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I have my GMAT on the 22nd of July (just 2 more weeks to go). My preparation has been good till now, focussing on the Math and the Verbal, while ignoring the AWA.


Can anyone share a good AWA template with me, please.


thanks guys.

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Hi Carsen,


I am a bit reluctant to post this information as I haven't had the chance to edit it or add as much content as I'd like to. I wrote this back in 1998, but it's still valid today. I'm kind of a perfectionist in writing my materials, and I always find things I'd like to change.


However, I realize that you may find something useful here. If you do think it's useful, I do have some more material I could post. Just let me know.


So, here it is, and please let me know whether this is the kind of thing that is helpful for you. :)



A Template Approach to the GMAT Essay


You will be given an essay topic that ETS expects to be debatable. In other words, about half of the people will agree with one side, while the other half will agree with the other side.ETS will not give you a topic that most people agree on. For example, you will not see a topic asking you to give your opinion on the value of education for children, nor on whether or not the government should have programs to decrease the number of the drug users.


However, you might see an essay topic asking you to give your opinion on school vouchers, for example, or you might see a topic asking you to pick whether you think it is primarily the government's or the family’s responsibility to prevent drug use among children.


In general, do not take one side of the argument completely. A good rule of thumb is to argue your opinion at about 60 percent or 70 percent. I should emphasize this—even if you believe you are one hundred percent correct, you should still pretend that you are 60 or 70 percent correct.


Although the GMAT essay scorers are trained to forgive certain mistakes given the time constraints of the essay, ETS can be very picky. Pay attention to your grammar, spelling, and logical sequence, just to name a few. How can you improve your score? ETS also looks for sentence variety and ability to use language. I will show you some simple ways to do this—really, it's not that hard!


OK, here we go.


One Way

First of all, you have to figure out why they chose this as a topic. Remember—not everybody will agree, in fact it should be about 50/50. This is your hint. Try to find about five points for and against each side (ten points total). Don't worry if you think that your points are stupid or trivial. The important thing right now is just to get some ideas down on paper, to start your brain working.


Second, figure out which side you are going to take. Duh.


Third, start writing! Don’t worry about an introduction or a conclusion right now—they are the hardest to write and everybody gets hung up on them. Just get your ideas down first.


Next, make sure you have about three or four paragraphs. You should be thinking about adding some examples now. Try to make one personal, maybe from your country and another one either international or American (the idea is that most educated Americans will have heard about the topic before). Don’t make your examples too personal! Imagine your prospective boss is reading this.


Now, go back and spice up your language—add something witty, an illustrative anecdote, a rhetorical question, even sarcasm or irony. Also, try changing the order of some of your sentences, i.e., put the subordinate clause first.


Almost done! Write your intro and conclusion!


Last, check grammar and spelling. Voila! A perfect essay!





Okay, let’s try the essay now.


First Paragraph: Introduction



The issue/belief/idea/opinion that ______________________________________ is an interesting/controversial one. This issue is increasingly important in this age of ___________________________. Many people believe _________________________, but these people overlook _________________________________________________. Furthermore, _____________________________________. In this essay, I will argue that __________________________________________________ _______________.



Second Paragraph: Support


There are many good reasons for ____________________________. However, it cannot be ignored/overlooked that ___________________________. A classic example of this is ___________________________________________ . Try to add something interesting in this paragraph. Make sure you use a few complicated structures—try putting a subordinate clause first. Like this: While many type of professional promote the notion that _____________________________, I believe the opposite should be argued given the current situation/status/ of ____________________________________.




I have argued _______________________. This view will become increasingly dominant in the coming century given ________________________________. Many of these issues can never be resolved to everybody’s satisfaction, but in the long run, promoting ________________________________ will lead to the betterment of all involved. Finally, _____________________________ increased something like global cooperation, cultural understanding, blah, blah, blah can only result from this, resulting in ______________________________ for everybody.

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Very good template Erin

I am just about to start my preparation you gave me a good guiding light and i can work on it

Moreover can u give some advice for beginners like me

I feel i can target maths section easlily

for verbal do i need to read any word list

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Thanks, Erin. Great stuff there. These are the stuff newbies Find most useful.

I plan to take my GMAT in 3 months time. Currently, I am preparing a study plan to take me to D-day. One question would be which preparation course to sign up for insights?


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It looks really good...

Im definitly gonna start my approach to the AWA with this template...Let´s see how it works?


By the way, one question, does anybody knows weather this template is still valid nowadays?? The thing is that the template was posted in 2004 and I just wonder if is still applicable..

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