By Kaunbi Jiemie

GRE Writing: Analyze An Issue

1 Overview of Analyze Issue Writing
In GRE writing, analyze an issue task gives one or a pair of statements on specific topic, which should be a common topic and doesn't need special knowledge to understand. However, it you once prepare this topic or are familiar with the topic, you will save much of time. Based on the topic, there will be a set of instructions to let you address it. No matter what the topic is, what you need to do is as following:
  • Each topic usually has two sides, and there is no actual right side in the task. At first you must decide your position that doesn't depend on real pros and cons in nature, but rely on consideration of easy writing. The test needs a persuasive essay, not a right answer.
  • Spend on 5 minutes to draft your essay. List possible points or examples before writing.
  • Explain your position on the topic. You must prove or support your view by adequate discussing or reasoning.
  • Your position should be 80% in favor of one side. Full or absolute supporting on any topic is easy to lead a logic defeat. So, leave some room for the position that you discard.
  • Try to use specific examples to support your points. Boring sentences have no positive effect for high score essays.
  • Read instructions carefully, because the questions aren't exactly same in separate tasks. You should ensure your response meet with all the instructions .
GRE writing raters never suggest, follow, or favor any specific format, so it is your choice to write any kind of essay that works best for you. But considering that you only have 30 minutes per task, you shouldn't try to new essay structure, format, or style.

A clever way is to duplicate what you are familiar with in GRE writing test. When practicing you should write essays within exam time frame. From the GRE official site - Pool of Issue Topics, or section 3 of this page, you can select some issues to exercise. These practices help you understand how to structure essay by instructions.

2 Format of Analyze Issue Writing
A common suggestion is to compose your analyze issue task as a introduction, a conclusion, and 3-4 middle paragraphs.

The middle paragraphs is the core of essay that develop your reasoning with examples. If you try to shoot high score, you need cover points that support your position, as well that challenge your position. It means you have to deal with two side. Normally, you can put your favorite things at first, and then mention reverse ideas.

We list a general format here and suggest you make a person version in practice and preparation.

Part 1 - Introduction
Introduction is the center to analyze an issue. You should explain what the issue is in own words. Try to make it clear why the topic is controversial in simple and plain, and show your point of view or position. Remember that the position you take should beeasy to write.

Part 2 - Body
Write 2-3 paragraphs to support, prove, or establish your position. Each paragraph should bring up one new point. Explain the point, show examples, and reason by logic. You can use connecting words and phrases at the beginning of each paragraph, but logic connection in nature is more important. So you have to keep logic flow smoothly.

Part 3 - Qualification
In general, GRE analyze issue task isn't a yes or no problem, so you had better leave some room for opposite side. A normal way is to moderate your position in the last second paragraph, which explains that under some scenarios the other side might be correct.

Part 4 - Conclusion
You should summarize essay back to primary point of Introduction. However, you shouldn't repeat simply what you have said. Rephrase in more general way and enhance what your view is and why you take this view.

More GRE essay writing tips
  • Actually the introduction and the conclusion is very general, you can prepare before exam; but the body must be specific, you can just prepare some patterns.
  • Don't give multiple examples to one point, stick to the one point-one example method is a straight way.
  • The examples can be from your own experience or from reading or knowledge, the special examples are better than generic ones.
  • Good vocabulary is an asset, but don't use unknown or half-known words to pass wrong message and confuse readers.
3 Question Pool of Analyze Issue Writing
As people rely more and more on technology to solve problems, the ability of humans to think for themselves will surely deteriorate ... Full question of Analyze An Issue - 101
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Scientists and other researchers should focus their research on areas that are likely to benefit the greatest number of people. ... Full question of Analyze An Issue - 102
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The human mind will always be superior to machines because machines are only tools of human minds. ... Full question of Analyze An Issue - 103
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The primary goal of technological advancement should be to increase people's efficiency so that they have more leisure time ... Full question of Analyze An Issue - 104
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Any piece of information referred to as a fact should be mistrusted, since it may well be proven false in the future. ... Full question of Analyze An Issue - 105
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Some people believe that our ever-increasing use of technology significantly reduces our opportunities for human interaction. Other people believe that technology provides ... Full question of Analyze An Issue - 107
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Claim: The surest indicator of a great nation must be the achievements of its rulers, artists, or scientists. ... Full question of Analyze An Issue - 108
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Nations should pass laws to preserve any remaining wilderness areas in their natural state, even if these areas could be developed for economic gain. ... Full question of Analyze An Issue - 501
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There is little justification for society to make extraordinary efforts—especially at a great cost in money and jobs—to save endangered animal or plant species. ... Full question of Analyze An Issue - 502
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Society should identify those children who have special talents and provide training for them at an early age to develop their talents. ... Full question of Analyze An Issue - 505
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All parents should be required to volunteer time to their children's schools. ... Full question of Analyze An Issue - 506
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People should undertake risky action only after they have carefully considered its consequences. ... Full question of Analyze An Issue - 508
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Governments must ensure that their major cities receive the financial support they need in order to thrive. ... Full question of Analyze An Issue - 401
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Some people believe that government funding of the arts is necessary to ensure that the arts can flourish and be available to all people. Others believe that government ... Full question of Analyze An Issue - 402
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Governments should focus on solving the immediate problems of today rather than on trying to solve the anticipated problems of the future. ... Full question of Analyze An Issue - 403
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Governments should place few, if any, restrictions on scientific research and development. ... Full question of Analyze An Issue - 404
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Government officials should rely on their own judgment rather than unquestioningly carry out the will of the people they serve. ... Full question of Analyze An Issue - 405
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Governments should not fund any scientific research whose consequences are unclear. ... Full question of Analyze An Issue - 406
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Major policy decisions should always be left to politicians and other government experts. Reason: Politicians and other government experts are more informed and thus have ... Full question of Analyze An Issue - 4010
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Some people believe that in order to thrive, a society must put its own overall success before the well-being of its individual citizens. Others believe that the well-being ... Full question of Analyze An Issue - 4011
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Educational institutions have a responsibility to dissuade students from pursuing fields of study in which they are unlikely to succeed. ... Full question of Analyze An Issue - 301
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A nation should require all of its students to study the same national curriculum until they enter college. ... Full question of Analyze An Issue - 302
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Governments should offer a free university education to any student who has been admitted to a university but who cannot afford the tuition. ... Full question of Analyze An Issue - 303
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Formal education tends to restrain our minds and spirits rather than set them free. ... Full question of Analyze An Issue - 306
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Teachers' salaries should be based on their students' academic performance. ... Full question of Analyze An Issue - 3010
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Claim: When planning courses, educators should take into account the interests and suggestions of their students. ... Full question of Analyze An Issue - 3014
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Students should always question what they are taught instead of accepting it passively. ... Full question of Analyze An Issue - 3015
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Competition for high grades seriously limits the quality of learning at all levels of education. ... Full question of Analyze An Issue - 3016
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Educators should teach facts only after their students have studied the ideas, trends, and concepts that help explain those facts. ... Full question of Analyze An Issue - 3019
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In order to become well-rounded individuals, all college students should be required to take courses in which they read poetry, novels, mythology, and other types of ... Full question of Analyze An Issue - 3021
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The main benefit of the study of history is to dispel the illusion that people living now are significantly different from people who lived in earlier times. ... Full question of Analyze An Issue - 3022
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Learning is primarily a matter of personal discipline; students cannot be motivated by school or college alone. ... Full question of Analyze An Issue - 3023
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Claim: Universities should require every student to take a variety of courses outside the student's major field of study. ... Full question of Analyze An Issue - 3025
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Colleges and universities should require all faculty to spend time working outside the academic world in professions relevant to the courses they teach. ... Full question of Analyze An Issue - 3026
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Colleges and universities should require their students to spend at least one semester studying in a foreign country. ... Full question of Analyze An Issue - 3027
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Educators should base their assessment of students' learning not on students' grasp of facts but on the ability to explain the ideas, trends, and concepts that those facts ... Full question of Analyze An Issue - 3030
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Although innovations such as video, computers, and the Internet seem to offer schools improved methods for instructing students, these technologies all too often distract ... Full question of Analyze An Issue - 3032
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Colleges and universities should specify all required courses and eliminate elective courses in order to provide clear guidance for students. ... Full question of Analyze An Issue - 3035
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To understand the most important characteristics of a society, one must study its major cities. ... Full question of Analyze An Issue - 201
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Scandals are useful because they focus our attention on problems in ways that no speaker or reformer ever could. ... Full question of Analyze An Issue - 202
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Claim: In any field—business, politics, education, government—those to ensure that students become truly educatedin power should step down after five years. ... Full question of Analyze An Issue - 203
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In any field of endeavor, it is impossible to make a significant contribution without first being strongly influenced by past achievements within that field. ... Full question of Analyze An Issue - 204
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People's behavior is largely determined by forces not of their own making. ... Full question of Analyze An Issue - 205
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The well-being of a society is enhanced when many of its people question authority. ... Full question of Analyze An Issue - 207
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Laws should be flexible enough to take account of various circumstances, times, and places. ... Full question of Analyze An Issue - 208
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Claim: The best way to understand the character of a society is to examine the character of the men and women that the society chooses as its heroes or its role models. ... Full question of Analyze An Issue - 209
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In any field of inquiry, the beginner is more likely than the expert to make important contributions. ... Full question of Analyze An Issue - 2011
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Society should make efforts to save endangered species only if the potential extinction of those species is the result of human activities. ... Full question of Analyze An Issue - 2012
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As we acquire more knowledge, things do not become more comprehensible, but more complex and mysterious. ... Full question of Analyze An Issue - 2014
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In any situation, progress requires discussion among people who have contrasting points of view. ... Full question of Analyze An Issue - 2015
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The greatness of individuals can be decided only by those who live after them, not by their contemporaries. ... Full question of Analyze An Issue - 2017
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The increasingly rapid pace of life today causes more problems than it solves. ... Full question of Analyze An Issue - 2018
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Claim: It is no longer possible for a society to regard any living man or woman as a hero. ... Full question of Analyze An Issue - 2019
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Claim: We can usually learn much more from people whose views we share than from those whose views contradict our own. ... Full question of Analyze An Issue - 2020
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Young people should be encouraged to pursue long-term, realistic goals rather than seek immediate fame and recognition. ... Full question of Analyze An Issue - 2021
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If a goal is worthy, then any means taken to attain it are justifiable. ... Full question of Analyze An Issue - 2022
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In order for any work of art—for example, a film, a novel, a poem, or a song—to have merit, it must be understandable to most people. ... Full question of Analyze An Issue - 2023
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Many important discoveries or creations are accidental: it is usually while seeking the answer to one question that we come across the answer to another. ... Full question of Analyze An Issue - 2024
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Leaders are created by the demands that are placed on them. ... Full question of Analyze An Issue - 2026
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Every individual in a society has a responsibility to obey just laws and to disobey and resist unjust laws. ... Full question of Analyze An Issue - 2027
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People who are the most deeply committed to an idea or policy are also the most critical of it. ... Full question of Analyze An Issue - 2028
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The most effective way to understand contemporary culture is to analyze the trends of its youth. ... Full question of Analyze An Issue - 2031
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People's attitudes are determined more by their immediate situation or surroundings than by society as a whole. ... Full question of Analyze An Issue - 2032
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The best ideas arise from a passionate interest in commonplace things. ... Full question of Analyze An Issue - 2036
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Critical judgment of work in any given field has little value unless it comes from someone who is an expert in that field. ... Full question of Analyze An Issue - 2040
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It is more harmful to compromise one's own beliefs than to adhere to them. ... Full question of Analyze An Issue - 2049
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The general welfare of a nation's people is a better indication of that nation's greatness than are the achievements of its rulers, artists, or scientists. ... Full question of Analyze An Issue - 2052
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We can usually learn much more from people whose views we share than from people whose views contradict our own. ... Full question of Analyze An Issue - 2053
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University should not require students to take various courses outside their own field because these additional courses bring overweight study burden for students and force ... Full question of Analyze An Issue - 2054
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In order to improve the quality of instruction at the college and university level, all faculty should be required to spend time working outside the academic world in ... Full question of Analyze An Issue - 2055
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A person who knowingly commits a crime has broken the social contract and should not retain any civil rights or the right to benefit from his or her own labor. ... Full question of Analyze An Issue - 2056
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Claim: In any field business, politics, education, government those in power should step down after five years. ... Full question of Analyze An Issue - 2057
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