TABLE OF CONTENTS
1. Introduction to GRE Analytical Writing
2. The Scoring Guide
3. Preparing for the Issue Task
4. The Argument-Analysis Writing Task
5. Samples GRE Essays
GRE Analytical Writing section tests your abilities to writing two type of essays: A Present Your
Perspective on an Issue essay and Analyze an Argument essay. You are given two possible prompts on
the Present Your Perspective Essay. You need to select one of it. These prompts are short arguments,
with which you can agree of disagree. You job is to build a coherent, logical and wel -reasoned viewpoint
on the issue present in the prompt. You have only 45 minutes to complete this task.
On the Analyze an Issue essay, you wil be presented with a short piece of argumentation. Your task wil
be to evaluate the logic and strength of this argument. You may want to suggest possible additions or
counterarguments to the given argument. You wil be given 30 minutes to complete this exercise.
Fortunately, the EST has made preparing for the Analytical Writing exercises much easier by posting al of
the possible prompts on their website. You should spend a little time looking over this list of prompts
before you sit for the exam. Even better, you should practice writing in response to these prompts, or at
the very least composing some outlines of responses. The scoring rubric for the Analytical Writing section
is primarily focused on coherence and logical structure, so do not worry about being inelegant or boring.
Your fundamental goal should be to come up with solid arguments and to support them with clear and
Analytical Writing Section Overview
The analytical writing section is a new section of the GRE General Test introduced beginning in October
2002 that tests your critical thinking and analytical writing skil s. It assesses your ability to articulate and
support complex ideas, analyze an argument, and sustain a focused and coherent discussion. It does not
assess specific content knowledge. The analytical writing section consists of two separately-timed
analytical writing tasks:
. a 45-minute "Present Your Perspective on an Issue" task
. a 30-minute "Analyze an Argument" task
You wil be given a choice between two Issue topics. Each states an opinion on an issue of broad interest
and asks you to discuss the issue from any perspective(s) you wish, so long as you provide relevant
reasons and examples to explain and support your views.
You wil not have a choice of Argument topics. The Argument task presents a different chal enge from that
of the Issue task: it requires you to critique a given argument by discussing how wel reasoned you find it.