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skip the awa (because i am NOT applying for a B-school) ?

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gunneck87 Newbie | Next Rank: 10 Posts Default Avatar
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skip the awa (because i am NOT applying for a B-school) ?

Post Sun Mar 23, 2008 5:40 am
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    hey!
    i'm a 20-year-old german and have just finished high-school. i am applying to a university in switzerland for my undergraduate studies. i solely need to get 650 points on the gmat, and the university doesn't even take the awa score into account.
    thus, i considered skipping the whole awa section in order to fully concentrate on the quant and verbal.
    however the "manhattan review - gmat in a nutshell (2007)" says (under the topic "recent changes in test administration") that i have to do the awa or my scores won't be processed.

    since i could not find any information on that on mba.com i was wondering, if anyone in this forum can help me.

    gunneck

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    Post Mon Mar 24, 2008 5:49 am
    I wouldn't recommend skipping it. Practicing and writing the AWA isn't difficult at all. All one needs to do is practice for a day or two to get a score of 4.0 or better. Alternatively, you could also just write a brief essay and move ahead if you're concerned about your stamina, energy, etc.

    One more thing you should consider is that in the event you apply to a B-School within the next five years the score for this test will get sent to the Business schools and will look poor to the admissions committee.

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    . All one needs to do is practice for a day or two to get a score of 4.0 or better. Alternatively, you could also just write a brief essay and move ahead if you're concerned about your stamina, energy, etc.
    you're probably right. however, i was wondering whether it is actually true that my test won't be processed if i skip the essays.

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    Post Thu Mar 27, 2008 1:29 am
    When I said a brief essay, I meant writing a five line essay and moving on. I have not heard of scores not being processed if you don't answer your essays. On the GMATPrep software you get a score even if you leave your essays blank.

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