Remember, the prompts you see below are original Magoosh examples, not the real thing.
The Issue Essay you will see test day will be drawn from that ETS question bank.
For instance, there are two prompts–the ones beginning with “Students should”–that are almost identical.
Though this list is not exhaustive, in terms of education prompts that could pop up, it is highly representative, as are the prompts for the categories below.
Despite such a colorful array, there are several “buckets”, or categories, into which the GRE Issue Essays fall.
Below, you can see that I’ve come up with seven main GRE essay topic categories and given example prompts, based on the range of prompts I’ve seen in the actual GRE AWA Issue Topic Pool from the ETS website.“Technology and the human activity that goes with it inevitably leads to greater pollution and environmental damage.”“Investments in life-saving technology are more valuable than investments in technology related to entertainment or luxury.”“Modernization should be the main goal of the leaders of any developing country.”“To prepare students for the modern world, all university courses should include at least a partial online learning component.” (This one’s a hybrid with the education “bucket”–cool!)“It could be argued that the most important technological breakthroughs have happened by chance and through surprise discoveries.To conclude, sum up your essay and enact whether the external forces or incidental causes that were not connected but appeared to have a connection with the actual event, cause a shift in the event.Your own insights should be included as you sum up.to be no discernible pattern in the GRE writing prompts we’ve seen.There are cities cracking down on garbage collection; debates on term limits for leaders; pontification about job training; philosophical musings about work and motivation; and speculation that scandals can be useful to society.Though, I should mention that there are nearly 200 Issue prompts on the site.Before you despair, keep in mind that some of these prompts are very similar and by practicing an essay prompt or two from each of the buckets below, you’ll prepare yourself for test day. You might get lucky, the Issue prompt you get test day being one that you already wrote a mock essay for.I would recommend writing one of these essays on a prompt that specifically mentions college and another that doesn’t (“Placing a limit…from the instructor” is a good one because it is probably the least related to the others).