SAT II: Writing 2000-2001

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Overview

A Special Note for International Students

Section One: The Basics
Chapter 1: About the SAT II: Subject Tests
Chapter 2: Writing Test Overview

Section Two: The Essay
Chapter 3: Writing a Winning Essay
Chapter 4: Kaplan¹s Writing Clinic

Section Three: Multiple-Choice Section
Chapter 5: Usage Questions
Chapter 6: Sentence Correction
Chapter 7: Paragraph Correction

Section Four: Stress Management
The Kaplan Advantage™

Section Five: Kaplan Practice Tests
Practice Test 1
Practice Test 1 Answers and Explanations
Practice Test 2
Practice Test 2 Answers and Explanations
Practice Test 3
Practice Test 3 Answers and Explanations
Practice Test 4
Practice Test 4 Answers and Explanations
Practice Test 5
Practice Test 5 Answers and Explanations
Compute Your Score

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780684870151
  • Publisher: Kaplan Publishing
  • Publication date: 3/28/2000
  • Series: Sat II Writing Series
  • Pages: 368
  • Product dimensions: 8.34 (w) x 10.88 (h) x 0.99 (d)

Table of Contents

How to Use This Book vii
A Special Note for International Students ix
Section 1 The Basics
Chapter 1 About the SAT II: Subject Tests 3
Chapter 2 Writing Test Overview 9
Section 2 The Essay
Chapter 3 Writing a Winning Essay 29
Chapter 4 Kaplan's Writing Clinic 57
Section 3 Multiple-Choice Section
Chapter 5 Usage Questions 119
Chapter 6 Sentence Correction 151
Chapter 7 Paragraph Correction 173
Section 4 Stress Management
The Kaplan Advantage 189
Section 5 Kaplan Practice Tests
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First Chapter

CHAPTER 2 -- Writing a Winning Essay In this chapter, you'll learn how to approach the Essay section of the SAT II: Writing Test strategically. We'll show you how to plan your essay before writing. We'll give you lots of practice with sample topics. We've included sample essays to show how the grading system works. This will help you evaluate your own skill level. But before you learn the Kaplan approach to writing a winning essay, there's a bit of general advice that you need to be made aware of.

Essay Basics

The information that the College Board gives out doesn't tell you the whole story about how your essay will be evaluated. Here's what you need to know.

Essay Length

The College Board claims that what you write is much more important than how much you write. That's true -- to a point. If you look over the sample essays that the College Board provides in its publications, you should notice a clear pattern. Those essays given high scores -- that is, essays with total scores ranging from 10­12 -- are generally longer than those essays given lower scores. In fact, essays in the 10­12 range are three to five paragraphs long, and those paragraphs usually contain more than one or two sentences.

What does this mean to you? Quite simply, it means that you should try to write at least three substantial paragraphs on test day. One or two paragraphs, no matter how sophisticated, just won't cut it with the graders. In other words, fill up as many of the answer sheet's lines as possible, and create new paragraphs whenever possible. But say something in every sentence that you write! Don't fill up lines just to fill up lines. It's better to leave lines blank if you have nothing more to say than to fill them up with meaningless or repetitive sentences. On the other hand, you don't want your essay to be so ambitious in scope that you don't have the space or the time to finish it. A complete essay is certainly better than one that's incomplete.

Essay Content

The College Board also claims that you don't need any specific knowledge to write the essay. They're correct. Writing Test essay topics are so broad that you can always write about a subject that you're familiar with, just as long as you address the topic at hand. But you must be specific. To that end, it's a good idea for you to include references to current events, history, or literature in your essay if at all possible. It will be graded by high school teachers or college professors -- people who want to see what you know about the world. They'll be impressed by an essay that goes beyond your personal experience.

For example, let's assume that you're very knowledgeable about World War II. Well, then, you might want to make World War II the focus of your essay. On test day, you'll most likely get a topic that will allow you to discuss this subject. You've just got to come up with an angle to tie World War II to the topic. Similarly, let's assume that you're very familiar with the works of T. S. Eliot. Well, then, you might want to make T. S. Eliot the focus of your essay. The bottom line: Write about what you know and are interested in. The best writing is informed and engaged.

Essay Neatness

Your essay must be readable. If you edit what you've written, do it neatly. If you add a word, change a phrase, or cross out a sentence, do it carefully. It may sound silly, but neatness matters. In fact, it matters a lot.

Why? Simply put, the graders will have many essays to read and evaluate. That means they aren't going to spend much time judging any particular essay. They aren't going to read an essay three or four times in order to decipher hard-to-read words or sentences. Consequently, if the flow of an essay is difficult to follow because it's messy, graders may simply conclude that the essay's just not very good. The score that it receives will reflect this negative impression. An essay that's otherwise outstanding may not get the score it deserves because of the way it's presented. Thus, it's very much in your interest to make your essay readable.

To sum up: You're not expected to produce a brilliant piece of writing. After all, the College Board and the graders know that you have only 20 minutes to think about, write, and proofread your work. What they expect is an organized and readable piece of writing that makes a well-supported argument. The remainder of this chapter will show you how to accomplish that task.

Copyright © 2000 by Kaplan Educational Centers

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