I just discovered your MFA blog and it's my new favorite thing ever.
My question is this: Is it a huge mistake to only look at programs that don't require GRE scores for admission? I'm sorry, but when I took the SAT my senior year of high school, I swore to myself it would be my last standardized test. And I am nothing if not a woman of principle. Also, I am convinced that if I took the exam, I'd do terribly, and it wouldn't help my applicaton whatsoever.
Sub-question: How important are GRE scores to those programs that do require them? If I do abandon my principles and take the exam, how carefully do I need to prepare? I really don't want to go back to the Princeton Review.
Your favorite thing ever? I mean: Ever?
Well, if so, that's cool. Your codename is one of my all time favorites. DisaGREable. That's good, and it wins our codename of the week.
Check it out:
1. Quit worrying about the GRE. Get it done. Study those math formulas. Look at some root words. Take the practice test beforehand. Study for four or five hours. Then get a good night's rest and eat a good breakfast. Take the d@mn test. Otherwise, you're really trimming your options (by as much at 70% I'd guess) of the number of MFA programs you can apply to. Because...
2. The GRE won't factor much into the selection process. You've got to score somewhere within the average of graduate students for that particular school. Even if that's in the low average.
Good luck, D.