I just took the Graduate Record Exam on Thursday. I must tell you, it was a harrowing experience. They start you off with two essays, one is "analyze an issue" and the other is "analyze an argument." So that's how they start you off. You get 30 minutes to do each and you better have more than 3 paragraphs or else. So this is a great way for guys like "Mr. writers block" like me to start off an exam. After that, I had to do FIVE other 30-35 minute tests on my verbal-reading ability and math prowess. It is a 4.5 hour exam. They throw in one exam that's not even counted, it's supposed to give them feedback in order to compose questions to torture future graduate students or something like that. I was praying that my "wild card" seventh act was going to be a verbal challenge, but sure enough, it was a quantitative challenge and, by that time, four hours in, I had pretty much burned up all the glucose in my brain. So I pretty much just stared at the screen wondering what percentage of Johnny's this was the standard deviation of that. I serve on the editorial board of two journals, I have several articles published in peer-reviewed scholarly journals, yet I was forced to endure this tragic episode on Thursday. My question to you is, is this necessary? What is the value of a standardized test such as the GRE or even the SAT? If you've already established yourself as a scholar, why should you be required to take a test such as the GRE? What is it testing? What is it supposed to test? Ostensibly, you'd think it would test which students have the intelligence and motivation to do research and write and publish papers in scholarly journals. Correct? What else could it test for? Maybe if you got a good score they could give you a trophy so you could align it next to your runner-up trophy from that track event? I've already established myself as a scholar in my field, yet the "establishment" made me go through this 4.5 hour ordeal anyway. So, again, my question to you is, what's more important in deciding who you want "on your team," so to speak, someone who actually does the work and writes the reports, or someone that scores well on a standardized test?