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How to Write a Killer SAT Essay: An Award-Winning Author's Practical Writing Tips on SAT Essay Prep Paperback – October 15, 2011
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1. It's an understandable book written in "teenager-friendly" language that students can read AND enjoy
2. It has a vast array of anecdotes, student-examples, and structural paragraph guidelines that help tremendously
3. It is cleverly divided so that students can read up on the areas they need help with the most, and skim over areas that they feel confident in
I had sampled numerous other books that touted "Essay-Enhancing" attributes but none were as helpful and insightful as this life-saver written by Tom Clemens. Make the right choice and start studying early! Just wait and see what miracles you will learn to accomplish in 25 minutes or less!
This is such an awesome book that I was tempted to give it 5 stars, but the author doesn't provide easy-to-follow steps or a lesson plan for applying his fantastic advice. That addition would easily tip this book up to 5 stars--heck, maybe even 6 (if Amazon adds that feature).
If my student is able to nail the SAT/ACT essays the second time around #with the help of this book), I may come back and give the author an additional star. But my student hasn't re-tested yet.
However, after reading this book and implementing the author's guiding techniques in practice essays, I took the SAT again this November and scored 11.
High scoring essay= this book + plenty of practice + confidence
Reading this book and learning about the techniques that actually work and the example essays that were written by real students with real evaluation by SAT essay readers (the author also adds in helpful comments after each essay on what worked) really helped me gain a sense of how to write a high scoring SAT essay and instill confidence in myself. I say confidence because before I used fret because the essay topics always change, so I felt unprepared in case a topic caught me off guard. But this book taught me everything I needed to know and what to prepare so that I have the confidence to know that I can write a good essay from ANY essay topic. And to know that the techniques I learned are applicable to ANY essay topic.
A week before my test, I practiced every day and wrote one or two practice essays using this author's suggested techniques (using prompts from the Official SAT Study Guide) in the few days leading up to the test. The combination of techniques that actually work and sufficient practice resulted in a major improvement from 8 to 11.Read more ›
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Amazing. I haven't taken the test yet so I don't know whether I'll get a 12, but taught me so many tips. I never have to worry about my essay anymore.Published 5 months ago by Wendy Wang
I give the seller 5, but the book seems not worth to read, because you can not find information you need.Published 9 months ago by Jan. w
Best guide to essay writing that I've read so far. With easy puns and fun twists, the author keeps you focused and amused at the same time. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Yannick Bayingana
I have been tutoring SAT students for 15 yrs and the ESSAY has always terrified them. I read this book and now I just tell my students to purchase it and put yourself in the... Read morePublished 11 months ago by TOM
As a former teacher and a current homeschool mom, I absolutely loved this book. I have no doubt that going through this book will get you a much higher score on the SAT. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Homeschool mom of 5
This is the only book you need for writing the SAT Essay. It effectively yet concisely presents the aspects of top scoring essays on the SAT. Read morePublished 13 months ago by agupte049