The GMAT Analytical Writing Assessment (AWA) consists of one, 30 minute essay to analyze an argument.
Avoid Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling Errors
You are required to demonstrate a good control of standard written English. The role of punctuation is to guide the reader through sentences and paragraphs. Without proper punctuation, your reader won’t know where one thought ends and another begins. The most common punctuation errors involve commas.
Pick a Side of Argument
Even if you can’t identify a side you agree with, pick one, stick to it and focus on that side exclusively. You will not be tested on your ability to pick the correct side of an argument. Being able to support your argument successfully is more important.
Use Specific Examples
Pick specific examples that are relevant and support your argument.
Contradict Other Side of Argument
Contradict the opposing argument before concluding. It’s an opportunity to establish your argument and further discredit the other side with authority.