|Finish off Introduction and Conclusion First- This is a good technique which not only saves time for test takers but also relieves the pressure of writing something in reply. First, finish off writing the introduction and the conclusion paragraphs. Because you will have already figured out what you want to write in the introduction, how you want to start off, and how you want to end the conclusion. So, it becomes rather easy for you to get started. Try to finish the paragraphs in 5 minutes and the rest paragraphs can be written in the left over 20 minutes.
|Writing mixed-up paragraphs-
Do not mix up the paragraphs, this can cause confusion for graders and as well as you. Discussing more than one point in a single paragraph is not at all recommended which shows poor organization so, try not to mix up the paragraphs.
|Always Be Negative-
This technique can be applied to both the Issue and the Argument essays. One should be in the negative state of mind, and be ready to counter the given essay with lots of criticism and should trust that whatever the author has written is false without searching any logic. This kind of thinking can help the test taker brainstorm the suitable points quickly.
|Giving away too much in the intro-
Try not to give too much of introduction in the very beginning itself. The main key while writing an essay is to keep the reader intrigued until the last word. So, try to implement the same strategy, not to give the main points or ideas in the first paragraphs.
|Attack the Assumptions-
In both the easy questions, sometimes the other will have made multiple assumptions for making a particular conclusion, these assumptions may be true or false and it is the job of a test taker to attack the assumption by supporting or by saying wrong, but one can always say that the assumption is wrong. So before writing the response read the question and make sure that where the author made assumptions and attack them as you like.
|Using irrelevant examples-
Try not to give the irrelevant examples, and it would be better to put your own examples, so try to give the strong and relevant example to support the issue.
|Don’t Be a Perfectionist-
Being a perfectionist is a bad idea while writing a response, though this is a good practice in normal life, but this will hit badly on the test day. So, the better idea is to keep writing even though you make mistakes. Once after completing the response, start proofreading the copy for errors.
|Not summarizing effectively-
Conclude the essay properly. A good conclusion paragraph not only projects the main idea but also express the view chosen by a test taker. Connect all the points that have been discussed in the previous paragraphs briefly like a quick conclusion.
|Use the Scratch Paper-
Using the scratch paper is one of the best idea while writing a response, scratch papers not only used for solving the quant problems but also can be used for analytical writing.
|Introducing new points in the conclusion-
Do not try to include the new points in the conclusion paragraph, when introduced a new point and haven’t backed it up properly anywhere in the essay the entire point sounds irrelevant or insufficient. So, try not to introduce any points while concluding.
|Practice Keyboard Shortcuts-
Learn the keyboard shortcuts, and can be really helpful on the test day. All the basic keyboard functions like cut, copy, paste, select and undo are the main shortcuts to be remembered.
Do not write the response immediately after reading the question, take 5 minutes of time plan accordingly and try to follow the step by step procedure.
|Practice! Practice! Practice!-
“Practice makes man perfect”, so practice as much as you can before taking the exam.
|Not sounding confident enough-
Don’t use the words ‘I think’, ‘in my opinion’, ‘perhaps’, ‘Maybe’. These words may give an impression to the grader that you are not confident enough in putting your thoughts or ideas.
|Read the Entire Analytical writing Question Pool-
If the test day is months away, try to read or practice Analytical writing questions as much as possible.
|Using the word ‘I’ very often-
Try not to use the word ‘I’ very often which may put the reader off. The reader already knows that it is you who wrote the essay, so there is no meaning in saying ‘I think’, ‘I May’, ‘I would’ all the time isn’t good for scoring.