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GMAT® Volume Shows Signs of Strength

GMAT® volume outside the United States is showing a positive trend.

The number of GMAT® exams being taken is not a surrogate for application volume, but the rising test volume in many countries is certainly an encouraging sign. The number of tests administered outside the mature U.S. market—48,691—is up a strong 7.8 % through September 30, 2005.

At the same time last year, non-U.S. GMAT® volume was off by more than 11%. If the current trend continues, this may suggest that testing volume is finally emerging from the decline that followed the all-time highs of 2002.

U.S. testing volume also is improving. The 99,477 tests taken through the end of September 2005 in the United States is down only 1.4% compared with the same period in 2004, and it’s an improvement from nearly 4% year-over-year decline recorded through the end of September 2004.

Globally, GMAT® volume also is continuing to move upward as we move into the heart of the recruiting and application cycle for 2005–2006. The 148,168 tests taken as of September 30 reflect a 1.5% increase compared with the first nine months of 2004. And last year? As of September 30, 2004, worldwide year-to-date volume was down 6.4%.

The following chart provides a four-year summary of year-to-date GMAT® volume as of September 30 of each year.

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