The GRE essay section, also known as the GRE Analytical Writing Assessment (AWA), is comprised of two essays: the Issue and the Argument. Both test your ability to formulate a cogent thesis statement, which you must defend over the course of several paragraphs. To help you understand the GRE better, here is an excerpt from an interview with Yashas from GRE, JNR 245 batch in Jayanagar. Preparing right for the course has got him a score of 321 with 151 in verbal and 117 in math.
Let us find out his learning experience at Manya-The Princeton Review:
Manya: Yashas, what was the duration of your course?
Yashas: It’s a three month course in which Saturdays was math and on Sundays we had verbal. On both the days, I made sure that I never miss the class. I must confess that before joining Manya, I had no clue about what the GRE is, not even the full form actually. But after attending the orientation session I had a clear picture of what the GRE is all about!
Manya: What was your targeted score?
Yashas: My targeted score was 300+ because I was not aware that GRE was for 340 and the minimum score you could get was 260!
Manya: Which part of the test was more difficult?
Yashas: While preparing for the test I found that the verbal is difficult, especially, for the people like me! As the passages are big and demand lots of concentration to approach right answers. So, what they taught me in Manya was to break the passage into a map. After making the maps we did not need to look at the passage again. It’s a huge time saver because you don’t have to read the whole passage again. Our trainers gave us a lot of tips on doing a verbal on time.
Manya: Do you think that Manya has helped you?
Yashas: Yes, surely. Because you will never get all that when you do it on your own; even if you read anything. We had a trick in which we had to eliminate all the wrong options first so that we at least reduce the number of wrong options and then guess among the possibly right options.
Manya: How do you find the math part on the GRE?
Yashas: Trust me it’s really difficult. In math, you can go wrong in the silliest of places because there will be two options that are very similar to each other and you end up marking the wrong option instead of the right one. So, you should concentrate in the class really well and that is one thing that really helps!
Yashas: The most important thing is to re-check your answers. At least re-check half of whatever you are writing and then make sure you read the question really well. Try your best to follow whatever has been taught in Manya because that is what is going to lead you forward.