SAT Writing Essentials

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NEW YORK SAT WRITING ESSENTIALS ®
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Copyright © 2006 LearningExpress All rights reserved under International and Pan-American Copyright Conventions. Published in the United States by LearningExpress, LLC, New York. Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data: Starkey, Lauren B., 1962– SAT writing essentials / Lauren Starkey. p. cm. ISBN 1-57685-532-5 1. English language—Composition and exercises—Examinations—Study guides. 2. SAT (Educational test)—Study guides. I. Title. LB1631.5.S785 2006 378.1'662—dc22 2005027520 Printed in the United States of America 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 ISBN 1-57685-532-5 For more information or to place an order, contact LearningExpress at: 55 Broadway 8th Floor New York, NY 10006 Or visit us at: www.learnatest.com
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Lauren Starkey is a writer and editor who specializes in educational and reference works. Her thirteen years of expe- rience include eight years on the editorial staff of the Oxford English Dictionary . The author of more than ten vol- umes, Lauren lives in Essex, Vermont, with her husband and three children. About the Author v
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CHAPTER 1 Getting to Know the Writing Section of the New SAT 1 Old versus New 1 Strategies for Test Taking 2 Scoring 4 SAT Study Timetable 5 CHAPTER 2 The Multiple-Choice Section 11 Identifying Sentence Errors 12 Improving Sentences 32 Improving Paragraphs 45 CHAPTER 3 The Essay 55 Strategies for Timed Essays 56 Understanding the Prompts 58 The Art of Persuasion 59 Anatomy of an Essay 59 Planning Your Essay 65 Drafting Your Essay 68 Essay Writing Workshop 69 Contents vii
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CHAPTER 4 Practice Test 1 75 CHAPTER 5 Practice Test 2 103 CHAPTER 6 Practice Test 3 133 CONTENTS viii
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± Old versus New Minor changes have been made to the Math and Verbal sections. Math topics have been expanded to include expo- nential growth, absolute value, and functional notation. Familiar topics, such as linear functions, manipulations with exponents, and properties of tangent lines, are given greater emphasis. Skills such as estimation and num- ber sense will be tested in new formats. The Verbal section is now known as Critical Reading, and has added short reading passages while eliminating analogies. The biggest change to the new SAT is the addition of a Writing section; however, all of the material in this section isn’t entirely new. The Writing section has three parts; the first two are multiple choice, and the last is essay writing. You’ll have 35 minutes to complete the multiple-choice section, which is broken down into 25- and 10- minute parts. It contains the same structure and content as the “old” SAT II Writing Test (which was optional, CHAPTER Getting to Know the Writing Section of the New SAT For over 80 years, high school juniors and seniors have faced the SAT on their paths to college. During that time, the test has undergone some changes. However, the new SAT, offered for the first time in March 2005, represents the most significant change in the history of the test. What does that mean for the more than two million students who take the test each year? They’ll miss more of the Saturday on which they
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