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Disappointed with my AWA score [#permalink] New post 09 Jul 2009, 16:41
I took the GMAT a month ago and scored a 720 (Q-47-79%, V-42-95%, AWA-5). I am trying to get into a top MBA program (INSEAD in specific) and so to boost my score I took the GMAT again last week. This time I scored a 770 (Q-49-88%, V-46-99%). However, to my shock, I scored a 4.0 on my AWA.

Even though I am trying to convince myself that a 4.0 on my AWA is not going to affect my chances, I can't seem to get over this. What do you think are my chances? Will my previous AWA score or my verbal score compensate for the low AWA score?

I have 5 years work experience and a 3.85 GPA.

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Re: Disappointed with my AWA score [#permalink] New post 10 Jul 2009, 05:47
Suku, just out of curiousity what did you do to boost your score so significantly the second time around? How did you change your studying?
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Re: Disappointed with my AWA score [#permalink] New post 10 Jul 2009, 05:54
A 4.0 AWA will not make any difference to your application.

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Re: Disappointed with my AWA score [#permalink] New post 10 Jul 2009, 08:20
Blayze,

I focussed more on my weak areas, which, in my case, happened to be Data Sufficiency and Sentence Correction.

Also, in my first attempt I would try my best to answer each and every question which put the time available for me to answer the later questions at risk. This time around, I identified those that were going to take too long for me answer, took an educated guess and moved on. This, in my opinion, helped me the most in improving my score.

Besides these, I did not change anything else. Good luck!

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Re: Disappointed with my AWA score [#permalink] New post 10 Jul 2009, 09:41
Sukumar, I wont worry about the AWA. To begin with, a 4.0 AWA is not a big deal. Also, you have the 5.0 from your 1st attempt to balance it. Move on and focus on other things.
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Re: Disappointed with my AWA score [#permalink] New post 11 Jul 2009, 10:45
What everyone else said here. The AWA isn't going to impact your chances.
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