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The INSEAD Assessment

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.


For Busy Executives

The test for senior level, busy executives who can't spend months preparing for the GMAT.

Logic. Not Memory.

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.


Key Aspects of the Test


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 4-12 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.

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INSEAD Assessment v GMAT

 INSEAD AssessmentGMAT
Target AudienceEMBA aspirants with 10+ yrs. of experience.MBA aspirants with 3-5 years of experience.
Average Preparation Time1 to 3 months.3 to 6 months.
Duration2.5 hrs + interview.~4 hrs.
Timing2 weeks after admissions application.Before admissions application.
Fee€185.US $250.
Skills testedLogic.
Business-relevant skills via case.
Logic + Memory. NO case.
Test dateClick here to see scheduleMost weekdays around the year, depending on test-centre availability.
Location3 INSEAD Campuses:
France, UAE and Singapore
Test centres around the world.
Score reportingScores not reported (INSEAD internal use).Additional score reports available at US$35 per school.

What is tested?

The test has 5 sections. The test is followed by the interview.

Data Analysis

Fluency and efficiency in the use of business-relevant mathematics.
30 minutes
15 questions

Data Interpretation

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.
30 minutes
15 questions

Communication Analysis

Analysis of passages through the lens of gauging the main themes, relevant points and logical inferences.
30 minutes
15 questions

Critical Thinking

Managing the components of a logic problem to either deliver a definitive answer to a question or simply determine its solvability.
30 minutes
15 questions

Business Case

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

Upcoming Test Dates

During the COVID19 crisis, INSEAD is making the INSEAD Assessment available online. You’ll receive a list of possible test dates after submitting your Executive MBA application.

Test Preparation Packages

INSEAD Assessment Guide
11 hrs Data Analysis
2 hrs Data Interpretation
4 hrs Communication Analysis
3 hrs Critical Thinking
2 hrs Business Case
Personal study plan (hrs split above is typical, not mandatory)
Flex Prep Hours
INSEAD Assessment Guide
17 hrs Data Analysis
2 hrs Data Interpretation
7 hrs Communication Analysis
4 hrs Critical Thinking
4 hrs Business Case
Personal study plan (hrs split above is typical, not mandatory)
Flex Prep Hours
Application Consulting
Candidacy Evaluation
Strategy & Timeline Management
Profile Sculpting
CV Editing
Essay Editing
Referee Selection
Recommendation Editing
Interview Preparation
Unlimited hours (one application)

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