GRE Essay Examples

The Analytical Writing section of the GRE consists of two tasks, an issue task and an argument task. You need to provide essay responses for each of the mentioned tasks. Good essay writing skills are very essential for you to present this section with finesse. There are many examples of essays on the internet which you can go through to get an idea. However, merely going through the examples will not help. You must practice by writing them on your own. Refer to the official GRE website for detailed information pertaining to the essay writing section: You will also find some examples on the official website of the test.

Mentioned below are some tips to improve your writing skills:

  • Read as many examples of essay as you can. Apart from them, read newspapers, blogs, magazines and novels to understand language usage in a better way.
  • Observe how the content flows in the examples. This is important because in writing tasks, content must be developed upon the given issue or argument.
  • Go through the official examples thoroughly to understand the essay writing tactics from the examiner's point of view.
  • After a little practice, try to write the essay on your own before reading the examples. Then, compare your essay with the example and try to rectify any mistakes that you might have committed.

Issue Task

The best way to teach - whether as an educator, employer, or parent - is to praise positive actions and ignore negative ones.

Write a response in which you discuss the extent to which you agree or disagree with the claim. In developing and supporting your position, be sure to address the most compelling reasons and/or examples that could be used to challenge your position.


Education is a very important aspect in any individual's life in the present day world. Earlier, education was regarded as the key to knowledge but today knowledge is sought by some and education is regarded by most as a tool for obtaining a good job with a high income. The topic under discussion here is regarding the ways of teaching a student. Positive actions and negative actions are important parts of our lives. The given statement says that the best way to teach is to praise positive actions and ignore negative ones.

First, it is quite important that we understand the difference between the importance of positive actions as well as the negative ones in our lives. Human beings cannot be perfect and so they commit both positive actions as well as negative ones. An action that reflects negative opinions of others is often considered negative but to the doer, it might be different altogether. For instance, a butcher does not think that killing an animal is a negative action whereas an animal protector does. So, in this case, it is the individual's perception that drives him/her to carry out the action. For the butcher, it is livelihood and for the animal rights activist, it is violence. This is the difference of opinion. What should we think about this act? Is it positive or negative?

Now, let us analyze this through the idea of teaching it to others as is the question under discussion. Considering the above example, if the butcher is enlightened that the act of killing animals is regarded as ruthless and that it is a negative action, he may stop performing it. So, it is enlightenment that has made the difference in the life of the butcher which is nothing but teaching. So, the best way to teach is to help the learner understand the negative actions and the bad consequences that follow and this paves the way for developing optimism in him/her. By this example, it is clear that a negative action must be faced, fought and tried to be conquered. If you just praise a positive action of any individual or group, it does not affect the negative traits that they have. It would be momentary. It is like running away from something bad. A teacher or a parent must educate their children or people by making them understand that negative actions must not be done. Not surprisingly, we humans have both the positive and negative traits. So, educating students to embrace positive traits and fight the negative traits can only make them realize the true essence of the importance of learning.

In conclusion, it can be understood that just ignoring the negative actions would not revive the person and make him/her a better human. An educator, employer or a parent must always see to it that negative actions are explained to the students in a mature manner and they must ensure that students learn to be positive from their innermost self.

Argument Task

The following appeared in an editorial in a business magazine.

"Although the sales of Whirlwind video games have declined over the past two years, a recent survey of video-game players suggests that this sales trend is about to be reversed. The survey asked video-game players what features they thought were most important in a video game. According to the survey, players prefer games that provide lifelike graphics, which require the most up-to-date computers. Whirlwind has just introduced several such games with an extensive advertising campaign directed at people ten to twenty-five years old, the age-group most likely to play video games. It follows, then, that the sales of Whirlwind video games are likely to increase dramatically in the next few months."

Write a response in which you examine the stated and/or unstated assumptions of the argument. Be sure to explain how the argument depends on these assumptions and what the implications are for the argument if the assumptions prove unwarranted.


The given news extract pertains to the decline in sales of a video-game company by the name Whirlwind. Due to the decline in sales, Whirlwind has consulted the public through a survey and has decided upon adding some new features to their video games that they think can revolutionize the sales again. Low performance of the Whirlwind video-games sales for two years can be attributed fully to the failure of the company's step to adapt to the changes happening due to technological advancements in the field of video-games.

Taking a step deep into analyzing the given argument, the survey states that enthusiastic video-game players have stated that technological advancements in graphics and updated computers are what they are looking for in the new generation video-games. It clearly suggests that for two long years, Whirlwind had not introduced such new cutting-edge products into the market. The survey might have been published by the time Whirlwind has just entered the market with new model video-games.

The argument is supported by the survey's statement that the new video-game models introduced into the market by Whirlwind are those that the video-game enthusiasts stated as wanted. Further, it states that Whirlwind was targeting people in the age group of 10-25 years who are most likely to play video-games a lot. However, there exist other factors that the survey might not have considered in order to predict the escalation of the sales of Whirlwind video-games such as competition from other contemporary companies in the market.

The fact that Whirlwind underperformed in the sales of video-games for two years is clear by the survey. However, it did not state that the sales of Whirlwind were low only due to the reason that all the video-game players decided to stop playing games. The video-game players existed but they may not have preferred Whirlwind's video games which presents another assumption that there was some other company (say X) that has produced cutting-edge video-games that attracted the video-game enthusiasts during the time when Whirlwind was in down in sales. If Whirlwind has now (after two years of losses) introduced some new models, then the company X would certainly stand a good competition to Whirlwind by introducing new video-games that also have advanced life-like graphics and updated computers.

The argument states that the drop in sales of the Whirlwind video-games was only due to the reason that they did not introduce new video-game models but it does not consider other key factors like competition from some other company etc. So, in conclusion, the argument would have been better substantiated if the given evidence could have stated that there were no other reasons or factors that affected the sales of Whirlwind.