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What is Analytical Writing Assessment or GMAT AWA?
The Analytical Writing Assessment (AWA) section of the Graduate Management Admission Test® (GMAT®) consists of one 30-minute writing tasks.
Analysis of an Argument
The GMAT AWA test is designed to assess your ability to think critically and to communicate your ideas.
The GMAT test expects you to complete the Analysis of an Argument in 30 minutes. You cannot either exceed the time limit for the section or carry forward extra time at the end of the essay and use it for the next sections.
The topics that one encounters for these essays in the GMAT test are of general interest related to business or a variety of other subjects. Your capacity to write analytically is the only skill that is assessed and therefore, you are not required to have prior knowledge of the essay topic presented to you.
The scores that you get in the GMAT AWA section are independent of the scores that you receive for the objective type questions of the GMAT test. While you are graded on a scale of 200 to 800 in the GMAT Test based on your performance in the objective questions asked in section 3 (GMAT Quant Section) and Section 4 (GMAT Verbal Section), you will receive a score that ranges from 1 to 6 for your performance in the AWA section. 6 represents a very high proficiency in the GMAT AWA section.
Most candidates who take the GMAT test do not practice adequately for the GMAT AWA test. Though, it does not add up to the scores that you receive out of 800, a good score in the AWA section of the GMAT will be an added advantage when you apply to the B Schools.
Hence, make sure that your GMAT Preparation does not suffer from lack of practice in the AWA section.
Analytical Writing Assessment - Argument Analysis
This section requires you to write a critique of the given argument by analyzing the reasoning presented to you in the argument. You are not supposed to present your own views on the subject. You are expected to critically analyse the presented argument and evaluate if it is a logically sound one. As part of your analysis of the argument you should present your analysis by identifying weaknesses in the present argument and provide suggestions to strengthen the argument.
How are you evaluated in the AWA - Argument Analysis section?
The Analysis of an Argument tests your ability to think and write an appropriate critique of a specific conclusion based on your line of thinking. It expects you to have basic knowledge about the way a logically sound argument is structured.