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# How to get 6.0 AWA....my guide

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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

AWA GUIDE

by Chineseburned

1. General Structure

Intro - Restate argument, point out flaws or state intention to discuss them below
1st Para - First,...
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.

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]  09 Sep 2009, 06:31
Its raining Kudos for chineseburned.
+1 from my side too..!!
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Re: How to get 6.0 AWA....my guide [#permalink]  17 Sep 2009, 12:18
Thanks chineseburned.
My AWA score went 4.0 to 5.5..
Thanks. you rock
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Re: How to get 6.0 AWA....my guide [#permalink]  20 Sep 2009, 17:16
great template. Thanks. kudos from me.
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Re: How to get 6.0 AWA....my guide [#permalink]  21 Sep 2009, 22:55
very useful. Thanks
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Re: How to get 6.0 AWA....my guide [#permalink]  21 Sep 2009, 22:56
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Re: How to get 6.0 AWA....my guide [#permalink]  24 Sep 2009, 23:48
Great stuff, very useful. Thanks a lot.
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Re: How to get 6.0 AWA....my guide [#permalink]  27 Sep 2009, 17:41
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Great guide! I used the tips in the guide presented and I scored 5.5 on the AWA.

Jochen

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Re: How to get 6.0 AWA....my guide [#permalink]  04 Oct 2009, 11:56
Thanks chineseburned. I am planning to memorize these templates for my test.
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Re: How to get 6.0 AWA....my guide [#permalink]  24 Oct 2009, 08:20
chineseburned wrote:
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. (i was always told, even in highschool, that I need to restate in the conclusion my three points..

4.2 Issue

I was told in a GMAT class that I need to always dissagree with the issue...isnt that correct? Becauase in your example, I see that you totally agree with the issue

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Re: How to get 6.0 AWA....my guide [#permalink]  28 Oct 2009, 07:43
Excellent guide, chineseburned. It helped me score 6.0.
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Re: How to get 6.0 AWA....my guide [#permalink]  01 Nov 2009, 12:16
Thanks a ton!! this is undoubtedly very helpful n a useful thread..
+1 from me as well..
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Re: How to get 6.0 AWA....my guide [#permalink]  03 Nov 2009, 15:43
THANK YOU! got a 6.0 and didn't study very much for AWA which was key considering i needed every second to study for verbal. all thanks to your guide!
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Re: How to get 6.0 AWA....my guide [#permalink]  04 Nov 2009, 03:39
I took the test again. After scoring 5.5 at my first attempt, I scored 6.0 during my second attempt. The guide is really great, because I did not spend much time for preparing for the AWA.

Great forum. Many thanks to the people who keep this platform running.
I have been accepted at LBS and I am more than happy!

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Re: How to get 6.0 AWA....my guide [#permalink]  07 Nov 2009, 07:25
Billion thanks to chineseburned..A darling template and brilliant piece of advice at the end.
Though, I have a small concern. I read that essays will be evaluated by (e rating system+ human reader), if we all are going to follow the same template, is it not going to impact the scores as the e reader might understand that everyone is following a similar template? I apologise in advance as it a sily question because people are still scoring with the above template. This qn is just out of curiosity
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Re: How to get 6.0 AWA....my guide [#permalink]  28 Nov 2009, 21:44
Kudos. This is a very good outline. Very basic, but the 30 mins allotted for the essay is probably not time to get creative.
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Re: How to get 6.0 AWA....my guide [#permalink]  08 Dec 2009, 14:41
6.0 here as well, thanks a bunch for a great outline and tips!

*edit* 6.0 twice.

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Re: How to get 6.0 AWA....my guide [#permalink]  10 Dec 2009, 08:09
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Yeah, thanks for the help. I'll save this for the last few days of my studying.
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Re: How to get 6.0 AWA....my guide [#permalink]  23 Dec 2009, 13:44
Dear chineseburned

I wanted to thank you for this post. I did the GMAT a week ago, and I just received my score, and guess what! 6.0
I am a foreign student, and English is not my first language.
My strategy was to memorize your template, I started writing the template everywhere I could (office, home, etc).

My story is not a great nor good story, the truth is that I got 49 in Math, and a #$@!#@! 21 in Verbal. I am very sad, since in every practice I got more than 31... 6 mgmat tests ranging from 31 to 36, and 2 official mba.com tests 34 and 31. but if I have to thank someone that person is you, and the people in gmatclub. I will be taking the GMAT again, I am afraid that I lost this years application round for that @$!@\$ verbal, but I'll be back!

Thanks again dude, you rule... btw the percentile was 90.
Saludos!
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Re: How to get 6.0 AWA....my guide [#permalink]  07 Jan 2010, 15:27
I have to post props here, too. I really did not take the AWA very seriously. I took the GMAT 6 years ago on a whim and two days of prep and I think I received a 4.5 or so on the writing. And I am a pretty good writer. Anyway, I prepped for about 10 days this time after taking the LSAT in December. I did no prep work for the AWA again though, but I did find this thread the evening before and went over it several times. I don't recommend going in without any writing practice, but I did just that. I ran out of time with only one sentence in my conclusion on arguments, finished the second essay with time left. Felt okay about it, but I got a 6.0! I have to believe that just going over these basic concepts gave me a good foundation for the structure and strength of my writing, even if it wasn't at all perfect.

In all honesty, I was skeptical that these concepts would really help because they are pretty basic for anyone with good writing skills to start with (NO OFFENSE INTENDED!!!), but when you are on the clock, it's absolutely critical that the basic stuff be right at your fingertips, figuratively speaking.

Many thanks to the OP!!!
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Re: How to get 6.0 AWA....my guide [#permalink]  08 Jan 2010, 13:58
This is incredibly helpful. Thanks for the info. I was pretty scared of the AWA, but they ended up being much easier than I anticipated.
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