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That’s why Chicago Booth partnered with the Graduate Management Admissions Council (GMAC) to create the Executive Assessment, an admissions test designed specifically for Executive MBA candidates.

Who Should Take the Executive Assessment?

The Executive Assessment, also referred to as the EA Test, is intended for working professionals applying to Executive MBA programs. The test helps us assess the core skills needed for the EMBA Program and offers a streamlined alternative to the GMAT or GRE, because it requires less preparation time and is shorter in duration.

While the EA test is just one piece of your Executive MBA application, it signals that you share our values around academic rigor and the need to go deeper into the fundamentals of business. It also ensures that you and your classmates share the same dedication to the program. Learning new skills, studying, and taking tests will all be part of the MBA experience at Chicago Booth—and the Executive Assessment can help you identify areas for development as you prepare to become a student again.

The Value of an Admissions Test

Be prepared on day one. Chicago Booth requires an admissions test for the Executive MBA Program to ensure a high level of dedication, inquiry, and debate among students in the classroom. In this video, Booth faculty member Haresh Sapra explains the value of the test.

“I was apprehensive about taking a standardized test for the first time in over a decade. Luckily, the Executive Assessment allows you to take the exam twice. When I took the EA for the first time, I spent too much time answering an initial question and ran out of time in the end. I found it very helpful to have seen the EA and experienced the testing environment once before. My second score ended up being significantly higher.”

— Chris Panoff, Current Student, Executive MBA Program North America

How to Prepare for the Executive Assessment Test

The EA test evaluates candidates on higher-order reasoning in three sections: Integrated Reasoning, Verbal Reasoning, and Quantitative Reasoning. To view sample questions and practice tests, visit the GMAC website.

Retaking the Executive Assessment

Executive Assessment participants can take the EA test twice. We generally see scores improve with the second try. For test takers looking to better their score, consider the following preparation tips:

Analyze your initial test scores for each section and identify specific areas for improvement. The goal should be to achieve balance across the three sections.

Practice, practice, practice. You can use the sample problems available on the GMAC website.

Try to leave your test anxiety at the door. You know what to expect this time around and will feel more comfortable with the testing format.

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