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What 2011 GMAC Data Mean for Different Programs

With more than a quarter million exams delivered annually, GMAT volume worldwide remains robust. A total of 258,192 tests were taken in the testing year ending June 30, 2011—down just 2.2 percent from last year and just 3 percent from the 2009 peak, when the Great Recession drove unemployed workers to graduate management programs.

Yet school professionals may find that, depending on where their schools are located and the type of programs they offer, overall GMAT test volume statistics may not reflect what’s happening in their applicant pools.

Whereas the percentage of GMAT scores sent to MBA programs was 79 percent for North American citizens, those figures drop to just 50 percent for Europe, whose citizens send nearly as many scores (42 percent) to specialized master’s degree programs.

“The ‘big picture’ painted by GMAT volume statistics actually yield numerous trends that can help schools understand the graduate management marketplace,” said Michelle Sparkman Renz, director of research communications. “Combined with our survey research that is facilitated by schools, these trends take on additional meaning for each program depending on their goals.”

For example, Sparkman Renz said, there are dramatic demographic differences in the profile of candidates sending scores to different types of programs.  Those sending scores to specialized master’s programs tend to be younger and have less work experience. And, they are more likely to be female. This is echoed in findings reported by admission offices in this year’s GMAC Application Trends Survey.

In addition, citizens from different countries send test scores to overseas, regional, and domestic programs at vastly different rates.

Join Our Free Webinar to Dig Deeper

The GMAC Professional Development department will be hosting a free webinar featuring key GMAC research trends from 2011 at 11:30 a.m. EST on Wednesday, December 14. The online session, open to all schools that use the GMAT exam, will explore underlying trends in this year’s GMAT test taker data and survey findings, including the recently released Profile of GMAT Candidates 2011, GMAC’s annual statistical yearbook of test volume trends. For those unable to join the live online session, the archived recording and slides will be available for all schools with official GMAT score receiving codes.  

Get Your School Involved

In addition, the GMAC research team is recruiting graduate management programs to participate in student and employer research for 2012. Participating schools receive early access to the research reports and comprehensive data, as well as interactive benchmarking reports that allow them to compare finds for their school to aggregate data from five or more peer schools. Sign up by January 27, 2012.

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