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I am sure you are acquainted with Analytical Writing Assessment (AWA) essays on the GRE, GMAT, TOEFL iBT, IELTS. However it’s time u upgrade yourself with the grading pattern and expectations of the examiner. It is very different from what it used to be earlier. Here’s what u should know.

What is E-rator?

For the Analytical Writing Assessment (AWA) Section, you are required to type out two essays (Analysis of an argument and Analysis of an issue) in the textbox provided. Prior to 1999, human beings graded the essays. However, under the new system, a human and a computer program called the ‘E-Rater’ grade these essays. In case the human and the computer program arrive at the same score for an essay, then that is considered to be the final score. However in case the scores differ significantly, a second human takes another look at the essay and finalizes the score. Obviously, the E-Rater has very strict standards of evaluation. Hence it becomes crucial that u understand the working of E-Rater and make sure that your essay takes care of all the important parameters/structures that the E-Rater looks for in an essay.

The E-Rater uses a database of hundreds of essays for each of the essay questions that could appear on the GRE, GMAT, TOEFL iBT, IELTS, SAT etc. The essays in this database are graded on a scale of 0-6 and the E-Rater evaluates your essay against these essays.

The E-Rater places a huge emphasis on structure – Your essay should be organized into paragraphs (An introductory paragraph followed by two or three content paragraphs and a conclusion). Careful usage of transitional words or phrases such as “I believe”, “furthermore”, “therefore”, “for example”, etc. finds favor with E-Rater. Note that the E-Rater is not programmed to appreciate individuality. So a unique or creative essay structure is almost sure to backfire. Make sure u learn the art of time management.

ETS LiveErater
What is LiveErater?
We bring to you the exceptional and innovative product first time in the industry. You get to benefit of the same software used by ETS for actual exam evaluation.

The best way to prepare for the GRE, GMAT, TOEFL iBT, and IELTS essay is to write one and have it graded by an expert, using the same guidelines that are used for the real GRE, GMAT, TOEFL iBT, IELTS. LiveErater helps you to do just that.

How Does the Criterion Service Work?
The Criterion service is powered by e-rater’s® automated scoring technology to provide students with immediate scoring and diagnostic feedback on essays they submit at the link provided to you after registration.

Who will grade my essay?
The official ETS criterion (E-Rater) Software for evaluation of GRE/GMAT/TOEFL essays. This is the same software used by ETS for actual exam evaluation. ETS also provide students with scoring and diagnostic feedback on essays they submit.

Do I have to write about a specific topic for my essay?
Not necessary. We suggest that your essay should come from the official Pool of Topics.

When I use LiveErater, what should I expect?
it to earn a higher score on the real GRE, GMAT, SAT, TOEFL iBT, IELTS.

How do I get my score?
You will get score and personalized feedback instantly after you submit your essay.


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