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GRE tests saw 70% increase in India last year

Vanita Srivatava, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, February 11, 2014
First Published: 22:04 IST(11/2/2014) | Last Updated: 14:52 IST(12/2/2014)

There was a more than 70% increase in the number of GRE tests taken by students in India in 2013, according to Educational Testing Services (ETS), which administers the entrance examination required for admission in many graduate school programmes around the world.

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The jump indicates that despite the weakening of the rupee, more and more students from the country are looking forward to studying in an overseas institute.

"The GRE programme saw impressive growth around the world in 2013, with the most significant increase occurring in India," ETS said, adding, "GRE volumes in India increased by more than 70%, recording annual GRE volumes greater than 90,000 from that region alone."

In 2012, the GRE test volume in China and India had grown by about 30% compared with the previous year.

Christine Betaneli, a GRE spokeswoman for ETS, told HT that several factors were behind the growth. "We did a lot of effort on campuses in India. This had been useful in educating the students."

Swati Jain, who runs a coaching institute for GRE, said, "There has been a very visible increase in the number of students taking GRE. With the help of internet, people have become aware of the best global colleges. They have also realised the environment has become safe."

At 731,000, the number of GRE tests taken worldwide last year was the second-highest in the 65-year history of the test, the company said. In 2011, more than 800,000 tests, the highest so far, were taken.

While the number of GRE candidates in the US increased by 5% in 2013, it grew by more than 35% in Asia. The fields of study that experienced most significant growth include business (36%), engineering (31%) and natural sciences (21%).

Globally, most students now know they can use GRE scores to apply to graduate programmes and MBA programmes, among others. "So taking a GRE test gives them a lot of options around the world," says David Payne, vice-president of the global education section at ETS.


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