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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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Yatesey8 wrote:
I just got my official score report and I would love to hear some thoughts. I'm ecstatic with my overall score (Q-49 V-47 for a 760). I wasn't thrilled with an IR of 6 since I scored 8s on both of my practice tests, but I do not think that this is enough to be a red flag. What I'm worried about is my 4.5 on AWA. I froze when I got into the test center and spent the first 15 minutes trying to remember how English worked (it's my first language so this is not good). I'm applying to a pretty standard list of top schools, but my favorite is Tuck. On my practice tests I got a 750 and 760, so I am confident that I could get a similar score, but I have absolutely no desire to take the test again. I would really love to hear some thoughts on how my IR and AWA will affect my chances at a top school.
Congratulations on acing the test! Schools don't emphasize the AWA. (Ever notice a published average for the AWA of an incoming class to a particular school? There's a reason for this.) And 6 on the IR is well above the mean score. Enjoy your victory and celebrate.

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Thanks for the reply and the extra thought about the possibility of consulting in the future. That's very helpful. So while I know that top schools don't emphasize the AWA, you don't think that a 4.5 would even be any sort of red flag?

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I think you can't apply for an AWA review.

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