EA Verbal Reasoning Score

Executive Assessment Verbal Reasoning Score

The Verbal Reasoning section on the Executive Assessment (EA) is one of three sections that, when combined, result in a total (or cumulative) score somewhere between 100-200. While your total EA score is certainly important, each of the three sectional scores is also individually important and conveys useful information to the business programs you are applying to about your abilities across various areas. 

The EA is comprised of Integrated Reasoning, Verbal Reasoning, and Quantitative Reasoning. Each section is scored in the same way on a scale of 0 (low) to 20 (high). Sectional scores are combined, then added to 120 to arrive at your total EA score. For example, say you scored a 10 on Integrated Reasoning, a 12 on Verbal Reasoning, and a 13 on Quantitative Reasoning. Your sectional score total would be 35, and the addition of 120 would give you a total EA score of 155. 

Unlike the GMAT, percentiles are not important on the EA, likely because the EA was developed as a threshold indicator. This means that if you score at or above the threshold score of a business school, they can be confident you possess the necessary knowledge and skills to succeed in their program. While higher scores are always better on the GMAT, this is not the case on the EA…once you have met or exceeded a threshold score for a business program, there is no need to keep retaking the test trying to move your score up one or two points. 

All three sections of the EA are computer adaptive. This means that as you answer questions, the algorithm notes when you have answered a question correctly. This, in turn, affects the next question you are presented with. This goes on as you work through the exam, which also means that if you are unable to finish the exam, thusly having multiple missed questions in a row, you will have a disproportionally low score. This is why pacing yourself over the 90-minute exam is so important, particularly since there are no scheduled breaks, which makes your ability to maintain a consistent focus particularly critical.

If you are taking the EA, it is likely that you already have a few specific business programs which you are hoping will accept you. The GMAC does not regularly publish extensive information about the EA scores of incoming business school students, so a cursory internet search may not yield much information about desired EA scores at specific schools. We recommend reaching out to those programs you intend to apply to and learning more about the total EA score they expect from incoming students, as well as average Integrated Reasoning, Verbal Reasoning, and Quantitative Reasoning sectional scores. This will give you an idea of the scores you need to achieve in order to be considered competitive at the business programs you hope to be accepted to.