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Hey all,

I took my GMAT for the 2nd time last week. While my overall score improved, my AWA score is pretty low. My scores are:

710 (Q47 V39) IR - 8 AWA - 5
750 (Q48 V44) IR - 5 AWA - 4

My score both IR & AWA. AWA especially, is the 18th percentile, which is really worrying. Under other circumstances I'd ask for a re-score, I'm fairly sure I can write better. But in this specific case it was the last section of my test and I just wanted to get it over with and possibly did drop the ball by being careless (don't do this if AWA is last for you, it really dampens your mood after a good score).

Do you think this drop, and particularly the AWA score is cause for concern? Both scores are reportable, so schools can see them both. Non-native speaker from an over-represented demographic if it makes a difference.

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Hey all,

I took my GMAT for the 2nd time last week. While my overall score improved, my AWA score is pretty low. My scores are:

710 (Q47 V39) IR - 8 AWA - 5
750 (Q48 V44) IR - 5 AWA - 4

My score both IR & AWA. AWA especially, is the 18th percentile, which is really worrying. Under other circumstances I'd ask for a re-score, I'm fairly sure I can write better. But in this specific case it was the last section of my test and I just wanted to get it over with and possibly did drop the ball by being careless (don't do this if AWA is last for you, it really dampens your mood after a good score).

Do you think this drop, and particularly the AWA score is cause for concern? Both scores are reportable, so schools can see them both. Non-native speaker from an over-represented demographic if it makes a difference.

Thanks for any replies!



No, The AWA score shouldn't be an issue since you have a higher verbal score. IR-5 is also a decent score. If you are worried about the AWA, then try with TOEFL since you are a non-native speaker.
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No, The AWA score shouldn't be an issue since you have a higher verbal score. IR-5 is also a decent score. If you are worried about the AWA, then try with TOEFL since you are a non-native speaker.


Hey, thanks for your response. I've already done the IELTS and got an 8.5, so I'm guessing that should be enough, yeah?
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Hey, thanks for your response. I've already done the IELTS and got an 8.5, so I'm guessing that should be enough, yeah?


Yes. It should be fine. 8.5 is a pretty good score.
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Hi AvalonQQ,

That's OUTSTANDING news! You already had a fantastic score with your prior 710 - and this 750 will likely open up a number of Scholarship possibilities! To address your question - you shouldn't get too upset by the percentiles involved in the AWA. As an informal 'rule', most Business School Programs expect applicants to score a 4 or higher on the AWA (but scoring higher than that likely would not mean much to how your overall application is perceived).

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