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

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08 Nov 2016, 12:14
Thanks man. Another thankful poster here. I followed about 2/3 of this guide and it really showed me how I could elaborate further on my counterpoints and structure my suggestions for improving the argument. Raised my score from a 5 to 6.
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01 Dec 2016, 11:22
Excellent....nothing has really changed since you made this post....I recently took the test and I should've paid attention to this beforehand. Kudos my friend
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05 Dec 2016, 05:55
chineseburned wrote:
navy01 wrote:
to add to chineseburn, veritas tells you in paragraph #5 (before conclusion and after 3rd point) to add what would have made the arguement issues stronger (analyze the arguement) or to criticize your own arguement (issues question). They say to write 6 paragraphs.

I include this in the conclusions.
5 or 6 paragraphs doesn't matter as long as the word count is there.

Is there word limit for AWA essays ?
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10 Dec 2016, 01:09
Brilliant. I'm not a gifted writer by any stretch of imagination and I glanced at this the morning of my GMAT and got a 6.0. Kudos.
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19 Dec 2016, 13:01
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Super helpful post. I got a 5.0 on my AWA.
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19 Dec 2016, 14:52
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Forgot to post here, but thank you so much for this resource!
I received a 6.0 on both my AWA's with just the practice on my mock exams.
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20 Dec 2016, 13:01
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Can someone please explain how, according to this template, the 3rd paragraph is different from the first two? What is meant by "questions about argument" ? Thanks
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27 Dec 2016, 18:04
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This was really helpful. Thank you!
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09 Feb 2017, 01:07
Hello everyone, this is a great guide! From my personal experience, I realized that you could take what he said as a rough outline, since it's way more than enough to draft the argument essay. I created a powerpoint that acted as a more generalized guide, but it is still thanks to Chinese Burned. It's for those who prefer it in a powerpoint format.
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10 Feb 2017, 10:19
Thanks!

I just learned a general structure and few nice details from this couple of days before the exam and scored 6.0.
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11 Feb 2017, 13:56
Thanks for this post!! Helped me get a 6.0 when I wrote .
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21 Feb 2017, 20:25
I have written this AWA with the help of chineseburned guidelines.Kinldy evaluate it.:

. The following appeared in an announcement issued by the publisher of The Mercury, a weekly newspaper.
“Since a competing lower-priced newspaper, The Bugle, was started five years ago, The Mercury’s circulation has declined by 10,000 readers. The best way to get more people to read The Mercury is to reduce its price below that of The Bugle, at least until circulation increases to former levels. The increased circulationn of The Mercury will attract more businesses to buy advertising space in the paper.”
Discuss how well reasoned... etc.

The argument claims that it is recommended to reduce the price of Mercury newspaper below the price of a competing newspaper, The Bugle. This recommendation respond to a severe decline in circulation of Mercury newspaper during the 5-year period following the introduction of The Bugle. Stated in this way the publisher assumes that lowering the price of The Mercury will increase its readership thereby increasing profits because a wider readership attracts more advertisers and instead fails to mention several key factors, on the basis of which it could be evaluated. The conclusion of the argument relies on the assumptions for which there is no clear evidence. Hence, the argument is unconvincing and has several flaws.
Firstly the argument readily assumes that lowering the subscription price of will increase circulation of newspaper and would make the paper more attractive to the potential advertisers. This statement is a stretch its not obvious that lowering subscription price is the most effective way to gain the new readers. For example, The Mercury could be the established local newspaper, it is unlikely that such a mass exodus of its readers would be explained by subscription price alone. Clearly, with this differentiation of being locally established paper is less of attraction than The Bugle. The argument could have been much clearer if it explicitly stated that both the papers contain local as well as international news and are not differentiated on these grounds than it would be evaluated more properly.

Second, the argument claims that due to its unpopularity or high price, it is rarely attracted by businessmen for advertisements. This is again a very weak and unsupported claim as the argument does not demonstrate any correlation between unpopularity and lack of advertisements in The Mercury. To illustrate, there are many other factors that might account for a decline in The Mercury’s unpopularity. For instance, readers might be displeased with the extent and accuracy of its news reporting, or the balance of local to other news coverage. Moreover, it is possible The Mercury has recently changed editors, giving the paper a locally unpopular political perspective. Or perhaps readers are unhappy with the paper’s format, the timeliness of its feature articles, its comics or advice columns, the extent and accuracy of its local event calendar, or its rate of errors. If the argument had provided evidence for defined above reasons then the argument would have been a lot more convincing.

Finally based upon above scenarios, how can publisher be so sure that increasing circulation will attract more businessmen for advertisement? Will reducing the subscription price affect the popularity? Without convincing answer to these questions, one is left with the impression that the claim is more of a wishful thinking rather than the substantive evidence.

In conclusion, the argument is flawed for the above mentioned reasons and is therefore unconvincing. It could be considerably strengthen if the author clearly mentions all the relevant facts that there is a strong connection between the price of the paper and its popularity. In order to assess the merits of a certain situation, it is essential to have full knowledge of all contributing factors. In this particular case author must identify and explore relevant factors beyond cost before concluding that lowering subscription prices will increase circulation and, thereby, increasing advertising revenue. Without this information, the argument remains unsubstantiated and open for debate.
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25 Mar 2017, 01:24
chineseburned wrote:
Guide to Perfect 6.0 AWA GMAT Score

Related AWA Resources:

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!

Thanks for sharing!
Great AWA template!!

Using similar template I've got score 5 for AWA
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27 Mar 2017, 23:25
Is the AWA scored by computer or by a live person? If it is done by computer, does anyone have any insight on how the algorithm evaluates the overall strength of the writing? Thanks.
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28 Mar 2017, 10:12
mrkirby131 wrote:
Is the AWA scored by computer or by a live person? If it is done by computer, does anyone have any insight on how the algorithm evaluates the overall strength of the writing? Thanks.

How AWA Scaled Scores are Calculated

In three steps, here's how your AWA score is determined:
Your essay is evaluated and scored independently on a 0-6 scale (in full-point increments) by a GMAT reader and by E-Rater.
If E-Rater's score is within 1 point of the human reader's score, then your final AWA score is the simple average of these two scores. (AWA scores are in half-point intervals.)
If E-Rater's score differs from the human reader's score by more than 1 point, then a second, very experienced reader will read and grade the essay, and your final AWA score will be the simple average of the scores awarded by the two human readers. (E-Rater's score will be disregarded.)

Example: E-rater assigns a score of 3 to an essay. A GMAT reader assigns a score of 4 to the same essay. Since the difference is within 1 point, the final AWA score for the essay is 3.5 (on the 0-6 scale).

Example: E-rater assigns a score of 3 to an essay. A GMAT reader assigns a score of 5 to the same essay. (The difference is greater than 1 point.) A second human reader reads the essay and assigns a score of 4 to it. The final AWA score is 4.5 (the average of 4 and 5).

In addition to your AWA scaled score of 0–6, you'll receive an AWA percentile rank (0% to 99%) for your writing. This rank indicates how you performed relative to all other test takers. For example, a percentile rank of 60% indicates that you scored higher than 60% of all other test takers and lower than 40% of all other test takers.

NOTE: Percentile rankings indicate how you performed relative to the entire GMAT test-taking population during the most recent 3-year period.
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29 Mar 2017, 10:40
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I got a 6.0, thanks to the original author!!!!!!!!!!!

My tips, memorize the non-specific phrases he's using here. As soon as I sat down I wrote these on the whiteboard scratch pad they give you. The format the author here posts is perfect too.

Example:

Paragraph 1:
- The argument claims that
- fails to mention several key factors
-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.

Paragraph 2: (argue against an assumed point)
- First, the argument readily assumes that
- The argument could have been much clearer if it explicitly stated that

Paragraph 3: (argue against another assumed point)
- Second, the argument claims that
- This is again a very weak and unsupported claim as the argument does not demonstrate any correlation between....and
- If the argument had provided evidence that.....then the argument would have been a lot more convincing.

Paragraph 4: (include things that the argument should have included)
- (pose some - two is fine - 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. (rewrite to be less wordy though, I can tell the author's native language isn't English here).

Paragraph 5: (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
- Without this information, the argument remains unsubstantiated and open to debate. (I liked this as a final line).

So yeah, you still have to include an actual argument against - thing that are specific to the argument, but I found this outline, and the use of these phrases made it much easier to focus on the argument specifics that I wanted to include, and made my essay well formatted. I didn't expect a 6.0, but got it.

SUPER PROPS TO THIS BLOG!!!!! I DON'T KNOW WHO YOU ARE, AND YOU WROTE THIS YEARS AGO, BUT I MAJOR CREDIT FOR HELPING ME ACE THIS ESSAY. THANKS A BUNCH!
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03 May 2017, 05:22
Used this template in writing 3 pr ctice essays, then turned in a 6. AMA on the GMAT!
+100 Many thanks!
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06 May 2017, 09:44
Awesome post! Thanks for sharing this easy to use template...
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21 Jun 2017, 18:48
Thank you so much! This definitely works!

I took my test 5 days ago, and I already have my official report with 6.0 AWA. I used the template here, but made a few changes. In the actual test, the argument was pretty brief, so I only needed two middle paragraphs (i.e. first, second..), and did not need the penultimate paragraph (i.e. Finally,...)

I used something like this (see below) during the actual test. I wrote 4 paragraphs and my middle two paragraphs were quite long. The whole thing was around 400-500 words.
Quote:
In this argument, the author <restate summarized claim>. Structured in this manner the argument fails to consider several key factors, on the basis of which it could be substantiated. Moreover, the argument’s conclusion relies on assumptions for which there is no clear evidence. Therefore, the argument is rather weak, unconvincing, and flawed.

First, the argument readily assumes that <biggest assumption>. This statement is a stretch and is not substantiated in any way. <provide counterexample situation why assumption doesn’t always apply>. For instance, <factual example to support the counterexample situation>. <Max of two points that make assumption flawed, with explained examples>. The argument would have been much clearer if it explicitly <evidence and example to strengthen argument>…………………………………….........................................................................

Second, the argument claims that <second major point or conclusion of argument> This is again a very weak and unsupported claim as the argument does not demonstrate any correlation between <link flawed basis for claim to claim>. <explain previous statement, why thinking is wrong> To Illustrate, <explain with examples> Without supporting evidence and examples from <bodies or persons who can verify or provide proof or evidence>, one is left with an impression that the claim derives from wishful opinions rather than substantive evidence. Consequently, this argument has no underlying foundation to support the reasoning of its conclusion.

Based on the aforementioned discussion points, it is evident that the argument omits several essential issues. For this reason, the argument is unsound and therefore unconvincing. If the author clearly and thoroughly mentioned certain relevant factors instead of merely <something incomplete from original argument>, the argument could be effectively evaluated and considerably strengthened. Ultimately, the argument remains unsubstantiated and open to debate.
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23 Jun 2017, 10:04
This stuff is greatt.. Thanks a million ?

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