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In this GMAT AWA video, I am giving sample answer to this text:
The following appeared in the editorial section of a local newspaper. “This past winter, 200 students from Waymarsh State College traveled to the state capitol building to protest against proposed cuts in funding for various state college programs. The other 12,000 Waymarsh students evidently weren’t so concerned about their education: they either stayed on campus or left for winter break. Since the group who did not protest is far more numerous, it is more representative of the state’s college students than are the protesters. Therefore the state legislature need not heed the appeals of the protesting students.” Discuss how well reasoned . . . Etc.
This is what I write as an answer:
The argument claims that the state legislature need not heed the appeals of the protesting students since the group who did not pretest is far more numerous.
The conclusion of the argument is based on the premise that 12000 Waymarsh students who did not protest were not so concerned about their education. The conclusion of the argument relies on assumptions for which there is no clear evidence. Hence, the argument is unconvincing and has several flaws.
First, the argument readily assumes that the students, who have not taken part in the protest were not concerned about their education. However, it fails to mention other factors, which could affect students’ decision concerning the participation in the protest. For example, 200 students that have travelled to the state capital building could have been appointed as other students’ representatives. The author fails to mention the laws that regulate protests. The legal number of people taking part in the protest might have been limited in compliance with these laws.
Second, the argument could have been much clearer if it provided information on any other similar protests aroused by proposed cuts in funding for various state college programs. In fact, it is not at all clear if similar actions also were also taken by students of other colleges affected by proposed cuts.
Finally, the argument fails to mention one of the key factors, on basis of which it could be evaluated, namely if any of 1200 students who haven’t taken part in the protest are enrolled in the programs which would be affected should the cuts take place.
Without this information, the argument remains unsubstantiated and open to debate.
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I bet you are a very smart young lady. Just a minor correction on your attempt to inform your viewers.
Hearing you say, the essay on GMAT argument section is about agreeing or disagreeing on the topic is not correct. The essay is not about issue, it is about argument. When you argue about a certain topic, you are expected to identify the conclusion, premises, and assumptions of the author and finally be able to pinpoint the flaws and demerits of the conclusion of the author.
To sum, there is a huge difference between issue essay and argument essay.
It was helpful to have this information in video form, but I agree that it is almost identical to the templates uploaded 10 years ago on gmatclub by a user called Chineseburned. As this test has been around for many years and there are likely numerous sources with similar structuring and phrasing, I'm not saying this was taken from that user. But, it would have been nice if you had cited your sources for transparency sake instead of saying "my strategy". As a non-native speaker and a 1st time GMAT taker, it would have been amazing if you had produced this strategy in just 2 hours. Too good to be true really. I commend you for your collection of videos that obviously have value to test takers and prospective business school students. But, I just get a sense of dishonesty when I watch them that is offputting.
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Could you have a video on integrated reasoning with problems regarding charts, and tables please. This is my 2nd day studying for GMAT, and the AWA and Integrated sections are throwing me off. Please and thank you!
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please change flows with flaws in the first paragraph.
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Awesome video! Just a heads up, at 4:57 there is a spelling mistake with "flows" when you mean "flaws". Also at 7:50 you say "basis" but the word "basic" is on the screen. But anyway, great job, this video helps a lot!
The day after and I feel super ready. Thanks for this amazing post. Actually, this is my third attempt. Although my overall was just 650 last time, I did get a 6 in AWA,and the only resource I had used was your video. So I thought I'd just come and see this video before my second attempt.
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Just a humble feedback. There might be people who just watch the video and who might not read the description. I'm talking about non-natives like me, who might fail to recognize the spelling mistakes such as, basic(basis), flows(flaws) etc, in the video. Please do correct it if possible.
Good day and good luck to whoever is reading this! :-)
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