Graduate Management News

In GMAT Score Sending, European and Asian Schools Gain Ground on the US

In the past five years, more business school applicants have sent more GMAT scores to more schools around the world. And although the US still receives the lion’s share of GMAT score reports sent by all test takers, business schools in Europe and Asia have chipped away at its lead, according to data in the new World Geographic Trend Report from the Graduate Management Admission Council.

“Seventy-eight percent of the 779,045 GMAT score reports sent in Testing Year 2010 (ending June 30, 2010) were directed toward US schools, down from 83 percent in 2006,” said report author Alex Chisholm, senior research analyst for the Graduate Management Admission Council. “A growing interest in business schools in the United Kingdom, France, India, and Singapore has been largely responsible for this shift.”

“Prospective students recognize that the skills and knowledge acquired in graduate business school are largely transferrable across industries and, increasingly, across borders,” Chisholm said.  This perception could help explain the significant growth among international students taking the GMAT in recent years. At the same time, as more business schools in growing markets are using the GMAT in their admissions decisions, there have been more opportunities for global examinees to send scores to high-quality programs all around the world. These market shifts quite likely explain the high level of student interest in emerging and expanding study destinations over the past few years.

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Download copies of the World and European Geographic Trend Report for GMAT Examinees at gmac.com/geographictrends. Details about GMAT testing and score-sending trends for specific citizen groups are available in the regional reports. Similar analysis for Asia and North America will be released late spring 2011.