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?

AWAHi GL, the only time I would be concerned with an AWA score is if you earn a 3 or below. A 3, at last publish of percentiles, is 6th percentile. 94% of test takers score better than a 3 on the AWA. One should be embarrassed with less than a 4, but it isn’t worth retaking. The AWA has such huge grade inflation that it isn’t really taken seriously. You need to do well enough, but don’t sweat perfection.

Good work with the GMAT result. Consider yourself finished with a good gmat score. Get cracking on your essays! Best,

-Kate

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