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How to get 6.0 AWA....my guide

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Hi everyone,

I'm new here & I'm glad I finally found an AWA thread. My appreciations to the author of this guide, it is very helpful. However, I have a few questions about AWA that was not covered:

1. Does anyone have suggestions on the use of common abbreviations and acronyms (as a time saving method)? Would the computer rater grade such usage as spelling errors?

Example 1: I want to replace the word "and" with the symbol "&".
Example 2: If I am writing about small and medium enterprises, instead of writing out the whole phrase "small and medium enterprises" every time I refer to them, I would like to write out the complete phrase the first time, followed by an acronym in parentheses, and write ONLY the acronym in future uses.
Preferred usage - "An effective strategy for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) would be... Therefore, by doing..., SMEs can successfully..."


Good questions!
Do not use & instead of and and do not use "don't" - these are not considered proper writing rules.
The safe approach is not to use any contractions on the GMAT, even such as I'm, and instead write I am.

typhoidX wrote:
2. Does AWA affect the overall score (on the 200-800 scale) in anyway? How important is the AWA section?

If these questions were already asked/answered in other threads, it would be great if someone pointed me in that direction. Thanks for advance for any help given.


No, AWA has its own grading scale - 0 - 6 on a 0.5 scale.
It does not affect your GMAT Score and is reported separately.

Hope this helps!
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brilliant chineseburned..
helped a lot, i was actually scared of AWA, but ended up getting 5. this surely helped..
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Thanks very much~!
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Found my strategy for AWA, thanks.
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You mentioned to type at least 500 words per text. On the test it is shown the number of words or characters I typed or do I have to estimate that?
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You mentioned to type at least 500 words per text. On the test it is shown the number of words or characters I typed or do I have to estimate that?


You have to estimate it on the test. The interface is very basic.
However, during your practice you can use Word's word count feature to get an idea where 500 words gets you.
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How long after we write the GMAT do we receive the AWA mark?
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Can someone use the exact words of the example above, or a little modification must be made?
In other words, if 100 people put the same templates, is there some kind of constraint from GMAT to do this? Will the scores be low? Or at least If I create my own template, can I use it over and over the same if I retake the test? Will the later scores be low? How the raters see that?
Are my essays send to business schools? Or just the score?
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How long after we write the GMAT do we receive the AWA mark?

Usually 2-3 weeks.
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Can someone use the exact words of the example above, or a little modification must be made?
In other words, if 100 people put the same templates, is there some kind of constraint from GMAT to do this? Will the scores be low? Or at least If I create my own template, can I use it over and over the same if I retake the test? Will the later scores be low? How the raters see that?
Are my essays send to business schools? Or just the score?


I don't think there are any issues with using the same template over and over by everyone. Why not? It does not say anywhere you can't do that.
The essays are sent to the business schools but they are used rarely and only to verify that your application essays have been written by you. Few of the schools outside of top20 review them.
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thank you ,It is very helpful :lol:
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boxx0r wrote:
How long after we write the GMAT do we receive the AWA mark?

Usually 2-3 weeks.

Thanks, bb.
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Great post !! +1 from my side...
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New post 17 Aug 2009, 10:23
VEry useful...great work
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Kudos!!
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bravo, thanks very much~~~~
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Thanks for the detailed info provided.
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Wonderful breakdown chineseburned. Many thanks for your time in the compilation.
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Its raining Kudos for chineseburned. :-D
+1 from my side too..!!
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Thanks chineseburned.
My AWA score went 4.0 to 5.5..
Thanks. you rock
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