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GRE sets two writing tasks (Analyze an Issue, and Analyze an Argument) collectively called the Analytical Writing Section (or Analytical Writing Measure). The tasks are designed to test critical thinking and analytical writing skills. The essays come first on the test – 30 minutes for the issue and 30 minutes for the argument.
You have to type your response. Obviously there is no spell-check or grammar check available.
The essays are marked by one human reader and one computer program (e-rater)
Scores range from 1-6
Analyze an issue
The first task on the GRE is the discussion of an issue. The topic is intentionally open to interpretation, so that you can marshal your arguments in support of a position. It is rather like a debate. A good essay of this type will give highly specific reasons for a point of view, and back up its thesis with suitable examples. Minor errors in spelling punctuation or grammar will not prevent your getting a good mark – poor logical flow and vagueness will.
Analyze an argument
The second task on the GRE is the analysis of an argument, which tests your ability to find flaws in apparently logical arguments. It does help if you have a basic familiarity with the terms of logic, so that you can successfully identify the premises and assumptions on which a conclusion rests. Here the mark you obtain is directly linked to your ability to evaluate the logic of the given argument and address the specific instructions you are given. With a little training and practice, this task is actually easier than the issue.
It is a good idea to get someone to review your essays. Get feedback from a teacher or from someone with good language and logical skills. You will not get a good mark if you write too little. If you think your essays are too short, you can ask your reviewer for ideas on what else you could have included. Essays always need good transitions between paragraphs and good logical flow throughout ï¿½ someone else could spot where you could have improved the flow.
A few minor lapses in spelling and grammar will not count too much against you, but a mostly error-free response will obviously get a better score.
A score of 4 out of the potential 6 is considered competent. While it is nice to be competent, it is worth striving to be good or very good so put in a little extra effort on this section.
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The Analytical Writing measure tests your critical thinking and analytical writing skills. It assesses your ability to articulate and support complex ideas, construct and evaluate arguments, and sustain a focused and coherent discussion. It does not assess specific content knowledge.
a 30-minute “Analyze an Issue” task
a 30-minute “Analyze an Argument” task
The Issue task presents an opinion on an issue of general interest followed by specific instructions on how to respond to that issue. You are required to evaluate the issue, consider its complexities and develop an argument with reasons and examples to support your views.
The Argument task requires you to evaluate a given argument according to specific instructions. You will need to consider the logical soundness of the argument rather than agree or disagree with the position it presents.
The two tasks are complementary in that one requires you to construct your own argument by taking a position and providing evidence supporting your views on an issue, and the other requires you to evaluate someone else’s argument by assessing its claims and evaluating the evidence it provides.
Individuals taking the computer-delivered test will use a basic word processor developed by ETS. The basic word processor contains the following functionalities: insert text, delete text, cut-and-paste and undo the previous action. Tools such as a spell checker and grammar checker are not available in the ETS software, largely to maintain fairness with those examinees who must handwrite their essays at paper-delivered administrations.
Preparing for the Analytical Writing Measure
Everyone — even the most practiced and confident of writers — should spend some time preparing for the Analytical Writing measure before arriving at the test center. It is important to understand the skills measured and how the tasks are scored. It is also useful to review the scoring guides, sample topics, scored sample essay responses and reader commentary for each task.
The tasks in the Analytical Writing measure relate to a broad range of subjects — from the fine arts and humanities to the social and physical sciences — but no task requires knowledge of specific content. In fact, each task has been tested by actual GRE® test takers to ensure that it possesses several important characteristics, including the following:
GRE test takers, regardless of their field of study or special interests, understood the task and could easily respond to it.
The task elicited the kinds of complex thinking and persuasive writing that university faculty consider important for success in graduate school.
The responses were varied in content and in the way the writers developed their ideas.
Published Topic Pools for the Analytical Writing Measure
To help you prepare for the Analytical Writing measure, the GRE Program has published the entire pool of tasks from which your test tasks will be selected. You might find it helpful to review the Issue and Argument pools:
Issue Topic Pool
Argument Topic Pool
Test-taking Strategies for the Analytical Writing Measure
Before taking the GRE General Test, review the strategies, sample topics, essay responses and reader commentary for each task contained in this section. Also review the scoring guides for each task. This will give you a deeper understanding of how readers evaluate essays and the elements they’re looking for in an essay.
It is important to budget your time. Within the 30-minute time limit for the Issue task, you will need to allow sufficient time to consider the issue and the specific instructions, plan a response and compose your essay. Within the 30-minute time limit for the Argument task, you will need to allow sufficient time to consider the argument and the specific instructions, plan a response and compose your essay. Although the GRE readers who score your essays understand the time constraints under which you write and will consider your response a first draft, you still want it to be the best possible example of your writing that you can produce under the testing conditions.
Save a few minutes at the end of each timed task to check for obvious errors. Although an occasional spelling or grammatical error will not affect your score, serious and persistent errors will detract from the overall effectiveness of your writing and lower your score accordingly.
See the Links below that can help you to grow more on this exam….
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Please see here for general advise to GATE aspirants including those doing bachelors. In this post I’m going to give a summary about what all resources to use and how to use them for getting a good rank in GATE which is usually a 2 digit rank. To start with some comments about question solving:
Solving a question means you should not just mug up solution given by someone. First you have to attempt solving. If you can all is well. Else, ask yourself where you are stuck, what you do not know. Then, refer text again, attempt again. If you cannot solve then see some good solution and fix what you missed.
Remember the 30% rule for question solving. That is, if you solve 100 questions you should not refer the solution for more than 30% of them. If you do so, you are preparing wrong.
Now, let me give a description about some resources I know.
- Standard Books: This is the best resource recommended by most GATE toppers.
- Advantages: Contents are 100% correct and reliable. Usually presented in the best possible way. Many of the tough questions in GATE come from the examples/exercises given in standard books.
- Disadvantages: Some people not good in English find it tough to follow standard books. I guess those people can try improving English and try to learn more from the examples given in text.
- What all to study?: You should know which all chapters are relevant for GATE. There is no point in reading and understanding every line of the text. You should just need to know what is important- usually what is important is those which are needed to solve example questions. Also, to understand the standard definitions given. To summarize, you should know:
- All the chapters relevant for GATE – say in Cormen, only about 20% pages are in GATE syllabus.
- All the sub-headings in chapters relevant for GATE.
- If a portion is in GATE, you should know to work out the given example in the text – for example constructing LALR parsing table construction in Dragon book though this constructing has never been asked in GATE. But if you have solved it once, you can answer many related questions which do come in GATE.
- Exercise questions – you can follow and come and go approach towards them. There is no need to solve all of them. Also, usually ‘*’ questions are not needed for GATE. I suggest to solve example questions, then previous GATE questions and some exercise questions.
- Once again, never follow local author book. I had followed one for Discrete Mathematics during B.Tech. and I could not even get 1 question correct in GATE. This is also said by most toppers. If you are strong in a subject (like being a good C programmer or good in Databases), you may avoid reading standard text book- but never read sub-standard materials and corrupt your knowledge.
- Video Lectures: This is recommended for those doing bachelors or those seeing a subject first time. If you have a reasonable depth in a subject and can follow the text, then no need of watching video lectures. That is most of these videos are meant to make a base of the subject. Same thing is applicable for Courses.
- Test Series: When I gave my GATE I had given no test series. Even many toppers 5-6 years ago hardly gave any test series. But it is the fashion nowadays. Every one wants to give ans so you also can give them, but before giving any do these:
- Solve all previous year GATE questions.
- When a concept is repeated in a question and you know it, no need to solve again.
- GATE official keys are available only from 2011 on wards. So, while solving please do not corrupt your knowledge with some wrong explanation given somewhere. If the explanation given anywhere is not satisfying your knowledge based on standard material, then consider it wrong until proven right by someone. You can ask your queries on GATE Overflow where all previous year GATE questions are there.
- GATE IT questions are also good and recommended as they are of same quality as CSE ones.
- If you need more questions do from previous year TIFR, ISI, CMI papers which are of very good standard. Also if you have more time more standard book questions can be solved. New Gradiance is a very good site for standard questions.
- Now, in the end you need to not only know the subject but also need to practice solving 65 questions in best possible way for GATE. For this you can use any test series. Previous year papers are available in GATE Overflow which can give this experience. Some test series given here are reasonable but you should not spend more time on them. This is anyway just for the finishing touch after covering subjects properly. And many of the test series have plenty of mistakes. Mistakes in answer key is fine as long as you know it, but mistake in question is bad as it corrupts a student’s knowledge. Questions for one of the prominent test series last year was made by M.Tech. students from a private engineering college. Those who are smart enough know to avoid them.
- GATECSE: This contains all the resources from gatecsewiki and contributes by GATECSE FB group. There is a schedule for GATE 2017 preparation and after this there will be some revision help like discussions done last year. All the discussion archives and useful weblinks are on the respective Subject pages.
- GATE Overflow: Has more than 11k questions as of now. But do not get confused. For GATE preparation you just need to focus on previous GATE questions and if you want there is a GATE only mode in GATE Overflow which hides all other questions. You can enable it here. Currently GATE Overflow has all the previous GATE CS/IT, TIFR, CMI, ISI, ISRO questions relevant for CSE and UGC NET questions are also getting added. The exam interface will allow you to practice any previous exam. In 1-2 months more features will be there – cannot comment now as I’m still working on them.
- Even after all topics are covered from standard resources some questions for GATE are tricky to solve. Cache-Virtual memory, TM decidability, digital logic, pipeline etc. are some examples. These are solved in GATE Overflow and are useful for GATE preparation
- One of the sad part of GATE Overflow is aspirants asking bad questions. Most of these are taken from some coaching material which again has no standard. Again I request you all to please follow standard materials for questions and not these stuffs. This year, more priority will be given to genuine doubts and queries from standard books and less for those copied from coaching material
- GATE Overflow is not providing any coaching. It is an interface for students to clear their doubts. So, one should have studied to have doubt. Do not think that spending time on GATE Overflow will get you a good rank. Like the 30% rule, do not spend more than 30% of your preparation time on GATE Overflow at least until you have covered most topics for GATE
- Most importantly do realize that questions are never ending. There are infinite Finite Automata and so there are infinite questions that can be asked on regular expressions. Please do not try to solve all of them, as this won’t take you anywhere. This is a mistake seen with those preparing from GATE materials.
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