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I just received my AWA score and I got a 6 by using this template. Excellent guide and really helpful in echoing what others have said in regards to using the template to eliminate the guesswork and save mental energy for the quant and verbal portions of the test. Highly recommend this to anyone that struggles with writing cohesively. I am normally a strong essay writer, but this guide helped tremendously in structuring on-the-fly.

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Thanks a lot! Your post is brilliant and helped me get a 6 on the essay. The structure allowed me to present my reasoning without struggling to create a cohesive whole.
Really appreciate you posting the structure in this forum and helping others who are planning to give their GMAT.
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How to Prepare for the GMAT Essay Section

Try to make the most of the time you have to prepare for the GMAT Analytical Writing Assessment (the GMAT essay section). Write practice essays under exam conditions, take notes on a variety of official essay topics, and exploit resources such as my two GMAT essay books. This page provides details about each strategy.

Practice, Practice and More Practice

You could study many "model" GMAT essays and review every available essay-writing tip, yet still perform poorly on the actual exam. That's because there’s no substitute for putting yourself to the task under simulated exam conditions.

Compose as many practice essays as you reasonably have time for, responding to the official GMAT essay prompts. In so doing:

Always practice under timed conditions. Unless you're put under the pressure of time, you really won’t be ready for the test.

Always use a word processor for your practice tests. Be sure to use only the GMAT word processor's limited editing functions.

Evaluate your practice essays. Practicing isn’t all that helpful if you make the same blunders again and again. After composing an essay, evaluate and score it based on the official criteria. Then reflect on your weaknesses and concentrate on improving in those areas the next time. Don’t worry if you don’t produce perfect models. Concentrate instead on improving your performance next time.

Take Notes on a Variety of Official Essay Prompts

From the official GMAT website download the current list of Argument Analysis prompts. Select any 10-15 Arguments. For each one, spend about 5 minutes brainstorming and making notes. Even if none of the prompts you selected appears on your exam, this exercise will go a long way toward ensuring that you don't find yourself paralyzed, or stuck, during the actual exam.

My book GMAT—Answers to the Real Essay Questions (published by Peterson's) contains sample essays for more than a hundred GMAT Argument Analysis prompts. Randomly select from Part 3 as many essays as you reasonably have time to study. For each essay:

Identify the types of reasoning problems that the essay discusses and that you learned about in Part 1 of the book.

Highlight transition phrases, which connect the essay's points of critique. Then make a special effort to incorporate similar phrases into your practice essays.

CAVEAT: Don’t try to memorize the book's sample essays. GMAT readers are familiar with the book and will recognize plagiarism when they see it. There’s nothing wrong with borrowing ideas, reasons and transition phrases from the book's sample essays. Do try, however, to include your own specific examples. And be sure to express your ideas in your own words.

If your analytical-writing skills need significant improvement, further help is available in my book Writing Skills for the GRE-GMAT (also published by Peterson's). The book places special emphasis on building rhetorical writing skills, organizing your GMAT essay, and avoiding or correcting common language, grammar and mechanical problems.

The book also explores additional (less frequent) reasoning problems with Arguments in the official pool. Finally, to help improve and polish your analytic and writing skills, the book contains a variety of reinforcement exercises for the Argument Analysis writing task.
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I got perfect score on AWA thanks to chineseburned!!!!
really incredible post!!! :)
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Brilliant! I also got a 6.0 thanks to this post :-D :-)
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Best guide if you want to get 6 AWA score.
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Wow, didn't do one practice essay (ill-advised; was short on time), but still managed to get a 6.0/6.0 on the writing thanks to this. WOW, it is almost like cheating! Amazing, thank you!
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*just hypothesizing*
Guys, don't you think that adcom could penalise for such "tricks" if they check out one's essay? Say a bunch of people applying to HBS; clearly, the majority took a look on this topic/forum. Then there is a high probability this applicants would follow the same template. So HBS would see a lot of similar essays, and that's not good IMO.
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*just hypothesizing*
Guys, don't you think that adcom could penalise for such "tricks" if they check out one's essay? Say a bunch of people applying to HBS; clearly, the majority took a look on this topic/forum. Then there is a high probability this applicants would follow the same template. So HBS would see a lot of similar essays, and that's not good IMO.


Good point! To me, the problem lies with the GMAT scoring system. There is no reason quality/content couldn't be scored in a fair manner; see APLAC's and AP Lit's 9 point scale as needed. From an ADCOM's/prospective student's perspective, it seems to be a student would be dumb to have known about a template that seemingly guarantees him or her a 6 and not use it. Thus, I don't think an ADCOM can see it in any other way than that the student was resourceful, which is probably good, but at worst I think they just call it a draw and it doesn't really help/hurt you. From my understanding, the main time they care about the AWA score is when they have questions about the authenticity of who wrote the application essays. If you write those genuinely, I doubt there will be any issue. Definitely a fair point to raise, though.

It is also probably worth noting that this template has been around for 8 years and there are no reports of it being an issue (to my knowledge).
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Best guide for AWA. I am non-native speaker and I practiced AWA couple days before the exam and I followed this guide and I got 6.0/ 90%ile on my exam.
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so great!
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Thanks Mate. This post is really helpful.
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Thank you so much for this guide! Just got my official GMAT score today and I scored 6.0 on AWA thanks to this guide!! I strictly stuck to this guide and it really paid off for me! :-D
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New post 01 Oct 2016, 03:44
Good day all.

Thanks Chineseburned for awesome material.

I have my GMAT in Decemeber and i need more practice in AWA. Taking into account that this forum is extremelly full of 6-graders i
want to ask you guys for little help. Could you please shortly comment on any mistakes and inconsistencies in my AWA essay written by abovementioned template:

PROMT:
“When the Apogee Company had all its operations in one location, it was more profitable
than it is today. Therefore, the Apogee Company should close down its field offices and
conduct all its operations from a single location. Such centralization would improve
profitability by cutting costs and helping the company maintain better supervision of all
employees.”

ANALYSIS OF AN ARGUMENT:
The argument claims that closing of all field offices will make Apogee Company more profitable
through costs cutting and increase in level of control. Supporting evidence of an argument is that Apogee Company
was more profitable when it had all operations in one office. Stated in this way the argument fails to mention several
key factors on the basis of which it could be evaluated. Evidence cited is not solid, argument is unconvincing and
has several flaws.

First the argument readily assumes that opening of new offices is the only reason for profitability reduction and draws
from this assumtion unreasonable conclusion that offices should be cloused down. However there could be a banch of reasons.
For example, wrong places could have been chosen for new offices with no preliminary analysis performed. In such case more logical decision would be conduction of in depth pre analysis and relocation of offices in accordance with its results. Other
possible reasons could be influence of external economical factors on core business of the Company or plethora of internal
factors increasing Company's expenditures, such as implementation of other major investment projects at the same time with
openning new offices. Therefore decision on closing of new offices can not be made solely based on deacrease of profitability level and requires full knowledge of all contributing factos. If the argument had provided explicit evidence that opening new offices is the only reason for profit decrease then the argument would have been a lot more convincing.

Second the argument claims that centralization would improve profitability by cutting costs and better supervision of employees.
While centralization may improve profitability in short time perspective and enhance internal supervision of employees, but it will definitely inhibit Company's growth by blocking entry to new markets and regions. Openning of new offices is a serious strategic initiative which leads to profitability reduction in short time perspective due to increase in related expenditures (construction/rent of office buildings, logistics and etc.) and is usually directed at company's growth and profitability increase in the long run. Besides, it is clear that some time is required for new offices to start operations at full capacity, attract new clients and achieve payback. The argument could have been much clearer if it stated that there was no profit increase or that there was steady profit decrease during reasonable time period of Company's operations with new offices. Without reference to the time period, the argument remains unsubstantiated and open to debate.

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.
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Good day all.

Thanks for awesome material.

I have my GMAT in December and so need more practice in AWA. Taking into account that this place is full of 6-graded i want to ask you guys for a little help. Could you please provide your comments of my AWA essay (see below). Thank you in advance!

PROMT:
“When the Apogee Company had all its operations in one location, it was more profitable
than it is today. Therefore, the Apogee Company should close down its field offices and
conduct all its operations from a single location. Such centralization would improve
profitability by cutting costs and helping the company maintain better supervision of all
employees.”


ANALYSIS OF AN ARGUMENT:
The argument claims that closing of all field offices will make Apogee Company more profitable
through costs cutting and increase in level of control. Supporting evidence of an argument is that Apogee Company
was more profitable when it had all operations in one office. Stated in this way the argument fails to mention several
key factors on the basis of which it could be evaluated. Evidence cited is not solid, argument is unconvincing and
has several flaws.

First the argument readily assumes that opening of new offices is the only reason for profitability reduction and draws
from this assumtion unreasonable conclusion that offices should be cloused down. However there could be a banch of reasons.
For example, wrong places could have been chosen for new offices with no preliminary analysis performed. In such case more logical decision would be conduction of in depth pre analysis and relocation of offices in accordance with its results. Other
possible reasons could be influence of external economical factors on core business of the Company or plethora of internal
factors increasing Company's expenditures, such as implementation of other major investment projects at the same time with
openning new offices. Therefore decision on closing of new offices can not be made solely based on deacrease of profitability level and requires full knowledge of all contributing factos. If the argument had provided explicit evidence that opening new offices is the only reason for profit decrease then the argument would have been a lot more convincing.

Second the argument claims that centralization would improve profitability by cutting costs and better supervision of employees.
While centralization may improve profitability in short time perspective and enhance internal supervision of employees, but it will definitely inhibit Company's growth by blocking entry to new markets and regions. Openning of new offices is a serious strategic initiative which leads to profitability reduction in short time perspective due to increase in related expenditures (construction/rent of office buildings, logistics and etc.) and is usually directed at company's growth and profitability increase in the long run. Besides, it is clear that some time is required for new offices to start operations at full capacity, attract new clients and achieve payback. The argument could have been much clearer if it stated that there was no profit increase or that there was steady profit decrease during reasonable time period of Company's operations with new offices. Without reference to the time period, the argument remains unsubstantiated and open to debate.

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.
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Postol91 wrote:
Good day all.

Thanks for awesome material.

I have my GMAT in December and so need more practice in AWA. Taking into account that this place is full of 6-graded i want to ask you guys for a little help. Could you please provide your comments of my AWA essay (see below). Thank you in advance!

PROMT:
“When the Apogee Company had all its operations in one location, it was more profitable
than it is today. Therefore, the Apogee Company should close down its field offices and
conduct all its operations from a single location. Such centralization would improve
profitability by cutting costs and helping the company maintain better supervision of all
employees.”


ANALYSIS OF AN ARGUMENT:
The argument claims that closing of all field offices will make Apogee Company more profitable
through costs cutting and increase in level of control. Supporting evidence of an argument is that Apogee Company
was more profitable when it had all operations in one office. Stated in this way the argument fails to mention several
key factors on the basis of which it could be evaluated. Evidence cited is not solid, argument is unconvincing and
has several flaws.

First the argument readily assumes that opening of new offices is the only reason for profitability reduction and draws
from this assumtion unreasonable conclusion that offices should be cloused down. However there could be a banch of reasons.
For example, wrong places could have been chosen for new offices with no preliminary analysis performed. In such case more logical decision would be conduction of in depth pre analysis and relocation of offices in accordance with its results. Other
possible reasons could be influence of external economical factors on core business of the Company or plethora of internal
factors increasing Company's expenditures, such as implementation of other major investment projects at the same time with
openning new offices. Therefore decision on closing of new offices can not be made solely based on deacrease of profitability level and requires full knowledge of all contributing factos. If the argument had provided explicit evidence that opening new offices is the only reason for profit decrease then the argument would have been a lot more convincing.

Second the argument claims that centralization would improve profitability by cutting costs and better supervision of employees.
While centralization may improve profitability in short time perspective and enhance internal supervision of employees, but it will definitely inhibit Company's growth by blocking entry to new markets and regions. Openning of new offices is a serious strategic initiative which leads to profitability reduction in short time perspective due to increase in related expenditures (construction/rent of office buildings, logistics and etc.) and is usually directed at company's growth and profitability increase in the long run. Besides, it is clear that some time is required for new offices to start operations at full capacity, attract new clients and achieve payback. The argument could have been much clearer if it stated that there was no profit increase or that there was steady profit decrease during reasonable time period of Company's operations with new offices. Without reference to the time period, the argument remains unsubstantiated and open to debate.

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.


I would add one more paragraph before the conclusion as mentioned in this guide. I did the same for my AWA as well. In the third paragraph, list a couple of things that were failed to be mentioned in the argument and can be added to strengthen it.

You are also missing a lot of commas. After First, Second... after Stated in this way... Some of the idioms are wrong, such as While... But which do not go together. I also wouldn't use parenthesis and etc.

Overall, it seems like you have to work on improving your writing style and skills first. Put more time into studying verbal section, as it helped me tremendously to improve my grammatical skills. I also recommend that you enroll in a course where you can practice your writing and can obtain proper feedback.

Good luck.
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Postol91 wrote:
Good day all.

Thanks for awesome material.

I have my GMAT in December and so need more practice in AWA. Taking into account that this place is full of 6-graded i want to ask you guys for a little help. Could you please provide your comments of my AWA essay (see below). Thank you in advance!

PROMT:
“When the Apogee Company had all its operations in one location, it was more profitable
than it is today. Therefore, the Apogee Company should close down its field offices and
conduct all its operations from a single location. Such centralization would improve
profitability by cutting costs and helping the company maintain better supervision of all
employees.”


ANALYSIS OF AN ARGUMENT:
The argument claims that closing of all field offices will make Apogee Company more profitable
through costs cutting and increase in level of control. Supporting evidence of an argument is that Apogee Company
was more profitable when it had all operations in one office. Stated in this way the argument fails to mention several
key factors on the basis of which it could be evaluated. Evidence cited is not solid, argument is unconvincing and
has several flaws.

First the argument readily assumes that opening of new offices is the only reason for profitability reduction and draws
from this assumtion unreasonable conclusion that offices should be cloused down. However there could be a banch of reasons.
For example, wrong places could have been chosen for new offices with no preliminary analysis performed. In such case more logical decision would be conduction of in depth pre analysis and relocation of offices in accordance with its results. Other
possible reasons could be influence of external economical factors on core business of the Company or plethora of internal
factors increasing Company's expenditures, such as implementation of other major investment projects at the same time with
openning new offices. Therefore decision on closing of new offices can not be made solely based on deacrease of profitability level and requires full knowledge of all contributing factos. If the argument had provided explicit evidence that opening new offices is the only reason for profit decrease then the argument would have been a lot more convincing.

Second the argument claims that centralization would improve profitability by cutting costs and better supervision of employees.
While centralization may improve profitability in short time perspective and enhance internal supervision of employees, but it will definitely inhibit Company's growth by blocking entry to new markets and regions. Openning of new offices is a serious strategic initiative which leads to profitability reduction in short time perspective due to increase in related expenditures (construction/rent of office buildings, logistics and etc.) and is usually directed at company's growth and profitability increase in the long run. Besides, it is clear that some time is required for new offices to start operations at full capacity, attract new clients and achieve payback. The argument could have been much clearer if it stated that there was no profit increase or that there was steady profit decrease during reasonable time period of Company's operations with new offices. Without reference to the time period, the argument remains unsubstantiated and open to debate.

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.


I would add one more paragraph before the conclusion as mentioned in this guide. I did the same for my AWA as well. In the third paragraph, list a couple of things that were failed to be mentioned in the argument and can be added to strengthen it.

You are also missing a lot of commas. After First, Second... after Stated in this way... Some of the idioms are wrong, such as While... But which do not go together. I also wouldn't use parenthesis and etc.

Overall, it seems like you have to work on improving your writing style and skills first. Put more time into studying verbal section, as it helped me tremendously to improve my grammatical skills. I also recommend that you enroll in a course where you can practice your writing and can obtain proper feedback.

Good luck.


Thank you for your valuable comments and advise Rookie 84. I'll keep them in mind.
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Awesome! Very Helpful
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Thank you so much. I read through an entire GMAT Princeton review text-book. Everything you stated in this post, is exactly what I found in the book. You rock!!!
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