Using This Book to Prepare for the Test

■ Lessons 1 and 2: Recognizing and Defining

Problems. These lessons will help you to zero in on the precise problems you will discuss in both the opinion and argument sections. It is especially important that you can make the distinction between a problem and its symptoms or consequences.

■ Lesson 3: Focused Observation. Knowing how gather information is critical, because you must not only express an opinion or critique, but you must back it up with relevant examples and reasoning.

■ Lesson 8: Fact and Opinion. You won't have access to research materials while taking the GRE, but you can think critically about the documentation of sources and credentials. If the author of the argument you must analyze cites facts and figures without documentation, that is an important point for you to make.

■ Lesson 9: Persuasion Techniques. This lesson teaches you how to recognize and describe persuasion techniques. You will learn the names of the rhetorical devices used in persuasive writing, and how they work. The use of these correct terms will improve the quality of your responses.

■ Lesson 10: Misusing Information: The Numbers Game. Surveys, studies, and statistics may be used in the argument you must analyze. Knowing how to judge the validity of such facts will help you to construct a strong response (see the sample argument and response below for a specific example).

■ Lessons 12 and 14: Deductive and Inductive Reasoning. These lessons cover the structure of logical arguments, which lead to the drawing of conclusions, and with inductive logic, the development of hypotheses. You need a thorough understanding of reasoning to be able to identify and analyze the important features of the argument in section two.

■ Lesson 18: Explanations. There are no "correct" answers on the GRE Analytical Writing Test. Whatever view or critique you decide to write about, you will need to explain yourself using evidence and examples. This lesson teaches you how to recognize and construct sound explanations.

Friendly Persuasion

Friendly Persuasion

To do this successfully you need to build a clear path of action by using tools if necessary. These tools would be facts, evidence and stories which you know they can relate to. Plus you always want to have their best interests at heart, in other words, you know what is good for them

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