You need good GRE scores in order to secure admissions to reputed colleges in the US, Canada and many other countries. Therefore,
it is advisable to understand all aspects of the GRE test format before starting your preparation. The General Test of GRE evaluates
your skills that are expected to have developed in you over years of
academic studies. You do not require extensive knowledge of a
particular subject area in order to score high. However, it is
necessary that you possess an excellent command over the English
language if you intend to do well in the Analytical Writing Assessment
section of the GRE that is commonly known as the GRE AWA section. In
addition to knowledge of the English language coupled with writing
skills, your verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning and critical
thinking skills are also tested by the GRE.
The AWA section is designed to assess your capabilities in being able to express yourself clearly by utilizing grammatically correct English. You are also tested for your abilities to evaluate a given claim and the facts presented in its support. The AWA section will require you to analyze a given piece of information and carry out a discussion that centers on the given statement and you will also be required to carry out a critical analysis. Related skills are tested in this section with the help of two questions for which you will have to provide answers in the form of essays. These two essays that have to be written by you in this section are the Issue essay and the Argument essay.
You will be presented with two topics for the Issue essay of the AWA section. Each of the topics will address a general issue from any
perspective. You can make a choice by picking up one of the given
topics for writing your essay. You will be given 45 minutes for writing
this essay. You will be required to present your views on the given
issue. You may support the views of the writer or discuss your own
views. However, be sure to include relevant examples in support of your
views. Your essay should reflect your focused outlook and your clarity
of ideas without compromising on the formation of correct sentence
structures. This essay of the AWA section will be utilized to
evaluate your ability to present your views in a clear, concise and
You will be presented with one topic for the Argument essay. There will no choice available and you will have to write an essay in response to the Argument topic presented to you within 30 minutes. The topic presented will have a claim accompanied by evidence in its support. Your essay should critically analyze the given claim for its validity by investigating the supporting evidence. This essay of the AWA section will be utilized for evaluating your abilities to reason with conviction and to critically analyze given information.
You need to be well prepared in order to score high in this section. The official website of the GRE, www.ets.org contains a pool of Issue and Argument topics. It would be worthwhile to spend some time on practicing writing essays on these topics as a part of your preparation schedule.