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Never say Never - GMAT 4th attempt - 730(Q50,V38)

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Re: Never say Never - GMAT 4th attempt - 730(Q50,V38) [#permalink] New post 28 Apr 2014, 03:28
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How did you score for AWA?


i got 6/6 on AWA so I am happy with that too :)



Wow how did you do that? Can you give us some tips?



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]

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Re: Never say Never - GMAT 4th attempt - 730(Q50,V38) [#permalink] New post 09 May 2014, 15:48
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Really great tips - I am sure that the community will benefit from these. As long you have your CR (read strengtheners, weakeners etc) hat on, you should be able to craft a well written analysis, especially with the tools provided above. Remember, having a template allows you to focus the time in exam on creating high quality content.

Good luck with the application process. Which schools are you applying to?

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Re: Never say Never - GMAT 4th attempt - 730(Q50,V38) [#permalink] New post 10 Jun 2014, 15:13
Great post!! Very encouraging and motivating!!

Did you find the Magoosh Verbal to be just as helpful as E-Gmat's?
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Re: Never say Never - GMAT 4th attempt - 730(Q50,V38) [#permalink] New post 18 Jun 2014, 16:42
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Really great tips - I am sure that the community will benefit from these. As long you have your CR (read strengtheners, weakeners etc) hat on, you should be able to craft a well written analysis, especially with the tools provided above. Remember, having a template allows you to focus the time in exam on creating high quality content.

Good luck with the application process. Which schools are you applying to?

-Rajat


Hi Rajat,

Sorry for the late reply. I have been travelling for work so didn't get time over the last month.

I have already applied to INSEAD for R2 - Jan 15 intake. Based on the outcome for this school, i will apply accordingly for other schools. However, at this stage, I am aiming for top 5 US schools.

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Re: Never say Never - GMAT 4th attempt - 730(Q50,V38) [#permalink] New post 18 Jun 2014, 16:44
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Great post!! Very encouraging and motivating!!

Did you find the Magoosh Verbal to be just as helpful as E-Gmat's?


Thanks! I found E-GMAT's course more helpful. I would recommend that over Magoosh. However Magoosh's question bank is very good for both verbal and math. So I used Magoosh mostly for its question bank.
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Re: Never say Never - GMAT 4th attempt - 730(Q50,V38) [#permalink] New post 09 Sep 2014, 20:13
Really a very great and motivational debrief...Esp i m greatly convinced with your General tips & advices..Congratulations on such a great score. !! :)
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Re: Never say Never - GMAT 4th attempt - 730(Q50,V38) [#permalink] New post 23 Sep 2014, 23:05
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I've been lacked of discipline to study so far :( It's difficult to stay 2-3 hours a day to study because I'm already exhausted from my full time job. Every weekday I'm like open the books then sleep on it, weekends are full of nonsense work pop out of nowhere. 2 weeks until my exam and I'm not feeling any better after studying for more than 2 months. I was panicked, but after reading your debrief, I'm feeling much better. I still have time, 2 weeks or even 2 months, 'd better try harder!


dont give up mate. Just keep at it. But you have to learn how to manage work and GMAT. I worked really hard during the day but when it was time to study, I put everything away. I recommend you do the same. Soon this will become a habit. I used to break down my study - Come home around 6:30pm and either exercise or freshen up. then sit for 1 or 1.5 hours to study (mostly focused on verbal). Dinner for an hour. Then back to study for 1-1.5 hours (focus on math as i was much more tired so math was easier and refreshing). Sometimes, if i felt tired and my Tinnitus was loud, I stopped, relaxed for a longer duration and then came back to study. I normally slept around midnight every night....hope this helps


Congrats pkum036 :) Great advice!
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