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Barron's How to Prepare for the Sat II: Writing Paperback – Aug 1 1998


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  • Paperback: 394 pages
  • Publisher: Barrons Educational Series Inc; 2nd edition (August 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764104632
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764104633
  • Product Dimensions: 27.4 x 20.3 x 2.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 635 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,523,000 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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By A Customer on June 18 2004
Format: Paperback
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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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just improved dramatically after she studied the tactics recommended by the Princeton book (e.g. add some literary or historical references).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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By A Customer on Jan. 10 2004
Format: Paperback
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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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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By Jean Cheung on Nov. 15 2003
Format: Paperback
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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this is perhaps the most useful book you could ever find for Sat II Writing! :) high score guaranteed!
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By A Customer on Feb. 12 2003
Format: Paperback
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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