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Retaking GMAT - Skip Writing Section? [#permalink] New post 27 Apr 2011, 09:24
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Quick question: I took the GMAT last month and scored a 6.0 on the writing section and 680 on quant/verbal. I am retaking the test to break 750. My question is, can I skip over the writing section since I scored a 6.0 on my first test? Or will this look bad in the eyes of the AdComs? Please advise.

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Re: Retaking GMAT - Skip Writing Section? [#permalink] New post 27 Apr 2011, 12:26
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Hi All,

Quick question: I took the GMAT last month and scored a 6.0 on the writing section and 680 on quant/verbal. I am retaking the test to break 750. My question is, can I skip over the writing section since I scored a 6.0 on my first test? Or will this look bad in the eyes of the AdComs? Please advise.

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I would not recommend skipping the writing section. Worst case--the admissions officers can see a blank and think you're certainly capable, but you're so arrogant that you skipped it.

Obviously, I'm not saying you are arrogant--but you certainly don't want Adcom to even think that.

If you're going to sit in for the exam a second time, go all out. Shows better character, too.

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Re: Retaking GMAT - Skip Writing Section? [#permalink] New post 27 Apr 2011, 12:38
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Hi All,

Quick question: I took the GMAT last month and scored a 6.0 on the writing section and 680 on quant/verbal. I am retaking the test to break 750. My question is, can I skip over the writing section since I scored a 6.0 on my first test? Or will this look bad in the eyes of the AdComs? Please advise.

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I would not recommend skipping the writing section. Worst case--the admissions officers can see a blank and think you're certainly capable, but you're so arrogant that you skipped it.

Obviously, I'm not saying you are arrogant--but you certainly don't want Adcom to even think that.

If you're going to sit in for the exam a second time, go all out. Shows better character, too.

Good luck!


Okay, thanks for the response. I wasn't sure whether the test was viewed like the SATs, where they take the highest aggregate scores, or another way. If it was aggregate, I guess I don't see the need to re-do the writing portion of the test. Regardless of arrogance or character, I feel like it would be a smart strategy to skip the writing section.
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Re: Retaking GMAT - Skip Writing Section? [#permalink] New post 02 May 2011, 22:20
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I really don't see why. It is the easiest thing to write and get a flawless score.... how-to-get-6-0-awa-my-guide-64327.html you are not getting more time anyway, so not really valuable.

On the downside, you will get dinged from pretty much every MBA program if you have a zero for your writing section.

Taking the GMAT and skipping the AWA section is very similar to canceling your score at the end of the test (except in this case, you will see your score).
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Re: Retaking GMAT - Skip Writing Section?   [#permalink] 02 May 2011, 22:20
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