Ace the SAT Writing Even If You Hate to Write Shortcuts and Strategies to Score Higher Regardless of Your Skill Level by Tamra B. Orr


Ace the SAT Writing Even If You Hate to Write Shortcuts and Strategies to Score Higher Regardless of Your Skill Level by Tamra B. Orr

From the seemingly hopeless to the almost perfect, high school students will learn how to master the timed essay in this guide to the SAT's writing portion. Based on the premise that timed writing is a skill that anyone can learn, this handbook breaks down the essay-writing process into an easily mastered regimen that includes brainstorming, writing an outline, and time-management strategies. Forty mediocre sample essays are analyzed, improved, and scored to help students recognize what graders look for and understand how to improve their own writing while three full practice tests are accompanied by complete explanations of each answer. In a detailed question-and-answer section, top tutors and former SAT graders share their thoughts on what they like to see in an essay and give advice on creating the strongest piece. A basic overview of grammar and vocabulary and handy writing shortcuts are included as well as a new section on how to prepare when students only have a month to study.


Tamra Orr has made an important and rare contribution to the field of higher education. This book offers practical information and advice for students and parents alike. --Mark Campbell, vice president, enrollment management, McKendree College, on America's Best Colleges for B Students A refreshingly candid guide that not only takes the fear out of the college search, but also prepares students for what they'll encounter once they find the right college ... an easy yet information-packed read! --Bethany Bierman, assistant director, Office of Undergraduate Admissions, Augsburg College, on America's Best Colleges for B Students

About the Author

Tamra B. Orr is the author of After Homeschool, The Parents' Guide to Homeschooling, The Purple Cow Guide to Extraordinary Essays, and Violence in Our Schools. She lives in Portland, Oregon.

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288 pages


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Publication date

1st September 2008



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