Analytical Writing Assessment
(AWA) for GMAT
The GMAT Analytical Writing Assessment (AWA) section comprises two analytical writing tasks:
The 'Issue' topic states an
opinion / view on an issue of general interest. Your task is to
write an effective, well-reasoned essay that discusses the
issue from any perspective(s) you desire. To support your viewpoint and
explain your ideas, you should provide relevant reasons and examples.
- Analysis of an Issue (30-minute task); and
- Analysis of an Argument (30-minute task).
The second writing task requires you to critique an argument
in terms of its logical soundness. Rather than agree or disagree with the
given topic, you should discuss how well-reasoned the argument is.
The two tasks complement each other. The 'Issue' task requires you
assume a position, provide evidence to support your viewpoint, and build
an argument of your own. On the other hand, the 'Argument' task demands that
you evaluate somebody else's argument, examine the evidence provided to you,
and develop a critique of your own.