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 multi-tasking 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 time constraints. To come up with a good essay without expending is a challenge – But the good news is that it is very much formidable.

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 add 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 kinds of messages to be conveyed through your work and all those are qualities that a 6-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 to be conveyed in each paragraph. Trust me, once this done, the essay which comes as the outcome will seem well-connected and coherent.

Read: Analytical Writing Assessment Syllabus

Tips to Write AWA Essays


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 point 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 make an impression that you are going 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 the suspense of your stance till the end of the essay. Remember, that GMAC evaluators don’t read the essay the way normal readers do. The objective there is to evaluate your essay and give you a score – not to enjoy what you have written.

Once the thesis is done, you may choose to acknowledging 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.

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. Re-iterate your point.

It is usually recommended that you write three medium sized body paragraphs. Instead of that, you could also come up with two extremely long and detailed body paragraphs as well.


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.Re-iterate your point and acknowledge unsaid points if any.

Remember that at least as far as the GMAT 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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