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Ace the SAT Writing Even If You Hate to Write

Ace the SAT Writing Even If You Hate to Write

By: Tamra B. Orr
Pages: 224
ISBN: 9781932662306

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About Tamra B. Orr
Tamra B. Orr is a full-time education writer and the author of more than 100 books including Ace the SAT Writing Even If You Hate to Write and America’s Best Colleges for B Students. She has written exam questions for national standardized tests that hundreds of thousands of students take each year. She lives in the Pacific Northwest.

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  • See how a professional writer crafts an essay and how you can put these same skills to work for you
  • Discover what the SAT test graders look for when scoring an essay and how this can help you get a higher score
  • Learn how to use prewriting techniques, outlines, thesis statements, transitions, examples and anecdotes as well as simple grammar rules to make your essay sparkle
  • Understand why time is often your biggest threat to writing a good essay and how to properly manage the clock to your benefit
  • Ace the multiple choice section of the SAT including spotting sentence errors and making sentence and paragraph improvements

What's Inside

From the seemingly hopeless to the almost perfect, you will learn how to master the timed essay in this guide to the SAT's writing portion. Based on the premise that timed writing is a skill that anyone can learn, this handbook breaks down the essay-writing process into an easily mastered regimen that includes brainstorming, writing an outline and time-management strategies. Thirty mediocre sample essays are analyzed, improved and scored to help you recognize what graders look for and understand how to improve your own writing. In a detailed question-and-answer section, top tutors and former SAT graders share their thoughts on what they like to see in an essay and give advice on creating the strongest piece. A basic overview of grammar and vocabulary and handy writing shortcuts are included.

Table of Contents
Introduction: When Writing Equals a Root Canal

Part I: Anatomy of a Writer Part

II: The Graders Part

III: We're Gonna Make a WRITER Outta You!
(1) Boot Camp: The Basic Essay
(2) Take Cover! It's Time to Brainstorm
(3) Just Add Water: Instant Outlines
(4) Ready, Aim, Fire: Finding Your Target
(5) The Time is Here: Those First Words on Paper
(6) I Need Some Support: Using the Best Examples and Illustrations
(7) Gruesome Grammar: Just the Facts, Please
(8) When Words Matter: The Importance of Vocabulary
(9) Lookin' Good: The Importance of Appearance
(10) Beyond the Basics: On Beyond Boot Camp
(11) I'm Wrong; You're Wrong: The Top Ten Essay DON'Ts
(12) Makin' a List, Checkin' It Twice: Shortcuts and SAT Prep You Can Do BEFORE the Test Starts
(13) Tick, Tick, Tick: Managing Your Time as the Clock Keeps Ticking

Part IV: Read It and Weep (and then Improve!) 30-40 example essays with boring/mediocre examples analyzed for errors and then improved.

Part V: Eenie, Meenie, Miney, Mo . . . Dealing with the Multiple Choice Portion Resources


“Today’s teens are faced with the daunting task of taking the ‘new and improved’ SAT. The pressure is on. Take a deep breath and relax. Ace the SAT Writing Even If You Hate to Write is to the rescue. Its lively and engaging style will painlessly take you through the essay-writing process specifically geared for the writing section of the SAT. The book explains what determines a ‘good’ writer, the ins and outs of the scoring process and the ever important skills to become an awesome writer. Sample essays and discussion of the multiple choice section round out this extremely valuable resource.”
—Christine Florie, Editor, Marshall Cavendish Benchmark

“Finally! A book about writing that actually helps students who don’t like to write! It is more than a quick guide to how to do it—it actually helps students become better writers. And for students who don’t like to write, you will find out more than advice to get through the essay section of the SAT—with no mind-numbing exercises. If you don’t like to write, or if you aren’t very good at it, this is the book for SAT writing prep.”
—Samuel Barnett, Ph.D., Certified Educational Planner

“Learn how to get your words down on paper and polish them to make them the best they can be.”
—Pam Rosenberg, Editor, Editorial Directions

“Writing can be fun and this book proves that even writing for the SAT can be less painful than you ever imagined. What should you do first when you open the writing section of the new SAT? By following the advice in this book, you will avoid that pounding panic that can overtake anyone. You will learn the best ways to approach and master the writing situation. The information is not only helpful and to the point, but it also explains what test scorers are looking for in top rate exams. The book examines the skills of good writers and shows you how to use those skills yourself. Included are 30 essays, both good and bad, to study as examples. It also includes information and help to overcome the dreaded multiple choice portion of the SAT. Study this book carefully, and you can confidently master the writing section of the SAT.”
—Sandra Roy, Educational Test Writer

“A rare combination of verve and precision. In this time of high-stakes accountability, Ace the SAT Writing Even If You Hate to Write provides an accessible way for students to get through the SATs. The author has an insider’s perspective on assessment having participated in all aspects of test development. She knows what the test writers are looking for because she is one of them. Her knowledge of assessment combined with her writing talents make this book a ‘must’ for students who want to help themselves and improve their test scores.
—Brenda Thomas, Educational Editor

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Ace the SAT Writing Even If You Hate to Write

Ace the SAT Writing Even If You Hate to Write

By: Tamra B. Orr
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