Ch 11: GRE Analytical Writing: Writing Technique

About This Chapter

Review writing technique elements to prepare for the Graduate Record Exam (GRE). Video lessons and quizzes incorporate concepts used in the GRE's analytical writing section in a simple and clear manner.

GRE Analytical Writing: Writing Technique - Chapter Summary

Develop expertise in effective writing using our GRE review videos. Writing technique lessons discuss concepts that can help you perform well on the analytical writing section of the GRE. Topics covered in these lessons include:

  • Word choice
  • Point of view
  • Style
  • Tone
  • Passive and active voice

This chapter's videos offer instruction in various aspects of writing that affect an essay's overall strength. In addition to learning about these areas of writing technique, you can test your progress with the quizzes that accompany each lesson. These lessons are offered in succinct video form to help you learn essential writing tactics conducive to success on the GRE.

GRE Analytical Writing Objectives

Students who want to pursue graduate study often take the GRE to assess their preparedness for the academic rigor of graduate or business school. About 30% of the GRE is devoted to the analytical writing segment. These writing technique lessons cover concepts that can help you perform successfully on this part of the GRE. Some of these concepts include:

  • Using logos, pathos, and ethos to appeal to readers
  • Exercising effective diction
  • Writing in active voice (and avoiding passive voice)
  • Understanding types of point of view and their respective purposes
  • Addressing style, tone, and voice in writing

The GRE's analytical writing segment incorporates two 30-minute essay tasks. One entails developing a position in agreement or disagreement with a proposed statement, while the other involves assessing the effectiveness of a presented argument.

6 Lessons in Chapter 11: GRE Analytical Writing: Writing Technique
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How to Write Well: What Makes Writing Good?

1. How to Write Well: What Makes Writing Good?

From great ideas to great execution, learn what makes writing 'good' and how to transform your writing from 'okay' to accomplished through the use of specific examples, great ideas, and organization.

How Word Choice and Language Sets the Tone of Your Essay

2. How Word Choice and Language Sets the Tone of Your Essay

In this video, we will discuss how word choice sets the tone for your essay. This includes letting the reader know if you are angry, happy or even attempting to refrain from bias. These tools bring your 'voice' into your writing.

Logos, Ethos and Pathos: 3 Ways to Appeal to an Audience in Essays

3. Logos, Ethos and Pathos: 3 Ways to Appeal to an Audience in Essays

Appeal is an important aspect to writing, especially when your goal is to inform and/or persuade the reader in some area. In this lesson, we will examine the three main types of appeal: logos, ethos and pathos

How to Write With Good Diction to Develop Style, Tone & Point-of-View

4. How to Write With Good Diction to Develop Style, Tone & Point-of-View

Developing a good writing style starts with developing good diction. You can't craft an essay or story the way you want without being able to choose the right words first. Here's how.

Point of View: First, Second & Third Person

5. Point of View: First, Second & Third Person

Just who is telling this story? In this lesson, we'll look at point of view, or the perspective from which a work is told. We'll review first person, second person and third person points of view.

Active and Passive Voice

6. Active and Passive Voice

You may have heard your teachers toss around the terms 'passive voice' and 'active voice'. But if you've never really understood what it means to write actively or passively, stick with us -- and learn how to turn to awkward passive sentences into bright, active ones.

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