How to write a 300-word essay in 30 minutes

Using time appropriately is extremely important when writing essays on the GMAT. You must use your time wisely. Do not dive right in. If you begin writing immediately you will likely find it difficult to follow your critique all the way through without making mistakes in organization. Instead, take time to think about what you will be writing and create an outline first.

Here is a basic breakdown of how to use your time:

  • 1. Dissect argument (4 minutes)
  • 2. Select your points (5 minutes)
  • 3. Outline (1 minute)
  • 4. Type essay (20 minutes)
  • 5. Proofread(2 minutes)

PART 1: Thinking about the essay

Let’s see how to do steps 1 and 2 on a sample essay question:

The problem of poorly trained police officers that has plagued New York City should become less serious in the future. The City has initiated comprehensive guidelines that oblige police officers in multiculturalism and proper ways to deal with the city’s ethnic groups.

Explain ….

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