A total of 2,50,884 GMAT exams were taken by prospective business school students around the world in testing year 2017 (TY2017), which ran from July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2017. In testing year 2016, 2,61,248 people across the world sat for the GMAT exam. That’s less than the 2,86,529 students who took the exam across the world in TY2012. The United States has the largest number of GMAT test takers: 83,410 in TY2016. This means that about one-third of all GMAT test takers are from the US. Behind the US in terms of test-takers is China with 70,744 and India with 33,123.

The next largest are far behind the top three in terms of volume: Canada (6,641), Germany (4,398), Taiwan (4,105), and South Korea (4,104).

More men than women take the exam. In 2016, 55% of test takers were men, compared to 45% women. In 2012, 57% of test takers were men.

The mean score in 2016 was 558 overall, compared to 548 four years ago in 2012.

GMAT Exams Taken by Testing Year

Testing Year Total Exams Taken
2012 2,86,529
2013 2,38,356
2014 2,43,529
2015 2,47,432
2016 2,61,248
2017 2,50,884