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# Analytical Writting Assessment (AWA)- ““In the first four years that M

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28 Jan 2019, 07:04
“In the first four years that Montoya has served as mayor of the city of San Perdito, the population has decreased and
the unemployment rate has increased. Two businesses have closed for each new business that has opened. Under
Varro, who served as mayor for four years before Montoya, the unemployment rate decreased and the population
increased. Clearly, the residents of San Perdito would be best served if they voted Montoya out of office and
reelected Varro

The argument states that the residents of San Perdito would be best served if they voted Montoya out of office and reelected Varro by citing an evidence that in the first four years during which Montoya has served as mayor of the city of San Perdito, the population has decreased and the unemployment rate has increased. The conclusion of argument depends on assumptions , for which no clear evidence is provided. Hence,the argument is weak and has several flaws.

Firstly, the argument states that in the first four years that Montoya has served as mayor of the city of San Perdito, the population has decreased and the unemployment rate has increased. It is assumed that Montoya is responsible for increase in unemployment. May be factors such as global economic recession or digitalisation or some other factors were responsible for increased unemployment rate.

Secondly, the argument states that under Varro, who served as mayor for four years before Montoya, the unemployment rate decreased and the population increased. Again, the argument nowhere mentioned the actual reason for this decrease in unemployment rate. May be this decrease was the outcome of industrial revolution or of some new technology which openely demanded a huge work force.

Finally, it can't be assumed for sure that the residents of San Perdito would be best served if they voted Montoya out of office and reelected Varro because there is no clear evidence for incentives of Montoya and Varro is provided. When san perdito will be in power such economic recession may occur again and as a result unemployment rate increases again.

For example: during the era when india government was run by an economist who was famous for his policies and decisions, Indian economic faced a huge comeback and led to great unemployment, solely, because of the great economic recession.

In conclusion, the argument is flawed for above mentioned reasons. It can be strengthened by adding some more reliable evidence or facts. Without this, the argument is weak and is open to debate.

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28 Jan 2019, 10:16
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To be clear, the AWA section does not test you ability to make great arguments, rather it tests your ability to write good English. Good sentence structure with directional keywords is an absolute must for a great score. Your AWA attempt is okay but such an essay will not fetch you 5-6 on the actual GMAT, because the length of the individual paragraphs is short. You must add little more volume to each paragraph. Most importantly, you must use structural keywords.

AWA preparation time must be 1-2 days. Test takers generally follow a desired template and build ideas around the given prompt. Please visit the AWA section and read few high scoring essays. Nothing to worry about this section; most test takers receive a score about 5.

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