The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) volumes reached an all-time high of eight lakh last year, with India registering a 43 per cent growth in the number of test-takers, according to the Educational Testing Service (ETS) that conducts the test.

An increase of 13 per cent was reported in the number of GRE-takers in 2011 after the revised general test was launched.

ETS officials believe the added momentum is due to the new test-taker-friendly design of the revised general test combined with growing acceptance of GRE scores worldwide by thousands of graduate institutions, including business schools.

“We are excited to see such a sharp rise in interest in the GRE-revised general test. The growing use of GRE scores by business schools is great news for prospective students who now have more opportunities for success as applicants can take one test to pursue either graduate school or an MBA,” says David Payne, Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer of ETS's Higher Education Division.

More schools, including business schools around the world and international institutions, are accepting GRE scores for admission.

R. Ravikanth Reddy