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Anatomy of AWA Issue For the Noobs
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Anatomy of AWA Issue For the Noobs
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Due to the queries made earlier like this thread:
http://www.edulix.com/forum/showthread.php?tid=43253

i made up my mind to post of all that i know about the awa section with some info from the various books available in the maket..
although this one's just tips for the issue.. i'll make sure that i'd post the tips even for the argument in near future..

To add to this thread there is even a thread for awa falacies by the OldGuy :
http://www.edulix.com/forum/showthread.php?tid=42195

hope this will be the one stop solution for all those coming to have info in this regard.. Very Happy

Useful Books:
Arrow Gre CAT answer's to Real essay Questions
http://rapidshare.com/files/38351610/Acr..._.pdf.html
Arrow Writting skills for the Gre and GMAT test

Useful S/W : TypingMaster [ its one of the softwares used to master and improve one's typing speed ]

Prologue:

A very important section to judge u as a person. The verbal and quant scores truly don't reflect what u are. The writing section is a proper yardstick by which the univs. measure ur clarity of thought, in depth analysis etc. especially for humanities and arts students. It is very important in a psychological sense too. As this is the first section in ur exam, writing a good essay will boost ur morale and u'll end up doing the other sections with high spirits. So make sure you create your own style of writing. A safe bet would be to follow the standard templates of Princeton or Arco. Better coz makes life for u and the evaluating examiner, easy.

Avoid hackneyed expressions such as "a rolling stone gathers no moss" etc.

Shows lack of creativity and makes u sound OLD. Flamboyance has its own audience, but hyperbolizing and artificialness in the usage of words is treated with contempt. So, if u know a word, but dunno wat it exactly means, DON'T use it. A simple essay that is idea rich scores better than a drab one with bombastic language.

Do practice from the pool of issue topics and have ur essays graded. It'll tell u which areas of writing u have to concentrate on. Use the scratch paper to marshal ur thots and spend at least 10 minutes planning ur essay. And plz avoid eye dialect in ur essays.

The plz, ur, u're, would , reco. " all stop with the chat rooms. Gotta type Queen's English(not necessarily Evil or Very Mad ) in the exam. Spend 5 minutes skimming ur essay to look for such errors. Needless to say I did that. Razz


AWA ISSUE writting :
Two 30 minutes essays begin the gre test.One of these essaYS IS Analysis of an issue, and the other is Analysis of an argument.In Analysis of an issue, you are given a particular issue, and must analyse it carefully, supporting your argument with relevant examples and/or reasons. For Analysis of an argument , you need to analyse and criticise the logic of a given argument, again supporting your critique with examples and reasons.

ETS wants to see that you can, at the very least, string a few sentences together. form proper paragraphs and structure an essay satisfactorily. Their requirements are not very profound given that the essays are marked by a computer and a university faculty member or graduate student(who has only a few minutes to grade ur essay). Thus the structure of the essay is far more important that the content. Nevertheless, do not take this section too lightly, especially if ur not a native speaker of english( as we in india are ).Universities use these essays as another way of evaluating your proficiency in English.This has been discussed in various threads in Edulix..

You will receive a grade on each essay that will range from a possible 0 to a perfect 6. Your score will increase or decreade in increments of 0.5, so you could have for eg. a score of 3.5 on ur 1st essay and a score of 4.5 on ur 2nd essay, a situation which will give you a combined score for both essays of 4.0.

Note:The AWA score is scored separately, and is sent with ur gre scores to the universities you have selected on the test day to receive them.

Analysis of an Issue:
Analysis of an issue essays are one of two essay types one finds on the gre exam. You will have to write an Analysis of an issue essay when u write the exam- no exceptions. In Analysis of an issue, you must either agree or disagree with the issue at hand, supporting your argument logically and structuring the essay effectively.


Tips for the AWA:
Read the question crefully and make sure you understand exactly what u need to do. If u misunderstand the question and then write on something off-topic,you will receive 0 as your score.

Brainstorm(deemag ko chakki me peesna Razz) for a couple of minutes before writing. Take 2 to 4 minutes to write down on your scrap paper all your ideas and arguments, and then organize them before you start typing.
(this is far more important that anything else )

Give ur essay some structure.Every essay should have some sort of organisation,such as introduction, the body of the essay, and a conclusion.

Watch ur time.Every coupe of minutes look up and make sure you will not run out of time before you have finished the conclusion.
(do this but not often that might even tense u up..)

Avoid extreme opinion. If you have extreme views on any particular issue,keep them to urself.U dont want ur university thinking ur some sort of nut..

Write about what u know. Use ur own experiences and knowledge to spice up a dull essay topic. As well an essay with examples from real world is much more enjoyable to read than one based solely on mere opinions and conjecture...

as jason said in a thread.. quoting some literary would help u but its a double-edged sword... u should be aware that the one who is evaluating ur essay is someone who knows better literature than u do.. if u mess up with that quotes than ur gonna get some drops in ur score.. in the other hand it might help u in boosting ur score..
So to be on the safer side u better use real life experiences if ur not aware of literature ( as most of us are Very Happy)

Time Management
As in other aspects of ur life. managing ur time in the AWA is absolutely essential.. To illustrate, let's take an example from another realm of our world- construction. You r given 6 months to construct a house and have it completed before winter. Say u spent the whole 6 month making the foundation of the house the most secure and sound foundation imaginable.. Great, but you spend so much time doing this you do not have time to finish the rest of the house with the time limit. Should you be congradulated by friends and neighbours ?? should ur picture be put on the cover of Basements, Crawlspaces and Foundatuions Magazine ?? No- you did not finish the project on time , and one way or another you will be penalize for not using time well..

Something like this is very common among test takes in the AWA. If you were to take too much time writting a brilliant opening paragraph but not have tie to do a conclusion, then ur score would indeed be very low, And many students do something like this all the time. Another error would be to write as much as you can for 15 minutes, without truly pondering the issue or editing the essay after u write, and then move on quickly to the next essay or section. Again, ur score would suffer.The point is that u have to go in to the AWA with a clear idea of how ur going to use ur time wisely..

Here are some rough guidelines on time management for each essay/

Brainstrom: 2-4 minutes. Take a couple of minutes to write down ideas and a rough outline of the organization of the essay on ur scratch paper.. (For entire life u haven't thought.. think at least at this time..)


Write:22-25 minutes. using what u have written in ur brainstorming session, start writting.

Edit:2-3 minutes. Take a couple of minutes, just before the clock runs down, to review what u have written, checking for spelling and grammar errors, and that the essay flows well ad that the arguments makes sense and are understandable.

It is entirely upto u how u manage ur time, whether u follow these guideline or modify them to a great degree. Whatever u do, though remember to manage ur time ..

here ur typing skills do help u very much ,...
if u dont have efficiency in ur typing skills then u loose more time in typing .. u better use programs like typing master to improve ur typing skills..


Brainstorming:
Too many test-takes just start writing as soon as they have finished reading the essay topic/question( or even before they finish reading ). One of the big dangers of doing this is that is easier than one might think to misunderstand what the essay exactly is about and then write something completely off-topic. If u happen to so this you run the risk of getting a 0 score for that essay.

it is strongly recommended that you take a couple of minutes at least in order to understand what is being asked of u and to jot down some ideas on how u will approach this essay. Let's assume this is ur essay topic is an analysis of an issue problem :
"Trust is a key ingredient in succesful business relations."
Discuss the extent to which u agree or disagree wioth the opinion abopve. Support ur point of view with reasons and or examps from ur own experiences, observations, or reading

it is recommended that u take 2-4 minutes to consider and write down what u are going to write.
First, u determine.what ur going to agree with and support the statement.
Second: u jot down some points on ur scratch paper,usually in a short-hand version for urself.


Organise ur ESSAY
It is important to have som sort of organization or structure for the essay at least in mind even if you do not write it down. The most basic and common structure for an essay like this is the following :

Introduction-establish the issue or the parameters of the author's argument,state the position you will take in the essay(1 paragraph)

Body- make ur arguments and defend/support them here (1-3 paragraphs)

Conclusion- make a summary of ur position (1 paragraph)

The area that people usually do a terrible job on is the conclusion, often because they run out of time. Remember to budget enough time for urself to do a good job of the conclusion.

here are some models for the structure for the essay. Practise a couple of them and use whichever one best suits both ur style of writting and ur method of making a point

MODEL 1:

1st para: state both sides of the argument before announcing what side u are on ..

2nd para: support ur argument.

3rd para: further support.

4th para: further support.

5th para: conclusion.


MODEL 2:
1st para: state ur position.

2nd para: acknowledge the arguments in favor of the otehr side

3rd para: rebut each of those arguments

4th para: conclusion


MODEL 3:

1st para: state the position you will eventually contradict.

2nd para: contradict the first position.

3rd para: support ur position

4th para: further support

5th para: conclusion


MODEL 4:

1st para: provide an example or illustrative situation

2nd para: state ur interpretation or view of this example solution

3rd para: support the argument

4th para: conclusion


MODEL 5:

1st para: provide an example or illustative situation

2nd para: state the other side's possible interpretation or view of this example/situation.

3rd para: state ur side

4th para: support

5th para: conclusion


Vocabulary
just as a good cook knows how to use spices to make an otherwise dreary meal interesting,(compare ur cooking with that of ur mom's) a good writer knows how to prepare his/her writting with words and expressions that make it more interesting,eye-catching and effective.

At the very least,we can try to eliminate or use some words a lot more sparingly. For example the word "nice" was infamous for being overused in the 1980's- very few writer use it more than occasionally, and u should do the same. Try to find a synonym for the word "nice", for instance pleasant,easy-going,amiable,likable etc. Watch out for the overused words such as "good","Bad","big",and "little" as well.

Note: these points are especially important for the test-takers especially we indians.. who get used to use a particular words out of habit of bolly/kolly/tolly wood's influence.. Very Happy

you should understand both the meaning of the following words, and the context in which they should be used. Try to use those you are less confortable or familiar with when you are practicing ur essay writting... (well do we practice it ??? :winkSmile

i though these word groupings would help u in the cause of preparation for the AWA essay

continue the thought words:

Similarly
Moreover
Additionally
In the same way
Likewise

Conclusions words:

Thus
Therefore
Hence
So
In summary
In conclusion

Contradiction or Contrast words:

Neverthless
Nonetheless
However
But
Although
Though
Even though
Notwitstanding
Yet
But
Despite
In spite of
On the one hand... on the other hand
While
Unlike
Now we will take a look at the final result.


Editing Ur Essay:
Never ever take a break before the time for the essay ends..
Take 2-3 minutes to review your essay, checking for

Spelling Errors-though if you do not know how to spell a word then a review will not help much, u can at least catch typing errors.

Grammmatical Errors- sometimes difficult to catch in your own work, but still worth looking out for..

Flow of the essay- Does the essay move well from one transition/idea to another?? From one para to another ?? Look in particular at the beginning and end of para for smooth transitions.

Ideas- does this make sense ?? Do u still agree with what u just wrote ??

Check over the introduction and conclusion- these are the 2 most important parts of the essay, since the reader will pay more attention to these sections than the body of the essay. So make sure it is good.

Most working tip is to start with writting the introductory and concluding para. so that if u run out of time u are sure that u have the concluding para already in place.. Very Happy

Note: lemme upload the books and the software to have this post complete..

P.S: Dont ask me for the source since this is an extensively researched one.. one which has been collected more than a year ago mainly from the testmagic forum + the various blogs that i used to visit when the forum was active..

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nice work dude Smile adding it to the Mega Sticky

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kudos to u dude...commendable work... Smile

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so you wrote all this yourself i am sure it would have taken you quite some time

still thanks

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awesome post...
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Update : This is the pool of issue topics released by the ETS.. this is as of
June 23,2007... this is cause of the reason that the ETS constatly changes these topics as and whenever appropriate..

http://www.edulix.com/wiki/index.php/Ima...Topics.pdf

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so vacky the book you earlier told us that 2nd edition arcos book for awa now should i prepare from that book or is there any other book to prepare these new topics.these new topics must be more important for the gre now
and the list is easilt available on the ets website also there are some additional practice material also present

I have always managed all my split personalities very well.

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smith9876 Wrote:so vacky the book you earlier told us that 2nd edition arcos book for awa now should i prepare from that book or is there any other book to prepare these new topics.these new topics must be more important for the gre now
and the list is easilt available on the ets website also there are some additional practice material also present

i myself have no idea about the topics.. well as far as the preparation goes its better to have the acro book but it isn't the whole preparation.. Sad

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The book gives a good idea of varied topics like arts, humanities, lterature etc.
Wat can be done is that: read 2-3 issues of each type and then think independently on the points u cud well use if u encounter a similar topic. Reading an entire book will be very time consuming.

Same can be done for argumentative essays.....after reading some samples, take a topic and try to think on that topic and then u can compare the essay with that given. This way u can get more points than given in the book and also develop ur thinking skills.

CAUTION : DO NOT COPY THE ESSAYS GIVEN FROM THE BOOK. I HAVE READ THAT THE ETS HAS DATABASE OF COMMON ESSAY BOOKS AND HENCE THEY CAN FIND OUT PLAGARIZING.

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awesome job machan.... Very Happy

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Leonidas Wrote:CAUTION : DO NOT COPY THE ESSAYS GIVEN FROM THE BOOK. I HAVE READ THAT THE ETS HAS DATABASE OF COMMON ESSAY BOOKS AND HENCE THEY CAN FIND OUT PLAGARIZING.

oops !!! missed this ..
use to book to have a look at the organization of the ideas..
its always recommended to take up a topic and then gather points urself and practise it... and then look into those books and compare it rather than copying ..

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Update: Just now uploaded the Typingmaster if u find enough time before ur GRE do spend time on developing ur typing skills with the ones like the typing master which i'm currently spending time on..

TypingMaster 7:
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***Bouncing this for the GRE Season coming up Smile ***

Good work Vacky!

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It should stay at top
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Nice pointers! I think we all leave AWA till the end and don't practice at all... (atleast I did that!). No wonder I only got a 4.0! Sad
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