I am not posting my score to boast or to pronounce that I triumphed over ETS this last Saturday. I am posting it in order to state, once and for all, that GRE scores are COMPLETELY ARBITRARY.
Here's the story: the highest I had ever managed to score on a diagnostic was 700 Verbal and 690 Quantitative. That was in the comfort and calmness of my own home. On Saturday, after giving up my personal possessions and having my photo taken (ummm, this has a striking resemblance to being incarcerated), I began to bomb the GRE. I spent 5 MINUTES on the first math question. I could feel the fear rising in the pit of my stomach. I was SO out of time for the rest of the section that I guessed blindly on the last 10 questions and most of the graph interpretation questions. I was also short on time for the verbal section - by the third reading comprehension passage I was skimming the text.
I took the experimental section in order to put off seeing my devastating score. After I pressed the button to accept my score I literally had to put my hand over my mouth to supress an expletive of disbelief (this would be frowned upon by the warden - sorry, proctor).
I am left to conclude that my score is either 1) completely of my own imagination 2) a fluke due to a computer error or 3) a Supernatural intervention. Take your pick.
Moltmannian has informed me that I have scored above what Yale's School of Economics requires for the Quantitative section. I find this highly hilarious.