Find all School-related info fast with the new School-Specific MBA Forum

It is currently 27 Aug 2014, 12:59

Close

GMAT Club Daily Prep

Thank you for using the timer - this advanced tool can estimate your performance and suggest more practice questions. We have subscribed you to Daily Prep Questions via email.

Customized
for You

we will pick new questions that match your level based on your Timer History

Track
Your Progress

every week, we’ll send you an estimated GMAT score based on your performance

Practice
Pays

we will pick new questions that match your level based on your Timer History

Not interested in getting valuable practice questions and articles delivered to your email? No problem, unsubscribe here.

Events & Promotions

Events & Promotions in June
Open Detailed Calendar

How to get 6.0 AWA....my guide

  Question banks Downloads My Bookmarks Reviews Important topics  
Author Message
1060 KUDOS received
Senior Manager
Senior Manager
User avatar
Joined: 24 Feb 2008
Posts: 349
Schools: UCSD ($) , UCLA, USC ($), Stanford
Followers: 118

Kudos [?]: 1300 [1060] , given: 2

GMAT Tests User
How to get 6.0 AWA....my guide [#permalink] New post 22 May 2008, 05:56
1060
This post received
KUDOS
376
This post was
BOOKMARKED
Guide to Perfect 6.0 AWA GMAT Score

Related AWA Resources:


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!

Image
_________________

Chinese Democracy is misunderstood...at your nearest BestBuy.

Best AWA guide here: how-to-get-6-0-awa-my-guide-64327.html


Last edited by carcass on 26 Aug 2014, 10:26, edited 9 times in total.
Added the template as image
Kaplan Promo CodeKnewton GMAT Discount CodesVeritas Prep GMAT Discount Codes
Intern
Intern
avatar
Joined: 10 Oct 2013
Posts: 2
Followers: 0

Kudos [?]: 0 [0], given: 5

Re: How to get 6.0 AWA....my guide [#permalink] New post 19 Nov 2013, 22:57
Thanks! You are a lifesaver!
cheers!!
Intern
Intern
avatar
Joined: 13 Jun 2013
Posts: 2
Followers: 0

Kudos [?]: 0 [0], given: 0

GMAT ToolKit User
Re: How to get 6.0 AWA....my guide [#permalink] New post 20 Nov 2013, 14:40
this guide is awesome, thanks to it I was able to BS my way into a 5. i went in there hoping for a 3 and was surprise to see a 5.
Intern
Intern
avatar
Joined: 07 Nov 2013
Posts: 2
Schools: ISB '15, NUS '16
Followers: 0

Kudos [?]: 0 [0], given: 8

Re: How to get 6.0 AWA....my guide [#permalink] New post 24 Nov 2013, 12:43
This is really helpful thanks a ton
Intern
Intern
avatar
Joined: 17 Sep 2013
Posts: 45
Concentration: Finance, General Management
Followers: 1

Kudos [?]: 4 [0], given: 4

Re: How to get 6.0 AWA....my guide [#permalink] New post 01 Dec 2013, 08:21
Thanks a lot. This is gold. Got a 5.5 considering I just memorized your template and added a few basic examples of flawed assumptions.
Intern
Intern
avatar
Joined: 08 Dec 2012
Posts: 6
Concentration: Entrepreneurship, Marketing
GMAT 1: 640 Q49 V27
GPA: 3.4
WE: Marketing (Retail)
Followers: 0

Kudos [?]: 0 [0], given: 2

GMAT ToolKit User
Re: How to get 6.0 AWA....my guide [#permalink] New post 05 Dec 2013, 16:40
Thanks you. Your strategy works for me.
I always got 4. Now I got 5 in the real test.
Intern
Intern
avatar
Joined: 20 Aug 2013
Posts: 30
Location: China
Concentration: International Business, Entrepreneurship
GMAT 1: 720 Q V
GPA: 3.63
WE: Supply Chain Management (Consumer Products)
Followers: 0

Kudos [?]: 7 [0], given: 19

Re: How to get 6.0 AWA....my guide [#permalink] New post 16 Dec 2013, 07:04
Hi Chineseburned,
Took my GMAT today, don't know what the AWA score is yet, but wanted to thank you anyway for providing an easy-to-memorize template, which I've used for my test. Let's see what the outcome is - fact is, had it not been for your template, I would have spent much more time to come up with an AWA-strategy!
Intern
Intern
avatar
Joined: 20 Aug 2013
Posts: 30
Location: China
Concentration: International Business, Entrepreneurship
GMAT 1: 720 Q V
GPA: 3.63
WE: Supply Chain Management (Consumer Products)
Followers: 0

Kudos [?]: 7 [0], given: 19

Re: How to get 6.0 AWA....my guide [#permalink] New post 18 Dec 2013, 01:29
Aaaand the score just came in: 6.0
THANKS AGAIN!!
Manager
Manager
User avatar
Status: Work hard in silence, let success make the noise
Joined: 25 Nov 2013
Posts: 160
Location: India
Concentration: Finance, General Management
GMAT 1: 540 Q50 V15
GMAT 2: 640 Q50 V27
GPA: 3.11
WE: Consulting (Computer Software)
Followers: 5

Kudos [?]: 29 [0], given: 84

Re: How to get 6.0 AWA....my guide [#permalink] New post 27 Dec 2013, 02:26
Thanks chineseburned...
I scored a 5.0 last time. Hope to get a 6.0 this time...
_________________

Sahil Chaudhary
If you find this post helpful, please take a moment to click on the "+1 KUDOS" icon.
My IELTS 7.5 Experience
From 540 to 640...Done with GMAT!!!
http://www.sahilchaudhary007.blogspot.com

Intern
Intern
avatar
Joined: 17 Apr 2013
Posts: 3
Followers: 0

Kudos [?]: 0 [0], given: 0

Re: How to get 6.0 AWA....my guide [#permalink] New post 28 Dec 2013, 04:02
My GMAT score isn't worth sharing or discussing, but I am writing this, just to thank ChineseBurned. You are the guru of AWA I would say. My AWA score few years back when I gave my GRE was 3.5 and now my AWA rating for GMAT is 6.0. I would give all the credits to this post.
It helped me understand the how the tool works and what is expected.
Heartfelt thanks again! :)
Intern
Intern
User avatar
Joined: 20 Sep 2012
Posts: 10
Followers: 0

Kudos [?]: 13 [0], given: 6

Re: How to get 6.0 AWA....my guide [#permalink] New post 07 Jan 2014, 07:00
Thank you! Kudos.

I got 5.5 with the help of this post alone.
Intern
Intern
avatar
Joined: 07 Jul 2013
Posts: 1
Followers: 0

Kudos [?]: 0 [0], given: 0

Re: How to get 6.0 AWA....my guide [#permalink] New post 07 Jan 2014, 09:54
I created this account solely so I could thank ChineseBurned and add validity to this thread. I took the GMAT late November 2013, and recieved a 6 on my AWA. All I did was study this thread, and I used no other study sources. This is the single most important and useful study material out there for AWA. Thank you, and I would highly recommend anyone studying for AWA to use this, memorize the exact words and sentences you are going to use, and just fill in the blanks for the specific topic presented.

Thanks!!!
Intern
Intern
avatar
Joined: 25 Nov 2011
Posts: 10
Followers: 0

Kudos [?]: 4 [0], given: 2

Re: How to get 6.0 AWA....my guide [#permalink] New post 08 Jan 2014, 04:42
A collection of Few AWA essays for reference. Hope it helps .
Attachments

AWA model answers.pdf [1.36 MiB]
Downloaded 275 times

To download please login or register as a user

Intern
Intern
avatar
Joined: 25 Feb 2014
Posts: 4
Followers: 0

Kudos [?]: 0 [0], given: 0

Re: How to get 6.0 AWA....my guide [#permalink] New post 27 Feb 2014, 22:22
Can you please post a sample essay on an issue topic as well?
Thanks!!
Manager
Manager
avatar
Joined: 23 May 2013
Posts: 128
Followers: 0

Kudos [?]: 24 [0], given: 110

GMAT ToolKit User
Re: How to get 6.0 AWA....my guide [#permalink] New post 01 Mar 2014, 07:54
aren't we penalized if we use the template just as is? or its fine to use the template, which could be used by 100s or 1000s of other folks?
_________________

“Confidence comes not from always being right but from not fearing to be wrong.”

Intern
Intern
avatar
Joined: 30 May 2013
Posts: 8
GMAT 1: 680 Q48 V35
Followers: 0

Kudos [?]: 0 [0], given: 2

Re: How to get 6.0 AWA....my guide [#permalink] New post 24 Mar 2014, 07:13
Just wanted to say thank you for this quick guide.
Very easy to memorize template with tons of room for customization.
I got a 5.5 the first time around and a 6.0 the second attempt.
Thank you again.
Intern
Intern
avatar
Joined: 12 Sep 2012
Posts: 2
Location: Spain
GPA: 3.95
WE: General Management (Retail)
Followers: 0

Kudos [?]: 5 [0], given: 4

Re: How to get 6.0 AWA....my guide [#permalink] New post 05 Apr 2014, 02:46
Just wanted to add one more opinion in case anyone is hesitant about applying this framework. I followed very closely the framework chineseburned provided. My AWA score just came in and I got a 6.0.

Thanks a lot chineseburned, what a fantastic post!!
Intern
Intern
avatar
Joined: 14 Apr 2014
Posts: 1
Concentration: Technology, Entrepreneurship
GMAT 1: 710 Q50 V35
GPA: 3.8
Followers: 0

Kudos [?]: 0 [0], given: 0

Re: How to get 6.0 AWA....my guide [#permalink] New post 19 Apr 2014, 01:23
Many Thanks, Chineseburned.
I was approximately a 3. Read this guide, wrote a single essay and next day got a 6 (a 91%ile now). The computer that checks essays seems particularly gullible.
But you do need a large cache of phrases and filler words though.

Keep it up!
Intern
Intern
avatar
Joined: 10 Jan 2013
Posts: 19
Concentration: International Business, Entrepreneurship
GMAT 1: 660 Q49 V32
GMAT 2: 650 Q45 V35
GMAT 3: 660 Q50 V30
GMAT 4: 730 Q50 V38
GPA: 3.54
WE: Business Development (Non-Profit and Government)
Followers: 2

Kudos [?]: 53 [0], given: 9

GMAT ToolKit User CAT Tests
Re: How to get 6.0 AWA....my guide [#permalink] New post 28 Apr 2014, 03:34
I also got 6 in AWA. Here are my thoughts

AWA - Here are my notes that i used for the exam

Points to note:
1) Write at least 4-5 paragraphs. I normally wrote 4 paras.
- In the first para, I re-iterated what the author concluded or recommended. Then explained the evidence the author gave to support the conclusion. In the end, I focused on suggesting that the conclusion is flawed and the reasons are explained in the following paragraphs
- Second and third paras, I attacked two or three flaws or discussed the unstated assumptions that the author has not considered.
- Forth para, I said that the argument is flawed and then gave reasons as to how can the author make the argument more logically acceptable.

You can used any of the examples in different paras to create the structure of the essay. I practised around 20 paras before the exam so that the main structure was embedded in my brain and I just needed to identify the flaws and logically argue those points.

Para 1
- Citing facts drawn from the....
- In the argument, the author concludes that [X is Y]. The conclusion is based on the following two facts: (1) [Fact 1] ; (2) [Fact 2]
- [X] recommends that...... To support this recommendation, the author points out that....
- Based on [X], the author predicts/recommends/concludes that [X is Y]
- The line of reasoning is problematic for several reasons.
- The conclusion is not warranted by the evidence and is unconvincing for several reasons
- Neither of the reasons provide sufficient support
- This conclusion is not convincing as it stands

Para 2 and 3
- First of all, the author's conclusion goes beyond the evidence.
- Secondly, the author fails to mention/consider/establish [X] and/or [Y]
- The author's argument is based on the assumption [X]
- The only reason offered by the author is the claim that.....
- Withoug compelling evidence to support this critical assumption, the author's recommendation/conclusion is not worthy of consideration.
- But the authors generalisation is based on [X] is unreliable
- The statistics cited in the [X] maybe misleading because .....
- The problem with the argument is that [X] is/are not necessarily representative of the views of [Y] in general.

Para 4
- The conclusion is not convincing as it stands
- Consequently, I am not convinced that .....
- In conclusion, to convince me that [X], the author would have to provide evidence that.....
- In conclusion, the argument is weak. To make the argument more logically acceptable, the author must demonstrate that.....
- In addition, to further strengthen the argument, the author must provide evidence to show that....
- The argument is weak because it depends on an oversimplified assumption about the causal connection between [X] and [Y]. To strengthen the argument, the author must identify and explore relevant factors beyond [X] before concluding [Y]
Intern
Intern
User avatar
Joined: 17 Mar 2011
Posts: 11
Schools: INSEAD, Booth, LBS
WE 1: Operations,
WE 2: IT Consulting, Hi Tech Project Management
WE 3: Baby Sitter
Followers: 0

Kudos [?]: 5 [0], given: 13

GMAT ToolKit User
Re: How to get 6.0 AWA....my guide [#permalink] New post 09 May 2014, 09:45
Thanks So Much! Much Appreciated!
_________________

The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.

Intern
Intern
avatar
Joined: 03 May 2014
Posts: 1
Followers: 0

Kudos [?]: 0 [0], given: 0

Re: How to get 6.0 AWA....my guide [#permalink] New post 30 May 2014, 03:27
Hi,

I just took the GMAT on 24th May, 2014 and used the above template for AWA. My official score just came in today and I got a 5.5. Thanks for this extremely helpful template!

Cheers.
Re: How to get 6.0 AWA....my guide   [#permalink] 30 May 2014, 03:27
    Similar topics Author Replies Last post
Similar
Topics:
Experts publish their posts in the topic How to use the OG Guide sfeng 5 13 Apr 2012, 09:52
SCALE ON 60 ,, HOW IS THAT DONE mohan514 1 15 Jun 2011, 06:37
Experts publish their posts in the topic how to work with MGMAT guids... ashkanator 2 21 Mar 2011, 11:51
1324 Experts publish their posts in the topic How to get 6.0 AWA....my guide chineseburned 332 22 May 2008, 05:56
1 Experts publish their posts in the topic anyone get a 60 on quantitative? RVD 7 03 Aug 2008, 12:56
Display posts from previous: Sort by

How to get 6.0 AWA....my guide

  Question banks Downloads My Bookmarks Reviews Important topics  

Go to page   Previous    1  ...  6   7   8   9   10   11   12   13   14   15   16   17    Next  [ 333 posts ] 



GMAT Club MBA Forum Home| About| Privacy Policy| Terms and Conditions| GMAT Club Rules| Contact| Sitemap

Powered by phpBB © phpBB Group and phpBB SEO

Kindly note that the GMAT® test is a registered trademark of the Graduate Management Admission Council®, and this site has neither been reviewed nor endorsed by GMAC®.