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GMAT 740 but 3.5 AWA, can low AWA hurt application for S16?

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GMAT 740 but 3.5 AWA, can low AWA hurt application for S16? [#permalink] New post 25 Jul 2014, 00:43
Dear all,

I got 740 (Q 49 V41) in the GMAT total score, but received 3.5 in the Analytic Writing Assessment as I accidentally clicked the next button after writing only three paragraphs.

While the AWA score is relatively low, I would like to know if my education and work background can convince the committees of S16 schools that the low AWA score is an accident.

I undertook English Literature as my undergraduate major at the best university for English language education in China. I did well in the English courses and scored 8 in IELTS.

I have been writing and editing news reports in English for three years at China's most important news organization, bagging several top journalism prizes of China.

So, can the aforementioned background information offset the impacts of my AWA score?

Or should I retake the GMAT as the AWA can hurt my application?

Thank you so much!

Yi
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Re: GMAT 740 but 3.5 AWA, can low AWA hurt application for S16? [#permalink] New post 25 Jul 2014, 01:08
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AWA is not considered a very important aspect of your application. So most probably, you will be safe.

As a risk hedging strategy, make sure that your essays are very well written and you demonstrate your writing capabilities properly.
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GMAT 740 but 3.5 AWA, can low AWA hurt application for S16? [#permalink] New post 25 Jul 2014, 04:50
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[Cross posting here from your other posts in case someone else is in the same boat and only sees this post!]

Hi there,

First off - CONGRATULATIONS!!!! Sometimes folks on this forum get so caught up in the details they don't take the time to enjoy the good news. YOU HAVE AN AWESOME SCORE! Well done mate!

As to your AWA, it might be a flag at the top 5 or so (because they can be picky when it comes to the admissions process) but overall at the top 16, it shouldn't be the reason you don't get in. As I mentioned above, it isn't reported, so they don't care TOO much. But it is something they look at. You can remedy it with a really strong set of essays - clear, concise, well-written, and engaging.

Don't sweat it too much though - you have the GMAT score, now it's time to get to work on those apps!

Congrats again,

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