Quote from CapeJaz
I just learned this helpful hint in my GRE prep class last week- the analytical scores are related to how much you write. Generally speaking, with basic writing skills, 6 paragraphs = a score of 6, 5 paragraphs = a score of 5 and so on. So really try to write six coherent paragraphs and you'll do fine.
Boy, I wish I had seen your post two days ago. I just took the GRE exam w/ the essays and I don't remember how many paragraphs my essays had, I think both had at least four so that is good. I am also interestd to know what prep class you took. I took the Princeton Review class online where they give you a timeline to folllow but you can do it at your own pace. I didn't learn the hint you noted above. I think what helped me the most was all the math review, especially geometry which I hear they are big on. I was really concerned about my math score when I started because on my first practice test it was something like a 400. The test prep people are righ that the test is testing you on math you haven't used since around 8th grade.
I took the GRE computer version yesterday and was convinced I had bombed the math section. It turns out I got a 630 on the math and 580 on verbal, not stella but nothing to sneeze at. I never received scores this high when I did my review class.
Does anyone know how long it takes to receive your GRE scores for the essays and when you can expect them to send your scores to the colleges you selected? I am sure they are very busy right now at Christmas time. I just read one school recommends you should take the test in October so the school can receive your scores in time by the beginning of Dec.
Thanks. What a relief that this is behind me.