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AWA scores - do they help?

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New post 18 Dec 2005, 11:04
Does a high AWA score help in any way at all? I have a 5 and a total GMAT score in the 93rd percentile.. I am applying for doctoral admissions to some of the top 20 mostly in the info systems area and have a Masters from IIM Bombay - a reputed business school in India.

I am trying to see if that helps at all.. I am applying to the major ones like
MIT, Stanford, Duke, CMU and also, Ohio State, Arizona State, Univ of Maryland and Michigan.

Has anyone any idea if the admission commitees look at the AWA score at all and if so, is 5 even a good number? And is applying to around 10 or 11 schools a good idea?


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New post 28 Dec 2005, 14:04
Hi deepti,

From my experience, the AWA score will hardly have any impact at all. Please remember that PhD applications are evaluated by faculty versus MBA applications, which are judged by admission commitees (who do only that for living!). Professors rarely know all the details about the scoring procedure and they don't care too much.

As a rough guideline, in the schools you target, the members of faculty who have been "selected" to do PhD admission will read all the applications with a GMAT score starting with 7. If you are in this group, your admission really hinges mostly on your recommendations and your statement of purpose.

Given that the admission rate for PhD programs is often only one percent, it is a good idea to write 10 or more applications. Just be careful to tailor the statement of purpose towards each school, so it really matches with interests of the faculty there. When you read some applications it is quite amazing that the applicant did not do enough research to find out that nobody would be able to advise his proposed topic.

Good luck,


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