Tackling the GRE Analytical Writing Section

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Use these tips as you work through the Analytical Writing section of the GRE. When you write the Analyze an Issue essay for the test, remember to

  • Answer the question in your notes, providing your own perspective and jotting down examples that support your position.

  • In the introductory paragraph, answer the question specifically, paraphrasing the question and making your opinion known.

  • Write about three paragraphs, discussing your perspective and using the supporting reasons and examples from your notes (and anticipating and addressing counterarguments).

  • Compose a final paragraph that summarizes, not merely repeats, the points of your essay.

As you write the Analyze an Argument essay, remember to

  • Identify the assumptions within the argument and discuss how reasonable they are to the total argument.

  • Provide outside counterexamples or supporting information to strengthen or weaken the argument.

  • Avoid giving your opinion on the topic; the point here is to discuss how well argued the essay is as written.

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