Lesson: Generating Points for the Argument Essay - I

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if i ignored the prompt, and i wrote the essay always assuming that it is type B (assumptions and roles), how much my score is affected?
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That's a very hard question to answer with any degree of accuracy.
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I came up with an mnemonic to help me remember the steps.

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Can Patricia Feel Queasy When Pregnant?
As Far As I know.

1. Can - CATEGORY
2. Patricia - PREMISES
3. Feel - FLAWS
4. Queasy - QUESTIONS
5. When - WRITE
6. Pregnant? - PROOFREAD


4. Questions

A - As - ASSUMPTIONS
F - Far - FAULTY - WHY?
A - As - ALTERNATE EXPLANATION (ALT.EXP)
I - I - INFO NEEDED
(KNOW - extra word to remember the answer to the mnemonic question.)

Hope I remember it!

greenlight-admin's picture

Brilliant!
Thanks for sharing!!

Cheers,
Brent

Question! Is it necessary to use the American spelling of words on the GRE? I'm from Canada and we spell colour with a 'u' in it!
greenlight-admin's picture

As a fellow Canadian, I recommend that students use American spelling for the two essays on the GRE. My main reason for this is that I doubt that most readers are aware of the differences in Canadian/American spelling. This is true even among Canadians. For example most Canadians will spell "neighbour" and "colour" with a "u" (Canadian/British spelling), but the same people will write "realize" with a "z" (American spelling)

Although the test-makers say that minor spelling and grammatical mistakes will not affect your score, I can't help but think that some readers who are unaware of the spelling differences may view an essay with Canadian spelling slightly less favorably (favourably).

Cheers,
Brent

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