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Graduate Management Aptitude Test (GMAT) conducted by GMAC helps you in applying to various top universities of the world. Once you secure a good score on GMAT, you will be able to apply in some of the best Universities in the world, provided you have the work experience required for that University. However, the only downside is that you would have to switch to a complete study mode and that means a complete drop off from work for two years. For some people, this might not be the most viable option.
‘Executive Assessment’ (EA) test, also conducted by GMAC and is similar to GMAT in much sense, designed for the working professionals with several years of experience prefer to earn an MBA without dropping off from their job. It was started in March 2016. This sort of program has been gaining recognition as it provides a degree similar to those who take up a full-time course. This sort of assessment done by the Graduate Management Admission Council is popularly known as the “Mini-GMAT” or the EMBA (Executive MBA).
Before we go in the nitty-gritty of this test, let us quickly understand the difference between the regular GMAT and the Executive Assessment conducted by GMAC, from all the perspectives:
The Executive Assessment is targeted at the candidates who aspire to take up an Executive MBA course. It is best for those who are seasoned professionals having a good amount of work experience. It is also a good option for those who do not have time to prepare for standardized tests like the regular GMAT.
Many of the candidates who take up Executive MBA have been out of the classroom for 8+ years. Therefore, the admission committee will first focus on the candidate’s level of work experience, and then assess their scores, since they are looking for industry leaders and decision-makers.
So, all in all, it is a big advantage for busy working professionals looking for a way to demonstrate their EMBA readiness to admission officers but without the hassle of rigorous preparation that the GMAT demands.
Since this examination is also conducted by GMAC, you might be considering it to be at the same level as the regular GMAT. The Executive Assessment examination is much easier. It requires little to no preparation.
It is important to review practice questions to familiarize yourself with question formats which will help in refreshing your skills. You would even find out that GMAC itself advocates for little time for preparation because of job responsibilities.
Those of you, who are especially preparing for the Executive Assessment, can follow the below tips suggested by the experts who have got good scores in EA:
Executive Assessment test has a higher price tag of $350 than the regular GMAT exam will cost you $250. However, unlike GMAT, you don’t have to pay any rescheduling fee (if rescheduled 48 hours before the test) or for extra score reports being sent for various executive MBA programs. The Executive Assessment Score is valid for a period of 5 years from the test date, which is the same as that for regular GMAT examination.
The Executive Assessment test has a total of three sections including the Integrated Reasoning, Verbal Reasoning, and Quantitative Assessment, which are common to both EA and GMAT. However, GMAT has an additional section of Analytical Writing Assessment (AWA), exclusive only to the GMAT exam.
The syllabus for the Executive Assessment has following sections
In the Executive Assessment, the total score ranges from 100 to 200 whereas the number for GMAT is 200 to 800. The score range for each section with respect to both Executive Assessment and GMAT is given below:
The test for the Executive Assessment is section adaptive, whereas the GMAT examination is question adaptive. In the GMAT, the difficulty level of the succeeding question is determined by a candidate’s answer to the preceding question. However, in the EA, the Verbal and Quant sections are further divided into 2 subsections each. Each sub-section consists of 7 questions that are released in a set.
One of the exclusive features of the Executive Assessment is that you can change the answer choice(s) by going back. The following steps are allowed:
However, it is important to note that no additional time is given to review and/or change the answer choice. The time you take for reviewing is taken away from the subsequent subsection, which means that you will have less time left to complete the next group of 7 questions.
Executive Assessment is a relatively new test as it was started in March 2016. Thus, there is not enough data to pinpoint a good EA score. However, for top Business Schools like Wharton, Columbia, etc. 150 or above considered as a good score. So for example, in the London Business School Executive MBA program, the last intake had an average EA score of 150. In any case, there is going to be a lot less competition in this program. The admission council of most Universities expects the candidate to have better work experience as well.
Once you secure a good score on the Executive Assessment test, you can apply to the top universities across the globe. A few of these universities are listed below:
Ques. If I have not decided on which EMBA program to apply, which test should I take? GMAT or EA
Ans. At this point, you should first decide on which business school’s EMBA program you want to apply to. Check which standardized test the B school accepts. Executive Assessment is the preferred by those who don’t have adequate time to prepare.
Ques. If I am yet to decide whether I want to pursue a full-time MBA program or EMBA program, which test should I take?
Ans. At this point, it’s better to take the GMAT, as it is accepted for all types of MBA programs.
Ques. If I have taken the GMAT exam, should I also take Executive Assessment for EMBA programs to get to know about the better options?
Ans. If you have taken the GMAT are happy with your score, then no need to take Executive Assessment. To get into Executive MBA programs of leading Business Schools, you can take the executive assessment if:
You are a seasoned professional willing to join one of the best executive MBA programs.
You feel you don’t have adequate time to prepare for the GMAT.
Want to demonstrate your academic readiness for executive MBA programs.
Ques. Is the conducting authority the same for both the GMAT examination as well as the Executive Assessment test?
Ans. Yes, the conducting body is same for both the tests.
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