Either way, to get a perfect score on the GRE essay, use a relevant quote strategically but don’t force it into the essay.
Using the exact words from the original source is called quoting.
It’s highly recommended that you cite the author of the quotation.
If you don’t cite, you may give the impression that you claim to be the original author and that could result in plagiarism.
(but remember that you still have to cite the original author even when you are paraphrasing) For example, Ronald Reagan said, “Trust, but verify.” You can alter the quotation on your own according to the passage, by saying: ‘To paraphrase Ronald Reagan’s famous quote, “It is easier to trust when you can verify.”‘ By doing this, you are not only citing the original author, but also gaining extra points for using your own version of the quote.
If you deploy a lot of quotations in your essay, it appears as though several people are talking about the topic apart from yourself.
For the summary question, Lim says students should make sure that they pick out at least 20 points from the extract as they will be given one mark for each point.
The Continuous Writing question requires students to write a 350-word essay.
Plus, essays with quotes tend to score better than essays without them, because of the initial impact the use of quotes create on the reader, and help strengthen your point. Only use quotes as is, if you are convinced that paraphrasing would lower the impact or change the meaning of the original author’s words or when the argument could not be better expressed or said more succinctly. At times, an essay can appear painfully discorded if the quotations are out of place or if the essay is too stuffed with quotes. A great quote plays one or more roles from the following: If the quote doesn’t serve any of the above then you are forcing it into the essay and this could do more harm than good.
You should start writing your essay with a quote that lays foundation to the main idea behind the essay. You can also comment on the quotation in this introductory paragraph if you wish.