III-11a: Graduate Management Admission Test Examinees’ Fields of Undergraduate Study, 2000–2009
Source: Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAT), “Profile of GMAT Candidates, 1999–00 to 2003–04” and “Profile of GMAT Candidates, 2004–05 to 2008–09,” http://www.gmac.com/market-intelligence-and-research/research-library/gmat-test-taker-data?t=gmat-test-taker-data.
Data on who takes the Graduate Management Admission Test are available from the Graduate Management Admission Council. Performance on professional school entrance examinations can serve as a measure of the extent to which individuals with undergraduate majors in the humanities are prepared for professional employment. While humanities students who take a professional school examination might not actually pursue a career in the tested field, the substantial fees and preparation involved in taking the test suggest the career options humanities students are seriously exploring. Moreover, test results of this kind can provide some measure of the applicability of the humanistic knowledge and skills gained in college to the entrance requirements for various professional occupations.