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## Does AWA Really Matter for Business School?

What is the GMAT Essay, and Why Does it Matter? The GMAT Essay is– true to its name– an essay you write for the GMAT. In the GMAT’s writing task, you must give a written analysis of an argument. This task, also known as the Analytical Writing Question, or AWA, has no specific length requirements. But […]

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 help to boost our AWA […]

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

GMAT Essay (a.k.a GMAT AWA) Tips: How to Start Strong! The GMAT Essay, also called the GMAT Analytical Writing Assessment, or AWA, appears at the very beginning of the GMAT. The essay requires you to read a short argument and make a written analysis of the argument. This opening GMAT task has a 30 minute time […]

## 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 […]

## 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 […]

## 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://clemmonsdogpark.info/gmat/2012/arguments-and-assumptions-on-the-gmat/   2) Know the Directions This […]

## 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 […]