Barron's How to Prepare for the Sat II: Writing Paperback – Aug 1998
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HOW TO PREPARE FOR THE
Choose Barron’s Method for Success on the SAT II Writing Test
It’s Your Path to a Higher SAT II Writing Score --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Top Customer Reviews
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just improved dramatically after she studied the tactics recommended by the Princeton book (e.g. add some literary or historical references).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!
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.
did not even prepare for it and thus I got a score that really
disappointed me. This time I took it in the Nov 02 test and I use
this Barron's Writing book. I think it is truly helpful. It
contains every detail in grammar, such as verb tenses, redundancy
and wordiness and some others, which, are really helpful in the
real tests. At the end if this book, there are 5 practice tests!
This is esp the strngth of this book, since there are rarely
writing SAT ref books providing so many practices. I have done
all the practice and got very familiarized with the pattern of
wriring test. If you are not good at grammar or the form of this
test, I recommend you thoroughly read this book and take the
practice tests!! By the way, the essay part is also wonderful!
In this part, I have learned a lot of skills needed in composing
an essay in only 20 mins. It's a great book, hence I rate it
a 5 star!
Tiny drawback: the essay form is lined, the real SAT one is not. You may want to try essaying on a non-lined piece of paper.
Otherwise the book is great. It covers very well the questions, and presents difficult questions, as well as easy ones. It teaches you how to solve the questions, and a little smart tactics, not answer-sheet magic. I have found it very well-explained, and logical. I enjoyed the identifying sentence error section a lot -- it seemed to me it provided correct, and detailed explanations.
Sometimes, I felt the more obscure corners of Paragraph Improvement weren't fully covered, but long paragraphs (e.g. TOEFL reading comprehension) were always a little more ambiguous to me.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
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... Read morePublished on June 18 2004
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. Read morePublished on Nov. 14 2003 by Jean Cheung
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. Read morePublished on Nov. 14 2003 by Jean Cheung
this is perhaps the most useful book you could ever find for Sat II Writing! :) high score guaranteed!Published on Nov. 9 2003
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... Read morePublished on Feb. 12 2003
I have always been extremely strong in English, but I ordered this book for review, just in case. While I didn't spend much time with it, what I saw in it was very good. Read morePublished on Dec 23 2002 by ComeSailAway
I did not start reviewing for this test until two weeks before the test date. So I turned to this book, and I learned many good strategies for essay writing and about sentence... Read morePublished on Sept. 25 2002 by Jeff Barker
Unlike other Barron's test preparation books, this book turns out to be a big disappointment. The practice tests do not resemble actual tests. Read morePublished on Aug. 12 2002 by Clement Wong
I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to gain a good score on the SAT II: Writing. Not having a natural flare for writing (especially not in so short a time frame), I... Read morePublished on Dec 14 2001 by Ron Smallhorn
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