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GRE Issue Sample Essays

  1. Topic 230 - Present your perspective on the issue below, "High-profile awards such as the Nobel Prize are actually damaging to society because they reinforce an unhealthy desire for recognition." Read | Write
  2. Topic 398 - Present your perspective on the issue below, "College students-and people in general-prefer to follow directions rather than make their own decisions. Therefore, colleges should eliminate as many choices as possible in order to offer students clear direction." Read | Write
  3. Topic 226 - Present your perspective on the issue below, "The depth of knowledge to be gained from books is much richer and broader than what can be learned from direct experience." Read | Write
  4. Topic 369 - Present your perspective on the issue below, "The purpose of education should be to provide students with a value system, a standard, a set of ideas-not to prepare them for a specific job." Read | Write
  5. Topic 291 - Present your perspective on the issue below, "So much is new and complex today that looking back for an understanding of the past provides little guidance for living in the present." Read | Write
  6. Topic 406 - Present your perspective on the issue below, "Although it is easy to respond positively to the work of another person or group, it is far more worthwhile to give negative feedback." Read | Write
  7. Topic 341 - Present your perspective on the issue below, "Originality does not mean thinking something that was never thought before; it means putting old ideas together in new ways." Read | Write
  8. Topic 397 - Present your perspective on the issue below, "The best way to learn a new subject or skill is to study small segments or details in great depth rather than to start by trying to develop a sense of the whole." Read | Write
  9. Topic 202 - Present your perspective on the issue below, "There are two types of laws: just and unjust. Every individual in a society has a responsibility to obey just laws and, even more importantly, to disobey and resist unjust laws." Read | Write
  10. Topic 326 - Present your perspective on the issue below, "There is no such thing as purely objective observation. All observation is subjective; it is always guided by the observer`s expectations or desires." Read | Write
  11. Topic 396 - Present your perspective on the issue below, "To remain vigorous, any academic field needs to be led by truly independent thinkers who are willing to ignore established boundaries and challenge long-standing assumptions." Read | Write
  12. Topic 280 - Present your perspective on the issue below, "The purpose of many advertisements is to make consumers want to buy a product so that they will `be like` the person in the ad. This practice is effective because it not only sells products but also helps people feel better about themselves." Read | Write



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  • October 15, 2016