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Argument essay template, if anyone wants it

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by ksemmer » Sun May 30, 2010 7:22 am
Just wanted to say thanks so much for sharing this! I received an AWA score of 6.0 on the real deal thanks to your template!!

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by hhuizeng » Sun Jun 20, 2010 7:32 pm
Can some one help to explain the differences between premises and assumptions? Cause When I tried to use the template, I found it confused. I will appreciate your help. Thank you![/u]

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by concept » Tue Jun 22, 2010 1:35 am
Your post helped me build a decent template for myself and I improved my AWA score to 5.0 from my previous 4.5 and I am happy about that. thanks :)
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I am more intutive than conceptual. Still I like the name because I used it to win numerous "counter-strike" battles :)

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by ayankm » Wed Jun 30, 2010 6:34 am
I used this template in GMAT and got a 6.0 in AWA.
The official results came in just today.
I must say that this is one killer template and I am glad that I came across it.

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by dixi77 » Wed Jun 30, 2010 9:15 am
Thanks for crafting the best template available for GMAT argument essays.

I will be greatful If you could find time to provide example on how do you attack "unsubstantiated premises".
For no one else writing about GMAT essays talks about attacking "unsubstantiated premises", everybody talks about attacking assumptions.
Paragraph 2
For me, paragraph two always attacks the premises of the author's argument. I usually jot down a couple of premises on my board -- these are things that show up in the author's argument, usually without any evidence provided. So 99% of the time, I attack the lack of evidence that the author bases his premises on. I usually begin with some version of:

The primary issue with the author's reasoning lies in his unsubstantiated premises.

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by gs_bah » Tue Jul 06, 2010 5:35 am
Good template. Thank you.

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by gs_bah » Tue Jul 06, 2010 5:52 am
Good template. Thank you.

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by poonamgmat » Thu Jul 15, 2010 2:41 pm
Thanks for your post...it is really clear and helpful.
it helped me a lot in AWA

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by lokeshmalhotra76 » Sun Jul 18, 2010 10:18 am
Thanks a lot.

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by laumsd » Wed Jul 21, 2010 12:36 am
Im about a year too late but this template is excellent!

Congratulations on your 6 and hope this template will at least get me to a 5 :)


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by chocoswiss » Sun Aug 22, 2010 1:30 am
Thanks so much!
My gmat is in 5 days and this morn was the first time I attempted AWA when doing a practice test from the GMATPrep software. Needless to say, my formatting and organisation were pretty shaky.

This is an excellent template I can modify =)

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by missrochelle » Tue Aug 31, 2010 3:19 am
another ping for a great post!

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by deepakb » Fri Sep 10, 2010 11:24 am
Can someone who already written the GMAT, evaluate my below essay plz?

"The best strategy for managing a business or any enterprise is to find the most capable people and give them as much authority as possible"
Discuss the extent to which blablabla...........

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As businesses are growing bigger every day, managers are trying to figure out innovative ways to manage businesses. The strategy stated in the quotation above is good but definitely not the best strategy. Following paragraphs will highlights merits and demerits of the strategy stated above.
There is no doubt that managing a business or enterprise needs most capable people. If enterprise gives them maximum authority, these capable people will give best of them. These people will perform because the trust a business shown in them. Authority will help employees to use the resources for the best of the business. Former GE CEO Jack Welch had used this model to increase GE's revenue and profit many fold.
Too much of authority is liable to abuse. Employees can use this unquestioned authority to exploit the resources for their own advantage. Exploitation of authority can cost an enterprise very dearly. Recent sub-prime crisis in the US and Europe has proved this. CEO's, department head, VPs were given unlimited power. Authorities used by these people initially helped the organizations. Later on excess of authority led to move the control out of top management. Some executive with high authorities at the auto company bet billions of dollars on currency future without the knowledge of CEO and made billions of losses.
There is need to balance the authority given to the capable people. So, they will not use the authority for the detriment of the organization. The organization need to make sure that these people have enough power to let them perform well. But at the same time need to make sure that they don't abide by the rule of the organization and rules of law.

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by globalcitizen » Wed Sep 15, 2010 6:22 am
I am not sure if myohmy still comes on this website anymore but I wanted to personally thank her very much for this fantastic template! The first time I took the GMAT I got a 5 in writing. Last week, my second attempt, I used this template and I am very happy to report that I just received my score of 6 today!

Thank you so much, myohmy, for your kindness in sharing this. I hope you end/ended up in your top choice business school!

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by deepakb » Wed Sep 15, 2010 10:53 pm
Global citizen can you plz rate my essay.