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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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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:   2) Know the Directions This […]

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The Directions for the GMAT AWA

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 […]

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Typical Flaws in AWA Prompts

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 […]

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“New” AWA on the GMAT

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 […]

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