Graduate Management News

Regional GMAT Trends Point to Complexity in Student Mobility

European citizens are pursuing more management education opportunities closer to home. Middle Eastern citizens are looking at more programs in the US. And East and Southeast Asian citizens are exploring management programs in many world regions.

All these regional trends add up to an increasingly complex picture of student mobility in graduate management education in GMAC’s new World Geographic Trend Report, which tracks GMAT test taking and score-sending patterns over the past five years.

A total of 258,192 GMAT exams were taken in the testing year ending June 30, 2011 (TY11), the third highest ever and down slightly from the peak of 265,613 in TY09, the report says. In TY2011, test takers sent a total of 750,399 score reports sent to schools, just half of which went to domestic programs.

“Globally, there are more management education options than ever before, with more quality business and management programs in different parts of the world, more different types of programs — and more of them using the GMAT exam in their admissions processes,” said Alex Chisholm, senior research manager for the Graduate Management Admission Council.

Although the US remains the top score-sending destination for global examinees, its market share continues to decline, from 83 percent in TY07 to 77 percent in TY11, he added. “Higher education in general and management education in particular are becoming more global, and the mobility patterns are becoming increasingly complex. “

Key regional five-year trends:

Dramatic Shifts

Relatively Stable Score-Sending Trends

Learn more about the score-sending trends in the new World Geographic Trend Report and test-taking trends in the Profile of GMAT Candidates. In addition, explore the companion interactive research flex tool, GMAT TrendsTracker using Adobe Flash (login required and available for all schools that use the GMAT exam in their admissions processes).