Take the Executive Assessment to Show Your Readiness for MBA@Rice

As a hardworking professional with a track record of success, you've proven your commitment to advancing your career. Here at Rice Business, we value that hard-won knowledge and real-world experience—the type of experience that other standardized tests like the GMAT or GRE can’t calculate.

That’s why, whether you were denied a waiver or are still debating which test to take, we strongly encourage the Executive Assessment when applying for our program. This assessment requires far less of a time commitment and helps measure your business school readiness while providing insight into potential areas for development as you return to student life.

Barbara Ostdiek

"For prospects who are looking for an alternative to the GMAT/GRE, or even if you were denied a waiver, the Executive Assessment is a great choice. The EA is a great measure of the quantitative and qualitative analytical skills we're looking for in our students, and the test gives prospects a very good sense of how prepared they are for our program."
Barbara Ostdiek,
Senior Associate Dean of Degree Programs

How the Executive Assessment Is Different

Executive Assessment

Takes 90 minutes to complete

Three test sections

Testing times are available during the day, nights and weekends

Evaluates your real-world experience and skills

No analytical writing assignment


Takes 180 minutes to complete

Four test sections

Less flexibility with testing times

Evaluates a more general scope of knowledge and skills

One analytical writing assignment required


Takes 210 minutes to complete

Six test sections

Less flexibility with testing times

Evaluates a more general scope of knowledge and skills

Two analytical writing assignments required

How to Prepare

Much like the MBA@Rice program, the Executive Assessment was designed with the life of a busy professional in mind. It weighs your business school readiness as of today, eliminating the need for extensive preparation.

The assessment will evaluate the skills you already use in your day-to-day work, with an emphasis on integrated, verbal and quantitative reasoning. We suggest exploring the practice assessment questions to review these key competencies enough to feel comfortable responding to each question in a timed environment. Practice assessments are also readily available online to help with preparation.

After you complete the test, you will receive valuable insight into your academic strengths and weaknesses. This personalized feedback allows you to sharpen your skills before classes begin, ensuring a firm foundation for your MBA education.

Executive Assessment registrants can take the test up to two times.

Register for the exam here.

Why MBA@Rice

Rice Business has long been known for innovation, transformation and tight-knit community in Houston. Today, that legacy and our top-notch MBA education is available to you from wherever you are. When we say top-notch, we’re talking about our exceptional faculty and rankings—like our No. 1 rank for graduate entrepreneurship in the nation1 and our No. 5 rank for best MBA for finance2—but we’re also talking about so much more.

Our online MBA experience is not like the others. We believe curious minds grow in an environment that’s personal and collaborative, and we’ve designed the Rice Business digital campus and online MBA experience to deliver on that belief.

Next Steps

If you’re interested in learning more about how the Executive Assessment can save you hours of GMAT/GRE preparation time and fast-track your MBA@Rice admissions process, please get in touch with admissions.

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