How to Prepare for the Executive Assessment

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The Executive Assessment is a standardized test required for admission at a growing number of business schools worldwide. For candidates looking to pursue an Executive MBA or other post-graduate business degree, the Executive Assessment (EA) is a high-stakes exam that could mean the difference between getting accepted to a top program and not. In other words, you want to do well on it.

But what exactly do you need to do to prepare for the Executive Assessment and put yourself in the best position for test-day success? We'll break it all down for you in this article including the mindset you need to adopt, the content you need to learn, how much time you should allot, and recommended prep resources.

Note: The above video provides additional considerations for you when thinking about how best to prepare for the Executive Assessment, including four key time management tips. It's the third in a free 3-part "Executive Assessment Mastery Series" we recently released....

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Executive Assessment Prep: Top 3 Mistakes to Avoid (and What to Do Instead)

We spend a lot of time in our courses and coaching sessions teaching students what to do (content review, test-taking strategies, how-to's and methodologies, etc.).

But what about what not to do?

When it comes to preparing for the Executive Assessment, there are three (3) common mistakes that students regularly make that hold them back from achieving a high EA score.

Fortunately, they're all easily avoidable.

In this free video lesson, we walk you through each of the three common Executive Assessment pitfalls. More importantly, we teach you what to do instead -- including specific strategies, with detailed examples, that will empower you to get more right answers on test day.

Watch it HERE:

Whether you're just beginning to study for the Executive Assessment or your test day is right around the corner, the key mindsets and strategies that we teach in this video will put you in a better position to achieve your target score so that you can get into the business program of your...

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Planning Your Business Career: Highlights from the 2020 Corporate Recruiters Survey

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The Graduate Management Admission Council recently released its annual 2020 Corporate Recruiters Survey. GMAC is an international association of leading graduate business schools. The report was initially concluded in March of 2020, just when COVID-19 was unfolding across the globe.

Given the disruptive nature of the pandemic, the council decided on gathering additional data to expand the results and understand the economic impact of COVID-19 especially regarding hiring and salary trends. Moreover, the report wanted to gain a deeper perspective on the skills employers are looking for as the economy continues to grapple with the downturn.

Below, we’ll highlight the key findings of the latest report to be able to help business masters graduates as well as current and potential students plan their careers.

Recruitment plans for companies in 2021

Globe News Wire reports that before COVID-19, 92% of companies were intent on hiring MBA graduates in 2020. During the height of...

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Executive Assessment vs. GMAT for Business School Admissions

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We’ve been getting a lot of questions about the Executive Assessment (EA) recently, so we wanted to address them head-on.

If you're not familiar with the Executive Assessment, it's an entrance exam that is being accepted by more and more top business schools as an alternative to the GMAT / GRE in the admissions process. Many of the Top 20 MBA Programs worldwide now accept the Executive Assessment, and the list of partner schools is growing every month.

The Executive Assessment is similar to the GMAT in a lot of ways, but there are several important differences. We put together the following video to highlight some of those key differences and share insight that will help you determine which exam to take.

Watch it here:

As I mention at the beginning of this video, some schools still only accept the Executive Assessment for their Executive MBA (EMBA) or evening / part-time MBA programs. So Step 1 would be to double-check the application requirements of the school(s) you're...

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How to Determine Where to Apply [Ep. 34]

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One of the first and most important decisions you need to make on your higher education journey is determining which schools and programs to apply to. Once you figure that out, much of the rest of the application process starts to fall into place. Yet, deciding where to apply isn't always straightforward. There are a lot of factors to consider. To help shed light on this important topic, we are joined in this episode of The Dominate Test Prep Podcast by Linda Abraham, founder of Accepted, who shares anecdotes, insight, and key considerations.

You can listen to the episode HERE:

 

 


Specifically, we discuss:

  • The importance of determining your "North Star" as the driver of your decision about which programs to apply to -- and how to figure it out if you're unsure
  • Why getting clear about your career goals is such an important first step, including its relevance to writing your Statement of Purpose on your applications
  • Three good reasons for...
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Should You Retake Your Exam? [Ep. 32]

You've invested time, effort, and money preparing for and taking your standardized test, and unfortunately the first attempt didn't quite go as planned. So, what now? Should you retake it? Or just apply with the score you have?

The answer to those questions isn't quite as straightforward as it may seem. Even if you were assured of improving the next time around, a higher score may not be necessary to get you accepted to your target program(s). There's a lot to consider when thinking about retaking your exam, and we break it all down for you in this episode of The Dominate Test Prep Podcast.

You can listen to the episode HERE:

 

 

Specifically, we run through the five (5) key questions you need to ask yourself to help decide whether taking the test again makes sense for you:

  1. What's likely to change this time around?
  2. Was there anything abnormal about your first testing experience?
  3. How likely are you to actually improve your score (what do the statistics...
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5 Things I Wish I Had Known Before Starting Law School [Ep. 30]

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It's one thing to get in to a top law school. But how do you succeed once you're there?

The three years of law school are intense. It's like "drinking from a fire hose," says expert LSAT instructor Dave Hall. Fortunately, there are some things you can do to ensure that you're prepared for the onslaught and maximize your law school experience. Having just graduated from law school himself, Dave shares five (5) things he wishes he had known before starting law school that could have helped him have even more success, and that can empower you to make the most of your own law school journey.

You can listen to the interview HERE:

 

Specifically, Dave discusses:

  • Whether or not the law school you attend actually matters
  • The importance of maintaining a clearly-defined yet flexible routine
  • How to make time for what matters most (and no, you don't have to give up all of your hobbies during law school!)
  • Why cramming is detrimental to your performance and...
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The Value of an MBA [Ep. 28]

mba podcast Aug 11, 2020

A Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree is a popular route for advancing one's career, learning new skills, growing a network, and overall expanding opportunities in the world of business. Yet, there are significant costs associated with pursuing this level of higher education. So, is it worth it? How do you measure the value of and MBA and determine whether it's right for you?

To shed light on this important topic, we invited Tim Munyon, Associate Professor of Management at the Haslam College of Business (University of Tennessee) and Managing Partner at Red Castle Human Capital, to share his perspective from both the faculty and employer standpoint. You can listen to our conversation HERE:

 

 
Specifically, we discuss:

  • Advantages of the traditional MBA as compared to niche Masters degrees or part-time / online MBA programs
  • Why an MBA is useful for entrepreneurs
  • Does the best value come from Top 20 business schools, or is "fit" more important...
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"7 Days Out" from Test Day [Ep. 27]

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Test day is right around the corner.

What should you be doing in the final week leading up to the big day to maximize your preparation and ensure that you have the best possible result on your exam? We break it down for you day-by-day in episode 27 of The Dominate Test Prep Podcast, laying out for you exactly what you should be prioritizing each day starting "7 days out" to finish strong.

Listen to it HERE:

 

Download the accompanying "7 Days Out" checklist HERE:

If you have a week or less before test day, these last-minute tips will help you know where to focus and ensure that you've covered all your bases heading in to the exam. Even if you still have a while, much of what we discuss will help you with your preparation in general -- and then you can revisit it as your final week gets closer.

The end is in sight... finish strong!


A DOSE OF MOTIVATION

"If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail." -- Benjamin Franklin


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How to Find the Motivation to Study [Ep. 25]

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We've received a surprising number of e-mails and DM's recently asking about motivation -- and specifically how to stay motivated to study for the different standardized tests people are preparing for.

Perhaps the seemingly endless quarantine is getting people down.

Or maybe it's the nice weather as summer is getting under way, with the lure of the beach competing for focus and attention.

Whatever it is, there's no doubt that staying motivated to put in the work necessary to get a high exam score can be a challenge.

So to help you with that, I devoted the latest episode of The Dominate Test Prep Podcast to exactly this topic: "How to Find the Motivation to Study."

You can listen to it HERE:

 

 

As you'll hear me discuss, there are really four (4) main reasons why people lose the motivation to study for their standardized test:

  1. They get distracted by outside circumstances or life events
  2. The process is taking too long
  3. They're not seeing results
  4. They've lost sight of why...
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