EA as a returning student
Posted on
08
Mar 2022

How To Study For The EA As A Returning Student!

Been a while since you attended university? In regular circumstances, the EA can be a daunting undertaking. But the thought of taking the EA as a returning student can be downright frightening. We here at Apex work often with clients who have spent years outside of an academic setting. Our experts have compiled tips and tricks for returning students to make sure they are on the studying path of ‘least resistance’. Take a look at our 5 suggestions to make your return to high-caliber EA studying as easy and productive as possible. 

1- Take an EA practice test

This may sound straightforward, but we cannot emphasize enough how important it is that you take a practice test before you begin studying for the EA. This test gives you a baseline understanding of where your strengths and where your weaknesses lie. Though you may use math skills on a daily basis, your quantitative knowledge – as it pertains to test-taking – are of a different ilk. By taking a practice test right out of the gate, you can be certain to accurately assess your current skills level and knowledge. From there, you can build your EA study schedule and timeline and figure out which parts of the EA deserve the majority of your dedication. 

2- Find the school and EA score that suits you

What are your goals? It may sound like a perfectly simple question, but unpacking the answer could take time. It is important that you are honest with yourself as to what your goals are and if they are achievable. Achievable being the key term. A mere desire to attend a top B-school and earn an EA score of 165+ is a difficult challenge, especially if your time out of school has been full of non-business-related opportunities. Perhaps your goal is simply to earn an EMBA, and your dream isn’t to attend Harvard or INSEAD. Decide on which schools you want to attend and the EA score needed for admission. Our advice is to find the average EA score of the most recently accepted class and aim for a score of 10+ points over the average. 

3- Get a consistent EA schedule

You are no doubt busy. Working full-time, having a family, living a 9-5 life for a decade or so can truly make you forget the rigors of school. Wanting to earn an EMBA will throw you back into the world of late-night studying and early morning cramming. The EA is your first step into that world. So be sure to create an EA schedule that works with your timeline and personal life. We have created a 3-month timeline template which you can adjust to fit your personal needs. Once you have created a schedule, be sure to Stick. To. It. This may sound like a ‘no-brainer’ but we find our clients have a difficult time with this. We get it, your personal life is always changing, but your EA journey is a short – though intense – one. If your goal is to earn an EMBA, the EA is a necessary stepping stone on that journey. 

4- Learn the EA basics

So you have taken a practice test, have decided on which school(s) you wish to attend, and come up with a consistent EA schedule which works for you. From here, you should unwrap the basics of the EA. Become comfortable with the layout of the test, and the different types of questions you will be confronted with. But the ‘basics’ go beyond a basic understanding of the test structure. You also need to get comfortable with skills you learned during high school, yes, that’s right…HIGHSCHOOL. The quantitative, qualitative, and analytical skills learned during high school play a massive role in your success on the EA. While this may sound astounding, remember how much you have grown intellectually since your time in high school. The skills you gained have just developed and grown since those years, you may just have to unlock your potential. 

5- Utilize the proper resources and Find Help! 

Not all EA prep books are made the same – nor are all EA tutors. You need to look on the market and see which books are structured best for you. With so many on the market, it might be difficult to discern which are best for you. We suggest looking for books which offer numerous solution paths to the same question. This gives you the chance to find the strategies which work for you and your skillset. Additionally, private EA tutors are ideal for students who are taking the EA as returning students. Our Apex tutors are professionals in working with our clients’ strengths and weaknesses. We also have a unique way of teaching the exam where we show our clients how to consider testing questions from a test-maker’s point of view, not a test-taker. 

If you are considering taking the EA as a returning student and are interested in getting help on the EA, we offer 30-minute complimentary consultation calls with one of our top EA scoring instructors. You can learn more about our program by visiting www.apexgmat.com

6- Be proud of yourself! 

If you have decided to return to school and earn an EMBA after years out of academics, you should be incredibly proud of yourself. Such a decision is not an easy one to make, and yet your commitment to achieving your goals is inspiring. During your EA journey, remember to stick with a structured schedule and find help if you need it. Most people don’t go down the EA journey alone, and neither should you!

 

Contributor: Dana Coggio 

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EA Quant Section
Posted on
01
Feb 2022

Executive Assessment Exam (EA) – Quant Section

We know what you’re thinking: math is a scary subject and not everyone can excel at it. When attempting math on the Executive Assessment – better known as the EA – the stakes may seem much higher. Especially since there is a whole section dedicated to math that you need to prepare for. There is good news though, the EA is not actually testing your math skills, but rather your creative problem-solving skills through math questions. Furthermore, the EA Quant Section only requires that you have sound knowledge of high-school-level mathematics. So, you just need to practice your fundamentals and learn how to use them to solve specific EA problems and find solution paths that work to your advantage. 

The EA Quant Section contains a total of 14 questions, and you are given 30 minutes to complete all of them. This gives you about 2 minutes to solve each question, so in most cases, the regular way of solving math equations that you were taught in high school will not cut it. To succeed on the EA you must find the optimal problem-solving strategy for each question type. This can seem a daunting start, so our expert instructors at Apex GMAT recommend that you start your quant section prep with a review. Look over the types of EA questions asked in the test and review the math fundamentals which you may not have been using in your day-to-day life. 

What types of questions will you find in the EA Quant Section?

There are 2 main types of questions you should look out for when preparing to take the GMAT exam:

Data Sufficiency Questions

For this type of EA question you don’t generally need to do calculations. However, you will have to determine whether the information that is provided to you is sufficient enough to answer the question. These questions aim to evaluate your critical thinking skills. 

They generally contain a question, 2 statements, and 5 answer choices that are the same in all EA data sufficiency questions.

Here is an example of a Data Sufficiency Question: 

(1) 9x-1 = 3
(2) 3x-3 = 19

A) Statement (1) ALONE is sufficient, but statement (2) alone is not sufficient.
B) statement (2) ALONE is sufficient, but statement (1) alone is not sufficient.
C) Both statements TOGETHER are sufficient, but NEITHER statement ALONE is sufficient.
D) EACH statement ALONE is sufficient.
E) Statements (1) and (2) TOGETHER are NOT sufficient.

Find the answer at the bottom of this article! 

Problem Solving Questions

This question type is pretty self-explanatory: you’ll have to solve the question and come up with a solution. However, you’ll be given 5 answer choices to choose from. Generally, the majority of questions in the quant section of the EA will be problem-solving questions as they clearly show your abilities to use mathematical concepts to solve problems.

Here is an example of an EA problem-solving question from the official GMAC itself: 

In a certain town of 4,000 residents, 40 percent of the residents are registered voters and 25 percent of the registered voters voted in the mayoral election. How many of the town’s registered voters voted in the mayoral election?

A) 400
B) 600
C) 1,000
D) 1,600
E) 2,600

Find the answer at the bottom of this article! 

The main concepts you should focus on

The one thing that you need to keep in mind when starting your EA prep is the level of math you need to know before going in for the Quant section. All you’ll need to master is high-school-level math. That being said, once you have revised and mastered these math fundamentals, your final step is learning how to apply this knowledge to actual EA problems and you should be good to go. This is the more challenging side of things but doing this helps you tackle all the other problem areas you may be facing such as time management, confidence levels, and test anxiety

Here are the 3 main groups of questions on the quant section of the EA and the concepts that you should focus on for each:

Algebra

  • Algebraic expressions
  • Equations
  • Functions
  • Polynomials
  • Permutations and combinations
  • Inequalities
  • Exponents
  • Coordinate Planes

Word problems

  • Profit
  • Sets
  • Rate
  • Interest
  • Percentage
  • Ratio
  • Mixtures

Arithmetic

  • Number theory
  • Percentages
  • Basic statistics
  • Power and root
  • Integer properties
  • Decimals
  • Fractions
  • Probability
  • Real numbers

5 tips to improve your  EA Quant skills

1. Master the fundamentals! This is your first step towards acing this section of the EA. As this section only contains math that you have already studied thoroughly in high school, you’ll only need to revise what you have already learned and you’ll be ready to start practicing some real EA problems. 

2. Practice time management! This is a crucial step as every single question is timed and you won’t get more than 2 minutes to spend on each question. That is why you should start timing yourself early on in your EA prep, so you get used to the time pressure. 

3. Know the EA question types! This is something that you will learn once you get enough practice with some actual EA questions. That way, you’ll be able to easily recognize different question types and you’ll be able to use your preferred solution path without losing time.

4. Memorize the answer choices for the data sufficiency questions! These answers are always the same and their order never changes. Memorizing them will help you save precious time that you can spend elsewhere. To help you better memorize them, we are sharing an easier and less wordy way to think of them:

A) Only statement 1
B) Only statement 2
C) Both statements together
D) Either statement
E) Neither statement

5. Make use of your scrap paper! There is a reason why you’re provided with scrap paper, so make sure to take advantage of it. You will definitely need it to take notes and make calculations, especially for the problem-solving questions that you will come across in this EA section.

Final Thoughts

It’s true that math might seem like a scary subject and that’s why many people fear struggling with the EA quant section. Yet, it can be easily conquered with the right strategy and prep process. You just need to get acquainted with the question types, assess your skill level related to them and work, work, work until you become confident enough to crack that EA Quant section.

Solutions:

EA Data Sufficiency Questions: The answer is D. EACH statement ALONE is sufficient.
EA Problem Solving Question: The answer is A) 400.

 

Contributor: Bilhen Sali

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