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One tiny tiny consideration: I have heard that some top consulting forms care about the IR score. So while I wouldn't worry about this now, if your dream is to work for say, McKinsey, it's not impossible that this could be a consideration in the future. But this is not something to concern yourself with for school applications.

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Not to make you nervous at all, but a 4.5 AWA and a 47V are strange bedfellows. I can't remember hearing of a student with a pair like that, and I've had a few thousand students over the years, hundreds of whom have told me their full score.

That said, the computerized essay grading seems like an imperfect science (at best) at this point in time, so I wouldn't be surprised if schools see a few score combos like this and chalk it up to the algorithm, or maybe your nerves over the first 30 minutes of the exam. (They see way more score reports than I do, and nobody gets to lie to them!) But to be in the 99th percentile in verbal and the 40th(ish?) on the essay is an odd duck. If English weren't your native language, I'd be a little worried that a school or the GMAC would suspect you of foul play, but my guess is that you'll be AOK.

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