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    Analytical Writing and Tips
    Monday, December 21, 2015

    The new pattern of GRE emphasises on the assessment of a student’s analytical and critical capability in thinking for the admissions in business schools or graduate schools. This new pattern was introduced in the year 2011 and it is considered as one of the major changes that have taken place in the history of the GRE. The new GRE has 3 sections

    • Analytical Writing
    • *Quantitative Reasoning
    • *Verbal Reasoning

    Below we list a few tips to help you get through the analytical Writing section.

    Analytical Writing Information

    This section on Analytical Writing will test your skills in analytical writing and critical thinking. It is able to assess your ability to support and articulate complex ideas, and evaluate and construct arguments and be able to sustain a discussion which is coherent and focused. This, in no way assesses content knowledge that is specific. This section has two tasks which are timed separately.

    * ‘Analyze an Issue’ task of 30 minutes

    * ‘Analyze an argument’ task of 30 minutes

    Preparation for the Analytical Writing in the GRE

    All those who wish to appear for the GRE, should be able to devote time to prepare for the Analytical Writing section before the D-day. It is definitely important to get an understanding of how the skills are measured and the scoring of the tasks. It helps if you can review the sample topics, scoring guides, responses to the scored essays and the commentary of the reader for every task.

    The tasks in this section relate to range of subjects, from humanities, fine arts, to physical and social sciences, but at the same time there is no requirement for knowledge on a specific content. Each of these tasks has been tested by the test takers of GRE making sure that is able to possess many important characteristics.

    1. The test takers of the GRE, whichever field of study they belonged to, could response to the task after understanding it.

    2. The persuasive writing and complex thinking required by universities were elicited in the task.

    3. The responses were different in content and the development of ideas by the writers.

    Tips for Analytical Writing

    To ensure your score is good in this section of Analytical Writing in the GRE you need to make sure of ‘clarity’. The grader should be able to understand what you are trying to put across in the very first reading. If this can be done then the ‘clarity’ issue is solved. The ideas in your essay should be well composed.


    This is considered as the second important factor for essays. The formatting of an essay makes all the difference while reading it. Essays should be understood with proper organization and structure. Different paragraphs with their own context and meaning can work well here. Smooth transition is the keyword here. This gets easier for the graders.

    * Sentences

    Avoid writing similar sentences even though you are writing on the same topic. That is, using different words meaning the same thing. Use the words skilfully. Keep the structure of the sentences varied. Make sure to use signal and transitional words to make the endings and the openings of the sentences varied.

    * Vocabulary

    You are not required to use ‘heavy’ vocabulary to make your essay impressive, instead concentrate on the grammar and the proper framing of the sentences. Avoid mistakes as even a small mistake can make the grader more cautious when reading the rest of the essay.

    * Reasoning

    The overall essay quality depends on the reasoning. You will need to include reasons which are logically compelling so that your stance is supported. Connecting your ideas to the theme of the essay will be able to convince the reader to agree on your view.


    An essay can be sound logically and reasonable if you are able to provide evidences either implied or direct. This is one way to convince the reader.

    Following the above tips can help you get through the Analytical Writing Section smoothly.

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