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Dilemma GMAT 750, AWA 3.5 [#permalink] New post 01 Sep 2011, 07:08
Is the AWA too low and I should rewrite? I probably can get a higher score in both section but I'm not sure if that's the most efficient use of my time given that I'm currently doing applications for R1 and need time to do some soul searching.
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Re: Dilemma GMAT 750, AWA 3.5 [#permalink] New post 01 Sep 2011, 09:08
Congrats on such a high score. well done!!!!!

As far as I know, most people say that one should score at least 4.5 on the AWA. So I am focussing on that only.
Even I would like to have a clarification on this from an expert as I am also afraid of scoring low on the AWA section.
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Re: Dilemma GMAT 750, AWA 3.5 [#permalink] New post 01 Sep 2011, 15:47
Yeah, I was told getting 4 is fine on the AWA as it's not important so I half assed it on the GMAT to save energy for the quantitative and verbal section. Not even getting a 4, does worry me a bit.
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Re: Dilemma GMAT 750, AWA 3.5 [#permalink] New post 02 Sep 2011, 05:59
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I'm not a consultant or expert, but with a 3.5, it might be (unfortunately) necessary to retake, in my opinion. Failing to do so could put your essays in a negative light, especially since they will probably be pretty well-written in comparison to your AWA. This could cast doubt into whether you actually wrote your own essays. It sucks, given that you got a 750, but I guess ultimately it's up to you.
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Re: Dilemma GMAT 750, AWA 3.5 [#permalink] New post 02 Sep 2011, 06:13
Check with some of the MBA consulting firms such as MBA Mission (I think they collaborate with MGMAT). They know the in and out of how these Essays are considered by top schools. They should be able to guide you.

Also, I have heard that lot of people use the Additional Essay as the means to explain such quirks/inconsistency in their applications; BUT BE TRUTHFUL at all cost at all times :-)
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Re: Dilemma GMAT 750, AWA 3.5 [#permalink] New post 02 Sep 2011, 20:42
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I'm not a consultant or expert, but with a 3.5, it might be (unfortunately) necessary to retake, in my opinion. Failing to do so could put your essays in a negative light, especially since they will probably be pretty well-written in comparison to your AWA. This could cast doubt into whether you actually wrote your own essays. It sucks, given that you got a 750, but I guess ultimately it's up to you.


This is what I fear, esp since I'm planning to devote significant time and effort into doing my essays. Logically, if I were them, I would think along the same line.
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Re: Dilemma GMAT 750, AWA 3.5 [#permalink] New post 02 Sep 2011, 21:06
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I don't think you need to worry too much but double-checking with an admissions consultant would be good.

Any idea why or how you got 3.5?
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Re: Dilemma GMAT 750, AWA 3.5 [#permalink] New post 02 Sep 2011, 21:26
750 and a 3.5!!! Thats like a win and no win situation. Honestly, the effort required for essay writing is exaggerated. The first round of essays for the first school will be a slog, but once you got your first school essays done, the other school essays will be a cake walk, especially if you are taking the help of a consultant. I could complete 2 B school essays in 12 days. Left the third school essays to be done after my GMAT in first week of Sept. And my essays are GOOD. I put some good effort in drafting them.

So if you feel in any way that you need to retake the GMAT, I am sure you will be able to manage time for essays and GMAT 2. Having scored a 750 earlier, you wont be required to fret too much on Q & V, just master the chinese burned AWA tips, a 6.0 AWA will be guaranteed in a weeks time. Who knows you might land up wit a 780 this time. :)

On a different note, I read some where that the AWA essays are sent to the B schools!!!!! Not sure if its really the case. Our experts can shed some light on that. bb any comments?

But, if the adcoms do get the AWA essays, a good reason to retake may be??
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Re: Dilemma GMAT 750, AWA 3.5 [#permalink] New post 03 Sep 2011, 04:16
It's pretty stupid on my part. I procrastinated and essentially had 8 days to study for my GMAT so I cut out all the "fat" from the study plan which includes the AWA section. I read the instructions regarding the AWA for the first time during my real GMAT test. Understandably, I was slow and had trouble finishing both essays in time due to lack of practice but I did not expect it to be a 3.5.
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Re: Dilemma GMAT 750, AWA 3.5 [#permalink] New post 03 Sep 2011, 09:01
I'd suggest you reach out directly to the adcoms of your target schools, and explain (sincerely) what happened.; ask them for their advice. I expect them to be understanding. There's a good chance that they'll tell you to forget about it, and proceed with submitting the rest of your app.
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Re: Dilemma GMAT 750, AWA 3.5 [#permalink] New post 03 Sep 2011, 14:25
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Dude... I came across this link http://www.mba.com/the-gmat/schedule-a- ... rvice.aspx

It seems you can ask them to reassess you AWA Essays. BUT NOTE: It says "Rescoring may result in increases or decreases in your original AWA score." So be careful! You would not want them to reduce your score to 3.0 - that would make the situation even worse, but at-least you have an option. Now it all depends on how confident you are. If you are considering a retake then you might as well give this option a shot. If they give you 4.0, you keep it, otherwise go ahead with the retake - BUT again ONLY if you are considering a retake. I would be really sad if I had to retake a 750 :(. Good luck man!
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Re: Dilemma GMAT 750, AWA 3.5 [#permalink] New post 04 Sep 2011, 08:48
oh man... really feel sorry for u...

but i would never retake a 750 score !!, may be u can explain why the AWA score is low through the extra essay in de application
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Re: Dilemma GMAT 750, AWA 3.5 [#permalink] New post 04 Sep 2011, 16:27
Ouch! But I tend to agree with ebonn101 on this one....You don't want the adcom either thinking that you blew off the essay section or thinking that you are a poor writer.

I also believe that good writing skills are something that business schools place a huge premium on (not on the AWA score per say -- but good writing in general). After all, in b-school -- a lot of courses will require you to write case summaries and reports, business plans and so on.
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Re: Dilemma GMAT 750, AWA 3.5 [#permalink] New post 04 Sep 2011, 18:48
Thanks for all the suggestions and advice. I've given it some thoughts and have decided to rewrite the GMAT and apply in R2. Will let you guys know how things turn out.
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Re: Dilemma GMAT 750, AWA 3.5 [#permalink] New post 04 Sep 2011, 18:49
deadlycat wrote:
Thanks for all the suggestions and advice. I've given it some thoughts and have decided to rewrite the GMAT and apply in R2. Will let you guys know how things turn out.


OMG.... I am very sad for you, trust me! :( :( I heartily want you get more than 750 this time. I am so sorry. All the very best.
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Re: Dilemma GMAT 750, AWA 3.5 [#permalink] New post 23 Dec 2011, 06:16
Official score just came in the mail, GMAT 760, AWA 4.5.
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Re: Dilemma GMAT 750, AWA 3.5 [#permalink] New post 24 Dec 2011, 12:13
I read it that most top 20 like to see AWA's from the GMAT to compare them with the essays submitted to the school to verify that essay are ur orginal piece..Great essays and 3.5 AWA may put u in a tight spot.
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