Recent years have shown an increase in the average GMAT scores for students at the top MBA programs. This trend stems from tougher competition; candidates are investing more effort in preparing for the exam.  Schools also prefer to accept candidates with higher scores since a higher average enhances their rankings.

The Economist published a ranking of the top 10 MBA programs in terms of average GMAT scores among students:

1. Stanford – 729
2. Harvard – 724
3. Yale – 723
4. Chicago – 723
5. NYU – 721
6. Wharton – 718
7. Tuck – 717
8. Berkeley – 715
9. Columbia – 715
10. MIT – 712

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