Time Management for AWA on GMAT

Use this video to learn how to manage your time for the AWA section on GMAT. The video comprises rich tips, which will help you attempt this section well.

Time Management for AWA on GMAT

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. 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 cover the most efficient approach to time management for the AWA.


Before we talk about AWA time management, let us recap what is an effective structure for your AWA argument.

The first paragraph must clearly convey what the author's conclusion is and that you do not agree with it. You must then utilize the next one to six paragraphs to discuss the flaws that you have found in the paragraph. Make sure to devote a full paragraph, no matter how small, to each flaw. In the second to last paragraph, suggest what all could have been done to make the reasoning convincing. Doing so gives the essay a more mature treatment. The final paragraph must once again state that the argument is not convincing in its given state.

Time Management on GMAT AWA

Now that we have established a firm background, on the subject, let us discuss the time management on this section.

When you begin working on an AWA question, spend approximately two minutes just reading and understanding the topic. After doing so, spend about three minutes writing the first and last paragraphs. Although it might seem strange to write the final paragraph, before any of the intermediate ones, this is actually a fine strategy. The introductory and concluding paragraphs give your essay its structure. Writing the concluding paragraph first will ensure that, even if you run out of time and are forced to cut the essay short, it will not look incomplete. Moreover, while you type these paragraphs you can think about the main flaws that you plan to address. Thereafter, take a full four minutes to find out the flaws in the argument and another two minutes to think about what could have been done to avoid these flaws. Then, take about 15 minutes to type the four to seven middle paragraphs and reserve four minutes to proofread your essay. Remember, typos and grammatical errors can have a very serious impact on your score.

Take care to understand this approach, as it will help you make effective use of your thirty minutes on the AWA section.

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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