Vocabulary List for AWA
Examine (an argument): inspect, assay, parse, probe, scrutinize, dissect, analyze, speculate, ruminate, assess, evaluate
Strengthen/Support: defend, advocate, assist, bolster, boost, reinforce, shore up, buttress, fortify, supplement, back up, defend, secure, heighten, magnify, extend, expand, enhance, build up, develop, cement, substantiate, corroborate
Fix/Improve (the argument): amend, ameliorate, remedy, adjust, reconstruct, redress, overcome
Explain/Demonstrate/ Clarify (a term): justify, rationalize, construe, evince, decipher, define, elucidate, explicate, expound, illustrate, refine, reveal, spell out, unravel, untangle, illuminate, satisfy reason, delineate, specify, prescribe, differentiate, articulate
Vague (terms): ambiguous, parry, equivocal, ill-defined, impalpable, imprecise, indefinite, lax, obscure, problematic, questionable, unexplicit, unintelligible, abstract, cryptic, dubious, opaque, inconceivable, impenetrable, incomprehensible
Prove/Affirm (evidence provided by the author): validate, verify, affirm, authenticate, certify, confirm, demonstrate, examine, make evident, manifest, uphold, authenticate, aver, certify, confirm, asseverate, warrant, establish, assure, attest, ascertain, establish, vindicate
Argue/Convince/Rebut: prompt, persuade, decoy, contend, debate, dispute, expostulate, contest, disprove, confute, appeal to, controvert, oppose, negate
Gather (more info): amalgamate, amass, assemble, collect, muster
Give specific info: exemplify, adduce, allege, enumerate, excerpt, extract, indicate, recite, recount, refer to, specify, spell out, detail,
Assumption: assume, presume, deduce, presuppose, presuppose
Emphasis: emphasize, focus, accentuate, underscore, highlight, pinpoint
Weaken/Flaw (how the problems have flawed the argument): attenuate, debilitate, cripple, handicap, undermine, water down, mar, impair, scant, warp, thwart
Weak argument/logic (what you can use when you want to say: “this argument sucks”): unconvincing, unimpressive, the argument doesnt hold, flimsy, propaganda-like, diluted, limp, erroneous, fallacious, inadequate, amiss, invalid, illogical, ungrounded, lacks cogency, inchoate, convoluted,
Misleading (info): beguiling, deceptive, misleading, deceptive, disingenuous, duplicitous, dissembling
Good argument (what the argument can become after your brilliant suggestions): cogent, compelling, conclusive, convictive, convincing, credible, effective, efficient, eloquent, forceful, impelling, impressive, logical, potent, powerful, sound, stimulating, valid, poignant
| How to Tackle the Analytical Writing Assessment
The AWA section is the one GMAT section where a small amount of preparation can make a large difference on test day.
1. Be particularly concerned with structure. Clearly divide your essay into the introductory paragraph, two to three content paragraphs and a conclusion. Take time out before you start writing to set up an organizational structure. Our Essay Guide includes sample essay templates.
2. Use transitional phrases. Words and phrases like ” first”, “on the other hand,” and “therefore” help the computer identify concepts between and within the paragraphs.
4. Clearly state your CHOICE The essaY question will show you an essay loaded with logical fallacies,
5. Know the essays and strategies to answer them.
6. Practice, Practice, Practice. The best preparation is practicing under real conditions within the 30-minute time frame.
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