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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.

The Executive Assessment helps us assess the core skills needed for the Executive MBA Program and offers a streamlined alternative to the GMAT that requires less preparation time and is shorter in duration.

While the Executive Assessment 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. In this video, Booth faculty member Haresh Sapra explains the value of the test.

Prepare for the Executive Assessment Test

What’s on the Executive Assessment and how can you prepare?

The Executive Assessment 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.

In addition, Chicago Booth has created an exclusive, one-of-a-kind webinar series designed to help you prepare for the Executive Assessment. There are two parts to the series—one focusing on the Quantitative Reasoning section of the test, the other on the Integrated Reasoning section. Taught by Chicago Booth professor Kathleen Fitzgerald, each features a deep dive into the material so you will be prepared for the exam and for the program. Although our live events have concluded, we encourage you to download previously recorded webinars and notes from the series to get started.

“I felt the Executive Assessment webinar was an investment in my success before I was even a student. I want to be at a place that wants me to do well—and attending the program at Chicago Booth since has reinforced that.”

— Christy Valentine, Current Student, Executive MBA Program North America

Retaking the Executive Assessment

Executive Assessment participants can take the test up to two times. 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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“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

Begin Your EMBA Journey

The first step in joining our transformational Executive MBA Program is to apply for admission.

Application Deadlines
First Deadline: November 29, 2021
Second Deadline:  February 14, 2022
Third Deadline: April 4, 2022
Final Deadline: June 6, 2022
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