The reported score represents an average of the scores for each task.
Individuals taking the computer-delivered test will use a basic word processor developed by ETS.
The ETS 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, in part to preserve fairness with those examinees who must handwrite their essays at paper-delivered administrations.
We pulled these sample questions from our book and from our GRE prep course materials.
The Issue Essay of the GRE requires you to present your opinion on the provided topic.A response to any other issue will receive a score of zero."True beauty is found not in the exceptional but in the commonplace." Write an essay in which you take a position on the statement above.Handwritten essays will be transcribed directly into the test booklet, along with all of your answers to the Verbal and Quantitative Reasoning sections.If you will be taking the paper-based test, you must ensure that you can write quickly and legibly, and you may want to devote additional time at the beginning of your essay to ensure that your thoughts are well-organized before you begin to write.Both Analytical Writing tasks are intended to test critical thinking and the ability to articulate and evaluate complex arguments and discussions.The essays must be written in accordance with the provided instructions.You should also practice writing a few essays, under timed or untimed conditions, to gain familiarity with how to analyze the types of essay prompts used on the GRE, and to gain an understanding of what sort of essay length and argument complexity to strive for on test day.You should analyze your own writing style and develop a systm of approaching and unpacking the sorts of prompts that will be presented on test day, so that you can reliably perform at the peak of your ability under test conditions.The essay will also be reviewed by an ETS computer program called "e-rater", which helps contribute to the standardization of grades across different writing styles and knowledge backgrounds.If the computer and the human essay scores disagree by more than a trivial amount, then a second human will read the essay, and the final essay score will be an average of the two human ratings.