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# BOMBED AWA.....is this score worthless now?

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Joined: 09 Nov 2017
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GMAT 1: 660 Q44 V37
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23 Aug 2018, 17:08
So I took the gmat for the first time recently and had a hard time with timing. i ended up having to guess on the last 6 verbal questions. I thought it was over at this point and didnt spend hardly any time on the essay. i ended up getting a 660 which is below my goal but i was expecting much lower. i ended up with a 3.5 AWA!!!!!!!!!

I plan to retake but if i decided not to, will this stop me from getting in anywhere or will they base my writing ability on the quality of my essays? maybe explain in the optional essay?
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Location: India
Concentration: Finance, Marketing
Schools: CUHK '21 (II)
GMAT 1: 650 Q49 V30
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24 Aug 2018, 07:47
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24 Aug 2018, 14:24
Hi Buck92,

Many Business Schools expect applicants to score a minimum of 4.0 (out of 6.0) on the AWA. While a 3.5 won't necessarily hurt your application, it might bring up some questions about how strong an applicant you might be (and how committed you are to the overall process). From what you described, you didn't try very hard on the AWA (from a certain point of view, you 'gave up' - and the GMAT gave you the Score that you earned). That type of AWA score could be due to a number of different factors: you might have gone 'off topic' or wrote material that was 'thin', unconvincing or otherwise ineffective.

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