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The number of GMAT® tests taken through August 31, 2003—139,571 worldwide—shows a 13.43% decrease when compared with the number of tests taken during the same time period in 2002 (a year of unusually high test volume) but is close to the number of tests taken during the first eight months of 2001 (148,519).

The number of tests taken in the United States thus far this year—94,897— represents a 10.8% decrease from the number taken during the first eight months of 2002. The number taken thus far outside the United States—44,674—represents a decrease of 18.5% compared with the same period last year.

A recent “repeaters study” undertaken by GMAC® to determine the percentage of tests taken by the same individuals revealed that tests taken by repeat test takers account for roughly 28% of total GMAT volume. The same study found that tests taken by those planning to apply to nonbusiness programs account for approximately 20% of total GMAT volume, while tests taken by those not planning to enroll in a business program within 12 months of their test dates account for 32% of total test volume.

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