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# GMAT 770, AWA 4

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02 Apr 2018, 14:41
Hi guys,
my situation is quite weird:

In late-February I was selected for an exchange program and I was required to take the GMAT and obtain more than 650 (no requirements for what concerns IR and AWA). I scheduled the exam 3 weeks later. I knew 660 was not impossible, so I did not study so much until the last 2 weeks. Then I took 2 trial tests (750 and 740). However, I thought it would have been much more difficult to get such a high score in the real exam. A 700 would have been great for me. Therefore, I did not do anything for IR and AWA.
I had always planned to take the GMAT after finishing the university, so my mood was something like "Let's try and get more than 660. Then I'll retake it at the end of my exchange and I'll go for a high score".

Test day: I start with the quantitative part and I feel I'm doing well. After the break I start the verbal part and I am sure I'm doing a mess. So when I finish the verbal part, I'm sure I will not get a high score. So i take AWA and IR but I do not put so much effort into them, sure that my score will be around 650 but nothing more.

When I finish everything the result shocks me: 770 (50 Q; 46 V; 6 IR). Beyond my best dreams.

Today I received the official score. Everything confirmed, but AWA 4/6.

What should I do? Is my score good for a top business school?
I am planning to apply for a Master in Finance (MIT, Berkeley and other business schools of this level). Is it ok? Should I retake it? Should I take IELTS/TOEFL/other similar tests so that a good score in writing will "cover" my bad AWA result?
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04 Apr 2018, 04:04
If I ask for a further correction, is it possible that my result will improve? How common is it?
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05 Apr 2018, 21:50
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redox6 wrote:
If I ask for a further correction, is it possible that my result will improve? How common is it?
It's possible, but only the GMAC itself knows how common it is.

I really don't think your 4 will be much of a problem (770 total!), but if I were in your shoes, I'd really not want that 4 to drop as a result of the rescoring request. Reach out to your target schools and ask them what they think about this situation.
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13 Apr 2018, 09:33
Personally, I would not retake and risk losing your 770 score because of a low AWA score. I guess adcoms will read your AWA essays though, and high score in TOEFL essay section might help.

Good luck!
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14 Apr 2018, 08:08
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redox6 wrote:
Hi guys,
my situation is quite weird:

In late-February I was selected for an exchange program and I was required to take the GMAT and obtain more than 650 (no requirements for what concerns IR and AWA). I scheduled the exam 3 weeks later. I knew 660 was not impossible, so I did not study so much until the last 2 weeks. Then I took 2 trial tests (750 and 740). However, I thought it would have been much more difficult to get such a high score in the real exam. A 700 would have been great for me. Therefore, I did not do anything for IR and AWA.
I had always planned to take the GMAT after finishing the university, so my mood was something like "Let's try and get more than 660. Then I'll retake it at the end of my exchange and I'll go for a high score".

Test day: I start with the quantitative part and I feel I'm doing well. After the break I start the verbal part and I am sure I'm doing a mess. So when I finish the verbal part, I'm sure I will not get a high score. So i take AWA and IR but I do not put so much effort into them, sure that my score will be around 650 but nothing more.

When I finish everything the result shocks me: 770 (50 Q; 46 V; 6 IR). Beyond my best dreams.

Today I received the official score. Everything confirmed, but AWA 4/6.

What should I do? Is my score good for a top business school?
I am planning to apply for a Master in Finance (MIT, Berkeley and other business schools of this level). Is it ok? Should I retake it? Should I take IELTS/TOEFL/other similar tests so that a good score in writing will "cover" my bad AWA result?

Hi
In my opinion,770 is a great score and there is no need for a retest. Regarding a score of 4 on AWA, it is an average score and not below par.
For additional confirmation you can contact the schools you want to apply to and ask for their average AWA scores for admits.
Hope it helps.
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