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India and China see huge increase in GMAT test takers.

Posted: Jun 30, 2010

Over the past 5 years there has been a 75% increase in the number of Asian citizens taking the GMAT, more than twice the global increase. Even more impressive is the tripling in the number of global GMAT takers who have sent their scores to MBA schools in Asia, indicating a growing interest in attending Asian business schools.

Julia Tyler, executive vice president of member services and school marketing for GMAC, says these trends demonstrate how Asia is now a global economic leader and puts massive stock in the need for high quality management training.

Per country, India and China are by far the leaders in the region. In the testing year of 2009, of the almost 80,000 Asian GMAT test takers, 70% were either Chinese or Indian. Indians sat for 30,633 GMAT exams, while Chinese sat for 23,550.

The total number of GMAT exams taken in 2009 was a record 265,613, of which 30% were taken by Asians... a 7% increase on the share from the previous year.

India and Singapore saw a 300% increase in the number of applicants to business schools in their respective countries over the past 5 years. Interestingly though, the vast majority of Asians send their score reports to the U.S., but only Singaporeans send more reports to domestic schools than American.

Based on information from GMAC (The Graduate Management Admission Council that administers the GMAT exam). Read more at gmac.com »

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