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Global Executive MBA

Designed for experienced professionals who wish to develop their leadership skills while they continue to advance their current careers.

At a Glance
14 to 17 Months
Three Intakes
Across 3 Campus
Home Campus
Abu Dhabi

INSEAD Assessment

If you opt to take the INSEAD Assessment, rather than the GMAT, GRE or EA, you must first submit a completed application at least two weeks prior to the assessment date. Your application will be reviewed by our pre-selection committee and if successful, you will be invited to join the assessment.


  • Applicable only for INSEAD’s Executive MBA programmes; the Global Executive MBA (GEMBA) and Tsinghua-INSEAD Executive MBA (TIEMBA)

  • This assessment serves as an alternative to the GMAT or EA, however, it can only be taken once

  • There is both a written and an oral component of this exam:

Written component: (multiple choice content, 4 x 30 min.) - 4 sections of 15 questions each, covering data analysis, data interpretation, communication analysis and critical thinking

Oral component: (30 min. preparation, 40 min. presentation/interview)  - prepare, deliver and discuss a business case study presentation, followed by a motivational interview 

  • Preparation is strongly encouraged. The best way to prepare is to practise actual GMAT questions (focus on areas listed below) and/or working with a 3rd party to prepare. It is wise to practise in a mock testing environment, inclusive of time constraints.

  • Cost: € 185 (subject to change)


INSEAD Assessment Format

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Data Analysis:

Data analysis questions are pure calculation questions. Provided with all of the necessary information within the question, you will be asked to determine a certain value.


Data Interpretation:

Delivered through standard mathematical logic questions and linked mini-business case questions, the data interpretation section focuses on two areas:

  1.  Interpreting Graphic Data
  2.  Data Sufficiency

Communication Analysis:

Communication analysis tests your ability to read a passage and extract deeper meaning through the understanding of main themes, relevant points, and logical inferences.


Critical Thinking:

The critical thinking section demands that you manage components of a logic problem to either deliver a definitive answer to a question or simply determine its solvability.


Case Presentation & Interview

The INSEAD Assessment case has been designed for all experienced business people and requires no formal preparation. We are not necessarily looking for the right answer as there are multiple possibilities to address the case, but are interested in your ability to assimilate information, summarise, and provide plausible solutions. Beyond demonstrating business acumen, this is also an opportunity to display your personal presentation and communication skills.

You will be given 30 minutes to read a 4-page business case. With key questions to consider, you’ll build a presentation addressing the issues and deliver your findings to a jury panel made up of alumni and/or INSEAD representatives. 

In the 5-10 minute oral presentation, candidates are expected to demonstrate an understanding of the case, summarising the situation, challenges, opportunities and potential solutions. This is followed by 15 minutes of Q&A on the case.

The last 20 minutes consist of a more personal interview with the panel, discussing your motivation for applying for an INSEAD Executive MBA and other related questions.


Upcoming Test Dates *

The INSEAD Assessment is available online. Once you have submitted your application, your admissions officer will share available assessment dates with you.

If you opt to take the INSEAD Assessment, rather than the GMAT, you must first submit a completed application. Your application will be reviewed by our pre-selection committee and if successful, you will be invited to join the assessment.