SAT WRITING WORKBOOK

PART I THE BASICS: GETTING ACQUAINTED WITH THE WRITING TEST

Overview of the Writing Test

The Essay

Multiple-Choice Questions

PART II DRESS REHEARSAL: A SAMPLE TEST

Sample Test

Answer Key

Performance Evaluation Chart

Conversion Table

Answer Explanations

PART III HOW TO WRITE AN ESSAY IN 1,500 SECONDS

PREWRITING: GETTING SET TO WRITE

  Steps for Writing the Perfect Essay

  Reading and Analyzing the Topic Carefully

  Narrowing the Topic

  Choosing a Main Idea

  Gathering and Arranging Ideas Purposefully

COMPOSING: PUTTING WORDS ON PAPER

  Writing a Gripping Introduction

  Building an Essay with Paragraphs

  Paragraph Development

  Transitions

  Using Plain and Precise Language

  Fresh Language and Surprises

  Varying Sentence Structure

  Sentence Types

  Repetition of Ideas

  Short and Long Sentences

  Ending Your Essay

EDITING AND PROOFREADING: THE FINAL TOUCHES

  Editing for Clarity

  Editing for Interest

  Checking for Standard Usage and Mechanics

Review

Answer Key to Practice Exercises

PART IV YOU BE THE UMP: ESSAYS FOR EVALUATION

How Essays Are Judged and Graded

GUIDELINES FOR EVALUATION

ESSAYS FOR EVALUATION

Essay Topics for Practice

PART V THE HEART OF THE TEST: MULTIPLE-CHOICE QUESTIONS

Introduction

Improving Sentences Questions

SAMPLE SENTENCE IMPROVEMENT QUESTIONS

PROBLEMS IN STYLE AND EXPRESSION

PROBLEMS IN SENTENCE STRUCTURE

PROBLEMS IN STANDARD USAGE

A Review

Identifying Sentence Errors

ERRORS IN EXPRESSION AND STYLE

ERRORS IN GRAMMAR AND USAGE

Improving Paragraphs Questions

ANSWERING THE QUESTIONS

HOW TO ANSWER IMPROVING PARAGRAPHS QUESTIONS

Answer Key to Practice Exercises

PART VI TESTS FOR PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE

Practice Test A

Practice Test A Answer Key

Practice Test B

Practice Test B Answer Key

Practice Test C

Practice Test C Answer Key

Practice Test D

Practice Test D Answer Key