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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, 05:26
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!

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Re: GMAT 740 but 3.5 AWA, can low AWA hurt application for S16? [#permalink] New post 03 Aug 2014, 05:41
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Don’t worry about the AWA – the adcoms tend not to focus on it unless there are other things in the application to cause them to worry about communication and verbal skills – and that’s clearly not the case with you. And it's on the low side for your overall GMAT but not dreadfully low...
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