Admissions Insights Series: Preparing for the Executive Assessment

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Booth Executive MBA Admissions Insights: Preparing for the Executive Assessment

This is the first in a series of posts dedicated to providing you with specific advice on applying to the Chicago Booth Executive MBA Program. In this post, Angela White, Senior Associate Director of Recruitment in London, will offer insights on the Executive Assessment, a test designed specifically to evaluate the readiness of Executive MBA candidates for business school.

The Chicago Booth Executive MBA Program is one of the most academically rigorous programs of its kind. To ensure that you are prepared for the Booth MBA experience, we require an admissions test as part of our application process. Taking a standardised test in an excellent way to prepare for the MBA classroom and we accept scores from the GMAT, GRE, and the Executive Assessment.

What is the Executive Assessment?

The Executive Assessment (EA) was developed in 2016 for leading business schools to evaluate a candidate's readiness for an Executive MBA program. Chicago Booth worked closely with the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC), creators of the GMAT exam, to help design the EA content specifically for busy executives with years of professional experience. This allowed us to ensure the assessment focused on the skills that are critical at work and transfer well to an MBA program; higher order reasoning, critical thinking, analysis and problem-solving.

Unlike the GMAT or GRE, the EA takes only 90 minutes to complete and is easy to schedule at 600+ locations around the world. It consists of three sections: Integrated Reasoning; Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning. Although the EA requires less preparation than the GMAT, we recommend that candidates prepare in advance and are comfortable answering the sample questions available on the EA website. Based on a recent GMAC survey on EA takers, preparation time ranges from 20-40 hours depending on academic and quantitative background.

How can Chicago Booth help me prepare?

We're excited to share that Chicago Booth is offering a one-of-a-kind, exclusive webinar series to help you prepare to take the EA. This free series will be taught by Chicago Booth Professor Kathleen Fitzgerald, who also serves as Director of Academic Support for our Executive MBA students. Professor Fitzgerald possesses a wide array of experience as an educator and has taught courses in Investments, Corporate Finance, Financial Accounting, Money and Banking, International Finance and Financial Management. This webinar series is a wonderful opportunity to prepare for the EA whilst experiencing the unique 'Chicago Approach' to teaching and learning

The webinars will take place in November 2017 and Professor Fitzgerald will offer two distinct sessions: Quantitative and Integrated Reasoning. Each session will feature a deep dive into relevant study content and allow you to focus your assessment preparation.

View the schedule for the Chicago Booth Executive Assessment Preparation Series and sign up early to guarantee your place >>

As a final message, it's important to share that we consider admissions test scores as a supplement to previous degree transcripts and other academic qualifications, which combined, help us to assess your quantitative, reasoning and verbal abilities prior to enrolling at Chicago Booth.

If you need personalised advice on the Executive MBA application process or would like to discuss your candidacy for our program in Chicago, London or Hong Kong feel free to get in touch with your local Chicago Booth admissions team.

We look forward to working with you and helping you master the skills that will set you up for success at Chicago Booth.

Angela White

Senior Associate Director
Recruitment and Admissions, Executive MBA London