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Table of Contents
                            Cover
Dedication
Acknowledgments
Table of Contents
Part I: THE NEW SAT
	The NEW SAT Exam
	The New SAT Writing Section—Diagnostic Test
PART II: ESSAY AND VERBAL REVIEW
	Tactics for Successful SAT Essay Writing
	Improving Sentences
	Recognizing Sentence Errors
	Improving Paragraphs
PART III: FOUR PRACTICE TESTS
	Practice Test I
	Practice Test II
	Practice Test III
	Practice Test IV
Final Thoughts
                        
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Practice Test I

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Multiple-Choice Questions, Set 1
(Questions 1–35, 25 minutes)

Improving Sentences
The following sentences are questioning you about sentence correctness and expression of information. Part, or all, of
each sentence is underlined. Following the sentence, five versions of the underlined portion are presented. Choice A
repeats the original; the other choices are different. If you think a better sentence can be found in Choices B–E, then
choose one of them. If the sentence is correct as stated, your answer will be A.

1. The food industry has introduced many low carbohydrate foods; although many believe this is just one more of
many such type of diet fads.

A. ; although many believe this is just one more of many such type of diet fads.
B. , although many believe this is just one more of many diet fads.
C. ; although many diet fads are being tried by many people.
D. , many diet fads, however, are being explored by many people.
E. ; however, many believe this is just one more diet fad.

2. I thought I heard a soft footstep behind me walking my dog.

A. I thought I heard a soft footstep behind me walking my dog.
B. Walking my dog behind me I heard I soft footstep.
C. While walking my dog, I thought I heard a soft footstep behind me.
D. Hearing a soft footstep behind me, I thought I would walk my dog.
E. Thinking I would walk my dog, I heard a soft footstep behind me.

3. In the past, many women made their own clothing, a practice that is fast being lost.

A. a practice that is fast being lost.
B. in as much as this showed attention to individual detail, it is being lost.
C. this makes their own clothing being lost.
D. a practice that is fast being lost in making their own clothing.
E. homemade clothing is a practice that is fast being lost.

4. We were appalled by what we found when we opened the door. The room reeking with a foul odor, graffiti
sprayed on the walls and the room vandalized beyond recognition.

A. The room reeking with a foul odor, graffiti sprayed on the walls and the room vandalized beyond
recognition.

B. Reeking with a foul odor, walls sprayed with graffiti and vandalizing the room beyond recognition.
C. The room reeked with a foul odor; graffiti was sprayed on the walls, and the room was vandalized beyond

recognition.
D. The room was vandalized beyond recognition, smelling badly, with graffiti spraying on the walls and

vandalizing the room.
E. The room vandalized the foul odor, the walls graffiti covered and unrecognizable.

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Final Thoughts

By now you’ve practiced writing essays, and it seems as if you’ve practiced hundreds and hundreds of multiple-choice
questions, and since you’ve gone through this book, you almost have. In addition, you’ve reviewed rules of grammar
and usage, and you feel like the BOY FANS might even be your friend. You are ready.

But . . . you reply, “There’s so much to remember and so many things resting on this exam.” That is true. However, you
are not alone. The day you take your test, millions of students across the nation will be sitting down to do the very same
thing within the same time limitations that you have. Many of them, however, have not had your advantage of having
prepared for the Writing Section the way you have.

Remember, the Writing Section of the test is actually made up of four things: the essay itself, identifying grammar and
usage mistakes, revising sentences to sound better, and revising paragraphs to sound better. Even before you opened
this book you had already done all of those things many times in your middle and high school career.

Also, the Writing Section is only one-third of the total exam; it’s not the entire thing. The SAT is just one of many
things that colleges look at during the acceptance process. What you have to do is chill out and relax.

Get a good night’s sleep on Friday. Get up in time to have a decent breakfast. You’ll need it: The test is now more than
four hours long. Bring some juice or an energy bar with you for break time. You will probably be permitted to have
capped water in the testing area. However, that can vary among the test sites. As to test site—if you are unfamiliar with
the exact location of the site where you are to take the exam, be sure to drive there at least once before the day of the
test. Late test takers are not permitted, and if you are late, you will have to wait for the next test date.

Bring a timepiece—preferably the same one you’ve been using to time yourself all along. Never count on a clock being
available at the test site. Even if it is, it might not be working; you cannot easily set it to the time limits of the test sec-
tions like you can your own, or it might not be readily visible from where you are seated. Remember your registration
confirmation that you got in the mail, a picture ID, calculator, extra batteries, and several sharpened #2 pencils. You are
now appropriately armed—go forth and conquer.

So, when you hear the SAT test proctor say these words: “Good Morning and welcome,” your mental response will be
“Bring it on; I’m ready!”

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