Does Your Analytical Writing Assessment Score Matter?

When it comes to the GMAT one question a lot of people have is whether or not the Analytical Writing Assessment (AWA) section matters.

What Is The Analytical Writing Assessment?

The writing section is essentially an extended critical reasoning problem that you should respond to in essay format. You will be given a passage to read and asked whether or not you agree with the argument presented in the passage.

The Purpose of The Analytical Writing Assesment

Over the years, business schools have had issues with applicants hiring outside help for their applications, essays, personal statements, etc. The AWA exists as a way to make sure that applicants can actually write at the level that their application would suggest. In other words, if you struggle to write in English and had hired help for your application, you will likely be caught red handed by the writing section of the GMAT.

So Does The AWA Matter?

The AWA is widely considered the least important section on the GMAT. If you were allocating study hours by section, this one should receive the least. The AWA section does not affect your 800 score at all and is graded on a scale from 0 to 6. 

All that matters is that you do not screw it up enough for the admissions committee at your school of choice to feel required to ask you about it. Scoring a 5 or 6 on this section is easy to do with minimal studying if English is your native language.