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Joined: 15 May 2009
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No AWA [#permalink]

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New post 15 May 2009, 09:01
I took the GMAT almost two years ago after taking a prep course. The course instructors were very clear that the AWA was not important, that 'most schools don't even look at it' and that we should skip the AWA portion of the test. I scored a 700 and skipped the AWA.

Now, after some further research, I am concerned about my lack of AWA. Is there something I can do to make up for this (essays, writing samples) or do I need to bite the bullet and retake the GMAT?

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Re: No AWA [#permalink]

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New post 19 May 2009, 19:46
Double check with the adcoms.

My guess is that if you didn't complete the AWA, it would show up as a 0.0.

I'm quite surprised that your GMAT instructor told you to skip it. Just because the adcoms don't really look at it closely, doesn't mean you should skip it entirely!

In any case, you should at a minimum address this in the optional essay should you decide not to re-take the exam (and again, check with the adcoms whether this is okay, since this situation is something that isn't particularly common amongst applicants).

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Re: No AWA   [#permalink] 19 May 2009, 19:46
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