How to study for revised GRE analytical writing?

This post describes in detail tips to study for analytical writing section of the revised GRE. Also find information about the two tasks asked for this section. Analytical writing section comes first in the revised GRE test and one must be well prepared for the same.

There are two tasks:
  1. Analyze an Issue – 30 minutes
  2. Analyze an Argument – 30 minutes

Sample examples of revised GRE analyitical writing questions

1. Analyze an Issue
Write a response in which you discuss the extent to which you agree or disagree with the claim and the reason on which that claim is based. "All students should be required to take at least one course in ethics, even if taking the course means a decreased emphasis on academic subjects."

2. Analyze an Argument
The following was posted on an Internet real estate discussion site.
"Of the two leading real estate firms in our town — Adams Realty and Fitch Realty — Adams is clearly superior. Adams has 40 real estate agents. In contrast, Fitch has 25, many of whom work only part-time. Moreover, Adams' revenue last year was twice as high as that of Fitch, and included home sales that averaged $168,000, compared to Fitch's $144,000. Homes listed with Adams sell faster as well: Ten years ago, I listed my home with Fitch and it took more than four months to sell; last year, when I sold another home, I listed it with Adams, and it took only one month. Thus, if you want to sell your home quickly and at a good price, you should use Adams."
Write a response in which you discuss what evidence is needed to evaluate the argument and explain how the evidence would weaken or strengthen the argument.

Tips and tricks for Analytical Writing section of revised GRE
  1. Read the task carefully and cover all the questions asked. Do not write details which are not asked in the question.
  2. Analyze an Issue task requires your personal opinion about the issue. So include personal experiences in support of your response.
  3. Analyze an Argument expects a response from a neutral point of view. It doesn't require your opinions or personal experiences. So be careful when you compose a response for this task.
  4. Use of vocabulary should be judicious. Do not big words unless the usage is properly understood. Although vocabulary is important, use the words which you are very conversant with.
  5. Structure your response with paragraphs with every paragraph covering a certain point. A well-structured response will push your score considerably.
  6. Read your response at least 2 times before submitting. This will ensure correction of any spelling mistakes or grammatical errors.
  7. Have a proper introductory and concluding paragraphs
  8. Build your vocabulary initially and once you are confident with words, start preparation for analytical writing tasks. This will also help you revise the words you have learnt.