अनिल एकलव्य ⇔ Anil Eklavya

October 29, 2007

A Tip for the Analytical Writing Section of GRE

Filed under: Analytical Writing,Exams,GRE,Thinking Humans — anileklavya @ 3:50 pm

After the last post, I realized that the mail quoted there could be used for a very practical and profitable purpose. If you are preparing for the GRE exam, then the said mail can be used as very good practice for the Analytical Writing section of the exam.

The second essay asks you to analyze an argument, and there’s no choice of topic. You have 30 minutes (in both test formats) to analyze the passage and evaluate whether it presents a logical argument, whether its reasoning is sound, and whether further evidence may be needed to support the conclusion. This is basically a critique of a reading passage.1

So, if you are preparing for the GRE exam, why not take up the mail in the last post and do what is necessary, according to the quote given above. A PG (i.e., graduate) student should be able to do this.

यह मैं नहीं कहता। गाइड में लिखा है।
I don’t say this. It is written in the Guide.

If there are any good analyses, I would be happy to publish them here.

Anyone willing? Or is the topic too hot to touch?



  1. I’m not willing to take up the challenge. I’m hoping I’m done with the GRE forever. But, the funniest advice I got from all the study guides I read before taking it was that since the analytical section is usually graded by grad students who are making a pittance, the more you write, the higher your grade. I consider myself someone who can make a logical argument, but I also wrote a fairly lengthy essay for my GRE and got a perfect score for that section..

    Comment by Jason Adams — October 29, 2007 @ 6:05 pm | Reply

  2. Thanks for reading and commenting. I can understand how you feel about ‘being done with GRE’. The same applies, in fact, to all exams. And, yes, it may be (at least partially) true that the more you write, the higher your grade. We have experienced the same even with underpaid school and college teachers in India.

    Comment by anileklavya — October 30, 2007 @ 6:17 pm | Reply

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