Worldwide GMAT registration volume for the first half of 2006 is over 4 per cent higher than it was for the same period in 2005, the Graduate Management Admission Council says.
Registrations have increased more rapidly overseas than they have in the U.S. U.S. registration volume grew by 3.5 per cent, while non-U.S. registration volume grew by 5.7 per cent.
2006 figures for GMAT registration trailed those for 2005 for the first months of this year but began picking up several months ago. The total number of registrations for the first seven months of 2006 exceeds the numbers seen in either 2005 or 2006.
The number of GMAT tests actually taken this year is lower than that for the same period last year. By the end of July 2005, over 115,000 tests had been administered. The number taken so far this year is just over 111,000. It may be that people are taking the test later in the calendar year, or that a smaller proportion of applicants are taking the test multiple times.