The Executive Assessment has been designed for senior level, busy, international applicants juggling the demands of work and family. Similarly to GMAT, it tests your aptitude for business related subjects and is used to assess your analytical abilities.
Busy executives don’t have months to study for an assessment prior to entering an EMBA program. At the same time, top business schools want them to be prepared for the program and be placed with other high-caliber, experienced cohort members.
The Executive Assessment addresses both these concerns.
As a busy executive, you don't have 6-9 months to prepare in order to take a 4 hour-long test (GMAT). The GMAC Executive Assessment focuses on the business-relevant topics from the GMAT. For instance, the tedious GMAT writing section does not feature at all on the Executive Assessment. The quantitative and verbal sections are abridged versions of those on the GMAT. Finally, unlike the GMAT, the integrated reasoning section wields key influence on your overall score.
Most busy candidates are able to achieve adequate performance on the test with 8-12 weeks of preparation while holding full-time jobs.
The almost 4-hours long GMAT has been created for full-time MBA admissions. The shorter Executive Assessment is for Executive MBA admissions, and focuses on the more business-relevant topics.