Profile of GMAT® Testing: Residence, TY2012 to TY2016

GMAT Test Taker Data, Global, 2016, GMAT Statistics

H. Chan and D. Svancer

The Profile of GMAT Testing by Residence provides schools with a five-year demographic snapshot of the prospective applicant pool for graduate management programs around the world, based on candidates' region and country of residence. The report is one of three GMAC Profile publications detailing five years of GMAT test-taking data for testing years (TY) 2012 through 2016, with score reporting data for TY 2016.


Globally, nearly 1.3 million Graduate Management Admission Test® (GMAT®) exams have been taken over the past five years by individuals interested in pursuing graduate management education. The GMAT exam is an important part of the admissions process for more than 6,100 graduate management programs worldwide. A total of 261,248 GMAT exams were taken by prospective business school students around the world in testing year (TY) 2016, which ran from July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2016. These test takers sent a total of 561,866 score reports to graduate-level management programs worldwide. 

This report summarizes five-year global GMAT testing trends for:

  • GMAT exams taken by residence;
  • GMAT exams taken by gender;
  • Mean age of GMAT examinees;
  • Mean GMAT Total scores; and
  • GMAT score-sending breakdowns by program type (MBA, non-MBA master’s, and doctoral/other), TY 2016.

Mean GMAT Total Score and mean age of test takers are provided for groups with five or more exams taken and 10 or more score reports sent.