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How to Write an Introduction to the GMAT Essay

For the Analytical Writing Assessment (AWA) on the GMAT, students are presented with an argument and are asked to evaluate it. Students need to break down the argument, point out weaknesses and gaps in the reasoning and examples, and suggest ways to improve the argument. All this needs to be accomplished in thirty minutes. In […]

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GMAT Tuesdays with Kevin: Articles

Hello! A few weeks back, we asked all of YOU to ask us any questions you had about the GMAT, and one of you asked a question about articles! So this week, I’m sharing a strategy you can use to apply the right articles to the right context, and take your essay writing skills to […]

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GMAT Tuesdays with Kevin: AWA Directions and Evaluation

Hello! This week, I’ll talk through why you should pay close attention to what the AWA instructions say and how to follow them correctly for a top score. If you have any questions or thoughts on the video, comment below and I’ll respond. Enjoy!

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GMAT Tuesdays with Kevin: AWA Argument Analysis Outline

This week, I talk about how to extract the most important information from the argument that you’ll have to write your essay about– enjoy! Let us know if you have any suggestions for future video topics, we’d love to hear your thoughts!

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Active Verbs on the GMAT

To start, consider these practice GMAT Sentence Correction questions. 1) The Senator’s warm recommendation of the popular Congressman seemed to many an implication that he will not see re-election to his current office. an implication that to make the implication to imply that as if implying to make implicit that 2) Five-star General John Pershing […]

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GMAT AWA Example Essay

See an ideal GMAT AWA essay example.  In the previous post, I demonstrated some brainstorming and identified six objections to this argument.  I then selected three of them as the basis of the essay that follows.  This is one way to go about writing the essay. Introductory paragraph: In a memo to the president of […]

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Brainstorming for GMAT AWA

How do you begin the AWA? Of course, as of June, 2012, there is only one essay, the Argument essay, on the GMAT.  Suppose you are faced with the following AWA Argument prompt (this is the very last prompt listed in the OG13): The following appeared in a memorandum written by the chair of the […]

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Compare and Contrast vs. Pros and Cons on the GMAT

What is the difference between these two GMAT tasks? Some GMAT Reading Comprehension passages or AWA questions will have a “compare and contrast” type question.  Others will ask us to compare “the pros and cons” or “the benefits and liabilities” or “the advantages and drawbacks” of a particular decision or plan or strategy.  Students sometime […]

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Active vs. Passive Voice on the GMAT

No one is going to achieve wild success in the business world simply by sitting around and letting events unfold.  Success in the business world involves taking action.  Of course, which action, and what is the best time to act, are debatable points that depend on the situation, but the general idea is universally true: […]

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GMAT AWA Strategies

Here are the tips that will support your success on the GMAT’s AWA.  1) Recognize Unstated Assumptions This skill is essential for the Critical Reasoning questions, and it will also serve you well on attacking the prompt argument in your AWA.  You can read more about that skill here: http://magoosh.com/gmat/2012/arguments-and-assumptions-on-the-gmat/   2) Know the Directions This […]

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