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Write the SAT Essay Right! (Teacher/Trade Edition): Ten Secrets to Add 100 Points to Your Score (Maupin House) [Paperback]

by Laura Wilson
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January 1, 2013 1934338788 978-1934338780
Write the SAT Essay Right! is not your average-ho-hum-SAT-prep book, full of fluff and boring, useless stuff. Instead, Write the SAT Essay Right! gives college-bound students the down-low skinny on the ten best-kept secrets to raise SAT scores. In an easy step-by-step way, students learn proven secrets, then practice their newfound skills. Sample tests to study and evaluate, key strategies, and lots of score-raising tips make this a must-have resource for conquering the SAT essay. The teacher/trade edition of Write the SAT Essay Right! contains write-in- the-book worksheets, making it a perfect choice for students who need effective and convenient practice.

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Write the SAT Essay Right! is required reading for any student gearing up for the SAT. Test-prep whiz Laura Wilson shares great advice and 10 secrets to help a teen build the skills and confidence necessary to crank out an essay that earns major points. She even provides a minute-by-minute timeline explaining how to use the allotted 25 minutes most effectively on the Big Day. Nobody is better at this than Laura. --Family Circle magazine

Laura Wilson s ten proven secrets in Write the SAT Essay Right! clearly map out the route to SAT success, one secret at a time. Easy to read and full of solid writing tips, plus sample tests to practice grading, this book cuts through the fluff to give you what you need to know for a higher SAT writing score. --William Holiber, President, U.S. News and World Report

Laura Wilson s ten proven secrets in Write the SAT Essay Right! clearly map out the route to SAT success, one secret at a time. Easy to read and full of solid writing tips, plus sample tests to practice grading, this book cuts through the fluff to give you what you need to know for a higher SAT writing score. --William Holiber, President, U.S. News and World Report

Laura Wilson s ten proven secrets in Write the SAT Essay Right! clearly map out the route to SAT success, one secret at a time. Easy to read and full of solid writing tips, plus sample tests to practice grading, this book cuts through the fluff to give you what you need to know for a higher SAT writing score. --William Holiber, President, U.S. News and World Report

About the Author

Laura Wilson, M.A., is the founder and CEO of the nationally recognized online test-preparation company, WilsonDailyPrep, and of WilsonPrep, a premier tutoring agency in Chappaqua, New York. In addition to more than twenty years of teaching English and tutoring high-school students for the SAT and ACT, she regularly consults closely with other English teachers, supervising and mentoring them in the classroom. She often consults with school districts, using her original curriculum guides to infuse grammar, reading, and writing skills into the study of high-school literary classics. In 2010, she founded Graph It Forward Today, an organization that donates graphing calculators to students and schools in need. In addition to Write the SAT Essay Right, her first Maupin House book, she is the author of The Wilson Daily Prep Verbal Workbook, The Wilson Daily Prep Math Workbook, andEnglish in English. She lives in Chappaqua, New York, with her husband Mike and her sons, Mitchell and Max.

Product Details

  • Series: Maupin House
  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Capstone Professional (January 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1934338788
  • ISBN-13: 978-1934338780
  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 8.4 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #269,444 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Laura Wilson, M.A., is the founder and CEO of the nationally recognized online test preparation company, WilsonDailyPrep, and of WilsonPrep, a premier tutoring agency in Chappaqua, New york. In addition to more than twenty years of teaching English and tutoring high school students for the SAT and ACT, she regularly consults closely with other English teachers, supervising and mentoring them in the classroom. She often consults with school districts, using her original curriculum guides to infuse grammar, reading, and writing skills into the study of high school literary classics. In 2010, she founded Graph It Forward Today, an organization that donates graphing calculators and test prep books to students and schools in need. Laura is also the author of The WilsonDailyPrep Verbal Workbook, The WilsonDailyPrep Math Workbook, and English in English.

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good guide that needs to be updated March 8, 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I loved this book when I first discovered it because it had specific strategies that really worked for the SAT. But unfortunately the College Board diligently reads all of these guides and constantly changes its tests to make sure that the tricks no longer work. I have always preferred a more flexible strategy than the extensive memorization promoted by this book, but now a flexible strategy is imperative. The College Board has started to deviate from these standard essay themes and to add twists to them so that the strategies in this book can no longer be applied as easily.

That said, these strategies will still be useful if you use them as a guide to what could show up and make sure that you are ready for prompts that deviate significantly from what is promised by this guide. You can still use the outlines in the back to put together details from a selection of excellent books, historical examples and personal experiences. And even writing out how they apply to the standard themes can be very helpful. I would just spend less time on these themes and more time trying to use your selections with the essay prompts given on the most recent SAT's. These are available on the College Board website.

So the bottom line is that this is still a good guide with some helpful strategies, but it should be used with the knowledge that the essay prompts now vary more than this book suggests.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unbelievable accessibility! And it WORKS! January 21, 2011
Format:Paperback
I've never been great at school, and English was always my worst subject. I don't think I've gotten anything above a B since 2nd grade. I also suck at writing. My mom bought this book for me after the first time I took the SATs because I didn't do well and a family friend had recommended this book. I didn't start looking at it until after the second time I took the SATs and the tutor I was using hadn't helped me increase my scores at all. This is book is so accessible and not condescending AT ALL! It made me feel like a real person was telling me these things and it was all sssoooo simple. I really liked how everything was broken down into sections that were easy for me to understand and nothing was thrown at me all at once. Also, the book was great with highlighting, bolding and separating the most important information so the night before my last SAT I could flip through and be reminded of everything. Not only did it increase my SAT scores, it helped raise my English grade a HUGE amount! No joke, I credit this book for getting me into the college of my dreams and I know I will use this book in college too. GREAT BOOK! EASY TO UNDERSTAND! BEST ESSAY BOOK EVER, EVER! Should be required reading!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars IT WORKED! December 28, 2012
By Alec
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Fact. My SAT essay score went up 3 points from a 6 to a 9, which raised my writing overall score by 80 points.
I had always struggled in the essay section of the exam before I read this book because I could not come up with anything intelligent and thoughtful on the spot.
Yet this book provided the exact preparation plan I need to write an above-average response.
From predicting the essay question to choosing examples, writing style to time management, Lauren teaches you the secret behind SAT essay writing in an easy-to-follow manner. The book even includes a brainless template just in case you are stuck on test day.
So get your copy and "write the essay right"!
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Completely Current & Wonderful March 16, 2012
Format:Paperback
I am a SAT tutor and I am always looking for materials for my students that are accessible and helpful. I bought this book a few weeks ago. I found it very helpful and my students love it! I disagree with the review that says the book is good, but needs to be updated. I found that the core themes sited in Write the SAT Essay Right are universal themes and can relate to most of the current essay topics. Last Saturday's SAT question asked about "learning from mistakes" - this relates to at least 4 themes cited in the book. Write the SAT Essay Right is about learning how to adapt an essay question so that you can answer the question with insightful and detailed examples. I love how it gave my students step by step directions on how to write an excellent SAT essay. My students all raved about the book and how they felt prepared for the SAT essay. I have looked at lots of essay books, and this one is definitely the best on the market.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
FULL DISCLOSURE: I'm an SAT prep tutor and textbook author myself, with other books on the SAT essay (I will not name them)

So of course I size up the competition.

Some books are really great. I learn from those tutors and incorporate any simple, effective, flexible methods I can find.

This is NOT one of those books. Got it on loan from one of my students.

This book takes about 10x too long to explain itself, the method has too many steps and things to remember, and I doubt its flexibility with the current changes in the SAT essay.

MORE IMPORTANTLY - the 5-star reviews are faked. I always examine this in my competitor's reviews. They have been left by NON-VERIFIED PURCHASERS who haven't reviewed ANY other products. Look at the names of the reviewers as well. Give me a break. I've never seen a clearer example of make-believe, sales-boosting fake Amazon reviews.

I highly recommend AGAINST this book. It is less effective than other available options and, speaking as someone with a 2400 on the SAT and 4 years teaching experience, this is NOT a good way to prepare for the test.

(May I say again - blatantly dishonest advertising...)
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