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AWA Essay Guide
Chapter 1:
AWA Introduction
Chapter 2:
Analysis of Issue
Chapter 3:
Analysis of Argument
Chapter 4:
Improving Your Writing
Chapter 5:
Real Essay Questions
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Guide to GRE AWA


The Analytical Writing Assessment, more than any other element of GRE preparation, has benefits that extend far beyond test day. The skills, reasoning tools, and techniques you learn for the AWA may be applied to any essay or persuasive writing. These skills will help you through business school and beyond.

The AWA can be beaten. The essay topics are available for you to review beforehand. The structures for the AWA answers are simple and may be learned.

  • Grammar and spelling is, by-and-large, less important than structure and content. Focus on structure and your argument formation.
  • The E-rater's main impact is to put more value on highly structured writing and the use of "key" words and phrases that the E-rater recognizes.
  • Take plenty of timed practice tests on a computer. Our sample essays on the site are designed for you to take practice essays and be evaluated.
  • Do not procrastinate AWA preparation. Students tend to put off the AWA until it is too late and then they cannot adequately prepare.

    The assessment consists of two analytical writing tasks: a 45-minute "Present Your Perspective on an Issue" task and a 30-minute "Analyze an Argument" task. The "Issue" task states an opinion on an issue of general interest and asks test takers to address the issue from any perspective(s) they wish, aslong as they provide relevant reasons and examples to explain and support their views. The "Argument" task presents a different challenge: it requires test takers to critique an argument by discussing how well reasoned they find it.You will receive a grade from 0 to 6, which will be sent with your GRE scores.

The guide is divided into these sections:

Chapter 1: Introduction (this page)

Chapter 2: Analysis of Issue

Chapter 3: Analysis of Argument

Chapter 4: Improving Your Writing

Chapter 5: Getting the Real Essay Questions

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