Management Education & GMAT Trends: India Recovering, China Growing

Number of GMAT test takers for the testing year 2012 (July 1, 2011, to June 30, 2012) increased by 11% as compared to 2011, according to GMAC. Testing volume hit the highest record volume  286,529 after facing decline in volume for previous two years. TY 2012 volume was 8 percent higher than the previous record of 265,613 in 2009.

This year also, the growth was driven by test-takers from outside the US. Number of GMAT test-takers outside the US increased by more than 19% as compared to stagnant numbers for US test takers. Over the five years, average GMAT test-taker volume for the US citizens was 123,552 (–1.7%) and for rest of the World it was 140,702 (+9.0%).

Outside the US China continues to grow at a clipping rate while India is showing signs of recovery from declining numbers in last couple of years.Within China the growth was driven by young women in early 20’s while for India it was late 20’s to early 30’s.

Copyright Dr. Rahul Choudaha