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    Default GRE: Analytical Writing

    Is there anyone else out there who is going to be writing the GRE? The analytical writing section is going to be an important score for what I plan to study in grad school, so I was trying to think of the best way to practice it.

    If there was anyone else interested, I thought it would be helpful to form a thread where we regularly practice responses (with proper questions, while timing ourselves, etc.)

    Then we could help each other see where our writing could use the most improvement (wordiness, clarity, whatever).

    I'm going to do this on my own regardless, but I'd of course rather do it with others.

    Note: Non-GRE writers would be more than welcome to participate to improve their analytical writing abilities in what could operate as a writing peer group, but I'd like to keep the goal of this thread focused on developing great GRE responses.
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    I've never - in all of my standardized test experience - run out of time. Except the last time I took the GRE, I ran out of time on the second essay.

    So my recommendation is to plan carefully. (And I hate using the word "plan," so I must really, really mean it.) A well-organized essay is really what they're looking for.

    Read the topic, pick a side. Brainstorm. Make sure you frontload your essay with your strongest point. After your argument, introduce any counterarguments and downplay them. Then conclude.

    Stick to that strategy, and you'll be fine.


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    I took it about a year ago and did ok in this section. If you post something from the topics pool I'll join in for fun if I have time.
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    My experience was like Rajah's. I almost never run out of time on exams, but the writing section of the GRE got me good. My first essay was well-done, but on the second, I spent way too much time brainstorming and didn't have time to finish.

    To practice, you should set aside an appropriate amount of time and pick one of those topics randomly. Make sure you have never seen it before, and that when you sit down to write, you are reading it for the first time.

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    I rule this section.

    Seriously, I've never had an issue with writing under a timed scenario.

    I always stick to a standard 5 paragraph essay.

    Outline your section headings first:
    I. Introduction
    II. Topic 1
    III. Topic 2
    IV. Topic 3
    V. Conclusion

    THEN...

    Flesh each section out a bit with a few bullet points:
    Outline your section headings first; here's a generic example:

    I. Introduction
    -Write high-level introduction and state your argument.
    -Composed of summarized material from sctions II, III, and IV, I always do this last...
    -Transition to body of paper.

    II. Topic 1
    -Summary
    -Pros
    -Cons

    III. Topic 2
    -Summary
    -Pros
    -Cons

    IV. Topic 3
    -Summary
    -Pros
    -Cons

    V. Conclusion
    -Restate argument
    -Summarize reasons
    -Closing statement

    Such an outline is simple, organized, and allows you to keep on track while in a timed environment. Looking forward to seeing some example topics.

    BTW, I took the GRE almost 2 years ago. I took the Kaplan prep course, it was helpful, but I didn't use any of their strategies for this section of the test. I'm halfway through my graduate program now, going part time, two classes per semester.

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    This website had taken the entire pool of GRE Analytical Writing topics, removed all duplicate topics, and sorted them by how likely they are to appear on your test. Check it out. It's pretty helpful.

    simplygre.weebly.com

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    I'm lucky to have taken the GRE before they had this section.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jackmc1047 View Post
    This website had taken the entire pool of GRE Analytical Writing topics, removed all duplicate topics, and sorted them by how likely they are to appear on your test. Check it out. It's pretty helpful.

    simplygre.weebly.com
    Excellent. Thank you.

    @ OP I'll join, I've scheduled to take in a month.

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    I'm pretty sure usehername is well past the GRE at this point, but I'll just add that when I took it I fucked both essays up royally and ran completely out of time. I guess my opening paragraphs were well written enough to earn a 4, though? I thought that was odd.
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    LMAO. Note to self: Check post date.

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