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GMAT Writing. Analytical Writing. What is being tested? Critical thinking Communicate complex ideas Task 1: Take a position (30 minutes) Task 2: Critique a conclusion (30 minutes). Analysis of an Issue. Analyze issue Explain your point of view Cite relevant reasons Cite examples

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Gmat writing

GMAT Writing


Analytical writing

Analytical Writing

What is being tested?

  • Critical thinking

  • Communicate complex ideas

  • Task 1: Take a position (30 minutes)

  • Task 2: Critique a conclusion (30 minutes)


Analysis of an issue

Analysis of an Issue

  • Analyze issue

  • Explain your point of view

  • Cite relevant reasons

  • Cite examples

    • USE your experience, observations or reading


Analysis of an argument

Analysis of an Argument

  • Read a brief argument

  • Analyze reading behind it

  • Consider questionable assumptions

  • Discuss logical fallacies

  • Provide alternative explanations or counter examples that weaken conclusion

  • Provide missing evidence that would strengthen or weaken argument


Analysis of an issue sample

Analysis of an Issue-Sample

p. 764

People often complain that products are not made to last. They feel that making products that wear out fairly quickly wastes both natural and human resources. What they fail to see, however, is that such manufacturing practices keep costs down for the consumer and stimulate demand.

Which do you find more compelling: the complaint about products that do not last or the response to it. Explain your positions using relevant reasons and/or examples from your experience, observations or reading.

vocabulary→compelling


Outstanding analysis of an issue

Outstanding Analysis of an Issue

  • Explores ideas and develops a position with insightful reasons and/or persuasive examples

  • Is clearly well-organized

  • Demonstration superior control of language, including diction and syntactic variety

  • Demonstrates superior facility with the conventions of std. written English (may have minor flaws)


Analysis of an argument sample

Analysis of an Argument-Sample

The following appeared as part of an article in a daily newspaper:

“The computerized on-board warning system that will be installed in commercial airliners will virtually solve the problem of midair collisions. One plane’s warning system can receive signals from another’s transponder-a radio set that signals a plane’s course—in order to determine the likelihood of a collision and recommend evasive action:

Discuss how well-reasoned you find this argument.


Analysis of an argument sample cont d

Analysis of an Argument-Sample cont’d

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 counter examples 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.

vocabulary→refute, questionable assumption, underlie, logically sound


Outstanding analysis of an argument

Outstanding Analysis of an Argument

  • Clearly identifies important aspects of the argument and analyzes them insightfully

  • Develops ideas, organizes them and connects them with transitions

  • Supports the critique

  • Demonstrates control of language

  • Shows facility with conventions of std. written English


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