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How Business Schools Can Use the Executive Assessment to Improve Candidate Readiness

Posted by Graduate Management Admission Council

Posted on Dec 4, 2019 10:30:00 AM

Want to find the candidates who are ready for an EMBA? Find out how the Executive Assessment can help your business school improve candidate readiness.

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The success of your business school’s Executive MBA and other graduate management education programs depends on the success of your students. That’s why student readiness is a priority for business schools. For EMBA programs especially, assessing the quality of candidates presents its own opportunities and challenges.

EMBA applicants typically have been out of school and in the workplace for many years. This gives them invaluable professional experience that can help them thrive in a graduate management program, but it also means they may find it harder to navigate the business school environment. unfamiliar with the business school environment.

Fortunately, the Executive Assessment is a tool that business schools can use to both assess and improve candidate readiness. Find out how you can use the Executive Assessment in your own admissions process to ensure your applicants are prepared to take on the challenges of an EMBA.

Studying for the Executive Assessment can help candidates brush up on their skills

The Executive Assessment holds an advantage over other assessments because it is a business career advancement test that requires minimal preparation. This aspect of the exam is especially attractive to busy professionals who have little free time to set aside for months of studying. The modest amount of preparation required is often a great opportunity for candidates to improve their readiness for an EMBA. In particular, students may find that they end up studying subjects that they have not been exposed to extensively since the last time they were in university or college. Given that many applicants who apply for EMBA programs have been in the workplace for over a decade, this chance to refresh their more academic skills can pay dividends later on.

As Eliza, who took the test, says, “The Executive Assessment helped me brush up on my basic algebra skills, my basic arithmetic skills, because for so many professionals, you start using Excel and calculators for those types of things, and this helps you build up those problem-solving skills and, kind of, brush the dust off some of the things that you maybe hadn't been looking at for the last couple of years.”

Interested in learning more about how business schools use the Executive Assessment? Check out 3 Ways an Executive MBA Exam Helps Business Schools Find Their Dream Students.

Business schools can identify areas of improvement with the Executive Assessment

The opportunity to help candidates improve their business school readiness also continues after they have received their Executive Assessment results. In fact, many business schools primarily use the Executive Assessment as a tool to assess candidate readiness, as opposed to screening out applicants. The professional experience that many EMBA applicants have is invaluable, but it is not always a reliable predictor of academic success. With the Executive Assessment, business schools are able to determine which areas candidates will need to improve on before their program begins.

The Executive Assessment is divided into three sections—Integrated Reasoning, Verbal, and Quantitative—so your school can identify which of these areas a candidate may be  strong in, and where they may need improvement. Then, you can work with the candidate to ensure they complete any prerequisites or foundational courses that may better prepare them to thrive in a business school environment.

As Skip of the Darden Executive program says, “I think the EA does a great job of … assessing your knowledge as it is, and then I think it also, for me, gave me a couple areas where I needed to focus on.”

Are you interested in attracting the best candidates for your programs?

Find out how the Executive Assessment test can help.

Topics: GMAC Assessments, Executive Assessment

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