gmat essay format
- Introduction: Restate the argument and point out the flaws. Now, state your views which you’ll discuss in the next paragraphs.
- First paragraph: State your first critique of the argument and support your view with an example.
- Second paragraph: State your first critique of the argument and support your view with an example.
- Third paragraph: Pose a few questions for the argument. The absence of information in the argument to answer your questions weaken it further.
- Fourth argument: State information that you feel would have strengthened the argument but is absent. (This is an extra paragraph which is not in Chineseburned template)
- Conclusion: State that the argument is flawed because of the above reasons and which reasons could have strengthened the argument.
Discuss how well reasoned you find this argument. In your discussion, be sure to analyze the line of reasoning and the use of evidence in the argument. For example, you may need to consider what questionable assumptions underlie the thinking and what alternative explanations or counterexamples might weaken the conclusion. You can also discuss what sort of evidence would strengthen or refute the argument, what changes in the argument would make it more logically sound, and what, if anything, would help you better evaluate its conclusion.
Writing Your Response: Take a few minutes to think about the argument and plan a response before you begin writing. Be sure to organize your ideas and develop them fully, but leave time to reread you response and make any revisions that you think are necessary.
Score scale: 0–6, based on a holistic scoring system
Paragraph 4 – Rejection of Counter-Point
Relate the Example
Finally, the statistics cited in the memo seem unreliable. One cannot draw any firm conclusions about job satisfaction from “remarks” made “often” by software workers unless the remarks are backed up by a proper survey of a sufficiently large and representative sample. Nor can one draw any firm conclusions about employee absenteeism and attrition from a single monthвЂ™s data. Last monthвЂ™s data might have been a one-time-only spike (to which the memoвЂ™s author over-reacted). Even if not, the monthly variation in itself tends to show that the dress code, which has remained the same, is not to blame for last monthвЂ™s data.
The memo further assumes that the dress code is to blame for CapitalвЂ™s high absenteeism and attrition rates, without considering other possible explanations. A high absenteeism rate might be due instead to other working conditions, such as poor ventilation or cafeteria food, while a high attrition rate might be explained by such factors as inadequate salaries or benefits. Since the memo hasnвЂ™t ruled out these sorts of possibilities, the conclusion that a “casual Friday” policy will solve CapitalвЂ™s problems is, at best, weak.
1) Review sample AWA templates. They will guide you in how to best format your essays. If you are prepping with Economist GMAT Tutor, these templates will appear in your dashboard when you are about 60% completed with the course. If you’ve already passed this point in your studies, you can find the templates for the essays in your summary library.
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