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Olympic Foods - My GMAT Analytical Writing Practice


PIYOPIYO 1 / -  
May 15, 2019   #1
I am preparing for GMAt and IELTS both at once. I'm using GMAT's sample questions to practice analytical writing which I assume would be similar. Here are the qustions and my response, any advice or critisism is welcomed! Thank you.

Frozen foods - costs and profits



Question

The following appeared as part of an annual report sent to stockholders by Olympic Foods, a processor of frozen foods. "Over time, the costs of processing go down because as organizations learn how to do things better, they become more efficient. In color film processing, for example, the cost of a 3-by-5-inch print fell from 50 cents for five-day service in 1970 to 20 cents for one-day service in 1984. The same principle applies to the processing of food. And since Olympic Foods will soon celebrate its twenty-fifth birthday, we can expect that our long experience will enable us to minimize costs and thus maximize profits."

My Response

The argument that Olympic Foods will be able to do things in a way that reduces cost and improves profit margin omits several important details to justify the argument. The statement asserts that the cost reduction for film processing is a result of having more experience and that having a long experience in food processing will lead to a lower cost and a bigger margin. Such statement alone does not constitute a logical argument to predict a growth in margin, and it certainly does not sufficient proof to support the prediction.

Most conspicuously, the argument does not address the other factors that could lead to cost reduction for film processing, the relationship between film processing and food processing, and the other factors that may affect profit margin. First, other factors, especially technological advancement, is also very likely be a contributor to a reduced cost. If a long experience is not the main contributor to a reduced cost, then the having a long experience in food processing does not imply cost reduction either. Second, film processing and food processing are two much different industries, and what holds true for one does not necessary hold true for the other. Without demonstrating the similarities between the two, it is hardly convincing to relate one to the other. Finally, many factors contribute to profit margin aside from cost, including selling price and other expenses that are not directly related to food processing. It is often the case that as the necessary technique and technology mature, competition grows fierce and selling price drops. Therefore, a reduced cost alone does far from suggesting a wider profit margin without taking all of the deciding factors into consideration.

Given that the argument has failed to factor in several key elements discussed above, the argument is hardly sound or persuasive. If it considered all deciding factors that can affect cost and profit margin, the argument would have been more convincing.

Maria [Contributor] - / 917 334  
May 15, 2019   #2
@PIYOPIYO
First and foremost, I recommend revising portions that have unnecessary wordings in them. These parts are not supposed to be welcomed as you need to have more intent as you are writing. When you curate sentences, try to always practice formal writing. Reread, revise, and ensure that you do not leave any hanging threads.

In addition to this, the structure of your sentences is crucial when writing. Keep these in mind at all times; ensure that you do not have oddly constructed phrases that do not have any directed portion to your essay.

Having complex words is not tantamount to having depth in your writing. Depth is all about developing your thoughts into more specific content to create direction in relaying what you want to showcase.

Keeping these in mind, let's revise a few portions of your essay.

The argument that Olympic Foods would have success in reducing the cost...* Predicting growth in margins is more complex than this.**

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*In this sentence, there is no need to mention that it's to improve the margin and reduce cost as you have already previously mentioned that these were parts of the goals that you need to accomplish.

**Evade having repetitive thoughts in your essay. Always try to develop new ideas as you move along. Using synonymous terms can help you in this process. Nonetheless, I would suggest that you try improving your standing.

Best of luck in your writing!


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