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Guide to Perfect 6.0 AWA GMAT Score

1. General Structure

1.1 Argument
Intro - Restate argument, point out flaws or state intention to discuss them below 1st Para - First,...
2nd Para - Second/In addition,...
3rd Para - Third/Finally,...
Conclusion - The argument is flawed/weak/unconvincing because of the above -mentioned...Ultimately, the argument can be strengthened if/by...

1.2 Issue
Intro - Restate issue, take a position
1st Para - First/One reason...
2nd Para - Second/Another reason...
3rd Para - Third/Perhaps the best reason...
Conclusion - Acknowledge the other position but re-affirm yours and conclude that it is the stronger.

2. Structural Word (should be all over the essays)
Supporting examples - for example, to illustrate, for instance, because, specifically Additional support - furthermore, in addition, similarly, just as, also, as a result, moreover Importance - surely, truly, undoubtedly, clearly, in fact, most importantly Contrast - on the contrary, yet, despite, rather, instead, however, although, while Decide against - one cannot deny that, it could be argued that, granted, admittedly Ying-yang - on the one hand/on the other hand

Concluding - therefore, in summary, consequently, hence, in conclusion, ultimately, in closing

3. Templates
3.1 Argument

Intro:
The argument claims that ....(restate)
Stated in this way the argument:
a) manipulates facts and conveys a distorted view of the situation b) reveals examples of leap of faith, poor reasoning and ill-defined terminology c) fails to mention several key factors, on the basis of which it could be evaluated The conclusion of the argument relies on assumptions for which there is no clear evidence. Hence, the argument is weak/unconvincing and has several flaws.

1st Para:
First, the argument readily assumes that......
This statement is a stretch....
For example,...
Clearly,...
The argument could have been much clearer if it explicitly stated that...

2nd Para:
Second, the argument claims that....
This is again a very weak and unsupported claim as the argument does not demonstrate any correlation between....and... To illustrate,...
While,...
However,....indeed....
In fact, it is not at all clear...rather....
If the argument had provided evidence that.....then the argument would have been a lot more convincing.

3rd Para:
Finally,...
(pose some questions for the argument).....Without convincing answers to these questions, one is left with the impression that the claim is more of a wishful thinking rather than substantive evidence.

Conclusion:
In conclusion, the argument is flawed for the above-mentioned reasons and is therefore unconvincing. It could be considerably strengthened if the author clearly mentioned all the relevant facts.... In order to assess the merits of a certain situation/decision, it is essential to have full knowledge of all contributing factors. In this particular case.... Without this information, the argument remains unsubstantiated and open to debate.

3.2 Issue

Intro:
Many/some people think that....Others.....(restate)
The issue is a controversial one but a closer examination reveals that....(take a position)...for several reasons.

1st Para:
One reason is that/for...
For example,...
Furthermore,...
Clearly,...

2nd Para:
Another reason is that/for...
To illustrate,...
As a result,...

3rd Para:
Perhaps the best reason is (that)....
Specifically,...
Moreover/In addition....
In fact,....
Therefore,....

Conclusion:
In summary, while there are arguments to be made for both sides, it is clear that there are greater advantages to....(repeat the reasons). Certainly,.....outweigh.......
Hence,....(re-affirm your position)

4. Going from the templates to full-fledged essays

4.1 Argument

ESSAY QUESTION:
The following appeared in the editorial section of a national news magazine:

"The rating system for electronic games is similar to...
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