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# Huge influx of late GMAT takers?

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17 Oct 2006, 17:57
I was just browsing amazon.com and clicked on the gold box. It gave me three - count em three - offers on GMAT books, and on all of them - ALL of them - it said they had run out!

For amazon to run out of gold box offers on three different GMAT books makes me think there are going to be a lot of last minute takers out there..
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17 Oct 2006, 20:36

http://www.gmac.com/gmac/ResearchandTre ... Volume.htm

It is the official GMAC count of the number of people that have registered for the exam, and the number of people that have taken the exam thus far this year, with comparisons to the last 3 years.

Registration volume is way up, but the number of test takers is the lowest of the 4 year period. I figure there are 2 explanaions for this.

1) A lot of people have registered and will be taking the test soon (huge spike in test-taker volume); or

2) A lot of people registered for the exam, but many were turned away, for not having the correct ID for example. Perhaps the switch to Pearson Vue has resulted in stricter ID requirements.

I guess we will know in a while which it is.
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18 Oct 2006, 06:00
Also maybe some of them realized the test is not as easy as they thought and they have delayed when they plan on taking it?
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18 Oct 2006, 11:58
Pelihu,
That's right.

I had 3 forms of ID, work picture/name card, drivers license, bank card with pic. I was refused and so had to rush back and get my passport. So in effect i started my test not at 9am but about 11ish...
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18 Oct 2006, 17:55
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I had 3 forms of ID, work picture/name card, drivers license, bank card with pic. I was refused and so had to rush back and get my passport. So in effect i started my test not at 9am but about 11ish...

Same thing happened to me. And I was in the US...I'm still convinced that the Pearson lady was confused. I cabbed back home and still ended up taking the exam that day.
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25 Oct 2006, 11:45
pelihu wrote:

http://www.gmac.com/gmac/ResearchandTre ... Volume.htm

It is the official GMAC count of the number of people that have registered for the exam, and the number of people that have taken the exam thus far this year, with comparisons to the last 3 years.

Registration volume is way up, but the number of test takers is the lowest of the 4 year period. I figure there are 2 explanaions for this.

1) A lot of people have registered and will be taking the test soon (huge spike in test-taker volume); or

2) A lot of people registered for the exam, but many were turned away, for not having the correct ID for example. Perhaps the switch to Pearson Vue has resulted in stricter ID requirements.

I guess we will know in a while which it is.

Thanks for that link. What I found particularly interesting was the chart showing a huge gap between the number of women and men taking the test:

http://www.gmac.com/gmac/ResearchandTre ... Gender.htm
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25 Oct 2006, 11:59
You know what gets me?

146,771 exams * 250 price = $36,692,750 I'm in the wrong business. Current Student Joined: 29 Jan 2005 Posts: 5238 Followers: 25 Kudos [?]: 377 [0], given: 0 ### Show Tags 25 Oct 2006, 21:57 rhyme wrote: You know what gets me? 146,771 exams * 250 price =$36,692,750

$267.50 in Japan and$280+ in the UK.
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02 Nov 2006, 14:39
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I had 3 forms of ID, work picture/name card, drivers license, bank card with pic. I was refused and so had to rush back and get my passport. So in effect i started my test not at 9am but about 11ish...

Same thing happened to me. And I was in the US...I'm still convinced that the Pearson lady was confused. I cabbed back home and still ended up taking the exam that day.

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02 Nov 2006, 17:46
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02 Nov 2006, 19:34
I took the test three times.

All three times, there was someone they denied entry to for not having proper id.
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03 Nov 2006, 16:20
Somewhere I read ETS(no info abt gmac) is a non profit organisation.......

But to be frank, These guys really deserve a pat on their back.
For such an innovative style of paper.
The Indian CAT lacks in innovation.
The CR, DS,Sc..wow.
hats off to them...
And secondly, no paper laekage......
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04 Nov 2006, 11:49
googi wrote:
Somewhere I read ETS(no info abt gmac) is a non profit organisation.......

But to be frank, These guys really deserve a pat on their back.
For such an innovative style of paper.
The Indian CAT lacks in innovation.
The CR, DS,Sc..wow.
hats off to them...
And secondly, no paper laekage......

I had prepared for CAT, and frankly, it is *much* tougher than the GMAT.

On the innovation front, I am not sure, but the format of CAT and GMAT paper tests are quite similar. the computer adaptive GMAT is a good improvement though. Not to mention, it is easier to type your essays than write them (atleast for me).

Paper leakage? CAT? Did that happen? I don't seem to remember
GMAT really has no 'paper' - everyone gets a different test, so its easier to maintain the "no leakage". Even if some questions leaked, the likelihood of you getting that question on the test is quite low. And if you do answer it correctly, the next questions is going to be tougher, so you better know how to solve questions, rather than just knowing the answers

Rhyme - does 34 million in revenue really sound that high? Their costs are quite high honestly, so 34 million does not sound too much...
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15 Nov 2006, 12:11
October numbers are in. Still running behind 2005.

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15 Nov 2006, 14:03
I've heard from so many places that application volumes are up (Adcom at Columbia said that ED applications were up 17%), but the GMAT volume doesn't support it. I wonder if it is just (roughly) the same number of applicants as last year, but people are just applying to more schools each. If so, yields will be down (because each person can only attend 1 school) so there might be a lot more hope for people that are waitlisted.
15 Nov 2006, 14:03
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