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AWA do I need it? [#permalink] New post 26 Oct 2005, 02:43
The school I am apllying to doesn't consider AWA section of the test.
May I leave the AWA section blank? Will it harm my overall score?

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 [#permalink] New post 26 Oct 2005, 02:46
Why skip it? You actually can and it will not harm your overall score but write at least something as it could look strange to have a 0. Schools still see that score even though they don't require it.

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 [#permalink] New post 26 Oct 2005, 04:31
I would suggest that you write something. I took the paper test on Saturday (won't have my scores for another month) and the proctor told us that if we left any sections unanswered, we would not receive a score.

I was nervous because I had never practised one single essay before the test but on test day, I wrote and wrote and wrote...and I had to do all of this with a pencil :evil:
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 [#permalink] New post 26 Oct 2005, 05:31
Don't skip it! These scores are good on your record for years. What if you decide to apply to a different school? Just do the best you can on it and see what kind of score you get.
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 [#permalink] New post 26 Oct 2005, 09:15
I was at a MIT meet recently and their admissions rep was asked whether it's ok to polish up the admission essays a little bit. She did say that the essays should not be too bad (so some polishing is ok) but she really pointed out that the schools were looking for the individual applicant's voice and sometimes the polishing takes that away.

Another thing that she did say is that they can sometimes make out that an essay has been polished by looking at the essay on the person's GMAT - if there's a huge difference in quality/style, then they might think that it has been thru a professional polish job.

So, I would say that while you might not want to spend too much time sweating the essay, do try to do a decent job.

Of course, this is one incident from one college rep's. I've been to other meets where they've said that they ignore the AWA and also that they ignore individual section scores and only concentrate on the full score (Stern, I think). So, it's very much on a school-by-school basis. Why not send an email to those schools that you're thinking of applying and see what they say?
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 [#permalink] New post 26 Oct 2005, 11:46
Even if the school does not count the AWA score, take that time to prepare your mind for the next 2.5 hours of hell. Think of the AWA essays as a warm up for the verbal section (especially CR).
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