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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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Great post..thanks a lot..got 5.5 by just following the guidelines.

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This is really a great resource for AWA. Thanks a lot Chineseburned :good

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@Chineseburned:I am uploading my essay here..Can you please go through it and opine it.You may even grade it if you want :)
The following appeared as part of an annual report sent to stockholders by Olympic Foods,a processor of frozen foods:
"Over time, the costs of processing go down because as organizations learn how to do things better,they become more efficient.In color-film processing,for example,the cost of a 3*5 inch print fell from 50 cents for 5 day service in 1970 to 20 cents for one day service in 1984.The same principle applies to the processing of food.And since Olympic Foods will soon celebrate its 25th birthday,we can expect that our long experience will enable us to minimize costs and thus maximize profits."
The argument states that Olympic Foods will be able to reduce the cost of food processing due to the 25years of experience the company holds in the field of food processing. The argument in claiming so has made a number of assumptions and is therefore not convincing.
First, the author mentions the reason behind the cost reduction for any processing company in general and relates the same to Olympic foods. The argument does not discuss how the same will cause the probable cost reduction by Olympic Foods. The author never highlights the ways in which Olympic Foods has improved on it food processing techniques and thus increased the efficiency. For example: the argument should have been mentioned the new technologies the company has implemented over time and how has it catered to the change in the quality of its end products. Without any such data, it becomes difficult to evaluate the argument.
Second, the writer assumes that a tenure of 25 years is enough for Olympic Foods to become efficient in its field whereas the argument nowhere provides any information regarding the actual time a food processing company requires to learn the modern ways to hone its techniques. Had any such data been provided, it would have been easier to reach a conclusion.
Moreover, in a weak attempt to support the claim, the author compares the 14 years taken by a color film processing company to the 25 years a food processing company will take for minimizing the costs. The two industries vary not only in their inputs but also in their processing methods. Therefore it is not logical to associate them with each other. The author could have talked about the time taken by any other food processing company to strengthen the claim.
Since, the author does not address to the improvisation of ways by which Olympic foods might have made a change in the food processing techniques over the years to ensure a better quality and thus a cost minimization, the argument does not sound plausible and well reasoned.

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Others may also give their views about my essay :)

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Took the GMAT twice in the last one month and I followed this template both the times. I got 6.0 on both my attempts (67 percentile) :D

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as a matter of fact i got a 6 on 6 following this exact same format ! nice !

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Really very helpful. Thanks a lot!!

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Many thanks Chineseburned. The structure helped me to get a 5 and I am satisfied with it.

For other test takers, structure is more important than the actual content. Not to say that nobody reads the content but if the structure is good, the chances of getting 5 or more are much higher compared to solid content presented haphazardly.

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If you want a more diverse sentences, words and structures, visit my topic here:

http://gmatclub.com/forum/useful-template-for-awa-experience-accumulated-from-109-awa-samples-207854.html#p1594020

Thank you very much. Hope AWA will not bother you any more.

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Thank you chineseburned! I just followed this structure, didn't do any practice essays except on 2 mock tests and scored 6.0 (91 percentile).
You're the best :)

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Hi,


I saw an image of AWA template on this page but now I see it is removed.

Can anyone please share that template image.

I think it was added by carcass

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I totally recomend this guide, i've got 6 in my AWA, without practice, and only following this guide every step of the way

thank u very much for this info

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Great guide. I did not practice for AWA. Spent an hour memorizing the sentence starts here the night before the exam and received a 6 on my AWA. Can't recommend this enough. Use this and focus your study time on other parts of the exam.

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I got 5 and 5.5 just by using this template. Got 5 on the first try because I saw the post few days before my GMAT. :)

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Finally got one for AWA prep start.Thanks Chineseburned.

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Followed your structure and got 6.0. Great job, thanks a lot for sharing, this community is great!

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got 5.5 in AWA(previously scored 3.0) following this thread. I highly endorse this thread.

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Do spelling mistakes lower your AWA score?

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Just wanted to come back here to thank OP, chineseburned.
I was able to get a 5.5 and a 6 following this template.
This template made it possible to focus a majority of my energy on other sections of the GMAT which inevitably contributed to a higher score.

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