The GREs are ridiculous. I've heard they don't make the slightest difference for an MFA program but I studied extensively anyway-- who knows? I might end up trying to get into a masters program or phD program where the score was important. And as selective as these MFA programs are, it can't hurt to have a good score.
I finished the test thinking I did poorly on the math, only to find that I'd scored a 780-- and that was 87th percentile. I scored a 700 on verbal and that was 96th percentile. Go figure.
I was pretty annoyed when I received my essay scores in the mail-- 4.5, or 50th percentile. That was the one part of the test I thought I'd done well on! Whatever. It really isn't an accurate reflection of intelligence and I think we all have enough to worry about with our writing samples without getting entrenched in this.
Franz Knupfer, author of short stories and novels