Analytical Writing Assessment Section
The Analytical Writing Assessment (AWA) is designed to measure your ability to think critically and to communicate your ideas. The AWA consists of one 30-minute essay.
Analysis of an Argument:The argument presented on the test concerns topics of general interest related to business or a variety of other subjects. Specific knowledge of the essay topic is not necessary; only your capacity to write analytically is assessed.
You will be asked to analyze the reasoning behind a given argument and write a critique of that argument. You are not being asked to present your own views on the subject.
Consider the following when developing your essay:
· What questionable assumptions underlie the thinking behind the argument?
· What alternative explanations or counterexamples might weaken the conclusion?
· What sort of evidence could help strengthen or refute the argument?
What Is Measured
Analysis of an Argument tests your ability to formulate an appropriate and constructive critique of a specific conclusion based on a specific line of thinking.
For an example and directions for answering, go to the Sample Analysis of an Argument Question.
Current Analytical Writing Assessment Topics
You may download the complete list of current Analytical Writing Assessment (AWA) Analysis of an Argument Topics used during the administration of the GMAT exam.
AWA Rescoring Service
Independent readers will rescore your essays for a fee of US$45. The Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative, and Verbal sections of the test cannot be rescored.
Requests for rescoring must be made within six (6) months of your test date. A request received after six (6) months will not be honored.
Rescoring may result in an increase or decrease in your AWA score. Either way, the rescoring results are final. Revised results will be sent to you and to the graduate management programs you designated as score recipients approximately 20 days after your request is received. Once your rescoring request has been processed, the fee will not be refunded.
Integrated Reasoning Section
Showcase your highly valued integrated reasoning skills, which are keys for success in the classroom and workplace.
Today’s business world is rich in data. To succeed, you’ll need to analyze information from a variety of sources, and develop strategies and make decisions based on that information. Integrated reasoning is designed to measure your ability to evaluate information presented in multiple formats from multiple sources – skills you already use, and skills you need to succeed in our data-rich world.
The 30-minute Integrated Reasoning section tests skills identified by management faculty worldwide as important for you, as a prospective incoming graduate management student, to know, including:
· Synthesizing information presented in graphics, text, and numbers
· Evaluating relevant information from different sources
· Organizing information to see relationships and to solve multiple, interrelated problems
· Combining and manipulating information to solve complex problems that depend on information from one or more sources
The Integrated Reasoning section consists of four question types, which require you to analyze and synthesize data in different formats and from multiple sources.
· Almost all question formats require multiple responses. Questions are designed to measure how well you integrate data to solve complex problems, so you must answer all parts of a single question correctly to receive credit.
· All answer choices for a single question are presented on the same screen. You must submit responses to all parts of the question before moving on to a new question on another screen. Once you answer a question, you may not go back and change the answer.
· Data presented in text are approximately 300 words or fewer.
· Answer options don’t provide information or clues that will help you solve other questions.
· One set of data is used for several Multi-Source Reasoning questions, but the questions are independent of one another—you won’t have to answer one question correctly to be able to answer another.