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GMAT -750, but AWA- 4(18%). Worth requesting a re-score of my essays?

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New post 05 Sep 2017, 22:42
Hello All,

Got 750 (Q-50, V-42), but 4 in AWA. More than the score, its the low percentile (18%) which is a concern.

I am applying to Kellogg, Booth and Sloan in R1. How will Ad-Coms perceive this ?
Is it worth requesting a re-score of my essays ? Have there been instances of increased AWA score ? How long does it take for the scores to be re-evaluated ?

Finally, is it worth retaking the GMAT again ?

Appreciate any help on this.

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Hey agbsharma thought this article might be helpful for you- http://99colleges.com/low-awa-score-sho ... -the-gmat/

Your 4 at least falls into the "adequate" bucket. Yes we probably never want to be described as "adequate," but I think is less likely to raise flags from the adcoms. Would hate for you to have to put in that extra effort to the GMAT again this close to the R1 deadline and hope you don't have to. Seems like a 3.5 might make it a bit of a different story. Just a fellow applicant here though. It sounds like the biggest question adcoms will have will be whether there is a discrepancy between the quality of your essays and a 4 AWA.

Admissions consultants usually check and respond to posts in this forum, but if you don't get any responses from them you might re-post in the Admissions Consultants forum. This feels like a bit of a more technical answer, especially about the re-scoring. Congrats on the 750 though and fingers crossed they say you're all good and to focus on your applications right now!

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Thanks for the reply.

I am pretty confident on the quality and the language of the essays. So, will a well-written essay cast more doubts on the Ad-com given my low AWA score ?

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agbsharma not an expert here and that's maybe where an admissions consultant can weigh in best, but I think the concern about adcoms wondering about essay quality compared to AWA score and if you are the actual writer is what a lot of articles touch on. Now I think it probably would be more of a concern if it was a 3.5 or lower. Those at least rate as inadequate and stuff to where a strong essay would maybe raise some flags. Your 4 and "adequate" level makes me think that a strong essay wouldn't be too concerning (to where they think it's not you writing) since the GMAT essays are done under pressure and don't reflect people's overall writing abilities with time. But maybe if you have like an out of this park essay (in terms of the vocab and fluency and writing skills. Not in terms of the content since writers of all skills can have great ideas and essay topics) then maybe they would wonder. My guts says a 4 and adequate means you shouldn't worry about re-taking (the return on investment seems low for all that effort) and that a strong essay would still match up with a AWA 4 in a rushed test environment. But am just a fellow applicant. Maybe best to post in the Admissions Consultants forum to see if how much of a concern this is.

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New post 09 Sep 2017, 11:51
My understanding (and also explicitly stated by Manhattan GMAT) was that you needed an AWA of 4 or higher. Everything else was meaningless.

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A well-written essay will not cast doubt on the IR, the IR score is a far less important component of the GMAT evaluation for ad comm. They will focus on your overall score, then your quant score, then your verbal as the two remaining key components. So write some great essays and I doubt your IR will be a big issue for you
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