Save Time and Show Your Readiness

You have years of hard-won knowledge and real-world experience behind you. Now, you have goals to advance your career with MBA@Rice. We’re here to help you achieve them.

If you were denied a GMAT/GRE waiver or are still debating which test to take, we strongly encourage the Executive Assessment when applying for our program.

The Executive Assessment is for applicants who have the kind of experience that other standardized tests like the GMAT or GRE can’t calculate. Plus, it takes less time to complete and helps measure your business school readiness.

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.”


Senior Associate Dean of Degree Programs

Executive Assessment vs. GMAT and GRE


  • 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

The Executive Assessment was designed with the life of a busy professional in mind.

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 potential areas for development. 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 Executive Assessment exam.

Why MBA@Rice?

We’re a small school with big ideas. We have long been known for innovation, transformation and our tight-knit community in Houston. Today, that legacy and our top-notch MBA education are 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 ranking for graduate entrepreneurship in the nation1 and our No. 5 ranking for best MBA for finance2.

Show Us Why You’re Rice-Ready

If you’re interested in learning more about how the Executive Assessment exam can fast-track your MBA@Rice admissions process, get in touch with an admissions counselor by requesting information below.

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1 Top 50 Entrepreneurship: Grad, The Princeton Review. (Accessed June 2024) arrow_upwardReturn to footnote reference
2 Best MBA for Finance, The Princeton Review. (Accessed June 2024) arrow_upwardReturn to footnote reference