2004 AWA topic cont :

July 22, 2008

The following appeared in a memorandum from the business department of the Apogee Company.
“When the Apogee Company had all its operations in one location, it was more profitable than it is today. Therefore, the Apogee Company should close down its field offices and conduct all its operations from a single location. Such centralization would improve profitability by cutting costs and helping the company maintain better supervision of all employees.” Discuss how well reasoned . . . etc.

2004 AWA Topic:

July 15, 2008

The following appeared as part of an annual report sent to stockholders by Olympic Foods, a processor of frozen foods.

“Over time, the costs of processing go down because as organizations learn how to do things better, they become more efficient. In color film processing, for example, the cost of a 3-by-5-inch print fell from 50 cents for five-day service in 1970 to 20 cents for one-day service in 1984. The same principle applies to the processing of food. And since Olympic Foods will soon celebrate its twenty-fifth birthday, we can expect that our long experience will enable us to minimize costs and thus maximize profits.”

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.

IMPROVE RC part 1

July 9, 2008

How to improve RC:

We will discuss everyday on some points like how to improve in Verbal areas like SC, CR and RC.

We would see how reading speed could be improved without compromising the comprehensive ability.

Here are some pointers:~
1) lets try not to read through words but to read across lines. How does it work??
China is doing pretty good in their overall GDP growth.
The same sentence could be read as …
China/     is/        doing/         pretty/     good/    in/     their/      overall/     GDP/      growth.
or the same sentence could be read as
China is doing/        pretty good in their/        overall GDP growth.
or

China is doing pretty great in their overall GDP growth./

….. try the technique as a regular practice🙂

May 22, 2008

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.

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89) The following appeared in a report presented for discussion at a meeting of the directors of a company that
manufactures parts for heavy machinery:
“The falling revenues that the company is experiencing coincide with delays in manufacturing. These delays, in turn,
are due in large part to poor planning in purchasing metals. Consider further that the manager of the department that
handles purchasing of raw materials has an excellent background in general business, psychology, and sociology,
but knows little about the properties of metals. The company should, therefore, move the purchasing manager to the
sales department and bring in a scientist from the research division to be manager of the purchasing department.”
Discuss how well reasoned . . . etc.

AWA 2

April 2, 2008

 Analysis of argument Questions 2) The following appeared in a memorandum from the business department of the Apogee Company.“When the Apogee Company had all its operations in one location, it was more profitable than it is today. Therefore, the Apogee Companyshould close down its field offices and conduct all its operations from a single location. Such centralization would improve profitability bycutting costs and helping the company maintain better supervision of all employees.”Discuss how well reasoned . . . etc. 

AwA 1

March 3, 2008

The following appeared as part of an annual report sent to stockholders by Olympic Foods, a processor of frozen foods. “Over time, the costs of processing go down because as organizations learn how to do things better, they become more efficient. In color film processing, for example, the cost of a 3-by-5-inch print fell from 50 cents for five-day service in 1970 to 20 cents for one-day service in 1984. The same principle applies to the processing of food. And since Olympic Foods will soon celebrate its twenty-fifth birthday, we can expect that our long experience will enable us to minimize costs and thus maximize profits.” 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.

ESSAY TIPS

March 3, 2008


   Essay Section Guide

 The Analytical Writing Assessment (AWA) is how business schools evaluate your writing skills. The AWA section has two 30-minute essay questions, each requiring a completely different strategy.

  • Present Your Perspective on an Issue (30 minutes)
    Here you present your opinion on a controversial issue.
  • Analysis of Argument (30 minutes)
    Here you analyze the reasoning in an argument and find its logical flaws.

Your essay will be evaluated by an “E-rater” (a computer “bot” grading program that scans essays). If the GMAT essay grader and E-rater agree on a score, that’s the grade your essay will receive. If they disagree, a second GMAT grader will grade the essay to resolve any differences.

The computerized grading system pressures GMAT essay graders to follow the E-rater’s strict standards. Human graders are aware that there is a computer double-checking their work, and they are more likely to follow the E-rater’s strict grading parameters.


   How to Tackle the Analytical Writing Assessment

Students tend to under-prepare for the AWA section. This is ironic because it is the one GMAT section where a small amount of preparation can make a large difference on test day. You don’t want an embarrassing AWA grade coming up in a business school interview.

To beat the AWA, you must learn how to write in a highly disciplined and concise manner.



1.      
Be particularly concerned with structure.
Clearly divide your essay into the introductory paragraph, two to three content paragraphs and a conclusion. Take time out before you start writing to set up an organizational structure. Our Essay Guide includes sample essay templates for both the Issue and Argument essays.

2.      
Save it for your blog
.The Issue essays are often fraught with political implications, but don’t go on a political rant or a long diatribe about your own opinions. Also, try not to delve too deeply into your own personal life. Be restrained when writing your essay and keep it professional and balanced. When we interviewed GMAT essay graders about their biggest complaint, they asked us to tell you: please save it for your blog

3.      
Use transitional phrases
such as “first”, “therefore” and “because” to help the computer identify concepts between and within the paragraphs.

4.      
Be a conformist.
The E-rater is not programmed to appreciate individuality, humor, or poetic inspiration; computers aren’t known for their sense of humor. It will be comparing the style and structure of your essay to that of other high-scoring essays. Our Essay Guide has 20 sample high score essays to give you a sense of the proper writing style for the AWA.

5.      
Clearly state your critique in the Analysis of Argument essay.
The Analysis of Argument question will show you an essay loaded with logical fallacies, such as the unwarranted assumption or fallacy of equivocation.

6.      
Know the essays and how to answer them.
The 800score Essay Section Guide shows you all of the 275 actual GMAT essay questions and 20 selected sample answers to those essay questions.

7.      
Practice, Practice, Practice.
Try to do the essays in the 30-minute time frame. That is half of the challenge. Always practice under timed conditions on a computer or take our practice timed essays for grading. 800score.com has graded thousands of practice essays since 1999 through our Essay Grading Service. Courtesy :  http://www.800score.com/gmat-essay.html

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March 3, 2008

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