Georgia Tech Scheller College of Business has added a new testing option for working professionals interested in applying to the nationally-ranked Evening MBA program. Applicants with at least five years of full-time career experience now have the choice to complete the Executive Assessment (EA) to fulfill the program’s standardized test admission requirement in lieu of completing the GMAT or GRE exam.
The Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC), owner and administer of the GMAT exam, collaborated with other selective business programs around the world to identify parameters for the Executive Assessment. An integral part of the EA development process included GMAC surveying hundreds of career professionals to ensure the assessment was relevant, brief, and provided an accurate portrayal of a professional’s business skills and acumen in a flexible, easy to use format.
Designed specifically for experienced professionals, the Executive Assessment provides flexibility for those interested in pursuing an MBA, but whose busy career demands inhibit preparation for other standardized admission tests. Requiring modest preparation compared to the GMAT, the EA assessment is 90 minutes long and offers convenient scheduling options. Evaluating an MBA candidate’s business school readiness, as well as the knowledge and real-world experience they have garnered, the EA tests verbal, quantitative, and integrated reasoning skills---categories similar to the GMAT. Prospective candidates can use the assessment findings to further sharpen their skills before beginning their MBA program.
Assistant Dean of MBA Programs, Katie Lloyd, stated, “We are excited Scheller College has joined over 80 prestigious business schools now accepting the EA, 16 of which accept the EA for their part-time MBA programs. With innovation in our DNA, Georgia Tech Scheller College practices what we preach when it comes to change and industry disruption. It is in this vein that we have added the Executive Assessment as a testing option for our Evening MBA candidates.”
Lloyd continued, “While Scheller does review candidates’ requests for GMAT/GRE waivers, not all candidates qualify for review. The EA will provide an alternative for candidates who wish to demonstrate their academic readiness for business school with a standardized assessment other than the GMAT or GRE. We are excited the EA reinforces Scheller College’s commitment to accessible, flexible, and customizable paths to an MBA.”
Incoming Evening MBA candidate and EA test taker, Nathan Heald, felt confident his professional experience had equipped him with the skills necessary to successfully attempt the exam. Heald shared, “I believe the EA is an excellent tool for those who have been out of school for several years or have busy schedules and need a quick turnaround for test prep and scheduling.” He used pre-assessment tools available through GMAC to quickly assess the amount of preparation he would need to achieve his desired score.
Ranked a Top 10 MBA for public universities in the U.S., Scheller College’s Evening MBA program is a part-time MBA format designed for working professionals. The self-paced program offers a customizable curriculum portfolio of electives, concentrations, immersive tracks, and experiential learning opportunities that allow students to specialize their MBA.