About the Executive Assessment (EA)

Everything you need to know about the EA
About the Executive Assessment (EA)

If you are thinking of joining an Executive MBA program, you may have heard of the Executive Assessment, or “EA”. This is a standardized test which is similar to the GMAT, but it is shorter (90 minutes) and it’s also a bit more relevant for EMBA candidates.

Structure of the Executive Assessment

The EA will largely test your understanding, evaluation, and use of data. There are three sections, equally weighted and 30 minutes each: Integrated Reasoning (12 questions), Verbal Reasoning (14 questions), and Quantitative Reasoning (14 questions). In contrast to the GMAT, there is no essay section, and certain math subjects, like geometry, are not tested.

For Integrated Reasoning, you will need to demonstrate you can analyse information from multiple sources and presented in different formats, such as graphs and tables. The main categories of questions are:

  • Multi-Source Reasoning
  • Graphics Interpretation
  • Two-Part Analysis
  • Table Analysis

In the Verbal Reasoning section, you will need to distinguish between facts, assumptions, and arguments, and understand how arguments are structured. You will also be tested on grammar and clarity in writing. In addition, you’ll show your reading comprehension skills by answering questions based on passages. The main categories of questions are:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Critical Reasoning
  • Sentence Correction

You will need to revisit high school-level math for the Quantitative Reasoning section, but fortunately you won’t be tested on concepts that are not relevant. The EA uses the section to see how you analyse data and draw conclusions. The main categories of questions are:

  • Data Sufficiency
  • Problem Solving

Programs that accept the EA

Most Executive MBA programs will accept the EA, and some part-time MBA programs and full-time MBA programs (if you have a certain amount of work experience) will accept it also. Below are some examples of schools that are popular with our applicants, but this is not an exhaustive list.


  • Berkeley Haas: EMBA and Evening & Weekend MBA
  • Carnegie Mellon Tepper: EMBA and Part-time MBA
  • Chicago Booth: EMBA and Weekend MBA
  • Columbia: EMBA and MBA
  • Cornell: EMBA
  • Duke Fuqua: EMBA, Daytime MBA, and Masters in Quantitative Management (Health Analytics / Business Analytics)
  • Emory Goizueta: EMBA and Evening MBA
  • Kellogg: EMBA
  • MIT Sloan: EMBA and Full-time MBA
  • NYU Stern: EMBA, Part-Time MBA, Full-Time MBA
  • Stanford: MSx
  • UCLA – Anderson: EMBA, Fully Employed MBA
  • UNC – Kenan-Flager: EMBA
  • Virginia – Darden:
  • Wharton: EMBA
  • Yale: EMBA


  • McGill & HEC Montreal: EMBA
  • Queens University – Smith: EMBA
  • Schulich: EMBA (joint program with Kellogg)


  • Alliance Manchester: Global MBA
  • Cambridge Judge: EMBA
  • Imperial: EMBA and Global Online MBA
  • LBS: EMBA and Sloan Masters in Leadership & Strategy
  • Oxford Said: EMBA


  • Copenhagen Business School: EMBA
  • ESMT Berlin: EMBA
  • HEC Paris: EMBA
  • IE: EMBA and Global MBA
  • INSEAD: EMBA and Executive Master in Finance


  • Nanyang Business School: Professional MBA
  • National University of Singapore: Part-time MBA
  • Singapore Management University: EMBA

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