Are you thinking about scoring amazingly well in GRE writing section? Thinking to yourself, ‘ah! It seems kind of impossible.’ Then get rid of this approach and start using the tips discussed in this post to achieve a higher score in the GRE writing section. The GRE writing section consists of two parts, analyze essay and an issue essay. You need to do well in both to achieve a higher score. Without further ado, let’s jump into GRE writing tips to elevate your score.
Understanding of Analytical Writing Assessment (AWA)
First, you must understand the AWA section. Most of you mistake simply picking up the pen/ notebook/laptop and starting writing. This is the approach most of us already followed in our high schools. It was perfectly acceptable back then. However, you need to understand that most of the things you did in high school will not work in GRE. First, go through the guide made by ETS (official makers of the test) and read the AWA section; it will give you a basic understanding of the test, which is the first step to scoring higher.
Take Minute or Two to Strategize
First, understand the topic on which you have to write and make a strategy accordingly. You can take a minute or two to outline an issue essay. Write certain points ‘for’ and ‘against’ on scrap sheet and enlist anything and everything that prompts into your mind. Make sure you jot down specific issues for the argument part as well.
One Main Theme
Write one central theme per paragraph. Avoid discussing multiple concepts in one paragraph. Be sure to include at least one example (can be real or hypothetical) to support your concept.
Number of Paragraphs and Word Count
Write at least five paragraphs, starting with an introduction, body paragraph 1, body paragraph 2, body graph 3, and conclusion. This is the best format to opt for a short essay. Your whole essay should comprise 550 to 600 words.
Wide Range of Vocabulary
If you want to impress the reader with your writing, then good vocabulary is necessary. Make use of synonyms and avoid using the exact words again and again. This is one of the most common mistakes students make. In the prep process, read a lot, and it will help build up your vocabulary.
If you understand how to use semicolons, full colons, commas full stops properly, then you can structure your essay efficiently. It will surely boost your score. Remember, there won’t be any option to check grammar while taking the test. Practice without auto-correct while preparing.
Learn the use of linking words; therefore, although, furthermore; all these words are very important to enhance your text. You can easily find a bunch of linking words over the internet. It adds value to your text and keeps the reader engaged.
Use Formal Writing Style
Always maintain a formal writing style and never use chat lingos, short forms, and informal words; it is the biggest blunder you can make.
Leave Few Minutes for Review
Leave at least two to three minutes in the end to review your writing. Even a professional writer can make mistakes while writing in the flow. Always review your essay in the end to get rid of any errors.
Practice makes perfect! Open a word doc and start typing an essay. Build up your vocabulary by reading books, learning about punctuation, and never hesitate to ask for help when needed.
We wish you all the best with your GRE test preparation!