The first section of the GMAT requires you to type an original analytical writing sample. To make the most of your essay, follow these recommendations:

  • Choose your thesis immediately. There's no right answer to the question prompt, so don't waste time trying to find it.

  • Spend at least two to five minutes constructing a quick outline of your ideas. Make sure you have a general thesis for the essay and a topic statement for each paragraph.

  • Include an introductory paragraph, at least two or three supporting paragraphs, and a conclusion.

  • Get specific with your supporting evidence. Draw from your own experience or knowledge. It's okay to get personal.

  • Leave a couple of minutes at the end to read through your essay and correct any glaring errors.