SOURCE: ETS

March 31, 2010 23:50 ET

ETS Reports Record-Breaking GRE® Growth in Europe

PARIS--(Marketwire - March 31, 2010) -  Educational Testing Service (ETS) today reported that Graduate Record Examinations® (GRE®) General Test volumes in Europe increased 15 percent in 2009 -- the highest yearly increase for Europe in the programme's history.

In addition to record-breaking increases in GRE tests taken in Europe, ETS also saw significant increases in the number of GRE test scores submitted to European institutions. This includes a 16 percent increase in test scores sent universities in the UK; 29 percent increase to universities in Germany; 62 percent increase to universities in Spain; and 68 percent increase to universities in France.

"With growing competition among European institutions through the Bologna agreement, which promotes mobility, and with English increasingly the language of instruction, it's not surprising that GRE volumes are going up in Europe," says Maastricht University President Jo Ritzen. "In fact, as universities and schools look to attract the best and brightest from throughout the world, I would expect to see continued use of the GRE test in admissions all across Europe."

David G. Payne, VP and COO for College and Graduate Programmes at ETS, is encouraged that students across the globe are seeing the value of taking the GRE General Test to pursue a graduate degree or business degree, such as an MBA. "We are pleased to see the results of our direct outreach really igniting people to pursue graduate education. Volumes are up almost everywhere -- in Europe as well as China and the U.S.," adds Payne.

Payne points out that one of the year's biggest stories -- and one that is being covered widely in the media -- is the dramatic increase in the number of MBA programmes accepting the GRE General Test worldwide. In 2009, there was a 68 percent increase in the number of business schools accepting GRE scores for their MBA programmes. The GRE programme also reports that the number of GRE test takers planning to go to business school doubled.

"MBA programmes are telling us that they need to broaden and diversify their applicant pools to meet the demands of today's global economy. And they see accepting GRE General Test scores as a great way to reach hundreds of thousands of qualified and talented candidates that they would otherwise miss if they accepted only GMAT® scores," Payne says.

Because the GRE General Test can be a single ticket to both graduate and business school, Payne expects significant growth in the coming years from students who choose to take the GRE test to apply to MBA and other graduate programmes.

"In this economy especially, the flexibility to use one test for admission to both graduate and business programmes is great for students who want to ensure that they have options. It's a huge benefit to them."

For more information about the GRE programme, students should visit the GRE website. Institutions can sign up to receive monthly updates, tips, important news and announcements about the GRE revised General Test.

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