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identical gmat scores, how to choose b/w Quant and AWA score [#permalink] New post 17 Nov 2011, 23:31
Hello everyone,

I am currently in process of applying to mba programs. I have written GMAT twice and got numerically identical score (650) both times, but the breakdown is different as given below:

1st attempt --> Q44/V35/AWA5.5
2nd attempt --> Q43/V36/AWA6.0

My question to you is that for my initial application, should I report my 1st or the 2nd result? I ask this because the 2nd results show a stronger AWA score, albeit a lower Quant score. I have been told that some schools place a great deal of value on that AWA score. Does anyone have a sense of business school's perspective on this ? Currently I am thinking of applying to IE and IESE, if that helps.

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Re: identical gmat scores, how to choose b/w Quant and AWA score [#permalink] New post 18 Nov 2011, 10:44
I have always heard the exact opposite... that schools tend to focus the most on your quant score and that the AWA score is usually good enough as long as it's above 4.0.
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Re: identical gmat scores, how to choose b/w Quant and AWA score [#permalink] New post 18 Nov 2011, 10:52
Yes, go with the higher quant score (first attempt). The AWA score is more of a hygiene factor and will not make a huge difference between being 5.5 and 6.0
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Re: identical gmat scores, how to choose b/w Quant and AWA score [#permalink] New post 18 Nov 2011, 12:38
I really have to think this isnt going to make or break you. I would pick the opposite and go with the 2nd attempt because it shows your more balanced, scored higher in verbal and awa on that one.

But if you are applying to MIT or somewhere quant based, I guess the first one is best.
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Re: identical gmat scores, how to choose b/w Quant and AWA score [#permalink] New post 18 Nov 2011, 13:40
Flip a coin.

The school's gonna see both scores anyway.
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Re: identical gmat scores, how to choose b/w Quant and AWA score [#permalink] New post 19 Nov 2011, 06:22
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I will chime in too - too close to matter really. Good luck with applications.
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Re: identical gmat scores, how to choose b/w Quant and AWA score   [#permalink] 19 Nov 2011, 06:22
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