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Recommendation on Low AWA [#permalink] New post 21 Feb 2012, 16:15
Good afternoon,

I'd like to thank you in advance for your help and your valuable time.

I'm a Guatemalan (Spanish is my first language) who just recently took the GMAT and although I scored fairly high on the Quant (43,64%) and Verbal (39,87%) for a total of 670 (84%), I had a bad experience with the AWA. In the first essay, I feel I did a pretty decent job and was very confident in my score. Unfortunately, in the second essay (Analysis of an Argument), I had a slight problem. When I finished the essay, and read in before going to next section, I wasn't as confident. I decided then to write it all over again but obviously ran out of time.

I graded at 3.5 in the AWA (10%). Although I don't feel this adequately represents my writing skills, I understand that graduate schools will probably be somewhat scared off by the low score.

Is there any way that the admission's office reevaluates my writing skills? Or should I re-take the GMAT in order to prove my ability? I really feel my writing skills are better that that, and hope there's a way to prove it without needing to take the GMAT again.

Thanks again for all your help.

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Re: Recommendation on Low AWA [#permalink] New post 21 Feb 2012, 17:11
Well it really depends on where and when you are applying, and what score you are targeting. It is generally thought that a 4.0 is the minimum score you should have on the AWA b/c admissions will not like to see lower. They will question if you have written your essays. That being said, if you just score WAY higher than you were hoping overall, you're rushed to apply, and you are applying to lower level schools, then a retake may not be worth it.

If you are targeting top schools, it might be worth while doing a retake to not only increase your overall score (especially the quant), and make sure to get a 5.0+ on the AWA.
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