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I took the gmat in a rush last week and scored a 750 (98%), q49 (86%), v42 (95%). I only took a couple of days to prepare and didn't think at all about the AWA part because I'd heard it didn't count that much.
So when I was taking the official gmat it was for the absolutely first time I looked at an AWA question and I didn't really get what kind of answer they were looking for. The results were a score of 2.5 or the bottom 4%!
Am I in big trouble here? With a 750 gmat I am aiming at the top business schools. I have yet to take the toefl so I can still try to master the writing part on that exam. You think a good score there could help me or am i doomed to take the gmat again?
I've always thought of the AWA as a somewhat corroborating factor, making sure that you can really write as well as your essay says you can. But, I mean a 2.5 is a pretty low score. I am not sure if it's worth retaking or anything because of that.
My $0.02 is that you must make sure 2.5 is acceptable for the b-schools you are interested in. Like Whiplash2411 said, schools could check your AWAs and I think they can get hold of your essays too. Send them a mail or something, you don't want to lose out because of a poor AWA score. They could get suspicious of an outstanding essay because of the poor AWA score too.
I think you could get a 3.0 on the AWA if 99% of your sentences were like this:
"Well, i mean, its like simlar to what the law is and junk, but its still very differnt, ya know? That's why I argue agianst it."
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You need a 4.0 for business schools because anything less than a 4.0 shows you didn't write your essays.
If the program you're applying to has no essays - then you're fine.
This guy can absolutely get 2.5 and a 750 because he gamed it. Didn't treat the AWA seriously and probably just really did it quickly so he was fresh for the part that counted. I did the GMAT 3 times. In the first two times, I got an AWA of 5.5 and 600's score. I thought about gaming it too and ignoring the AWA the 3rd time I did it and jump straight to the actual GMAT. I didn't, but point is, for people who have done the GMAT once and got a high AWA, why not just skip it and go straight to the test? Then you can argue, well my actual AWA when I do it properly is 5.5. I just didn't bother the second or third time...
The counter argument from B-School is well, your 750 isn't really a 750 then because you didn't do thr AWA i.e. you didn't expend mental energy before hand. So it's unfair. That's why the GMAT order is screwd. They should make you do AWA last to prevent this type of gaming.
maybe he wrote just as bad essays since he got a 2.5? I mean either he's trolling (1st post ever) or he just really really bad in writing anything coherent since 2.5 you really need to suck to get it..... will bombing the gmat score be worth retaking again like if he gets a <700 with 3-4 awa? _________________
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