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All about the Executive Assessment by GMAC

Are you an executive with numerous years of experience who wants to enroll into an EMBA program but doesn’t have enough time to prepare for assessment test? GMAC, the makers of the GMAT* exam has launched The Executive Assessment for people like you who want to be prepared for the program and be placed with other high-caliber, experienced cohort members. The Executive Assessment measures business skills and program readiness. The structure of the assessment can be called “mini-GMAT” as it evaluates you on higher-order reasoning in three areas: Integrated Reasoning, Verbal Reasoning, and Quantitative Reasoning. The scale for each section of the assessment is 0 to 20. The total scale ranges from 100 to 200, and all three sections are equally weighted in determining your total. The total time to complete the assessment is 90 minutes.

Let us look at the Structure of The Executive Assessment in detail:

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Let us see how The Executive Assessment is different from GMAT:

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The Executive Assessment was started as a pilot program initially with six schools while it is currently accepted at several leading business schools from around the world for selective MBA programs. (For list of schools please check here)
Among initial six schools INSEAD (France), CEIBS (China), London Business School (United Kingdom), the University of Hong Kong, Columbia University (New York, USA), and the University of Chicago (Illinois, USA) which collaborated with GMAC for this pilot project, CEIBS encourages for the Executive Assessment. LBS on its blog calls it as an excellent tool for its relevance to executives in terms of its content (much more focus on critical thinking, analysis and problem solving, and much less on pure mathematics and grammatical structures). The Executive Assessment can be taken at more than 600 test centers around the world; find one near you on list of global test center locations.

Prepare by getting accustomed to the pattern:

One of the biggest differences between the Executive Assessment and GMAT is the amount of preparation that GMAC is advocating for it. GMAC survey research indicates that an average candidate spends around 2 to 3 months preparing for the GMAT. However, the Executive Assessment is specifically designed for busy, mid-to-late career professionals who don’t have enough bandwidth as traditional GMAT candidates might have. This test doesn’t require extensive preparation as it evaluates the skills you already have acquired during your career and helps schools understand your B-school readiness. A sample selection of practice questions are available on GMAC website. Although the sample questions don’t give comprehensive view of the test, these are similar if not identical in nature to GMAT questions. The GMAC provides you with 19 sample questions for IR, 15 each for Verbal Reasoning and Quant Reasoning. For sample questions click here. If you are interested in learning about GMAT scoring techniques, read our blog on GMAT Scoring Engine