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Barron's How to Prepare for the Sat II: Writing [Paperback]

George Ehrenhaft
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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August 1998 Barrons How to Prepare for the Sat II Writing, ed 2
A self-assessment and five model SAT II writing tests are presented with performance evaluation charts, explained answers for multiple-choice questions, and a self-scoring guide for the essay question.

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Choose Barron’s Method for Success on the SAT II Writing Test

  • Read and understand the overview of this test

  • Take the self-assessment writing test

  • Use the self-scoring guide to discover your strengths and weaknesses

  • Use this book’s punctuation, grammar, and style reviews to improve your skills

  • Take the book’s practice SAT II Writing Tests

  • Score your results, and gauge your learning progress

  • Review the book’s model essays and compare them with your own work

    It’s Your Path to a Higher SAT II Writing Score --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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    2.0 out of 5 stars Wouldn't recommend Barrons... June 18 2004
    By A Customer
    The best thing about this book was the section it devoted to the essay portion of the test. It gave great examples of good essays and bad essays, what to avoid and what to exercise when writing your essay. BUT, the review for the other two sections was shotty. It gave decent overviews of grammar, but it doesn't give any practice questions... AT ALL. Only exercises that make you write and are extremely boring. I got a 700 on this test, which is a decent score, but I barely looked at this book because I thought it was just so boring, and I doubt I would have done much better if I did.
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    4.0 out of 5 stars 700+ SAT/SAT II Scores ARE Possible May 5 2004
    Do books like this help? When I attended a decent public high school, we were told that outside preparation was a good way to spend a lot of time and money on statistically insignificant returns. This doesn't bother private high school students I've met recently. I don't know if preparation has improved, or if the "cost" side of cost/benefit inhibits them less. Familiarity with the format and grounding in tactics has got to be worth something.
    I think Lance Armstrong likes to ride the course before the Tour de France starts. His margin of victory is statistically insignificant, but it seems to work for him.
    In rebuttal to another reviewer's comments: You *can* improve your ability to write essays (assuming there's room for improvement to begin with). I'm coaching a student whose essays just improved dramatically after she studied the tactics recommended by the Princeton book (e.g. add some literary or historical references). Of course some essay topics are easy to get one's teeth into, others are intractable, and we can't tell how she'll feel about the one the test puts in front of her--but she has a better template to work with than she did before.
    Not bad, eh? I think I tossed this together in 20 minutes or less, with an illustrative reference to sports! I've had more practice than my student, but improvement is possible!
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    5.0 out of 5 stars Something extra Jan. 10 2004
    By A Customer
    I got this book for my high school teenager as a supplement to the Kaplan Guide in order to provide more practice tests. But this Barron's book included a bonus.

    It provides a scale for the number of correct answers needed in the multiple choice section for different levels of achievement, e.g. excellent, better, good etc. This was missing from the Kaplan book. Although it does not provide a translation to the scaled scores, it is still a helpful tool to know what specific number of right answers a test taker needs to meet their goal.
    For example, the book says that an excellent score is no more than 5 missed answers on the multiple choice section (with a detailed breakdown in each of the 3 subsections). That's what we focused on: correcting common errors to get the score within that range.
    The official score report we received showed only 5 missed answers and translated that to a score of 79 out of 80 on that part of the exam. In my mind, that validates the book's scale.
    The review material in both the Kaplan guide and this Barron's guide are excellent and equivalent. I am glad my "scholar" used both books. But if I had to recommend only one, I would recommend the Barron's.
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    3.0 out of 5 stars Another thing to talk about. Nov. 15 2003
    The book was also very flawed with mistakes ranging from the answer key to anywhere in the text. Plus, people who talked about scores higher than 700 are just lying. This is not possible and this is not the place to brag.
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    3.0 out of 5 stars Quite good. Nov. 15 2003
    This book is not only THICK, but it has an in-depth explanation on most things. I would recommend this book, but the essay preparation part isn't that useful at all. You couldn't really 'prepare' for the essay part. The practices at the end of the book are also very similar in the types of questions. Bottom line, a fair, but not excellent preparatory book.
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    5.0 out of 5 stars THE BOOK THAT WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE Nov. 9 2003
    this is perhaps the most useful book you could ever find for Sat II Writing! :) high score guaranteed!
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    5.0 out of 5 stars very thorough Feb. 12 2003
    By A Customer
    This book was a great resource for the test. The grammar (sentence correction/identifying error) section was amazing and contains just about everything you need to be able to get an 800. As for the essay portion, you just need to be a good writer. The tips do help somewhat, and so does looking at the example essays and practicing brainstorming with the sample prompts. But after that, you are on your own.
    I wouldn't say that I'm an amazing writer, but with just this book, I was able to get an 800 on my first try.
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