But even Schaffer, of Kaplan, admits that crystal-ball predictions can miss the mark. Since GMAT test scores are valid for five years, the gap between the numbers of test takers and applications could mean that b-school aspirants are holding back and waiting to see where the job market for MBAs is heading. If would-be applicants aren't inspired by the state of the market next year, there may not be a boom after all.
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