February 15, 2011 08:00 ET

ETS Reports GRE® Test Volumes Hit All-Time High, Again

Increases in Business Schools Accepting GRE Test Continues in 2010

PRINCETON, NJ--(Marketwire - February 15, 2011) - Following a record-breaking year in 2009, Educational Testing Service (ETS) is reporting continued momentum in 2010 as volumes for GRE tests hit an all-time high. In a year when the GMAT® is reporting decreases in test volume, GRE test volume grew to more than 700,000 worldwide, a nearly 5 percent increase since 2009. 

"The growth we are seeing this year is further enhanced by the many business and graduate school programs worldwide that are now choosing to accept the GRE® General Test for admissions," says David G. Payne, VP and COO of the Higher Education Division at ETS. "We expect continued growth in 2011 as students and institutions look to the GRE program to provide an even more diverse applicant pool, and unmatched value." 

Internationally, GRE General Test volume increased 13 percent with significant growth in China and India, as well as solid growth in Europe, Africa and other regions around the world. In addition, students taking the GRE General Test in the United States are sending more score reports to international institutions.

GRE test takers represent more diverse cultural, ethnic and academic backgrounds than ever before, attracting those institutions looking for a broad and highly qualified applicant pool. In the United States, 2010 data shows that underrepresented minority volume has increased 20 percent since 2007. In addition, 48 percent of test takers self-reported their undergraduate major in a quantitatively demanding field.

With thousands of graduate and business programs worldwide now accepting GRE scores for admissions, students are taking the GRE General Test to satisfy both business and graduate school application requirements for institutions worldwide. Currently, more than 450 leading MBA programs around the world accept GRE General Test scores for admission, including seven of the top 10 global MBA programs according to the Financial Times.

"The GRE General Test has an inherent pool of diverse students with a range of undergraduate degrees," says Julie Strong, Senior Associate Director of MBA Admissions at MIT Sloan School of Management. "That's why we use the GRE test as a way to identify qualified prospective students who may not have thought about a graduate degree in business. By accepting the GRE test, the MIT Sloan School of Management can help students understand how a degree in business can help them to succeed and add value to a variety of careers and industries, including education and nonprofit organizations."

Surging GRE volumes and increases in business schools accepting the test come at a time of growing excitement for the introduction of the GRE® revised General Test. 
Launching in August 2011, the GRE revised General Test represents the largest change to the test in the program's 60-year history and offers many benefits to students and institutions. A friendlier test-taking experience, new questions that emphasize real-world scenarios and new test design features are just some of the changes students can expect. For institutions, the GRE revised General Test will provide an even better measure of the skills necessary for success in today's graduate and business programs.

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