Ch 7: GRE Analytical Writing: Planning Your Essay

About This Chapter

Review the elements of planning an essay to prepare for the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). Video lessons and quizzes incorporate strategies for the analytical writing section in a simple and clear manner.

GRE Analytical Writing: Planning Your Essay - Chapter Summary

Learn how to prepare for writing a timed essay with our preparation lessons. These videos provide essay-planning instruction that can help you score well on the analytical writing portion of the GRE. Video lessons address:

  • Brainstorming
  • Outlines
  • Timed essays
  • Assessing an article's reasoning
  • Persuasive writing

This chapter's tutorials encompass advice for writing under time constraints. You'll also study strategies for interpreting source materials you're given for a writing test. Quizzes are available to help test your understanding of the lessons. Each concept is explained in a short, focused video to help you assimilate and use the information for success on the GRE.

GRE Analytical Writing Objectives

The GRE tests students' preparedness for graduate or business school. The analytical writing segment of the GRE accounts for approximately one-third of the total exam and incorporates two timed writing exercises. Our lessons on essay planning describe methods you can use to successfully complete this section of the GRE. These lessons cover specific instruction in:

  • The importance of and strategies for brainstorming
  • Composing an outline for a timed piece of writing
  • Critiquing the reasoning in source materials
  • Constructing solid arguments

The GRE's two analytical writing components are timed separately. For one, you will be asked to assess the argument set forth in a position paper. For the other, you'll be instructed to compose your own written argument in agreement or disagreement with a stated issue.

6 Lessons in Chapter 7: GRE Analytical Writing: Planning Your Essay
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How to Write a Great Essay Quickly

1. How to Write a Great Essay Quickly

Many tests will require you to write a timed essay. You may feel panicked at the idea of having to produce a high-quality essay under a tight time constraint. But you can relax: this video shows you four basic steps to follow so that you can write a great essay quickly.

What Is Brainstorming?

2. What Is Brainstorming?

You may have been told that it's important to brainstorm before writing an essay. This video explains why it's well worth your time to make brainstorming part of your writing routine.

How to Write an Outline

3. How to Write an Outline

Whether it's a doctoral thesis or high school essay, outlining is crucial to writing success. This lesson emphasizes the importance of outlines and specifically addresses the three most common outlines for writers to utilize.

Techniques for Brainstorming Great Ideas

4. Techniques for Brainstorming Great Ideas

Great essays are made up of great ideas. Finding those great ideas is the first critical step on the road to writing a terrific essay. Learn some popular and effective brainstorming techniques that will work whether you have an hour or two weeks to write your paper.

Evaluating Reasoning in an Essay or Article

5. Evaluating Reasoning in an Essay or Article

Being able to effectively evaluate reasoning can be helpful to you as you develop your own deductive and inductive reasoning skills and put those skills to work in persuasive essays. This lesson sheds some light on how to evaluate reasoning.

How to Write a Great Argument

6. How to Write a Great Argument

Many times our writing must not just be informative but it must also be persuasive. One of the best ways to be very persuasive is to use a great argument. Learn six steps you can follow to write a great argument.

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