GMAT Analytical Writing Assessment Section

Analytical Writing Assessment
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Critical Thinking and Communication

The Analytical Writing Assessment Section of the GMAT exam requires you to reason with the argument and also write an assessment of that particular argument as well. This way it tests your skills to critically evaluate and voice your ideas by means of an English Essay.

This section includes an assessment test (analysis of an argument) of about 30 minutes. The argument may be of any general topic related to business or other subject matter. Any specific topic knowledge is not required by the test, the assessment will only test the analytical writing skills of the candidate.

Analysis of an Argument in the Analytical Writing Assessment Section

You will have to discuss the reason you found an argument valid for in the analysis of an argument section. In order to that, you will have to give an analysis of reasoning and make use of evidence in the argument.

Take a few minutes to evaluate the argument and ready your response before writing. Your ideas need to be fully developed and organized. Remember to manage the 30 minutes allotted for the assessment to leave time for rereading & revising your response.

Analysis of an Argument Scoring

GMAT uses following two ways to evaluate the candidate’s assessment, giving in the result a single AWA score:

  • First of all your essay will go through an electronic analysis that will check for linguistic errors in your essay. These errors include the organization of ideas, syntactic variety, and topical analysis.
  • Then a team of trained evaluators checks your essay’s overall quality to assess your thinking and writing potential including how you identify, analyze an argument, organize, develop and express your ideas, provide relevant reasons and examples to support the argument and use standard written English.

Rescoring Service

You have the choice to ask for your AWA test retested by an individual reader against a fee of about 45 dollars. But remember that this request can be made within the first six months of your test. A request made after this time period will not be entertained.

List of Things You Should Know About Rescoring

  • Scores drawn out of rescoring process are final meaning you cannot request for another rescoring.
  • Rescoring may result in either increment or decrement in your current AWA score.
  • Your rescoring results along with your programs of choice will be sent to you in approx... 20 days of receiving the request.
  • There will be no refunding after the rescoring process has started.
  • You are to contact GMAT Customer Service top request a rescoring.

Note: The Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative and Verbal sections of the GMAT exam cannot be restored.