The Argument Essay in the GRE: Prompts & Scoring Video


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Look at the following prompt:

Nature's Way, a chain of stores selling health food and other health-related products, is opening its next franchise in the town of Plainsville. The store should prove to be very successful: Nature's Way franchises tend to be most profitable in areas where residents lead healthy lives, and clearly Plainsville is such an area. Plainsville merchants report that sales of running shoes and exercise clothing are at all-time highs. The local health club has more members than ever, and the weight training and aerobics classes are always full. Finally, Plainsville's schoolchildren represent a new generation of potential customers: these schoolchildren are required to participate in a fitness-for-life program, which emphasizes the benefits of regular exercise at an early age.

Write a response in which you examine the stated and/or unstated assumptions of the argument. Be sure to explain how the argument depends on these assumptions and what the implications are for the argument if the assumptions prove unwarranted.

Which of the following represents one possible response to the prompt?

A. The argument assumes that sales of fitness equipment measures the healthiness of residents' lifestyles.

B. I agree with the author that the Nature's Way store in Plainsville will probably be successful.

C. The author discusses the reasons why the new Nature's Way store will probably do well.

2. How many Analyze an Argument prompts will you get on the GRE?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

The GRE Analytical Writing portion contains an author's argument which you are expected to analyze. This portion of the GRE is known as the Analyze an Argument task. This quiz and worksheet combination will both ask about specifics of the exam, and present you with sample prompts to practice.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This quiz will test you on:

  • Specifics of the essay portion
  • Grading guidelines
  • Sample prompts

Skills Practiced

Prepare to practice the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on the GRE Argumentative Essay
  • Problem solving - use acquired knowledge to determine the proper responses to sample prompts
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the best score you can get on the essay portion

Additional Learning

Learn more by reviewing the accompanying lesson, The Argument Essay in the GRE: Prompts & Scoring. This lesson will detail the following:

  • The Analyze an Argument task
  • The prompt
  • The scoring rubric
  • Tips for test day