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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 23 Jul 2013, 01:42
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Re: How to get 6.0 AWA....my guide [#permalink] New post 28 Jul 2013, 07:13
:) Thanks. This is really helpful.
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Thanks a lot !! It really helped.
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Re: How to get 6.0 AWA....my guide [#permalink] New post 07 Aug 2013, 05:15
This guide is awesome! Still works like a charm in 2013, thanks Chineseburned!
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Thanks so much .To whomever who has uploaded this
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Re: How to get 6.0 AWA....my guide [#permalink] New post 18 Aug 2013, 12:01
Hello,
thanks for the guide. But regarding the actual essay I have several problems:

"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."

1. The movie rating system is NOT self-regulated, it is regulated by the MPAA. You just claim this in the essay. The editorial never states that the movie rating system is self-regulated, only that the rating system is similar (like PG13, R).

2. The MPAA is constantly criticized by many different interest groups.

3. "It has never been the case..." First, you cannot possibly know that, and second see 2.)


Can someone please elaborate on these points? Maybe I am missing something. Thanks
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Re: How to get 6.0 AWA....my guide [#permalink] New post 19 Aug 2013, 12:26
Seriously CHineseburned....Your awesome! Thank you for this. This was so hopeful. I'm a terrible writer
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Re: How to get 6.0 AWA....my guide [#permalink] New post 31 Aug 2013, 00:42
Over the past two years, our website has converted a consistent 3% of its visitors into sales, with very little fluctuation. Clearly, then, our goal for the upcoming year should be to raise the number of visitors to our site by any means necessary. If we can double our number of visitors by casting a wider net on pay-per-click advertising and by creating site content that is more search-engine friendly, we'll double our sales.
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Re: How to get 6.0 AWA....my guide [#permalink] New post 01 Sep 2013, 04:10
I just received my official score report, with a 6 on AWA, and I approve of this guide!
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gr8t job thanks bro............
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thanks, it is very useful for me to get some tips.~~
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Re: How to get 6.0 AWA....my guide [#permalink] New post 01 Nov 2013, 01:19
I too scored 6.0 in AWA. I jus wanna know how big a deal or how less a deal it is to score a 6.0.
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Re: How to get 6.0 AWA....my guide [#permalink] New post 08 Nov 2013, 09:46
thanks for the guaranteed 6.0 template.

I have one question, can schools see your actual AWA essay? or can they request the essays through mba.com?
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Thanks for best Post on this topic;
I guess have more simplified format to remember while writing the essay;

A) Introduction ;
1. Restate the argument summary- topic and scope of Argument
2. State the argument flawed because of ;
Flaw 1- Data / Evidence missing;
Flaw 2- Only single factor considered; other factors needs to be considered, etc.

B) Para 1;
1. State the flaw 1
2. Why it is flaw
3. What Data / evidence missing with ex.
4. What would have made the Flaw more convincing

C) Para 2;
1. State the Flaw 2
2. Why it is Flaw
3. What Other Factors will effect and need to be considered with ex.
4. What would have made the flaw more convincing

D) Conclusion;
State why the conclusion was Flawed
The final verdict- Yours conclusion and why you support that.


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:) Chineseburned and isuguy..Kick start to my AWA preparation..thanks a lot guys
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Re: How to get 6.0 AWA....my guide [#permalink] New post 19 Nov 2013, 17:58
Saludos Chineseburned .. I read your recommendation by a person in his GMAT debrief. The moment I saw this Chineseburned, I was like all over the internet searching for a book by this title or by this author. But my search ended at Gmatclub only, which I have been a part of for quite sometime now, though an offline user. 10 days to my exam and couldn't thank you more. Another kudos to you my friend. You rock. Thanks for making the life simple for so many test takers.
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