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Need some tips for the writing sample part!

Discussion in 'MCAT Discussions' started by qweewq11, Aug 12, 2002.

  1. qweewq11

    qweewq11 Smiley orgy organizer

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    I have a question about the writing sample. This weekend I got a practice prompt that was:

    "In business, competition is superior to cooperation." Usual prompt: explain statement, when is cooperation superior to competition, and when is one better than the other?

    So here is what I don't understand. The word they use is "superior." I can look at this two ways:

    1) For the CONSUMER, competition is superior (i.e. better) b/c it keeps prices down, maximizes choice, etc.

    2) For the BUSINESS, competition is superior b/c it keeps them innovative, etc.

    So my question is:
    when explaining the statement, should I say that there are two ways are looking at it, from the business perspective and the consumer perspective? Then it seems like I would need two counterexamples?

    Or should I just choose one and stick with it? Help! I don't like the writing sample

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  3. lola

    lola Bovine Member

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    i always say just stick to one and go with it. we only have 30 minutes, and if you don't watch out your essay will quickly become disorganized and you may not finish! you might be able to write a better essay by explaining both, but i think the risk of running out of time and not bringing it all together is too great to take.
     
  4. qweewq11

    qweewq11 Smiley orgy organizer

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    I don't see why you couldn't do both in the allotted time. I got a Q on my essay, not sure if it matters. First what I'd do is DEFINE what superior meant to you. That might keep things simple. Then incorporate everything into the paragraph.
    For eg my pre-write would probably go like this: (note, it's a very abbreviated version)

    1st Para. Competition is superior than cooperation. Why? Competition is better for BOTH, the market and the consumer because of although goods get innovative and the market on the whole advances, the prices are kept down by constant competition.
    What else comes out of it: low prices, if there's competition then there's consumers are not easily exploited by companies if they increase prices. Why? Because it's competitor with the lower prices would be favored by the customer. Also, another advantage is that "the underdog" get's his day if his goods were "better" or more advantageous to the customers. Thus, competition is superior to cooperation from both angles, consumers and marketers. An example of this would be--PC versus Mac systems; hot-dog venders at a baseball game etc.

    2nd para: Competition may not necessarily be better than cooperation. Why is cooperation better? Because by the merging of two companies or resources, there is potential to make even more profit AND at the same time please customers by enchancing their lifestyle. For eg: how the TV companies merged with computer companies to come up with a product that now allows video conferencing across the world. This wouldn't have happened if two companies wouldn't have merged; customers are pleased because not only can they now do business through the comforts of their own home, but families can keep in touch better through the webcams. Certainly, if two companies merged and added to the lifestyles of the customers, they customers would be willing to pay the price for the commodity. Here, cooperation between two companies is much more beneficial to the market on the whole, versus competition. If the two companies would have instead competed to produce the SAME product, there would probably be a loss of time (since it would have taken longer to invent something like that) AND financial resources to research on a new product. Here in lies the beauty of cooperation, where each individual company brings it's own resources to add to it's customer's lifestyles, while at the same time make their own profit.
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    Anwyay, I typed this in just a few mins but you know what I mean.
     
  6. Tweetie_bird

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    yikes! I forgot the third para but I'll let you do that. IT's just a summary of the two above--in either competition or cooperation, there has to be a balance of financial resources and time allotted while at the same time considering consumers' opinions. ....elaborate on that.
     
  7. limit

    limit Molesting my inner-child

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    BUMP!!!!!

    Good thing I practiced this one, this was the EXACT question on my form BG. How the heck did you predict this one?

    Cheers
     
  8. glomerulus

    glomerulus Junior Member

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    I had this prompt too (form BN). Too bad I didn't see this post YESTERDAY! Just Kidding, i think i wrote a fine essay anyways.
     
  9. hkny79

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    wow..i had the same essay topic too..Form FG..
    did u also have the science passages predicted as well?
     
  10. basha

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    Hey, whoever knew about that essay question beforehand has to be well-connected with the aamc people, just has to. Maybe the person took the exam earlier, anyway, im sure she rocked the hell out of that essay......hopefully she didnt have a heartattack when she saw the exact question....i know i would've.
     
  11. qweewq11

    qweewq11 Smiley orgy organizer

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    haha did I get lucky on this one or what!?? At Kaplan we had 2 writing prompts for each of 5 practice tests. We used the real prompts on the AAMC website so we had a 10/300 chance to get a practice essay on the real test! I guess my 1/30 chance came thru!! :clap: :clap:

    OTOH, my kaplan instructor said the same thing happened last year, so I am wondering if Kaplan has a secret hookup with the AAMC peeps :eek:
     
  12. qweewq11

    qweewq11 Smiley orgy organizer

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    On second thought, ignore everything i wote above.

    I am an AAMC insider with top secret access to classified MCATS thru the year 2020. For the small fee of just $100,000, I can guarantee you a 43T.

    Please send your check to Swiss bank account #69-666-69 and await further instructions. :eek: :D
     

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