This page provides the general test directions for this task; describes and shows what a typical Issue essay prompt looks like; lists some common GRE Issue-topic themes; and lists the six different Issue directives specific tasks. The following directions are similar to the ones that will appear on your screen when the timed Issue writing task begins. Directions: During this portion of the exam you will need to analyze the issue presented and explain your views on it. There is no "correct" answer.
Sample Essay Responses and Rater Commentary for the Issue Task
Introduction to the GRE Argument Task (For Test Takers)
The "Analyze an Issue" task assesses your ability to think critically about a topic of general interest and to clearly express your thoughts about it in writing. Each Issue topic makes a claim that can be discussed from various perspectives and applied to many different situations or conditions. Your task is to present a compelling case for your own position on the issue. Before beginning your written response, be sure to read the issue and the instructions that follow the Issue statement. Think about the issue from several points of view, considering the complexity of ideas associated with those views. Then, make notes about the position you want to develop and list the main reasons and examples you could use to support that position.
There is only one opinion you can have: the argument is flawed and the conclusion can no be accepted based on the current information and reasoning. Your essay should be paragraphs in which you will criticize an argument, describe how it could be improved, and reiterate that is it overall weak and unconvincing. The following template is only a suggestion from our GRE study guide , so feel free to adjust it slightly into a version that best works for you!
Who We Are. Free Resources. While these collections of prompts provide unparalleled Analytical Writing practice, some test takers may find the sheer number of possible essay topics to be a bit overwhelming.