1. Be particularly concerned with structure.
Clearly divide your essay into the introductory paragraph, two to
three content paragraphs and a conclusion. Take time out before you
start writing to set up an organizational structure. Our Essay Guide
includes sample essay templates for both the Issue and Argument
2. Do not rant in your essay. The Issue essays are often fraught with political implications, but this isn't an excuse to ramble about your own pet opinions. Also, try not to delve too deeply into your own personal life. When we interviewed official GMAT essay graders about their biggest complaint, they asked us to tell you: please save it for your blog.
3. Use transitional
phrases. Words and phrases like " first", "on the other hand," and "therefore" help the
computer identify concepts between and within the paragraphs.
4. Be a
conformist. The E-rater is not programmed to appreciate
individuality, humor, or poetic inspiration; computers aren't known for
their sense of humor. It will be comparing the style and structure of
your essay to those of other high-scoring essays. Our Essay Guide and sample essays have over 50
sample high-score essays to give you a sense of the proper writing style
for the AWA.
5. Clearly state your
critique in the Analysis of Argument essay. The Analysis of
Argument question will show you an essay loaded with logical fallacies,
such as the unwarranted assumption or fallacy of
6. Know the essays and
how to answer them. The 800score Essay Section Guide shows you all of the
275 actual GMAT essay questions with 20 sample essay answers to those questions.
7. Practice, Practice,
Practice. The best preparation is practicing under real conditions within the 30-minute time frame. 800score offers 5 free practice timed essays with complete explanations and an additional 10 timed essays in the 800score Complete Prep Course. If you need personalized feedback and scoring, 800score has graded over 10,000 practice
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