Do you need some guidance on the Analytical Writing Assessment (AWA) section of the GMAT? In this article summary from The Economist we focus on how to plan our thoughts and our time in order to achieve a better score on test day.
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- You will have 30 minutes to complete an essay in which you examine the validity of a given argument and discuss whether it is presented logically.
- Reviewing various sample AWA templates will give you a better idea of how to organize your essay.
- After familiarizing yourself with the structure of AWA, spend some time looking over past essay topics. Try to notice if any patterns emerge, and think about how you would approach different types of arguments.
- Practice writing using your time management skills. The first five minutes are crucial in determining your argument and outlining your thoughts. The remaining 25 minutes are for writing the essay. The more you practice, the faster you will be able to analyze any given argument. The Economist reiterates the importance of effective planning:
Select a few topics from each type of AWA essay and spend five minutes for each outlining your argument or analysis. If it’s an argument essay topic, what evidence would you offer to make your case? State a few examples to support your thesis. When you feel you’ve created a few solid outlines, write a couple essays. Make sure to spend no more than 25 minutes on each essay.
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Source: The Economist