We noticed in the Darden Class of 2022 profile that they’ve listed an “average GRE (combined)” score which honestly is a first. We don’t recall any other bschools reporting on GRE total; the schools that report GRE at all — which not all of them are doing yet — are publishing quant and verbal as averages or ranges for the subscores only.
Darden cited 319 as that combined average for their students.
“Well hmm,” says EssaySnark. “What does this mean?”
The question we’ll answer today is: How useful is this to you as you evaluate a class profile against your own stats?
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As we often do, we’ll end this with a plug for our Comprehensive Profile Review, which really is a valuable addition to the beginning stages of a application process. If you’ve got a GRE score of X and Y, and you’re trying for School A, B, and C, we can tell you how things may turn out for you. Et cetera. Hit us up if you think that type of unbiased assessment might be valuable!
*Also, a quick clarification of our snarkiness above: None of the schools — not even Columbia — make admit decisions solely on the basis of test scores. It’s just that some schools care about scores A LOT. Other schools don’t put as much weight on that single part of the application. We really wish this would change but for now we’re still working in the system that’s stuck on fallacies of meritocracy.