Ask Kate low AWA, 720?

Is 720 good enough? Does AWA matter? Hint . . . yes and no. Well, Yes. Then No. Confused? Watch. See Prepwise channel on youtube for full length video: Ask Kate GMAT 720, does AWA matter?

Answer for Gmat score of 740 Q 49 V 42 IR 5 AWA 6 Do I need to retake due to low IR?

HI Yousef, Don’t sweat the IR. No it isn’t good, but it won’t kill your app. Your Q of 49 is fine and the 42V is fine. You are done with the GMAT! Celebrate! Ding for the score after the request for interview – can happen. They’ll take interviews with more candidates than they hope … Read more

Gmat score of 740 Q 49 V 42 IR 5 AWA 6 Do I need to retake due to low IR?

Hi Kate, Going through your Q&A has been great. I am hoping that you can advice me on my current situation 1).  I took the GMAT for the second time this month after 2 years since my first attempt which was a 680. I got the 740 I was after but I completely bombed the … Read more

Ask Kate: Does High AWA Make up for Low Verbal on GMAT?

Hi Kate, Thanks for the detailed post on the scoring and scaling! I took the GMAT in early May and scored a 680 (Q49, V34, IR6, AWA6). – this is my first attempt I am a non-native speaker. However, I was surprised with my verbal score because my English skills are pretty good. Also, I … Read more

Answer for What are my chances to get into a top school with very low GRE score?

Just in case the question is changed along the way, here’s the original question:   “What are my chances to get into a top school with very low GRE score? I did not have time to study for GREs but my GPA is 4.0, research experience from top universities and strong recommendation letters from two … Read more

Where is cybercrime really coming from? | Caleb Barlow

Everybody thinks or feels that being on the computer is a safer way to store records instead of having physical copies. They feel the physical copies can be stolen easier and do have a password. However, cybercrime is one of top crimes committed on a daily basis. It is becoming to easy for people to … Read more

VERY low verbal, OK Quant – Minority ethnicity – Do I need to proof my English proficiency in a retake?

Ask Kate: If verbal is low, proofing English proficiency may be necessary in a GMAT retake.     Hi Kate, My question is also about my GMAT score like most people here. I got 700 (Q49,V35), which was surprising to me since I was always better in Verbal than Quant in any other exams I … Read more

GMAT 730 (Q48 – 73%ile, V42 – 96%ile, AWA 5, IR 5). Which schools could I target?

Ask Kate: Indian MBA applicant has a GMAT 730 with Q48 and V35. Which MBA programs will accept this score?     I am a 24 year old Indian male, and I have been working in a Fortune 500 steelmaking firm for close to a couple of years now. I took the GMAT about three … Read more

Ask Kate: Overall GMAT under 700 with Low Quant

Sometimes You Have To Retake The GMAT More Than Twice.     Hi Kate, Thanks for your eval! I took the GMAT twice – in December scored 650 (Q39, V41, IR3, AWA6). Went in for a retake this week and scored a 690 (Q46, V38, IR6, AWA6). I’m concerned that this score is sub-700 and … Read more

Ask Kate: 710 Overall GMAT Score with an AWA of 3.5

How Much Does An AWA Score Matter?     Hi, I wrote GMAT for the first time and scored 710 (Q-50,V-36, IR-7). I’m a male IT engineer from India. I’m worried about my scores in AWA. The score is 3.5. Should I retake the exam? Is it going to be a big hurdle for me … Read more

Ask Kate: Masters Degree with Low GMAT Score

Hello Kate, I took GMAT for second time and scored 620. The breakdown is Q48/V28. The GMAT results are not too different from when I took it the first time. I have a Masters in Aerospace Engineering with 3.8 GPA and a 8 years of work experience. What word of advice do you have for … Read more

Ask Kate: GMAT Lower than Practice Tests

Make sure you have the fundamentals down before taking the GMAT.       I took the GMAT for the first time today and scored a disappointing 610 (Q45, V28). I was particularly shocked when I saw my verbal score. Despite being a non-native english speaker I scored V41 and V39 on my two GMATPrep … Read more

Ask Kate: GMAT Score with AWA of 5

Does AWA Matter?     Hi Kate, I scored 48 for quant, 40 for verbal, 8 for IR but a 5 for AWA which is a 60 percentile score. Does the AWA affect entry to any of the top schools? Hi GL, the only time I would be concerned with an AWA score is if … Read more

Ask Kate: Engineer with Low Quant on GMAT Score

If your quant on the GMAT was low, you probably need to retake.     Hi Kate, I recently took the GMAT for the first time, and I scored a 710 – 6.0 AWA, 7.0 IR, 41Q, 46V. Strangely, I actually have a quantitative background, as I am a former engineer who now works in … Read more

Bankruptcy Research

Disruption from the Vantage Point of the Disrupted3/20/19 Read Time = 10.1 a$$-kicking minutesTwitter: @petition; Website: petition.substack.comBecome a paid Member today: Subscribe nowThanos Snaps, Retail Disappears👿Long CMBX.BB6 CDS?!? Short $CBL.Mar 20Public post⚡️Announcement⚡️This one is longer than usual. Pour yourself some coffee and enjoy. Next week’s Wednesday and Sunday editions will be for Members only. If you’re not a paying Member, … Read more

Government Subsidies Research

Govt Subsidies and Regulation– chart or pictorial of how govt subsidies work, preferably including some for of regulation chart/picture within it.– For example, US sugar production and subsidies (mostly Alabama?) coupled with high import duties on sugar from western? African countries keeps the sugar in Africa stuck in Africa and American consumers paying less at … Read more

Opium v Wheat Research

And here are some things I found on the effects on the brain. This study claims that gluten has an opioid effect: ( Dr Perlmutter has done a lot of research and written fairly extensively on gluten’s effect on the brain, including causing ADHD, Alzheimer’s, anxiety, and more: Here’s a paper from the Kresser institute: ( I … Read more

Climate Change Research

Climate issues with Cost Benefit Analysis you’re probably expecting These two pieces address oil vs renewables. From Greenpeace and Planet Experts, they’re pretty biased. Green Peace: The Climate Change Costs of Offshore Oil Drilling This is a short book review on The End of Doom. His argument is unique, that CBA is useless. Do the benefits … Read more


This is a book from Johns Hopkins University Press: How to Run a College Report on the main takeaways from the NCES report: How Universities Make and Spend Their Money Industry, Academia, and Government Collaboration: A Game Changer for U.S. Economic Future New Forbes piece on the evolving nature of University business practices: The Changing … Read more

Know Yourself First

For long term fulfillment, it is important to get in touch with your personal values and your personal mission. This is an imperfect process. Expect this to take you a few iterations. Start here and come back to this When you realize you’re out of synch or stuck. It’s not that you will change your … Read more