I need AWA help! How do I practice and improve?

We now have a number of GRE Issue and Argument essay prompts available that you can use to practice right here on Magoosh

Whether you're just starting your AWA practice or if you're an AWA-veteran, it can be difficult to know how to structure and frame your essays for the highest score possible. :) 

So here is a list of all the prompts and sample essays that we have on Magoosh. Not all of our essays have samples so far, but hopefully, the ones that we do have will be able to help!


Issue Tasks

Prompt Links
Although sound moral judgment is an important characteristic
Science and technology will one day be able to solve all of society's problems
Discussing controversial topics with those with contrasting views
Understanding the past is of little use to those in current positions of leadership
Those who see their ideas through, regardless of doubts
The best leaders encourage feedback
Universities should require students to take courses
Technology, while apparently aimed to simplify our lives, only makes our lives more complicated

Argument Tasks

Prompt Links
Paleo diets
Centerville city council
University of Wabash
School Board curriculum change
Green tea is a source of antioxidants
Memorandum from the Mayor of Briggsville
Business plan by Apex Corporation
The habitat of the Madagascan shrimp
SuperCorp recently moved its headquarters to Corporateville


More resources :) 

 For more practice, I'd suggest that you first take a look at these ETS topic pools:

This is a list of ALL of the topics from the exam, so you WILL see one of these topics on your test. The prompts you will see on test day are drawn from these pools!

Write practice essays in response to some of these prompts. Even though the prompts you will see on test day are in those lists, don't try to memorize all the prompts. It's more important to practice the process of brainstorming, writing, and editing an essay in response to a brand-new prompt.

You can read the scored sample essays on the ETS website here:

Chris Lele has also written some sample essays to which you can compare your own essays:

We also have a bunch of resources on our blog, including an entire section dedicated to the GRE essays. Spend time reading the articles in the Writing section of the blog as well as actually writing essays on your own.

For even more example essays, I'd recommend checking out Vibrant Publishing guides to GRE Analytical Writing.

Finally, although Magoosh does not provide an essay-review service — we simply don't have the people-power to do so — you can learn about several ways to get your essays graded here:

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