GMAT Analytical Writing: Solutions to the Real Argument Topics


To many people, the analytical writing section of the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is the hardest portion. The student is required to read a short section of text that makes an argument for or against a specific point and then write an analytical essay that expresses a detailed critique of the form, structure and conclusion of the argument. The reader is then scored on how well they understood the validity of the argument and expressed their conclusions.
Like all testable skills, it is possible to increase your ability through practice. This book contains a set of 50 arguments that are analyzed and answered. The tactics used are:

*) Presentation of the argument.
*) An expression of the main point of the argument.
*) Assumptions made in the argument and any potential bias the author may have. For example, a company official will naturally argue for the strength of the company.
*) Alternate explanations for the "facts" used in the argument.
*) A sample essay critiquing the argument.

All of the examples are very well done and will provide sound practice for the analytical portion of the GMAT. Given that so much could be at stake when you are taking the test, buying and using this book to prepare for the test would be money and time well spent.
Date Added: 07/22/2013 by Charles Ashbacher