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GRE® eUpdate

February 2014



Dear Colleague,

This issue of eUpdate brings some exciting news and opportunities from the GRE® Program. First, we are pleased to report that the pipeline for graduate and business school students is looking healthy and strong. In 2013, the GRE Program recorded the second highest ever GRE test volumes — more than 730,000 — a key indicator of future applicants and the most globally diverse testing cohort yet. To help you leverage this growth, we've recently added dates for our GRE® Search Service webinars, designed to show you how you can maximize the effectiveness and efficiency of your student recruitment efforts.

We are also delighted to announce the GRE® Educate webinar series. This brand-new series was created for those of you who advise students or conduct your own test preparation workshops. It is an easy, time-friendly way for higher education professionals to learn all about the GRE tests, including key facts, tips and strategies that you'll want to share with students.

The GRE Program Team


2013 GRE® Test Volumes Second Highest in Program History!

The GRE® Program saw impressive growth around the world in 2013, ending the year with the second highest annual GRE test volumes in the program's history, 731,000. Volumes in the United States increased a noteworthy 5 percent and students in Europe and Asia tested in record numbers compared to 2012, with the most significant increase occurring in India.

Some notable trends in 2013 GRE volumes compared to 2012 include:

  • GRE volumes in India increased by more than 70 percent, recording annual GRE volumes greater than 90,000 from that region alone.
  • International GRE volumes increased by about 30 percent.
  • GRE volumes in Asia were up more than 35 percent.
  • The intended graduate major fields of study that experienced the most significant growth in 2013 include Business (36 percent), Engineering (31 percent) and Natural Sciences (21 percent).

"Globally, most students now know they can use GRE scores to apply to graduate programs, MBA programs, specialized master's in business programs and more, so taking a GRE test gives them a lot of options around the world," says David Payne, Vice President of Global Education at ETS. "While other testing programs for graduate-level admissions outside of ETS struggle to increase their test volumes, the GRE program continues to thrive, providing value to graduate and business schools as well as prospective students worldwide."

GRE score acceptance around the world is also at an all-time high as programs focus on attracting applicants from the desirable GRE test-taker population. The number of international programs accepting GRE scores increased by nearly 12 percent compared to 2012 and the number of business schools accepting GRE scores for their MBA programs has risen to more than 1,100, up 8 percent over last year. Currently, about 70 of the Financial Times top 100 full-time MBA programs around the world and 29 of the Bloomberg Businessweek top 30 MBA programs in the United States accept GRE scores for their programs.

"According to a recent GRE survey, the word about the ScoreSelect® option is spreading quickly among test takers, offering them one more good reason to choose the GRE® revised General Test. Available only with GRE tests, the ScoreSelect option is one of the ways the GRE revised General Test is able to give test takers the Power of Confidence," says Dawn Piacentino, Director of Communications and Services for the GRE Program at ETS. "Test takers can enter a test center with the confidence of knowing that they can send schools only the scores that reflect their best. So, if for some reason they feel they did not do their best on any one test day, they can retake the test and send only the set of scores they want schools to see."

For more information about the GRE revised General Test, visit

Mark Your Calendar! ETS at the 2014 NAGAP Annual Conference

If you are an admissions and enrollment professional who will be attending the NAGAP Annual Conference in San Diego, April 30–May 3, and looking for ways to enhance your current recruitment efforts, you won't want to miss this ETS presentation:

Leverage Student Mobility Trends & Use Data to
Maximize International Recruitment Campaign Results

Friday, May 2, 2014, 10:15–11:15 a.m. PT

  • You'll learn how to effectively develop scalable, micro-targeted campaigns to deliver the right message at the right time for maximum results.
  • You'll get an overview of marketing best practices and recommended strategies.
  • We'll take a look at GRE and TOEFL® test-taker data.
  • We'll provide information on how to incorporate marketing theory using GRE Search Service and TOEFL® Search Service capabilities.
  • You'll gain an understanding of advertising metrics to support campaigns.

Student mobility and other meaningful data are key ingredients in cost-efficient, international recruitment campaigns, but potency is lost if the data does not drive connected marketing efforts. Don't miss this opportunity to learn more about getting the campaign results you desire.

And, while at the conference, be sure to stop by the ETS booth to speak with our GRE and TOEFL representatives and pick up your complimentary copy of the Official Guides and more. For additional information about the NAGAP Annual Conference, visit

Advisors and Educators: Attend an Upcoming GRE Educate Webinar

The information-packed GRE Educate webinar series, created especially for advisors and educators, brings key facts, details, tips and strategies taken from ETS's renowned GRE test preparation workshop directly to you in time-friendly video modules complete with a live Q&A with GRE experts. Don't miss out!

We offer a variety of dates and times for the following presentations:

  • An Overview of the GRE revised General Test
  • A Closer Look at the GRE Verbal Reasoning Measure
  • A Closer Look at the GRE Quantitative Reasoning Measure

Sign up today and advise your students for GRE success!

You may also be interested in:

The GRE® Program conducts a number of GRE Test Preparation Workshops for Campus Educators each year. The next workshop will be held on March 24 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Learn more >


Recruitment Corner

Attend an upcoming 30-minute, live GRE Search Service webinar. Quickly learn how to put this powerful database to work for you in reaching prospects from around the world who have demonstrated graduate-level readiness through their GRE test performance. New dates available. Sign up today!

TIP! When looking for a one-stop resource to help you guide prospective applicants to all the facts and important information about the GRE tests, go no further than the Official GRE® Advisor Kit. The online collection includes easy to view-and-share flyers, and more, that you can use for recruitment and admissions purposes.


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