  • University of California Berkeley Haas School of Business
  • China European International Business School (CEIBS)
  • The University of Chicago Booth School of Business
  • Columbia Business School
  • Cornell University Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management
  • University of Virginia Darden School of Business
  • Duke University Fuqua School of Business
  • ESADE Business School
  • The University of Hong Kong
  • IESE Business School
  • London Business School
  • MIT Sloan School of Management
  • Rice University Jones Graduate School of Business
  • UCLA Anderson School of Management
  • Vanderbilt University Owen Graduate School of Management
  • Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
  • Yale School of Management

What makes the Executive Assessment suitable for both business schools and Executive MBA candidates is its relevance. It is relevant to executives in terms of its content – much more focus on critical thinking, analysis and problem solving, much less on pure mathematics and grammatical structures – as well as in the amount of time needed for the test. There is no preparation required, and the test takes only 90 minutes. Exhaustive preparation is not required, but we do suggest you familiarize yourself with the question formats and practice each question type.

The assessment is composed of three sections: Integrated Reasoning, Verbal Reasoning, and Quantitative Reasoning, totaling 40 questions. Each section has specific types of questions that are unique to that section.

The Executive Assessment measures business skills and program readiness through higher-order reasoning, such as reading comprehension, critical thinking, analysis, and problem-solving. Candidates will use basic English-language and math to demonstrate their ability to reason in three (3) 30-minute sections:

  • Integrated Reasoning (12 questions)
  • Verbal (14 questions)
  • Quantitative (14 questions)

The Executive Assessment does not include scheduled breaks. If you take an unscheduled break at any time, the assessment timer will not be stopped. If you are taking any break, you MUST receive permission from the test administrator prior to accessing personal items that have been stored (with the exception of comfort aids, medication, and food, which you may access without permission). Personal items that cannot be accessed during any break include (but are not limited to) mobile phones, music devices, test notes, and study guides. You are not allowed to leave the building during a break.

The assessment uses multi-stage adaptive design, which is similar to computer adaptive testing. Like computer adaptive testing, questions are interactively selected based on your previous answer, but rather than selecting individual questions at a time, groups of questions are selected, building a test that is most relevant to each individual’s performance level.

Test results are received for each section of the assessment: Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Verbal Reasoning, and a Total result, which is derived from your results on the three sections. Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Verbal Reasoning use a scale of 0 to 20. The total scale ranges from 100 to 200. Results will be presented on your screen at the end of the assessment. You will receive a printout of your results to take with you upon departing the test center. Schools will only have access to the specific instances of the Executive Assessment results that they have been selected to receive by the candidate. Results are valid for five years and available for reporting for up to 10 years. Results more than 10 years old are not available. Cancelling results is not possible.

The assessment is delivered year-round in more than 600 Pearson VUE test centers around the world. The cost to take the assessment is US $350 globally. The test can be taken up to two times. You can register for the 2nd test 24 hours after completing your first attempt.

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