Although both the GMAT and EA Test are attempted to prepare for B-School MBA / E-MBA applications, there are key differences between the two that will help you determine which one is a better option for you.
GMAT: It stands for Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) and is administered by the GMAC (Graduate Management Admission Council). It is a standardized, computer-based exam that has been used as a criterion to measure candidates’ readiness for graduate-level business/management programs.
About EA Test:
It stands for Executive Assessment (EA) Test. It was introduced in 2016 to cater to experienced professionals who wish to enter EMBA Programs. It is also a computer-administered, standardized test.
Which one is a better fit for you?
EA is attempted for E-MBA Programs. EA candidates usually have around 5 – 10 Years of Work Experience. The E-MBA might be part-time / weekends only to cater to busy working professionals’ schedules. On the other hand, GMAT is usually attempted by those with little to no work experience and is used to assess a student’s ability and competence for a full-time MBA Program.
Key Differences between EA Test v/s GMAT: Even though EA is considered a mini GMAT by some (because of a similar question pattern for a reduced time duration), there are some key differences between the EA Test & GMAT:
- The EA Test lasts for 90 Minutes and contains a total of 40 Questions
- The GMAT is for 3 Hours and has a total of 80 Questions.
- There are 2 optional breaks of 8 minutes each only in the GMAT
A key difference is the absence of the Analytical Writing Assessment (AWA) in the EA Test, which is very much present in the GMAT.
- Section Length: The Integrated Reasoning (IR) Section is of the same length in both EA Test & GMAT, while the Quant and Verbal Sections are almost half as long in EA Test as in GMAT.
- Combination Choice: In GMAT, you can choose between three combinations of section orders, whereas the EA provides you with no such choice.
- Adaptivity: The Quant and Verbal sections in EA Test are adaptive at the module level (of which there are 2 per Section) whereas in the GMAT, question-level adaptivity is present.
- The GMAT does not allow the test taker to review previously attempted questions whereas the EA test does.
- GMAT also does not allow skipping of questions, which is permitted in the EA Test.
- Content: The Verbal and IR Sections in both have the same content. For Quant, some advanced topics that are in the GMAT are excluded in the EA Test (including Geometry).
- EA Test Score Range is 100-200
- GMAT Score Range is 200-800.
- EA Test Registration Cost is $350
- GMAT Registration Cost is $275
The Bottom Line:
Understanding these differences between EA Test & GMAT; evaluating your situation based on the requirements of your MBA Program & and your future goals are a key step in deciding which one of these Tests you should take.
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