I just got the GMAT review 11th edition book and I read on page 12 that the AWA score doesn´t effect the total score.
Does that really mean that it has no influence on the score (e.g 700) wich is required by the universities???
Thank you guys!
That's right - AWA does not impact the actual GMAT score - AWA is graded separately and is awarded a score of its own.
You will get your GMAT score (200-800) immediately after the test - it is the unofficial score.
Your official score will arrive in 2-3 weeks and will include both the GMAT and the AWA scores there. AWA of course scored on a scale from 0 to 6. Most people score within 4-6 and don't spend more than a few days to prepare, but if writing is really tough for you, you may want to consider practicing more than that - there are some templates and ideas in this forum and Prep books for how to organize your essays and minimize time and maximize output. Your main focus should be math and verbal multiple choice sections.
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