Overview of the Essential Skills Assessment

Policies and Procedures Accommodations

The Essential Skills Assessment is a 50-minute exam designed to test readiness for a graduate management education program. The assessment is delivered online through ProctorU in a secure, proctored environment. This allows candidates to complete the exam in a convenient location and at a convenient time. 

Structure of the Essential Skills Assessment

The assessment has two separate timed sections: Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning. The total score is the sum of the two sections scores, and it ranges from 0 to 15.

 Test Section  Time Limit /
 Number of Questions
 Question Types  Score Range
 Verbal Reasoning  20 minutes/
 10 questions
 Reading comprehension
 Critical reasoning
(in 1-point increments)
 Quantitative Reasoning  30 minutes/
 15 questions
 Basic computation
 Ratios & proportions
 Basic algebra
 Applied problem solving
(in 1-point increments)


Registration, Scheduling, and Refunds

You should only take the Essential Skills Assessment if the program you are applying to requires or recommends it. The Essential Skills Assessment is not a GMAT or Executive Assessment replacement.  

To register and schedule an assessment, create an account  and purchase the Essentials Skills Assessment. The assessment costs $129 and can be scheduled as soon as 24 hours after registration.

You may reschedule your exam up to 24 hours before their scheduled session at no cost. Exam sessions cannot be rescheduled within 24 hours of a scheduled session, and refunds will not be granted for missed testing sessions.

You may retake the exam once and can schedule a retake session 24 hours after their first attempt. 

Refer to the Essential Skills Assessment Policies and Procedures page for details on our refund policy. 


Candidates requiring accommodations for their exam should visit our commitment to candidates with disabilities page prior to scheduling their session. 

Prior to Test Day

Make sure you complete the items below before your scheduled exam:

  • Read the Policies and Procedures for the Essential Skills Assessment. Any activities that result in the Proctor ending your session can potentially cancel your score and you will not receive a refund.
  • Visit the Essential Skills Assessment login page, and ensure you can login with your username and password. If not, contact support or reset your account.
  • Ensure you have Chrome or Firefox installed on your computer. Chrome and Firefox are the only supported browsers. 
  • Important: If you are testing on an Apple Macintosh computer running MacOS Catalina (version 10.15), you must follow these special instructions to prepare your browser before test day.
  • Follow these links to download and install the ProctorU extension for Chrome or Firefox.  
  • Test your computer and internet connection using the "Test it Out" icon located at the bottom of the exam page.. 
  • Decide on a secure, private testing area. The assessment may not be taken in public places with other people (e.g., a library or café).
  • Clear your testing area. You cannot have electronics, papers, or other items in the area where you are testing. 
  • Make sure your testing area is well lit.
  • Create an event on your calendar for your test time, and set a reminder for 30 minutes before your session.
  • Make sure that you have a valid and up to date government issued photo ID

On Test Day

  • Login at least 15 minutes before your scheduled session to confirm you can access the test.
  • Refresh the “Exams” page at the time your session is scheduled to start and click “Write Exam.” Note, if you still see the “Schedule” button and do not see the “Write Exam” button, please refresh your browser. 
  • You may have a clear, unmarked container of water on your desk.
  • So that we can verify your identity, you will be asked to have your picture taken, and will also be asked to take a picture of your government issued photo ID. 
  • You will be asked to download and run an application called LogMeIn. LogMeIn will allow the Proctors to communicate with you, remote control your computer, and close unauthorized applications. 
  • A live Proctor will connect to your computer and walk you through the rest of testing process – this will take 15 minutes.
  • The proctor will ask you to move your webcam around the room to ensure no unauthorized materials are in the room, and your phone is out of your reach. 
  • Once the test begins, you cannot get up from your seat or leave the room at any time. Doing so will immediately end the test. You will not be eligible for a refund.
  • If you have trouble accessing your exam on test day, contact ProctorU support at 1-855-772-8678. 

Results and Reporting

Your unofficial score will be presented to you at the end of your testing session, and a copy sent to your email address. 

The school you selected to receive your score will receive your official score report within 7 business days of completion. Please contact us if you would like your scores sent to more than one school.  

System Requirements

 Type  Minimum   Recommended
 Web Camera  640×480 resolution  1280×720 resolution
 PC Users  Windows Vista  Windows 10 (10 S is not supported)
 Mac Users   OS X 10.5 or higher  OS X 10.13 High Sierra
 Internet Download Speed  .768 Mbps  1.5 Mbps
 Internet Upload Speed  .384 Mbps  1 Mbps
 RAM  1024 MB  2 GB
 Ports  1935, 843, 80, 443, 61613, UDP/TCP  1935, 843, 80, 443, 61613, UDP/TCP