The GMAT Analytical Writing Assessment (AWA) consists of two, 30 minute components. One asks you to analyze an argument, and the other asks you to analyze an issue. Points are provided FOR (to agree with) and AGAINST (to disagree with) the opinion stated in the topic. These points are based on reasons and / or examples from our experiences, observations and reading. The points may be profitably used to author an essay on the Issue Topic. The Analytical Writing Assessment (AWA) of the GMAT tests your ability to think critically and how well you can express your ideas. Additionally, your writing skills are also evaluated.
There is no break between them. About two weeks after you take the GMAT, you will receive a grade from 1 to 6. The AWA is scored separately from quantitative and verbal section, but it is rather important to score as high as possible since the top MBA programs consider it highly essential for graduate business education. The computerized grading system pressures GMAT essay graders to follow the E-rater’s strict standards. Human graders are aware that there is a computer double-checking their work and they are more likely to follow the E-rater’s strict grading parameters.