I'm planning on applying for a program in International Affairs at Columbia, Tufts, Johns Hopkins, UCSD, and American this coming January.
I took the GRE two weeks ago, and my verbal/quantitative were at or above average for these schools, but, very surprisingly, my analytical writing score was a 4. The funny thing is that I was an english major, and I've worked as a journalist for most of the time since I finished my undergrad. I write analytical pieces on a regular basis.
Needless to say, I wasn't even worried about the analytical writing section, and I felt confident about my scores upon finishing.
For the schools listed above, should I consider retaking the GRE? Is the analytical writing section important enough to risk getting a lower quant/verbal score, or should I have confidence that my writing samples and personal statement will speak louder than my GRE score?