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# Archive | AWA

## Does AWA Really Matter for Business School?

Facts about the Analytical Writing question (AWA) and the GMAT Writing Score Fact: The current GMAT involves just one writing task, the Analysis of an Argument task, a 30-minute essay you’ll see at the beginning of the test that will give you your GMAT analytical writing score.  The old (pre-2012) GMAT had two essays, but […]

## GMAT Tuesday: Common Flaws in AWA – Sampling Error

When attacking the argument for the writing section of the GMAT, it’s important to be versed in the many common errors that pop up. This week we look at sampling errors. For access to the argument that I mention in the video, and all the other possible arguments, click here to download the PDF from […]

Many students are looking for ways to boost their AWA skills and score. Unfortunately, there is not a plethora of resources out there for students. Most often, we have to rely on people around us or forums online to receive feedback on our writing. Let’s look at what is available for those of us looking […]

## GMAT Tuesdays with Kevin: AWA – Should You Use First Person?

Hello! 🙂   What would you say is the best way to study? I’d vote for studying outside so you can enjoy the serenity of nature while you prep! That’s why this week, I’m coming to you from Arroyo Seco–a stunning campground in Salinas, CA–to answer a very important GMAT essay question: should you use […]

Plenty of students want to improve their writing, and the only real way to do so is writing, and writing a lot. But there is a catch-22 here: how do you improve your writing if you aren’t a good writer? How can you identify places to improve if you don’t know what needs improvement? How […]

## GMAT AWA — How to Write a Conclusion

Welcome to the final installment on writing your argument analysis essay. We covered the introduction and body paragraphs, and now we bring it to a close with conclusions. I’ll cover what to put in your conclusion and end with an example.   Keep it Pithy As with the introduction to your essay, you should not […]

## GMAT AWA—How to Organize a Body Paragraph

Now that we’ve discussed how to write an introduction, it is time to turn to writing a body paragraph. What follows is a layout, a map if you will, of what to do in your body paragraphs. If you include each of these pieces in two to three body paragraphs, you’ll be on track for […]

## GMAT AWA – 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 […]

## 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 […]

## 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!