Either way, to get a perfect score on the GRE essay, use a relevant quote strategically but don’t force it into the essay.Using the exact words from the original source is called quoting.
(but remember that you still have to cite the original author even when you are paraphrasing) For example, Ronald Reagan said, “Trust, but verify.” You can alter the quotation on your own according to the passage, by saying: ‘To paraphrase Ronald Reagan’s famous quote, “It is easier to trust when you can verify.”‘ By doing this, you are not only citing the original author, but also gaining extra points for using your own version of the quote.
If you deploy a lot of quotations in your essay, it appears as though several people are talking about the topic apart from yourself.
This may sound crazy because giving out the questions in advance is not normal. You can find all the GRE essay topics on the official ETS website. Also, practicing each of these topics is not advisable as it is going to take a lot of time and effort and there is no point in mugging them up.
You could as well spend this time on learning some math. Just scanning through these two lists will give you an excellent idea of the types of issues and arguments that show up on test day. Most of the topics that show up on the GRE essay section can be broadly grouped into five categories.
This would downplay your own voice and leaves little room for your own ideas.
It is your essay and it should be your voice that needs to be heard, not some notable/famous person’s. So, don’t cram every quote you know into the essay.You should quote when you believe that the way the original author expresses an idea is the most effective way to communicate the point you wish to make.If you want to borrow an idea from the author but don’t put the idea in their exact words, then it’s called paraphrasing.You should place the quote in double quotation marks.Here is an example usage citing the author: Thomas Jefferson once said “The will of the people is the only legitimate foundation of any government, and to protect its free expression should be our first object.” The fascinating thing about the GRE essay topics is that they’re already published on the official ETS website. Well, there are close to 200 topics in all – far too many to practice responses in advance.Planning is vital and students should spend at least five minutes doing an outline to ensure that their essay is relevant to the topic, she says. “[A] quotation is a handy thing to have about, saving one the trouble of thinking for oneself, always a laborious business.” – A. Milne Chances are you too know a few famous quotes, but you probably don’t use them.Ever since the SPM English 1322 paper was amalgamated with the Cambridge 1119 paper in 1997, the format for Paper Two was revised and it was made even more difficult.In Paper Two, candidates are required to do three types of writing – directed writing, summary and continuous writing. English 1119 SPM is aimed at honing students writing skills through model essays. The author, Audrey Lim, is a Star Education columnist who currently has an SPM English series in this section.Plus, essays with quotes tend to score better than essays without them, because of the initial impact the use of quotes create on the reader, and help strengthen your point. Only use quotes as is, if you are convinced that paraphrasing would lower the impact or change the meaning of the original author’s words or when the argument could not be better expressed or said more succinctly. At times, an essay can appear painfully discorded if the quotations are out of place or if the essay is too stuffed with quotes. A great quote plays one or more roles from the following: If the quote doesn’t serve any of the above then you are forcing it into the essay and this could do more harm than good.You should start writing your essay with a quote that lays foundation to the main idea behind the essay. You can also comment on the quotation in this introductory paragraph if you wish.