GMAT Geographic Trend Report 2021 PDF

January 2022


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

This PDF report shares overall key findings, in addition to trends by region, including examinee demographics and score sending destinations and program types by citizenship; region as a study destination; and profiles of candidates from the top countries in each region. 

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.