horrible AWA score...

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horrible AWA score...

Postby blackcat007 » Wed Feb 04, 2009 2:58 pm

i got 790Q(92 percentile), 630V(90 percentile) but only 3.5(20 percentile) in AWA.. i am yet to take PGRE(am still in 3rd yr of engg).. what to do.. i feel bereft.. will i get admission with this awa score.. is there any cutoff for AWA score?

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Re: horrible AWA score...

Postby techodestructo » Wed Feb 04, 2009 3:03 pm

I can't imagine that writing a well-structured, well-thought out, complete essay in a ridiculously short time interval is an importamt skill for graduate study in physics. If I were on an admissions committee I would definitely give the analytic writing score the least weight of any gre score. I don't know what the standard practice is, though.

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Re: horrible AWA score...

Postby coreycwgriffin » Wed Feb 04, 2009 3:08 pm

...what is an AWA?

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Re: horrible AWA score...

Postby nathan12343 » Wed Feb 04, 2009 3:12 pm

blackcat007 wrote:i got 790Q(92 percentile), 630V(90 percentile) but only 3.5(20 percentile) in AWA.. i am yet to take PGRE(am still in 3rd yr of engg).. what to do.. i feel bereft.. will i get admission with this awa score.. is there any cutoff for AWA score?


I really don't think that the writing section is very heavily weighted. I wouldn't worry. You can always study a little bit and take the test again, if you feel like you need to.

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Re: horrible AWA score...

Postby aristotle » Wed Feb 04, 2009 3:17 pm

I don't think you'll have to worry. I have similar scores (800 math, 640 verbal, 3.5 writing) with an 810 physics GRE, I've already gotten into Wisconsin-Madison.

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Re: horrible AWA score...

Postby Helio » Wed Feb 04, 2009 5:39 pm

coreycwgriffin wrote:...what is an AWA?


writing score that is why i am guessing... and btw nobody cares about the writing score really.

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Re: horrible AWA score...

Postby coreycwgriffin » Thu Feb 05, 2009 2:59 am

Helio wrote:
coreycwgriffin wrote:...what is an AWA?


writing score that is why i am guessing... and btw nobody cares about the writing score really.


Ohh...yeah...I just had fun with mine. On that one section where you get to choose, one of my choices was about shifting education to focusing more on emotional development and I just started ranting.

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Re: horrible AWA score...

Postby Helio » Thu Feb 05, 2009 3:55 am

coreycwgriffin wrote:
Helio wrote:
coreycwgriffin wrote:...what is an AWA?


writing score that is why i am guessing... and btw nobody cares about the writing score really.


Ohh...yeah...I just had fun with mine. On that one section where you get to choose, one of my choices was about shifting education to focusing more on emotional development and I just started ranting.


"kids don't need emotional development. All they need is a good spanking once in a while and to be sent of to war that will mature them quick enough"

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Re: horrible AWA score...

Postby blackcat007 » Thu Feb 05, 2009 8:45 am

aristotle wrote:I don't think you'll have to worry. I have similar scores (800 math, 640 verbal, 3.5 writing) with an 810 physics GRE, I've already gotten into Wisconsin-Madison.

wow!!! congrats!!! really.. i feel a bit of relief seeing your success..

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Re: horrible AWA score...

Postby blackcat007 » Thu Feb 05, 2009 8:49 am

coreycwgriffin wrote:...what is an AWA?

analytical writing assessment..

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Re: horrible AWA score...

Postby sonwon » Thu Feb 05, 2009 9:55 am

I scored 790, 320 and 3 on GRE test and 800 on PGRE test. But I 've been accepted from UW-Madison. So, I think you don't have to worry about it. :lol:

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Re: horrible AWA score...

Postby blackcat007 » Thu Feb 05, 2009 10:23 am

sonwon wrote:I scored 790, 320 and 3 on GRE test and 800 on PGRE test. But I 've been accepted from UW-Madison. So, I think you don't have to worry about it. :lol:



hey great news congrats !!!! really thanks a lot for sharing.. i am feeling quite better.. yesterday after learning about 3.5 i had nightmares.. i couldn't even sleep well :(

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Re: horrible AWA score...

Postby coreycwgriffin » Thu Feb 05, 2009 3:16 pm

Helio wrote:"kids don't need emotional development. All they need is a good spanking once in a while and to be sent of to war that will mature them quick enough"


More like I just said some crap about coming from a liberal arts college and being a TA and seeing students who know the rigorous mathematical procedure for solving cut-and-dry problems, but no idea how to apply that knowledge to things that matter (like original research).

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Re: horrible AWA score...

Postby swepi » Fri Feb 06, 2009 7:01 pm

blackcat007 wrote:i am feeling quite better.. yesterday after learning about 3.5 i had nightmares.. i couldn't even sleep well :(


You probably shouldn't worry too much about it. I don't really see how the essay section can really be all that effective, and there is anecdotal evidence that it is a sham anyway, just in case you were curious:

http://www.rethinkingschools.org/archiv ... t232.shtml

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Re: horrible AWA score...

Postby blackcat007 » Mon Feb 09, 2009 5:57 am

swepi wrote:
blackcat007 wrote:i am feeling quite better.. yesterday after learning about 3.5 i had nightmares.. i couldn't even sleep well :(


You probably shouldn't worry too much about it. I don't really see how the essay section can really be all that effective, and there is anecdotal evidence that it is a sham anyway, just in case you were curious:

http://www.rethinkingschools.org/archiv ... t232.shtml

that was really shocking.. thanks a lot for sharing.. i feel a lot better..

actually i was more tensed when some of my friends told me that AWA score was a judging factor for getting TA.. is that true? i highly doubt it now though after seeing so many things against it.

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Re: horrible AWA score...

Postby swepi » Tue Feb 10, 2009 10:01 pm

blackcat007 wrote:actually i was more tensed when some of my friends told me that AWA score was a judging factor for getting TA.. is that true? i highly doubt it now though after seeing so many things against it.


I would think that most people on an admissions committee would be able to figure out if you have any communication skills by reading your statement of purpose. Besides, you already did well on the verbal section of the GRE and I am sure that counts more than the timed writing section.




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