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Businessweek Reports: Higher GMAT Scores for Younger Test-takers?

Posted in Test Prep on May 18, 2011 by

Early bird gets the… higher GMAT score?

Some interesting data about average GMAT scores in a recent GMAC publication indicates that this might just be the case.

According to the report, the average score of people who took the GMAT in 2009-10 at age 20 or 21 was 575. For test-takers who were 22 or 23, however, the average score was 536 — a not-insignificant 39 point decrease. (You can check out the data for all age groups in the table at the end of the post.)

When our resident GMAT fanatics came across this data in GMAC’s report, we were intrigued, and passed it onto Businessweek. You can read their take on the data here.

The moral of the story? If you’re a college student or soon-to-be grad with business school in your 5 year plan, take the GMAT now. You can hold on to your score until you’re ready to apply, and you’ll have one less thing to worry about when you’re putting together your applications. Need more convincing? Check out 5 Reasons to Take the GMAT During College or Right After.

Here’s the data for all age groups from the GMAC report (data is from 2009 – 10):