The GMAT Analytical Writing Assessment Section

The GMAT Analytical Writing Assessment (AWA) part is the first section which you will face on the exam. This is a 30 minute written work a.k.a. the “GMAT essay”. Learn what it is all about in this official GMAC video.

Every section of the GMAT exam is very well thought out and serves a specific purpose. The Analytical Writing Assessment (AWA) section of the exam helps to measure the candidates’ abilities to think critically, demonstrate clear thought and reasoning through written expression, and to communicate their arguments.

The aforementioned abilities are critical in graduate management education and that is why the Analytical Writing Assessment section of the GMAT exam provides an opportunity for graduate programmes to evaluate candidate’s abilities in this area.

During the AWA section, the test taker is given a written statement with supporting arguments. The test taker is required to analyse the reasoning of the given argument and present in writing his critical analysis of the flaws of the argument. The test taker has 30 minutes to work on the AWA section.

The scoring of the AWA section is on a 0-6 scale. The written work of the test taker is scored by a human reader and by a computer software (referred to as the “automated essay-scoring engine” by readers are college and university faculty members from various subject matter areas and they will look at the overall quality of your thinking and writing. In case the scores of the human and the computer differ significantly, the written work of the test taker is send to a second expert for final evaluation.

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