April 28, 2011 08:00 ET

GRE® General Test Now Accepted by More Than 500 MBA Programs Worldwide

PRINCETON, NJ--(Marketwire - Apr 28, 2011) - Educational Testing Service (ETS) announced today that the GRE® General Test, the world's most widely accepted graduate admissions test, is now accepted by more than 500 business schools worldwide for their MBA programs. In the last four years, the number of business schools accepting the GRE General Test for MBA admissions has quadrupled.

"For business schools around the world, accepting GRE scores means expanding their pool of applicants and gaining more diversity in their programs," said David Payne, Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of ETS's Higher Education Division. "It makes good business sense for business schools to accept the GRE General Test, and we expect the numbers of those doing so to continue to grow at a swift pace."

Since 2009, ETS has seen 57 percent growth in the number of business schools accepting the GRE General Test for admissions. With the recent addition of the University of Missouri, Temple University, Case Western Reserve University, and the University of Oklahoma, the GRE General Test is now accepted by 52 percent of the U.S. News & World Report top 100 U.S. programs. International additions include INSEAD, Central European University Business School and Caucasus University.

Mel Horwitch, Dean of Central European University (CEU) Business School commented, "At CEU, our MBA students are increasingly diverse in terms of background and professional goals. Consequently, accepting GRE scores enhances our ability to assess this quite varied pool of outstanding applicants. We are now better able to maintain excellence in our MBA Program."

In 2010, the GRE General Test was taken by about 675,000 candidates representing more diverse backgrounds than ever before. Of the 2010 GRE test takers, 48 percent have earned undergraduate degrees in a quantitatively demanding field, and more than 300,000 are women. In addition, test volume outside the United States increased 13 percent in 2010, and the number of test takers from underrepresented groups in the United States has increased 20 percent since 2007.

The growing number of business schools worldwide accepting GRE scores comes at a time of increasing excitement for the introduction of the GRE® revised General Test. Launching 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 test takers 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 test takers can expect. For institutions, the GRE revised General Test will provide an even better measure of the skills needed for success in today's demanding graduate and business school programs.

For more information about the GRE General Test or for details about the GRE revised General Test launching this August, visit

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