GMAT Trends: More people are taking the GMAT

March 13, 2013

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People have been wondering a lot lately about GMAT trends and how the trends, possibly even in their scores, will impact their application. Well, here is some recent data about GMAT trends: testing is hitting new records.

According to Beat the GMAT

GMAT testing hit a record 286,529 exams taken last year, the greatest annual total ever with an 11% increase over the previous year and a 16% rise from 2008.

Much of the increase in test takers happened outside of the United States.

Exams taken by U.S. citizens represented 41% of global exams taken in testing year 2012, down from 51% in 2008. The upshot: GMAT testing outside of the United States continued to grow quickly, with tests taken by non-U.S. citizens rising 19% over 2011, accounting for 59% of global GMAT volume.

Here are some other interesting GMAT trends:

  1. A record number of women took the GMAT, hitting 43% in 2013. “Women made up the majority of test takers for citizen groups in China, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam, and Russia.”
  2. “More younger people are taking the exam, as the percentage of tests taken by those younger than 25 was 47% in 2012, up from 38% in 2008. More than half the Asian and European citizens taking the GMAT exam were under 25.”
  3. “More test takers are sending their GMAT scores to specialized master’s degrees in business, such as master of accountancy, finance and management. In 2012, 29% of all scores were sent to specialized masters programs, up from 17% in 2008.”
  4. “The U.S. remains the top score-sending destination, with 76 percent of more than 831,000 score reports sent to business schools in the U.S”

Check out the original post for more GMAT trends that have developed over the last year. What do you find most interesting? If you are thinking of a military MBA, many of these trends might have an impact on you!

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