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GMAT Turns 50

In 2004, the Graduate Management Admission Council® marks the fiftieth anniversary of the GMAT®, originally known as the Admission Test for Graduate Study in Business (ATGSB). The test was developed by nine business schools and Educational Testing Service® to gauge business school applicants’ potential for success in core business and management courses. In its first year, the ATGSB was given to 2,553 test takers. By comparison, in 2003, a total of 218,037 GMAT® tests were taken.

The Graduate Management Admission Council® will mark the anniversary of the GMAT® with an article in Selections, in a timeline of GMAT® history on the Selections website, and with a celebration at the 2004 GMAC® Annual Industry Conference in June in Boston, Massachusetts.

Some GMAT Stats:

  • In 1954, the ATGSB was offered almost exclusively in the United States. The GMAT® is now administered in 575 locations throughout the world, 211 of which are outside the United States.
  • In 1954, only 54 institutions received ATGSB scores from applicants; today, there are roughly 1,500 GMAT-using institutions and 1,800 GMAT-using programs.
  • Although the test now known as the GMAT® was originally designed for graduate business admissions, scores from 20% of GMAT® tests taken are submitted to nonbusiness programs.
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