2023 Changes to the EA
The current Executive Assessment (EA) is a 90-minute, computer-adaptive, standardized assessment designed to provide information on business school readiness by incorporating both industry-specific knowledge and real-world experience. The exam consists of 40 questions divided across three sections: Integrated Reasoning (12 questions), Verbal Reasoning (14 questions), and Quantitative Reasoning (14 questions). The exam may be taken at home or at an authorized testing center. For additional information on the sections, structure, administration, and computer adaptation, please refer to "Format of the EA."
2020 Changes to the EA
Beginning June 2020, test takers were allowed to use one erasable white board no larger than 12 inches by 20 inches, one dry erase marker, and one eraser when taking the exam at a testing center or at home. The online white board option continued to be available, but for the first time, test takers were given the option to use a physical white board, as well.
2016: The EA Launched by GMAC
The EA was created and launched in 2016 by the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC), a "non-profit organization of leading graduate management schools around the world." The exam was created to assess a person's readiness for business school. Unlike other business school exams such as the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) where a higher score is always better, the EA was intended to be a threshold indicator, meaning if you score above the threshold of the business program you hope to attend, they can be confident you are ready for the academic rigor of their program. Consisting of 40 questions across three sections (Integrated Reasoning, Verbal Reasoning, and Quantitative Reasoning), the EA was designed with business professionals in mind, intended to assess on-the-job skills such as critical thinking and problem-solving.