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analytical writing assessment problem [#permalink] New post 11 Jun 2006, 13:08
I just got my official GMAT score report, and I'm not too happy with my performance on the AWA. I scored 760 on the quantitative/verbal section but only a 4.0 on the AWA. I've heard that many top business schools do not put a lot of weight behind the AWA, and I've also heard that admissions officers are sometimes wary of applicants who retake the GMAT when they already have a high score.

Is my AWA score important? Should I retake the test? What about coughing up $45 to have it rescored?


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 [#permalink] New post 11 Jun 2006, 15:38
AWAs are not that important, so I would't worry about it and move on to the next stage
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Re: analytical writing assessment problem [#permalink] New post 11 Jun 2006, 15:55
ckelly06 wrote:
I just got my official GMAT score report, and I'm not too happy with my performance on the AWA. I scored 760 on the quantitative/verbal section but only a 4.0 on the AWA. I've heard that many top business schools do not put a lot of weight behind the AWA, and I've also heard that admissions officers are sometimes wary of applicants who retake the GMAT when they already have a high score.


The AWA is a gauge to ensure that the person writing the application essays is the same person who took the GMAT. They don't look for 4.0 vs 4.5... vs 5.0's.. or 6.. What they want to look for is people who score a 2.0 but submit extremely well written essays (suggesting that they may not have been the author). A 4.0 is fine.

Retaking the exam with a 760 is going to show the admissions directors that you lack an ability to grasp "the big picture".

Don't retake.
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 [#permalink] New post 11 Jun 2006, 16:28
Thank you very much for your response. Not retaking the GMAT is just fine with me...
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