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Get to know the common flaws, so you recognize them quickly on test day!       The AWA prompt will typically be a weak argument.  Part of analyzing it will necessarily involve discussing its flaws.  One of the biggest and most common flaws is a faulty assumption, discussed in greater detail here: .  Here is […]

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:   2) Know the Directions This […]

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Writing practice GMAT AWA essays is a big undertaking, especially when you don't have anyone to give you productive feedback so you can improve. Don't fret - there are ways to get your GMAT essay graded, and to make your practice worthwhile.

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Get familiar with the parts of the question that never change!    The “Pre-Argument” Directions Here are the directions that precede every AWA argument: Much of that I would call the “duh!-directions.”  Of course, this is a critique of an argument.  Of course, you shouldn’t ramble on about your own personal views.  Of course, you […]

As of June 5, 2012, the GMAT will have one AWA question, an Analysis of an Argument essay.  For years before 6/5/12, the GMAT had a second essay, the Analysis of an Issue essay, that will eliminated to make room for the IR section, so we don’t need to worry about this one.   What […]