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1 By Satyadhar Joshi How to Excel AWA, bringing the research simplified to the students of GMAT, GRE & TOEFL

2 Contents of Plan What is E rater How to optimize you score Research on the structure of e rater Basic errors of grammar derived from GMAT Minimizing errors using critical reading of your own essay Building basic Pre-knowledge Sample Essays Conclusion

3 Scoring Graph for GRE

4 Three Domains 1. E-Rater 2. Grammar and Punctuations 3. Extra Idioms and examples

5 Nova GRE AW is similar to GMAT Grammar Punctuations Usage 1. Pronoun Errors 2. Subject Verb Agreement 3. Misplaced Modifiers 4. Faulty Parallelism 5. Faulty verb tense 6. Idioms

6 Punctuations (you need to know) Commas Semi colons Dashes Apostrophes Sentence fragmentation Run on Sentence

7 Usages Examples Pronoun Error Subject verb agreement Misplaced modifiers Faulty parallelism Faulty verb tense Faulty Idiom

8 Misplaced modifiers

9 Introduction to E-rater (GRE-GMAT) It’s a software developed by ETS It is used to rate Essays Very sophisticated techniques used The E-rater favors transitional words 1. Ordinal numbers that introduce examples or reasons: first, second, third, first of all, etc. 2. Transitional words that relate each sentence to other: since, because, therefore, thus, etc. 3. Mood words that indicate the author's position: fail, ignore, overestimate, underestimate, exaggerate, misrepresent, overlook, etc. 4. Counter-evidence indicators: actually, despite, admittedly, except, even though, nonetheless, nevertheless, although, however, in spite of, do, does, may, might, etc.

10 Some experts advice that: (i) to use transitional words (ii) to include a topic sentence in every paragraph (iii) that the e-rater is very sensitive to spelling and grammatical mistakes (contrary to the real GRE) and (iv) is not sensitive at all to the intuition of your writing and to the organization of your essay (e.g. the e-rater never identified my main point). Taking all these into consideration I took one more test and guess what.... 6/6 although my ideas where a little bid stupid, my examples where out of place and the e-rater did not identify any main idea in my essays. Just I had to take care to give a LENGTHY and free of mistakes essay.

11 Length First note that your essay will be graded by an e-rater, which is software that checks your essay for structural keywords and overall organization. Then it will be graded by a human grader who has about 2 minutes to read each essay. According to Princeton Review "Cracking the GMAT," more length is better to get a high score from the e-rater (software that ). However 800score suggests that going on and on will irritate the human grader. I have read in a number of places that 300-500 words is a good length.

12 Criterion (ETS) The Criterion® Online Writing Evaluation service provides instructors and students with reliable evaluations of English- language essays. It delivers immediate score reporting and diagnostic feedback that students can use to revise and resubmit their essays. Instructors can use their own topics or select from the Criterion topic library of more than 400 essay assignments at various skill levels.

13 Controversial Areas pertaining to Essay Human vs. Machine It does not assess specific content knowledge ETS Essay-Similarity-Detection Software

14 Essay writing has these basic functions Grammar Content (Examples related to the essay) Critical Reasoning Idioms Punctuation Triggering words Arguments and counter arguments

15 ETS says:

16 EST further says:

17 Evaluating Multiple Aspects of Coherence in Student Essays

18 Exploring the Feedback and Revision Features of Criterion Yigal Attali ETS, Princeton, NJ Paper presented at the National Council on Measurement in Education Summary Relation of length to grade Critique, is comprised of a suite of programs that evaluates and provides feedback for errors in grammar, usage, and mechanics, identifies the essay’s discourse structure, and recognizes undesirable stylistic features The writing analysis tools identify five main types of grammar, usage, and mechanics errors – agreement errors, verb formation errors, wrong word use, missing punctuation, and typographical errors.

19 Types of error

20 Grammar Errors

21 Three main errors in Grammar Be very careful about fragmented sentences. Possessive errors of vs. ’s Subject Very Agreement Garbled sentences

22 Usage Errors in Essay

23 Style Errors

24 Devastating errors Below are the ranking of most costly errors which can take your score down: 1. Garbled sentences 2. Repetition of words 3. Missing Apostrophe 4. Fused Words 5. Capital Nouns 6. Inappropriate use of words or phases

25 Garbled Words I cdnuolt blveiee taht I cluod aulaclty unesdnatnrd waht I was rdgnieg>The phaonmneal pweor of the hmuan mnid aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at > Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it deosn't mattaer in whaht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoatnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat ltteer be in the rghit pclae. The rset can be a taotl mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit a porbelm.

26 Framing of Paragraph First and last lines are important Conveying words are important use all of them Idioms are important Paragraphs should have sentences of good length Writing strategy must includes an introductory paragraph, at least a three-paragraph body with each paragraph in the body consisting of a pair of main point and supporting idea elements, and a concluding paragraph. Missing elements could include supporting ideas for up to the three expected main points or a missing introduction, conclusion, or main point. On the other hand, identification of main points beyond the minimum three would not contribute to the score.


28 Using pre-knowledge Examples are important One area of each examples that the E-rater understand

29 Idioms Lexicon complexity is an important parameter, use as many good words as possible Book: Chandresh Agrawal, CAT Priyanka Prakshan

30 Punctuations One of the most important area of Essays Comma (series, introduction, clauses, interjections, conjunction) Use of comma with transition words Helps in avoided choppy sentences Semi Colons: To join two independent clauses, to separate items in series Page 508 of Book: Nova’s GRE

31 Style Transition Figurative language Dictions

32 Arsenals for cases & Examples Science Philosophy Arts Politics

33 Pre-knowledge on USA Areas to Quote examples in Essay can be: American freedom History: George Washington ( the first president of USA), current Barack Obama Abraham Lincoln served as the 16th President of the United States from March 1861 until his assassination in April 1865. He successfully led the country through the American Civil War, and ended slavery. Martin Luther King, Jr. was an American clergyman, leader in the African American civil rights movement. Worked for civil rights in the United States and around the world, using nonviolent methods following the teachings of Mahatma Gandhi.,_Jr.,_Jr

34 Scientist Thomas Alva Edison (American; Bulb, camera, etc) Sergey M. Brin & Lawrence E. Page(Google) (English) Genetics and evolution are most topics: Charles Darwin Big Bang

35 Artists Michelangelo (Italy) Pablo Picasso (France) Leonardo da Vinci (Italy) Painter

36 Politics & Wars Benito Mussolini (World War 2),_Princess_of_Wales World is Flat: Thomas FriedmanThomas Friedman

37 Economics World Bank and International Monetary Fund

38 Sample Essay Content "Societies should try to save every plant and animal species, regardless of the expense to humans in effort, time, and financial well-being.” PETA atment_of_Animals Kyoto Protocol Global Warming & Carbon Tax ure WWF Framing/ Grammar/ Punctuations / etc will reduce marks

39 GRE Analytical Writing ISSUE Essay Topic – 72 (ETS) "The true value of a civilization is reflected in its artistic creations rather than in its scientific accomplishments.“ All planning will help you

40 A few of GRE Analytical Writing ISSUES & Essay Topics (source ETS) "Most societies do not take their greatest thinkers seriously, even when they claim to admire them.” "The best ideas arise from a passionate interest in commonplace things." "It is more important to allocate money for immediate, existing social problems than to spend it on long-term research that might help future generations.“ "A nation should require all its students to study the same national curriculum until they enter college rather than allow schools in different parts of the nation to determine which academic courses to offer.“ "The most effective way to understand contemporary culture is to analyze the trends of its youth.“ “When someone achieves greatness in any field — such as the arts, science, politics, or business — that person’s achievements are more important than any of his or her personal faults.”

41 More topics It is necessary for everyone to read poetry, novels, mythology and other types of imaginative literature. Academic disciplines have become so specialized in recent years that scholars' ideas reach only a narrow audience. Until scholars can reach a wider audience, their ideas will have little use. Governments must ensure that their major cities receive the financial support they need in order to thrive, because it is primarily in cities that a nation's cultural traditions are preserved and generated. All nations should help support the development of a global university designed to engage students in the process of solving the world's most persistent social problems.

42 The Argument Essay Argument in the official test bank contains 3-5 major logical fallacies 1. Drawing an unfair analogy (ignoring relevant dissimilarities between two things when comparing them) 2. Generalizing from particulars (relying on a small number of particular cases — too small to reach a reliable general conclusion) 3. Confusing chronology with causation (because one event occurs after another, the earlier event caused the later event) Go for breadth, not depth. 1. what additional information is needed to better evaluate the argument, and/or 2. what additional evidence (facts) would serve to strengthen the argument.

43 Argument (GRE Barrons) Identify claims Question the claims Write body And introduction and summary at the last Re Read and revise

44 Inductive vs Deductive Logic Generalization Analogy Causal Reasoning

45 Logical Fallacies Contradiction Equivocation Circular Reasoning Shifting the Burdon of Proof Unwarranted assumption Appeal to authority Personal Attack True but irrelevant

46 Structure Restate Assumption Never address Omits important evidence Conclusion

47 Support Signaling words For example For instance Let me illustrate Such as Additional reason Additionally Also Furthermore In Addition Likewise Moreover

48 Contrast Signaling words Although But Despite Even though Except However In Contrast In Spite of Nevertheless On the contrary On the other hand Rather than

49 Cause and effect signal words Accordingly Consequently For this reason In conclusion So.. That In summary

50 Arguments All the arguments will be seriously flawed. You will lose marks if you do not identify the major faults. The main categories of logical error that you should be able to spot are: Generalizations 1. Problems with surveys and statistics 2. False causes 3. False analogies 4. Hidden assumptions 5. Inadequate authority

51 Common logical fallacies Inductive fallacies Hasty generations Unrepresented facts

52 Reasoning Flaws (Logical Fallacies) Confused Cause and Effect reasoning Weak correlation Temporary and time being effect ie with time things have remained the same Weak analogy Unrepresentative statistical sample Tainted sources Certain condition is necessary for certain output Certain things apply to each group vs apply from one to all

53 Essay analysis: Brain storming Prons and Cons

54 Use scratch paper Yes that is another arrow in the quiver

55 Many problems of modern society cannot be solved by laws and the legal system because moral behavior cannot be legislated. It is true that many problems of modern society cannot be solved by laws, as moral behavior is something for which a person has to be responsible himself. Although there are some problems that can be solved by laws, other problems like moral behavior have to be solved by the persons themselves. It is a persons responsibility to judge his behavior and follow the rules formed for the welfare of the society. Law cannot punish every person for his or her behavior. For example, to save water or not to waste water is the moral responsibility of every member of a society. Any law cannot punish an individual for such behavior. In the first look, it does not seem to be a big harm to the society but in the end, he is wasting a precious thing. Similarly, the behaviors like throwing plastic in public or spitting in public places is certainly not good behavior. Laws can do little to stop these behaviors. However, there are countries where there are laws to punish a person who does not behave properly in public places. Similarly, with the invention of internet, there are more and more of cyber crimes where it is difficult to find a witness. A person can easily hide his identity, his name, sex, address on the internet. Hence, it becomes very difficult for law to punish the criminal. Although now a days, lawmakers have also found the ways to identify these persons. However, here again, moral behavior can play a role in reducing these kind of crimes. However, we cannot underestimate the importance of laws in our life. We need laws to protect ourselves and punish those who harm the society. Law helps in balancing the society to be more harmonious and peaceful. Although moral behavior cannot be legislated, thorough enforcement of a few laws can help to solve social problems to some extent. Laws teach people many things about moral behavior and force them to follow those rules. If everyone conforms to laws, it would be very easy for everyone to get rid of social problems. Still, there are people who find it difficult to follow the laws. Then for these types of people, there should be strict punishments. Otherwise, it will be very difficult to live in the society. Only enactment of stringent laws can protect everyone in the society from the problems caused by the non-moral behavior of a few persons. To make our society, we have to instill good values in the society at the school and college levels. It will help to teach the students a subject related to moral behavior in their schools and colleges. This will help in reducing problems related to moral behavior. Hence, although moral behavior cannot be legislated, laws have to be there to curb the problems arising out of immoral behavior. The society and laws have to work hand-in-hand to solve the problems of the modern society and to make our society peaceful.

56 Publication Referred Tetreault, J. & Chodorow, M. (2008). The ups and downs of prepositional error detection in ESL writing (PDF). In Proceedings of the 22nd International Conference on Computational Linguistics (pp. 865- 872). Manchester, UK: COLING 2008 Organizing Committee.The ups and downs of prepositional error detection in ESL writing (PDF) Tetreault, J., & Chodorow, M. (2008, August). Native judgments of non-native usage: Experiments in preposition error detection (PDF). In COLING 2008: Proceedings of the workshop on Human Judgements in Computational Linguistics (pp. 24-32). Manchester, UK: COLING 2008 Organizing Committee.Native judgments of non-native usage: Experiments in preposition error detection (PDF) Chodorow, M., Tetreault, J., & Han, N-R. (2007). Detection of grammatical errors involving prepositions (PDF). In Proceedings of the Fourth ACL-SIGSEM Workshop on Prepositions (pp. 25-30). Prague, Czech Republic: Association for Computational Linguistics.Detection of grammatical errors involving prepositions (PDF) Higgins, D., & Burstein, J. (2006). Sentence similarity measures for essay coherence (PDF). In Proceedings of the seventh international workshop on computational semantics (IWCS-7), Tilburg, The Netherlands.Sentence similarity measures for essay coherence (PDF) Burstein, J., & Higgins, D. (2005). Advanced capabilities for evaluating student writing: Detecting off-topic essays without topic-specific training (PDF). In Proceedings of the international conference on artificial intelligence in Education, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.Advanced capabilities for evaluating student writing: Detecting off-topic essays without topic-specific training (PDF) Attali, Y. (2004, April). Exploring the feedback and revision features of Criterion (PDF). Paper presented at the annual meeting of the National Council on Measurement in Education, San Diego, CA.Exploring the feedback and revision features of Criterion (PDF)

57 Publication Referred continued Han, N-R., Chodorow, M., & Leacock, C. (2004). Detecting errors in English article usage with a maximum entropy classifier trained on a large, diverse corpus (PDF). In Proceedings of the 4th International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation, Lisbon, Portugal: European Language Resources Association.Detecting errors in English article usage with a maximum entropy classifier trained on a large, diverse corpus (PDF) Higgins, D., Burstein, J., Marcu, D., & Gentile, C. (2004). Evaluating multiple aspects of coherence in student essays (PDF). In S. Dumais, D. Marcu, & S. Roukos (Eds.), HLT-NAACL 2004: Main Proceedings (pp. 185-192). Boston, MA: Association for Computational Linguistics.Evaluating multiple aspects of coherence in student essays (PDF) Burstein, J., Chodorow, M., & Leacock, C. (2003, August). Criterion: Online essay evaluation: An application for automated evaluation of student essays (PDF). Proceedings of the fifteenth annual conference on innovative applications of artificial intelligence, Acapulco, Mexico. (This paper received an AAAI Deployed Application Award.)Criterion: Online essay evaluation: An application for automated evaluation of student essays (PDF) Burstein, J., & Wolska, M. (2003, April). Toward evaluation of writing style: Finding overly repetitive word use in student essays (PDF). In Proceedings of the 10th conference of the European chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics, Budapest, Hungary.Toward evaluation of writing style: Finding overly repetitive word use in student essays (PDF) Burstein, J., Marcu, D., Andreyev, S., & Chodorow, M. (2001, July). Towards automatic classification of discourse elements in essays (PDF). In Proceedings of the 39th Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics (pp. 98-105). Toulouse, France: Association for Computational Linguistics.Towards automatic classification of discourse elements in essays (PDF) Leacock, C., & Chodorow, M. (2001). Automatic assessment of vocabulary usage without negative evidence (TOEFL® Research Rep. No. 67, ETS RR-01-21). Princeton, NJ: ETS.Automatic assessment of vocabulary usage without negative evidence

58 Youtube Series Intro Punctuation and grammar Extra knowledge Idioms & Phrases Review of some topics from GRE Pool

59 Books Book: Nova’s GRE Barron’s GRE

60 Resources on internet awa-experience.html awa-experience.html

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