The INSEAD Assessment has been designed for senior level, busy, international applicants as an alternative entry route to taking GMAT. Similarly to GMAT, it tests your aptitude for business related subjects and is used to assess your analytical abilities.
If you decide to take the INSEAD Assessment, you must submit your application at least 2 weeks before your targeted test date. Successful applicants will then be invited to sit the test on one of the three INSEAD campuses.
The INSEAD Assessment focuses on testing business-relevant skills. It does NOT require you to spend time on extensive preparation for rule-based mathematics and English grammar correction that would not be used in a business context.
For INSEADThe test has been designed specifically for INSEAD, and is used for admission to the INSEAD Global Executive MBA and the Tsinghua-INSEAD Executive MBA.
PreparationYou should familiarize yourself with the test and question formats, and get used to timing your responses. Most busy executive achieve adequate performance with 4-12 weeks of preparation.
TimeYou should set aside 5 hours for the visit and the test. Should the test day coincide with an EMBA module, you will also get to interact with current participants.
ResultsYou will know the result of your application to the programme within 2-3 weeks of completion of your application and test. INSEAD does not report the “test score”.
LocationsThe test is available at INSEAD campuses in Fontainebleau, Singapore and Abu Dhabi, on specific test dates approximately once a month.
vs GMATUnlike the GMAT, the INSEAD Assessment does not assess rule-based mathematics and English grammar that would not be used in a business context. GMAT tests many areas that the INSEAD Assessment does not, and vice versa. Read more.
What is tested?
The INSEAD Assessment has 5 sections, each of which tests a different domain.
Data AnalysisFluency and efficiency in the use of business-relevant mathematics.
Data InterpretationData Significance testing through both standard mathematical logic questions, and also multiple linked mini case questions where arithmetic and algebra are tested in the context of a business scenario.
Communication AnalysisAnalysis of passages through the lens of gauging the main themes, relevant points and logical inferences.
Critical ThinkingManaging the components of a logic problem to either deliver a definitive answer to a question or simply determine its solvability.
Business CaseThe idea of business case is very broad and can mean different things to different people. The business case in the INSEAD Assessment is NOT similar to consulting case interview or business school case method. During the assessment, you are given 30 minutes to read a brief business case with key questions to consider and answer as part of the presentation given to the test panel. Candidates are expected to demonstrate an understanding of the case and give a 5 to 10 minute presentation summarizing the situation, challenges, opportunities and potential solutions. This is followed by 10 to 15 minutes of Q&A on the case.
30 min preparation
20 min presentation
InterviewWhile technically not one of the sections on the INSEAD Assessment, the 20 minutes interview immediately follows the business case presentation, usually with the same panel. The interview focuses on your motivation for applying for an EMBA and to INSEAD and other related questions.
20 min interview
Online One-on-One Coaching
Almost 85% of successful INSEAD Global Executive MBA applicants take the INSEAD Assessment.
One-on-One coaching with INSEAD Assessment experts is available.