How to Write Essays in GMAT AWA Section


Writing essays, in general, tend to occupy a lot of mental bandwidth as you will have to be creative to get content but all within a set framework. This multitasking can be a little too taxing if the candidate does not have enough practice. Because GMAT is a standardized test, it is of utmost importance to make sure that the essay is organized and to the point because it reflects the person’s ability to think analytically and within the time constraints of the exam. To come up with a good essay without expending is a challenge – But the good news is that it is very much possible.

Earlier, essays on the GMAT were of two types – Argumentative and Issue based. However, as the test evolved, GMAC decided to do away with the Issue-based essay and included the Integrated Reasoning section instead. The task that is remaining can be tackled without too much effort if you have a basic template, which is nothing but an organizational framework, that helps you to methodize the information well ahead of time. Thousands of students have always appreciated being methodical while writing an Argumentative essay. Don’t sweat it, because this framework allows you to construct your ideas and will contain the general types of messages which need to be conveyed through your work. All of those are qualities that a 6-point scoring essay needs. Intrinsically, it should be formulated with the following aspects in mind – the number of paragraphs to be written, the primary purpose and the kind of information which has to be conveyed in each paragraph. Trust me, once this is done, the essay which comes as the outcome will seem well-connected and coherent.

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Now that the importance of the essay template is understood, let’s get to the concept in detail. One should always start the essay with the Introduction, in which you should let the readers know the aim of the essay. The overall idea of your essay should be wrapped in a single sentence, which we call a thesis statement. The thesis statement is, by and large, a summary of the general statements of the body paragraphs. Never create an impression that you are writing by your thinking or feeling. Stating the thesis as a fact helps you to sway your way through the readers’ minds. It is not a great idea to keep your stance as a surprise element until the end of the essay. Remember, that GMAC evaluators don’t read the essay the way normal readers do. The objective here is to evaluate your essay and give you a score – not to enjoy what you have written. Therefore it is recommended that before you proceed with the thesis statement you plan about what you will be writing and which point of view you have selected. This will help you be better equipped while answering the question.

Once the thesis is done, you may choose to acknowledge the other side. In the first paragraph and only in the first paragraph, you will have to be objective to a certain extent. Because the argument might be flawless for someone else. Towards the end of the first paragraph, introduce the different flaws in the given argument, that will be used in the latter part of the essay, in a nutshell. From then on, it has to be your show.

To summarize, make sure that the following points are covered in the introduction.

  1. Dissect the argument into different parts.
  2. Say that the argument could be potentially flawed.
  3. Throw slight light on the flaws which will be explained later in the essay.


When it comes to body paragraphs, in an argument essay, the general opening statements will be the introduction of the flaws (each flaw gets its own paragraph). The next step is to substantiate as to why it is a flaw and suggest ways to fix it. Finally, you should season the body paragraphs by presenting the relevance of the illustrations used. Remember to keep in mind to follow the instructions given in an explicit manner. The main objective behind this task is to analyze if you are able to choose a stance and reason out why you selected that particular option. You must not try to be diplomatic since this will not earn you any points from the examiner. It is imperative that you form your own opinion and proceed to write the essay accordingly. The evaluators will be judging you on how well and clearly you are able to convey your thoughts and ideas in writing.

The format of the body paragraphs is thus as summarized below.

  1. Start with the potential flaw.
  2. Explain why you think it is a flaw.
  3. Suggest ways in which the same can be fixed.
  4. Reiterate your point.

It is usually recommended that you write three medium sized body paragraphs. Alternatively, you could also come up with two extremely long and detailed body paragraphs as well. It is crucial to come up with a clear structure for the essay since this will also assist you to score better in the exam. When you have a well defined format for the essay it becomes more appealing for the reader as well. You will be able to establish your side of the argument in an easier manner.


Ultimately, you have the conclusion paragraph where you restate the thesis, re-acknowledge the other side and concisely summarize the general statements of the body paragraphs in a few sentences. Repetition of the words while restating is to be avoided as this can make the essay look very redundant.

The snapshot of the conclusion is as given below,

  1. Summarize your essay.
  2. Reiterate your point of view and acknowledge unsaid points if any.

Remember that at least as far as the GMAT exam is concerned, the conclusion is the most important part of the essay and it is mandatory to have one at least for a formality.

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