Importance of GRE's AWA and How to Ace it

    Updated on: 06 Sep 2023 6 min read


    Analytical Writing Assessment (AWA) is one of three skills tested in the GRE exam. The AWA section is always presented first. The importance of this section is usually overshadowed by the other two sections, namely the quantitative section and the verbal section. Most of the GRE aspirants consider practicing for this section as a waste of time as they consider themselves to be well-versed in the English language, but this over-confidence often proves to be detrimental to their GRE score. Practicing for this section will put you in an advantageous position over the others who take this section lightly.

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    How to Practice for the GRE AWA Section?

    The best way to practice for the AWA section would be to read sample essays written by experts, follow their strategies and write your own essay. Finally, get your essay checked by an expert to know your level of preparedness. Vibrant Publishers' book, GRE Analytical Writing Supreme provides sample essays and strategies to write your own essay for 145 official essay topics. You can also download or print their Answer sheets and practice writing as many essay topics as you can in a timed environment.

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    ETS also provides an online service known as ScoreItNow! It is an online writing practice service that helps one in the preparation for the Analytical Writing section of the GRE. ScoreItNow! has a few unique features that can prove to be beneficial to the GRE aspirants. You can submit your essays on this web-based tool and get an immediate score by ETS’s e-rater scoring system. You receive feedback on the essays submitted by you and get suggestions on how to improve your analytical writing skills. You can also review graded essays on the topics you select. This tool enables you to judge the level of your preparation.

    What are the Things to Keep in Mind?

    The two tasks of the AWA section are complementary to each other. As stated earlier, both of these tasks have a time constraint of 30 minutes each. So you need to manage your time accordingly. Check for grammatical errors after completing each of these essays. A few errors can be overlooked but an essay full of grammatical mistakes is bound to lower your score. Follow a direct and clear style of writing. Creativity is always appreciated but try not to experiment too much because you might end up jeopardizing your GRE score. In order to ace the analytical section of the GRE, you would require insightful analytical skills that come from regular practice. Make full use of the practice tests available on the official website of ETS. 

    If you work hard through the practice tests, you will be able to perform well in the Analytical Writing Assessment (AWA) section of the GRE. You can also take the help of our GRE test prep packages, wherein you get multiple study package options at the most reasonable rates. To avail our GRE preparation package, click here

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