The GMAT/MBA Library

Explore the world's largest collection of GMAT prep and MBA admissions content.

GMAT Avengers Study Group: Tackling the AWA

by Helen Xia on October 23, 2013

Gain valuable tips from our GMAT Avengers group on how to tackle the AWA essays.

Seeing the Other Side on the AWA

by Kaplan GMAT on October 8, 2013

Show the essay graders that you have the maturity to appreciate a counterargument, and get points for it!

GMAT Analysis of an Issue: The Brainstorm

by Jordan Schonig on February 18, 2012

Before you start writing, take a few minutes to brainstorm on the AWA.

GMAT Analysis of an Issue: Use What You Know

by Jordan Schonig on January 11, 2012

No matter if you're an expert on the topic or not, you can still write a compelling Issue essay!

Issue Essay Template for AWA

by Vivian Kerr on January 8, 2012

Need some structure to your issue essay? Read on for a few tips.

3 Tips to Ace the GMAT Analysis of an Issue Essay

by Sean Murphy on June 24, 2011

With so many possible directions to go in, here are three tips to help craft your argument (and earn a perfect 6).

Getting Started on the AWA Analysis of an Issue Essay

by Economist GMAT Tutor on June 15, 2011

Don't get paralyzed by anxiety. The trick is to simply get started.

5 Thoughts to Avoid on the AWA (Part II)

by Chris Black on April 8, 2011

Christina Yu shares 5 more awesome tips to ensure AWA success!

5 Thoughts to Avoid on the AWA

by Chris Black on March 31, 2011

How can you ensure AWA success? Follow these 5 tips!

For Example, the AWA Issue Essay

by Economist GMAT Tutor on February 20, 2011

Isaac Bettan, Master Verbal Instructor at Master GMAT One of the most common mistakes in the AWA Issue Essay pertains to examples, which seem uncomfortably [...]

Thursdays with Ron – The AWA Essays

by Caitlin Clay on December 9, 2010

Every other Thursday, our instructor Ron Purewal (known on the Beat The GMAT forums as lunarpower) hosts a free study hall session, called Thursdays [...]

Five Things High-Scoring Essays Have in Common

by David Ragsdale on October 14, 2010

The two essays for the Analytical Writing Assessment are graded holistically. This means, simply, that your grade is based on the overall impression the essay [...]

GMAT: 5 Steps for Analytical Writing Assessment

by Vivian Kerr on September 30, 2010

A few quick tips to raise your AWA scores for both GMAT essays: The Issue Essay Choose a side and stick with it. Don’t waffle, and [...]

GMAT – Issue Essay Examples

by Vivian Kerr on July 23, 2010

If you haven’t already, you can download the Analysis of an Issue essay topic pool on here. While there is no way to predict which [...]

AWA Pacing and Length

by Kaplan GMAT on March 16, 2010

While the two essays on the GMAT require you to do completely different things, the approach and foundation of each essay is exactly the same.  [...]