GMAT Analytical Writing Assessment

GMAT Analytical Writing Assessment (AWA) Section is designed to test candidate’s critical thinking ability, interpreting the information and cohering your essays with valid examples in English language. Here, the candidates need to write an essay- Analysis of an Argument; within 30 minutes. The score is measured on a scale from 0-6 point. Additionally, GMAT offers rescoring services, upon student’s rescoring request by an independent reader for US$45. Remember, the service is applicable for six months after appearing the test. AWA essay is an essential parameter, used by B-schools to outline student’s attributes.

With the new Scoreselect Option, candidate can attempt the GMAT Verbal section in any of the following synchronization:

Analytical Writing Assessment (AWA), Integrated Reasoning (IR), Quantitative, Verbal (original order);
Verbal, Quantitative, Integrated Reasoning, Analytical Writing Assessment (AWA); or
Quantitative, Verbal, Integrated Reasoning (IR), Analytical Writing Assessment (AWA)

GMAT Example

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 analyse 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.


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