III-11b: Graduate Management Admission Test Mean Total Score,* by Examinee’s Field of Undergraduate Major, 2000–2009

* The total score is a scaled combination of the verbal and quantitative scaled scores and thus reflects a student’s overall performance on the multiple-choice sections of the test. The scoring scale extends from 200 to 800.
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,”

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.

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