Specialised knowledge is not required to answer these questions, you are being tested on your ability to communicate your thoughts and ideas clearly and concisely, and express yourself in an effective manner.
Analysis of an Argument Essay
The Analysis of an Argument question presents a short piece of text (usually 4 or 5 sentences) which makes an assertion or states a point of view or theory, and then gives evidence to support it. When you see the argument, you should ask the following:
What's the conclusion?
What evidence is used to support the conclusion?
Does the writer make assumptions in moving from evidence to conclusion, and if so, what are they?
Is the argument persuasive?
What would make the argument stronger or weaker? (e.g. additional evidence, change in line of reasoning)
GMAT Essay Scores
Each essay on the GMAT will be graded from 0-6, rounded off if necessary to the nearest half-point. The essays will be graded by two graders - one human and one computerized grader called the "E-rater". If they disagree, a third grader (human!) will be called in to make the final decision.
Essay Writing on Computer
Your GMAT test is taken on a computer, the software provided will have simple word-processing tools such as cut and paste - however, there is no spell check function, so you must remember to check your work carefully. You will not be penalized for a couple of typos but you will receive a score penalty for a succession of badly-formed sentences or consistently poor grammar. Both US and UK English spellings of words are accepted.