GMAT Geographic Trend Report 2021 Excel

January 2022

The GMAT Geographic Trend Report: Testing Year 2021 presents mobility trends in the graduate management education student pipeline based on the last five testing years of GMAT exam data.


This Excel data file provides school professionals at GMAT-accepting institutions with filterable data tables to explore international examinee and score-sending trends to inform their global recruitment strategies. A table of contents tab in the file describes the data included in detail.

Quick Facts

  • Global business school candidates sat for 156,453 GMAT exams in TY2021, a 39.2 percent decrease from 250,761 GMAT exams in TY2017. A significant portion of the drop in TY2021 was due to the impact of COVID-19 on test center availability, candidate mobility, and uncertainty of the status of graduate programs.
  • GMAT examinees sent 301,107 score reports to programs around the world in TY2021.
  • Women represented 44 percent of global exams taken in TY2021, down slightly from 45 percent in TY2017.
  • Candidates younger than 25 represented 49 percent of global exams taken in TY2021, down from 50 percent in TY2017.
  • The proportion of exams with a total score of 600 or greater increased by 10 percent over a five-year period.