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I took the GMAT twice and scored 6.0 each time. I did put a lot of time in it the first time....too much actually. Being a non-native speaker and having not written a damn essay (of any kind) in many many years, I was very scared of the AWA. So, I went through every guide that I could find and wrote nearly 25-30 essays. Even had a friend grade them for me.....Pathetic, huh?

Anyway, for my second time, I just looked over my templates I created and wrote one of each the day before test just to refresh my memory on faster typing without making too many typos......

So, here it is....Enjoy, and please do not blame me if the 6.0 percentile goes down to 80 soon :-D



AWA GUIDE

by Chineseburned

1. General Structure



Intro - Restate argument, point out flaws or state intention to discuss them below
1st Para - First,...
2nd Para - Second/In addition,...
3rd Para - Third/Finally,...
Conclusion - The argument is flawed/weak/unconvincing because of the above -mentioned...Ultimately, the argument can be strengthened if/by...


2. Structural Word (should be all over the essays)



  1. Supporting examples - for example, to illustrate, for instance, because, specifically
  2. Additional support - furthermore, in addition, similarly, just as, also, as a result, moreover
  3. Importance - surely, truly, undoubtedly, clearly, in fact, most importantly
  4. Contrast - on the contrary, yet, despite, rather, instead, however, although, while
  5. Decide against - one cannot deny that, it could be argued that, granted, admittedly
  6. Ying-yang - on the one hand/on the other hand
  7. Concluding - therefore, in summary, consequently, hence, in conclusion, ultimately, in closing


3. Templates



Intro:
The argument claims that ....(restate)
Stated in this way the argument:
a) manipulates facts and conveys a distorted view of the situation
b) reveals examples of leap of faith, poor reasoning and ill-defined terminology
c) fails to mention several key factors, on the basis of which it could be evaluated
The conclusion of the argument relies on assumptions for which there is no clear evidence. Hence, the argument is weak/unconvincing and has several flaws.

1st Para:
First, the argument readily assumes that......
This statement is a stretch....
For example,...
Clearly,...
The argument could have been much clearer if it explicitly stated that...

2nd Para:
Second, the argument claims that....
This is again a very weak and unsupported claim as the argument does not demonstrate any correlation between....and...
To illustrate,...
While,...
However,....indeed....
In fact, it is not at all clear...rather....
If the argument had provided evidence that.....then the argument would have been a lot more convincing.

3rd Para:
Finally,...
(pose some questions for the argument).....Without convincing answers to these questions, one is left with the impression that the claim is more of a wishful thinking rather than substantive evidence.

Conclusion:
In conclusion, the argument is flawed for the above-mentioned reasons and is therefore unconvincing. It could be considerably strengthened if the author clearly mentioned all the relevant facts....
In order to assess the merits of a certain situation/decision, it is essential to have full knowledge of all contributing factors. In this particular case....
Without this information, the argument remains unsubstantiated and open to debate.

4. Going from the templates to full-fledged essays




ESSAY QUESTION:
The following appeared in the editorial section of a national news magazine:[/b]

"The rating system for electronic games is similar to the movie rating system in that it provides consumers with a quick reference so that they can determine if the subject matter and contents are appropriate. This electronic game rating system is not working because it is self regulated and the fines for violating the rating system are nominal. As a result an independent body should oversee the game industry and companies that knowingly violate the rating system should be prohibited from releasing a game for two years."

Discuss how well reasoned you find this argument. Point out flaws in the argument's logic and analyze the argument's underlying assumptions. In addition, evaluate how supporting evidence is used and what evidence might counter the argument's conclusion. You may also discuss what additional evidence could be used to strengthen the argument or what changes would make the argument more logically sound.


YOUR RESPONSE:
Quote:
The argument claims that the electronic games rating system, although similar to the movie rating system, is not working because it is self regulated and violation fines are nominal, Hence, the gaming rating system should be overseen by an independent body. Stated in this way the argument fails to mention several key factors, on the basis of which it could be evaluated. The conclusion relies on assumptions, for which there is no clear evidence. Therefore, the argument is rather weak, unconvincing, and has several flaws.

First, the argument readily assumes that because the electronic game rating system is self regulated, it is not working well. This statement is a stretch and not substantiated in any way. There are numerous examples in other areas of business or commerce, where the entities are self regulated and rather successful. For instance, FIA, the Formula1 racing organization is self regulated. Yet, the sport is very popular and successful, drawing millions of spectators around the world each year. Tickets are rather expensive, races are shown on pay-per-view, and nearly all drivers are paid very well. Another example is the paralleled movie rating system that the argument mentions. The author fails to clarify whether it is working well, but it is clear that the movie rating system is pretty well received by people, who often base their decisions to go see a movie with kids or not on the movie rating. It has never been a case when someone would feel cheated by the movie rating and express disappointment afterwards. Since the movie rating system is also self regulated, it follows that this regulatory method is working pretty well and it is not obvious how it can be the reason for the poor electronic game rating system. The argument would have been much clearer if it explicitly gave examples of how the self regulatory system led to bad ratings and customer dissatisfaction.

Second, the argument claims that any violation fees for bad electronic game ratings are nominal. It thus suggests that this is yet another reason for the rating system not working. This is again a very weak and unsupported claim as the argument does not demonstrate any correlation between the monetary amount of the fines and the quality of the electronic game rating system. In fact, the argument does not even draw a parallel with the mentioned movie rating system and its violation fines. If any such correlation had been shown for the movie rating system, which supposedly works well, then the author would have sounded a bit more convincing. In addition, if the argument provided evidence that low violation fines lead to electronic game manufacturers to ignore any regulations with respect to the game rating system, the argument could have been strengthened even further.

Finally, the argument concludes that an independent body should oversee the game industry and companies that violate the rating system, should be punished. From this statement again, it is not at all clear how an independent regulatory body can do a better job than a self regulated one. Without supporting evidence and examples from other businesses where independent regulatory bodies have done a great job, one is left with the impression that the claim is more of a wishful thinking rather than substantive evidence. As a result, this conclusion has no legs to stand on.

In summary, the argument is flawed and therefore unconvincing. It could be considerably strengthened if the author clearly mentioned all the relevant facts. In order to assess the merits of a certain situation, it is essential to have full knowledge of all contributing factors.


5. Final tips



  • During the tutorial type in a few sentences in the mock essay window to get used to the keyboard.
  • Again during the tutorial, jot down on your notebook the basic structure of your essays or the opening sentences in case you get too nervous and forget them when the clock starts ticking.
  • Write as much as you can. Try to write at least 500 words per essay.
  • Always have the e-rater in mind as your potential reviewer. Remember that the human rater will make every effort to grade just like the e-rater. In that sense, keep your structure and volume in mind over actual quality/content.
  • Be careful of spelling mistakes. Double check words that you normally know you misspell (e.g. exercise). Try to finish 2-3 minutes before time is up so you can slowly re-read your essay for the purposes of spell checking. Do not reorganize/delete sentences/paragraphs with less than 2 min left.
  • No matter how great you thought your essays went, try to stay humble and focused - remember this was just a warm-up and the real stuff hasn't started yet!

Good luck!
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Re: How to get 6.0 AWA....my guide [#permalink] New post 07 Jan 2011, 20:44
Just got my score back. 5.5/6

I spent a total of twenty minutes reading this guide and about ten minutes outlining out a sample essay a day before the GMAT. Chineseburned is spot on with this guide.
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Re: How to get 6.0 AWA....my guide [#permalink] New post 27 Jan 2011, 21:09
Please also help me to evaluate this AWA...i am just preparing and seek ur feedback on this...


Analysis of Argument

Prompt:
"In recent years, Braeburn Corporation has seen lagging sales of its food products. Just a few of the many food products Braeburn sells are soy products. Soy products have been shown to reduce rates of cancer. Because people care about reducing their risk of cancer, Braeburn should increase manufacturing of soy products. This will help Braeburn Corporation improve sales and increase profits."

ANALYSIS of ARGUMENT


The argument of the author concluding that increasing production of Soy products would help Brarburn Corporation improve sales and profit as Soy products have shown to reduce the cancer rates. It also assumes that such quality of Soy products are well established in the society and buyers are well informed about the product availability. While the author may have some merits in mentioned argument, there are flaws in three aspects.

To begin with, the assumption that because people care for reducing cancer threat, they would increase Soy product consumption, and that too one which is produced by Braeburn Corporation does not have required logical basis in the argument, however there could be already another corporation which is leading in this space in the market and Braeburn corporation may be known the most for some of their other product lines.

Furthermore, the argument failed establish the point that Braeburn Coropration is doing enough to create the market so that increased level of Soy product that they produce are consumed by the prospective customers. While for that Braeburn corporation must also engage a governmental agency or reputed external agency to establish the fact that their Soy product is the best available product in market which helps in lowering the threat of cancer.

Finally, it could be counter productive for Braeburn Corporation to increase manufacturing Soy product without a proper market study and building required distribution channels.

In conclusion, the authors argument is poorly supported and unconvincing. To strengthen further Braeburn Corporation need to ensure a detailed study of the root cause of sales lagging of their food product, it could also be the overall quality has been impacted for which consumers are departing the brand. Additionally a detailed market study may also be necessary before changing the manufacturing policy. Admittedly Soy products may be the option for furture focus to increase sales and profit, but not without proper background check and analysis.
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Re: How to get 6.0 AWA....my guide [#permalink] New post 18 Feb 2011, 10:17
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Re: How to get 6.0 AWA....my guide [#permalink] New post 21 Feb 2011, 10:23
When you guys say that you're using this following this template, does it mean that you're memorizing the introduction, and the bare bones of the essay and then filling them in to apply to the topic?

I'm writing tmrw and I left the AWA to the last minute :shock:
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Re: How to get 6.0 AWA....my guide [#permalink] New post 04 Mar 2011, 01:56
How much time do you need for the AWA? I am good with writing essays and I'm thinking of covering AWA in last 2 weeks along with my regular studies. Do you think its advisable?
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Re: How to get 6.0 AWA....my guide [#permalink] New post 23 Mar 2011, 16:29
chineseburned, thanks for this awesome post.

I've been putting off my AWA preparation because I wasn't quite sure where to start and I wanted to get a strong baseline in the V and Q before working on the essays, but now after just reading this thread I feel much better about the AWA.
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Re: How to get 6.0 AWA....my guide [#permalink] New post 24 Mar 2011, 04:13
Just wanted to post another thank you. Just got my scores back and I got a 6.0 for the essays. The percentile is down to 91 now.
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Re: How to get 6.0 AWA....my guide [#permalink] New post 25 Mar 2011, 21:02
I read this guide for my exam on 21st March and I just wanted to circle back and let you know that this guide got me a 6.0 on the AWA section. As the poster above me said, the percentile is down to 91 now. GET THIS GUIDE OFF!! lol :)
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Re: How to get 6.0 AWA....my guide [#permalink] New post 11 Apr 2011, 08:59
its an awesome post! thanks!!!
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slightly offtopic - anyone knows the min AWA scores for top 10 schools?
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Re: How to get 6.0 AWA....my guide [#permalink] New post 04 May 2011, 05:51
Thanks ...you are a genius ......I got a 5.5 by following your template and nothing else :P
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This guide was fantastic. I took 1-2 days of casually looking at the template and reading up on the format of the AWA.

Thanks to Chineseburned's guide I got a 5.0 on the AWA.
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Re: How to get 6.0 AWA....my guide [#permalink] New post 12 May 2011, 09:07
Thanks for the advice. I used your template on my 11th May 2011 GMAT and received a 6.0 on the AWA. Thanks!
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Re: How to get 6.0 AWA....my guide [#permalink] New post 26 May 2011, 10:37
Your guides rock, I got 5.5 AWA.
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Re: How to get 6.0 AWA....my guide [#permalink] New post 13 Jun 2011, 18:59
Thank you Chineseburned!!! I looked at your template 2 days before my test on June 4 and I got a 6.0! You are amazing!
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I was concerned about how to tackle AWA. Now I feel comfortablewith AWA especially the argument part.

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