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Executive Assessment (EA) Exam - All you need to know!

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Executive Assessment (EA) Exam 101


What is the Executive Assessment (EA) Exam?


Executive Assessment (EA) Exam is a shorter version of the GMAT exam meant for working professionals.

Who can give this exam?


If you are an experienced professional and you don't have time to prepare for GMAT, this exam is the right fit for you!

Then why should I give GMAT if I can give EA to get into a B School?


Here is the catch, EA exam as of now is meant for students who are trying to get into evening MBA programs. These students have an option to give either GMAT or EA. BUT some of the schools have started accepting EA scores for their full-time MBA programs as well. But who knows how it will go in the future.

I am not planning to do an MBA, is this exam still for me?


Of course, when the EA exam was launched in 2016, the plan was to make it exclusive for Evening MBAs. But things changed over time. Now, if you are planning to do either of the below courses, this exam is a good option for you.
Master of Finance
Master of Accounting
Master of Data Analytics

I did the preparation for GMAT, do you think I should be good to go for the EA exam?


Definitely, if you were good at GMAT mocks/know GMAT content very well, just book your slot for the EA exam and give it a try.

How does the difficulty algorithm work?


See the chart below. Source StaceyKoprince
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Can you explain how the scoring works?


As per our research, we found that the minimum and the maximum scores you can get in each section are 2 and 18 respectively. The sum of the scores of each of the sections (IR, V, and Q) is then added to 120. For example,
1. If you scored 2 in each section, your total score will be 126 [126=120+2+2+2]
2. If you scored 18 in each section, your total score will be 174 [174=120+18+18+18]

Which schools accept this score?


The list of schools accepting this score is growing. For most updated list, click here - List of Schools accepting EA score

How about Indian B Schools?


Yes, a couple of Indian B Schools accept this score. Check the link above.

Can you help me understand the difference between GMAT and EA exam?


Sure, here are some of the differences between these two exams:
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EA vs GMAT
ExamExecutive AssessmentGMAT
Cost$350$250
Validity5 years5 years
Number of times you can appear2 times8 times
Minimum Duration between two attempts24 hours16 days
Score Cancellation PolicyNot Allowed to cancelAllowed to cancel
Cost to send scores to additional schools$0, it's freeImmediately after exam - 5 schools for free and $28 per school later
Exam Duration1.5 hours2.5 hours
Total Score Range100-200200-800
Section Scores0-200-60
AWA?NoYes
Adaptiveness Type*Sub Sections*Questions**
Verbal Section14 questions/30 minutes36 questions/65 minutes
Quant Section14 questions/30 minutes31 questions/62 minutes
IR Section12 questions/30 minutes12 questions/30 minutes
Is IR a part of total scoreYesNo
Does IR determines the difficulty of further sections?YesNo
Are IR, Verbal and Quant equally weighted?YesNo
Is it possible to go back to the previous questions?Yes, within sub sectionsNo

*Each section is divided into two sub sections. For example, Quant will have two sub sections of 7 questions each. Your performance on the 1st Subsection determines the difficulty level of 2nd sub section. Hence, sub sections adaptive

**On GMAT, performance in one question determines the difficulty level of the following question. Hence, questions adaptive.


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Do you have any info on Online Executive Assessment Exam?


Hey njoy986 ,

Thank you for the question. Yes, Online version is available starting May 5th until 30th June. GMAC says it could be extended depending how this Covid 19 situation goes. You can look for more details here. Let me know if you have more questions.

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Do you know if GMAC is using the electronic whiteboard as well for the EA in lieu of the physical scratch pad?
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Do you know if GMAC is using the electronic whiteboard as well for the EA in lieu of the physical scratch pad?


Hello MBAI ,

Thanks for the question. Yes, they are using whiteboard to take notes and work out formulas. This is what I found on the official website:

Calculators are not allowed during the Quantitative Reasoning section. instead, you may use the built-in whiteboard to take notes and work our formulas.

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Does any Indian B schools refer EA score ?



Yes Harsh2111s , a couple for Indian B Schools such as SP Jain, Great Lakes, etc do accept this score. Here is the full list of schools:

https://www.gmac.com/executive-assessme ... ng-schools
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Does anyone know if the EA online counts towards the 2 time lifetime max? It says you can only take the EA online once, but doesn’t mention if it’s counted towards the lifetime max. I don’t think the gmat online is, at least you could theoretically take the gmat online and then take the in person exam the next day. So my impression is that the online versions and in person versions are almost treated as two different tests from the perspective of how often or when you can take it.

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