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Admissions Tests

Following a successful interview, an admissions test is required.

If you have an undergraduate degree recognized by the University of Toronto, you have a choice between writing the GMAT, GRE, or the Rotman Executive Diagnostic Test (EDT). If you do not have an undergraduate degree, or one that is not recognized by the University of Toronto, you are required to write the GMAT or GRE.

Writing the Executive MBA Diagnostic Test (EDT)

The Executive MBA Diagnostic Test (EDT) is a replacement for the GMAT for candidates who have an undergraduate degree recognized by the University of Toronto. The EDT focuses on the relevant quantitative areas for your Executive MBA curriculum. Its purpose is to ensure that you have a smooth transition into the program.

The test is designed by test development specialists at the University of Toronto with the support of the Rotman Executive MBA faculty. Soon after writing the EDT, you will receive a feedback form that will help you identify and strengthen any areas of weakness before you begin your studies.

The EDT does not presuppose any specific knowledge of business or other content areas, nor does it measure achievement in any particular subject areas. The test does not measure subjective factors important to academic and career success, such as motivation, creativity, interpersonal skills, emotional intelligence, study skills, or overall success on the job.

What should I expect?

We will test basic arithmetic and algebraic understanding, graphical data interpretation, and logical reasoning.

In addition, we will ask you to write a short memorandum as part of the test to give us an impression of your English-language skills.

We will ask you to show us your train of thought and the logic flow of how you derived the answer. This will help us provide meaningful feedback. If this sounds like a lot - don't worry - we will provide you with the support and resources you need to help you brush up before the test.

Writing the GMAT or GRE

If you have an undergraduate degree recognized by the University of Toronto, you may write the EDT instead of the GMAT. If you choose to write the GMAT, you must achieve a minimum score of 500 or its equivalent on the GRE. Preference will be given to candidates with a score of 550 or higher.

If you do not have an undergraduate degree or one that is recognized by the University of Toronto, you must write the GMAT and achieve a minimum score of 550 or its equivalent on the GRE.

Please note: GMAT or GRE scores are valid for five years after the test date.

Common Questions About Admissions Tests:

Q: Which test should I write?

Q: What is the format of the EDT?

Q: How do I prepare?

Q: When do I take the EDT?

Q: How is the EDT graded?

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