This Just In! More Women Taking The GMAT Than Ever Before
3:45 pm, February 14th | by Rebecca Srulowitz
You know how when you were in 11th grade the SATs seemed like the worst thing ever? You blamed the Collegeboard for all your anxiety-induced acne and vowed that once you got into college you’d never take a standardized test again. Turns out, you’re all reneging on that promise.
According to today’s report released by the Graduate Management Admission Council, the Reston, Va.-based group that administers the GMAT exam, the number of college-aged people taking the business school entrance exam has exploded. As reported by the Council, a whopping 44 percent of test-takers are under the age of 25. And, not shockingly since women seem to be outdoing men in all areas of higher education, the amount of women taking the test is 41.4 percent, the highest number ever.
What is somewhat shocking, however, is that many of the people taking the GMATs aren’t sending their scores to B-Schools in the U.S.; they’re sending them abroad — specifically to East and Southeastern Asia. According to Alex Chisholm, GMAT’s senior manager of statistical analysis, women are wising up– they understand that the best opportunities are abroad, so they’re flocking to gain an edge in the burgeoning job market over there.
Is there anything we can do to keep our brilliant business minds on this side of the ocean? Was it this post that scared them all away?