GMAT AWA Syllabus

Syllabus for GMAT Exam


The GMAT AWA(Analytical Writing Assessment) tests your way of

  • Communicating and writing the ideas.
  • Analysing the reasons behind a given argument.
  • Organizing the ideas with relevant examples.

This is the first section of GMAT exam where test takers need to show their writing skills in just 30-minutes. The AWA section provide business schools with a rough assessment of your communication skills and just with a writing sample, business schools can ask your essay submission along with an official score report. Remember schools do not publish their AWA scores in a way that they publish their GMAT overall scores. This score is not just a showpiece for different business schools but much more than fail/pass exercise. 80% of test takers score 4 or more on AWA approximately and most of them would consider passing. You can do much better but as AWA is just a small part of the GMAT, you just need a necessary exercise to finish the section comfortably and successfully.


The following appeared in the editorial section of a monthly business news magazine:

Most companies would agree that as the risk of physical injury occurring on the job increases, the wages paid to employees should also increase. Hence it makes financial sense for employers to make the workplace safer: they could thus reduce their payroll expenses and save money.”
Discuss how well reasoned you find this argument. In your discussion be sure to analyze the line of reasoning and the use of evidence in the argument. For example, you may need to consider what questionable assumptions underlie the thinking and what alternative explanations or counterexamples might weaken the conclusion.
You can also discuss what sort of evidence would strengthen or refute the argument, what changes in the argument would make it more logically sound, and what, if anything, would help you better evaluate its conclusion.


GMAT is just like a marathon where you need to sit in front of monitor with full concentration for 4 long hours and shake your mind to answer the tricky questions. So, start answering your AWA section in a hibernation mode. We at Byju’s gets you a unique template approach which helps you in drawing the appropriate answer from the argument given, conceptualizing the ideas and filling the templates with the appropriate reasons and examples.

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