Hi all, Maybe most people would say that physics grad schools (PhD) programs don't care about your GRE writing score, but I have a sort of quick question: how much effort should I put into the Writing sections. I took my first GRE earlier this month, but messed up both of my writing sections, because I had significantly less sleep the night earlier, did not have enough coffee, tested early morning, and did not realize the writing section was an hour at the beginning (I really didn't prepare a lot for the test = =...). For both sections my time was up when my essay was literally half done and half an itemized draft. So let's say I would only get a ~2 for my writing. My question: I am already registered for another General GRE test in early August. Of course I don't expect to be a shipwreck again during my writing sections, and I do plan to spend time on the writing sections. However, I am doing a summer research that may take up a lot of time, so I was wondering, should I be sure to pay extra effort for the writing section to practice for some prompts, etc.? I got a 166 for V and a 167 for Q iirc, so I am much less worried about these two. However, I am not sure what would be a good score for a competitive PhD program. I see some schools list 3.5 as the minimum, but wasn't sure if such a score would be seen as a good one. As a rising senior my GPA is overall 0.4~0.5 worse than I would like due to life reasons beyond my control, so I am a bit more worried about GREs right now.