Most of you who read this regularly know the following information by now, but I'mma tell you again anyway:
On October 21st, 2011, at 7:00 a.m., on the fifth floor of a building on my undergraduate institution's campus, I made the GRE my bitch.
I don't have official scores yet, but the autocalc from the multiple choice estimated a verbal score of 670-770 and math score of 560-660 (both out of 800). So, in other words, I got a 1230 at the minimum and a 1430 at most.
Does this guarantee me anything admissions-wise? Definitely not. But will it break ties for admissions and/or scholarships if I'm up against someone else's submission? F'sho.
I was a little upset about the GRE structure when I began studying for the test two months ago. More specifically, I was very upset about the number of errors I found in the study book, never mind that it was a brand new test and I'd paid a crap ton of money for it and had no idea how it was going to go. But I studied - more than I have ever studied for a single exam in my life - and exceeded my SAT score by at least 60 points. Given my strained relationship with standardized tests, I'm incredibly proud of this fact.
I am also happy to report that I have three recommenders working on letters for me right now. You might recall that that stage in the process was one of the scariest, second only to waiting for admissions decisions.
So I am now ahead of the game in terms of administrative stuff, having secured my letter writers, entered basic data in most of my applications, taken the GRE, and begun my personal statements. It's November 1st, and my first deadline is a month away.
A month away, hmm. Wasn't there something else I...?...Oh yeah, that...creative submission thingy. The one that will make or break my acceptance into schools, some of which have about 3% acceptance rates. Yeah...better get in gear on that one. Good thing I'm used to writing tens of thousands of words during November!