There was a sudden increase in students taking the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) in 2012 to pursue higher education overseas. 30% increase was noticed across the nation compared to last year; approximately 85,000 took the test in 2012, whereas 65,000 took the test in 2011.
David Payne, vice-president and chief operating officer for the higher education division at ETS said “Registrations for the revised test were slow at the beginning of 2012, but began to climb from August, exceeding expectations for that period.” According to Educational Testing Services, which administers GRE, 2012 recorded the second highest count of test takers ever since GRE came into existence.
Majority of candidates who take the test are from Delhi and Hyderabad followed by Chennai, Bangalore and Mumbai. GRE training institutes quoted that commerce and science students were the predominant crowd taking up the GRE test.
According to Anand Kannan, managing director of online academy GREedge.com, many working professionals from the age group 21 to 28 years take up the GRE test. He said “The job market is tight. Professionals find that growth in the company is not as fast as it used to be, and that having a specialized degree makes it easier to find a job.”
K Ramnath, GRE course director for TIME, said that the increase could be accredited to the fact that majority of business schools are considering GRE scores for admission and the number of graduate and business schools using GRE scores increased by 14% in 2012.
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