The Analytical Writing Assessment (AWA
) is how business schools evaluate your writing skills. The AWA section has two 30-minutes essay questions. One essay is the "Analysis of Issue," where you state your opinion on an issue. The second is the "Analysis of Argument," where you analyze the reasoning in an argument. The two essay types require completely different strategies.
Most students think "I am a pretty good writer, so I shouldn't have any problem on test day". The problem is that writing on the GMAT is completely different from normal writing. The Analytical Writing Assessment requires a peculiar style of writing. You must write in a highly concise and structured manner.
It should only take about 10 hours to prepare for this section. The strategies are not that complex. Most of the work is re-learning how to write.
Sites with Essay Grading
800score.com (named after the highest possible score on the GMAT, an 800) offers help for the essay section:
- guide to the essay section
- sample essays that you can write and send in for grading.
Continue to 800score GMAT's Essay Guide