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the GRE doesn't look for a 5 paragraph essay format, I never use one and I repeatably score above the 95th percentile.

I used the 5 paragraph essay format for both the GRE and GMAT and never got anything other than perfect scores on them :/

You don't need that structure, but for what they are looking for, it does often make your life easier.

Then again the essay part is the most pointless part for those pointless tests.

Why do you take the GRE often??

That's good to hear, but all the guides and sample essays I've seen were based on it.

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