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hi everyone! i found many topics on quantitative and verbal parts of the GMAT, but i did not find much about the AWA. It would be interesting to read about your experience with AWA. thanks
Do you have Kaplan's or Princeton Review's AWA templates?
I believe the structure of the essay is the most important thing. Anyways, I practiced it 2 times at most and on exam wrote something about world peace just to get it out of the way. I got 4.5, nothing spectacular, and I didn't make it my priority.
sounds like people are not as concerned about AWA as about other 2 parts?
99% of information is about Q or V on this forum.
i guess to be successful on AWA you need to have an experience with writing in English, you can't get prepared just by reading sample essays.
I didn't prepare at all and got 6.0 on my last AWA. The most important thing is to have a number of paragraphs that discusses different perspectives and factors. Oh, and they LOVE when you use examples to support your points.
I prepared a little before the AWA, just so I wouldn't be rattled before the quant and verbal came up. I wrote out the essays for the GMATPrep practice exams and wrote another practice one based on questions in the OG.
Take a look at the sample essays in the OG, they show what you need to get a 4, 5, or 6. It's too bad there is only 1 example topic with sample essays. There is a nice list of words/phrases you should use in your essays, such as "there is insufficient evidence," "the author fails to establish," etc. It was posted on this board somewhere.
I had a pretty defined structure for essays in my head, 1 paragraph intro, 2 body paragraphs, and 1 conclusion paragraph. I got a 6.0.
1. Organize your thoughts and list your ideas (the noteboards are available during the AWA section)
2. Try to have a template ready for your write-up - this is only possible since you pretty much know the format of the questions (analysis, argument). Documents in legalese are a great source for good formats to analyze an issue or argument.
3. There is no word limit. So, dont constrain yourself unnecessarily but at the same time, dont be verbose - remember that the human reader is a graduate student probably earning less than minimum wage to read your (and a 100 other) write-ups. They wont be too interested in a book.
4. IMHO. including references to real-life events/facts helps your essays (did it both times and got 6.0 on each ocassion). Of course, the references should be appropriate in the context of your essay.
I think the template suggestions in PR's GMAT prep book are decent. The most important thing to remember is that you should use the AWA sections as warm-up for the real thing. Good luck!