Graduate Management News

GMAT Test Taking Reflects Growing Program Diversity

The 2011 GMAT testing year broke records for the number of tests taken by women, non-US citizens, and prospective students younger than 24, according to the 2011 Profile of Graduate Management Admission Test Candidates released this month by the Graduate Management Admission Council.

“Our Application Trends Survey has shown that a majority of specialized master’s programs in business have reported application growth since 2007, and this year’s Profile seems to reflect the growing presence of these candidates in the pipeline,” said Alex Chisholm, GMAC senior manager of statistical analysis. Around one-fifth of exams taken in the testing year ending June 30, 2011, were by those pursuing non-MBA master’s degrees, which typically draw a greater proportion of women and recent college graduates.

The Profile shows that the 2011 testing year represented the third-highest GMAT testing volume ever, with a total of 258,192 tests administered. This marks a modest decline from the 263,979 tests in testing year 2010 and the record 265,613 in testing year 2009.

Notable figures from the Profile, GMAC’s annual yearbook detailing GMAT test taking by numerous demographics, include:

“Although overall testing volume is down slightly from a recessionary peak in 2009, early signs for testing year 2012 are encouraging,” Chisholm said. “Over the last several months, we’ve seen global test registrations up sharply. “

Mining the Profile

More on the 2011 Profile of Graduate Management Admission Test Candidates is available at

GMAT Profile data will be featured in a webinar on GMAC Research Highlights 2011, 11:30 am Eastern Standard Time/8:30 am Pacific Standard Time, Wednesday, December 14. Registration has expired.