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The Executive assessment has been in market for a year now and yet there is no new information available anywhere since its release last year.

Can anyone who has either taken EA or is preparing for EA share their strategies?

I am in particular curious about Integrated Reasoning section as it is counted towards final score or for deciding the difficulty level of the next section. It is impossible, at least as far as I know, to finish all 12 questions in 30 minutes so how are people approaching this section? Any insights on this will be greatly appreciated.

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The Executive assessment has been in market for a year now and yet there is no new information available anywhere since its release last year.

Can anyone who has either taken EA or is preparing for EA share their strategies?

I am in particular curious about Integrated Reasoning section as it is counted towards final score or for deciding the difficulty level of the next section. It is impossible, at least as far as I know, to finish all 12 questions in 30 minutes so how are people approaching this section? Any insights on this will be greatly appreciated.

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The Executive assessment has been in market for a year now and yet there is no new information available anywhere since its release last year.

Can anyone who has either taken EA or is preparing for EA share their strategies?

I am in particular curious about Integrated Reasoning section as it is counted towards final score or for deciding the difficulty level of the next section. It is impossible, at least as far as I know, to finish all 12 questions in 30 minutes so how are people approaching this section? Any insights on this will be greatly appreciated.

Richa


Further to my earlier post, I took my Executive Assessment today. I scored 160 with following breakdown - IR 14, Verbal 13, and Quant 13. I am not sure if the score is good or bad. I am applying to LBS EMBA London programme - September, 2017 intake. I was told their last intake had an average EA score of 150.

As for the exam itself, here is my experience.

Preparation:
I have been preparing for GMAT for about a year but due to new job responsibilities, I decided to take the EA instead. As I always intend to apply for EMBA, it does not make a difference to the admission eligibility. However, I was worried as the EA score calculation includes the IR section. During my GMAT preparation, I never paid close attention to this section and had been consistently scoring low during my practice test. In EA, it not only is included as it is the first section of the test, but also decides the difficulty level of the next section. So it was important to do well in this section.

I took Manhattan GMAT prep course during the initial phase to preparation (back when I was preparing for GMAT). While the course is quite good to prepare for Verbal and quant section, their Integrated reasoning section is not much help. I used eGMAT Integrated Reasoning online course. It is a great course. The IR section uses the same concept as quant and verbal section, however the questions are phrased very differently. At beginning, it was quite hard for me to finish 12 IR questions in 30 minutes. Manhattan prep course advise you to skip 2-3 questions (to be fair, the section is not counted towards final score in GMAT). The eGMAT course takes you through each question type very slowly which is very useful. The IR questions usually have a lot of information. The trick to get better in IR is to calm down, read the information and the question properly and understand what is being asked - Slow down to be fast and accurate. Getting used to different question types also helped.

Test:
The test is structured in 3 sections of 30 minutes each. The last two sections, Verbal and Quant, are further divided into 2 subsections each (7 question in each subs ection). There are no breaks. You can go back to questions and change your answer within the subsection. You can flag the questions for review later. At the end of each subsection, you will see a review screen. You can navigate to the flagged questions at that time. If you choose to end the review session for a particular subsection, you will not be able to go back to the subsection again. The adaptive scoring works differently for EA: the difficulty level of the subsection (not question) is decided upon the result of previous subsection.

- Section 1: Integrated Reasoning. It consists of 12 questions to be done in 30 minutes. It is identical to the GMAT IR section.

- Section 2: Verbal. The first subsection has 7 questions. I got hard subsection during the test. As I am not a native English speaker, I think I did poorly in this one. After I finished the first subsection, I got the review screen and I tried going back to the questions I had flagged only to realize that I am borrowing time from the next verbal subsection. So I made a choice to let go and end the subsection (which is done by ending the review section). I was presented with second subsection consisting of 7 more verbal questions. The second subsection was easier so I could still finish in time.

- Section 3: Quant. Quant section again had two subsections with 7 questions in each subsetion. I learnt from my past mistake and did not flag any questions in the first subsection. Quant is my strength (too bad it was not the second section of the test). The questions were fairly easy. I finished the first section (7 questions) in 10 minutes. The second subsection was slightly more tricky. I flagged few questions and went back to them at the end.

Tips:
Here are my lessons learnt:
- Invest the time in the question upfront. Even though you are allowed to go back to the question later, it does not help. You would have limited time in the end to go back to the question but you would need to re-acquaint yourself with the question and the choices. In the time pressure environment, you will not get any new brain wave in few seconds afterwards. Make a choice and move on.
- Spending slightly more time in first subsection might be beneficial but make sure you have enough time to finish both subsection.
- I tried going back to the previous screen using the previous button on the screen. It ended up giving me error during the test. I lost an entire minute by the time the examiner came down (try scrolling up and down the whole screen, if you get an error).


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Hi

Planning to take my EA in the new few weeks.
Had a specific question on the EA Integrated reasoning section
1. Are there 12 different tables/sets of data with 2-3 sub-questions for each set of data? Or are there fewer sets of data (for e.g. 4-5) and each having say 2-3 sub-questions that make up the total of 12?

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loginricha wrote:
The Executive assessment has been in market for a year now and yet there is no new information available anywhere since its release last year.

Can anyone who has either taken EA or is preparing for EA share their strategies?

I am in particular curious about Integrated Reasoning section as it is counted towards final score or for deciding the difficulty level of the next section. It is impossible, at least as far as I know, to finish all 12 questions in 30 minutes so how are people approaching this section? Any insights on this will be greatly appreciated.

Richa


Further to my earlier post, I took my Executive Assessment today. I scored 160 with following breakdown - IR 14, Verbal 13, and Quant 13. I am not sure if the score is good or bad. I am applying to LBS EMBA London programme - September, 2017 intake. I was told their last intake had an average EA score of 150.

As for the exam itself, here is my experience.

Preparation:
I have been preparing for GMAT for about a year but due to new job responsibilities, I decided to take the EA instead. As I always intend to apply for EMBA, it does not make a difference to the admission eligibility. However, I was worried as the EA score calculation includes the IR section. During my GMAT preparation, I never paid close attention to this section and had been consistently scoring low during my practice test. In EA, it not only is included as it is the first section of the test, but also decides the difficulty level of the next section. So it was important to do well in this section.

I took Manhattan GMAT prep course during the initial phase to preparation (back when I was preparing for GMAT). While the course is quite good to prepare for Verbal and quant section, their Integrated reasoning section is not much help. I used eGMAT Integrated Reasoning online course. It is a great course. The IR section uses the same concept as quant and verbal section, however the questions are phrased very differently. At beginning, it was quite hard for me to finish 12 IR questions in 30 minutes. Manhattan prep course advise you to skip 2-3 questions (to be fair, the section is not counted towards final score in GMAT). The eGMAT course takes you through each question type very slowly which is very useful. The IR questions usually have a lot of information. The trick to get better in IR is to calm down, read the information and the question properly and understand what is being asked - Slow down to be fast and accurate. Getting used to different question types also helped.

Test:
The test is structured in 3 sections of 30 minutes each. The last two sections, Verbal and Quant, are further divided into 2 subsections each (7 question in each subs ection). There are no breaks. You can go back to questions and change your answer within the subsection. You can flag the questions for review later. At the end of each subsection, you will see a review screen. You can navigate to the flagged questions at that time. If you choose to end the review session for a particular subsection, you will not be able to go back to the subsection again. The adaptive scoring works differently for EA: the difficulty level of the subsection (not question) is decided upon the result of previous subsection.

- Section 1: Integrated Reasoning. It consists of 12 questions to be done in 30 minutes. It is identical to the GMAT IR section.

- Section 2: Verbal. The first subsection has 7 questions. I got hard subsection during the test. As I am not a native English speaker, I think I did poorly in this one. After I finished the first subsection, I got the review screen and I tried going back to the questions I had flagged only to realize that I am borrowing time from the next verbal subsection. So I made a choice to let go and end the subsection (which is done by ending the review section). I was presented with second subsection consisting of 7 more verbal questions. The second subsection was easier so I could still finish in time.

- Section 3: Quant. Quant section again had two subsections with 7 questions in each subsetion. I learnt from my past mistake and did not flag any questions in the first subsection. Quant is my strength (too bad it was not the second section of the test). The questions were fairly easy. I finished the first section (7 questions) in 10 minutes. The second subsection was slightly more tricky. I flagged few questions and went back to them at the end.

Tips:
Here are my lessons learnt:
- Invest the time in the question upfront. Even though you are allowed to go back to the question later, it does not help. You would have limited time in the end to go back to the question but you would need to re-acquaint yourself with the question and the choices. In the time pressure environment, you will not get any new brain wave in few seconds afterwards. Make a choice and move on.
- Spending slightly more time in first subsection might be beneficial but make sure you have enough time to finish both subsection.
- I tried going back to the previous screen using the previous button on the screen. It ended up giving me error during the test. I lost an entire minute by the time the examiner came down (try scrolling up and down the whole screen, if you get an error).


Good luck!

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Hi

Apologies for disappearing. Since I didn't get much response to my post, I stopped checking in the GMAT club forum after my EA. If you have not still taken the exam and for other candidates with similar doubt: There are 12 different data sets/tables with 23 sub-questions for each data set which make it very time constrained and stressful section.

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Planning to take my EA in the new few weeks.
Had a specific question on the EA Integrated reasoning section
1. Are there 12 different tables/sets of data with 2-3 sub-questions for each set of data? Or are there fewer sets of data (for e.g. 4-5) and each having say 2-3 sub-questions that make up the total of 12?

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I just took EA and scored 161 ; with the breakup - IR 12, Verbal 15 and Quant 14; Not sure how good or bad the score is , given there isn't any percentile ranking.

anyone has views?


Excellent! Seems like above 150 is considered very good. When I contacted GMAC they told me 150 is the 64th percentile. I would think a 160 is significantly higher since the scale only goes up to 200. What I dislike about the GMAC EA practice tools is that they do not include percentile ranges or scores on the 200 point scale. It’s very hard to understand where one is.

What schools do you plan to apply to? I’d suggest contacting adcoms and discussing your score.

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I just took EA and scored 161 ; with the breakup - IR 12, Verbal 15 and Quant 14; Not sure how good or bad the score is , given there isn't any percentile ranking.

anyone has views?


Excellent! Seems like above 150 is considered very good. When I contacted GMAC they told me 150 is the 64th percentile. I would think a 160 is significantly higher since the scale only goes up to 200. What I dislike about the GMAC EA practice tools is that they do not include percentile ranges or scores on the 200 point scale. It’s very hard to understand where one is.

What schools do you plan to apply to? I’d suggest contacting adcoms and discussing your score.

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Yeah, I'm writing to the ad-coms of Booth & LBS; there aren't many schools yet which can consider EA though :)
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That’s excellent. And true, though I have heard from Fuqua they’ll be accepting the EA beginning this year. They haven’t updated their site, or been added to GMAC’s yet.

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can you please share a break up of Verbal questions which you faced in EA?

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i am happy to respond before Richa does,

I think i got one large passage RC, with 4 questions, and about 5 CR and 5 SC.

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It is a new test so there is less data out there. That said, we provide 1:1 private tutoring so email me if you are interested. I recently got someone into LBS as well with a couple others in the works.

A 150+ is a comfortable score for most schools. This doesn't mean it is amazing so the higher the better, but 150 is a cutoff. For instance at Columbia a client of mine got in with a 150 and CBS and LBS have similar standards in terms of #s, with CBS being a bit higher in some cases.

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Hi! Is problem solving and data sufficiency easier in terms of math in comparison to GMAT?

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My colleague gave a test last week with out much preparation.. Score 152.. Q12 v8 IR 12. How good is the score. As per him verbal was tough .. How should I prepare for verbal for my test .. Any /all feedback would be appreciated..thanks

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I have booked my test on 4th in Mumbai...

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I have booked my test on 4th in Mumbai...


Hi NattySingh, how was your EA test on 4th in Mumbai? Was it similar to GMAT? or was it easier than GMAT? Thank you~

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Hi.. It was much easier than GMAT.. I got 172 score with Q15 V13 ir 14..

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Hi.. It was much easier than GMAT.. I got 172 score with Q15 V13 ir 14..

Great result! What was your GMAT score in the past or preparation mode?

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