Issue Essay Template for AWA
This is a sample outline for the GMAT’s Issue Essay. Here we are aiming for 5 paragraphs total. You may opt for a shorter 4 paragraph version, but aim for 5 paragraphs. If you have trouble completing 5 paragraphs, see if you can streamline your body paragraphs. They can often be bloated with unnecessary wordiness. Keep the introduction and the conclusion short and sweet.
Paragraph 1 – Introduction (3-4 sentences)
You will want to begin your essay with one of the following: a generalization about the topic, a quotation, a short anecdote to set-up the correctness of your position, a historical framework, a piece of news illustrating the contemporariness of the issue. Admit the complexity of the issue.
You have two goals in the beginning part of the essay: introduce the topic, and provide the scope. In what context will you be discussing the topic? Your talent as a writer lies in your choice of scope. What aspect of the issue do you want to focus on?
Most students open with a general blanket statement about the issue. Try to be creative if you can. Choose 10 prompts from the Issue Essay topic pool and find 10 famous quotations that really relate to the topic. You may be able to use one of them on Test Day! Always place your thesis as the final sentence in your introduction.
Paragraph 2 – First Example (4-6 sentences)
Start with your most-powerful example. Be specific. Your example can be from history, science, politics, business, entertainment, pop culture, current events, personal experience, etc. Anything can be an example, but choose ONE only for each paragraph. It needs to be something you are knowledgeable about and also something that you believe strongly supports your thesis. You have three tasks in your body paragraphs:
- Introduce your example.
- Describe it.
- Explain how it fully supports your thesis.
You should be spending the majority of your body paragraph doing the third step: explaining how it fully supports your thesis. Aim to convince the reader through very concrete detail how your position on the issue is correct.
Paragraph 3 – Second Example (4-6 sentences)
Use a transition phrase to introduce the second example. Describe it, and explain again how it fully supports your thesis. You may harken back to your first example if you need to, but keep the focus on the new example as much as possible. Don’t mention your third example until you get to the third paragraph.
Paragraph 4 – Third Example (4-6 sentences)
Use a transition phrase again in the first topic sentence. Describe the example. Explain how it supports. Make sure you are elucidating for the reader how each example relates to the topic.
Paragraph 5 – Conclusion (2-4 sentences)
In your conclusion, introduce the opposing side. Explain their position in general times. Refute it. Then reinforce the correctness of your own thesis. This takes care of having to come up with a conclusion- you’ll already know what to do! Here’s how it might look:
Although ____ is demonstrably correct, some have argued that ________, believing that ________. However, this viewpoint on the present issue is negated by ________. Rather, ____________. Therefore, in the long run, ___________.
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The Analytical Writing section has been the most ignored section on the GRE for a long time now. Do you know why?
No, it is not because it is not very important, nor is it because it is just too easy to score high on the AWA. It is because, there is nobody to tell you how important the AWA is, and more importantly, how easy it is to crack it, if you know exactly what to do. Yes, there are a few tips that tell you what to do and what not to do, but nowhere on the internet will you find an advanced guide for the AWA.
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