HOW TO ACE THE GRE ARGUMENT ESSAY
The GRE Argument Essay is very important as it tests the ability of the students to take part in a presented argument, analyze it critically without letting their opinions get in the way. It also checks the reading and writing proficiency of the student by testing whether you are quick on grasping the underlying inadequacies, have the ability to present your discussion on why the argument is wrong with supporting examples flawlessly.
How the GRE Argument Essay Works...
- The first and foremost point to keep in mind is that the GRE Argument Essay does not require your own views and opinions as in the case of the GRE Issue Essay.
- The validity of the argument and the analysis of its logical authenticity is the required objective of this section rather than whether you agree or disagree with the given claim.
- Here, the author presents an argument with his supporting evidence and your task is to check how well or how poorly the presented argument has been reasoned.
- The time allotted for this section is 30 minutes and it is scored on a scale of six.
How To Score High In The GRE Argument Essay Section
- The most fundamental prerequisite to scoring high in this essay is to understand the argument of the author completely and getting acquainted with the thought process of the author. Once you have a general idea, continue to get acquainted with the supporting information which the author has provided in order to support his or her argument.
- Next analyze the given argument with the eye of a critique while giving importance to the following clues:
- The evidence used by the author to help support the claim made in the essay.
- There will usually be a few obviously stated as well as few hidden assumptions. Make sure to find them all and use them in your critique if you want a high score.
- False generalizations and analogies.
- Inadequate and missed out evidences.
- Misleading surveys and statistics.
- All arguments provided in the GRE are imperfect in some way or the other, it is your job to identify these flaws and inadequacies present, use them to your advantage.
- Come up with the alternative and missed out explanations to the presented argument without proving the conclusion to be wrong.
- Note down the changes which, if made, would make the argument provided more stronger, make the claim made more believable and logical.
- Arrange all of the above points from the introduction to the conclusion in your scratch paper in order and develop a rough draft.
- Once the draft is ready start typing the final draft.
- A high scoring essay should start with a brief introduction explaining the arguments and the underlying evidences, followed by three to four body paragraphs focusing on the possible alternative explanations which overrule the identified flaws. An essay which concludes on a note of ambiguity which claims that the argument has one or more valid points but lacks adequate information which would have made the claim more believable.
- Once the essay is complete, proof-read it to check for possible spelling errors and grammatical mistakes.
Additional Tips to Ace the GRE Argument Essay
- A lot of practice on various published topics is an absolute must to a perfect score.
- Reading skills could be improved through daily newspaper skimming and various books.
- Vocabulary and sentence formations could also be improved through preparative materials such as Barron's wordlist, flashcards and continuous revision.
Hard work never fails and with all these guidelines you cannot fail to score high on this part of the GRE.
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