The GMAT Analytical Writing Assessment (AWA) consists of one, 30 minute essay to analyze an argument.

AWA General Tips

  1. Manage the time properly. Spend initial 2-3 minutes preparing arough outline.
  2. Divide the essay into paragraphs
  3. Give the essay a proper and logical structure
  4. Use relevant examples to support the points
  5. Avoid unnecessarily long sentences
  6. Check for use of appropriate transition words
  7. Include an introductory paragraph & conclusion
  8. Leave time to proof your essays thoroughly

Writing Tips

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.