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The Ultimate Guide to SAT Grammar
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A native of Brookline, Massachusetts and a graduate of Brookline High School (where she was required to memorize Strunk and White's "The Elements of Style" as a freshman), she holds a B.A. from Wellesley College and has also studied at Harvard, Columbia, and the Sorbonne. She lives and works in New York City, and you can visit her website at http://www.thecriticalreader.com.
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The other books I have used, including those 500 plus page colossi, are bloated with pages dealing with concepts that rarely appear on the SAT. Meltzer has done her homework, dissecting the SAT test to isolate those grammar concepts most commonly found on the writing portion of the SAT test.
This is a well organized book, clear and easy to follow, with plenty of hand holding followed by rigorous and challenging practice activities. Practice, tips, and explanations for all three types of SAT writing questions are found in Ms. Meltzer's book. Since only six "Fixing Paragraph" items appear on the SAT, it makes sense that fewest pages are devoted to this question type.
In every book I've used, including the venerable College Board book, I've disagreed with answers and answer choices. For the most part Erica Meltzer is on target, and most of the issues I have are because of personal preference.
This is an excellent book as is, one I would have no misgivings handing to an aspiring SAT student for guided or self instruction.Read more ›
In those pages, Erica's managed to pack advice (and a dizzying number of example sentences) to cover every single grammar rule that could conceivably appear in an SAT writing section. She provides insight into how often certain error types appear. At times, she even provides insight into roughly where in the test certain error types are most likely to appear -- did you know faulty comparison errors are most likely to appear in question #27? She writes with an authority that only someone who has spent as much time analyzing the test as she has could possibly muster. In short, she knows everything you need to know to get an 800 on the SAT writing section, and she tells it to you. All of it. I don't think one could find a question, in the Blue Book or in any recent QAS, that tests a concept that she hasn't covered.
The book's greatest strength -- its completeness -- might be seen by some as a weakness, though. Erica leaves no stone unturned, and there are many, many stones. An example: Even though the subjunctive appears, by her own admission, very infrequently on the SAT, it does appear once in a great while, so there's a page devoted to it in this book. Such minutiae is interesting to me because I spend a lot of time looking at the SAT with a critical eye, and is important to the student who seeks a perfect score, but might not be very important to the student who simply seeks a very good score.Read more ›
That being said, this book is still a great resource for most students. If you are scoring below a 600 on your practice tests, go through the book slowly and thoroughly. Read through the error descriptions carefully, focus on the tips for spotting them, and be sure to go through all the practice problems. If you are scoring above a 600, I would still read through all the error descriptions and strategies, but only do exercises for the errors you make in your own writing or have not seen before.
Above all else, be sure to work through College Board's Official SAT Study Guide to ensure you can apply the errors to actual SAT questions. Use the book's appendix for explanations of all questions from the Official Study Guide. Overall, this book is a great place to learn the grammar rules for the SAT but not a great place to practice them.
* Excellent organization, specifies which errors occur on which problem types
* Only covers what is covered on the SAT
* Good techniques for identifying errors
* Good explanations of grammar rules
* Appendices of questions by topic and questions by test are VERY helpful
* Great combination of teaching grammar and teaching to improve your SAT Writing score
* Does not have enough multiple choice questions.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The author analyzes every type of problems that would appear on the writing sections and shows which choices would be possible answers. Read morePublished 10 months ago by YA L.
Excellent book! It has proved to be very helpful to my ESL students who will be taking the SAT at the end of this school year. Read morePublished 12 months ago by B. W. Seal
This book REALLY helped me. Get it. I didn't want to buy it at first because of the price, but I'm glad I did. I ended up with a 730 on the SAT. Not too bad.Published 12 months ago by Krystal Howell
Before reading this book, I was lucky to score a 500 on the grammar section; there were so many rules that our school did not teach us. Read morePublished 13 months ago by agupte049
This guide was very useful and it did make a difference during my studies sections for the SAT. The examples given by the author are particularly accurate and didactic. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Luiza Oliveira