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.
Most busy candidates are able to achieve adequate performance on the test with 4-8 weeks of preparation while holding full-time jobs.
The test has been designed specifically for INSEAD, and is used for admission to the INSEAD Global Executive MBA and the Tsinghua-INSEAD Executive MBA.
You should familiarize yourself with the test and question formats, and get used to timing your responses. Most busy executive achieve adequate performance with 4-8 weeks of preparation.
The test is available at INSEAD campuses in Fontainebleau, Singapore and Abu Dhabi, on specific test dates approximately once a month.
You 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".
You 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.
Unlike 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.
Fluency and efficiency in the use of business-relevant
Data 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.
Analysis of passages through the lens of
gauging the main themes, relevant points and logical inferences.
Managing the components of a logic problem to
either deliver a definitive answer to a question or simply determine
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
The business case presentation is immediately followed by a 20 minutes interview 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