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Ch 9: GRE Analytical Writing: Writing the Essay Body

About This Chapter

Review the elements of writing an essay body 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 the Essay Body - Chapter Summary

Learn how to develop the body paragraphs of a timed essay with our GRE review videos. This chapter's lessons offer instruction in writing the main points of an essay. They should help you perform effectively on the GRE's analytical writing test. Subjects addressed in these videos include:

  • Parts of an essay
  • Paragraph structure
  • Essay organization
  • Editing and revising

The tutorials in this chapter discuss strategies for organizing and creating the body of your essay. Lessons are broken down into brief videos on specific subjects, and each one includes a quiz to allow you to test your knowledge of the lesson's content.

GRE Analytical Writing Objectives

The GRE is an exam intended to test students' readiness for the academic challenges of graduate-level studies. Approximately one third of the GRE is comprised of the analytical writing test, for which you will be asked to compose two separate essays. Our instructional videos on writing the essay body can help you develop your capacity to produce effective timed writing. These are some of the objectives this chapter addresses:

  • Understanding how to structure paragraphs properly
  • The pivotal components of an essay and how to organize them
  • Conceptualizing and articulating supporting points in an essay body
  • Formulating transitional phrases and sentences
  • Evaluating and improving your writing

The analytical writing portion of the GRE involves the administration of two timed essay prompts, each of which is allotted 30 minutes. In one, you will be asked to delineate the strengths and weaknesses of a provided argument. In the other, you'll be offered a position and asked to produce a defense of your perspective in favor of or in opposition to it.

5 Lessons in Chapter 9: GRE Analytical Writing: Writing the Essay Body
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
How to Write a Strong Essay Body

1. How to Write a Strong Essay Body

This video will show you how to achieve unified, coherent body paragraphs in your essays. By creating well-developed body paragraphs, your essays will be cleaner, sharper and earn you a better grade!

How to Structure Paragraphs in an Essay

2. How to Structure Paragraphs in an Essay

When structuring a paragraph, you shouldn't just go throwing together a few sentences. The sentences that make up a paragraph should all flow together and represent the same topic to make up a strong paragraph. This video explains how to put together your sentences and paragraphs to maximize their impact.

How to Organize an Essay

3. How to Organize an Essay

In this video, we will cover the steps involved in organizing an essay. We'll talk about titles, introductory paragraphs, concluding paragraphs, main points, transition statements and editing.

How to Write Strong Transitions and Transitional Sentences

4. How to Write Strong Transitions and Transitional Sentences

Transitions are the words and sentences that tie a work of writing together. They guide the reader from idea to idea, making connections that turns pieces into a whole. Find out more in this lesson.

Practicing Essay Writing to Get Better at Writing

5. Practicing Essay Writing to Get Better at Writing

It can be tough to practice your essay-writing skills on your own without a teacher's feedback. With some time and practice (and by using this game plan), you'll be on your way to practicing, evaluating and improving your writing.

Chapter Practice Exam
Test your knowledge of this chapter with a 30 question practice chapter exam.
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Practice Final Exam
Test your knowledge of the entire course with a 50 question practice final exam.
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