- Paperback: 234 pages
- Publisher: Peterson's; 1 edition (July 19, 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0768910943
- ISBN-13: 978-0768910940
- Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.5 x 11 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #656,772 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Writing Skills for the GRE and GMAT Tests 1st Edition
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The author (I say "author" because I couldn't find an author other than the Thompson/Peterson publishers) gives a structure for timing each stage of the essay process. Planning the Issue Essay, for example, included: five minutes for brainstorming and outlining; 30 minutes for composing; and 10 minutes for review. It was the brainstorm and outline planning I found particularly helpful for both essays.
For the Argument essay, outlining advice included quickly listing the evidence presented and then analyzing it. For outlining the Issue essay, the author suggests using a pro-versus-con technique for brainstorming both sides of the topic. Both approaches helped me to quickly organize ideas. As I practiced more, I got away from the suggested outlining and started to develop my own style, but the book's structure gave me a strong foundation to start with.
As far as the example essays in the back of the book, they are not written under a time constraint and are probably beyond what is possible to write under timed conditions.Read more ›
My first few practice essays were rushed and unclear. On the day of the exam, I found myself with EXTRA time to edit and even add an extra paragraph. This could not have happened without Peterson.
I located this book at the public library a few days before the GRE- one of the best preparation decisions I made. It prompted me how to use supporting examples without letting them become cumbersome, develop a nuanced but clear line of reasoning, and skillfully deconstruct the arguments given in the argument-analysis portion.
This book might be a few years old, but its contents far outperform Barron's 2006/7 section on the GRE writing portion. I recommend using Barron's for everything else (verbal, quantitative tips and review, and the practice tests)- but complement your study with Peterson's book.
Also, I would recommend checking out the A&E video series "Biography of the Millennium: 100 People, 1000 Years" for an overview of western culture and history. It supplies some great examples to use in your essay.
A job well done, Mark Alan Stewart (the author)! Kudos to you!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A great resource overall and covers almost every part of preparing for the writing portions of the two tests. Read morePublished on July 8, 2014 by OneNickPony
I actually got less score than what I would have got with my natural thinking. The ideas are great but they get more confusing to articulate. A natural flow is much better.Published on September 24, 2013 by WhnReq
My daughter worked throught this entire book while bored on a recent vacation. She said that it helped her immensly. Read morePublished on August 12, 2013 by Happydogs
This book helped me to achieve a five in my writing and English is not my first language. It is not a bad book at all, so do consider it.Published on November 7, 2012 by Hani
This book is useful for understanding what the GRE is asking for and providing clues on rhetorical devices to use. Read morePublished on October 2, 2009 by Adam the Great
This book was an indispensable resource in writing the GRE analytical writing section. What helped me most were the clear and concise descriptions outlining proper essay... Read morePublished on March 31, 2009 by Michael G. Reno
While it provides some useful tips for better essays for GRE, some sample essays are logically flawed. Read morePublished on October 4, 2008 by Kyaw B. Han
I thought this author did a very nice job in his endeavor of preparing one for the writing assessment of the GRE/GMAT. Read morePublished on August 24, 2007 by S. E. Asberry