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GRE Essay Topics

The GRE essay topics on the Issue task come such from such wide a variety of fields that there seems to be no discernible pattern in the GRE writing prompts we’ve seen. There are angry mayors decrying pollution in their cities; woven baskets along a mythical river; and rhesus monkeys and stimulation. Despite such a […]

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One of the Biggest Mistakes You Can Make on the GRE Essay

At one time, I was inclined to think that the biggest mistake students made on the GRE was failing to back up their responses with concrete examples. Mere hypothetical scenarios were the only ballast these weak essays had. So I advised students to think of concrete examples to help support their points. The ‘Concrete Examples’ […]

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Score Your GRE Essay

How do I score my GRE essay? Plenty of students want to improve their writing, and the only real way to do so is writing, and writing a lot. But there is a catch-22 here: how do you improve your writing if you aren’t a good writer? How can you identify places to improve if […]

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GRE Claim and Reason Issue Essay

If you have been diligently at work writing practice essays from our list of GRE writing prompts, you may have notice an interesting species of Issue question, one in which there is a claim and reason. I’ve excerpted just such a question from the GRE Issue bank. (Also, if you want to see all the […]

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