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Does taking a "good boy" position on AWA Issue question help

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Does taking a "good boy" position on AWA Issue question help [#permalink] New post 26 Aug 2010, 09:34
While going through the list of Analysis of an Issue questions provided by GMAC, I noticed that some of the questions allow you to take a "good boy" position, that is a position that projects *you* as an environmentally and socially responsible individual.

Any thoughts on whether taking such a position helps (if it's available in the particular question one faces on the GMAT, and provided one has enough meat to write), compared to taking the alternative position?
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Re: Does taking a "good boy" position on AWA Issue question help [#permalink] New post 26 Aug 2010, 09:36
The school will not see your essay, only your score.

It doesn't matter what position you take. It must be well written and have minimal errors (some typos are OK).

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Re: Does taking a "good boy" position on AWA Issue question help [#permalink] New post 26 Aug 2010, 10:16
how to improve the typing speed in 2 weeks? any ideas? thanks!
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Re: Does taking a "good boy" position on AWA Issue question help [#permalink] New post 26 Aug 2010, 10:35
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how to improve the typing speed in 2 weeks? any ideas? thanks!

Other than reading chineseburned's guide, just practice. Test takers are given 30 minutes for each AWA essay. That's plenty of time.
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Re: Does taking a "good boy" position on AWA Issue question help [#permalink] New post 03 Sep 2010, 06:15
Just take the position you see with the most "holes". Dont try to take a "good route" just because you think the essay readers will like it more. Maybe there is bias but there's no way to know. Bottom line - do the position you feel most comfortable !
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Re: Does taking a "good boy" position on AWA Issue question help [#permalink] New post 08 Sep 2010, 08:35
Hey rishabhsingla,

I would agree with what most of the other posters have said. Your essay is going to be graded by a human and computer scorer using a very specific formula. This formula does not take into account the moral or social aspects of your essay's argument!

Take the position you feel most equipped to argue. If that's the so-called "good boy" position, go for it! If not, argue the opposite - even if it's not what you believe in real life. What matters is that your essay makes a logical argument - in other words, that it clearly sets out a thesis and uses well-chosen supporting points to support that main argument.

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Re: Does taking a "good boy" position on AWA Issue question help [#permalink] New post 08 Sep 2010, 09:08
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Thanks Chris. This is helpful :)
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Re: Does taking a "good boy" position on AWA Issue question help [#permalink] New post 08 Sep 2010, 10:51
I would say take a side you can justify with points that are plausible. This does not test your personal views just your logic
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