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My Experience With the Executive Assessment Test

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I just took the EA today and thought I’d share my experience with you all while it is fresh.

A little bit about my background first. I’m a director level media exec in NYC with about 15 years experience in marketing & web publishing. I graduated top of my class with a BA in Media Studies. While I crunch numbers in my job regularly I am not quant ‘inclined.’ In fact, the last math class I took was in high school.

I knew that feeling confident with quant was going to be the largest hurdle. So to brush up on the subject matter I reviewed several videos and lessons from Khan Academy (Sal is an excellent instructor and I highly recommend his videos if you need to brush up on basic math skills).

After a week or so of brush up I decided to purchase the Veritas On Demand Plus self paced online GMAT course. I HIGHLY recommend this course however there is a lot of information to get through (even when excluding geometry). There are about a dozen or so books each relating to a subject area or question type. Each book has a refresher (very helpful if you need to brush up on basic skills), the lesson, and several practice questions pertaining to the lesson (with explanations online). You can watch the lesson as a video and/or read the book (I did both).

A few observations about this course: the questions (especially verbal) are significantly more difficult than what you will experience on the EA (even if you are scoring perfectly the entire test), the quant lessons are gold, I did not take a ton away from the verbal lessons but the fact the questions are more difficult is a plus.

I supplemented with the Official EA practice questions, the IR Prep Tool, and two official Assessment exams. I did all of the questions from above. IR was the most difficult section to get comfortable with. Somewhere after doing about 120 IR problems I found my stride and the question type ‘clicked.’

I then took two Official EA practice exams a week apart.

1st Practice Exam: 152 ( IR 10, VR 12, QR 10) - I ran out of time on all three sections. My timing was great on the front end of IR and then fell apart — I skipped 3 questions. Verbal felt rushed and skipped 1 question, and skipped two quant.

In between tests, I worked mainly on timing, and specifically on IR timing.

2nd Practice Exam: 162 (IR 18, VR 12, QR 12) - I found a rhythm on IR and felt the questions were all fairly easy. I answered all VR and skipped one QR.

Official Exam: 154 (IR 11, VR 12, QR 11) - I did not skip any questions, although I felt like the VR and QR sections were harder than what I saw on the practice exams.

If I could give any advice it would be to work on timing and crush through as many official EA questions as possible.
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I just took the EA today and thought I’d share my experience with you all while it is fresh.

A little bit about my background first. I’m a director level media exec in NYC with about 15 years experience in marketing & web publishing. I graduated top of my class with a BA in Media Studies. While I crunch numbers in my job regularly I am not quant ‘inclined.’ In fact, the last math class I took was in high school.

I knew that feeling confident with quant was going to be the largest hurdle. So to brush up on the subject matter I reviewed several videos and lessons from Khan Academy (Sal is an excellent instructor and I highly recommend his videos if you need to brush up on basic math skills).

After a week or so of brush up I decided to purchase the Veritas On Demand Plus self paced online GMAT course. I HIGHLY recommend this course however there is a lot of information to get through (even when excluding geometry). There are about a dozen or so books each relating to a subject area or question type. Each book has a refresher (very helpful if you need to brush up on basic skills), the lesson, and several practice questions pertaining to the lesson (with explanations online). You can watch the lesson as a video and/or read the book (I did both).

A few observations about this course: the questions (especially verbal) are significantly more difficult than what you will experience on the EA (even if you are scoring perfectly the entire test), the quant lessons are gold, I did not take a ton away from the verbal lessons but the fact the questions are more difficult is a plus.

I supplemented with the Official EA practice questions, the IR Prep Tool, and two official Assessment exams. I did all of the questions from above. IR was the most difficult section to get comfortable with. Somewhere after doing about 120 IR problems I found my stride and the question type ‘clicked.’

I then took two Official EA practice exams a week apart.

1st Practice Exam: 152 ( IR 10, VR 12, QR 10) - I ran out of time on all three sections. My timing was great on the front end of IR and then fell apart — I skipped 3 questions. Verbal felt rushed and skipped 1 question, and skipped two quant.

In between tests, I worked mainly on timing, and specifically on IR timing.

2nd Practice Exam: 162 (IR 18, VR 12, QR 12) - I found a rhythm on IR and felt the questions were all fairly easy. I answered all VR and skipped one QR.

Official Exam: 154 (IR 11, VR 12, QR 11) - I did not skip any questions, although I felt like the VR and QR sections were harder than what I saw on the practice exams.

If I could give any advice it would be to work on timing and crush through as many official EA questions as possible.


Great job. Which schools are you targeting? And when do you plan to apply?
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New post 23 Aug 2018, 07:00
JW421 Locally, I'm looking into Columbia and NYU. However, I haven't ruled out traveling. I read in another thread that you contacted GMAC and they told you 150 was 64th percentile. I've contacted GMAC several times looking for percentiles and couldn't get as much as a simple acknowledgment of my question.
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New post 23 Aug 2018, 07:42
Yes, that’s true. They did tell me that. They’re definitely not as forthcoming as folks would like. But the information makes sense. The best EMBA programs consider 150 to be a respectable score. And some people have scored above 160 but it’s a minority of the EA population.

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