Analytical Writing Insights on the revised GRE General Test


While the GRE is only one data point graduate schools use to determine their admissions selections, it is still true that your performance on the test can make a significant difference in your life. Therefore, any time and expense made in preparing for the test is effort well spent.
This book is a primer on the writing portion of the exam, specifically the "analyze an issue" and the "analyze an argument" sections. In the "analyze an issue" section the test taker is given a short description of an issue and is expected to write an argument coming down on one side or the other. In the "analyze an argument" section the test taker is given a short description of a scenario with an argument that explains the scenario. The test taker is then expected to critique the argument by questioning any assumptions, data points and conclusions given in the argument.
Many students find these sections hard because they are forced to organize their thoughts, think clearly and then put their conclusions down in a logically sequential form. In this book the reader is taken through that process in a step-by-step manner. Ten examples are given, five in each section and then each is worked through. Alternative expressions of the scenarios are given so that the reader can look at them from different perspectives; this is good as some people understand arguments better when expressed in other ways. When applicable, assumptions are stated and questioned, an excellent tactic, for many times the best way to destroy an argument is to find legitimate reasons to question the assumptions.
Given the potentially high cost of failure on the GRE tests, there is no excuse for not doing some preparation. This book will give you some excellent guidance in preparing for what many will find to be the most difficult section, the analytical writing.

-By Charles Ashbacher on
Date Added: 10/24/2012 by Charles Ashbacher