GMAT Tip - I just got my official score this afternoon and...

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I just got my official score this afternoon and wanted to share the experience and strategies I used on the test. I've been mostly a lurker here but the tips on this board really helped out (especially in finding out which practice tests were good predictors of your score and which ones over/underestimated). So I wanted to give back. I've listed my own test taking and prep experience below. I got a 760 (99%), 51Q (99%), 44V (97%), and 6.0/6.0 AWA (90%) by taking a very systematic approach to each of the sections. Of course, the validity of these tips will depend on your own studying style and goals. But this is what I did and it worked for me, so it might work for some of you too. I have it formatted and broken down by section for ease of readability. ANALYTICAL WRITING ASSESSMENT 1. Analysis of an Argument This question will give you a short paragraph, typically about a business-oriented subject (like business operations, pay, profit, etc.), and will ask you (a) whether you think it's a good argument, (b) why or why not, and (c) anything that could be added to make it stronger. I will answer (a) right now: it's not a good argument. In fact, it's an extremely poorly constructed argument. You can probably find 4-5 egregious, damaging flaws in the paragraph that make its conclusion pretty much wholly invalid. My suggestion is pick your favorite 3 flaws and run with them. If you're the kind of person who likes to rain on people's parades, you'll like this question a lot. I know I did. Treat this like a critical reasoning weaken question. I'll get more into this in the third section, but normally when I go through multiple choice verbal questions I try to answer the prompt even before reading the answers. If you have enough practice doing that, you'll find yourself answering this question pretty comfortably.
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I followed a very simple template for answering this question. I listed numbers 1-3 on my scratch paper, and under each number I had the following sub-bullets: * Succinct description of the flaw (e.g. "Confuses profits with sales") * Counter example that would make his conclusion invalid (e.g. "High costs would yield very low profit, despite high sales") * A way to make the argument better (e.g. "Had he discussed costs in his statement then his argument would have been more sound") Devote a sentence or two to each of those bullet points, and that's it, you have three body paragraphs! Just slap on a short introduction at the top and a conclusion at the bottom and you're good to go. These don't have to be artistic or well constructed or anything like that. In fact, I think my intro was something like "This argument is flawed because it relies on three important assumptions. Any loosening of the assumptions would make his argument less sound". I didn't even specifically discuss the prompt in my intro. In the conclusion, state your three reasons succinctly.
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This note was uploaded on 02/15/2010 for the course MATH dsfs taught by Professor Fdsf during the Spring '10 term at École Normale Supérieure.

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