GMAT Trends and Statistics


The GMAT exam was first conducted in 1954. In that year, more than 2,900 test takers took the test. Today, the exam is taken by more than 200,000 people annually, and many things have changed since its first administration. 




More men than women take the GMAT exam


Even though the share of women in the total number of test takers has grown to around 45%, they are still outnumbered by males. 



The USA is the top score-sending destination


A decade ago, 70% of test takers sent their GMAT reports to American educational institutions. Today, this figure is around 69%.



The number of GMAT-based programs is expanding


In 2013, the number of GMAT accepting programs reached 6,000. Today, there are more than 7,000 educational programs that use the GMAT exam as a criterion to evaluate a perspective candidate. This number keeps growing.



Master of Data Analytics programs rapidly gain their popularity


A tenfold increase in the share of global GMAT reports sent to Master of Data Analytics programs is mostly due to the citizens of East and Southeast Asian countries. 



Half of the candidates are 25 or younger


The GMAT exam is extremely popular among test takers of less than 26 years of age. In 2017, their share in the total number of test takers was 50%.



The share of 700+ scores in the total number of scores is relatively constant


While the proportion of 700+ scores was 11% in 2013, it reached 13% in 2017. 







by Salem Tock


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