Guide to GRE
The Analytical Writing Assessment,
more than any other element of GRE preparation, has benefits
that extend far beyond test day. The skills, reasoning tools,
and techniques you learn for the AWA may be applied to any essay
or persuasive writing. These skills will help you through business
school and beyond.
The AWA can be beaten. The essay
topics are available for you to review beforehand. The structures
for the AWA answers are simple and may be learned.
The guide is divided
into these sections:
- Grammar and spelling is, by-and-large,
less important than structure and content. Focus on structure
and your argument formation.
- The E-rater's main impact is
to put more value on highly structured writing and the use of
"key" words and phrases that the E-rater recognizes.
- Take plenty of timed practice
tests on a computer. Our sample
essays on the site are designed for you to take practice
essays and be evaluated.
- Do not procrastinate AWA preparation.
Students tend to put off the AWA until it is too late and then
they cannot adequately prepare.
The assessment consists of two analytical writing tasks: a 45-minute
"Present Your Perspective on an Issue" task and a 30-minute
"Analyze an Argument" task. The "Issue" task
states an opinion on an issue of general interest and asks test
takers to address the issue from any perspective(s) they wish,
aslong as they provide relevant reasons and examples to explain
and support their views. The "Argument" task presents
a different challenge: it requires test takers to critique an
argument by discussing how well reasoned they find it.You will
receive a grade from 0 to 6, which will be sent with your GRE
Chapter 1: Introduction (this
Chapter 2: Analysis of Issue
Chapter 3: Analysis of Argument
Chapter 4: Improving Your Writing
Chapter 5: Getting the Real Essay Questions
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