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The CliffsTestPrep series offers full-length practice exams that simulate the real tests; proven test-taking strategies to increase your chances at doing well; and thorough review exercises to help fill in any knowledge gaps.

For anyone taking any standardized test — such as the SAT, ACT, or GRE — Cliffs Verbal Review for Standardized Tests is designed to review, refresh, and reintroduce essential grammar and verbal skills. Written by test preparation ...

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Overview

The CliffsTestPrep series offers full-length practice exams that simulate the real tests; proven test-taking strategies to increase your chances at doing well; and thorough review exercises to help fill in any knowledge gaps.

For anyone taking any standardized test — such as the SAT, ACT, or GRE — Cliffs Verbal Review for Standardized Tests is designed to review, refresh, and reintroduce essential grammar and verbal skills. Written by test preparation experts, this clear, concise, and easy-to-use guide gives insight into the types of questions you'll face on the exam, and it demonstrates how to avoid the common and costly errors that trap the unprepared. Inside, you'll find an extensive overview of these areas:

  • Grammar and usage review
  • English usage and sentence correction
  • Timed essay writing
  • Verbal ability — antonyms, analogies, and sentence completion
  • Reading comprehension
  • Strategies for each question type
  • Practice exercises with hundreds of questions and complete explanations

This guide's unique approach will not only review the essential basic skills, but also show you how to apply them effectively and specifically on standardized tests. As you work your way through this guide, you'll hone your knowledge of

  • Parts of speech, adjectives and adverbs, linking verbs, and comparatives and superlatives
  • Dangling modifiers, ambiguous pronouns, and double negatives
  • Errors in diction, idiom, and style
  • Punctuation — using commas, semi-colons, colons, apostrophes, and dashes
  • Writing narrative, descriptive, analytical, and expository essays

With guidance from the CliffsTestPrep series, you'll feel at home in any standardized-test environment!

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780822020349
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/28/1986
  • Series: Cliffs Test Preparation Guides Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 8.24 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

William A. Covino, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of English at San Diego State University. Peter Z. Orton (B.A., Harvard; M. Ed., Princeton) is a test preparation lecturer and instructor for many California State Universities. Both authors have researched and developed test preparation programs for many universities, colleges, and law schools since 1979 and have authored numerous test preparation books used throughout the nation.

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Table of Contents

PART I: Introduction.

Why You Need This Guide.

What This Guide Contains.

Types of Questions.

Range of Difficulty.

A General Guideline.

How to Use This Guide.

PART II: Grammar and Usage.

English Usage and Sentence Correction Question Types.

Diagnostic Test.

Answers for the Diagnostic Test.

Grammar and Usage Review.

Answers to the Grammar and Usage Review Exercises.

English Usage and Sentence Correction Practice.

Answers to English Usage and Sentence Correction Practice.

PART III: Writing Timed Essays.

Essay Writing Strategies.

PART IV: Verbal Ability.

Verbal Ability Strategies.

Verbal Ability Practice.

Answers to Verbal Ability Practice.

PART V: Reading Comprehension.

Reading Comprehension Strategies.

Reading Comprehension Practice.

Answers to Reading Comprehension Practice.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 10, 2001

    This is an absolute must read!

    If you are planning on taking any standardized test, be sure to read this book first. I thought I understood English (my native language) till I read this book. Do not take a test without it!

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