Tricks for the GMAT Analytical Writing Assessment

By Lisa Zimmer Hatch, Scott A. Hatch

Part of GMAT For Dummies Cheat Sheet

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.

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

  • Get specific with your supporting evidence. Mention details from the prompt and come up with examples from your own experience to show how the author could have presented a more compelling argument.

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