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Retaking the GMAT this week, not sure what score to accept

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Hello all,

I took the GMAT 14 days ago and scored 730 (V42, Q47, IR7, AWA 4). My practice tests scores were 730 (Practice test 1) after the first week of study, then 770 (V44, Q50, IR8) (practice test 2) two weeks later and 1 week prior to the real exam. Since I had the time to retake the exam - not applying this year - and want to apply for a scholarship, I decided to retake the exam.

I will take the test this Friday and I don't know whether to accept the score if I score 730 or below. Although I am not a native speaker, it seems to me that my AWA score is pretty low. So if I score a 730 with IR8 and AWA 5 or 5.5, should I keep it? Business schools would think "good, he improved AWA and proved his score was not luck" or "16 days to score the same thing, maybe he is not that good"?

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lucacac wrote:

I took the GMAT 14 days ago and scored 730 (V42, Q47, IR7, AWA 4). My practice test prior to the real exams was 770 (V44, Q50, IR8). Since I had the time to retake the exam - not applying this year - and want to apply for a scholarship, I decided to retake the exam.

I will take the test this Friday and I don't know whether to accept the score if I score 730 or below. Although I am not a native speaker, it seems to me that my AWA score is pretty low. So if I score a 730 with IR8 and AWA 5 or 5.5, should I keep it? Business schools would think "good, he improved AWA and proved his score was not luck" or "16 days to score the same thing, maybe he is not that good"?



You seem to be worried about your AWA score of 4.0, even though you scored a good 730, with excellent breakdown scores in quantitative and verbal sections.

Programs will make overall assessments of your application. AWA will be a small component among your writing samples from essays and TOEFL/IELTS/other (if applicable).

As for how your following statements will be interpreted, here are some informed thoughts:

"16 days to score the same thing, maybe he is not that good"

Programs recognize that 730 is a score on the high side. Therefore, improving on such a score is much more difficult than improving on a lower score. This point will likely be considered in your favor.

"good, he improved AWA and proved his score was not luck"

Not clear what you mean here. "Luck" related to what - the AWA or overall score? Again, programs will likely not be thinking about subjective elements such as "luck". They will look for actual evidence in your applications.

Also note that a retake does not guarantee that you can score as high as you did here, or that the AWA score will improve. GL!
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Hovkial wrote:

You seem to be worried about your AWA score of 4.0, even though you scored a good 730, with excellent breakdown scores in quantitative and verbal sections.

Programs will make overall assessments of your application. AWA will be a small component among your writing samples from essays and TOEFL/IELTS/other (if applicable).

As for how your following statements will be interpreted, here are some informed thoughts:

"16 days to score the same thing, maybe he is not that good"

Programs recognize that 730 is a score on the high side. Therefore, improving on such a score is much more difficult than improving on a lower score. This point will likely be considered in your favor.

"good, he improved AWA and proved his score was not luck"

Not clear what you mean here. "Luck" related to what - the AWA or overall score? Again, programs will likely not be thinking about subjective elements such as "luck". They will look for actual evidence in your applications.

Also note that a retake does not guarantee that you can score as high as you did here, or that the AWA score will improve. GL!


It is good to know that the AWA score does not have the potential alone to undermine the application. Thanks.


When I wrote "good, he improved AWA and proved his score was not luck", the luck refers to the overall score. My doubt is if double 730 ou 730 + 710 is better than 730 alone. In my opinion both interpretations - negative and positive - would make sense. Someone that manages to score over 700 twice proves that indeed this person is a >700 (not by luck) but also shows that 730 might be this person's limit.
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lucacac - Congratulations on scoring a 730 in the first attempt. I have a feeling you would score more than 730-740 in your second attempt. That said, I would advise you to not focus on AWA or IR while making a decision to accept or cancel your test score. Please focus on your verbal and quant raw scores. Stay calm and focussed throughout the test. With a 730, you should at least target a 20-30 point increase in the second attempt, and quite frankly you can easily fetch such an increase. All the best.
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Congrats on the 730! You should accept any score that shows an improvement over your previous score. The most obvious would be if you score higher than 730 overall. But if you also score significantly higher in any subsection, while scoring a 730 or even a 720, you should keep that as well. Cancel a score that doesn't do anything to show you've improved.
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New post 05 Oct 2019, 13:13
Unfortunately I scored 730 again. Verbal dropped by 1 point while quant increased by 1. I really was expecting to improve on verbal. IR went to 8, instead of 7. I also believe my AWA improved considerably. Therefore I have kept the score.

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