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  1. Hello, may I have some help with having my practice essays reviewed? Thank you for your availability and help. ISSUE People's behavior is largely determined by forces not of their own making. Write a response in which you discuss the extent to which you agree or disagree with the statement and explain your reasoning for the position you take. In developing and supporting your position, you should consider ways in which the statement might or might not hold true and explain how these considerations shape your position. Human beings are very complex creatures, reacting and responding in a myriad of ways to our surroundings, thoughts, emotions, and others. Although, humans have an astounding ability to adapt, physically, emotionally and mentally. This allows humans to behave in such a manner that is not entirely subject to forces not of their own making. Firstly, there is a mind-bending lens called perspective. Perspective is one of the abstract advantages that humans over any other species. One of the characteristics about perspective that allows us to overcome external forces is that it is largely conceived in the mind. The things that are seen are not always as they wholly are. If all behavioral judgement is founded on what people see, we miss the profound elements of the human experience. Much of the potency that external forces carry, find their strength in the human mind. For instance, if I had a negative experience with dogs all throughout my childhood, I could grow up thinking all dogs are vicious – unless I came to understand that dogs are used to aid the blind. Furthermore, this point gives credence to the power of choice. Attitude, a sister of behavior, is a choice. Because of this, people have another arm to battle external forces with. The power to choose behavior is what drives the focus of military officials and soldiers through moments of extreme distress, and fuels their humility in serving their beloved country when these soldiers are viewed as heroes. The human mind is a powerful component of human being that can channel external forces for its own advantage. Although, this is not to say that environments and upbringing do not play some role in a person’s behavior. A child may very well take on the behavior of a father or mother in moments of much stress or joy. These complex, influential relationships in the home are the birthplace of phrases like “a chip off of the old block”. The yet-present weakness of this position although is that the child may move to a college education later on in life and adopt many different habits and perspectives. The issue at hand remains that our behavior does not have to largely be determined by forces not of our own making. While external forces are a part of the human experience, our brains are constantly responding to them, the human’s behavior does not have to be subject to them because of the power of perspective and choice. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- ARGUMENT The following appeared in a memo from a budget planner for the city of Grandview. "Our citizens are well aware of the fact that while the Grandview Symphony Orchestra was struggling to succeed, our city government promised annual funding to help support its programs. Last year, however, private contributions to the symphony increased by 200 percent, and attendance at the symphony's concerts-in-the-park series doubled. The symphony has also announced an increase in ticket prices for next year. Such developments indicate that the symphony can now succeed without funding from city government and we can eliminate that expense from next year's budget. Therefore, we recommend that the city of Grandview eliminate its funding for the Grandview Symphony from next year's budget. By doing so, we can prevent a city budget deficit without threatening the success of the symphony." Write a response in which you discuss what questions would need to be answered in order to decide whether the recommendation is likely to have the predicted result. Be sure to explain how the answers to these questions would help to evaluate the recommendation. The recommendation presented in the budget planner for the City of Grandview possesses some assumptions that deem it questionable. To begin with, there is a claim made that the citizens are aware of the want the Grandview Symphony Orchestra is suffering in its success. These terms of success are not defined. What does make for a successful Grandview Symphony Orchestra? Is there a lack of ticket sales? Involvement? Promotion? These are vital questions to ask, in order to determine what the city deems as a successful Orchestra. The orchestra may be very popular amongst student musicians, but have its position in a conference center next to a basketball arena. Likewise, the recommendation assumes that having attendance doubled at the concerts-in-the-park series, is a weighty factor for an increase in popularity. This too, can be considered fallacious because the higher attendance may have been due to the fact that the concert was providing free food. Many of the local students may have joined the orchestra as well. It is difficult to justly conclude that there would be a rise in lasting popularity for the orchestra. Lastly, to remove government spending because of an influx in private contributions is a weak force in the argument as well. In the last year, private contributions may be defined as the soup can-sized container next to the ticket window. In a whole year, contributions could barely exceed $200. If the government provided the orchestra with $20,000 while the private contributions hit a ceiling of $600, a 200% increase. Then, this would still only leave a proportion of 100:3, the government being a very vital contributor over the private contributions. The orchestra may very well need to raise the prices of their tickets, to hold larger events and have more support. While the recommendation does strive to present some knowledge to support it’s argument, the judgment is not wise. There are assumptions made out of ambiguity in the citizen’s awareness, private contributions, and doubled attendance at the concert.
  2. Last year I took a free practice test on CrunchPrep (before doing any study for the GRE) and got 147V / 155Q / 4.5AWA. I was going to start studying then so I could take the GRE pretty early and get it out of the way, but didn't really end up doing that. Aside from studying a little bit of vocab on and off with the Magoosh app, I haven't done much yet. So I just took another diagnostic practice test to double check where I'm starting at again using one of the free PowerPrep ones. Interestingly, I got 156V / 154Q on that one. My Quant obviously is about the same on both but my Verbal on the PowerPrep one is surprisingly higher. I'm wondering if anyone has done the PowerPrep AFTER doing their studying and shortly before taking the real test and how good of a prediction it was of your real score. Ay feedback on how either of these tests compared to your real scores would be appreciated! I'm just trying to gauge how heavily exactly I need to study for Verbal since there's a big difference in the two practice tests.
  3. themacattack

    GRE Practice Essays

    Hi! I'm new to the GradCafe and I'm not sure if this is where I should post this, but I thought I'd give it a shot. I'm currently studying for the GRE (taking it Aug 24th), and I wrote my first practice Issue and Argument Essays. I'm looking for someone to go over, critique, and score them. They are very rough, as this was my first go at it. I stuck to the 30 minute time limit. I would appreciate any feedback! Thank you! Mac Argument 1.docx Issue 1.docx
  4. I completed these timed essays as practice and would love some feedback! I've never take the GRE before and am open to any advice. I know that my sentence maturity could improve and if I had more time I would have definitely worked more on that. GRE ARGUMENT TASK.docx GRE ISSUE TASK.docx
  5. shinaco

    General advice for GRE takers

    Hello everyone. I was recently admitted for a PHD program at a top university in the US. I managed to get 334: 167V/167Q/4.5AWA, which I think is pretty good. I used this online course from Magoosh, which worked pretty well for me. There are others but I used only this one. So here is my piece of advice: 1. Don't do it without preparation. It is a pretty difficult exam and if you do it without knowing what to expect, it is going to go pretty badly for you. 2. Do as many exercises as you can, both in quant and verbal. It doesn't mather if you were the "math genius" of your high school or if you consider yourself an expert writer, the exercises in both sections are tricky and you have to be prepared for it. Also, in the math section, you should solve as fast as possible, sometimes you just need an approximation to select among the available options instead of solving fully to get the exact result. You should be able to recognize when this is necessary. 3. Use a list of words from a trustworthy resource to learn new vocabulary words, do not just learn random words. The GRE has several words that it loves to use. Good online gre courses have a set of vocabulary flashcards tailored towards GRE. Learn the true meanings of the words and its use in context, not just the dictionary definition, as sometimes they will use "alternate" meanings of common words you may not know. If your resource is good, it will tell you which of the meanings of a word is most probable to appear at the GRE, so you don't waste time with all the meanings. 4. In the real exam, solve the most difficult questions last. You have limited time and you need to answer as many questions correctly as possible, so it is better to leave difficult ones for the end. You can go back to them later if you have time. My personal strategy (which may not be the right one for you, it is just to give you an idea) was that I left long reading comprehension questions for the end of the verbal section. For math questions, if after one minute I did not feel I was getting near the solution, I went to the next one, and went back to it after solving all the others. 5. For the AWA, try to make a brainstorming list of general points that you are going to write about first, and then write. It is going to help you have your ideas in order and write better. Also, try no take care of not repeating a word too many times, try to use synonyms. The ETS has a service in which you can write some essays and they will be graded by a computer in a couple of minutes. It is not as good as paying a knowledgable human to read your essays and criticize them, but it is a lot cheaper and it will get you an idea of where you are and how you can improve. 6. Do as many practice tests as you can before the actual exam. This will help you with your timing and stamina for the final day. GRE gives you two free tests with its powerprep software, and online courses usually give you practice tests too. I combined these practice tests with the ETS automated essay grading service to have an idea of what the actual exam would look like. In my first test I got 157V/162Q. I took four practice tests in total. In my final result I saw an improvement of 10 points in verbal and 5 in quant, which is quite a lot. I hope this helps future test takers to get good grades so they can enter the school they want, even tough I'm not sure how important GRE score really is, as there are many other factors.
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