If you’re applying to an Executive MBA program in Dubai or abroad, you’ve probably been told that you can take the Executive Assessment instead of the GMAT and include the score with your application. But...what is the Executive Assessment (also known as the EA)?
We’ve been teaching the Executive Assessment in Dubai since the test was created, so we’ll explain what the Executive Assessment is from 5 perspectives.
An Admissions Test for Executive MBA Programs
The EA is to EMBA programs as the GMAT is to MBA programs. Essentially, the Executive Assessment is becoming THE admissions test for Executive MBA programs. It’s widely accepted by top EMBA programs in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, such as London Business School Dubai and INSEAD Abu Dhabi. Moreover, the EA is accepted by more than 50 elite (and not so elite) programs around the world. For a full list, check the website of the creators of the EA.
Want to know if your selected program accepts the EA? Ask them! Well ok, first check the admissions page of their website. If it’s not there, then send an email to the admissions office telling them you want to take the EA instead of the GMAT.
A Test of Your Ability to Handle Academic Rigors
You’ve got loads of work experience, so why would they give you an admissions test at all? Basically, they want proof that you’ve “still got it.” Getting a 150 on the Executive Assessment suggests to EMBA programs that you will be able to handle the academic nature of the program.
Although the test is aimed at professionals with 10 or more years of experience, it still tests algebra, grammar, arithmetic, and other concepts that you may not have seen in years. Yet, many programs consider mastery of these concepts essential to your academic success.
The most important score you’ll receive on the EA is for the quantitative math section. A solid quant score demonstrates that you can survive Managerial Accounting (for example) without a tutor. If you don’t score well on the quant, they will want you to complete even more tasks to prove you can handle the program.
A Test Made of 3 Sections
Now that you know what the Executive Assessment is for, here’s what it actually is:
Although the Integrated Reasoning is the first section, it tests the composite skills of quantitative (math) and verbal. Imagine answering questions about emails, charts, graphs, tables, and short texts.
The Quantitative Section is basically a math test. You’ll see questions that rely on concepts you would have seen in the 6th grade, as well as questions that require calculations based on algebra and word problems you would have learned up through the 10th grade. Fortunately, there’s no geometry, trigonometry, or calculus on the EA.
Verbal Reasoning tests your reading comprehension by asking you to answer questions related to a long reading passage. There are also sentences requiring you to correct grammar and shorter passages asking you to apply logic.
A Test of Your Resolve
Yes, preparing for the EA is a pain. Yes, you’ll have to reactivate concepts from elementary and middle school. Yes, you will struggle and doubt yourself along the way.
And that’s the point!
Many programs require the Executive Assessment of all students because it forces them to endure the same hardship to get into the program.
Moreover, it demonstrates that you can “double up.” Once you’re into the program, you’ll have to work and study, so there’s no better time to show that you can do it than when you’re applying.
Just a Number
Will you score on the Executive Assessment determine your entire future?
Of course not!
Most programs require a 150 on the test, which is much easier than getting a high score on the GMAT. Once you get a 150, you’re done. They will move on to considering other parts of your application.
Your score on the EA is just to check a box, but it’s an important box...
And preparing properly is a way for you to get it this part of your application done the first time.
What’s the least stressful way to prepare for the Executive Assessment?
Prepare with us!
We’ll guide you through the preparation process, so you’ll know you’re doing everything the right way and with the best materials available.
It’s a no brainer!
Whatsapp us on 050-272-3756 to discuss how you can prepare for what's on the Executive Assessment.