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

3.9 out of 5 stars 14 customer reviews

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 394 pages
  • Publisher: Barrons Educational Series Inc; 2nd edition (August 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764104632
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764104633
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 21 x 27.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 635 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars 14 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,388,219 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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 out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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    Format: Paperback
    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just improved dramatically after she studied the tactics recommended by the Princeton book (e.g. add some literary or historical references).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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    Format: Paperback
    I have taken the SAT2 Writing tests for twice. The first time I
    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!
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    Format: Paperback
    I bought the 2nd edition of this books. It's very good, but alone it is certainly not enough to prepare you for the test. The first fault is traditionally Barron's -- it won't tell you how to get a scaled score from raw result. The 2nd fault is to do with the fact that it's a book -- a book can't score your essay. I used this book in conjuctions with CB's EssayPrep (3 essay evaluations by real rating people), and it helped a lot -- I'm not a native speaker of English, and I got 740, which I was pleased with. This doesn't mean that the essay section of the book is bad -- it's actually very good -- before doing SAT II Writing, I used it to prepare for the TOEFL essay, and it helped a lot. Also, it's important to actually practice writing the essay on the limited space of paper that you'll be provided during the essay. It's not the same as typing your essay into a computer, and it does hurt your score if you're not prepared. Before spending money on EssayPrep, do however all the practice exercises in this book, as they are good, and useful.
    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.
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