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Vanderbilt MBA Now Accepts the Executive Assessment

Sep 10, 2020

By Nathaniel Luce

The Vanderbilt MBA program has announced that it will accept the Executive Assessment (EA) as part of the application process.

Sue Oldham

Sue Oldham, Associate Dean, MBA Operations, noted that the move is part of the program’s overall recruiting strategy to remove barriers for applicants. “We recognize that a standardized test can be a hurdle to many,” she said. “Offering another option to our full-time MBA applicants simply makes sense and is an inclusive move to allow our applicants to submit their most competitive test score as a part of their application.”

At 90 minutes, the Executive Assessment is much shorter than the 4-hour GMAT exam and requires only modest preparation. The exam, consisting of three 30-minute sections with 40 total questions, measures skills such as higher-order reasoning, critical thinking, analysis, and problem-solving.

Oldham added that “the EA is an accurate readiness assessment of an applicant’s success in a competitive MBA program like ours and has already proven to be a successful option for those applying to our Executive MBA program.”

The Vanderbilt MBA program requires the GMAT, GRE, or Executive Assessment as a part of the application but does not have a preferred test. Applicants are encouraged to take whichever test they feel more comfortable with. Waiver requests will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

For more information on application requirements or the application process, visit our Admission page.

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