GRE Test Takers: Average Annual Number of Individual who took the GRE

The GRE is the most important standardized test globally, and a large number of undergraduate students around the world prepare for it. In their 2013 annual report, ETS reported a 13% increase in GRE test takers over the previous year, bringing the number to over 800,000 test takers across all 180 countries where the test is administered. That equates to 800,000 students from around the world looking to study at graduate schools around the world [1].

How many GRE test takers have there been in the last five years?

An average of 537,157 test takers took the GRE General Test in the last five years. Presented below are the number of examinees who took the GRE test from July 2015 to June 2020 [2]:

Number of GRE Test Takers from 2015 to 2020

2015 – 2016

584,677

2016 – 2017

559,254

2017 – 2018

541,750

2018 – 2019

532,826

2019 – 2020

467,277

The number of examinees who took the GRE General Test from 2015 to 2020 are presented above. This analysis only included test takers with valid and reportable scores on all three test sections to achieve a more accurate report.

GRE Test Takers: Gender

The number of men and women test takers who took all three test sections of the GRE General Test in the 2019-2020 testing year is summarized in the table below [2]:

GRE Examinee Population by Gender

Male

210,134

Female

256,276

No Response

867

The number of GRE test takers grouped by gender is listed above. 467,277 test takers took all three sections of the GRE General Test in the 2019-2020 testing year. 55% of the examinees were women, and 45% were men.

GRE Test Takers: U.S. Citizenship Status and Racial/Ethnic Group

The number of U.S citizen and non-U.S. citizen test takers who took all three test sections of the GRE General Test in the 2019-2020 testing year is summarized in the table below [2].

GRE Examinee Population by Citizenship

U.S. Citizens

250,274

American Indian

1,310

Asian

19,411

Hawaiian/Pacific Islander

789

Black

19,232

Mexican

9,848

Puerto Rican

2,361

Other Hispanic

13,439

White (Non-Hispanic)

137,197

Other

8,760

No Response

37,927

Non-U.S. Citizens

216,936

No Response

67

The number of GRE test takers grouped by citizenship is listed above. There were 467,277 test takers who took all three sections of the GRE General Test in the 2019-2020 testing year. 54% of the examinees were U.S. citizens and 46% were non-U.S. citizens.

GRE Test Takers: Age Group

The number of test takers grouped according to age who took all three test sections of the GRE General Test in the 2019-2020 testing year is summarized in the table below [2].

GRE Examinee Population by Age Group

Under 18

115

18 to 22

221,321

23 to 25

123,146

26 to 30

74,766

31 to 35

25,261

36 to 40

11,148

41 to 45

5,422

46 to 50

3,134

51 to 55

1,558

56 to 60

730

Over 60

458

No Response

218

The number of GRE test takers grouped by age is listed above. There were 467,277 test takers who took all three sections of the GRE General Test in the 2019-2020 testing year. 97.5% of the examinees were aged 40 and below, and 2.42% were aged above 40.

GRE Test Takers: Undergraduate Major

The number of test takers grouped according to their undergraduate major who took all three test sections of the GRE General Test in the 2019-2020 testing year is summarized in the table below [2].

GRE Examinee Population by Undergraduate Major

Business

18,256

Education

6,907

Engineering

57,318

Humanities and Arts

23,584

Law

655

Life Sciences

89,579

Physical Sciences

54,105

Social and Behavioral Sciences

61,275

Other Fields

14,597

Undecided

1,583

No Response

139,418

The number of GRE test takers grouped by undergraduate major is listed above. 467,277 test takers took all three sections of the GRE General Test in the 2019-2020 testing year. 30% of the test takers, the biggest percentage in this group, did not indicate the major taken in undergraduate studies. It is followed by Life Sciences and Physical Sciences with 19% and 12% of examinees, respectively.

GRE Test Takers: Intended Graduate Major

The number of test takers grouped according to their intended graduate major who took all three test sections of the GRE General Test in the 2019-2020 testing year is summarized in the table below [2].

GRE Examinee Population by Graduate Major

Business

41,399

Education

19,815

Engineering

57,460

Humanities and Arts

15,062

Law

1,494

Life Sciences

100,541

Physical Sciences

73,950

Social and Behavioral Sciences

56,039

Other Fields

17,484

Undecided

30,110

No Response

53,923

The number of GRE test takers grouped by prospective graduate majors is listed above. There were 467,277 test takers who took all three sections of the GRE General Test in the 2019-2020 testing year. 22% of the test takers, the biggest percentage in this group, intend to major in Life Sciences. It is followed by Physical Sciences and Engineering with 16% and 12% of examinees, respectively.

GRE Test Takers: Graduate Degree Objective

The number of test takers grouped according to their graduate degree objective who took all three test sections of the GRE General Test in the 2019-2020 testing year is summarized in the table below [2].

GRE Examinee Population by Graduate Degree Objective

Master’s (M.A., M.S., M. Ed.)

183,072

Specialized Business Master’s

1,894

Intermediate

1.489

MBA

13,610

J.D.

1,840

Doctorate (Ph. Ed., Ed. D.)

123,286

Postdoctoral Study

3,643

Non-degree Graduate Study

678

Not Currently Planning Graduate Study

872

No Response

136,893

The number of GRE test takers grouped by graduate degree objective is listed above. There were 467,277 test takers who took all three sections of the GRE General Test in the 2019-2020 testing year. 65% of the test takers, the biggest percentage in this group, intend to achieve a graduate degree objective of either master’s degree (39 percent) or doctorate (26 percent).

GRE Test Takers: Enrollment Preference

The number of test takers grouped according to their enrollment preference who took all three test sections of the GRE General Test in the 2019-2020 testing year is summarized in the table below [2].

GRE Examinee Population by Enrollment Preference

Full Time

297,096

Part Time

15,614

Undecided

22,777

No Response

131,790

The number of GRE test takers grouped by enrollment preference is listed above. There were 467,277 test takers who took all three sections of the GRE General Test in the 2019-2020 testing year. 64% of the test takers, the biggest percentage in this group, plans to enroll in a program full-time.

GRE Test Takers: Full-time Work Experience

The number of test takers grouped according to their experience in working full time who also took all three test sections of the GRE General Test in the 2019-2020 testing year is summarized in the table below [2].

GRE Examinee Population by Work Experience

Less than 1 year

150,185

1 to 2 years

66,567

3 to 4 years

28,252

5 to 7 years

18,277

8 to 10 years

8,470

11 to 14 years

3,723

15 to 19 years

3,070

20 to 29 years

2,392

Over 30 years

929

No Response

185,412

The number of GRE test takers grouped by work experience is listed above. There were 467,277 test takers who took all three sections of the GRE General Test in the 2019-2020 testing year. 46% of the test takers, the biggest percentage in this group, had 2 years of full-time work experience or less.

GRE Test Takers: Program Format

The number of test takers grouped according to their program format who also took all three test sections of the GRE General Test in the 2019-2020 testing year is summarized in the table below [2].

GRE Examinee Population by Program Format

On Campus

260,490

Online

10,481

Combination

33,529

Undecided

19,972

No Response

142,805

The number of GRE test takers grouped by program format is listed above. There were 467,277 test takers who took all three sections of the GRE General Test in the 2019-2020 testing year. 56% of the test takers, the biggest percentage in this group, would like to pursue a graduate degree on campus.

How many GRE test takers took the computer-delivered test?

99% of test takers took the computer-delivered version of the test, while the paper-delivered version was taken by 1 percent [2].

How often are GRE tests offered?

The computer-delivered version of the GRE General Test is offered all-year long. It is available multiple times in a year, but availability of testing centers must be taken into consideration. The GRE paper-delivered version is offered 3 times a year in February, October, and November.

References:

[1] https://crunchprep.com/beginners-guide-to-gre/introduction-to-gre

[2] https://www.ets.org/s/gre/pdf/snapshot.pdf