GRE Analytical Writing: Solutions to the Real Essay Topics - 1


In the tight market for quality careers, the sensible person takes advantage of every ethical opportunity to advance their interests in being better prepared to pursue those careers. As a person prepares to graduate with a bachelor's degree, one of the paths that can be followed is to continue on into graduate school. Being accepted into graduate school requires an effective performance in three areas: grades, recommendations from instructors and their performance on whatever Graduate Record Examinations (GREs) that they take.
In the area of the GRE's the wise student does all they can to better prepare themselves to take them, for while the stakes are not dire, they are significant. The purpose of this book is to prepare the student for the analytical writing sections of the GRE. There are two sections; the first is a set of 25 short "Issue Task" statements that are analyzed. Some examples are:

*) Universities should require every student to take a variety of courses outside the student's field of study.
*) The best way to teach is to praise positive actions and ignore negative ones.

The tactics employed in the analysis of each issue task is to restate the task using negative terms, analyze the keywords in the task statement, state the opposite of the statement, restate it using different words and then present a sample solution to the statement. These are excellent tactics, giving the student many different perspectives in their search for a solution.
The second section presents a series of 25 lengthy arguments taking a position on an issue. The tactics used in the analysis is a summary of the argument, a list of the assumptions that are being made in the argument and a lengthy essay analyzing the validity of the argument.
With so much potentially riding on a strong performance on all aspects of the GRE, the prospective graduate student should spend a significant amount of time preparing for it. Working through this book would be time well spent in that endeavor.

-By Charles Ashbacher on
Date Added: 10/19/2012 by Charles Ashbacher