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Ag MBA News: GRE Volumes Continue to Trend Up Among Global Students.

Princeton, N.J: GRE volumes grew by nearly 2 percent compared to 2014 and have grown by more than 13 percent since 2009. The GRE Program continued its volume growth in 2015 reaching 766,185 tests administered worldwide.

U.S. volume remained stable in 2015. While the GRE revised General Test’s population continues to expand with an increase of test takers from those interested in business and science graduate programs and outside the United States. International volumes increased a noteworthy 7 % including gains of more than 9% in Asia and nearly 4% in Africa.

Compared to 2014, notable trends in 2015 GRE volumes include:

GRE volume in India increased by more than 13 percent with 123,000 tests taken. The intended graduate major fields of study that experienced the most significant growth in 2015 include business (7%), physical sciences (7%) and engineering (3%). Males accounted for 46%, while females accounted for more than 50% of the test-taker population.

David Payne, ETS said, “The GRE Program’s substantial growth and gains year over year is testament of the outstanding value the assessment provides to students and schools.”

Including more than 1,200 business schools accepting GRE scores for their MBA programs, GRE scores are accepted at thousands of institutions around the world. Currently, 97 of the 2015 U.S. News & World Report Top 100 business schools in the United States and nine of the top 10 institutions on The Financial Times 2016 Global MBA Ranking accept GRE scores. In addition, 29 of Bloomberg Businessweek's top 30 U.S. MBA programs accept GRE scores.