About the Executive Assessment

We've added answers to some frequently asked questions About the Executive Assessment in this section, but please contact us if you don't find the information you need. Additional FAQ categories are listed below.

What is the assessment used for?

The assessment is used to fulfill business school application requirements and evaluate business school readiness.

Why do I need to take the assessment?

It may be required by your school as part of the application process.  It will help you identify what skills you most need to strengthen to be confident in your readiness for business school.

How do schools look at or use my assessment results?

Schools use the results as a factor in determining your readiness for their program. Schools may also offer suggestions for closing gaps prior to beginning the program.

How will the assessment impact my entry into an EMBA program?

Most schools will use the assessment to evaluate readiness. Schools may also use it to determine next steps in helping a candidate succeed in the program.

What are the benefits of taking the assessment?

The assessment will help you assess what skills you need to sharpen to be successful in your business school program.

What's the difference between this assessment and the GMAT exam?

It's been created specifically to measure the skills and knowledge of experienced professionals, it's designed to require minimal preparation and is significantly shorter in length at 90 minutes. Also, instead of being reported separately, your Integrated Reasoning score on the Executive Assessment is included as part of your Total score.

Where and when can I take the assessment?

The assessment is delivered year-round in more than 600 Pearson VUE test centers around the world.

How much does it cost to take the assessment?

The cost to take the assessment is US$350 globally.

What payment methods are accepted to pay for the assessment?

Credit or debit cards are accepted (American Express, JCB, MasterCard, or Visa).

What is the structure of the Executive Assessment?

The assessment is composed of three sections: Integrated Reasoning, Verbal Reasoning, and Quantitative Reasoning, totaling 40 questions. All three sections are equally weighted in determining your Total result. Each section has specific types of questions that are unique to that section. Review our sample questions.

Does the Executive Assessment use computer adaptive testing?

The assessment uses multi-stage adaptive design, which is similar to computer adaptive testing. Like computer adaptive testing, questions are interactively selected based on your previous answer, but rather than selecting individual questions at a time, groups of questions are selected, building a test that is most relevant to each individual's performance level.

Can I review and change a response once I have moved onto the next question? Can I skip a question and return to it later?

The Executive Assessment is comprised of three sections, Integrated Reasoning, Verbal Reasoning, and Quantitative Reasoning, which are further broken down into six modules. The modules are as follows: 1) Integrated Reasoning 1 - 6 questions, 2) Integrated Reasoning 2 - 6 questions, 3) Verbal Reasoning 1 - 7 questions, 4) Verbal Reasoning 2 - 7 questions, 5) Quantitative Reasoning 1 - 7 questions, and 6) Quantitative Reasoning 2 - 7 questions.

At the end of each of the six modules you will be presented with a review screen that will provide an opportunity for you to review and change your responses or return to any questions you may have skipped. Note that you can only review and change responses within a given module. Once you have moved onto the next module, the question responses on the previous module can't be changed.

What does the Executive Assessment measure?

All three sections of the assessment measure higher-order reasoning skills. "Higher-order" reasoning skills involve complex judgments and include critical thinking, analysis, and problem solving.

How can I prepare to take the Executive Assessment?

Extensive preparation is not required for your appointment, but we do suggest you familiarize yourself with the assessment structure and question types you’ll see on the actual assessment.

Is the Executive Assessment secure?

The Executive Assessment is a confidential and secure assessment, protected by civil and criminal laws of the United States and elsewhere. It is a policy violation to access or share Executive Assessment content before, during, and after the assessment.