GRE takers for business schools jump by 10%
The number of GRE test takers intending to study management has grown by more than 10% in the testing year 2014-15 indicating an increasing inclination of business aspirants toward the exam. According to Education Training Services (ETS), the conducting authority of GRE, management aspirants opting for the exam has also doubled since 2012, as reflected in its reports for the testing year ending June 30, 2015.
David Payne, Vice President & COO of Global Education at Educational Testing Service says, “The trend in business fields makes a lot of sense. The GRE revised General Test is a great option for applying to MBA and specialized master’s programs.”
Besides business aspirants, the number of students vying for other streams has also shown a positive trend with engineering, health sciences and computer science reflecting increases by 3.7%, 2.4% and 15% respectively.
Further, the number of GRE Test takers from India has also gone up by 12% and currently stands at 96,000. India has been witnessing an increasing interest in GRE test for the last few years. In 2013, itself, the number of GRE test takers had shot up by almost 70% and continued to be on a positive track since then.
On the global level, too, 7 % more non-U.S. citizens took the GRE revised General Test in 2014-15 compared to the previous testing year.
While GMAT is the primary exam management aspirants take for admission to business schools abroad, GRE’s emergence in the last few years is proof that universities are increasingly exploring new yardsticks to judge a student’s calibre. According to Dawn Dawn Piacentino, Senior Director for the GRE Program at ETS, in 2014 there were more than 1,100 business schools worldwide who accepted GRE scores for admission to MBA, specialized master’s and other graduate business programs.
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