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Women Are Taking the GMAT in Record Numbers

The number of women taking the GMAT is on the rise, with China leading the way, according to the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC).

A record 122,843 GMAT tests were taken by women in the 2012 testing year, representing 43 percent of the total. That bests the previous record of 106,800 set in 2011, when 41 percent of tests were taken by women.

China experienced the greatest increase, with 37,710 tests taken by women in that country, up 47 percent from 25,671 in 2011 and up 98 percent from 19,033 in 2010. Women also represented 65 percent of the country’s test takers, compared to just 39 percent for the U.S. “The increase among Chinese women is miraculous,” says Elissa Ellis-Sangster, executive director of the Forte Foundation, a consortium of companies and business schools working to advance women in business. “I think it’s a great story of the global economy, and I do think developing countries will start to take a closer look at women and their impact on the workforce.”

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