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  • Important Sample Essays for

    GRE Analytical Writing Section

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  • GRE Issue

    The GRE issue essay is one of the essays of the test section. This section is

    specifically for measuring the analytical writing skills of a student. In an

    essay, you are required to write detailed passages on the given topics. There

    is a lot that can be judged from the written essay. That is why the writing

    skills should be sharpened before taking the issue test.

    The GRE has two types of essays to be written, the issue essay and the argument essay.

    In the issue essay, you will be given a topic that is debatable. Since it is debatable, it can

    have two sides to it, one is in support of the topic and the other is against the topic. You

    can decide upon the stand you want to take and develop your line of thought in the

    issue essay that you write. Basically, the issue essay is about the way you perceive the

    given topic. That is why you should write your view, your thoughts, your experiences

    and examples in the essay.

    In order to explain your stand, you can make use of examples and support your thought.

    This will make your essay impressive and strong. It should not only be convincing, it

    should be written in grammatically correct English and must have a logical connectivity

    throughout the essay. One thought should lead to another. However, nowhere in the

    essay should you waver from the main topic. It is possible that while explaining your

    stand, you divert from the topic and start discussing another issue. By doing this, the

    logic and connectivity of the essay is lost.

    This essay tests various skills of the test taker. It is not only a test of his thinking

    capabilities, but it also checks his writing abilities. It measures how the test taker can

    express his thoughts. It also tests the use of grammar and sentence formation.

    Preparing for the GRE Issue Essay

    Since there are two essays to be written in GRE, it is very essential to

    understand the requirements of both the essays. The issue essay is

    considerably different from the argument essay. It would be a blunder to

    attempt these essays in the manner that you have been writing the essays in

    your previous classes. It requires preparation before the test. While preparing

    you should know the word limit of the essay, the marks and the time allotted

    to the essay writing section.

  • In order to prepare for the issue essay, you should also make an effort to

    attempt the sample questions of essays. Reading and learning is important,

    but writing and applying your knowledge is equally important. It gives you

    practice and you get to know how the actual test is going to be, what is the

    pattern of the test, whether you will be able to complete the test in the given

    time etc. Above all it makes you familiar with the real test, which helps you to

    gain confidence and remove your inhibitions.

    The issue essay can be attempted to the best of one's capabilities only with

    good preparation and understanding. Thus, while preparing for the test, the

    student should make it a point to prepare for the issue essays as well.

    Issue - 1

    "We learn through direct experience; to accept a theory without

    experiencing it is to learn nothing at all."


    The greatest teacher is experience. It is only through firsthand experience that any new

    knowledge can get fixed in the mind. It is rightly said that experience is the best teacher.

    Anything learnt virtually is only half learnt. Nevertheless, having an experience of the

    thing puts you at a better position when it comes to learning the concept.

    It is the nature's way of teaching things to animals as well as humans. A bird would

    never be able to learn how to fly unless it flaps its wings. Similarly, when a baby comes

    to this world, he is absolutely new to the world. As he grows up, he begins to observe

    and incorporate things that he sees in his life. Once he picks up a thing by observing it,

    he begins to imitate it and thus learn from it. Unless he touches something hot, he

    would never know what it is to get burnt. Unless he gets cut from a sharp object, or trips

    from a higher place, he would never understand the meaning of these things and thus

    will never learn that he should stay away from such things.

    Accepting a theory without experiencing it is to remain passive in life. Without

    experience, one can never know the nature and the extent of any theory. As the famous

    saying goes, 'only the wearer knows where the shoe pinches', it can be understood that

    it is only when one indulges that one comes to know about the difficulties of a task.

    Whether the task is easy or difficult is a question that can be answered only when it is

    undertaken. For example, while preparing for an exam, if a student goes by just what is

  • told to him by his tutor, there is no surety of his having learnt his lessons properly. On

    the other hand, if the student has practiced and solved the lesson on his own, he will

    have a first-hand experience of the problems. He would solve on his own and find out

    his capabilities, his weaknesses, and thus get a chance of improving himself. This is

    learning in the real sense.

    However, it is also true that everything cannot be experienced. To learn about

    the moon and its nature, it is not essential to go on the moon. The only way a

    common man can learn about such far reached things or imaginary theories is

    when someone tells them something about them. That means you may not

    have an experience of going on the moon, but it can be understood and

    perceived by the human mind. Thus, experience cannot be called the sole

    teacher. Learning happens in an environment where the student is ready to

    learn what is available to him. Thus, the most important factor in learning is

    the interest of a student in the subject.

    The first step towards learning is made only with the help of a guide. Thus the

    importance of learning by getting inspired cannot be ignored. It would be an

    extreme statement to say that without experiencing there is no learning.

    Learning is a continuous process. It goes on in the subconscious mind,

    without ones knowledge of it. Since the mind is always working and

    absorbing things, it has the capacity of picking up ideas and developing them

    as well. Thus, before you actually experience something the mind has already

    worked over the issue and prepared a base for it.

    Thus, learning cannot be restricted to a particular manner. Learning requires

    a participation of the mind and body. Thus, not only is it important to

    experience the theories, but it is also important that the learner has a

    mindset for learning and grasping the things he sees.

    Issue 2

    "Laws should not be rigid or fixed. Instead, they should be flexible

    enough to take account of various circumstances, times, and places."


    Laws are a system of rules that are formulated to bring order in a society. Thus, laws

    help in bringing a system, country or society under one rule which everyone must obey

    and accept. Laws are therefore enforced upon people without making any distinction

    between them so that there is discipline and peace in a society.

  • Since the whole society that comes under one rule is subject to the same laws of the

    society, it is the responsibility of the governing authority to make sure that the laws

    pertain to the general public and are not against them. For this purpose while

    formulating laws the government must look into the needs of the society. Moreover,

    since the needs of a society as a whole are not fixed and are subject to time, place and

    circumstances, laws should also not be fixed. It would be wrong to say that laws once

    formulated will never change. Such governance where laws are not flexible and are rigid

    takes the form of dictatorship. Therefore, for the purpose of forming a healthy

    democratic society, it is important that the requirements of people should be taken into

    consideration, and correspondingly changes introduced in laws.

    The needs of people change with changing times. What was required in the past is

    different from the requirements of the present. Moreover, with the passage of time the

    success of laws can be judged. Thus, according to the present needs, a change should be

    made in laws. For example, in the past, there were restrictions put the merchants to

    practice free trade keeping in mind the upliftment of small scale industry and public

    sector. However, with the passage of time, it was observed that such a restriction has

    only alienated the country and thus has put hurdles in the way of progress. The private

    sector forms a large part of the society and their needs must also be taken into

    consideration. With the removal of such rigid laws and the practice of free trade coming

    into existence, the economy has become stronger than ever. Thus, laws formed

    according to the needs of the changing times not only bring in development but also

    peace and harmony in a society.

    Similarly, there can be changes in circumstances that require a change in

    laws. For example, in case of violence or attack, it becomes essential to put

    restriction over the common man keeping in mind the interests

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