The number of candidates taking up Graduate Management Aptitude Test (GMAT) has gone up by 11 per cent across the world.
According to the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC), a total of 2,86, 529 GMAT exams were taken up between July 1, 2011 and June 30, 2012. The launch of the new integrated reasoning section in GMAT has been cited for the record increase in the test. The record volume partially reflects increased interest in the exam brought on by the addition of the Integrated Reasoning section.
The scores from the test have been sent to 5,281 graduate business and management programmes around the world.
David Wilson, GMAC president and CEO, said that since the increase in the number of GMAT test takers the number of programmes receiving the scores rose to an all-time high.
“GMAC has been able to scale the systems and delivery to individual test takers to accommodate the high demand for the exam,” he said.
As many as 22,803 candidates had registered for GMAT from India in the 2012 testing year (TY), which has been recorded as the highest. Moreover, according to GMAC, the scores of the test has been sent to 128 programmes indicating a growth of 18.5 per cent growth in the 2012 TY in India.
“TY 2012 has witnessed the highest ever GMAT volume in India, as the GMAT continues to be first choice of Indian candidates seeking education at top business schools worldwide. Systematic effort to attract interest from Foreign national candidates will further help create diversity in the classroom and GMAT provides a quality pool of such candidates to Indian business schools”, said Ashish Bhardwaj, Regional Director, GMAC.