The coronavirus outbreak may have put many of your plans on hold, but it doesn't have to stop your part-time or Executive MBA application. Since the launch of the Executive Assessment (EA) Online, you can take the required standardized test from the comfort of your own home.
The EA is accepted at nearly 100 top business schools, and is the preferred admissions testing option for busy, experienced professionals. It requires minimal preparation, provides maximum convenience and flexibility, and values your knowledge and real-world experience. It also gives you the opportunity to sharpen your skills before your program begins.
To help you get ready, here are six important things you should know about taking the EA online:
1. It’s designed for 2020-21 applicants
While open to all test takers, the EA Online exam format was developed specifically as a solution to support applicants working to meet upcoming 2020-21 executive and part-time MBA application deadlines.
The online exam is available in most locations, with the exceptions of Mainland China, Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan, and Slovenia due to regulatory and local data privacy rules.
2. It’s the same assessment in a new format
The EA was specifically designed to evaluate the skills you have already acquired during your career, and the new online format is no different.
Aside from it being online, everything else about the exam is the same. The score scaling for the Section Scores and Total Score is identical, so your EA Online exam scores are directly comparable to scores from the test center-based exam.
The online exam has the same Integrated Reasoning, Verbal Reasoning, and Quantitative Reasoning sections as the test center-based exam—with the same number of questions and amount of time for completion. Including time for check-in, the entire Executive Assessment Online experience takes only about 100 minutes.
That means you can feel confident that any studying you’ve already done and the test prep materials you’re using will serve you well for your online testing experience.
The design of the exam makes extensive prep unnecessary, but we do strongly suggest that you practice enough to feel comfortable on your test day.
3. You can take the EA Online at home on a PC or Mac
You can complete the EA Online exam in the familiar space of your home or office, so long as you’re in a walled room with a closed door. No one else may enter the room while you are testing. Review the prepare your test-taking environment page prior to testing day to ensure you’ll be ready to go.
The exam can be taken on both Windows and Mac personal computers and laptops. Before test day, take a moment to review the system requirements to ensure you’re able to take the exam on your computer, and be sure to have a power cord plugged in if you’re taking the exam on a laptop.
During your exam, you will have access to an online whiteboard to work through equations, use for scratch work, and take notes on.
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4. Online proctors will protect your exam’s integrity
The EA Online exam is remote proctored, meaning human proctors (supported by AI technology) monitor your session and workspace throughout your session via live video and audio feeds, which are recorded.
Your identification will be authenticated during check-in via a valid government-issued ID with a recent, recognizable photo (for example, passport or driver’s license) and facial recognition technology.
This all ensures the integrity and security of the exam as well as fairness to all test takers.
The testing platform adheres to local privacy and data laws, so you can rest assured that your private information is safe.
5. You can choose your programs before the test, or after you know how you did
You’ll receive an email with your official scores within seven business days, including your individual Section Scores and Total Score, as well as your percentile scores.
Included with the price of the exam is the ability to send your score to an unlimited number of business school programs.
You can choose your programs either before you test (selections can be modified up to 24 hours before your exam appointment time) or after you receive your official score via email (seven business days after your exam).
6. Testing appointments are available around the clock
One benefit of the EA Online exam is that it offers the flexibility and convenience of being able to take it 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
You can register for an exam appointment up to 24 hours before. The status of test centers will continue to be evaluated and future online appointment dates will be added as needed.
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This article was created by the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) and originally published on the Executive Assessment Blog. BusinessBecause is a subsidiary of GMAC.
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