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# Good total score but low AWA

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Concentration: General Management, Entrepreneurship
GMAT 1: 750 Q50 V41
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Good total score but low AWA [#permalink]

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25 May 2013, 15:29
Hi All,

I took the GMAT a month ago and got 750, but AWA was very low - 4.0 (20th percentile). I'm not a native speaker and I have engineering degree from an Ivy League college (very technical background). My goal is Top 5 US schools (e.g. HBS, Wharton, etc.) or a couple in Europe (i.e. LBS, INSEAD).

Should I retake the test? I'm confident that my AWA will improve and total score will not be too low, but I may not get 750 again

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Re: Good total score but low AWA [#permalink]

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26 May 2013, 07:33
hanpin17 wrote:
Hi All,

I took the GMAT a month ago and got 750, but AWA was very low - 4.0 (20th percentile). I'm not a native speaker and I have engineering degree from an Ivy League college (very technical background). My goal is Top 5 US schools (e.g. HBS, Wharton, etc.) or a couple in Europe (i.e. LBS, INSEAD).

Should I retake the test? I'm confident that my AWA will improve and total score will not be too low, but I may not get 750 again

If you have a good profile, you will get into these schools even with a lower GMAT score. A score of 4 on AWA could be compensated by excellent essays, which in any case you have to write. In my opinion retaking will be a waste of time.

Hope this helps,
Vercules
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Re: Good total score but low AWA   [#permalink] 26 May 2013, 07:33
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# Good total score but low AWA

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