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AWA [#permalink] New post 16 Oct 2006, 19:51
hi everyone! :-D
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
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Re: AWA [#permalink] New post 17 Oct 2006, 05:22
Orange wrote:
hi everyone! :-D
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.
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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.
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 [#permalink] New post 17 Oct 2006, 08:13
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.
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Re: AWA [#permalink] New post 17 Oct 2006, 08:21
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Do you have Kaplan's or Princeton Review's AWA templates?


i looked at one in Kaplan , and it was so urealistically huge :shock:
i don't see any possible way to write an essay of this size, this accuracy, and this structure in 30 min. :roll:
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 [#permalink] New post 17 Oct 2006, 09:38
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.
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 [#permalink] New post 17 Oct 2006, 11:00
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.
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 [#permalink] New post 17 Oct 2006, 15:11
dabots wrote:
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.

it's a good structure, considering you only have 30 min. to write.
i took my GMAT yesterday, so i don't know my score for awa yet
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 [#permalink] New post 17 Oct 2006, 17:32
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dabots wrote:
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.

it's a good structure, considering you only have 30 min. to write.
i took my GMAT yesterday, so i don't know my score for awa yet


How did ya do? By Kaplan's I ment only their template, intro, arg1, arg2, conclusion.
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 [#permalink] New post 19 Oct 2006, 16:42
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How did ya do?

i got 630, at this point i am happy with my score. :)
i will not be accepted to your 700-club though :( :lol:
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 [#permalink] New post 21 Oct 2006, 09:28
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How did ya do?

i got 630, at this point i am happy with my score. :)
i will not be accepted to your 700-club though :( :lol:


630 is a good score. i am no where near 700 club myself. 660 on first try, going to try again on nov 4th
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AWA [#permalink] New post 21 Oct 2006, 12:41
Tips for the AWA:

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!
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