Common Errors in AWA Reasoning on GMAT

This short video will take you through some Common Errors in AWA Reasoning. Grasp the concepts well as they will prove beneficial for attempting the AWA Section on GMAT.

Common Errors in AWA Reasoning

The Analytical Writing Assessment (AWA) section of the GMAT consists of two essays. In the first, the student must analyze an argument and, in the second, the student must analyze an issue. Each essay must be written within 30 minutes and is scored on a scale of 0-6. Many GMAT-aspirants do not pay too much attention to the AWA section, believing it to be of minimal importance, compared to the quant and verbal sections. However, performing well in the AWA is no less vital to securing a good GMAT score. In this short article, we will discuss some of the common errors found in GMAT AWA reasonings, to help you put write better essays.

When you write your essays, you must critically analyze the paragraph from the point of view of the common errors discussed below. Try to use these errors to efficiently suggest the types of buzzwords to make the evaluation easier for the reader.

Common Errors

These are the most common errors:

Assumption: If you are suggesting that the author has made the error of assumption, the thrust of your argument will be that the author has presumed some information to be true, without sufficient backing. A good way to phrase this argument is "The author in concluding that____ has assumed ...." Then, talk about the error in such a way that you will be able to showcase the error properly and make it easy to understand and pick the exact error that you have found in the reasoning.

Some other common errors include generalization, extrapolation, failing to provide sufficient supporting evidence, the absence of relevant data, the absence of logical consequences of relevant data, and the failure to establish a causal, meaning cause and effect, relationship. Tweak the above format to phrase your argument, as per the error that you are targeting and then proceed with explaining your argument, as instructed. Make sure to carefully read the paragraph before you start answering, to ensure that you have identified a proper error within the author's argument.

This article has deliberately been kept brief; for a more elaborate explanation, please refer to Experts' Global's Stage One videos.

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