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AWA - Should I use American spelling?

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New post 03 Oct 2010, 23:28
Hi guys,

I'm sure this question has already been asked -

Should we change to American English when writing the AWA? I am from Australia and we use the traditional English spelling ie enroll instead of enrol, and we use the "s" in specialise.

Will we get marks deducted if not using American English spelling?

Also, how much does misspelling words affect the score?

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I asked them the same question last week, here's the response:

The Analytical Writing Assessment section of the GMAT® exam contains two
topics, each with a 30-minute time limit. Scoring of the essays evaluates
content and the writers’ reasoning. Examinees are not graded on spelling,
grammar, or typing ability. It must be in English.

So I take it it's fine to use non-American English.
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New post 04 Oct 2010, 01:46
Thanks for that awesome info!

I'm going ahead with american spelling anyway but nice to know it is not the spelling that is judged.

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New post 09 Oct 2010, 02:04
Well that not perfectly true, as in OG12 they make it clear that lower writing ability along with weak grammar and spelling mistakes will lead to a lower score. Yet they won't be picky about ambassador/embassador, color/colour, etc.

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