Students see profit in business studies overseas

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"Although the work is stable and the pay is good, I still think I, as a women, should focus more on my career when I am still young, because it would be harder for me to do so after getting married," Fang said.

Students see profit in business studies overseas

Fang will take the exam in July, and send the scores to business schools in France.

"We are committed to supporting the growing number of Chinese students pursuing graduate management education every year, whether they desire to pursue this at home in China or overseas, by providing them with the information they need to choose their course of study," Herries said.

"The significance of the Asian impact on management education is real," said Dave Wilson, president and chief executive of the GMAC.

"The flows of graduate management students to, from and within the region have positive benefits for Asian firms as well as multinational companies that operate there."

Programs in Asia saw a 63 percent increase in the number of GMAT scores received from test takers over the past five years.

Some of the top study destinations for Asian citizens are India, Britain, Singapore and Canada.

In June, a new test will replace the old GMAT, which some education analysts said would make the exam easier for Chinese students.

However, Herries said the goal in developing the next-generation GMAT is not to make the test harder or easier, but to make it better.

"Today's businesses and organizations demand managers who can make sound decisions, discern patterns, and combine verbal and quantitative reasoning to solve problems," she said.

"The skills being tested by the new 'integrated reasoning' section were identified in a survey of 740 management faculties worldwide as important for today's incoming students."

The quantitative and verbal sections in the GMAT will remain the same. The writing assessment will be streamlined from two 30-minute essays to one argument-analysis essay.

"Chinese students, who perform well in the GMAT, are likely to continue to perform well with the addition of the 'integrated reasoning' section," Herries said.

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