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Writing Workbook for the New SAT (Barron's SAT Writing Workbook) Paperback – October 1, 2005

ISBN-13: 978-0764132216 ISBN-10: 0764132210 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Series: Barron's SAT Writing Workbook
  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Barron's Educational Series; 1 edition (October 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764132210
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764132216
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 8.4 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #932,794 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

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Choose Barron’s Method for Success on the New SAT Writing Test

  • Read overview of the new test and understand how it is timed and scored
  • Use the book’s review chapters to sharpen your writing skills
  • Take a writing test to familiarize yourself with the test format
  • Take four additional writing tests and score your results
  • Answer the sentence-correction questions and check your results
  • Review the answers and explanations for all questions

    It’s Your Path To a Higher Test Score

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    19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Kim Olan on January 17, 2007
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    This book is wonderful! I had been using it at the SAT prep center where I work and finally broke down and bought my own copy. I use everything in it...the grammar review exercises, the sample essays with scoring, the practice tests. The questions are challenging and follow the SAT format closely. My students have never had complaints about the work from this book. The answer explanations are also easy to comprehend. Excellent!
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    7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Dennis Freeman on September 10, 2007
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    We provide this to our tutors (In-Home Tutors of Atlanta, In-Home Tutors of Orlando) to help prepare students for the SAT. This is at their recommendation, although some prefer the official CollegeBoard blue book. Lots of practice material and rational strategies and hints. It's a good price through Amazon too.
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    4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Spudman TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 27, 2009
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    I took an immediate liking to this book from the comprehensive overview with its pertinent, wise advice, to the inclusive index at the end, a feature not included in all SAT workbooks. Of the collection of SAT books on my shelf, this entry from Barron's is the one I use most often for supplementary practice and reinforcement.

    Barron's approach is to give much practice on writing and evaluation essays while providing much practice in specific components of the essay like main idea, supporting details, sentence variety, and parallel structure.
    The grammar section is wonderful because it touches on all the types of errors typically found in the SAT writing section. Plenty of practice is provided for the student. (Note that I just used the passive voice, an unacceptable sin on the SAT.)

    The design and layout of the book are good, and the font is very readable. In other books of this type I've encountered multiple errors (unintended) in the practice tests, and questionable "correct" answers with which my students and I have had issue. The Barron's book is no exception. Because of errors in the practice tests, this probably wouldn't be a good book for a student to use independently. It's best used with a tutor who can point out the annoying and unnecessary errors.

    I'd like to see a better analysis of incorrect answers with a breakdown by specific topics. For example, it would be helpful to pinpoint areas needing practice such as pronoun agreement or comparisons.
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    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 31, 2010
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    I got a 2400, and I am pretty sure it was due to this book. On the writing section, I had gotten every multiple choice correct... and I got a 9/12 on my essay. I still got the 800, by some stroke of luck on the curve. This book targets specific grammar exercises in each section, so you become adept at recognizing the specific problems in every sentence. There is a plethora of multiple choice practice; I did not even complete the whole workbook.

    However, this points to one drawback: this book really cannot teach you how to write well on the essay. It only can offer you a few tips, and an example of two, but self-imposed practice is the way to go, and have others read your writing afterwards.

    I RECOMMEND this book if you need hardcore prepping for multiple choice. I DO NOT RECOMMEND this book if you are great on multiple choice (if you are, I admire you), and need to hone your essay skills.
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    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By John P on April 2, 2012
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    I am an strong believer in the workbook style preparation, but this workbook doesn't emphasize what needs to be emphasized in a workbook, hence the so-so rating. First, a good workbook needs tons of practice drills. While this has 4 practice tests, if practice test were what I was looking for, then I would go to the "blue book" put out by college board, which has 10 tests. Moreover, the tests will mirror the actual exams better than any other book since it's made by the test makers themselves. Second, a good workbook needs to dissect the skills and concepts that are on the test and drive them home to the readers and give them sufficient practice that will translate into higher scores on the exam. But this book doesn't have enough content or practice on the skills and concepts. Third, a good workbook needs to have excellent explanations because increasing your skills doesn't come from empty practice alone, you need to be TAUGHT, and the only way teaching can take place in a book is through very detailed explanations. While the explanations are decent for the practice tests, there are no real explanations to the drills!

    Overall, this is ok, but there are better choices for workbooks and better choices for practice tests.
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