Just like there are techniques for studying standard critical writing I wanted to ask about this one.
From advice I've read heard online for example:
it seems that the advice is to write an essay that has a clear position. Even the grading criterion from the official ETS book says:
- articulates a clear and insightful position on the issue in accordance with the assigned task.
thus it seems that having a clear stance is the way to go (supported and all etc). But what seems contradictory is that in the instruction to the test they say:
Trained GRE readers will evaluate your response for its overall quality, based on how well you:
- Consider the complexities of the issue.
plus I've heard multiple times somewhere (maybe in the video) that its important to address also the opposite side of your advantage. So whats do we need to do? Stick with a side strongly and convincingly or consider the other options too? Do we consider the other options to strengthen our own argument? Or why do we need to consider other options or "the complexities of the issue"?
I know they want to "assess my critical thinking" but do they want to asses it through me defending my own ideas and sticking to them or saying why I stick to them despite contrary evidence? I just find this point confusing. What is the writing advice for this?
There should be a clear answer (even if there is more than right one) since there is a "objective score" given to these essays.