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GMAT Argument Sample Essays

  1. Topic 490 - The following appeared in the editorial section of a daily newspaper. "Although forecasts of presidential elections based on opinion polls measure current voter preference, many voters keep changing their minds about whom they prefer until the last few days before the balloting. Some do not even make a final decision until they enter the voting booth. Forecasts based on opinion polls are therefore little better at predicting election outcomes than a random guess would be." Discuss how well reasoned . . . Etc. Read | Write
  2. Topic 496 - The following appeared as part of a letter to the editor of a local newspaper. "It makes no sense that in most places fifteen year olds are not eligible for their driver's license while people who are far older can retain all of their driving privileges by simply renewing their license. If older drivers can get these renewals, often without having to pass another driving test, then fifteen year olds should be eligible to get a license. Fifteen year olds typically have much better eyesight, especially at night; much better hand-eye coordination; and much quicker reflexes. They are also less likely to feel confused by unexpected developments or disoriented in unfamiliar surroundings, and they recover from injuries more quickly." Discuss how well reasoned . . . Etc. Read | Write
  3. Topic 546 - The following appeared in a memorandum from the development director of the Largo Piano Company. "The Largo Piano Company has long been known for producing carefully handcrafted, expensive pianos used by leading concert pianists. During the past few years, however, our revenues have declined, whereas those of the Allegro Musical Instrument Company increased after Allegro introduced a line of inexpensive digital pianos. In order to increase Largo's sales and in fact outsell Allegro, we should introduce a line of digital pianos in a variety of price ranges. Our digital pianos would be likely to find instant acceptance with customers since they would be associated with the prestigious Largo name." Discuss how well reasoned . . . Etc. Read | Write
  4. Topic 486 - The following appeared in the editorial section of a local newspaper. "This city should be able to improve existing services and provide new ones without periodically raising the taxes of the residents. Instead, the city should require that the costs of services be paid for by developers who seek approval for their large new building projects. After all, these projects can be highly profitable to the developers, but they can also raise a city's expenses and increase the demand for its services." Discuss how well reasoned . . . Etc. Read | Write
  5. Topic 438 - The following appeared in the editorial section of a local newspaper. "Commuter use of the new subway train is exceeding the transit company's projections. However, commuter use of the shuttle buses that transport people to the subway stations is below the projected volume. If the transit company expects commuters to ride the shuttle buses to the subway rather than drive there, it must either reduce the shuttle bus fares or increase the price of parking at the subway stations." Discuss how well reasoned . . . Etc. Read | Write
  6. Topic 463 - The following appeared as part of an editorial in a weekly newsmagazine. "Historically, most of this country's engineers have come from our universities; recently, however, our university-age population has begun to shrink, and decreasing enrollments in our high schools clearly show that this drop in numbers will continue throughout the remainder of the decade. Consequently, our nation will soon be facing a shortage of trained engineers. If we are to remain economically competitive in the world marketplace, then, we must increase funding for education ? and quickly." Discuss how well reasoned . . . Etc. Read | Write
  7. Topic 531 - The following appeared in a memorandum from the president of Aurora, a company that sells organic milk (milk produced without the use of chemical additives). "Sales of organic food products in this country have tripled over the past five years. If Aurora is to profit from this continuing trend, we must diversify and start selling products such as organic orange juice and organic eggs in addition to our regular product line. With the recent increase of articles in health magazines questioning the safety of milk and other food products, customers are even more likely to buy our line of organic products. And to help ensure our successful expansion, we should hire the founder of a chain of health-food stores to serve as our vice-president of marketing." Discuss how well reasoned . . . Etc. Read | Write
  8. Topic 537 - The following appeared as part of a business plan by the Capital Idea investment firm. "In recent years the worldwide demand for fish has grown, and improvements in fishing technology have made larger catches and thus increased supply possible: for example, last year's tuna catch was 9 percent greater than the previous year's. To capitalize on these trends, we should therefore invest in the new tartfish processing plant on Tartfish Island, where increasing revenues from tourism indicate a strong local economy." Discuss how well reasoned . . . Etc. Read | Write
  9. Topic 522 - The following appeared as part of an editorial in the Waymarsh City newspaper. "Last year the parents of first graders in our school district expressed satisfaction with the reading skills their children developed but complained strongly about their children's math skills. To remedy this serious problem and improve our district's elementary education, everyone in the teacher-training program at Waymarsh University should be required to take more courses in mathematics." Discuss how well reasoned . . . Etc. Read | Write
  10. Topic 429 - The following appeared as part of an article in the travel section of a newspaper. "Over the past decade, the restaurant industry in the country of Spiessa has experienced unprecedented growth. This surge can be expected to continue in the coming years, fueled by recent social changes: personal incomes are rising, more leisure time is available, single-person households are more common, and people have a greater interest in gourmet food, as evidenced by a proliferation of publications on the subject." Discuss how well reasoned . . . Etc. Read | Write
  11. Topic 2015 - The following appeared as part of a letter to the editor of a local newspaper.It makes no sense that in most places fifteen year olds are not eligible for their driver's license while people who are far older can retain all of their driving privileges by simply renewing their license. If older drivers can get these renewals, often without having to pass another driving test, then fifteen year olds should be eligible to get a license. Fifteen year olds typically have much better eyesight, especially at night, much better hand-eye coordination and much quicker reflexes. They are also less likely to feel confused by unexpected developments or disoriented in unfamiliar surroundings and they recover from injuries more quickly. Read | Write
  12. Topic 517 - The following appeared in a memorandum written by the assistant manager of a store that sells gourmet food items from various countries. "A local wine store made an interesting discovery last month: it sold more French than Italian wine on days when it played recordings of French accordion music, but it sold more Italian than French wine on days when Italian songs were played. Therefore, I recommend that we put food specialties from one particular country on sale for a week at a time and play only music from that country while the sale is going on. By this means we will increase our profits in the same way that the wine store did, and we will be able to predict more precisely what items we should stock at any given time." Discuss how well reasoned . . . Etc. Read | Write



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