More women, younger people taking the GMAT

February 17, 2012

The Graduate Management Admission Council reports that the number of GMAT exams taken worldwide in the 2011 testing year totalled 258,192 -- the third-highest level on record -- and included a 67% increase in tests written by Chinese and other East Asian citizens compared to 2007. The World Geographic Trend Report for GMAT Examinees shows the shares of women and people younger than 25 taking the GMAT are on the rise. The percentage of women who wrote the exam hit 41% in 2011, a new record. The percentage of exams taken by individuals under the age of 25 rose from 37% in 2007 to 44% in 2011. During the 5-year period covered by the report, the percentage of GMATs written by citizens from countries other than the US surpassed 50% for the first time in 2009 and reached 55% by 2011. GMAC News Release | Read the report