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You've probably heard about the Analytical Writing Assessment (AWA) essays on the GMAT. They're nothing to fear, but you should know that the way they are graded is different from what you're used to.

The best way to prepare for the GMAT essay is to write one and have it graded by an expert, using the same guidelines that are used for the real GMAT. GMAT Essay LiveGradersm helps you to do just that.

LiveGradersm is a tool that we've developed to help you prepare for the GMAT. All Princeton Review classroom, online, and tutoring students can submit their GMAT essays which will then be graded by one of our GMAT experts. Not only will our expert grader score your GMAT essays, but he or she will also provide personalized feedback that will help you maximize your score on the AWA portion of the GMAT.

Frequently Asked Questions about GMAT Essay LiveGradersm

How is my GMAT essay graded?

After you submit your GMAT essay, one of our expert graders will score it using the same guidelines that are used for the GMAT. Essays will be scored holistically, which means that your GMAT essay will be judged as a whole, not just on the basis of particular traits.

Who will grade my GMAT essay?

A trained and certified Princeton Review expert grader will grade your GMAT essay. Our experienced graders know what makes a strong GMAT essay; many have graded thousands of essays.

Do I have to write about a specific topic for my GMAT essay?

Yes. The essay "prompts" ask you to write on specific topics; one will ask you to analyze an argument, the other will ask you to analyze an issue. Your GMAT essay must address the issues presented in the prompts. GMAT essays written on any other topic will receive a score of zero.

How are the GMAT essays different from the essays I wrote in school?

Unlike many essays you write in school, you'll only have 30 minutes, and you won't be able to use reference materials. Graders won't be expecting perfection; they will be judging your GMAT essay for what it is: a first draft. Furthermore, the person grading your GMAT essay will only spend 2–3 minutes evaluating your writing.

When I use LiveGradersm, will I receive just a score, or will I get comments too?

Your GMAT essay will be given a score ranging from 0–6. LiveGrader will also provide you with personalized feedback. Your report will tell you what worked well on your GMAT essay and how you can improve it to earn a higher score on the real GMAT AWA.

How do I get my score?

We will e–mail your score and personalized feedback within 3–5 days after you submit your GMAT essay. You can also access your score on the website, once it has been posted.

GMAT is a registered trademark of the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC). The Princeton Review is not affiliated with Princeton University or GMAC.


If you are taking the SAT with Essay, on the exam you will be asked to read a text (typically a speech or editorial of some sort) and discuss how the author effectively builds an argument. This might be a familiar task if you’ve done it in school, but if not, don’t worry. The format is straightforward, and with some practice, you can learn how to write a great SAT essay.

The SAT essay is optional, but we recommend you complete it. Some college and universities require that you complete the essay portion if you submit SAT scores instead of ACT scores, and some schools do not require it. Completing the essay portion of the SAT will help you be ready to apply to any college. Your essay score will appear on every score report you send to colleges, regardless of whether or not the school requires an essay. Every school to which you apply will see that you took the initiative to write the essay, which is a good thing.

1. Stay Objective

The thing to remember here is that ETS (the company that writes the test) is not asking you for your opinion on a topic or a text. So be sure to maintain formal style and an objective tone. Tip: Avoid “I” and “you.

2. Keep It Tidy

Handwriting is becoming a lost art. Unfortunately, this is one occasion where your skill with a pencil matters. Graders read tons of essays each day. If they cannot decipher your script, they will lower your score. Do yourself a favor and write legibly.

3. (Indented) Paragraphs Are Your Friend

Remember the basic essay structure you learned in school: introductory paragraph, body paragraphs and a conclusion? The graders love it! Your introduction should describe the text and paraphrase the argument being made, as well as introduce the specific elements of the passage and argument that you will discuss in the essay. Your conclusion should restate the goal of the passage/argument and sum up the points you made.

4. For Example…

Use your body paragraphs to back up your thesis statement by citing specific examples. Use short, relevant quotes from the text to support your points.

5. Don't Worry About the Exact Terms for Things

When describing how the author builds his or her argument, “appeal to the emotions” is fine instead of specifically referencing “pathos.” And “comparison of two things” can be used instead of referring to a metaphor. If you do know the official terms, though, feel free to use them!


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