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Columbia: Take GMAT or EA?

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From Dr. Shel (Shelly Watts),, email:

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Columbia: Take GMAT or EA?

GMAC, the organization responsible for the GMAT, introduced in 2016 a new standardized test called the Executive Assessment (EA), designed specifically for EMBA candidates who want to go to business school but are so busy with their careers that they cannot easily take time to study for an exam like the GMAT. After all, a typical applicant needs months to prepare for the GMAT. For some business schools, candidates can instead take the 90-minute EA test year-round at test centers in approximately 600 locations. It requires less preparation.

In 2016, when the test was first released, most candidates we encountered through MBA were very nervous about taking the EA. Will the school penalize me for not taking the GMAT? Am I more likely to be rejected with an EA score? Those were the typical worries we heard. But, the word spread quickly: top schools like Columbia were admitting candidates with EA scores.

Recently, GMAC released information about how many candidates are now taking the EA instead of the GMAT. Using Columbia as an example, GMAC showed that, in 2016, only 24% of applicants to Columbia’s EMBA programs took the EA. In 2017, that figure had risen to 45%! While we have not yet seen statistics for 2018, approximately 85% of our EMBA clients at MBA took the EA rather than the GMAT. There should be few worries about whether the EA is a “safe” test to take; the top schools are very receptive to this exam and many applicants have made a choice to opt for the EA route.

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Columbia: Take GMAT or EA?   [#permalink] 25 Mar 2019, 18:35

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