If you are
planning to study abroad and you need to prepare a GRE essay. It is also
referred to as AWA or GRE Analytical Writing Assessment. GRE exam score is
needed in the United States, Canada and few other countries. A good GRE score
lets the college know about you. It proves that you are good at writing, think
critically. It also boosts your profile. Experts believe that GRE AWA is the
most neglected section of the GRE test. In this blog, we will tell you details
of GRE and tips on how to write GRE analytics.
What is GRE?
GRE stands for
Graduate Record Examination. It is one of the main admission requirement tests.
It’s a computer-based test that evaluates quantitative reasoning, critical
thinking, verbal reasoning, and analytical writing skills. It is owned and
administered by Educational Testing Services and was established in 1936. The
test is conducted at testing centers and institutions owned or authorized by
Types of GRE
Issue Essay: Topics such as political, social issues, a general statement is
presented. The candidate is given 30 minutes to write an essay about the topic.
The essay should be 500-600 words i.e. around 5 paragraphs. While writing
choose the specific real-time topic, make sure examples are relevant, make
declarative statements, avoid the first person and self-references and finally,
in conclusion, try your viewpoint as many will be having other opinions.
In this test, the candidate will be given a
specific situation and the candidate has to analyze the logic shown in the
situation. The candidate needs to make suggestions on how to improve the logic
of the argument. They need to provide logical flaws and not personal opinions.
Even in this test, the candidate has 30 minutes to complete the test.
The essays are
scored between 0 to 6 with 0.5 increment. Your answers will be checked by two
graders, so just don’t submit the blank page. Scoring between 4 to 6 will boost
your profile and scoring 6 means your essay was excellent, error-free. GRE
scores prove to the college that you are the best candidate but it still does
not depend just on GRE, it also depends on Letter of Recommendation (LOR),
Statement of Purpose (SOP), GPA. In the multiple-choice section, the candidate
can miss one or more questions and still score 170. 130 is the lowest score.
think that GRE AWA is not really important as it does not include math or any
verbal score but it’s not true. Other than the general test, GRE tests
candidates in subjects like Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, Psychology. The
time of each subject is 170 minutes.
GRE AWA aims
at measuring explanations and illustration, thoughts, supplementary proof,
focus and articulate argument and finally on command on written English. GRE is
basically to test your skills, ability and not your knowledge on subjects.
Tip on how to write GRE
When referring to any GRE
sample, do not copy-paste. Remember you are using it as a reference and not to
Structure your essay properly.
Keep it short but with a strong argument.
Check your essay thoroughly.
Make sure you have 5 paragraphs of which 1st
will be the introduction, 3 paragraphs of
the body and the final paragraph should be the conclusion.
Never use the first person and self-references
even in the introduction.