Analytical writing assessment tutorials

Last updated: 13 Oct 2008

The analytical writing assessment section (AWA) consists of two 30 minute essays begin the GMAT test. One of these essays is analysis of an issue, and the other is analysis of an argument.

In analysis of an issue question, you are given a particular issue, and must analyze it carefully, supporting your argument with relevant examples and/or reasons.

For analysis of an argument, you need to analyze and critique the logic of a given argument, again supporting your critique with examples and reasons.

In this section you are being tested to see if you can string a few sentences together, form proper paragraphs and structure an essay satisfactorily. The requirements are not very profound given that the essays are marked by a computer and a university faculty member or graduate student (who has only a few minutes to grade your essay). Thus the structure of the essay is far more important than the content. Nevertheless, do not take this section too lightly, especially if you are not a native speaker of English. If your mother tongue is not English, business schools can use these essays as another way of evaluating your proficiency in English.

You will receive a grade on each essay that will range from a possible 0 to a perfect 6. Your score will increase or decrease in increments of 0.5, so you could have, for example, a score of 3.5 on your first essay and a score of 4.5 on your second essay, a situation which will give you a combined score for both essays of 4.0.

Important: The scores for the essay are NOT included in the final GMAT score, which is calculated from 200-800. The AWA score is scored separately, and is sent with your GMAT scores to the universities you have selected on the test day to receive them.

Please note, this tutorial is specifically aimed at helping you with the GMAT analytical writing assessment section. The techniques mentioned are not necessarily suitable for writing your MBA application essays.

Analysis of an issue tutorial
How do you write a good essay in just 30 minutes?
This tutorial will show you how with tips on time management, brainstorming, essay models, vocabulary and sample essays.
Analysis of an argument tutorial
In our second analytical writing assessment tutorial, we'll modify the techniques learned in the preceding tutorial and apply them to the analysis of an argument essay.

Comments (2):

  1. If i can not write the needed two essies , what is the effect on my final score ?

    Anonymous on 14 Sep 2007 (permalink)
  2. You are gone then.. you should have atleast 4.5 score to apply.

    Tinish on 21 Oct 2010 (permalink)

You must log in or register to add a comment.